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Rye weekend – 1st – 3rd June 2018

1st-3rd June 2018

The suggested programme of events is:

Friday afternoon - for those who are able to arrive early we are looking to take a trip out to Dungeness

Friday evening - we will be dining together (if you chose to) at The River Haven Hotel, Quayside, Winchelsea Road, Rye TN31 7EL

Saturday morning and afternoon - the day will have a range of choices including:< p class=\"tab\"> · a trip out to Camber Castle (only open to the public on the first Saturday of the summer months) · a visit to the nature reserve at Rye Harbour · a 30 minute boat trip around the bay. One of our members has previous experience of the trip and comments: “it was a very gentle outing, given age (and size) of the members. I recall wishing we could go faster, as it was quite exhilarating when we were going along the coast. We also went up-river to Rye, at a very sedate speed” · a tour around Winchelsea led by someone from Winchelsea museum. The tour would include the church, the cellars (which are a Winchelsea attraction, the museum, Spike Milligan\'s grave, around the streets to include MS’s Chelsea Cottage and the site of the windmill (sadly destroyed in the 1987 gales) · the New Inn, Winchelsea can provide lunch if required so long as we pre-book and pre-order food.

Saturday evening - we will again be dining together (if you chose to) at The River Haven Hotel, Quayside, Winchelsea Road, Rye TN31 7EL Sunday morning - we will be following one of the 4 journeys around the town described in ‘Portrait of Rye’ Sunday afternoon - still to be decided but we are open to suggestions

There will be a charge for both the boat trip and the Winchelsea tour – likely to be c.£15 and £10 respectively – depending on numbers

Clive Gee is organising the weekend with the very able help of Sally Walker who now lives in Rye. At this stage we just needs expressions of interest and the answer to 4 questions: 1. Would you like to attend the weekend? 2. Would you like to join us for dinner at The River Haven Hotel on Friday and Saturday? 3. Would you be interested in the boat trip? 4. Would you be interested in the tour of Winchelsea? Please reply by e-mail to:

If you have any queries please phone Clive on either 07775 540 646 or 01454 299 273'

If you are interested in attending this event, you can register your interest by filling in this form

In the footsteps of the Buckinghams

14th-16th September 2018

Recent Society events in 2017 have had a significant 'Buckinghams' feel: the Annual Gathering in Brighton, with a focus on The Long Passage, and the September visit to Ludlow and Hereford, exploring locations from The Master of Maryknoll. The Buckinghams theme continues!

You may recall in The Long Passage the Buckinghams stopped at Stratford on their way south, to see a performance of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the theatre. So, when we discovered that ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is on the RSC's schedule for 2018, it seemed too good an opportunity to miss.

Therefore, we are arranging a weekend event in Stratford-upon-Avon from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th September 2018. The details are as follows:
· 50 tickets have been reserved for a limited time only for the 1.15 p.m. performance of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ on the Saturday at a cost of £57.50 each
· These tickets are available on a 'first come – first served' basis, by email to Pam Kirkland at
· Upon confirmation of a seat, the Event Booking Form below should be completed and a non-returnable deposit of £15 for each ticket paid within 7 days, o confirmation
· The outstanding balance of £42.50 per ticket must be paid by January 20th
· A provisional programme for the weekend has been drawn up (see below). However, if you only wish to attend the theatre this is not a problem. Again, please indicate on the Booking Form which can be downloaded from here.

Provisional weekend programme:
Friday Evening: meet for a meal
Saturday Morning: free time to explore the delights of Stratford
Afternoon: 1.15 p.m. ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Evening: meet for a meal
Sunday Morning: possible visit to Shakespeare's birthplace, including 45 minute talk, cost approx £13 (minimum of 15 for group discount). Alternately, 45 minute boat cruise on the Avon, cost approx £5.50
Meet for lunch


Come to Norfolk in 2019

26th-28th April 2019

Next year’s Annual Gathering Weekend will take place on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast between Friday 26th and Sunday 28th April 2019. This will of course tie in with one of Malcolm Saville’s most popular books, Redshank’s Warning (1948); however, a lesser known volume is The Adventure of the Life-boat Service (1950) and, with Cromer’s heroic links to this service, we are hoping to tie this into the weekend also. Another piece of Saville writing you might want to seek out is Guardians of our Coast, which appeared as a contributory chapter in Adventure & Discovery 2 (1947).

Our host hotel for the weekend will be The Links Country Park Hotel at West Runton. The Links is one of the area’s most prestigious hotels, and includes a host of facilities including a golf course, gym, indoor swimming pool and free parking! The Hotel has 49 ensuite bedrooms – a mix of single, double, twin and superior. The Hotel is just off the A149 Coast Road, and for those travelling by rail is only 150 metres from West Runton Station, with regular connections via Norwich to the rest of the network.

Activities for the weekend are still at the planning stage, but for those who would like to book their accommodation early, the Hotel is now able to take reservations for the weekend. We will be dining at the Hotel on the Friday and Saturday evenings, and this will be included as part of your weekend activities (booking forms for Activities* will go out in the summer). A special group rate has been arranged of £130 per night for a double/twin room, £80 per night for a single room, or £90 per night for single occupancy of a double room including breakfast. Currently, rooms are reserved exclusively for Society members, although from 1st December, any remaining rooms will go on general release.

If you would like to stay at the Links for the weekend (or longer, the special rates will apply to nights added either side of the Gathering Weekend), please contact the Hotel Reception directly on 01263 838383 and mention the Malcolm Saville Society when booking – please note it is NOT possible to book online for the Gathering Weekend. The Hotel will require a holding deposit of £20 per person.

* Booking Forms for the activities part of the weekend will be sent out later in the year; remember, you’ll need to confirm your attendance by completing an MSS Annual Gathering 2019 booking form to register for the weekend itself.