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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
TARS members will be in the Cafe (inside the door) from 10:45 to welcome you. A guided Tour of the Library has been arranged for 11.30. To be included on the tour please contact Elsie Miller email@example.com by Monday, 7th May.
Parking is available alongside the building – take side road beside the new glass extension. Postcode G3 8AW.
Bus from Edinburgh is Citylink 900 Service to Buchanan St Bus Station then the Underground (Subway) from Buchanan Street to Kelvin Hall station and a shortish walk to the Library.
The Kelvin Hall is opposite the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
The collection includes many historic documents and maps.
After the Tour join us for a lunch across the road in the Art Gallery and Museum.
Members minibus seats must be booked from Lockerbie station. Contact Winifred.
12.45ish Meet up at Mill on the Fleet Café, 65 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HS. We will have lunch here. (There is also a picnic area if you wish to bring sandwiches)
14.00 hours. Gather at Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve Car Park
Dromore Farm Visitor Centre, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2BP
To prepare to ‘make a desperate dash to the summit’ (Titty – SD)
Actually more of a gentle ascent, taking the path – whatever Nancy would say!If you wish to remain below and wave to intrepid explorers, that’s good.
There is a very interesting Visitor Centre too and toilets. Follow the tracks of Five Red Herrings and the 1935 Hitchcock 39 Steps film.
From Creetown take the B796 for 7 miles turning left onto the minor road after Gatehouse Station to Visitor Centre. From Gatehouse of Fleet take the B796 after 6 miles turn right onto minor road to Visitor Centre and car park.
Friends and relatives welcome.
NX56SE 9 55906 64333. Big Water of Fleet Viaduct [NAT]. OS 1:10,000 map, 1980.
The Literary Day is on 29th September in Perth at the AK Bell Library, 2 – 8 York Place PH2 8EP in the Sandiman Room. 10 am Tea & Coffe. 10:30 Welcome & Introduction. 10.45 – 11. 45 First Speaker.
12.00 Lunch will be on sale in the venue or bring a packed lunch.
1.15 – 2.15 Oliver Eade. 2.30 – 3.30 Third Speaker. Conclusion Vacate Room 4pm.
The cost will be around £20 including teas and coffees but not lunch. Booking is essential. The library is near the train and bus stations.