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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

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.

Chocolate Coots Nests

Lawn Mower Messages

Make this sweet treat that the Coot Club would appreciate (no coots are harmed in the making of these edible nests).

You will need:

  • 200g plain chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 50g butter
  • 75g shredded wheat
  • Heat-proof bowl
  • Saucepan of simmering water
  • Metal spoon
  • Mini chocolate eggs
  • Silicon baking sheet or baking parchment
  • Plastic tray which will to fit in your fridge (a baking tray or chopping board would work too)

What to do:

  1. Remove all the cream or brown eggs from the packet (these are the colour of coots eggs), you’ll need 36 eggs.  Save the other colours for making Easter nests.
  2. Weigh the chocolate, butter and syrup into the heat-proof bowl.  When the water has come to a simmer, remove from the heat and place the heat-proof bowl on top.  Meanwhile, carefully break up the shredded wheat into long ‘twigs’.  When the chocolate and butter have melted carefully stir in the shredded wheat with the metal spoon.
  3. Place the silicon baking sheet or baking parchment on the tray.  Place dollops of the chocolate and shredded wheat mixture onto the baking parchment, push three of the eggs into each pile.  Place in the fridge until completely set.
  4. As coots build their nests in water, the little piles of ‘twigs’ you’ve made are just the part of the nest which show above the water so you may want to make a a ‘watery’ base for you nests.  You could try making water from paper or napkins or use the nests to decorate a cake, you could even try making a coot from icing or marzipan.

If not duffers…

Always ask for an adult’s permission and help when cooking.

IAGM 2013 resources and links

IAGM 2013

The 2013 IAGM was hosted by the Southern region at Brockenhurst in the New Forest.


‘Dick Callum Cup’ quiz : round 1round 3, round 4 (needs muddled map and original map), round 5, round 6 (plus crib), tie-breakers. (Round 2 was not used – anagrams and answers.)

Websites relating to speakers/boats present

‘Swallow’ –

‘Nancy Blackett’ –

Sophie Neville –

Christina Hardyment –

Jubilee Sailing Trust –




When Arthur Ransome was illustrating his books he sometimes got children to pose for photographs (which he called Hollywoods).  Next time you are out on an adventure whether its with TARS or friends and family why not create your own Hollywoods.

Part 1

You will need:

  • Camera

What to do:

  1. While out on an adventure photograph your family and friends in a Swallows and Amazons style pose.  Arthur Ransome tried to avoid drawing faces so you might like to ask people to turn their faces away from the camera. 

If not duffers…

When out on adventures always be on the look out for potential danger and don’t go off anywhere with out an adult’s knowledge and permission.

Part 2

You will need:

  • Paper (cartridge paper is nice to draw on if you have it)
  • Pencil
  • Black pen (optional)
  • Rubber (optional)

What to do:

  1. Draw an illustration based on your photograph.  Arthur Ransome used mainly lines with a little shading for things like water and trees but you can do yours  however you like.
  2. When you are happy with your drawing, if you like ( and you are feeling brave), you could go over it using black pen.
  3. If you do go over your picture in pen, wait until the next day before using a rubber to remove the pencil lines.  Pictures can be ruined by impatient rubbing out.
  4. Step back and admire your artwork.  You could even send a copy of it to The Outlaw.


Lawn Mower Messages

Lawn Mower Messages

In The Picts and the Martyrs Nancy sends the Ds a message by mowing the words “No go” into the Beckfoot lawn. Here is how you can send your own message like Nancy does, only in miniature.

You will need:

  • A plastic tray (one that doesn’t matter too much)
  • Paper kitchen towel
  • Small jug or plant sprayer
  • Cress seeds
  • Scissors

What to do:

  1. Lay paper towel over the base of the tray, build up at least six layers.
  2. Damp the paper towel until it is wet but not so wet that puddles form.
  3. Sprinkle cress seeds all over the paper towel, you need to use quite a lot.
  4. Place somewhere warm such as the kitchen window sill.
  5. When the cress has grown into a thick, green lawn use scissors to cut your message into it.  Don’t make it too obvious unless you want any old native to be able to read it!

If not duffers…

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

Midland Programme

Midland Programme 2014

Click on the logos next to event to find out more about the category and find events across the country in this category.

Saturday 8 February National Space Centre Discovery Event
Saturday 8 March Puppet Day Titty's Challenge
Saturday 5 April Dymock Daffodil Trail Adventure Event
Saturday 10 May –
Sunday 11 May
Old Jonas and Slater Bob Nautical Event   Discovery Event
Saturday 21 June –
Sunday 22 June
‘Wild Cat Island’ Camp Susan's Challenge   John's Challenge
Friday 18 July –
Sunday 20 July
Rudyard Camp Nautical Event   John's Challenge
Friday 29 August –
Sunday 31 August
Swallowdale Camp
Adventure Event   Susan’s Challange   John's Challenge
Saturday 27 September Apple day
Susan’s Challange
Saturday 18 October or
Saturday 25 October
Professor Callum Walk
Adventure Event   Discovery Event
Saturday 22 November Mug and Book Day
Titty’s Challenge