Oct 03

Forest Edge Magazine – Matthew Article October 2012

On page two of the Forest Edge Magazine for October 2012 is an article on the Matthew.

Many thanks to Angie the editor for sending us the link and keeping us in touch, and all because they so enjoyed their recent  trip on the Matthew with the LJST !! (The photos on page 2 were taken during the trip).

Forest Edge Magazine – To see the magazine web page

Click here – To see the Matthew article

Oct 02

LJS Trust Activities in October 2012

October 2012 promises to be an exciting time for the Long John Silver Trust, as part of this year’s Bristol Festival of Literature, we’ve been invited to take part in a number of events.

It’s a real honour for us to be involved and there are exciting happenings almost throughout the whole of October but in particular between 13th and 21st October – please go to www.unputdownable.org or follow events on Twitter @bristolfest or Facebook facebook.com/group/unputdownable

LJS is involved in three of the offerings: –

  • Saturday October 13th 2-4pm, meeting at Temple Church (behind the Kings Head in Victoria Street) Cost £3 on the day. “The Long John Silver Literary Walk: Adventurers Tales”
    Will take in parts of historic old Bristol that inspired the likes of Daniel Defoe, Jonathon Swift, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Louis Stevenson through the daring deeds of some of Bristol’s more colourful characters.
  • Sunday October 14th 1-5pm, meeting at M Shed Cost variable (Box Office: Book online at www.unputdownable.org or phone 0117 230 5157)
    “Gideon Defoe and Peter Lord: Pirates! Adventures with scientists…and historians!”
    The Matthew will be collecting Peter, Gideon and radio Bristol’s Steve Yabsley form Aardman HQ and delivering them to M Shed, guns blazing at about 1.45pm for what promises to be the highlight of the Festival, a talk between the 3 of them in M Shed 2pm – 3pm with book signings after.The Matthew will then be taking people on 45 minute Storytelling trips around the docks featuring Treasure Island and the Black Banner (3.15pm and 4pm).The Trusts own cannonaders, parrots and sail-maker will be on hand to explain their connection with Bristol’s notorious Buccaneer’s.“The biggest family event of the weekend. Pirates and adventurers take over the Harbourside to tell us who they were and why they did what they did.

 At the centre of things, the author and the film-maker arrive by ship to the M Shed to show us how they collaborated on turning Gideon’s cracking novel into the blockbuster Aardman success, with clips, filmobilia and performances.”

 Families: Take a trip on the Matthew. Grown-ups: Ask the Bristol Radical History Group who the real criminals were or quiz Tom Sykes and Tony Giles, two modern adventurers who buck the trend. Smaller kids: Make something crafty. Everyone: Join in!

 Meet Gideon, Peter and Steve 2-3pm £9 fam/£5/£2.50p

 Kid’s Crafty Crafts 1-5pm £1 suggested donation

 On board tour and tales 3.15pm and 4pm on the Matthew £8

 Radical History, Modern Travel Tales, Craft Demo’s, Book Signings 1-5pm M Shed lobby’s £Free

  •  Thursday !8th October 8-9pm at M Shed Cost £Free
    “UWE History department vs Long John Silver: The truth about pirates”

Academics line-up against Roger Ball of BRHG and Mark Steeds of LJST to answer why pirates have been airbrushed out of Bristol’s history.

“Cheese I likes, toasted mostly”
Ben Gunn

 “I own myself an Ass” Squire Trelawney

 “Smart as paint” Long John Silver

“Be there or be square” LJST

Sep 08

Fish n’ Chips – Successful Voyage

Matthew - Sailing Ship - Bristol“On Tuesday 4th September, the Long John Silver Trust took to the high seas of Bristol’s famous Floating Harbour once again on yet another ‘Fish ’n’ Chip’ excursion aboard the good ship Matthew.

We set off from the Beaufort’s LJS HQ aboard Chris Knight’s classic Routemaster London red bus bound for the bright lights of the ‘Metropolis of the West’ at 6pm, arriving in good time to board the Matthew outside the Arnolfini at 7pm.

Captain Rob Salvidge was our host, ably assisted by his gang of handpicked cut-throats and a more convivial host you couldn’t wish for. Against a fierce head wind (Curly talking too much) we pitched and rolled our way down to the Pump House where Rob’s crew had raided an excellent Fish shop nearby.

Fed and watered (the Beaufort regulars making full use of the Matthew’s excellent licensed bar) the Matthew then returned to her Arnolfini berth, swashing and buckling all the way up the docks.

There to meet us was Chris’s bus once again and we returned home via Fishponds, Downend and Yate (the glamour of it all) for 10pm where some imbibed in yet more drink c/o the Beaufort.

