Sep 04

Treasure Island Trail Launch 19th Sept’ 2015

Grand Opening – You are invited to the launch of The Bristol Treasure Island Trail, part of the new European Cultural Route, ‘In the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson’ – September 19th 2015

The Trail will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Clare Campion-Smith, at 1pm on Saturday, September 19th 2015, outside the Merchant Venturers Almshouses at the Broad Quay, end of King Street.

After the launch you will have the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour of the Trail.

the-pirates-in-an-adventure-with-scientists-movie-posterAt 3pm The Long John Silver Trust has organised a showing of the Aardman film The Pirates! at Arnolfini as part of the Talk Like a Pirate Day celebrations.

Tickets are available from Bristol Ticket Shop for just £5.

Book here:
http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=10206

To round off the day, book a trip on The Matthew which will be hosting two offerings from Captain Barnacle: –

5-6pm – Family Captain Barnacle’s Pirate Panto! – Family friendly 1 hour puppet trip around the harbour.

6-8pm – Adult Pirate trip – A one hour sail from 6-7pm then exclusively on board at the quayside with the pirates and bar open.

Book here:
http://www.matthew.co.uk/trips/

Please spread the word and make Talk like a Pirate Day the best that Bristol has ever seen!

Aug 04

Long Shaun Silver Celebration BBQ – 31st July 2015

DSCF1563-croppedFriday night at the Beaufort Arms in Hawkesbury Upton saw a special fundraiser c/o of Dilly’s all star Barbie team, in the presence of our Long Shaun (Shorn) Silver …

A massive £425 was raised to be shared equally between Bristol’s Grand Appeal and our Trust’s imminent RLS Treasure Island Trail.

Tons of thanks are deserved and here they are in Dilly’s words: –

“Thank you to everyone who came along and enjoyed our BBQ in the Beaufort garden. Special Thanks go to:

Genna and Karen who did a really good job selling raffle tickets. They raised a staggering £200 – so a great big well done.

To our very own Zebra legged cook Nathan who did a great job cooking the burgers & sausages.

To Hannah our veggie cook.

To Pete for coming to the rescue with the cooking (it got really busy).

We raised £225 on the food!

To Harry for giving us some excellent entertainment.

To Sam for doing anything I needed.

And to everyone else who helped to make such a Brilliant Day.

Thank you, Dilly x”

In addition to Dilly’s thanks I would like to give her a special huge thanks for organising it all, a thank you to Lin and Sarah for wrapping all of the raffle prizes, also the prize donors, Adrian for some nifty early entertainment and Kim and Karen for doing a deal on the luxury food.

Best wishes, Landlord and LJST Trustee, Mark

May 04

Join Mark Steeds at Bristol’s Walking Festival 2015

Calling all literary/history fans who like a bit of a walk.

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Long John Silver Trust historian Mark Steeds is a signed up member of Bristol’s exciting Walking Festival and is conducting two tours around Bristol’s historic heart on Thursday 7th and Thursday 28th May.

The walks are entitled “Bristol’s Treasure Island Influences” and are numbers 32 and 156 in the festival programme.

Starting at Bristol’s bombed out Temple Church just off of Victoria Street, we’ll start off with brewer’s tales, from the Knights Templar to Sir John Hawkins, lead sponsor of Woodes Rogers’ great 1708 circumnavigation that rescued the prototype of Robinson Crusoe and originated a host of other key episodes of Britain’s history.

We’ll wander past the Cornubia and Seven Stars (the pub that helped change the world), the Exploration statue, the former Talbot Hotel and Bristol Bridge, the site of St Peter’s Hospital to talk about Dr Thomas Dover, the ruins of the old castle keep where Defoe met maroon Alexander Selkirk, Southey’s birthplace in Wine Street and then the Rummer, home of Coleridge’s first publication.

