Mar 01

Show of Strength’s – TREASURE ISLAND STORY WALK – 27 May- 4 June 2017 at 2pm and 4pm

Treasure Island Trail Walk 2017Posted: WEDNESDAY 1 MARCH 2017:

250 YEARS SINCE THE HISPANIOLA SET SAIL TO TREASURE ISLAND FROM BRISTOL DOCKS

BRISTOL is at the heart of TREASURE ISLAND: it’s where Squire Trelawney found and fitted out the good ship Hispaniola, where Long John Silver ran a pub called The Spylass (based on The Hole in The Wall), and where young Jim Hawkins stepped off the coach from Devon to set sail on the biggest adventure of his life – the search for Captain Flint’s buried treasure.

SHOW OF STRENGTH’s new story walk is next half term, 27 May- 4 June 2017 at 2pm and 4pm. Suitable for families with children aged 8+, you’ll hear the story in the place where it all began 250 years ago: Bristol docks.

Here’s Squire Trelawney’s letter of 1 March 1767:

Old Anchor Inn, Bristol, March 1, 1767

Dear Livesey

The ship is bought and fitted. She lies at anchor, ready for sea. You never imagined a sweeter schooner—a child might sail her—two hundred tons; name, Hispaniola.

…only the crew troubled me until the most remarkable stroke of fortune brought me the very man that I required… an old sailor who keeps a public-house, knows all the seafaring men in Bristol, and had lost his health ashore. I engaged him on the spot to be ship’s cook. Long John Silver, he is called, and has lost a leg…’

To find out what happens next: come and do the walk.

Led by a professional actor in period costume, TREASURE ISLAND STORY WALK is full of pirates and buccaneers; hidden spy holes; dark secrets, dirty deeds, lashings of doubloons – and the odd parrot.

Adults £8, under 16 £5, family (2+2) £20. Duration: 1 hour.

No booking required; meet at the start: Merchant Venturers Almshouses, junction King St/Prince St, BS1 4DT.

  • In association with the Long John Silver Trust, creators of Bristol’s Treasure Island Trail http://www.longjohnsilvertrust.co.uk/

  • Supported by Bristol Festival of Ideas.

  • Part of Bristol Walking Festival

Sheila Hannon, Creative Producer

www.showofstrength.org.uk

Sheila@showofstrength.org.uk

https://www.facebook.com/events/264622350655969/

07817 801875

 

Trelawney’s Letter

Old Anchor Inn, Bristol, March 1, 17—

Dear Livesey—As I do not know whether you are at the hall or still in London, I send this in double to both places.

The ship is bought and fitted. She lies at anchor, ready for sea. You never imagined a sweeter schooner—a child might sail her—two hundred tons; name, Hispaniola.

I got her through my old friend, Blandly, who has proved himself throughout the most surprising trump. The admirable fellow literally slaved in my interest, and so, I may say, did everyone in Bristol, as soon as they got wind of the port we sailed for—treasure, I mean.

Blandly himself found the Hispaniola, and by the most admirable management got her for the merest trifle. There is a class of men in Bristol monstrously prejudiced against Blandly. They go the length of declaring that this honest creature would do anything for money, that the Hispaniola belonged to him, and that he sold it me absurdly high—the most transparent calumnies. None of them dare, however, to deny the merits of the ship.

So far there was not a hitch. The workpeople, to be sure—riggers and what not—were most annoyingly slow; but time cured that. It was the crew that troubled me.

I wished a round score of men—in case of natives, buccaneers, or the odious French—and I had the worry of the deuce itself to find so much as half a dozen, till the most remarkable stroke of fortune brought me the very man that I required.

I was standing on the dock, when, by the merest accident, I fell in talk with him. I found he was an old sailor, kept a public-house, knew all the seafaring men in Bristol, had lost his health ashore, and wanted a good berth as cook to get to sea again. He had hobbled down there that morning, he said, to get a smell of the salt.  I was monstrously touched—so would you have been—and, out of pure pity, I engaged him on the spot to be ship’s cook. Long John Silver, he is called, and has lost a leg; but that I regarded as a recommendation, since he lost it in his country’s service, under the immortal Hawke. He has no pension, Livesey. Imagine the abominable age we live in!

