Aug 04

Our 2016 Annual Treasure Island Cruise with PROPS

propslogo2015-x324wOn 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.

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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.

Jul 05

Annual Treasure Island Cruise with PROPS

This year’s annual Treasure Island Cruise with PROPS is scheduled for Thursday 21st July, 11am – 12.30pm.

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The cruise once again is kindly being sponsored by Rich and Mo and many thanks to them.

Anyone wishing to come with us and tackle the high seas of the Floating Harbour is more than welcome to come along and enjoy the fun, please book your places with me Mark (email below) – there’s strictly limited availability.

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Jun 11

1st Phase Sensory Treasure Island Trail Launch

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.

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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.

May 23

Sensory Planting Upgrade of the Treasure Island Trail

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.

Sensory Treasure Island Trail UpgradeMeeting 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

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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!

May 13

Wonkey House and Sensory Treasure Island Trail Launch

The first part of our Sensory Treasure Island Trail is being launched on June 4th 2016.

Treasure Island Sensory Trail - BristolMembers 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)

Feb 08

Bristol Central Library Exhibition Comes To An End

Finally, after an amazing three months, our RLS exhibition at Bristol Central Library has come to an end.

Many thanks to all who came along to see it, especially those who made tremendously supportive comments.

Our particular thanks most go to the kind and helpful staff at the library who helped make it happen, our ECR partners in the Cevennes who put the RLS panel display together and generously lent it to us, and not forgetting PROPS, Barrie Hope and Rolls-Royce for allowing us to beg, borrow or steal their display boards to help it all come together.

Our final thanks must go to Butcombe Brewery for helping to sponsor not only the exhibition but our Treasure Island Trail as well.

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Feb 01

January Fund Raiser for LJST

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.

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Dec 24

Seasons Greeting 2015

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 …

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Nov 28

Handover of European Cultural Route Certificate – November 2015

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From left to right we have Prof Bill Fairney, Long John Silver Trust Chairman; Cllr Simon Cook, Bristol Cabinet Mayor for the Arts; Stefano Dominioni, Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes; Michel Legros, Chairman of the European Cultural Network ‘In the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson’ and Cllr Clare Campion-Smith, Bristol Lord Mayor.

“Last weekend, Bristol based charity the Long John Silver Trust proudly hosted the latest AGM of the brand new Council of Europe, European Cultural Route (ECR), ‘In the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson’.

Over 50 delegates assembled at Bristol Records Office from all over Britain, France and Belgium to not only meet but also have the huge of honour of being made an ECR – only the third such in the UK and one of only about 30 europe-wide.

The Routes are sponsored by the Council of Europe to promote cultural exchange around a common theme and in our case it’s Scotland’s Robert Louis Stevenson, the man and his works. One of Britain’s greatest writers.

The Long John Silver Trust was formed over 10 years ago to celebrate Bristol’s literary and maritime connections through the medium of RLS’s Treasure Island, which was of course partially set in Bristol.

You may have already seen the recently created ‘RLS Treasure Island Trail’ around Bristol’s historic Floating Harbour. A set of 8 oak planters made of recycled Bordeaux wine barrels complete with palm trees and information plaques, a free to visit attraction not only telling the story of Treasure Island but also some of each locations history – we even have a Smartphone App!

The number of delegates swelled to over 70 at the accreditation ceremony with LJST friends, members and supporters, including our sister charity PROPS from Fishponds who helped create the Trail – post 16 special needs students who are also helping to maintain it as part of their work experience.

As well as enjoying the 850 years of archives in the BRO the delegates went on a harbour cruise, John Nation’s Graffiti Tour, visited our exhibition at the Central Library (and what treasures are in there!), the Art Gallery, Clifton Hill House (home of Stevenson’s Bristol friend John Addington Symonds) and the Wulfstan windows in Hawkesbury.

We played particular heed to the work of illustrator Mervyn Peake who is featured on our barrels and in the exhibition and to actor Robert Newton, who’s classic film of Treasure Island was shown at Clifton Hill House as part of Stevenson Month. The exhibition is now going on until the end of December.

All of the assembled guests loved Bristol and are planning to come back, especially as we now part of our very own European Cultural Route!”

Picture kindly provided by Chris Chubb, LJST Grants co-ordinator, photographer, presenter… (Thanks Chris)