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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 

this is a Susan’s Challenge (mate’s log book) John’s Challenge (Captain’s Log Book) or a Nautical Event event for junior TARS

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Welsh Walk & Wander

Welsh Walk & Wander

Saturday 8th April 2017


Stretch your legs with a walk in the Welsh Marches in the morning then browse the afternoon away in the multitudinous  second-hand bookshops of Hay-on-Wyerdbookshop.                                           The distance and ascent of the walk will be tailored to the desires and abilities of those participating so please state your preferences on booking.

Meet at the Castle Street car park (£3.50 in coins for 4+ hours, 20p. for public toilets) at 11:00. Easy one-hour, accessible, level river-side walk, to assuage any guilty feelings about hitting the book shops. Sensible shoes rather than boots, unless it’s been horribly wet. PLEASE contact Stephen for more information and so he knows you are going, either via Signals or e-mail

Adventure Event

Adventure Event  or

Discovery Event

Discovery Event for Junior TARS

Kanchenjunga Training & The City of Outlaws

Kanchenjunga Training & The City of Outlaws

Saturday 4th March 2017

 Bouldering session

(Bouldering = low-level un-roped climbing – with soft mats for any slippage)



the Depot Climbing Centre Nottingham (instructions 12-1 then independent practice for an hour or so)


Bouldering costs £10 per head (Junior TARS £5 reduction from regional funds) but please note minimum age of 7 years.

Afterwards (or for less active) head into Nottingham, explore Nottingham’s Caves &/or Castle and learn about the country’s best-known but elusive outlaw


For further details & to book – Bouldering session must be by 18th February – contact Fiona via Signals  or e-mail

this is a adventure event for Junior TARS

Adventure Event

Adventure Event



Midland Region AGM


All At Sea

Saturday 21st January 2017


Selly Oak Quaker Meeting House

930 Bristol Road

Birmingham B29 6NB


ship001your chance to have a say in future events at our AGM and afterwards to celebrate Arthur Ransome’s birthday with a maritine-themed bring-ancanon001d-share lunch then join an afternoon of nautical activities including shanty singing, rope work & firing party-popper cannon

for more information please contact Fiona (or see Signals for phone number etc) especially so we can plan activity materials – cost will be about £1 per item you make but the AGM of course is FREE 

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Saturday 12th November 2016

from 11am

Friends Meeting House

Queens Road


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Come and examine some of Arthur Ransome’s journalistic writing and perhaps have a go at some light-hearted reporting yourself.

more details from Amanda e-mail – or see Signals for phone number

this is a Discovery Event for Junior TARS log books

Discovery Event


IAGM 2017


a black tweedmill picnic rug
two ladybird pegs (possibly someone in the shanty band using them to hold down music?)
a camouflage material sunhat
a black Marks and Spencer’s ladies fleece
a beige coloured cotton sunhat size large. The label inside calls it an All Terrain Hat found in one of the rooms on the top floor.

To claim these back e-mail



From 2017 IAGM

Winter Holiday Sunday Service with homily

The Shanty Band


this was our intro to………..