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Wild Cat Island Event

Wild Cat Island Event


Saturday July 22nd – Sunday July 23rd 2017


 Spend a S&A night

on a “Wild Cat Island”

 in the River Trent


barton island


Thanks to 2nd Beeston Sea Scouts who will ferry us from Beeston Marina to their Barton Island on Saturday at 11 and not pick us up until Sunday at afternoon


 Ideal for those who can manage with no electricity and running water!!


 Practice your campfire cooking; bring your own food (or fishing rod) and tent; Lots of space to camp and some bunkhouse space also available.




£20 per person for the 2 days –(this is the charge made by Beeston Sea Scouts)

but we hope to be able to offer Junior TARS a reduction – Watch This Space!


 p.s. really we plan to have an open canoe so not quite abandoned- see here for last time we went 


 £5 deposit per person by Friday 14th July see Signals for full contact details or e-mail


For further details e-mail

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For anyone working towards becoming a mate come along to complete Susan’s Challenge in your  log book.  Already a mate? This also counts as a John’s Challenge.

Lakeside Camp Pant-yr-Onnen, Llyn Tegid

Friday 23  to Sunday 25 June 2017

come for a day or the weekend

 Camping and sailing from Pant-yr-Onnen, Llyn Tegid (Pemblemere or Bala Lake for those who can’t manage ‘ll’),

Bring a boat or canoe if you have one, or grab a chance on someone else’s; to explore uncharted waters, said to have opened up to drown the court of Tegid Foel, husband of the witch/goddess Ceridwen.

Camp fires on the foreshore

Should anyone fancy swinging the lead / charting unexplored waters,a lead line will be provided

the campsite Bala Camping is already full but camping and boat launching available at Glanllyn (‘Horseshoe Cove’?),, 01678 540 227 (National Park day-permits, sailboats, £4, canoes, £3.50) .

For more information please contact Stephen Benham see Signals or email 

this is a Susan’s Challenge (mate’s log book) John’s Challenge (Captain’s Log Book) or a Nautical Event event for junior TARS

Nautical Event  Susan's ChallengeJohn's Challenge

Welsh Walk & Wander

Welsh Walk & Wander

Saturday 8th April 2017


Stretch your legs with a walk in the Welsh Marches in the morning then browse the afternoon away in the multitudinous  second-hand bookshops of Hay-on-Wyerdbookshop.                                           The distance and ascent of the walk will be tailored to the desires and abilities of those participating so please state your preferences on booking.

Meet at the Castle Street car park (£3.50 in coins for 4+ hours, 20p. for public toilets) at 11:00. Easy one-hour, accessible, level river-side walk, to assuage any guilty feelings about hitting the book shops. Sensible shoes rather than boots, unless it’s been horribly wet. PLEASE contact Stephen for more information and so he knows you are going, either via Signals or e-mail

Adventure Event

Adventure Event  or

Discovery Event

Discovery Event for Junior TARS

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


AR 009

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


this was our intro to………..






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 .