Visit TARS Library and Stall in Dumfries
Follow the town trail and help plan part of the 2016 IAGM
Discover the beauties of the tidal Nith, the story of the last years of Robert Burns, and many other Dumfries characters from the past. Bring your own knapsack full of bunloaf and marmalade, grog and chocolate, or sample the delights of Hullabaloo or one of the many other delightful eating-places in the town.
Meet at Georgetown Community Centre from 10:30am and we’ll take it from there.
Booking is not essential, but it would be useful to know if you are coming, so please email Winifred Wilson at email@example.com.
The annual Scottish Literary Day:
The venue, by popular demand, is once again the Tryst in Pitlochry. It is five minutes walk from the station, with trains from both the north and the south arriving in good time at 10.19 (trains cross here, it is single track).
Robert White, member of TARS Scotland, will talk about nature in Arthur Ransome’s twelve children’s books. In the afternoon there will be a ‘bring-and-tell’ session when you can read a passage on nature from your own favourite books be they fiction, plays or poetry.
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10.30 Registration and coffee
13:00 Buffet lunch
COST £12 for TARS members (£13 for guests) includes coffee, lunch and tea.
a service of thanksgiving on Tuesday 22 March at 12 noon at St Helen’s Church, Ranworth, Norwich, NR13 6HT. There will be refreshments afterwards nearby.
If you would like to donate in Patricia’s memory, we have decided to collect jointly for two causes dear to her heart; St Helen’s Church, Ranworth and The Broads Charitable Trust. Cheques made payable to Gordon Barber Donation account c/o Gordon Barber Funeral Directors, Horning Road West, Hoveton, NR12 8QJ.
About “We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea @ The Hush House”
A Summer revival of one of most popular shows, We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea.
Fresh from their ‘Swallows and Amazons’ adventures, John, Susan, Roger and Titty pitch up at Suffolk’s Pin Mill ready to take on the challenges of the East Coast.
When the children are invited aboard the ‘Goblin’ they have no idea that their world is about to become a larger and scarier place.
Left alone in charge of the boat they find themselves battling the elements and fighting for survival on the open seas.
Nick Woods’ wonderful adaptation of the classic Arthur Ransome novel can be seen at The Hush House at Bentwaters Parks in Suffolk and at Nene Park in Peterborough during July 2016.
Join us for a trip down the Borders Railway to visit Abbotsford House the home of Sir Walter Scott; one of Scotland’s most fascinating places. Created almost 200 years ago on the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, Abbotsford was the culmination of Scott’s creative ambitions as a writer and the fount of his inspiration.
Explore the historic house and discover a treasure trove of intriguing objects and unusual artefacts which inspired Scott’s greatest poems and novels. Learn about Scott’s life and achievements, browse the gift shop, have lunch in the restaurant or simply relax and unwind as you wander through the beautiful formal gardens and tranquil woodlands – a day out at Abbotsford has something for everyone.
We’ll meet up at Edinburgh’s Waverley Station to catch the 9.24 train to Tweedbank – make sure you leave time to buy your ticket first. The train should arrive in Tweedbank at 10.22 in time to catch the 10.30 bus for the 5-minute journey to Abbotsford House. (Alternatively, you can meet us at Tweedbank Station or at the house itself.)
At the end of our visit we’ll aim to catch the 14:53 bus from Abbotsford, returning us to Tweedbank Station in time for the 15:31 train back to Edinburgh (Arriving in Waverley at 16:29).
Indicative costs (pay your way on the day):
Offpeak day return rail ticket – £11.20 (railcard discounts available)
Entry to Abbotsford House & Gardens – £8.95 (£7.70 concession)
There’s no booking for this event, but it would be useful if we know you’re intending to join us.
In this the centenary year of Old Peter’s Russian Tales publication, Mary Pritchard will talk to us about the story behind Arthur Ransome’s writing of these stories. In the afternoon this will be followed by a ‘bring and share’ session when you are invited to share an extract from one of your own favourite books (not necessarily Ransome-related) that has a short story or Russian connection.
10.30am Registration and coffee
1.00pm Buffet lunch
COST £12 for TARS members (£13 for guests) – including coffee, lunch, and tea. (Advance booking essential).
Joint TARS Scotland and Northern Regions Camp
Friday July 28th to Sunday August 6th 2017
After two successful years at Hoathwaite it would be great to have another camp next year and
Diana Wright has passed the baton to us, Elizabeth Williams and Chris Rosindale. The Northern IAGM is at Coniston is in 2018 so we won’t be returning until after that. We’ve looked really hard, but we couldn’t find a suitable lakeside site that would take a group booking in high season, provide cheap or free boat launching, and glamping options, in the Lake District.