Back to Bristol Bridge and on to Welsh Back and the Llandoger Trow, talk about Smollett and Swift of Humphrey Clinker and Gulliver’s Travels fame respectively, and on up King Street to the Merchant Venturers Alsmhouses that gave birth to William Williams’ Journal of Llewellin Penrose – seaman, the origins of the pirate treasure map in literature, cross Queen’s Square, past Rogers’ house to the Hole-in-the-Wall to finish on Blackbeard and Robert Louis Stevenson’s immortal Treasure Island – phew!

The walk starts at 11.30am on the 7th and 2.30pm on the 28th – duration 2 to 3 hours, cost free. Please email mark@beaufortarms.com to book a place, although it’s not essential

 

Dec 02

Bristol Local History Bookfair 2014

Looking for a unique book to give this Christmas? Want some background on the books available? Then please come along to Bristol Record Office this Saturday – you won’t be disappointed ….

Bristol Local History Bookfair 2014
Saturday 6 December 2014 at Bristol Records Office.

‘B’ Bond Warehouse (via Create Centre)
Smeaton Road
Bristol
BS1 6XN

Free entry.

10am-1pm
Family history advice from the Bristol & Avon Family History Society

1.30pm – Bristol: the City at War, 1914-1918 (Eugene Byrne, co-author of ‘Bravo Bristol!’)
As a major British city and port, Bristol played a key role in the First World War. Join Eugene for stories of Bristolians on the battlefield, on the Home Front and in the war at sea.

2.30pm – Unmarked Graves: the Eastville Workhouse Project (Dr Di Parkin, Bristol Radical History Group)
Between 1855 and 1895, over 3,000 paupers were buried in unmarked graves near Eastville Workhouse on Fishponds Road. Di Parkin will present a project to uncover the names of the people buried there.

3.30pm – Bristol’s Treasure Island Influences (Mark Steeds, Long John Silver Trust)
Hear from Mark about the pirates and privateers that inspired Robert Louis Stevenson to set parts of his classic book in the city.

Dec 01

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Birthday Celebrations 2014

At lunch time on November 13th we had a birthday party for Louis with most of the staff and students from PROPS and a great turn out of four Long John Silver Trustees.

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For the past three weeks the PROPS students have been busy painting, pasting and putting together pictures, montages, model parrots and even a complete Treasure Island!

It’s hard to think that it all originated with Bristol’s participation in the Great Reading Adventure of 2003…

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Jamie Goodenough did the brilliant picture of RLS with both T.I., Jekyll and Hyde and one of Stevenson’s poems all computer painted and, despite me telling him I thought him very talented, he profoundly disagreed.

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The model Treasure Island had everything; volcano, waterfall, compass rose, footsteps (a la Robinson Crusoe?), sparkly red ‘X’ marks the spot, palm trees, beach and even a shipwreck…

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Three huge Cap’n Flint parrots were all different and all first rate and now decorate the Beaufort dining room.

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Adam and Daniel drew pictures and then we had the piece de resistance – Long John Silver himself. Cabin boy Sam drew and painted him complete with bottle of rum, parrot and 24 buttons on his coat – imagine undoing them in a hurry. Stuart drew the shape of the island, Ryan sponge painted it, Azim found the images, cabin girl Sam drew and painted the treasure chest, cabin boy Sam sponge painted the sea (he was busy!) and Frannie helped paint the parrot.

What an effort by all the staff and students and I wonder what RLS himself would have thought of it; surely he would have been pleased.

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Many thanks one and all for making it one of the most colourful birthday parties that I can ever remember going to.

Happy birthday Robert Louis Stevenson 2014.

Jul 25

LJST’s Presence At Bristol Harbour Festival 2014

Saturday 19th July 2014 saw two members of the LJS Trust, vice-chairman Bill and Secretary Mark, brave the vagaries of a British summer to help man our bookstall in Betty’s Boathouse (as we like to call it) during Bristol’s 45th annual Harbour Festival.

Situated on Redcliffe Wharf, it should be called the ‘Benjamin Perry Boathouse for Scouts and Guides’, but we always like to call it Betty’s because she has such a kindly presence. We were joined by old friends Roy of Fiducia Press and Rich of Tangent Books.

