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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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