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In the footsteps of the Buckinghams

14th-16th September 2018

It's not too late to join us in Stratford-upon-Avon for a weekend in September. Copying Juliet & Simon, we are attending the 1.15 p.m. performance of Romeo & Juliet on September 15th. All Society reserved tickets have been purchased, but (at the time of writing) it is still possible to purchase your own ticket direct from the theatre for that performance. Alternately, why not just join us for the rest of the weekend's activities?

The provisional program is as follows:

Friday       Evening: meet at Old Thatch Tavern
Saturday   Morning: free time to explore the delights of Stratford
                Afternoon: 1.15 p.m. ‘Romeo and Juliet’
                Evening: meal, venue to be confirmed
Sunday     Morning: visit to Shakespeare's birthplace, including 45 minute talk, cost approx £13 (minimum of 15 for group discount).
                 OR, 45 minute boat cruise on the Avon, cost approx £5.50
                Lunch at Edward Moon's

The Booking Form can be downloaded from here. but please now ignore the section covering theatre ticket booking. For more information please contact the weekend's organiser, Pam Kirkland, at


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, due to early demand, rooms at The Links Hotel are now fully booked. However, our host hotel has kindly reserved a number of rooms exclusively for the Malcolm Saville Society with its sister hotel, The Dales Country Park Hotel, at Upper Sheringham. The Dales is located about a mile from Sheringham and its railway station, and approximately 3 miles away from The Links, set in its own beautiful gardens, on the edge of the National Trust’s Sheringham Park. A special group rate of £130 per night for a double/twin room is available for Society members, available until 1st December, after which any remaining rooms will go on general release.

If you would like to stay at The Dales, please contact the hotel reception directly on tel: 01263 824555, and mention the Malcolm Saville Society when booking. The special room rate applies to the Friday and Saturday nights of the Gathering Weekend, and also to nights added either side of the weekend. Please note it is not possible to book online for the Gathering Weekend.

* 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.


A weekend of rambling in Dovedale, visit Haddon Hall and ‘The OS Map Fan Club'

4th-6th October 2019

Following on from our very successful event with HF Holidays earlier this year, this weekend is at The Peveril of the Peak, at Thorpe, near Ashbourne, their Derbyshire property. Again we have activities to appeal to members who are keen walkers and also for the not so active. This proved extremely popular last time and we were fully subscribed very quickly. We also know that many members are keen to see Helen Woods’ show ‘The OS Map Fan Club’, so although the closing date for booking is Saturday 24th November 2018, we do suggest you book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

HF’s Derbyshire Country House, The Peveril of the Peak, named after Sir Walter Scott’s novel, is set in extensive, beautiful grounds in the village of Thorpe. Amongst its many attractions there are lounge rooms and bar, free Wi-Fi, a boot and drying room, ample car parking and all the rooms are en-suite. The basic cost of the weekend is £210 per person. This includes two nights’ accommodation in a classic room, Friday afternoon tea, two breakfasts and two evening meals, Saturday packed lunch, the optional guided walk and The OS Map Fan Club show.

Accommodation. There are 18 single rooms where no single supplement applies; however once these have been allocated in the order of bookings received, an additional charge of £20 per person per night will apply for single occupancy of a twin or double room. If applicable, you will be advised of this when booking. If you are a single booking, you can of course choose this option anyway. Similarly, if you request an upgraded premium room at £10 per person per night, these will be allocated by date order in which the bookings are received.

Friday evening. After dinner entertainment will be a ‘mini’ Murder Mystery play performed by member of the Society.

Choice of activities for Saturday daytime:

Haddon Hall and gardens. Haddon Hall is described as the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages. Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park, parts of the house date from the 12th Century, and the Elizabethan terraced gardens overlook the River Wye. More details can be found at There is a separate cost to this part of the weekend Self guided: Adult £15.75 Concessionary £14.00 Guided tour of the Hall or garden: £18.50; Guided tour of both: £21.00

Guided walk. The exact route has not yet been finalised, but we will be rambling in Dovedale on a circular route of approximately 8 miles beginning and ending at The Peveril of the Peak. The walk will be at a leisurely pace and is likely to take us 5 hours, including a stop for lunch. Although described as easy dale walking there are some ascents, descents, and steps, including the stepping stones over the River Dove, so please ensure you are fit enough to undertake a hill/country walk.

Do your own thing. Of course you do not have to join us on either the walk or the Haddon Hall visit. If you would like to be emailed HF’s self-guided information booklet for Dovedale and the surrounding area please contact Kim Spencer.

‘The OS Map Fan Club’

Helen Wood will be joining us on Saturday evening. She’ll take us on a virtual ramble, along ancient byways to meet colourful characters, hear amusing anecdotes and pause frequently to admire the view. This fascinating, laughter-filled show celebrates the simple beauty of Britain’s inspiring national treasure. Helen joined our Society for a short period because she was researching Malcolm Saville for this comedy show about maps. She says she enjoyed his books as a child, particularly the ones set in Shropshire, an area she visited often as a family, and particularly liked the sketch maps in the books. In her show, she tells the audience how the books and those sketch maps had a big influence on her early enthusiasm for maps. She always looks for people in the audience who have heard of him and read his books.

Please click here for the booking form or send a s.a.e to Kim Spencer.