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A Murder near Witchend and some Rambling and Talking

23th-25th February 2018

The ‘Shropshire Ramblings’ weekend in the Society calendar has previously been just for serious walkers, but this time the weekend is not only for walkers but also for non-walkers. Our venue is Longmynd House (previously The Long Mynd Hotel) in Church Stretton, Shropshire, which has recently been fully refurbished. It enjoys an elevated position with wonderful views over the Shropshire Hills, has lovely wooded grounds, a boot and drying room, an elevator and free WiFi, amongst many other attractions.

We will be staying on a full board basis and our weekend begins with dinner on Friday evening. All dietary needs can be catered for. On Saturday morning, through to mid-afternoon, there is a choice of activities – a guided walk, or stay in for Saville themed talks, book reviews and discussion groups, or do your own thing. For example, it’s a short walk into Church Stretton, or a slightly longer stroll to the National Trust Carding Mill Valley. Lunch is at the House or there is a take out luxury packed lunch.

The new and exciting part of this weekend starts late Saturday afternoon, with a specially written murder mystery play, ‘A Murder near Witchend’, performed by The Clungunford Players. We’ll gather in the Ragleth Room to see the unfolding drama at the Open Gardens weekend in Onnybrook. After dinner, we continue with the dramatic events of the day, the questioning of suspects and eventual conclusion. You’ll have the opportunity, if you wish, to question the suspects and, towards the end, fill in a questionnaire to guess who ‘did it’, before the final revealing scene is performed. There are prizes for the best answers!

The cost for this all-inclusive weekend is £185 per person, with no single supplement. This includes:

  • accommodation from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning
  • Friday and Saturday dinners, Saturday lunch and breakfast on Sunday
  • for those travelling by public transport, transfers from Church Stretton town or the railway station
  • all activities – guided walks on Saturday and Sunday, the Saturday in-house activities and the play.

Please note that booking for this event is now closed.


Annual Gathering Weekend 2018

6th-8th April 2018

The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury, Friday 6th to Sunday 8th April

Next year is the 75th anniversary of the publication of Mystery at Witchend and at last year’s Annual Gathering in Whitby members voted to return to Shropshire. The Lion Hotel in Shrewsbury is our base and special room rates have been negotiated at £105 for a twin or double and £75 for a single; this is on a bed and breakfast basis. Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury SY1 1UY, tel.01743 353107

Please mention The Malcolm Saville Society when booking to obtain these prices [you CANNOT book on line as all rooms will appear as booked] and if you have any problems ask to speak to Alex, the manager or his colleague, Katie Riggs. Rooms have been reserved for Society members and are being held until our bookings at the hotel have slowed down.

The activity rate is £80 for adults, £40 for 12 to 16 year olds and £30 for the under 12s. On Saturday we will be touring Saville sites by coach, visiting Stokesay Castle and lunching in Clun. Friday and Saturday evening meals and after dinner entertainment will be at The Lion Hotel. As usual, there are also optional activities on the afternoons of the Friday and Sunday. On Friday there is a choice of themed tours in Shrewsbury – the Abbey or Civil War; and on Sunday a boat trip. These are all at additional costs of £6 each.

The registration form was enclosed in Acksherley! 63, or can be downloaded from here.

We always welcome help from members in arranging any of our events. If you’d like to be involved with this Annual Gathering, please get in touch with a member of the Committee.

Please send any contributions you may have for the Souvenir Programme to Penny Cooper.


Rye weekend 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:

· 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


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, of 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