Events in 2019

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February Ramblings 2019

23th-24th February 2019

On the last weekend of February, over twenty members of the Society attended the Neglected Mountain walking weekend that was based in Bishop’s Castle in Shropshire. On Saturday, we walked along the Stiperstones ridge, including stopping at the Devil’s Chair to enable some members to climb it and take photographs. We proceeded along the ridge and then descended down Crowsnest Dingle (“Greystone Dingle” in the Lone Pine books) to Stiperstones village, including stopping at the Post Office/shop which was the inspiration for Harman’s Stores. The last part of the walk was through part of the “Land of Dereliction”, the area known for its old lead mine workings and spoil heaps (although most of these are now grassed over), with opportunities to look back up to the main features of the ridge above us. We were lucky to enjoy fine weather, with blue skies and a lot of sunshine - there was no evidence of the devil sitting on his chair!

The Sunday morning walk, with more sunshine and blue skies, was shorter and involved climbing Perkin’s Beach dingle up to Shepherd’s Rock on the Stiperstones ridge, a walk past the ruins of the old villages on the eastern slopes of the Stiperstones and then a steep descent back to Stiperstones village via Mytton Dingle, the latter thought to be an inspiration for “Black Dingle” in the books.

A full report will appear in the next edition of Acksherley!


Come to Norfolk in 2019

26th-28th April 2019

We are awaiting a full report of this recent event.



7th-10th June 2019

Following in the footsteps of the Buckinghams and Charles Renislau, a small group of members travelled independently to Amsterdam to explore the location for Diamond in the Sky. This was the Society’s second visit. Various explorations took place over the weekend which members could choose whether or not to join in on. These included a canal trip in a covered barge; visits to The Church in the Attic spread across the attics of three town houses, Anne Frank’s House and the Concertgebouw; a tour led by our local Dutch member; a ferry to the North Shore; and an afternoon of windmills and seeing Dutch life in the past at Zaanse Schans. A very enjoyable weekend where, as usual, members not only enjoyed exploring a Saville site but also the excellent company and good dining out.


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

4th-6th October 2019

Our first Society weekend in an area with no Saville connections proved very popular when almost 70 members and friends travelled to Derbyshire. The venue was The Peveril of the Peak in Dovedale where HF provided excellent food, drink and accommodation.

On Friday evening we were treated to an intriguing murder mystery play written by Lin Brown, who along with fellow Shropshire amateur dramatic actors entertained us with The Green Fingered Murder, which they had also recently performed in Church Stretton and The Bog Centre at the Stiperstones, to much acclaim. It was great fun and the murderer and motive was correctly identified by some clever people.


Although there had been heavy rain all week, on Saturday the weather was dry and warm. Some people set off early for a rather muddy all-day very enjoyable walk up Dovedale, whilst others visited Haddon Hall and gardens. One group arrived back rather later and more tired than the other, but everyone had had a fun day.


The highlight for most was Saturday evening when we were very fortunate to be entertained by Helen Wood as she performed her OS Map Fan Club show. Her love of maps had begun as a young child when she read Malcolm Saville's Lone Pine books. A really funny and extremely enjoyable show which she has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and other venues.

The weekend ended on Sunday with a super lunch for some of the group at The Izaac Walton Hotel.

It proved that we are a truly sociable Society whose members have a fun time, wherever the venue might be, a Saville connection or not!