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Each Region is autonomous and runs its own programme, with its own committee.

Click on the Region’s name below to take you through to their pages.

Scotland    Northern    Midland    Eastern   Southern   Southwestern   Overseas

All north of the official border.

South of the border as far as Cheshire,
Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire,
South Yorkshire, Humberside, Isle of Man & Northern Ireland.

All of Wales, Shropshire, Staffordshire,

Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, West Midlands, Hereford & Worcester, Warwickshire, Northhamptonshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire & Hertfordshire.

Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex & Bedfordshire.

South Western
Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.

Greater London, Berkshire, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire, West Sussex, East Sussex, Isle of Wight & Channel Islands.




Welcome to SW Region

Contacting SW Region

Details of how to contact officers are available in Signals.


We hope you can join us on Saturday 2nd March 2013 for


A Day in Bishopsteignton and


Our venue is the community hall in Bishopsteignton but the parking here is limited so come here to drop off food and then park in Lawns End Car Park off Forder Lane. At 10.15am we will meet in the Lawns End recreational field (adjoining the car park) to start our walk. If you do not want walk you can stay in the hall. We will be walking over fields, across the railway, to the River Teign beach. If possible we will walk along the riverbank before a brief walk up to main road to pass both of Ivy Ransome’s houses. Wellies or rugged waterproof footwear recommended. We will return to the hall for 12.00pm for our “Bring and Scoff”. After lunch we are able to explore the museum and meet a local historian who used to deliver to Ivy’s household.

At 2pm we will set off to explore Teignmouth and have afternoon   tea there.

  There will be a £5 charge for adults to cover costs.  Juniors free.

Please let us know if you can come by sending an email to





TARS SW Committee

Chairman                                                           Christopher Kirwin


Secretary                                                           Susan Gouldbourne

Treasurer                                                           Pat Glover

Signals Editor                                                    Diana Dicker


 Members                 Derek Parkinson,  Gill Clifton, Alan Goodwin, Barry Gouldbourne,

                                 John Haslam, Pippa Doxat- Pratt.

Elected Trustee to TARS Board – Christopher Kirwin

SW Trustee Representative – Barry Gouldbourne

Committee faces old and new.


Back row from the left: Pat Glover, John Haslam, Christopher Kirwin, Barry Gouldbourne,

Derek Parkinson, Gill Clifton, Alan Goodwin.

Front row from the left: Pippa Doxat-Pratt, Diana Dicker, Susan Gouldbourne, Yvonne Varley.

Next meeting is on 27/03/13 at Royal Torbay Yacht Club, North Devon.


Regional events planned for 2013:




Bring and Scoff in Bishopsteignton    2nd March  2013

Dartmoor Walk                                  18th August  2013

Bristol Day                                          TBA

Literary Day                                        Autumn




                            Also don’t forget to visit the Southern Region

                                       or Midland Region web page.

        Some of their events may be within practical travelling distance.

They will give you a warm welcome.




After the success of our walk organised by John Haslam in September if any of you would like to lead a favourite walk in your area please get in touch to tell us about it.


We had a wonderful day on the 20th of October. In the morning we had an exhilarating walk on Exmoor, followed by a fantastic “Bring and Scoff”. In the afternoon David and Jill Lane captivated us with their talks on “The Bounty” and Tales of the Pitcairns”.


Saturday  21st  April

Photo courtesy of Heather Woodland. Thanks to John Strickland for substituting this venture for the one originally planned on the Blackdown Hills. As you see woolly hats and waterproofs were definitely required, but, as always, the intrepid band of Tars enjoyed this 5 miler (some still thought it to be longer), and then quizzed triumphantly in the pub later. Congratulations to John Haslam for winning the quiz.

                         SWAGM January 21st 2012 at Devon Hotel, Exeter.


Forty seven members attended and enjoyed the excellent lunch.

Ted Alexander was our special guest and speaker and gave us valuable insights into Ivy and Tabitha.

A members’ forum was well received and provided helpful discussion.

Pippa Doxat-Pratt retired after ten years great work as secretary.

Yvonne Varley also stepped down from the chairmanship after several years of effective work.

Ted cut another magnificent Arthur birthday cake provided with such skill and care by Lindy Foster.



