Programme 2017

January 21 (Sat): AR’s Birthday Lunch, The Butt & Oyster, Pin Mill (IP9 1JW). Ted Evans on the TARS 2016 Expedition to the Baltic 12.30 for 13.00 . Book for lunch with Ted & Diana Evans (01394388295;

April 15th (Sat): Colne Valley Steam day. Meet at 11 am at Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ. (Off A1017 N. of Braintree). Free car park. Short talk on 1930’s trains. Visit The main railway, a small ride on train (as well as the full sized one), a huge model track, a museum, a signalbox, a travelling post office, another model railway, a buffet car and a shop. The cost per person will be between £7 and £10 depending on numbers. Book with Marc Grimston (07861 716635;

May 13th: Pin Mill Arthur Ransome Jamboree on the Green and River. Nancy Blackett, Peter Duck. Stalls.  12 to 6 pm: Lectures including Sophie Neville, Peter Willis, Hugh Brogan.

May 26-29: IAGM at Hemel Hempstead . See Signals and

June 10-11: Swamazons Camp at Walton and Frinton YC with the Old Gaffers Association. Swallows and Amazons Dinghy Race round Swallow Island; Build your own model boat and race. Contact the OGA organizer: Pete Elliston (01206 391870; for launching your dinghy, camping and to make bookings or for advice on B&Bs, etc.

June 17 (Sat) Wade Walk. (LW Harwich 11.28) Meet at Slipway (off B1034 just E. of Kirby Le Soken, at Island lane) at 10 am sharp with wellies. Possible walk to Witch’s quay as well. Bring packed lunch or lunch in Titchmarsh Marina. Further information will be sent after booking. Contact for details and to book-in by 3rd June: Rosemary Garfitt (01353 720925;

July 15th (Sat) Grantchester Walk. Meet 2.30pm at the entrance to the Orchard Tea Rooms car park (CB3 9ND) for a short guided walk around Grantchester. Rupert Brooke, one of the Dymock Poets and a friend of Edward Thomas and Lascelles Abercrombie, lived here just before the First World War. It is also the location for the TV series Grantchester. There is a parking charge for cars in the car park and it is a popular venue for tourists. Parking on the road at various places in the village is usually possible. Afternoon tea at the Orchard is always an experience although you can bring your own and picnic by the nearby river. Book with Brian Key (01245 263579;

September 1-3: National Literary Weekend, Edinburgh. See Signals and

October 19th :Lowestoft Day, including visit to International Boat Training Centre. Book with Marc Grimston (07861 716635; or Peter Willis (

November 11th (Sat): Regional AGM @ Pin Mill Sailing Club. Gather 11am onwards for Nancy Blackett Stall; slides, coffee and chat. 12.15 pm Lunch at Butt & Oyster. 2 pm: Speaker: Sarah Courtauld: Arthur Ransome , Duet and the Courtaulds. 3.15 pm: Regional AGM; 4.15 pm: Tea and cake. Book for lunch with Ted & Diana Evans (01394388295; by 6th November .