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Saturday 12th November 2016

from 11am

Friends Meeting House

Queens Road


AR 009

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………..






Swallowdale – North Derbyshire, 27th-29th August


Saturday 27 – Monday 29 August

Come and camp at ‘Swallowdale’ in north Derbyshire, close to Sheffield. We will be following trails, having adventures and cooking on the camp fire.


There are basic camping facilities on a field owned by TARS members. The weekend will cost approximately £12 per person, which includes some of the campfire cooking ingredients.

Places are limited and booking by 30 July is essential, with a deposit of £5 per head please. For more information, please contact Vicky see Signals for contact details or e-mail

Want to gain promotion?
Adventure EventSusan's ChallangeJohn's Challange


Attend this event to complete the adventure event in your log book, alternatively this is a Susan Challenge for anyone working towards becoming a mate or a John’s Challenge for anyone on their way to being a captain .

Rudyard Sailing weekend 22-24th July

Midland TARS Rudyard Week-End

 Friday 22nd July to Sunday 24th July 2016

at 89th Stoke Sea Scout Group Rudyard Training Site,

Near Leek, Staffordshire

£19 per Adult £13 per Junior for w.e.

or come for the day – ask for price

Self catering but price includes sailing/canoeing

Either bring your own tent for camping or make use of one of the bunk houses – (first come first served)

– good size kitchen and wet clothes & sitting area inside- plus fridges for storing food etc

If you have a dinghy or canoe please bring these too – launch fees to be paid by group-

Good dogs with well behaved owners welcome

Book places with £5 per person deposit by July 15th to Paul Green, see Signals or e-mail for contact-  Cheques made out to “Midland TARS” please

this is a nautical event for Junior TARS

Nautical Event

Saturday 5th March

cresswellcaveart1 cresswellcaveart2Prof Callum’s Cave Art

Creswell Crags

Welbeck, Worksop,


S80 3LH

(then follow signs when in the vicinity)

the site of Britain’s only known cave art

We will be taken on 2 cave tours, one to see the 13,000 year-old rock art and the other to learn about life in the Ice Age. We also plan to fit in some ‘cave art’ actitivies  of our own to make this a Titty’s Challenge event for the Junior Log Book scheme.  Finally we have booked an Ice Age survival skills workshop which includes spear throwing, fire lighting and shelter building.

The Cost for this package is £12 for Adults & £10 for Juniors

Places are limited and will be offered on a first-come first-served basis. For further information & to find out how to book see Signals pages 19 or e-mail

this is a Titty’s Challenge for Junior TARS


Titty's Challange

Saturday 13th February

Join Gibber

monkey f

in the Forest

at Trentham, Staffordshire

ST12 9HR

Saturday 13th February 2016


Trentham Monkey Forest, situated in Staffordshire, is completely unique to the UK. With 140 Barbary macaques living freely within the beautiful 60 acre woodland. Walk amongst the monkeys along the ¾ of a mile pathway and watch as the monkey antics unfold right in front of you. With no cages or bars to hinder your view, visitors get an in-depth insight into the lives of these fascinating monkeys, as they live just as they would in the wild

£8 for adults (senior/students 7.50)  £6. Juniors (3-14) 

for more information and to register your interest contact Mike – see Signals p19 for details or e-mail 

this is a discovery activity for Junior TARS

Discovery Event






car share

Midland Programme

Midland Programme 2014

Click on the logos next to event to find out more about the category and find events across the country in this category.

Saturday 8 February National Space Centre Discovery Event
Saturday 8 March Puppet Day Titty's Challenge
Saturday 5 April Dymock Daffodil Trail Adventure Event
Saturday 10 May –
Sunday 11 May
Old Jonas and Slater Bob Nautical Event   Discovery Event
Saturday 21 June –
Sunday 22 June
‘Wild Cat Island’ Camp Susan's Challenge   John's Challenge
Friday 18 July –
Sunday 20 July
Rudyard Camp Nautical Event   John's Challenge
Friday 29 August –
Sunday 31 August
Swallowdale Camp
Adventure Event   Susan’s Challange   John's Challenge
Saturday 27 September Apple day
Susan’s Challange
Saturday 18 October or
Saturday 25 October
Professor Callum Walk
Adventure Event   Discovery Event
Saturday 22 November Mug and Book Day
Titty’s Challenge


PROGRAMME 2017                                                   IAGM 2017



Welcome to the Midland Region page

Midland Region covers a vast area of the country including the East and West Midlands, large tracts of the Home Counties and the whole of Wales. We try to spread our activities around the region so that everyone gets the chance to join in sometimes. Not being lucky enough to have any of the venues of the books or other sites closely linked to Ransome within our boundaries we attempt to apply the imagination of Titty to come up with some suitably Tarry events. The committee is always delighted to hear from members who have ideas about things we could get up to – contact us through the addresses in Signals or e-mail

Please click on the links above to find out about events and activities.

Swallows and Amazons for ever!

car share?





Join the Ranks in Midland Region

TARS Juniors log books gives you the opportunity to gain promotion by attending TARS events.  Starting out as a Ship’s Boy (just like Roger) you can become an Able Seaman and then Mate and then Captain.  To get your log book ask a friendly native to e-mail to make arrangements for you to receive log book.

To find out what events are coming up and which log book categories they fit into click on the icon below.

If you belong to another region, you and your family will always be welcome at Midland events and it will still count in your log book.

Junior Parley 2014

During the Native AGM, Midland region juniors got together to parley.  Here is the list of idea they came up with, which were present at the AGM:

Swimming (including walking the plank!)
Visit to Cadbury World
Visit to the Snowdome (tobogganing, ice skating etc)
Russian-themed Weekend
Learning a language
Susan in Charge day
Sketching Weekend
Camping Wide games

Got any ideas? Ask a friendly native to e-mail to tell us about your ideas.