Bring and Scoff at Uplyme Saturday 15th October


The sun shone. Tars paddled at Lyme Regis. There was a lot of food for lunch.

We all thoroughly enjoyed the play reading (Christmas Signals will reveal all)

John Strickland’s quizzes were hard. Yvonne and Gill won.

Thanks to Susan and the Gouldbourne family for a lovely day.





Dartmoor Expedition 25th July 2011

Despite disappointing cloudy weather this was otherwise another great day, with 26 Tars and visitors of from aged 8 to 80 present. No less than 16 of these took part in the Strickland  yomp – and…..survived! Base camp was centred around a mini-gazebo with imaginary en-suite facilities.

Clay Pigeon Shoot – Honiton, Devon

25th June 2011

This was a great day out courtesy of

Martin and Judith Dale and made special

by the tuition given by their son David,

a professional shooting coach.

Brownsea Island – 14th May

5th March was Owl Day for SW Tars at Fitzhead Tithe Barn.

SW AGM and AR Birthday at Exeter 14th January

Forty Six folks attended. Our Guest of Honour was Gabriel Woolf who read some of our favourite extracts. He cut the AR cake. We had a great carvery lunch, lots of conversation and the customary AR friendship. Thanks to all who came. This was a real team effort with positive contributions from all quarters. A more detailed report will appear in the Spring edition of Signals.












 Superhero Semaphore TARSMAN!

Tarsmen come in 2 forms.


7 centimetres to be worn as a broach or as fridge magnets at £4.50 each.

15 centimetres to be mounted on doors to request privacy for the young inhabitant, at £7.50 each.

The larger figures show the users gender, which should be stated when ordering.

All of the above have a colour range of RED, WHITE, BLUE, BLACK and PINK.

Post and packing is included in the price.


Any profits go to support TARS SW.


Orders and further enquiries to

Derek Parkinson, 1a Quarry Steps, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2UD.


Past Events 2010

Tisbury – Visit to Arthur’s home during his Russian adventure

and talk about Ransome, the Spy

The Steam Museum in Swindon – April

Swallowdale Day on Exmoor – July

Tamar Day in August

Ham Hill in Somerset – October

Iron Age Fort and Orienteering

Cragfast Sheep!

The Southern region

Committee details, calendar of events.


Southern region future events

(Open to TARS members from any region)

Spring Sailing Day at Bexley Heath, London (cost to hire boat and tuition) – 13 April 2013

IAGM hosted by Southern Region at Brockenhurst College (Nancy Blackett and Swallow to attend, plus talks, walks, and the AGM/forum/quiz) – 24/25/26 May 2013

Summer Camp at Cobnor near Chichester (camp fires, sailing, nature walks, archery) – 9/10/11 August 2013

Autumn Gathering at Grayswood Village Hall near Haslemere (literary event with activities for juniors too) – October or November 2013

Birthday Lunch and AGM (guest speaker TBA) – January 2014

Call or email the chairman for details on these events.


The Southern region committee 2013

Chairman: Iain Khan-Gilchrist 07760 454767
Secretary: Helena Nelson-Smith
Treasurer: Andrew Silk 01428 642911
IAGM subcomittee HELP NEEDED!!
Junior Representative Anna Holmes
‘Signals’ and website editor: Magnus Smith 07854 803365


The previous (2010-11) committee is shown below, before the ladies arrived!




Quiz used in November 2012

Southern region past events

Birthday Lunch and AGM (guest speaker was author Julia Jones) – Jan 2013

Autumn Gathering – November 2012 (34 attendees)

Summer Camp – August 2012 (52 attendees)

Spring Sailing Day – April 2012 (12 attendees)

Birthday Lunch and AGM (guest speaker was S&A actress Sophie neville) – Jan 2012 (51 attendees)

Autumn gathering – October 2011 (40-50? attendees)

Summer Camp – August 2011 (60 attendees)

Meet at Beale Park Wooden Boat Show – June 2011 (with Midland Region)

Visit to Brownsea Island nature reserve – May 2011 (with SW Region)

Spring Sailing Day – April 2011 (17 attendees)

Birthday Lunch (guest speaker was president Gabriel Woolf) – Jan 2011 (44 attendees)