As well as putting some money in the Matthew’s coffers, over £200 was raised for Bristol Vintage Bus Group (of whom Chris is a member) and the LJS Trust – the spoils divvied in half.

Huge thanks once again to all those who either helped or took part. Royston Griffey (Chair of the Matthew of Bristol Trust and LJST Patron) kindly received us on the Matthew and a whole host of Beaufort regulars and Trust members who joined in.

A great effort, we had 38 people from Sodbury, Tetbury, Hawkesbury, Kingswood (W-U-E), Inglestone Common and even Dursley.

Special thanks to Rich and Mo and their party plus Angie and Den of The Boundary magazine (www.theboundary-online.co.uk) who made donations over and above the cost of the trip.

Look out for our next tie-up with the Matthew on October 14th during the Bristol Literature Festival, and if you’re down the docks on Saturday 8th September for Open Doors Day we’re at Betty’s Boathouse on Redcliffe Wharf (just outside the Caves which will be open) selling our wares.”

Mark (LJS Trust secretary and trustee)

Aug 16

Fish and Chips fund raising event aboard the Matthew in Bristol Docks

Routemaster Bus at Beaufort Arms Hawkesbury UptonFish and Chips aboard the Matthew Tuesday 4th September 2012

Our aim on this event is to raise money for LJST and the Bristol Vintage Bus Group so the fares have been set at £27.50p per person for the red  Routemaster bus to take us to Bristol and return back to Hawkesbury. While aboard the Matthew we take a cruise around the docks on this great little vessel.

Matthew - Sailing Ship - BristolTo make sure we’re in good time it will be 6pm at the Beaufort Arms with a return by about 10pm.

For those going straight from the Arnolfini (where the Matthew is moored at the moment) the cost will be £22.50p and departure time (time the Matthew sets off) is 7pm.

The event is open to everyone interested …… please come along to join us if you can.

We must know names in advance. This is one of our major fund raisers of the year so once again, please spread the word.

Jul 31

Pirates at Blaise Castle July 2012

28th July 2012 - Pirates at Blaise was very successful with a reading of Treasure Island by the Long John Silver Trust, Pirate Pete and his lucky dip for the kids and his ghost of Blackbeard, real pirate parrots Cap'n Dumpling and Rosie, local Radio Bristol celebrity Steve Yabsley judging the kid's pirate fancy dress competition, and lots of other goings on – Over 300 children were in attendance.

Many thanks to everyone for making the day such a success ..... If you see a photo of yourself and would like to download it please feel free to do so.

Photos from the day are below, courtesy of Cap'n Adge .... click on an image to enlarge .....

Jul 24

Hawkesbury and Horton Women’s Institute Literary Tour in Bristol

On Thursday 19th July 2012 Trustee “Long John Steedsy” took a party from Hawkesbury and Horton Women’s institute around some of Bristol’s literary heart,  giving them a taste of some of the fantastic literary heritage which has been passed down to us. A great time was had by one and all.

The W. I. very kindly gave the Trust £25 for the charity treasure chest.

If you are interested in one of Steedsy’s walks, he would explain how Bristol’s rich maritime history has inspired stories of exploration and daring voyages and that The Hole in the Wall in Queen Square is said to be the basis for The Spyglass in Robert Louis Stephenson’s Treasure Island ….. and much, much more ………

Jul 18

Amazing Donation

I was in The Beaufort last night and Mark told me of two Americans, Richard and Bill Dalebout from Utah, USA who came into the pub whilst walking a very wet and muddy Cotswold Way.

In return for what Mark called “a simple kindness” they presented him with an amazingly generous donation for The Trust of £40.

So to Richard and Bill a very warm and sincere ‘thank you’ from The  Long John Silver Trust. We hope the rest of your walk went well and wish you good luck with your next adventure!


Jul 15

PROPS – LJS Trust Annual Treasure Island Cruise 2012

Thursday 12th July 2012 – Our 8th annual Treasure Island Cruise on board Brigantia with PROPS was a great success. Thankfully, the rain held off and all enjoyed themselves. It was a real joy to see the smiles on the kid’s faces.

Photos from the day courtesy of Cap'n Adge .... click on an image to enlarge

On the cruise day, Blaire Hannan, the disabled young lady who sailed the Olympic torch across the harbour when it was in Bristol, was there. She is a sailor and was supporting some children training in dingies. She was good enough to allow us to hold the torch. Below are pictures of Blaire, pirate Chris, pirate Bill (with eye patch) and Oscar, the youngest member of the crew. Click an image to see larger version.