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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!

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What better time to join the Collingwood Society than Christmas? 24 December, 2012

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Because it’s the perfect present for yourself!

With special thanks to the good people of the Collingwood Society, I come bearing information!

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2   THE PURPOSES OF THE SOCIETY ARE:

1. to advance the education of the public in all aspects of the life and legacy of Cuthbert Collingwood, Vice-Admiral of the Red, 1st Baron Collingwood of Caldburne and Hethpoole in Northumberland;

2. to create, develop and maintain an educational archive as part of the above;

3. to reflect Collingwood’s links with the North-East of England (and other areas as appropriate) in selected activities of the Society;

4. to create new memorials and to preserve existing memorials to Admiral Lord Collingwood and those who sailed with him; and

5. to build and maintain relationships with like-minded organisations.

Newsletter: December 2012

2013 Programme

Approved Constitution of the Collingwood Society

Collingwood Society Membership Application Form

Needless to say, my membership fee is already on its way to the Collingwood Society.
Not only does this give me the satisfaction of knowing that I support a great cause, no, I can also scare my friends by telling them that I’ve joined a fan club. Hah!

Important: Those of you who, like me, live in countries where cheques aren’t used (anymore), can send me a mail on joyful_molly at yahoo.co.uk, and I’ll give you the IBAN for the Collingwood Society. Make sure that you pick the “our cost” option when transferring any money, though, which means that you’ll carry all fees!

I’m leaving you with this exciting news, and wish you all a Merry Christmas, Blessed Yule and a very happy and healthy New Year!

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“Goodwill and Peace to all Mankind!”
And women, children and animals. And Admirals.
And Velociraptors. Because everything is better with dinosaurs!

Fantastic news: Max Adams’ “Collingwood – Northumberland’s Heart of Oak” as Audio Book – for free! 13 July, 2010

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A wave of updates has swept across the Official Collingwood 2010 Website, and I hope I won’t forget to point anything of importance out in this entry.

First things first, though, because I know how many of you are truly dedicated aficionados of audio books!

MAX ADAMS’ “COLLINGWOOD – NORTHUMBERLAND’s HEART OF OAK” IS NOW AVAILABLE AS AN AUDIO BOOK!

And what’s more: it’s for free!

“Collingwood – Northumberland’s Heart of Oak” has been split into 12 individual parts and is available from the official website (please click the link above). And please don’t let the audio book keep you from buying the print edition! An illustrated bicentenary edition of the printed book is available from Newcastle Libraries, Tyne Bridge Publishing.

Also new on the website is an addition that I find very important, and which I’d like to recommend especially to the teachers and homeschoolers among you:

EDUCATION

Teaching materials, lessons plans and resources for you to educate (yourself, your students or young ones) on all things Collingwood. His portrayal here on this blog is, of course, biased in favour of Collingwood. I’m not blind to his shortcomings, though, and had we ever met, it might have ended in a huge argument and broken plates… well. Here you’ll find everything for you and others to make up their own mind.

For further research, you can find all relevant (and other) information on Collingwood here:

COLLINGWOOD

His life, his achievements, his fights – it’s all here, with a very helpful timeline. Perfect for those who don’t want to read all the books!

And of course, always keep an eye on

THE DIARY

where you’ll find all scheduled events. Check back regularly to see if anything’s on that you might be interested in.

Upcoming events are:

Tue 13th – Sun 18th July 2010

‘Heroes, Past and Present’ Festival: flower and music festival
(assoc. – they have adopted Collingwood as a hero past)

And an event close to all our hearts:

Sat 7th- Tue 10th August 2010

Tallships Hartlepool 2010
(assoc.)

What else? Ah, you’ll have to wait for a little while, this year’s Trafalgar Day promises to prove some goodies for us Collingwoodies!

And I have some updates as well. I wish my days had 48 hours, then I could get more done…

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.

Collingwood 2010: June Events 3 June, 2010

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No rest for the wicked! June offers various events to commemorate Admiral Lord Collingwood, and if I may say so, some of them are… delicious!

WEEKEND OF 12./13.06.2010

There will be a Collingwood-themed exhibition at Morpeth Town Hall in Morpeth, organised by the Morpeth Antiquarian Society. All day, all free, all aboard!

AN UNIQUE DINING OPPORTUNITY – 14. + 15.06.2010

(…) in honour of Vice-Admiral Collingwood, William Brewis of Boldon Farmhouse Pantry has created a unique, “Collingwood-themed” menu.

Then the dinners will be hosted by an acknowledged and published expert on matters Collingwood (Max Adams on Monday 14th and Dr Tony Barrow on Tuesday 15th), Capt. Stephen Healy, Deputy Master of the Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House and Chairman of the Collingwood 2010 Festival Committee and a certain John Grundy, local historian, broadcaster and raconteur extraordinaire.

Delicious food (also in a vegetarian variety – well done!), Collingwood, amazing venue – who could ask for more? Hurry up if you’d like to make a reservation, though – only three places are left! Costs are £ 45.00, and you have to pre-book. No pre-booking, no cheese. Please call +44 (0)191-2816025 for your reservation.

