Calendar

Jan
18
Sat
Arthur’s Birthday Lunch @ Craven Arms, Giggleswick
Jan 18 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm

To all Northern Members,

We are having a Birthday lunch to celebrate AR’s 130th birthday at the Craven Arms, Giggleswick, near Settle. It’s easy to access from the Settle bypass so we hope we can get there even in bad weather. Nick Brewster has the menu and can give further details. If you are keen, you can just get to the last performance of Swallows and Amazons the musical at the Theatre by the Lake afterwards. Don’t forget your Pirate Costume though! hope to see you at both.

love

Helen Lewis

 

Apr
26
Sat
A Dick and Dot Day in the Land of the Gaels @ TARS Library & Stall
Apr 26 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

‘”She might have seen a bird while she was waiting,” said Dick, “and got out of the car to have a better view, and sat down to watch it and fallen asleep.”’ PM

Caerlaverock Swans

Swans feeding at the Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

TARS LibraryThe library and stall will be open from 10.30am, when coffee/tea will be available in the café downstairs. After a talk by Margaret Ratcliffe, we’ll drive the 8 miles to Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock DG1 4RS, for a group lunch, a talk by Brian Morrell, the Manager, and a guided walk, taking in the newly built state-of-the-art, disabled-friendly Observatory, overlooking the Swan Pond, and finishing around 3.30pm, although the Centre is open until 5.00pm for those who want to stay longer.

When booking please indicate if you will need a lift to and from Dumfries station, giving arrival/departure times, and to and from Caerlaverock, or if you are able to offer a lift, and if so how many spare seats you will have.

Lunch (soup and sandwiches plus tea/coffee) is included in the cost. There is a café, with other food available to buy if you need it!

Cost – Adults 12.50 (incl. lunch), Concessions £11.00 (incl. lunch), members of WWT £6 (cost of lunch). Advance booking essential.

Jun
3
Tue
Rusland Ramble @ Rusland Churchyard LA12 8JT
Jun 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Come and join us for a time of quiet reflection at the grave side followed by a picnic and gentle ramble, weather permitting.
All welcome, but best to let one of the organisers know if you are coming.

Mar
21
Sat
Northern Region AGM 2015 @ Penrith Methodist Church
Mar 21 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

All Northern region members are invited to attend the AGM which is being held this year in Penrith on Saturday March 21st from 11.00.

We will meet at the Methodist Church Hall, Wordsworth Street, Penrith, Cumbria. CA11 7QY

Penrith Methodist Church Hall is situated on the junction of Wordsworth Street and Drover’s lane. Follow the one way system in the town centre keeping right to go south and then turn left into Portland Place. Sp Methodist Church.The church has a small car park, and car parking is available nearby. 

By Rail; Penrith is on the West Coast Mainline from north and south, and from the east via Carlisle.

Members are recommended to bring their own packed lunch and eat in the hall. Tea and coffee will be available.

In the afternoon we are pleased to welcome Jenny Weddick as our speaker. TARS and NBT member Jenny has also sailed extensively in tall ships. Her talk is entitled – ‘Blue Water and Albatrosses’

Oct
10
Sat
From AR own Correspondent @ Manchester Central Library
Oct 10 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

An opportunity for Tars in the south of our Region to meet and learn something of AR at the time when he was writing for the Manchester Guardian.

We meet in the Library cafe at 10.30. There is a room on the lower ground floor in which we can hear a presentation by Margaret Ratcliffe based on AR’s diary entries from this time.

After lunch we can explore the city centre and find some of the places that AR knew.

Mar
12
Sat
Northern Region AGM @ Bolton Abbey Village Hall
Mar 12 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Northern Members of TARS are cordially invited to attend the AGM, to be held in Bolton Abbey Village Hall near Skipton in North Yourkshire, starting at 11.00 for registration and coffee.

AGM meeting at 11.30 then a Bring Your Own Lunch in Company followed by a special reading of AR’s Play ‘Aladdin’ written in 1928 for the girls of Withington School, Manchester. (By kind permission of the Executors of the Arthur Ransome Estate.)

Any ideas for future events or offers of help on the committee woudl be very welcome. Please contact the secretary, Helen Lewis

 

Jan
21
Sat
AR’s Birthday Party Jan 21st 2017 @ Natland Villae Hall
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Please come to our Party.

We will be at the Natland Village Hall near Kendal on Saturday 21st January 2017, from 11.00 till 3,30.

Our theme book is Great Northern? There will be quizzes and games and a CAKE.

Love to see you all there!

Mar
25
Sat
Northern Region AGM @ Langcliffe Village Institute
Mar 25 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Members are encouraged to attend the TARS Northern Region AGM. This will be held at the Village Institute in Langcliffe, near Settle, BD24 9NF at 11.00. In the afternoon there will be an illustrated talk on the 2016 TARS Trip to the Baltic in search of AR.

Bring your own Lunch, drinks provided.

Bring and Buy Book stall and ART stall.

Jun
3
Sat
From Coniston to the Kremlin AR’s Russian Adventures @ Ruskin Museum
Jun 3 @ 10:30 am – 6:30 pm

An all day event to mark AR’s 50th anniversary, open to all Tars.

We meet at the Ruskin Museum at 10.30 for 11.00 visit to the Exhibition about AR’s journey to Russia at the time of the revolution. We will have to pay for entry to the Museum.

In the afternoon there is an opportunity to stroll around Tarn Howes or reacquaint yourselves with AR related sites around Coniston.

At 6.00 pm we reconvene at Rusland Church for the annual remembrance time at AR’s graveside. We have hired the Reading Room at the church for a bring-your-own picnic tea.

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