Aug 09

Treasure Island Story Walk Returns for August 2017

TREASURE ISLAND STORY WALK
Where the adventure began: in Bristol Docks

Back for the summer holidays

2pm & 4pm 21 August-3 September

TREASURE ISLAND in Bristol: the perfect holiday treat. Bristol is where Squire Trelawney found and fitted out the good ship Hispaniola, where Long John Silver ran a pub called The Spylass, 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.

Led by a professional actor in period costume and full of pirates and buccaneers; hidden spy holes; dark secrets, dirty deeds and lashings of doubloons.

Monday 21 August- Sunday 3 September, at 2pm and 4pm. Suitable for families with children aged 8+, you’ll hear the story where it all began 250 years ago: Bristol docks.

Here’s Squire Trelawney’s letter from Bristol’s Old Anchor Inn:

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…’

And what happens next? You’ll have to walk the walk if you want to find out.

Here’s what our audiences say:

  • The story walk is terrific”

  • Wonderful entertainment …thoroughly recommend”

  • Thrilling story-telling, enjoyed by all ages”

  • Perfect way to spend time with little pirates”

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

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

Photos credit Zuleika Henry.

Jul 25

PROPS Pirates On Parade!

On a balmy summers day in July, shipmates from the Long John Silver Trust and PROPS joined up for their annual Treasure Island cruise 2017.

Keeping everyone in check was captain Mike (above) from the Bristol Ferry Boat ‘Brigantia’ who as ever, with his able crewgirl, did a great job – avoiding sharks, squalls and shoals, not to mention bridges, barges and other boats – around Bristol’s beautiful docks.

Using their winter fuel allowance (as advised by Ann ‘something of the night’ Widdecombe), Rich and Mo kindly sponsored the event, assisted by Jen and Graham who kindly chipped in for the ice-creams purloined from the SS Great Britain.

A great time was had by one and all, roll on next year!

May 25

Treasure Island Story Walk Preview in Sunny Bristol’s Docks

Supporters and members of the Long John Silver Trust were treated to a preview of the epic “Treasure Island Story Walk” last night in sunny Bristol’s docks.

The performance, brilliantly scripted by Sheila Hannon of Bristol based Show of Strength Theatre Company, is a unique take on Stevenson’s classic tale.

All three actors (Kirris Riviere, Nadia Williams and Gerrard Cooke) added their own characterisations, and all three were stunning!

Definitely a FIVE STAR performance.

The Story Walk runs for only nine days during the bank holiday half term break (starting 27th May 2017 and ending on 4th June 2017, two performances daily, one at 2pm and one at 4pm) so turn up now to avoid disappointment. If the run is successful, and it deserves to be, it could be back in August.

Above are members of the cast and scurvy crew members from the Long John Silver Trust.

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!!!

 

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.

Sensory Trail Launch

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b079nh1l/the-hairy-bikers-pubs-that-built-britain-12-bristol

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)

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’.

End

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:-

Dec 06

RLS ECR meeting in Picardie Nov’ 2013

Friday 15th November saw four intrepid members of the Long John Silver Trust make their bleary way across England to the Channel Tunnel for a rendezvous at Pont-sur-Sambre in Northern France for the fourth annual meeting of the European network “In Robert Louis Stevenson’s Footsteps”.

LJST driver (and Treasurer) Leon and his partner Linda set off at 3.30am and collected Secretary Mark and his wife Fiona at 4am for our passage and we had to get to our destination by noon, which we achieved using Leon’s aged sat nav system.

Lunch was served at the ‘Stevenson Grill’ where we acquainted ourselves with our fellow delegates, friends old and new. After lunch we made our way to the Town Hall where our first meeting had been convened.

In the evening we were entertained at the Auberge de Sambre, similar to one of the stops Stevenson made on his Inland Voyage – canoeing from Antwerp to Paris. As an aside, I had noticed the towns brewing heritage and urged the local Mayor to try and resurrect the craft, especially if they’re going for Eco-tourism. The meal was lovely and we headed off early to our digs to make the most of our big meeting on the morrow.

To be continued ……

Oct 03

New Venue for LJS Trust October 2013 Meeting

Tuesday 1st October 2013 was a notable day for the Long John Silver Trust for, as new corporate members of the Matthew of Bristol Trust, we held our first meeting aboard the Matthew.

We’ve had meetings in Bristol before, but being aboard the Matthew was special with the water of Bristol’s Floating Harbour lapping against her hull, LJS Trustees sat down with Patron Royston Griffey and LJS members Bob McKeown and Roger Gough to discuss exciting recent developments with Bristol’s Green Partnership team and our colleagues on the proposed European Cultural Route ‘In Stevenson’s Footsteps’.

More details to follow about our meeting but please take a look at the historic pictures below showing Trustees at the captain’s table and the Matthew at night – the latter a glorious sight.

Many thanks to the Matthew for allowing us this great privilege.
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