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Mrs Barrable’s Painting Day

Saturday 28th September

at 10.15 on The River Nene


meet at

Wansford Station, Stibbington

Peterborough PE8 6LR

£10 adults  to cover cost of equipment – Junior TARS free

 – plus chance to ride Nene Valley Steam Railway

contact Jules for more information and to confirm you are going – see Signals for how to do this or e-mail

this is a Titty’s Challenge in the Junior TARS Able seaman Log Book

Titty's Challange

MID WALES Climbing & Camping

Mid-Wales Week-End

Friday 14th – Sunday 16th June

Climb Pumlumon Fawr (Plynlimon) 2468 ft


Discover the Source of The Rivers Severn & Wye

local camping available Glangwy Farm Llanidloes SY18 6RS Tel: 07890083630 from £5.

Pumlumon also area for wild camping

come for a day or w.e.

contact Stephen for more details – either see Signals for how to do this or e-mail

In TARS Junior Log Books this is an  Adventure Event or John’s Challenge (Captain’s Log Book)

Adventure EventJohn's Challenge

TARS South

The Southern region committee

Chairman: Paul Crisp  014834 87229
Treasurer: Iain Khan-Gilchrist  07760 454767
‘Signals’ and website editor: Helena Nelson-Smith
Junior Representative: Anna Holmes
Committee member Andrew Silk 01428 642911


New Southern Region Facebook Page

Look out for our new Southern Region Facebook page, aimed more for the younger TARS (or the young at heart!). Sophie, who apart from being current President, is also a SR member has “liked” it. Get in touch!

New Committee members

After the IAGM in May Southern Region will need a new committee, as your Chairman has moved to SW Region. Do speak to your friends and see if you, or a group of you, can organise 5 or 6 events a year for 2020 and welcome new members as they join. You will have plenty of support whilst you get to grips with it. If you can offer a few hours of your time please contact Paul Crisp


If Cobnor camp is our Secret Water, this is our Swallows and Amazons. It’s a lovely long weekend of camping and sailing in shared boats on a beautiful private lake at Warnford, in the lovely Meon Valley in Hampshire.  The lake is a great size for learning to sail, not so big that you could get lost, and is on private land. Having the whole place truly to ourselves gives a feeling of freedom not often encountered and allows us a real Swallows and Amazons environment. The area is a naturalist’s paradise, with plenty of wildlife to go into Dick Callum’s notebook – sightings have included otters, water voles, eels, egrets, herons, and a wonderful view of a barn owl hunting along the river banks in the twilight.

T here is plenty of room and the more the merrier. We charge £5 per head for the whole weekend; you have to provide your own food and camping equipment. Bringing a boat with you earns extra Brownie points and guarantees hangers-on, but there are always plenty of craft to go around. There is a loo and running water

To get there, the postcode is SO32 3LB. South of the village of Warnford is Peake New Road, which is signposted to “Pony Club”! Do not be deterred by the fact that there’s a boat trailer, not a horse box on the back of your car, and drive down here, taking the second gate on the left. Continue along the track and you’ll see the lake on your left and the camping ground ahead.

Do let us know if you are interested in coming by contacting Helena Nelson-Smith via Iain Khan-Gilchrist (

SUMMER SAILING CAMP AT COBNOR: Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August 2018

This is our longstanding summer sailing camp, held over three days every August, camping and sailing in shared boats at Cobnor on the gorgeous Chichester Harbour. This was a favourite sailing haunt of Arthur Ransome, and the whole harbour looks and smells like Secret Water! There are resident seals too. The harbour contains several creeks and lots of space without having to go past the Beach End buoy, as it were. This gives plenty of scope for longer voyages, exploring and boat picnicking, for experienced sailors, and also safe paddling and sailing in sheltered waters for the less ambitious. A favourite short voyage is from Cobnor point – where we launch – up the reach to Bosham, for an ice-cream and a look around this most beautiful of little villages. There’s a Saxon church to visit, and back before the Norman Conquest, the Godwinessons kept their fleet here, so we’re in good company.