However we’ve found a lovely site at Loch Ken in south-west Scotland. There are a variety of more upmarket glamping options as well as cheap camping and boat launching. A pity that it isn’t on Derwentwater but you can’t have everything! See what the site offers on:
If we want further adventure we can go wild camping for one night on either a wooded spit jutting out into the Loch or (!) on a wooded island. The centre will ferry us there and back in their own boats or we could probably use our own if enough are brought. There are different activities offered, including archery, climbing, zip wire and kayaking, so Outlaws (and those of us who are inner Outlaws) could be kept entertained off the water as well as afloat.Loch Ken is 9 miles long. Bridged by a disused railway viaduct just North of the village of Parton, it is
essentially in 2 halves – though through navigation for small boats is unobstructed by the railway viaduct. The Northern half, from the viaduct up to edge of New Galloway village, has an almost Lake District feel, with hilly woodland and upland farmland reaching the water’s edge. The Southern half, from the viaduct down to Crossmichael village, lies between gentle pastureland and is full of little bays, islands, and coves, with many reed-beds, giving it an almost Coot Club/Norfolk Broads feel. As a result, the Loch offers a very attractive setting for Arthur Ransome-inspired activities. It is quieter, and easier to drive to than Coniston, Windermere, Derwentwater or Ullswater, which I hope would compensate for it being a bit further north.
Loch Ken is somewhere TARS has never explored before, so it would be a first for us.
If you are interested in joining us please e-mail email@example.com as soon as possible so that we can send you information and have an idea about how many pitches for tents, caravans, campervans we need to book ( it’s a small site) and who may be joining us in more sophisticated accommodation. If you decide you do want to join us then please could you book your preferred accommodation option directly with the Galloway Activity Centre (GAC) (please use the Booking Reference ‘TARS2017’, so that the GAC can try and group us together on the site) – details for doing so can be found on their website. You can of course join us and leave us when you wish.
Elizabeth Williams and Chris Rosindale
The Arthur Ransome Society
AR’s Birthday Lunch
12.30 pm for 1 pm on Saturday 20th January, 2018
in the upper Room of the Butt & Oyster, Pin Mill IP9 1JW
Encountering the Ransomes: Excerpts from the new DVD
Please book with menu choices below (eg 1a, 2c) by January 15th with Ted & Diana Evans (01394 388295; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Prices include gratuities for service
£2 extra for Birthday Cake as dessert.
a. Homemade soup – with fresh bread (v) £5.50
b. Devilled Whitebait – with harissa mayonnaise £7
c. Smoked Mackerel Pate – with cornbread croutes £6.50
d. Crevettes (king prawns in the shell) – cooked in garlic butter and served with fresh bread £7
e. Falafel – with harrisa yoghurt & humous £6.50
a. Fish & Chips – in Adnams beer batter, with garden peas, chips & tartare sauce £14
b. 8oz Beef Burger -served in a seeded semi brioche bun, with sliced tomato & red onion, lettuce, tomato chutney & chips £14
c. Hand-cut Ham Steak – lightly grilled, with fried eggs, chips, tomato & red onion salad & mustard mayonnaise £14
d. Proctors Suffolk Pride Sausages with mashed potato, braised red cabbage and vegetable of the day £13
e. Spinach, Mushroom & Chickpea Stew – with tomato, fennel, butternut squash & chilli sauce with garlic ciabatta bread £12
f. Falafel Burger – chickpeas with coriander, cumin and garlic served with humous, tomato, red onion & lettuce in a seeded semi brioche bun with sweet potato fries £11
g. Super Food Salad with Pan-Seared Mackerel Fillets – quinoa, cherry tomato, carrot, beetroot, edamame, chickpeas, alfalfa sprouts and chia seeds with a garlic, lemon, parsley and olive oil dressing £12
PLEASE LET TED EVANS HAVE YOUR CHOICES (eg 1c, 2b) BY PHONE/MAIL/EMAIL BY 15th January at the latest.
Copies of the DVD will be available on the day at £20 each. Please indicate how many you wish to purchase.
DIRECTIONS to Butt & Oyster (IP9 1JP)
Leave at Ipswich Central (A137) just west of the Orwell Bridge. Follow A137 towards Ipswich, but turn right at the roundabout at the bottom of the hill onto the B1456. Follow B1456 under Orwell Bridge, and through Woolverstone and Chelmondiston, taking the last left turn as you leave Chelmondiston on the road marked to Pin Mill and the river. Park in the Pay & Display CP on the left immediately before the river. The Butt & Oyster is on the riverfront on your right.