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The Collingwood Society: Trafalgar Day 2014 19 October, 2014

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Notice is hereby given of events scheduled for Tuesday 21st October 2014, with which the Society is associated and at which it will be represented. All members are welcome (and encouraged) to attend.  

Newcastle upon Tyne
 Image1 Venue St Nicholas Cathedral (Collingwood memorial at the back of the Church)
Time 0945 for 1000
Event Annual short service of commemoration, organised by the Lord Mayor’s Office and the Cathedral
Info Light refreshments afterwards

 

Tynemouth
 Image3 Venue Collinwood Monument
Time 1130
Event ‘Toast the Admiral 2014’ event, organised by North Tyneside Council
Info Wylam grog available here, RN detachment attending, flag-raising by MSTS, light refreshments afterwards in the Low Light, North Shields

 

Morpeth
 Image4 Venue Town Hall, then Collingwood House (Oldgate)
Time 1120 for 1130 at the Town Hall for a restricted event, then 1150 for 1200 for the public event at Collingwood House
Event ‘Collingwood Toast 2014’, organised by Morpeth Town Council
Info Flowers will be laid at the bust of Lord Collingwood to begin with, followed by proceedings at Collingwood House, Morpeth grog available at this one!

 

London
 Image2 Venue St. Paul’s Cathedral (adjacent to Nelson’s / Collingwood’s tombs)
Time 1030 for 1100
Event Annual wreath-laying and short service of commemoration
Info Long-established event, representation by London members of the Society

In the news:

Toast to the Hero of Trafalgar (Morpeth Herald)

A Toast to Collingwood (North Tyneside Council)

 

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Updated Programme of the Collingwood Society for 2014 22 June, 2014

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“Now, gentlemen, let us do something today which the world may talk of hereafter.”

Wouldn’t that make an excellent slogan to be printed on a team’s kit?Why, yes, I’m looking at you, Mr. Hodgson…

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Luckily,  The Collingwood Society is more successful in its endeavours than Team England, and has yet again organised a plethora of magnificent events, to which you are all duly invited. I’d say a broad variety of interests will get covered! Download your 2014 PROGRAMME here.

The event of 23 October caught my eye, for it promises to be great fun:

The 3rd Annual General Meeting of the Collingwood Society, followed by ‘Forebitters’. A ‘forebitter’ was a sailor’s song, traditionally sung for recreation in the forecastle accommodation of an evening, as opposed to the more functional shanties which accompanied the various work tasks aboard ship. The concept of allowing rank and file members a 5-minute slot on anything Collingwood-related was received with enthusiasm when mooted at the 2013 AGM, so we are embarking on our first ‘open mike’ session, so to speak! Half a dozen or so ‘turns’ – mini-lecture, song, poetry, dance, costume, who knows??! Volunteers please apply to the Secretary before the Summer recess – this may take some organising!! Free admission for Society members, £2 for others.

Volounteers, don’t delay, apply today!

And here are some gentlemen who did something the world (well, the Morpeth Herald) did talk of hereafter: at a recent meeting of the Morpeth Rotary Club, guest speaker Captain Stephen Healy, President of the Vice-Admiral Lord Collingwood Association, gave a talk to members about the admiral and his links with Morpeth.

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE

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(Did they mix up the names for the pictures, I wonder? Me thinks Captain Healy is the one on the left?)

In completely different news, and just so you can stop nagging me about it: The Admiral Collingwood Pub in Ilfracombe is now open for business. You can look at many, many pictures here. Why it was named after Collingwood – I have no idea. Looking at the toilets, Ye Olde Beetlejuice might have been more appropriate…? But good luck to them, and many happy guests!

Illustrated Talk: Collingwood’s Ships – Design and Construction 18 April, 2014

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The Collingwood Society: General Meeting 2013 17 October, 2013

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The Collingwood Society are hosting their General Meeting 2013 on

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Thursday 24 October 2013:  7.00pm
The Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House
followed by
“Growing up with the Admiral”
a talk by Angus Collingwood-Cameron

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Ok, it’s not Angus Collingwood-Cameron, but it’s a cute girl and there’s Bounce, so this is not a completely unrelated picture. So nyah!

