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Jul
28
Fri
Loch Ken Camp. @ Galloway Activity Centre
Jul 28 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 6 @ 12:00 pm

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:

https://www.lochken.co.uk/

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 elizabeth.williams10@aol.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

Jan
20
Sat
TARS East Birthday Lunch @ Butt & Oyster, Pin Mill
Jan 20 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

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; secretary.east@arthur-ransome.org.uk)
Prices include gratuities for service
£2 extra for Birthday Cake as dessert.

1.Starters
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

2. Mains
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)
From A14:-
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.