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William Morris’ Kelmscott Manor


Saturday 21 April

10.30/11.30 am

Visit the country home of the man who inspired Ransome to pursue a literary career, the textile designer, poet, novelist, and socialist activist William Morris. You can either go straight to Kelmscott Manor for 11.30, or meet by the river near The Trout Inn, Lechlade, GL7 3HA  hour earlier to travel there on foot or even afloat – bring a canoe or rowing boat if you have one.

There is a possibility that camping may be available if you’d like to enjoy a weekend in the area, but this can’t be confirmed until nearer the time. Entrance prices for Kelmscott Manor are: Adults: £9.50 (£10.50 with Gift Aid), full-time students and children aged 5- 16, with children under 5 getting free entry. There are also family tickets available. See for full details.

For further information about this event please contact Paul Green (see Signals or e-mail

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Poetry Walk


Saturday 12 May 2018

Come and explore the lovely countryside of South Northamptonshire with a poem or two in your rucksack, so that you can walk, talk and share verse as Ransome and his friends loved to do.

The route will include a visit to the grave of Edith Sitwell, a poet whose life spans almost the same years as Ransome’s.

The length of the walk will be determined by the desires of the participants and it may be possible to include longer and shorter versions if that is required.

Please get in touch with Jane Wilson (see Signals for contact details or e-mail to indicate your interest and discuss your preference as to distance and terrain

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Adventure Event

Dick’s Incredible Inventions Day

DICK’S  INCREDIBLE    INVENTIONS  DAY!   Saturday  24  March

Stratford-upon-Avon’s MAD Museum



(MAD stands for Mechanical Art and Design)


This award-winning small museum is packed with interactive, mechanical machines, automata, inventions and quirky art – the sort that would keep Dick fascinated for hours and have him reaching for his tool kit! It’s been described as being full of the type of creative and witty machines seen in Wallace and Gromit, Scrapheap Challenge and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, or, for those old enough to remember, Heath Robinson brought to life! The pigeon alarm in Pigeon Post would fit in well. Many of the exhibits are ‘hands on’ and suit ages 5 to 95!  MAD’s website .

Current ticket prices: adult £7.80, over 60s and students £6.30. TARS Juniors will be paid from regional funds. There are substantial reductions for groups of 10 or more. Please let Peter know in advance if you’d like to attend so he can hopefully secure a group rate.

after the museum – picnic by the river

There are lots of options for the afternoon including a range of visitor attractions (museums, butterfly farm, historic Shakespeare connections, the RSC, rowing or boating on the river), although most may prefer a walking tour of historic Stratford and along the river.

For further information and to book please contact Peter Wright – see Winter Signals or e-mail

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Midland TARS AGM Books & Painting Day


Dark at tea time and sleeping indoors … well at least we can dream of camping again.

Midland TARS (brief) AGM

followed by

Book & Painting Day

Saturday 20th January


at Church House, Abbots Bromley,

Staffordshire WS15 3DA

 Bring along books which you feel that a Ransome enthusiast would enjoy and be prepared to talk about them. There will also be painting and decorating enamel camp plates, bowls or mugs.


The theme of the bring and share lunch is food which can be cooked on a campfire. Although we won’t have a campfire to cook on (January isn’t the time) all the food should be possible to cook on one. There is an oven and hob available to heat things up.

Please also bring the recipes for your food and they will be circulated to everyone afterwards.

