1. For anyone who hasn’t subscribed to The Twilight Years – London, as announced in last month’s Signals, this will be a last reminder. The subscription list will close before April Signals comes out, so that the book can be published at the May IAGM.
2. For anyone who has subscribed, in response to the order form enclosed with Hill Top last September, there is no need to send in the Signals form. Amazon Pubs have received a number of new cheques from keen subscribers who have forgotten they have already paid in full. If they aren’t sure, they can e-mail Alan Hakim to check.
Midlands TARS Eastern Camp/Sailing
Saturday July 28th- Sunday August 5th 2018
We will be based at Willowcroft Camping and Caravan Park, Staithe Road, Repps- with- Bastwick, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR29 5JU
Book your pitch directly with the campsite – 01692 670380 www.willowcroft.net firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning that you are a member of the Arthur Ransome Society, If Willowcroft is full there are several campsites nearby at Thurne.
We will organise several Ransome-related activities throughout the week, join in with these or feel free to explore the area independently.
come for a day, w.e., or as long as you can make it – bring a boat or grab a chance in someone else’s
more details from Amanda Ardagh-Walter – see Signals or e-mail email@example.com for contact
Saturday 21 April
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 www.sal.org.uk/kelmscott-manor for full details.
For further information about this event please contact Paul Green (see Signals or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is a Discovery Event for Junior TARS Log Books
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 email@example.com) to indicate your interest and discuss your preference as to distance and terrain
This is an Adventure Event for Junior TARS Log Books.
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 Midlands@Arthur-Ransome.org.uk
this is a Discovery Event for Junior TARS Log Books
Dark at tea time and sleeping indoors … well at least we can dream of camping again.
Midland TARS (brief) AGM
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 Midland@Arthur-Ransome.org.uk
a Titty’s Challenge for Junior TARS Log Books
If you want to join the trip to Uig, Isle of Lewis you should book by 20th November 2017 using the form in Signals page 9. It has to be sent to France so allow for extra days in the post.
RUSSIAN REVOLUTION DAY
Saturday 11 November 10.45.am
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
a discovery event for Junior Tars log book
The Hawes Inn has been booked for the Arthur Ransome Birthday Lunch and TARS Scotland AGM on 20th January 2018.
Tars Scotland covers all parts north of the border. Members can contact the Scotland Committee via the details published in Signals or via Contacts section of this website marking the message as being for Scotland.
Events organised through the year are advertised in Signals, in the Upcoming Events section of this website home page & below.
Our Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/The-Arthur-Ransome-Society-Scotland-925624900898068/
The Joint Scotland and Northern Region Camp was from July 28th to August 6th 2017 & a good time was had by all participants.
GAC TARS Northern & Scotland jetty
GAC Tars Northern & Scotland. HQ window
GAC Northern & Scotland banner at hut.
1st to 3rd September in Edinburgh saw the TARS Literary Weekend at Pollock Halls with interesting & relevant talks, bookstalls and much networking.
2017 started off with the Arthur Ransome Birthday Meal (one of 5 throughout the UK) and AGM on 21st January at the Hawes Inn in South Queensferry where the Committee was elected.
In 2016 we hosted the International AGM in Dumfries, held our second stall at the Scottish Ship Show in Edinburgh, visited Abbotsford House via the Borders Railway and had our Literary Day at Pitlochry in October.