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.
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.
We’re delighted to welcome Sophie Neville (‘Titty’ in the 1974 Swallows and Amazons film) to our Literary Day!
- 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
- 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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!
Soup of the day
Potted oak smoked chicken liver pate
Salt beef hash
Savoury Eccles cake
Raspberry creme brûlée
Rhubarb, plum & cherry oaty crumble
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
A tour of the young adult Ransome’s haunts.
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’
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 email@example.com.
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.