Anyhoo, stuffed with bargain bacon baps at just a £1 we got down to the serious task of raising funds for the Trust by selling our books and I’m pleased to say our Privateers book was the best seller out everyone’s wares.

If you missed us due to the heavy downpour, please look out for us again on ‘Open Doors Day’ on Saturday 13th September 2014 where we shall be hard at it once again in one of the last of Bristol’s original dock buildings.

Jul 20

PROPS Annual Adventure Around Bristol Harbour – Treasure Island Cruise 2014

Our Treasure Island Cruise 2014 was a huge success once again with our friends at special needs charity PROPS in their element roaring and harooing the visitors to Bristol’s 45th Harbour Festival. 

The trip nearly didn’t happen after some scallywag blew up the engine of the Brigantia but the Bristol Ferryboat Company came up trumps with an able replacement in the venerable Matilda. Crew were driver Mike Fripp – a favourite of the LJST – and shipmate Gabriel who did a great job keeping us safe and sound and taking no prisoners.

Special thanks must go to John of Westward Travel for getting us there, Liam from the ss Great Britain for ‘doing a deal’ on our much needed ice creams (at cutlass point), the ss Great Britain cafe for the napkins for our messy PROPS pirates and all of the people we held up on Cumberland Road manoeuvring our land carriage for some of our less able seamen.

Many thanks to Brian Henley for the pic’s.

Jun 29

Treasure Island aboard the Matthew June 2014

Treasure Island aboard the Matthew was a huge success – one performance last Thursday for friends and supporters of the Long John Silver Trust (including the RLS Club, PROPS, Patron Nicholas Newton and Bristol City Council cabinet member Gus Hoyt) and two performances for the paying public on Sunday.

Radio Bristol’s Steve Yabsley was amongst the crowd on the final performance and sailing (2.30pm 22/06/14) and all seemed to enjoy it.

Jun 01

Coming Soon .. June 2014 ….

Coming soon, “Treasure Island aboard the Matthew” – the grand finale of the Long John Silver Trust’s  Big Green Treasure Hunt on the final day of Bristol’s Big Green Week 2014 – Sunday 22nd June 2014.

If you fancy a dramatic voyage around Bristol’s historic Floating Harbour brought to you by the LJST’s cut-throat crew, here’s your big chance.

A faithful adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, Treasure Island.

Tickets available at the Matthew box office on www.matthew.co.uk

May 23

Big Green Treasure Hunt Competition Launch – May 2014

On Wednesday, 21st March 2014, Bristol’s famous Floating Harbour witnessed another docks delight in the form of a water spectacular to help launch the Big Green Treasure Hunt (24th May – 22nd June 2014).

Special thanks goes to Ferryboat Lou for galvanising everybody on the water to help make the event so special, from the gorgeous weather to the Old Vic film team, it was a marvelous effort.

The Long John Silver Trust’s thanks also go to the owners and crews of the Ferryboats, safety chap, Pyronaut and Matthew, the whole of the sensational Ambling Band – featuring our Bristol Treasure Trail app designer Jon Rolfe, the poop deck trio on the Matthew, the Matthew’s gunner, flag raising Steve and the assorted pyrates who packed the quayside.

All and sundry played their part in making it a memorable occasion that showed what could be achieved with some goodwill and enthusiasm.

Huge thanks also to the Big Green Week team for giving us this opportunity and here’s hoping people will enjoy the competition (and the Floating Harbour) in their droves – the treasure hunt has been designed to promote our ethereal Treasure Island Trail.

If you fancy having a go on the treasure hunt and sampling our app, here’s some good news: –
The iPhone/iPad version of the Treasure Island Trail app has been approved by Apple on its first submission and is now available for download from the App Store!

Please visit the App Store and search for ‘Bristol Treasure Island’.

If you want to share via social media please use this url: http://bit.ly/BristolTreasureIsland

It’s all good stuff, happy hunting!

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