Calendar

Sep
27
Sat
Apple Day
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPut a ‘Swallows and Amazons’ slant on celebrating the apple harvest with a variety of light-hearted activities in a Gloucestershire garden.

See Signals for further details or e-mail midlands@arthur-ransome.org.uk.

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Susan's Challange
Attend this event to complete the Susan’s Challenge in your log book.

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

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Oct
25
Sat
Professor Callum Walk
Oct 25 @ 10:45 am – 3:30 pm

Professor Callum Walk

Saturday 25th October

11.00am

Climb Herefordshire Beacon in the Malverns

and discover some of the secrets of this

Iron Age Fort

hereford camp

For further details see Signals Sept – Dec or  e-mail midlands@arthur-ransome.org.uk.

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Nov
22
Sat
Mug and Book Day @ Network For Change
Nov 22 @ 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Swallows and Amazons Mugs

Use porcelain paints and pens to turn a plain mug into your own special Ransome-themed creation in the morning.  For the afternoon bring along a favourite book or two to introduce fellow TARS members to.  Come for either or both parts of the day as you prefer.

Please be aware this is up 4 short flights of stairs!!!

For further details e-mail midlands@arthur-ransome.org.uk.

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Titty's Challenge
Attend this event to complete Titty’s Challenge in your Able Seaman log book.

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!

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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
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.

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.

Oct
24
Sat
Scottish Literary Day – Flights of Fancy: Natural History in “the Twelve” @ The Tryst, Pitlochry
Oct 24 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

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.

Further details from mary.pritchard49@googlemail.com

10.30 Registration and coffee

13:00 Buffet lunch

15:00 Tea

COST £12 for TARS members (£13 for guests) includes coffee, lunch and tea.