Birthday wishes from the Long John Silver Trust must go to that archetypal screen villain, Robert Newton. He was the best Long John Silver ever in Disney’s 1950 version of Treasure Island. He was born 1st June 1905.
And talking of Treasure Island, have you had chance to go on Show of Strength’s Treasure Island Story Walk around Bristol’s Docks?
Performances finish this Sunday 4th June, so, to paraphrase Silver “Them’s that do it ‘ll be the lucky ones …”
About an hour of pure joy and theatre.
Birthday Planting for Robert Louis Stevenson!
Students of PROPS have been busy Winter-planting our Treasure Island Trail. Target date was November 13th, RLS’s birthday and the team managed it!
All 8 barrels have been planted up and they look superb, each individually styled with a riot of colour.
Come on down the docks and have a look.
Next year we’re going to have a bit of a party for RLS as well.
Belated thanks also to those who came along to the Beaufort for Bonfire Night Jazz – we raised a superb £250 … Hannah and the Blue Notes never sounded better, they were brilliant!!!
Blue Notes @ the Beaufort
on Bonfire Night
Featuring unique jazz songbird
Fundraiser for the Long John Silver Trust
Heads & Tails Game, Raffle
Dinner bookings being taken for ‘Ronnie Scott’ style tables
In the Function Room or just come along for the Jazz
Free Entry, Start Time 8.30pm, 5th November 2016
Fiducia Jazz Books £10
The Long John Silver Trust has had the great honour of being involved in a new production from the BBC entitled “Books that made Britain – Bristol, Sin City”.
It features our own Treasure Island along with three other books that originated in Bristol, the first two at least taking in a fair chunk of Bristol’s maritime past, especially piracy and the slave trade.
The screening is on Sunday 16th October 2016 at 15.45pm on BBC1 West.
If you miss the screening it will be available on http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0801pg0 after the transmission date.
Saturday 10th September saw three members of the Long John Silver Trust attend the Benjamin Perry Boathouse on Redcliffe Wharf to sell books and aaarrrrtefacts to help raise booty to maintain our Treasure Island Trail.
Thanks to peoples generosity, £30 was raised, enough to maintain the Trail for a week!
During the day we teamed up again with the lovely Boathouse Betty (who is always really kind to us), Caveman Alan (who as ever was tending his beloved Redcliffe Caves) and Pirate Pete (who has just launched a new book entitled ‘Bristol Slavers’).
In addition to tending the Trust stall, members of Hawkesbury’s guides were treated to a one hour tour of our Treasure Island Trail featuring storytelling and history.
As you can see in the picture, a new artwork by Feoflip has just been created on Redcliffe Wharf, and it’s a stunner! A decent memorial to the slave trade in Bristol is long overdue …
Any group that would like their own tour of the Treasure Island Trail please contact us from our web pages.
Captain’s Blog Stardate 4th June 2016;
Activity; first phase launch of the Sensory Treasure Island Trail.
Location; Benjamin Perry Boathouse, Redcliffe Wharf, Bristol, England (or, as we like to call it, Betty’s Boathouse).
Our main project for 2016, with kind support from the Cabot Neighbourhood Partnership, is to create a sensory aspect to our Trail and to this end we’ve had our colleagues at PROPS growing special plants.
Some of the plants weren’t quite ready in time so the Trail was augmented, in double quick time, with more planting; petunia’s, pansies, lobelia’s, curry plants, cineraria’s … smell, touch, colour, all appertaining to characters and episodes from T.I. – huge thanks to Tracey from PROPS, Trustees Chris and Sal for planting them all so beautifully.
Unfortunately our timing was a bit off as Bristol happened to be ‘Protest Central’ in Britain that day – anti-fascist, anti-immigration and pro-refugee marches all converging around us.
17 hardy followers commenced the Trail in King Street (at Black Spot ‘A’) – Trustees Mark providing the background and Chris the explanation as to why the plants were chosen and what they represented.
Black Spot ‘C’ on Welsh Back provided the most amusing highlight. The chapter headed ‘Captains Papers’ representing the commencement of many a Bristol based voyage of adventure, not just the Hispaniola but also real life vessels like Woodes Roger’s Duke and Dutchess.
Just as Mark was pointing out Woodes Roger’s house in Queen Square, the square was filled with Naked Cyclists! – each one baring a black spot …
After completing the Trail we retired to the Boathouse for pizza’s and storytelling, Blackbeard losing his bonce a la the Hairy Bikers and an abridged version of Treasure Island with Trustee ‘Billy Bones’ Fairney stealing the show as ever with his renditions of Blind Pew and Ben Gunn.
Huge thanks to Betty for our booking, Gareth at Woodchoppizza, the team at PROPS and all of our Trustees and friends for making it happen.
Continuing our celebrations of Bristol’s Treasure Island, the Long John Silver Trust is launching the first phase of its sensory planting upgrade of the Treasure Island Trail on Saturday 4th June.
Meeting 1pm at ‘Black Spot A’, Trustees will take you on a trail of adventure and discovery, exploring the connections between Bristol and RLS’s Treasure Island through the medium of our unique plants and planters.
At 2pm we’re convening at the Benjamin Perry Boathouse on Redcliffe Wharf for pizzas and tales of pirates …
First up will be Blackbeard’s demise, as featured here on TV with the Hairy Bikers
This will be followed by a ‘PROPS Pirate Tale’ directed by Oscar Kolkowski and then, finally, Professor ‘Billy Bones’ Fairney reprising the Trust’s abridged infamous re-enactment of Treasure Island itself.
A must for all the family!
The first part of our Sensory Treasure Island Trail is being launched on June 4th 2016.
Members of the LJST Trust will be on hand to conduct guests around the Trail, starting at the Merchant Ventures Almshouses in King Street at 1pm (Click for Google map)
More details to follow but in the meantime why not visit the Wonkey House?
Roy Gallop LJS Trustee is once again hosting Wonkey House at the South Bank Arts Trail on 14th and 15th May from 11 am to 6 pm.
Wonkey House is a hands-on collection of mechanical toys for children of all ages and some of the automatons follow a Treasure Island theme!
Everyone will be welcome to this free event.
You can find the Wonkey House in Mount Pleasant Terrace, Southville (off North Street) and it is in the garage opposite number 16.
There will be live music during the afternoons and wood carvings and chain saw sculptures for sale – please come along (Sunday may be quieter as we know a lot of people are coming on Saturday)
LJST’s partners PROPS are cracking on with preparations for our sensory Treasure Island Trail launch later in the year.
Trust horticulturalist Chris has combined with the team at PROPS to come up with some stunning planting that will emphasise the Treasure Island story and lead characters therein.
Watch this space …