Plans are afoot to organise a winter gathering of S&S UK & Ireland members.  Timing is looking difficult for an autumn laying-up supper so the purpose of this email is to solicit interest in a post-Christmas get-together.  We have found a delightful location where we can all stay together in a farmhouse based at an Avon Wildlife Trust reserve located about 10 miles south of Bristol (see over the weekend of 8-10 February 2019. 

The plan would be to gather Friday afternoon/evening for an informal supper, to spend Saturday in Bristol visiting the SS Great Britain and the associated museum “Being Brunel”, followed by lunch and a boat trip around the city docks (or you can visit other city attractions if preferred), and wrapping up with dinner, a showing of the film “The Weekend Sailor” and general jollification back at the farm, and then Sunday available to go walking, visiting local sights such as Tyntesfield House, or anything else you fancy before heading home.

Call to action

This preliminary booking will not stay forever. If you want to participate, please do not hesitate to register with Karen:

Costs at this stage are approximate but based on 20 participants should be around £170 per person:

 £95 per person for 2 nights accommodation

 £50 per person for meals at the Farm plus bring your own drinks (wine for Saturday eve dinner will be courtesy of the Association)

 £11 for seniors and £12.50 for adults to tour the Great Britain and the museum

 £7 per person for the boat trip

plus Saturday lunch and parking in Bristol.

I’m aware it seems a long way off but in order to secure the booking at Folly Farm we will need to know quite urgently if you’d like to come – if we are too late the alternative will probably be a hotel in Bristol – so if you could get back to me within a few days  to let me know if you’d like to come I’d be very grateful.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give me a call.

Looking forward to hearing from you and to hopefully seeing many of you in February if not before.

With very best wishes


S&S Association UK Secretary


Karen Raymond-Blake

+44 (0)1547 540 858

+44 (0)7887 710 140

For information about the being Brunel Museum and the SS Great Britain, click here