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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!

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Admiral Collingwood: Of Flowers and DNA 18 April, 2014

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Just in time for the Easter holidays, I bring you a very mixed bag of interesting Collingwood titbits. And news coming from the Collingwood Society, but they get their own post.

First we have one which might be of special interest to the many admirers of Horatio Hornblower who read this blog. Your knowledge is needed!

A gentleman called Paul has contacted me with a question regarding Collingwood and flowers. He’s working on a project about flowers and their role in human culture. While reading “From Hornblower and the Atropos by C.S. Forester. The Companion Book club, London, 1954. (Originally published by Michael Joseph Ltd.) pp 137-8” he came across the following part:

Collingwood shook hands with him in the great cabin below. …

“Please sit down captain. Harkness, a glass of Madeira for Captain Hornblower. …”

It was an upholstered chair in which Hornblower sat; under his feet was a thick carpet; there were a couple of pictures in gilt frames on the bulkheads; silver lamps hung by silver chains   from the deck-beams. Looking round him while Collingwood eagerly skimmed through his letters, Hornblower thought of all this being hurriedly bundled away when the
Ocean cleared for action. But what held his attention most were two long boxes against the great stern windows. They were filled with earth and were planted with flowers – hyacinths and daffodils, blooming and lovely.

The scent of the hyacinths reached Hornblower’s nostrils where he sat. There was something fantastically charming about them here at sea.

“I’ve been successful with my bulbs this year,” said Collingwood, putting his letters in his pocket and following Hornblower’s glance. He walked over and tilted up a daffodil bloom with sensitive fingers, looking down into its open face.

“They are beautiful, aren’t they? Soon the daffodils will be flowering in England – some time, perhaps, I’ll see them again. Meanwhile these help to keep me contented. It is three years since I last set foot  on land.”

So Paul’s obvious question was: did the real Collingwood have flower boxes in the great cabin?

“Not that I know of”, was my reply; as much as I love the idea, I can’t really imagine that Collingwood would have had anything in the great cabin which could have slowed down or hindered preparations for battle. But maybe you guys know more than I do? Can you shed some light on this?

The possibly fictional flower boxes aside: do you know any other Age of Sail related tales which could help Paul with his work? If so, please do share here, or if you’d rather mail him personally, drop me a line, and I’ll put you in touch.

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Next I’d like to share some links with you which might be of special interest for those of you interested in genealogy and the various Collingwoodses who have contacted me through the years. They are an international lot! You can find them from Germany to Australia, and there’s even one in Japan! One of them, Gordon Collingwood, is a serious genealogist, and he has painstakingly pieced together over 50 separate branches of the Collingwood family tree, including the ancestors of Old Cuddy. You can visit his website here, but please note that you will need a user account to watch the content:

COLLINGWOOD ANCESTRY

Gordon has also started a DNA project:

COLLINGWOOD DNA PROJECT

He writes that his own DNA had been matched to another living Collingwood who has traced his family back to 1630 in Newcastle upon Tyne. So they both have Geordie roots! Feel free to contact him if you are a Collingwood (or related to a Collingwood) and would like to learn more.

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Paul Collingwood – a chip off the old oak block?

(You won’t be surprised at all that Emma Collingwood’s DNA identified her as a direct descentant of Hieronymus Carl Friedrich Baron von Münchhausen…)

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Münchhausen c. 1740 as a Cuirassier in Riga, by G. Bruckner

To that Noble Fellow Collingwood 7 March, 2014

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204 years ago today, Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood died off Port Mahon, on board of HMS Ville de Paris. Here’s what the “Annals of the Wars of the 19th Century. Vol. III” had to say on the matter. I find the comparison of Nelson and Collingwood to Saul and Jonathan most intriguing…!

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You can read an extensive extract by clicking on the picture below.

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Today’s picture can be shared with you thanks to the generosity of our dearest Volgivagant; who of us would not have loved to sail on the good ship “Collingwood” – with a figurehead like this?

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In honour of our dear admiral – and his beloved Bounce! – we’ve made a donation to rescue four dogs from Romania, who are already on their way to new, loving homes.

203rd Anniversary of Admiral Lord Collingwood’s Death – and a Portrait (or isn’t it?) 7 March, 2013

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While countless activities in and around Morpeth are happening this very moment to remember our highly esteemed Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, those of us who can’t attend unveilings and speeches are left with a puzzle. I recently stumbled over this alleged portrait of “Admiral Collingwood” which is attributed to John Hoppner.

(c) Eden District Council; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

The painting is dated to 1787 – 1795 and is part of the Eden District Council art collection.

Now my lamentable numerical memory is legendary (never ask me how old I am, I’ll be confused, and I can’t memorise my phone number, either), but wasn’t Collingwood promoted to rear-admiral in 1799? There doesn’t seem to be enough tinsel on the uniform; maybe it’s Captain Collingwood?

Inquiring minds want to know: is this Old Cuddy as a Young Cuddy, a different Collingwood or even a Fakingwood?

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If you can solve this riddle, please let me know. And let the BBC know as well!

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a “new” portrait to cherish? While you’re guessing, I’m raising my glass to the Admiral – may he always be remembered and may we all gather for many more years to come.

The Day before Old Cuddy’s Birthday… 25 September, 2010

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… seems to be the perfect day to catch up with the long list of news items which haven’t posted during the last weeks. But first things first:

HAVE YOU ALREADY BEEN TO COLLINGWOOD’S BAR?

