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William Morris’ Kelmscott Manor


Saturday 21 April

10.30/11.30 am

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.

The Trout Inn has a camping field with just toilets & water – prices from £6 per night  (also hard standing for camper vans  – for more details please contact Paul by 18th April if you’d like to camp

Entrance prices for Kelmscott Manor are: Adults: £9.50 (£10.50 with Gift Aid), full-time students and children aged 5- 16 £5.50 ,(Junior TARS – FREE!; paid by Midlands Region) with children under 5 getting free entry. There are also family tickets available. See for full details.

For further information about this event please contact Paul Green (see Signals or e-mail

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Discovery Event

Poetry Walk


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 to indicate your interest and discuss your preference as to distance and terrain

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Adventure Event

Dick’s Incredible Inventions Day

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

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Midland TARS AGM Books & Painting Day


Dark at tea time and sleeping indoors … well at least we can dream of camping again.

Midland TARS (brief) AGM

followed by

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

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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



22nd September saw the TARS Global Reading Event. People read an AR title while having their photo taken by a friend, relative or passing native. Late entries can still be uploaded on #TARSGlobal2018 & hard copies posted to the TARS Librarian. The photos collected will make a mosaic for the IAGM 2019 & perhaps a slide show. Thank you for participating.

Uncle jim reading Winter Holiday on his autumn break.

29th September was our Literary Day in Perth. The TARS Scotland Secretary Elsie Miller showed us Childrens Books on Postage Stamps. Winifred Wilson the TARS Librarian demonstrated – with statistics & willing victims – Knitting and Arthur Ransome – Yes he did knit. Retired doctor Oliver Eade talked about Myth, Fantasy in his many novels for children & adults.

2019 will start with the AR Birthday Lunch and AGM at Hawes Inn South Queensferry. Non members can be booked in to attend the lunch and members can come to the AGM without attending the Lunch.

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

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 Northern & Scotland banner at hut.

2018, like 2017 started off with the Arthur Ransome Birthday Meal and AGM at the Hawes Inn South Queensferry where the Committee was elected. On 12th May we visited the National Library of Scotland Kelvin Hall Collections, Glasgow with lunch afterwards in the Museum & Art Gallery opposite. On 30th June we did the Galloway Viaduct Walk in beautiful sunshine after a slow lunch in Gatehouse of Fleet.

1st to 3rd September 2017 the TARS Literary Weekend was at Pollock Halls, Edinburgh with interesting & relevant talks, bookstalls and much networking.

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.