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Jul
25
Fri
The Newtonmore Wildcat Experience @ Newtonmore
Jul 25 @ 3:00 pm – Jul 27 @ 10:00 am

Join us for the weekend and enjoy a Wild Cat Experience!

The Wildcat Trail

We have the exclusive use of Newtonmore Hostel from midday on Friday July 25th to Sunday July 27th. The hostel is right in the middle of the little town of Newtonmore in the heart of the Wildcat country!

The hostel at NewtonmoreNewtonmore is on the railway line from Inverness in the north to Edinburgh and Glasgow in the south. For Rattletraps the A9 is only a few minutes away and there is parking at the hostel. Likewise dromedaries can be stabled. For those who do not want to stay in the hostel there are B and Bs nearby, one of them only a couple of minutes from the hostel.

If you are very lucky you may see a wildcat in the wild. If you are not so lucky you can make your own luck by joining us at the nearby Highland Wildlife Park run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. Discover Scottish wildlife and endangered animals of the world’s mountains and tundra in a spectacular setting in the Cairngorm National Park.

The Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore covers a mile long site with over twenty-five buildings. Discover how Highland people lived, worked and dressed. Visit the reconstructed eighteenth century Highland village. Look out for charcoal burners. The museum is inspired by the open air ones in Scandinavia and moreover it is free!

The open air museum

Surely not the Amazons’ tent! Spot the handcart (which book does that feature in?).

In the hills just above Newtonmore is the remains of a Pictish dwelling place. (Picts lived here, but were there any Martyrs?) Follow the Wildcat Trail into the hills to find it. Bring Dromedaries for further exploration!

A blue wildcat

A blue wildcat.

There are numerous models of wildcats prowling the town. Find 25 and you receive a certificate. Find 50 and you win a prize. Each wildcat is decorated in a different way.

A very strange wildcat.

A very strange wildcat.

A purple wildcat

A purple wildcat. Only another 47 to go!

The weekend is especially good for juniors and their families, and there is a welcome for TARS members from other regions too. Sleeping places are limited, so early booking is recommended, if you would rather stay elsewhere then just join us during the day and in the evening.

The cost is £14 per night (this includes tea, breakfast and refreshments throughout the day).
Juniors go FREE (but must be accompanied by a paying adult).
There is also a £5 Registration Fee for all attending any part of the weekend.

Aug
14
Thu
Camping weekend @ Cobnor, near Chichester
Aug 14 – Aug 17 all-day

Between August 15th and 17th we are having our usual annual camp at Cobnor, near Chichester. We light fires, go sailing, look at the stars, swim, and much more. You can stay overnight or visit for just a day.

Booking forms for this event will be sent out to Southern members by email and post nearer the time. Members from other regions please phone/email to get hold of a form as you are welcome too!

Last year there were 43 adults and 30 juniors having a great deal of fun.

Bring a boat if you can, or be press-ganged as crew aboard someone else’s. We regret to report that Swallow (the film version) will be unable to attend this time.

Sep
20
Sat
London sightseeing @ Greenwich, London
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

On Saturday September 20th we will be visiting Greenwich. This will include a visit to the Cutty Sark in the morning, so please meet there at 10am. Lunch will be found in Greenwich before we visit the National Maritime Museum in the afternoon.

The cost to visit the Cutty Sark is £12 or £9.50 concessions or £6.50 for a child. The National Maritime Museum is free. For anyone who has not recently been to either of these, they will find a lot of changes. Both are fascinating to anyone interested in nautical matters.

Oct
18
Sat
Scottish Literary Day @ Linlithgow Union Canal Centre (LUCS)
Oct 18 @ 10:15 am – 4:30 pm

We’re delighted to welcome Sophie Neville (‘Titty’ in the 1974 Swallows and Amazons film) to our Literary Day!

Sophie Neville

Sophie Neville

  • 10:15am to 10:30am – Registration and Coffee in the LUCS Team Room
  • Talk: – ‘The Making of the Swallows and Amazons film’ – Sophie Neville
  • Boat Trip on the canal
  • Lunch
  • Talk: – ‘Gaelic Language and Community in Great Northern?‘ – Prof. K MacKinnon
  • Talk: – Sophie Neville

Cost: £22 including the Boat Trip, all food, coffee and tea.

Booking (by 4 October please), and further information from Jim Lonie – jimlonie@gmail.com

St Magdalene

Nov
8
Sat
Autumn gathering @ Chidham Village Hall
Nov 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please note the new location; we will be meeting on the South coast instead of the usual spot!

Held this year in Chidham Village Hall (at postcode PO18 8TP, on the main road through Chidham), very near to where we hold our summer camp, not far from Chichester. We will be hearing from Claudia Myatt the well known illustrator and author, who has illustrated the Strong Winds trilogy by Julia Jones and also is the artist used by the Nancy Blackett Trust. As well as a speaker we are going to have our own regional members’ forum: a chance for everyone to talk about how they see the Society going, are people happy with our events? what other events might we do? what are people’s concerns? what suggestions do people have for the future? etc. Come prepared to discuss and drink tea.

We will have two floors to use, so juniors can have their own activities; this year it is cake decoration and flag making. The nearest railway station is Nutbourne, 8 minute’s walk away.

Nov
27
Thu
SWALLOWS & AMAZONS – THE MUSICAL @ BRISTOL OLD VIC
Nov 27 2014 – Jan 17 2015 all-day

Revival of 2010 Production

Swallows and Amazons

Written by Arthur Ransome
Adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson
With songs by Neil Hannon
Directed by Tom Morris
Revival directed by Pieter Lawman
A Bristol Old Vic production

Jan
17
Sat
Birthday Lunch & AGM @ Hawes Inn
Jan 17 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Celebrate Arthur Ransome’s birthday at the Hawes Inn in South Queensferry – AGM afterwards in the Meeting Room.

The Firth of Forth narrows at this point … Right in the midst of the narrows lies an islet with some ruins; on the south shore they have built a pier, for the service of the ferry; and at the end of the pier, on the other side of the road and backed against a pretty garden of holly-trees and hawthorns, I could see the building they call the Hawes Inn. *

We look forward to celebrating Ransome’s Birthday with a great lunch!

MENU

Soup of the day
Potted oak smoked chicken liver pate
Prawn cocktail

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Salt beef hash
Fish pie
Savoury Eccles cake

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Raspberry creme brûlée
Rhubarb, plum & cherry oaty crumble
Cheese board

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Tea or Coffee

3 courses £25, 2 Courses £20 (including service charge). Time: – 12.30pm for 1 o’clock

Booking is essential for this occasion! We must let the Hawes Inn know the number of people coming. Lunch bookings must be made by 3rd January 2015.

… presently [David Balfour and Ransome] were set down at a table in the front room of the inn, and both eating and drinking with a good appetite. *

* Both quotations from Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Mar
14
Sat
Bohemian Walk @ Chelsea, London
Mar 14 @ 11:00 am

A tour of the young adult Ransome’s haunts.

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’

Jul
25
Sat
Visit TARS Library and Stall in Dumfries @ Georgetown Community Centre
Jul 25 @ 10:30 am

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 winwilson2003@yahoo.co.uk.