I hope they’ll throw a big birthday party there tomorrow, but for now, let’s have a look at the

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please always check out the diary at the Official  Collingwood 2010 Festival Website first; they have the latest news when it comes to events.

2nd October, 2010, 2.15pm, West Park United Reformed Church, Stockton Park, Sunderland

CUTHBERT COLLINGWOOD

Friends of Sunderland Old Parish Church, The Rector Gray Society present Cuthbert Collingwood.  The North East’s Heart of Oak. A concert of Patriotic and North Country music to mark the Bi-Centenary of the death of Admiral Collingwood (Nelson’s second in command at Trafalger).

9th October, 2010, The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, in association with the Collingwood 2010 Festival

THE NEW SCORPION BAND: THAT NOBLE FELLOW COLLINGWOOD

The New Scorpion Band present songs, poetry, prose and music written to commemorate the great historical events in the time of Collingwood and Nelson and marking the 200th anniversary of the death of Collingwood.

There will be various events and activities for Trafalgar Day, but that will be covered in a separate entry.

ODDS AND ENDS

TRAFALGAR WOODS

We all know of Collingwood’s habit of planting acorns; this is an article about him and the “Trafalgar woods” planted in College Valley to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar (please scroll down the page).

LONGHIRST HALL HOTEL

have planted an oak in honour of Old Cuddy. They’ve already named their bar after Collingwood some months ago (see top of this page). This leaves us with one question: what about that Bounce Castle for the kids…?

Talking about hotels: there’s also beautiful Grade II Listed, Georgian

COLLINGWOOD ARMS

in Cornhill-On-Tweed, Northumberland. And yes, there’s a Collingwood-connection! I really think I’ll have to stay at the “HMS Sovereign” room one day. And oh, they welcome post horses!

CUTHBERT COLLINGWOOD TINLING

(better known as Ted Tinling) wasn’t a relative of Admiral Collingwood and had no connection with him, but I thought this blog could do with a bit of fashion. Thanks so much for your designs, Ted; the tennis world owes you a lot.

WORDSWORTH HOUSE IS FOR SALE

The obvious link to the poet aside, it also has a distant connection with our dear admiral:

Reginald was succeeded by his son, also named Reginald, whose daughter married Cuthbert Collingwood, and their son was the famous Admiral Collingwood. Mrs. Collingwood sold the property to Richard Wordsworth, Attorney at Law, Clerk of the Peace for Westmorland and Steward at Lowther from 1723 to 1738.

So if you should have a spare £785,00 stored under your mattress: click the link above for further information.

That’s it for today, read you tomorrow!

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.

Menorca goes Collingwood: Part II 13 April, 2010

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Finally – the updated list of reports from the “Collingwood 2010 Weekend” in Menorca!

REPORT ON THE OFFICIAL COLLINGWOOD 2010 WEBSITE

An extensive coverage of the weekend with many pictures!

Helen Ridehalgh has actually modelled the Admiral looking slightly to his right and the bust has been so positioned that he is looking across the channel directly towards the Hotel Almirante – Collingwood House – the building he used as his shore quarters when in Port Mahón.

Captain Stephen Healy, representing the Festival Committee, walked in Old Cuddy’s footsteps and planted cabbage oaks. Football-wise, the team of HMS Monmouth lost against San Lluis F.C., but new friends were made, everybody kept their respective trophy and there will be another challenge in the future, and then: 6:1, at least! Artificial pitch or not! (Becks, join the Navy. This is not a request.)

The place around the bust will eventually become a small garden; what a wonderful idea. I hope the wee oaks will grow fast; Menorca can be very hot in summer and Collingwood would probably appreciate a bit of shadow. ;-)

FANTASTIC PHOTO GALLERY ON FLICKR (BY USER “ILPB”)

This one really covers every event of the weekend, from horses to ships and theatre to organ, and the pictures are of great quality. And there are hundreds of them! Needless to say, this is one of my favourites:

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HIGH-RESOLUTION PICTURE OF THE COLLINGWOOD-BUST AND PLAQUE

It looks absolutely awesome. The name of the artist is Helen Ridehalgh, btw.; there was one slip of the graver.
Or two. Three, maybe.

Lucky Jen was there and took some pictures. Thanks a lot for sharing them!

THE HORSES

THE TIMETABLE

THE ORGAN

Oh yes, the organ! It found its way to Menorca under the watchful eyes of Admiral Collingwood himself! But more about that story some other time.

Very special thanks to Nana and Jen for all the links and trouble. Much appreciated!

PS: Thanks a lot for your good wishes. It will take a while to recover, but I’m doing much, much better.

News: Menorca honours Admiral Lord Collingwood 26 March, 2010

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Old Cuddy goes global, and previews of the upcoming celebrations in Menorca are trickling in. I absolutely love the idea of planting trees in his honour!

BBC: LORD COLLINGWOOD HONOURED IN MENORCA BY PLANTING TREES

Three oak tree saplings are being planted during a weekend of commemorative events in Menorca – where Collingwood spent his final years.

The trees are a gift to the island as part of the Collingwood 2010 Festival, a year-long celebration of the Admiral’s life.

They have been donated by Corbridge-based Trees Please nursery.

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.