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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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Adventure EventSusan's ChallangeJohn's Challange


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 July 2018

Midland TARS Rudyard Week-End

 Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July 2018

at 89th Stoke Sea Scout Group Rudyard Training Site,

Near Leek, Staffordshire

 £19.00 per Adult  Junior TARS FREE

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

£5 deposit per adult made payable to Midland TARS by 7th July to Nick Ardagh-Walter, see Signals or e-mail for contact-

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






car share

Lantern Christmas Tree Decoration

Lantern Tree Decoration

Deck the halls in Swallows and Amazons style with these mini lantern tree decorations.

You will need:

  • black or grey card
  • template
  • scissors
  • needle
  • black thread
  • battery operated tea light
  • tape
  • glue stick

What to do:

  1. Print the template, if the card you are using is light in colour you may be able to print directly onto the card.  If not print onto plain paper, cut out and draw around the template.
  2. Carefully cut out the shape.
  3. On the large rectangle there are two very small spots, ask a friendly native to help you pass the thread through these two spots using a needle.  Tie the ends of the thread together using an overhand knot.  This is the hanging loop for your decoration.
  4. Fold along all the dotted lines.
  5. Line the bottom of your card shape up with the bottom of the tea light.  Stick the end not marked with shading to the tea light using tape.  If you printed directly onto the card make sure the printed side faces inwards.
  6. Wrap the card around the tea light making sure the bottom of the shape stays lined up with the bottom of the tea light.  Glue where the shaded area is an stick the end down.
  7. Fold the square down and stick the two small tabs on the posts either side onto the square.
  8. Fold the rectangle over so it forms a tent shape over the top, glue onto the narrow tab along the edge and stick this onto the square as well.
  9. When the glue is dry.  Switch the tea light on and use the thread loop to hang it from your Christmas tree.

If not duffers…

Remember to take care when using, passing and walking with scissors and needles.

Sailing Day At Bank Ground Farm. Aug 2nd 2014

Following the success of last year’s Sailing Day hosted by the Battys of Bank Ground Farm, and our failure to raise a fit team of Dragon Boaters, we decided to repeat the experience.
Join us at Holly Howe for a spot of sailing, canoeing or native rowing.
Bank Ground Farm, East of Lake Rd, Coniston, Cumbria. LA21 8AA
Saturday August 2nd, from 10am till 4pm. Bring a model boat, hoist a signal, make a fire place, use leading lights, meet new friends and share lunch in style.
Cost £15 to include lunch and access to the site.
Juniors £8.
Please contact Helen Lewis 0191 373 6312 by 22nd July.

Code Wheel Trail

Lawn Mower Messages

The Swallows and the Amazons often send each other coded messages.  Use these code wheels to send your allies on a trail without letting the natives in on your secret.

You will need:

  • Template printed onto light card
  • Split pins
  • Scissors
  • Coloured pencils or pens (if you want to decorate them)
  • Pencil/pen
  • Paper

What to do:

  1. Make up one code wheel:
    1. Cut out one large wheel and one small wheel.
    2. Place the small wheel on top of the large one.
    3. Push a split pin through the centre.
  2. Write a trail around your garden with short clues (eg bench, tree).  Write it out in code:
    1. Turn the wheel so that the two wheels line up with random letters.
    2. Make a not of one pair of letters, using bold to represent the large wheel (eg jd).
    3. Find the letters to spell out the word on the smaller when but write the corresponding letter on the outer wheel (eg tree becomes nlkk).
  3. Hide the clues.
  4. Explain to your allies that each clue has a different code and that you need to align the two letters on the wheel.  They must then find the letters of the word on the larger wheel but write down the letter shown on the smaller wheel to decode the word which will send them to the next clue.

If not duffers…

Don’t go anywhere without an adult’s knowledge and permission.