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Fencing ban in Meridies

Poster: James and Nancy Gilly <KatieMorag@worldnet.att.net>

My Lords and Ladies -

Many of you may already be aware of this, but as I received it via the
Eastrealm mailing list I thought perhaps I should pass it along:

>-Poster: Fideli <jfideli@suffolk.lib.ny.us>
>Greetings List:
>		I knew that you would like to see this!
>Date: Thu, 7 Nov 1996 22:14:06 -0500
>Subject: [TY] Fencing
>Unto the Populace of Meridies from Their Royal Majesties, Gareth and Rhiannon
>come Greetings
>There are times during a reign when a crown must hand down hard decisions.
> This is one of those times.  Due to a variety of factors, We must bring the
>fencing experiment in Meridies to a close, effective immediately.  We take no
>pleasure in having to make this decision.  We are well aware that some of you
>will be disappointed.  For that, We are sorry.  Sorrier still We would be to
>see one of you seriously or mortally wounded.
>Support for fencing in the Kingdom of Meridies has been lackluster.
> Currently there are no more than fifty authorized fencers in the entire
>Kingdom.  Many of those authorized do not own their own equipment.  This,
>versus a population in excess of two thousand official members is not a
>healthy enough roster to support this activity.  Furthermore, the experiment
>itself has had many failings.  Currently, all official reports are well past
>due.  We have had a major suspension action within the first six months.
> Numerous fencing events and demos have been cancelled due to a lack of
>interest and attendence.  We feel that this lack of support is an indicator
>that fencing is not for Meridies.
>All of these factors together would not cause Us to end the experiment early.
> However, due to the recent serious injury in a fencing accident, and the
>penetration of a mask in another accident, We feel that safety has moved to
>the forefront of the issue.  Safety dictates that We act now.  It is for
>these reasons that We end the experiment.
>We will do a mailing as soon as possible, as We are aware that an electronic
>posting is not official correspondance.  However, We wanted to inform anyone
>who is travelling to Fighter's Collegium specifically to fence that there
>will be no fencing activities in this Kingdom from this time forward.  Please
>disseminate this as widely as possible to prevent unneccessary inconvenience.
> We will not be discussing this decision verbally.  We are taking this action
>after consultation with Our Earl Marshal.  If anyone has comments, they may
>send them to Us and the Earl Marshal in writing.
>Gareth, Rex Meridies                                Rhiannon, Regina Meridies
>Sir Robert Glendon of Auk, Earl Marshal

In service,

Laird Alasdair mac Iain of Elderslie
Seneschal, Barony of Marinus

James and Nancy Gilly
(formerly KatieMorag@aol.com)

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