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The Collingwood Society: Trafalgar Day 2015 20 October, 2015

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“Trafalgar Day 2015”

Notice is hereby given of events scheduled for Wednesday 21st October 2015, 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 2015’ event, organised by North Tyneside Council
Info Wylam grog available here, oration to be given by CO HMS COLLINGWOOD, flag-raising by MSTS, light refreshments afterwards in the refurbished TVLB

 

Morpeth
 Image4 Venue Town Hall, then Collingwood House (Oldgate)
Time 1120 for 1130 at the Town Hall, then 1150 for 1200 at Collingwood House
Event ‘Collingwood Toast 2015’, 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 1045 for 1100
Event Annual wreath-laying and short service of commemoration
Info Long-established event, representation by London and south of England based members of the Society
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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!

The Trafalgar Day that was… 27 October, 2013

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I’m very happy to see how much attention the Collingwood Society managed to gather for Old Cuddy (and the society as well) this Trafalgar Day!
For starters, here’s a report and a short video clip of

A Toast To Admiral Collingwood: Trafalgar Day Celebrated In Tynemouth And Newcastle

Dozens of people turned out in Tynemouth to raise a glass to Admiral Collingwood, a famous Newcastle navy officer, who fought alongside Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Courtesy the Collingwood Society, here are some pictures of the event:

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Please also have a look at this entry on the blog of the Catholic Parish of Morpeth, with additional pictures of handsome sailors, grog and a prayer by Fr Lawrence.

TRAFALGAR DAY AT COLLINGWOOD HOUSE

This is my favourite contribution, though. It’s so lovely to see Morpeth and put faces to names.

In other news, Bounce was mentioned on Reddit. Quite clearly, this is the end of the world as we know it.

Having just returned from a trip to very northern shores in the wee hours of Trafalgar Day and not being in a very awake state (two words: fig vodka), I still managed to raise my glass for a toast to Admiral Collingwood, alas with a glass of vanilla-croissant-scented liquor. The alternative was cherry rum, so I hope you’ll forgive me. Next year, I hope I’ll manage something more dignified…

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

 

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!

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!

Admiral Lord Collingwood 2010: Link Collection of Celebrations, Part 3 16 March, 2010

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Before we come to further online reports of the Collingwood 2010 Memorial Weekend, here’s a stunning picture of the (in)famous smoke ring during the Tynemouth salute; courtesy Captain Stephen Healy:

If that’s not the perfect 10 of smoke rings everywhere, then I don’t know what is!

COLLINGWOOD 2010 – MEMORIAL CEREMONY IN TYNEMOUTH
Report and pictures by Jen

Although all the official part was impressive, I think one of my favourite things was standing there on the monument afterwards and hearing a man beside me telling the lady he was with about how…

JournalLive: NORTH EAST PAYS TRIBUTE TO ADMIRAL LORD COLLINGWOOD

He was described yesterday as one of Newcastle’s greatest sons, a Northumbrian heart of oak, a great Englishman and a saviour of the nation.

COLLINGWOOD’S MONUMENT, TYNEMOUTH
Short report and pictures by Kathy

CELEBRATIONS – COLLINGWOOD MONUMENT AT TYNEMOUTH
Great picture taken by Allan

Not reports, yet still interesting:

Morpeth Herald: COLLINGWOOD – THE MAN WHO SAVED THE NATION

Author Andrew Griffin has welcomed the Collingwood Festival after writing a biography on the hero.

Morpeth Herald: HOTEL’S ADDING AN EXTRA TOUCH OF CLASS

You’ll be pleased to hear there’ll be a “Collingwood Bar” very soon!

It will have a seating and standing capacity of 200 and is scheduled to open on April 7, when a member of the Collingwood family will cut the ribbon, followed by an official opening ceremony on April 29.