There will be a small charge for the enamel items that you decorate. All TARS members can attend the AGM but for further information on the whole day or to indicate your intention of joining the fun, please contact Amanda Ardagh-Walter – see Winter Signals or e-mail

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Russian Revolution Day


Saturday 11 November

Cambridge Road Methodist Church King’s Heath

Birmingham B13 9UE



It is 100 years since the Russian Revolution. Come along to Cambridge Road Methodist Church Hall in King’s Heath, Birmingham and find out lots about the Russia that Arthur Ransome knew. There will be information and activities on his time there, the Russian language, Russian textiles, Russian fairy tales, and the Revolution. This is definitely an event that is suitable for juniors as well as adults. Then join us for a bring and share lunch on a Russian theme.
The cost will be £4 per adult, Juniors £2. Please book with Peter 
 – see details in Signals or e-mail



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Discovery Event


Bird Watching & More


Saturday 21 October 2017

Visit the Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Adult tickets cost £12.26, concessions £9.45, 4-16 years £6.75 and there is also a family rate of £34.27 for two adults and two children ( a 10% discount can be obtained by booking online in advance). Under 4s and WWT members will get free entry.

Once inside we will meet at the coffee stand at 11am to decide where people are interested in going as there are many different areas where you can see particular birds, including flamingoes, and also otters.

Benjamin particularly suggests going up the tower for fine views over the Severn estuary and, for the more energetic, undertaking a canoe safari. The cost for this is £7 per canoe for one hour, with each canoe holding three people. There are no age restrictions, but under 18s must be accompanied by an adult and you must fit into one of the supplied life jackets. It would be a good idea to bring telescopes, binoculars and cameras if you have them.

Food can be bought in the Kingfisher Kitchen, or bring a packed lunch. See Signals for how to contact Vicky or e-mail

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Peak District Walk & Swim

Saturday 23rd September


Requests have been made for a ‘good long walk.’ People have differing ideas about what this means! Our walk will be 8½ miles, there will be some rough terrain, and the Peak District has hills! However there is also the option of a shorter route of about 3 miles. We will meet in Hathersage at 11am. There is a station in Hathersage so perhaps consider coming by rail. The long walk will go up onto Stanage Edge and will include Crow Chin and High Neb. On the way back it visits the grave of Little John, friend of Robin Hood. We hope to be back in Hathersage with enough time to have a swim at the wonderful outdoor pool before heading home. For details of where to meet and to book please contact Amanda – either see Signals or e-mail

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Adventure Event

Wild Cat Island Event

Wild Cat Island Event


Saturday July 22nd – Sunday July 23rd 2017


 Spend a S&A night

on a “Wild Cat Island”

 in the River Trent


barton island


Thanks to 2nd Beeston Sea Scouts who will ferry us from Beeston Marina to their Barton Island on Saturday at 11 and not pick us up until Sunday at afternoon


 Ideal for those who can manage with no electricity and running water!!


 Practice your campfire cooking; bring your own food (or fishing rod) and tent; Lots of space to camp and some bunkhouse space also available.




£20 per person for the 2 days –(this is the charge made by Beeston Sea Scouts)

but we hope to be able to offer Junior TARS a reduction – Watch This Space!


 p.s. really we plan to have an open canoe so not quite abandoned- see here for last time we went 


 £5 deposit per person by Friday 14th July see Signals for full contact details or e-mail


For further details e-mail

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For anyone working towards becoming a mate come along to complete Susan’s Challenge in your  log book.  Already a mate? This also counts as a John’s Challenge.

Lakeside Camp Pant-yr-Onnen, Llyn Tegid

Friday 23  to Sunday 25 June 2017

come for a day or the weekend

 Camping and sailing from Pant-yr-Onnen, Llyn Tegid (Pemblemere or Bala Lake for those who can’t manage ‘ll’),

Bring a boat or canoe if you have one, or grab a chance on someone else’s; to explore uncharted waters, said to have opened up to drown the court of Tegid Foel, husband of the witch/goddess Ceridwen.

Camp fires on the foreshore

Should anyone fancy swinging the lead / charting unexplored waters,a lead line will be provided

the campsite Bala Camping is already full but camping and boat launching available at Glanllyn (‘Horseshoe Cove’?),, 01678 540 227 (National Park day-permits, sailboats, £4, canoes, £3.50) .

For more information please contact Stephen Benham see Signals or email 

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