Also quickly approaching is Trafalgar Day; please download the Collingwood Society’s programme here.

Talking about Trafalgar: have you seen this fantabuloustastic figurehead of Old Cuddy yet?!

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A decidedly Fürst-Metternich-looking Old Cuddy can be yours for a measly $20,880…
(Picture: Jim Cerny)

More nautical gems can be found here; I’m particularly fond of the Emperor penguin.

 

The Collingwood Society: Collingwood and Morpeth – a Talk by Capt. Stephen Healy 16 September, 2013

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As some of you know, I’ve been a bit (ok, more than a bit) under the weather these last months, health- and otherwise, and had to cut back somewhere. “Somewhere” being my online presence, and you’re rightly upset with me that Old Cuddy (as well as Joyful Molly) fell victim to my cutbackiness. It wasn’t easy to give other things priorities, as you can imagine.

But now I’m back for good, and updates will be regular again. And he’re a heads-up for the next event of the honourable Collingwood Society:

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“COLLINGWOOD AND MORPETH”

A talk to the The Collingwood Society by
Capt. Stephen Healy

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Thursday 19th September 2013: 7.30pm
The Ballroom, Morpeth Town Hall

Free for members of both the Collingwood Society and the Morpeth Antiquarian Society , £2 admission for others.
Parking is recommended at the adjacent Newgate Street car parks. Rail and bus travel is possible from Newcastle.

Download the flyer here: Event 9-13

 

The Collingwood Society: Collingwood the Gunner – a Talk by Andrew Griffith 22 April, 2013

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And once again the Collingwood Society brings you educational entertainment of the most stellar kind:

“COLLINGWOOD  THE GUNNER”
A talk by Andy Griffin to a meeting of
The Collingwood Society

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Wednesday 24th April 2013: 7.30pm
HMS Calliope
South Shore Road, Gateshead

Free for Society members and HMS Calliope Ship’s Company, £2 admission for others (refunded if joining on the night).
Parking is recommended in the car parks around the Sage Music Centre; the nearest Metro station is Gateshead; the QuayLink bus runs regularly from Haymarket bus station in Newcastle.

Download the flyer here: Event 2-13

No Flowers for Admiral Collingwood – but he gets a Bust, so all is fine. 5 March, 2013

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First things first: I have to apologise for the radio silence. As some of you may know, the last weeks have been rather unpleasant, and I had to put my online activities on the backburner. Thanks for your understanding.

7 March is just around the corner, and that means we’ll see the 203rd anniversary of Admiral Lord Collingwood’s death. It has become a bit of a tradition to place flowers on his tomb at St. Paul’s that day, but unfortunately, Old Cuddy will have to go without flowers this year.

“What? You can’t not do that!”

Well, little did my heathen self consider that Old Cuddy died in a very inconvinient month, church-wise. Means: LENT. Means: NO FLOWERS. No flowers through lent at St. Paul’s Cathedral. They were very friendly and they do make exceptions for one day of commemoration, but I’ll be honest with you: spending £££ on flowers which would only be there for a few hours and then thrown out would be a waste of money and flowers (the later sort of going against my religious principles). I appreciate that exceptions are made – it’s not like Old Cuddy died on purpose on 7 March, after all – but I decided it makes more sense to place flowers on Collingwood’s birthday in future rather than on the anniversary of his death.

But he won’t go empty handed, because he finally gets a commemorative bust! Or rather, Morpeth gets it, thanks to many generous donors and, of course, the Collingwood Society. The bust has been created by sculptor Helen Ridehalgh and is the second of a pair cast from the same mould. The original rests on Isla del Rey in Menorca harbour.

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And it goes without saying that the Society has organised many events on 7 March, the unveiling of the bust only being one of many highlights.

You can find the complete programme in all details HERE.