Additional information from Granville Thompson:

The price is inclusive of fine table wines and the cheeseboard features Doddington’s famous “Admiral Collingwood” and “Cuddy’s Cave” – both important reasons to attend!! Further, the dress for the event is indicated as Black Tie / Evening Wear (boring…) or Period Costume (Yay!!). Seemingly, Boldon farmhouse Pantry are reporting that many of those booking are favouring the latter. Which is good, because the Good Lady and I are attending on the Tuesday and Madame has made a full Georgian outfit just for the occasion!! I of course, as befits my lowly Midshipman’s status, will be in my uniform….

You can find all information here.

To keep up-to-date with all events, please keep an eye on the diary of the Official Collingwood 2010 Website.

And because we all like visuals: here’s a collectible cigarette card which seems to come from a bar of chocolate. Chocolate cigarettes, maybe? In any case a great find, and you must admit that Old Cuddy looks very dashing here. Thanks a lot to Nana for finding it here and sharing! And also thanks to the card-owner, of course. Choccies or cigarette – neat!

Event: Collingwood Workshop with Max Adams, Tony Barrow and John Sadler 20 April, 2010

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I haven’t decided yet what to do on 1st May: wearing red and marching on the street, or wearing white and dancing around the May Pole (knowing myself, I’ll probably end up sitting under a tree, reading a book). But there’s a third option this year:

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ADMIRAL COLLINGWOOD
(Please scroll down the page for schedule and more information)

Saturday, 1st May, and Sunday, 2nd May, 2010, at the Newcastle Arts Centre and the Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House.

A two-day workshop at the North-East Centre for Lifelong Learning, tutored by acknowledged experts Max Adams, Tony Barrow and John Sadler, celebrating the bicentenary of Collingwood’s death on March 7th 1810

The workshop costs £ 55.00 (£ 35.00 if you’re a NECLL member), which includes lunch and refreshments. I dare say this will be money well spent; several interesting talks, a look at Admiral Collingwood’s letters, muster books and a rare look around Trinity House. Plus “re-enactments of actions” (tempting as it may be: please stay away from the cannons and don’t blow anything up!)

This exciting event is brought to you by the Collingwood 2010 Festival.

Collingwood 2010 Event: “Collingwood and Nelson: a Unique Friendship” 16 March, 2010

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Talk alert!

“COLLINGWOOD AND NELSON: A UNIQUE FRIENDSHIP”
An illustrated talk by Max Adams

Monday, 22nd March – the ‘Lit and Phil’, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE, 6pm

Max Adams is the author of “Admiral Collingwood: Nelson’s Own Hero”. His biography of Old Cuddy is not the first or only one ever written, but it’s the one I’d recommend to those who sit in front of the screen and wonder who the heck we’re all talking about here.

Of course there is a lot of information on Collingwood’s achievements in the Battle of Trafalgar and his friendship with Horatio Nelson, but first and foremost, it’s not a book on Collingwood the admiral, but on Cuthbert Collingwood the man. Max Adams did a brilliant job – he had me sort of sobbing by the end of chapter one, and that, dear friends, takes a lot.

There’s also a TV documentary on Collingwood presented by Max Adams, dating back to 2005. Like most interesting documentaries, it’s not available on DVD. If you should get the chance to catch it somewhere on TV, please do so. It’s a very loving tribute to Collingwood.

"And now for something completely different..."

Huzzah! The Official Collingwood 2010 Website is ONLINE! 22 February, 2010

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Today the official  Collingwood 2010 website went online, so all your questions regarding events, time schedules etc. will now be answered. But that’s not all – information about Admiral Lord Collingwood’s life and his achievements, a special page for “Young Tars”, articles – and even Bounce got his own space! Woof!

OFFICIAL COLLINGWOOD 2010 WEBSITE

Workshops and talks and exhibitions and parades and and… this is going to be a busy year, and not only  in and around Newcastle! Events are planned for Menorca (we already mentioned it here), Collingwood in Ontario/Canada and Collingwood in New Zealand. Additional information will be available in time on the official website.

Dolls made by artist Teresa Thompson. From the collection of Emma C.

Now I only have to try and find at least one date where I can catch a talk by Max Adams… please spread the word that the website is online; the more, the merrier!

Oh – this will make my fellow Aubreyad-aficionados in the area happy: On 6 March, you can watch “Master and Commander” at Morpeth Town Hall, 2pm, free admission!

Article on BBC online, interview with and talks by Max Adams 14 January, 2010

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This just in: an article on BBC Online about Collingwood and the 2010 Festival:

ADMIRAL COLLINGWOOD: A LOCAL HERO

Among some information about Collingwood, you can find bits and pieces of an interview with author Max Adams.

“As a human being he really is a shining example for young people.”

And there’s some exciting news:

Max will be giving a series of talks as part of the Collingwood 2010 festival and is also helping with an educational project to teach children more about the famous admiral.

I’m all for it.

And:

“We want to remind people what an interesting guy he was. He should be the symbol of the North East we are proud of. Everything he did was for others.

“The event is a complete one-off and if you’re proud of your region, everyone from all the family should come along and join in the celebration.”

We’ll try our best. Promised.

Collingwood-book competition by Newcastle City Council 13 January, 2010

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An updated edition of Max Adams’ book “Collingwood – Northumberland’s Heart of Oak” is out. That’s great news. Even better news is that Newcastle City Council runs a contest where you can win the book.

PLEASE GO HERE FOR THE CONTEST

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOOK

I like Max Adams’ writing style a lot. You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy his work, so I can really recommend  his books. “Collingwood – Northumberland’s Heart of Oak” is also available through Amazon.

Good luck!