This is always a popular event, with adults of all ages and plenty of children, but there’s lots of room; there’s a small charge for camping (the campsite is private and very lovely!), and day visitors are welcome. There’s always a campfire.   Do let us know if you are interested in coming by contacting  Iain Khan-Gilchrist (



Saturday 11th May

Kinder Scout

from The Old Nags Head

Hope Valley, Edale S33 7ZD

Walk the dramatic gritstone-edged, heather-robed, peaty moorlands trails and windswept tors of Kinder Scout, near to Edale in the Dark Peak of the Derbyshire Peak District, site of the infamous 1932 ‘Mass Tresspass.’ The ‘three peaks’ refers to Kinder Scout being the highest point in the Peak District, the highest point in Derbyshire and the highest point in the East Midlands, at 636 metres (2087 ft) above sea level. It is home to Kinder Downfall, the tallest waterfall in the Peak District with a 30 metre fall.

Expect a hike of 7.75 miles (12.5 km) on undulating peaty/rocky paths, with an ascent of 1800ft, over approximately 4.5 hours. (Can be extended depending on interests.)

For potential camping/camping barn details and to help us to gauge numbers please contact Jules – see Signals for his e-mail and phone number or e-mail

this is an Adventure Event for Junior TARS Log Books

Adventure Event


Saturday 27th April

11 am

Fyfield Baptist Chapel,

Digging Lane, Fyfield OX13 5LY

Come along to a rattling good day of fun and adventure. Have rides in a 1927 Trojan car identical to Arthur’s Rattletrap. Bring along natty period outfits for photo shoot opportunities in Rattletrap. Then inside to test your skills. Play Trojano, the 1920’s Trojan board game virtually unplayed for over 90 years. Be a guinea pig to test out an experimental ‘Swallows & Amazons’ board game where wind direction, ration supply and piratical deviousness play a major part. Build your own Rattletrap & race it to perhaps win a prize! Plus Crazy Croquet, S&A quizzes & puzzles etc etc

Bring a packed lunch £3 per person but Junior TARS FREE! – Contact David for more details (either see Signals for his phone & e-mail  or ) e-mail

this is a Discovery Event for Junior TARS Log Book

Discovery Event

Dymock Poets Day

AR & The Dymock Poets

Saturday 30th March


Dymock Church


“I struggled on to Dymock next day but had done some damage to my inside...”(AR Autobiography) such dedication not required but put a poem in your backpack along with a packed lunch and come walking in the footsteps of AR and The Dymock Poets and hopefully will enjoy the daffodils of The Golden Triangle








Not up for walking?  Join a car-hop between the sites and maybe a gentle stroll – for more info contact Paul see Signals for phone etc or e-mail

* note this is now also the week-end of the Dymock Daffodil and Spring Fayre so you may take more time to park

an Adventure Event for Junior TARS Log Book

Adventure Event

TARS Southern Region

Southern region future events

Open to TARS members from any region, and non-members are welcome to get in touch for an invitation.

The Southern region committee

Chairman: Paul Crisp  014834 87229
Treasurer: Iain Khan-Gilchrist  07760 454767
‘Signals’ and website editor: Helena Nelson-Smith
Junior Representative: Anna Holmes
Committee member Andrew Silk 01428 642911

Hobbit Hunting & Midlands AGM



Saturday 19 January


Hall Green Quaker Meeting House,

1 Hamlet Road, Hall Green

Birmingham B28 9BG

(5 mins from Hall Green station)

 Join your fellow Midland Region TARS members to discuss the running of the region and to make plans for the future –  Junior Parley to give younger members the chance to voice their ideas in a less formal setting

followed by a bring-and-share lunch.

after lunch there will be the opportunity to learn about 

Arthur Ransome’s connection with J R R Tolkein.

You too can become a ‘humble hobbit fancier’

either by joining a walk to explore some of the places around Hall Green that inspired Tolkein

or by taking part in a selection of indoor activities.

Further information can be obtained from Paul Green see Signals for contact or e-mail

a discovery event for Junior TARS log book

Discovery Event

TARS 2018 Global Reading Event 22nd September.

Over nearly 48 hours people from Australia & New Zealand to the USA & Canada via Europe chose an Arthur Ransome title they wanted to be photographed reading. Friends, relatives & passing natives took the photos.
Non members & groups joined in.
Photos can still be uploaded to TARS facebook groups, twitter #TARSGlobal2018, Instagram etc.,,
Hard copies can be sent to the TARS Librarian in Dumfries.