Well, sir, I thought I had only found a cook, but it was a crew I had discovered. Between Silver and myself we got together in a few days a company of the toughest old salts imaginable—not pretty to look at, but fellows, by their faces, of the most indomitable spirit. I declare we could fight a frigate.

Long John even got rid of two out of the six or seven I had already engaged. He showed me in a moment that they were just the sort of fresh-water swabs we had to fear in an adventure of importance.

I am in the most magnificent health and spirits, eating like a bull, sleeping like a tree, yet I shall not enjoy a moment till I hear my old tarpaulins tramping round the capstan. Seaward, ho! Hang the treasure! It’s the glory of the sea that has turned my head. So now, Livesey, come post; do not lose an hour, if you respect me.

Let young Hawkins go at once to see his mother, with Redruth for a guard; and then both come full speed to Bristol.

John Trelawney

Postscript—I did not tell you that Blandly, who, by the way, is to send a consort after us if we don’t turn up by the end of August, had found an admirable fellow for sailing master—a stiff man, which I regret, but in all other respects a treasure. Long John Silver unearthed a very competent man for a mate, a man named Arrow. I have a boatswain who pipes, Livesey; so things shall go man-o’-war fashion on board the good ship Hispaniola.

I forgot to tell you that Silver is a man of substance; I know of my own knowledge that he has a banker’s account, which has never been overdrawn. He leaves his wife to manage the inn; and as she is a woman of colour, a pair of old bachelors like you and I may be excused for guessing that it is the wife, quite as much as the health, that sends him back to roving.

J. T.

P.P.S.—Hawkins may stay one night with his mother.

J. T.

Nov 24

Birthday Planting for Robert Louis Stevenson!

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!!!

 

Oct 28

Blue Notes @ the Beaufort Arms, Hawkesbury Upton

Blue Notes @ the Beaufort

 on Bonfire Night

Featuring unique jazz songbird

Hannah Wedlock

jazz_in_a_bristol_pubFundraiser 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

Click here for directions for finding the Beaufort Arms at Hawkesbury Upton

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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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)

Sep 16

Building Treasure Island Trail

Day 2 of creating our Treasure Island Trail has seen us now complete three quarters of it.

We started on Tuesday by completing Black Spot ‘G’, ‘F’ and ‘H’ installations at the Ostrich, Redcliffe Caves and Merchants Landing respectively.

Today, Wednesday  16th September 2015, we completed Black Spot ‘E’, ‘D’ and ‘C’ installations at Redcliffe Wharf, Hole-in-the-Wall and Welsh Back respectively.

Our thanks must go to Nick and his fabulous PROPS students, Landscaper John of Cotswold Garden Solutions, Hawkesbury builder Tom Cole for donating the top soil and drainage rubble and Trustees, Patrons and LJST members Chris, Leon, Mark, Royston and Bob.

Fingers crossed but we’re on schedule for Trail completion Thursday and opening Saturday 19th September 2015 – International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Tickets for The Pirates! film at the Arnolfini at 3pm are still available at Bristol Ticket Office and for Matthew sailings at 5pm and 6pm at the Matthew Box Office. Please see our previous post for online links.

Building the Trail … Photos below:-

Sep 13

Press Release – Treasure Island Trail to open on September 19th 2015

Press Release
September 10th 2015
For Immediate release

Treasure Island Trail to open on September 19th 2015
After 10 years of campaigning the Bristol-based Long John Silver Trust will open the Treasure Island Trail around the city’s historic Floating Harbour at 1pm on Saturday, September 19th 2015.

Members of the public are invited to join The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Clare Campion-Smith and guests, outside the Merchant Venturers’ Almshouse at the Broad Quay end of King Street for the official opening.
Following the opening there will be guided walks around the trail which celebrates Bristol’s connections with Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island.

