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.
10am, Thursday 13th October 2016 is launch date for our Treasure Island Trail Audio App launch.
Supported by a Wellbeing Grant from the Cabot, Clifton & Clifton East Neighbourhood Partnership, huge thanks must go to them for making our sensory Trail a reality.
Radio Bristol’s top presenter Steve Yabsley has agreed to help with the launch and students from PROPS, who have been with us all the way making it happen, will be there touring the Trail along with Long John Silver Trustees and dignitaries, enjoying the story of Stevenson’s immortal classic.
If you’re free that morning for a one hour jaunt, please come along and join us.
We’re meeting at the start of our Trail at Black Spot ‘A’ – the Merchant Ventureres Almshouses, King Street (Broad Quay end).
See you there, mateys …
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.
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.
This year’s annual Treasure Island Cruise with PROPS is scheduled for Thursday 21st July, 11am – 12.30pm.
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.
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 …