On a balmy day in July, a hardy bunch of buccaneers from PROPS and the Long John Silver Trust took to the waters of Bristol’s Floating Harbour once again for their annual Treasure Island cruise.
Metro Bus route construction around Bristol Centre meant that two jolly-boats full of PROPS shipmates turned up 20 minutes late and for punishment they had to walk the plank of shame. If it happens next year they’ll have to be keel hauled …
On with the voyage and once again the kind people at the ever busier ss Great Britain gave up some treasure in the form of ice cream for all aboard the Brigantia – a huge thanks to them and Mrs Steeds for providing the Doubloons. And talking of Doubloons, Rich and Mo sponsored the adventure once again and the Trust can’t thank them enough.
Thanks also to Captain Mike of the Bristol Ferry Boat company (and his crewmate Ben) for keeping us safe when we hollered and oohh arrghed at assorted landlubbers.
Roll on next year…
Many thanks to Jo, Nick and Chris for the pic’s.
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)
After completing the Trail, everyone is invited back to the Benjamin Perry Boathouse on Redcliffe Wharf for pizzas and storytelling – ending at 4pm (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)
The Beaufort Arms in Hawkesbury Upton kindly organised a fund raiser for the LJST.
On Thursday 28th January a brewery visit by customers of the Beaufort to Cotswold Spring’s and Severn Vale’s magnificent new home at Tortworth raised £80 for the LJST (thanks mostly to the breweries’ generosity).
The picture shows the pub’s very own Bishop of Wigan, Stan Fillingham, getting a chair lift at the brewery with bearers Tony Harcourt and brewery owner Mark Francombe.
Many thanks to all who attended and contributed to the event, we had a terrific reception at CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year the Salutation at Ham afterwards, and once again Westward Travel ably provided the transport.
Beer expert Tom Salt provided the picture – thanks again.
2015 has been a momentous year for the Trust and many thanks to everyone who helped make it happen.
After years of hard work we managed to establish our Treasure Island Trail around the docks in September.
In November we set-up the “Travels with Robert Louis Stevenson – Celebrating Bristol’s connections…” in one of Bristol’s most prestigious and important buildings, Bristol Central Library.
And also in November we hosted our partners for the brand new European Cultural Route ‘In the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson’ where we had the huge honour of accepting the official accreditation ceremony on behalf of the ECR in Bristol Records Office.
More good news is that the Exhibition is continuing until early January and that we are poised to deliver an enhanced Trail for late Spring 2016.
The Long John Silver Trust wishes everyone a great New Year and looks forward to more adventures on the high seas of the Floating Harbour.
Yo – Ho – Ho and a bottle of rum this Christmas …