Shropshire Ramblings 201527th February-1st March 2015
We are still awaiting a full report of this not-so-recent event.
Annual Gathering - Torquay 201510th-12th April 2015
A great programme of events had been organised for the 21st Annual Gathering of the Society based on two of Malcolm Saville’s Lone Pine Books, Saucers over the Moor and Where’s my Girl? and his guide book, Come to Devon
The early arrivals enjoyed a boat trip across Tor Bay to Brixham followed by an interesting and informative tour of the harbour led by Brixham resident and society member, Frank Shepperd.
Friday night we all got together at the Grand Hotel for a buffet and light entertainment.
Saturday saw us up early for a choice of activity. One group went off to Dartmoor for an exhilarating and at times scary walk across the moor the other group visiting Buckfast Abbey. The two groups met up at Princetown for a light lunch.
Then it was off to Plymouth for more Saville location spotting including a walk round the Hoe and harbour.
On Saturday evening we enjoyed a fabulous feast followed by a ceilidh. This novel idea turned out to be great success with a Scottish dancing display, community dancing, poems, readings, songs and a play all provided by the members (except the display dancing of course). An excellent evening’s entertainment.
Sunday morning saw our usual AGM. After coffee a few goodbyes were said whilst the rest went on in the afternoon to visit the extraordinary Kent’s Cavern.
Altogether a busy, varied, interesting and thoroughly enjoyable weekend most ably organised by David Smith and his team.
London Weekend19th-21th June 2015
25 people (including some on their first Society activity) enjoyed a weekend of good weather in London to explore locations from a number of Malcolm Saville’s books that are set, or contain scenes, in London as well as his non-fiction work Come To London.
On Friday, we walked around Hampstead Heath, visiting possible locations from A Palace For The Buckinghams and parts of the Heath referred to in Come to London. This was followed by a trip to Islington for potential locations that inspired Brownlow Square (about which there was much debate!) and the station to which Jonathan Warrender followed Slinky Grandon in Lone Pine London. Later, during a beautiful sunny evening, we ate at Café Rouge in St Katharine’s Dock (which is briefly referred to in A Palace For The Buckinghams and which lies in the shadow of Tower Bridge and The Tower of London).
Saturday’s activity involved a walk along the old railway line from Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace, including visiting the church in Stroud Green in which Malcolm and Dorothy Saville were married in 1926 (although the church was actually rebuilt after the 2nd World War) and the house in Muswell Hill where Malcolm and Dorothy first lived as a married couple. In the evening, we enjoyed a pub meal in Bloomsbury, near to the location of James Wilson’s mews flat in Lone Pine London.
On Sunday morning, we walked from Knightsbridge to Battersea Park, taking in further locations in connection with Lone Pine London, the Jillies series and The Buckinghams at Ravenswyke.
A Weekend in Tenby18th-20th September 2015
31 people attended the weekend in Tenby and we were lucky to have superb weather.
For those fortunate to be able to get there for Friday afternoon, Jo Pentney led a tour around Manorbier Castle which is just a few miles from Tenby. Manorbier is an exceptionally pretty castle set on a rocky spur overlooking the beach, with views out to sea.
In the evening we all met up for a meal at The Ocean Restaurant although, because there was an Arts Festival on and the kitchen was very busy, we had to have our meals in 3 ‘shifts’- an hour apart. We had the room all evening and people were arriving at different times and so, with the aid of good logistical forward planning, this somewhat unusual arrangement worked well.
On the Saturday the whole group went across to Caldey Island by boat and experienced their best weather of the year to date. Once there we split up into smaller groups and explored the fascinating island with its Abbey, lighthouse, tea room, shop and beautiful walks with superb views. In the evening we met up again for a lovely meal at The Heywood Brasserie.
On Sunday morning, as the children did in the book (All Summer Through), we walked the coastal path from Lydstep across the cliffs at Proud Giltar back to Tenby. This was a walk of 4 1/4 miles although it turned out to be slightly longer as the red flags were flying on the army firing range and a detour was necessary.
Jenni Dodson wrote the weekend up for Acksherley! 58 and her final paragraph is worth repeating here for the benefit of non-members:
“Most of you don’t know me as The Malcolm Saville Society is new to me, and vice versa, but to any of you reading Acksherley! who might feel hesitant about coming on a trip, do! It is a chance to be welcomed by the members and their friends, to perhaps reinforce your childhood memories of exciting stories, explore or re-explore new places, and have fresh air and exercise”