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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 

this is a discovery event or Titty’s Challenge for Junior TARS Log Books

Discovery EventTitty's Challange





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


Stop Press

BBC4 (television) are broadcasting a programme ‘Britain’s Lost Waterlands: Escape to Swallows and Amazons Country’ at 8pm on Wednesday 6 July. According to the Guardian “chateau renovator Dick Strawbridge and Professor Alice Roberts explore some of the landscapes that inspired Arthur Ransome’s tales of children messing about on the water. While Strawbridge navigates the waterways of the Lake District, the Norfolk Broads and Suffolk’s coastline in a variety of creaky tubs, Roberts prowls the surrounding countryside in search of wildlife”.

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


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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

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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

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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