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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

a Titty’s Challenge for Junior TARS Log Books

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



a discovery event for Junior Tars log book
Discovery Event



30th June 2018 Galloway Viaduct Walk. Transport for members from Lockerbie Station must be booked. Otherwise join us at Mill on the Fleet Café, 65 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HS about 12:45. We will have lunch here – (There is a picnic area if you wish to bring sandwiches)
Gather at Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve Car Park, Dromore Farm Visitor Centre, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2BP At 14:00 hours – to prepare to ‘make a desperate dash to the summit’ (Titty – SD) Actually more of a gentle ascent, taking the path – whatever Nancy would say!!
If you wish to remain below and wave to intrepid explorers, that’s good, too.There is a very interesting Visitor Centre and toilets.

22nd September is the TARS Global Reading Event so be prepared to read an AR title while you have your photo taken by a friend, relative or total stranger! Then upload it to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc, email it to this website or post hard copies to the TARS Librarian. The photos collected will be used to make a mosaic for the IAGM 2019.

The Autumn Literary Day is on 29th September in Perth at the AK Bell Library,
2-8 York Place, PH2 8EP in the Sandiman Room.
10 am Arrivals Tea & Coffee.
10:30 Welcome & Introduction. 10.45 – 11.45 First Speaker.
12 – 1 Lunch will be on sale in the venue or bring a packed lunch.
1.15 – 2.15 Oliver Eade.
2.30 – 3.30 Third Speaker.
Conclusion. Vacate Room 4pm.
The library is near the train and bus stations. Two speakers are already booked. The cost will be around £20 including teas and coffees but not lunch. Booking is essential.

We will start 2019 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 elected. On 12th May we visited the National Library of Scotland Kelvin Hall Collections, Glasgow with lunch afterwards in the Museum & Art Gallery opposite.

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.