If you should decide to head for Morpeth, you can look forward to

a Service of commemoration and thanksgiving for the life of Vice Admiral Lord Collingwood at the Church of St. James the Great, Coppergate, Morpeth, 10.45am – 11.45am

an official civic ceremony and unveiling of the bust of Admiral Lord Collingwood, the Butter Market, Morpeth Town Hall, 12.30pm – 1.00pm (due to space restrictions, invited guests only, but the bust will be available to view after the ceremony)

Collingwood House, Oldgate, Morpeth will be open to the public between 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Society experts will be on hand to answer questions.

The Corn Exchange, Town Hall, Morpeth: afternoon programme:
1.30pm – 1.50pm: “Collingwood, a 20 minute biography”: by Andy Griffin.
1.55pm – 2.10pm: “Songs of the Sea”: Voice Male
2.15pm – 2.35pm: “Collingwood’s Midshipmen”: by Dr Tony Barrow
2.40pm – 2.55pm: “Songs of the Sea”: Voice Male
3.00pm – 3.20pm: “The Collingwood 2010 Festival”: by Capt. Stephen Healy
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Please then make your way down to Newcastle for….

The 2013 Collingwood Lecture: “Collingwood – A Very Private Hero”, delivered by Max Adams, courtesy of the Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne. 7.30pm, in the main hall. Free for Society members and school staff and pupils, £2 admission charge for others. The inaugural Collingwood lecture was delivered as part of the Collingwood 2010 Festival and this, the second lecture, promises to be a prestigious event in the Society’s first year programme.

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Coming up next: strange things. Very strange things!

The Collingwood Society: First Event of 2013! 11 January, 2013

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Time to mark 29 January, 7.30pm in your diaries, agendas and electronical devices (the back of a beer mat is also acceptable, as long as it’s the Collingwood 2010 Festival Ale)!

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“Collingwood’s Stick –
the Life and Times of Captain Edward Rotheram CB RN”

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A talk by Dr Tony Barrow to a meeting of
The Collingwood Society

Highly praised for his undeniably brave service during the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars, Edward Rotheram was Captain of HMS Royal Sovereign, flagship of Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, at the Battle of Trafalgar. 

You can download the flyer with all details here.

I still try to figure out what event(s) I could visit this year. If you have the same problem, do not despair: eventually, the Collingwood Society will build an archive into the new website, in which presentations to the Society will be lodged. How’s that for good news?

By the way, how about paying for your bottle of Collingwood Ale with this…?

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Next time this comes up at an auction, I’ll hopefully be more successful than during Diarygate.

Event: Record office lecture on Collingwood by Dr. Tony Barrow 8 April, 2011

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On Friday, April 15 at 7.30pm, Dr. Tony Barrow will hold a lecture on

“Collingwood’s Northumbrians”

in the Parish Centre of Berwick.

Dr. Barrow will speak on the men from Tyneside and Northumberland who had social and family connections with Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood and how the latter supported them (or otherwise) in their naval careers.

Great subject, everyone is welcome,  admission is free and refreshments are available – so what are you waiting for?

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A Supper With… Admiral Lord Collingwood 17 June, 2010

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The splendid supper at Trinity House in Newcastle seems to have been a great success, enjoyed by guests and hosts alike!

JournalLive: A SUPPER WITH… ADMIRAL LORD COLLINGWOOD

“(…) While this year marks the 200th anniversary of his death, Admiral Nelson’s right-hand man  was there in every cleverly thought-out detail of a hugely interesting and well-hosted  night. (…)”

Excellent food was enjoyed in excellent company.

“(…) The company is, of course, as important as the food and many people who sat down as strangers had a few shipmates by the end. (…)”

And thanks to Captain Stephen Healy, we have photographic evidence of this historic event!

An Officer and his Lady on the steps of the Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House preparing to “Dine with Collingwood”.

I think we can all agree that this is a very dashing couple! I love that there was the option for historical dress along to escape the old suit and tie and little black dress routine. It suits the spirit of the evening much better.

The renowned Captain Bover of the Newcastle Pressgang…. aka Dr Tony Barrow, author of “Collingwood’s Northumbrians”, “Trafalgar Geordies” and “Pressgangs and Privateers”…

(c) for all pictures: Captain Stephen Healy – thank you!

And always keep an eye on the Official Collingwood 2010 Website – they add new pictures and reports all the time.