“Throughout our campaign we have worked with Fishponds-based special needs charity PROPS to create the trail and they will be present on the day to assist the Lord Mayor with the ribbon-cutting ceremony,” said Long John Silver Trust vice chair Mark Steeds.

The trail will be marked by eight recycled 54- gallon wine barrels from Bordeaux. Each barrel is planted with a palm tree and carries information about the trail and the relevance of the eight sites to Treasure Island – the early part of the book was set in Bristol.

The barrels will also feature selected Mervyn Peake Illustrations from the classic 1949 edition of Treasure Island. In keeping with Bristol’s Green Capital and Cycling City status the barrels will incorporate innovative double cycle stands which also act to secure them to the ground.

The opening of the Treasure Island Trail will be followed by a special screening of ‘The Pirates’ by Aardman Animation at Arnolfini at 3pm (tickets just £5 from www.bristolticketshop.co.uk). From 5pm there will be two special piratical sailings of The Matthew from outside Arnolfini.
September 19th is also International Talk Like a Pirate Day, inspired by Robert Newton’s portrayal of Long John Silver in Disney’s 1950 adaptation of Treasure Island. Pirate dress for the day is optional.

Notes to Editor
Contact details: Vice Chairman Mark Steeds (mark@beaufortarms.com) Richard Jones (07890 267983 richard@tangentbooks.co.uk)

For further details visit www.longjohnsilvertrust.co.uk
Tickets for the showing of The Pirates are available from www.bristolticketshop.co.uk or on the day at Arnolfini.

For details of the special sailings on The Matthew, visit www.matthew.co.uk
The trail has been funded by members of the public who donated more than £5,000 at Treasure Island walks and talks and received £2,000 in sponsorship from Butcombe Brewery.

The barrels were sourced from Bernard’s Barrels of Yate, the information collars were made by Wards Signs of Barton Hill, the cycle stands were manufactured by Simbars of Ashton Vale. PROPS special needs charity will be helping with the installation and maintenance of the barrels.

Press call: There will be an opportunity to see the first barrel being installed on King Street by students from PROPS and members of the Long John Silver Trust at 11am on Thursday, September 17 at 11am.

Photocall: The Lord Mayor will arrive at 12.45pm on Saturday, September 19 in King Street.

The Treasure Island Trail has been designated a European Cultural Route – In the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson. In November, a delegation from the Council of Europe will visit Bristol to present the Network with its accreditation on the occasion of its AGM in the city.”

A free App of the Trail is available – go to the App Store and search for ‘Treasure Island Trail’.

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On the run up to the creation of our Trail, please see students of PROPS finishing off the painting on the barrels, prior to Trustee Leon taking them to Wards Signs to get their collars fitted:-

Sep 04

Treasure Island Trail Launch 19th Sept’ 2015

Grand Opening – You are invited to the launch of The Bristol Treasure Island Trail, part of the new European Cultural Route, ‘In the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson’ – September 19th 2015

The Trail will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Clare Campion-Smith, at 1pm on Saturday, September 19th 2015, outside the Merchant Venturers Almshouses at the Broad Quay, end of King Street.

After the launch you will have the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour of the Trail.

the-pirates-in-an-adventure-with-scientists-movie-posterAt 3pm The Long John Silver Trust has organised a showing of the Aardman film The Pirates! at Arnolfini as part of the Talk Like a Pirate Day celebrations.

Tickets are available from Bristol Ticket Shop for just £5.

Book here:
http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=10206

To round off the day, book a trip on The Matthew which will be hosting two offerings from Captain Barnacle: –

5-6pm – Family Captain Barnacle’s Pirate Panto! – Family friendly 1 hour puppet trip around the harbour.

6-8pm – Adult Pirate trip – A one hour sail from 6-7pm then exclusively on board at the quayside with the pirates and bar open.

Book here:
http://www.matthew.co.uk/trips/

Please spread the word and make Talk like a Pirate Day the best that Bristol has ever seen!