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Scudamore's Punting Company
Halloween Ghost Tours 2012
'Tis the night - the night
Of the grave's delight,
And the warlocks are at their play;
Ye think that without
The wild winds shout,
But no, it is they - it is they.
Arthur Cleveland Coxe

Join us, if you dare, for the Halloween edition of our Punting & Walking Ghost Tour. This event is scheduled to run from Wednesday 24th to Wednesday 31st October 2012.
There will be up to seven tours per evening, leaving at intervals between 18.00 and 20.30 (21.00 on the last four evenings). Tours last 90 minutes and start at our Mill Lane station. Public tour tickets are available on the day, or in advance by phone (Bookings Office: 01223 359750). Advance purchase is strongly recommended due to the popularity of this tour. For further information on advance sales please click here.
Prices - per person:
Adult �18.50, senior citizen / student �17.00, under-12 �9.25.
Babies under 12 months old travel for free.
Please note that you are booking places onto a public tour.
Tour tickets are also available from Visit Cambridge.

Bristol Packet Boat Trips
Hello there shipmates.
After a long summer season we are now settling into our winter mode. There was much excitement here in the city docks throughout the summer. We had many interesting visiting vessels including some spectacular super yachts. The Olympic flame visited the city in May and the Harbour Festival in July boasted a record number of visitors.
Despite some torrential weather conditions we were able to run nearly all our scheduled trips up and down stream. The spirit of our passengers and crew remained high through what was possible the worst summer in recent history.
We have recently published our winter timetable and will be running Avon Gorge Cruises until the end of the year (view dates) as well as our City Docks Tours every weekend and daily during school holidays.
For private Christmas Parties and Winter Cruises call our office 0117 926 8157.
Enjoy the autumn leaves and hope to see you on the water.

GXSA (Gerrards Cross Sailing Association)
GXSA Talk Wednesday October 31st - Debbie Beadle - Rowing the Atlantic for Human Rights
Debbie Beadle is a human rights activist, campaigning for the rights of vulnerable people for over 10 years. She has consulted on youth rights at a global level and managed projects internationally. Currently she manages the Youth Programme at ECPAT UK, a leading children's rights charity.
Debbie is a keen sportswomen and likes challenges. In 2010 she completed 30 of them before she was 30 to raise awareness about child trafficking, including a 190 km cycle in the Brecon Beacons, 3.8 km sea swims, adventure races, marathons and triathlons.
In January 2012, her "Row For Freedom" team arrived in Barbados, having rowed unaided across the Atlantic. They achieved two World Records being the first female team of five and the fastest females to row across the Atlantic.
The team experienced many problems, including losing their water maker, steering and power issues, yet determination and resilience saw them through. The "Row For Freedom team" gained a lot of media, political and celebrity attention to raise awareness about their cause of human trafficking. This saw them invited to meet the Prime Minister at Number 10 and participate in the Queens Diamond Jubilee Flotilla. Debbie and her team are now talking about their experience and continuing in their journey to fight the horrendous crime of human trafficking.
An Amazing Lady - An Amazing Achievement - An Amazing Talk.
GXSA Talk Wednesday October 24th - Stuart Bradley - Cruising in the Adriatic
Stuart Bradley and his crew have spent four seasons cruising the area from Venice to Dubrovnik along the Croatian coast and islands. They had received some negative accounts of the area so their original plan was to spend just one season in Croatia before laying up for the winter in Greece. Do come along to this talk to find out why Stuart is still based there and why the area deserves the description "the Mediterranean as it used to be". There will be plenty of interest for all : from gondola design to traditional Croatian harmony singing. Curious ? Do come along - it should be fun.
GXSA Talk Wednesday October 17th, Roger Shaw - New England Sailing
Members will recall Roger, commodore of Henley Offshore Group when he gave a short amusing talk as our after dinner speaker about his three year "cruise" from Plymouth to Corfu and disasters he mostly avoided.
Once again we are most privileged to hear Roger. This time his topic "New England Sailing" covers his seven years living in the US when he sailed a 26' Bristol, then three subsequent years when he chartered in the same area after he had moved back to Henley. During his time in the US, many weekends were spent in Long Island Sound; with longer trips with his wife and children towards Cape Cod, Martha's vineyard and Nantucket.
He has many memorable and sometimes amusing anecdotes. His talk, amply illustrated, will include stories about narrowly avoiding a US submarine in dense fog, being boarded by armed US coastguards, nearly drowning his children in the aftermath of a hurricane and some of the Whaling history of Mystic and Nantucket. All this, yet without forgetting of course descriptions of these stunning cruising grounds which many of us would like to visit.
Wednesday October 10th, John Apps - "Ruffling the Parrot's Feathers"
John Apps was fortunate enough to crew and skipper a friend's boat 'Perroquet' last year from Antigua to his native country Australia.
We expect an entertaining account of his race from Antigua to Panama then a delayed passage through the Panama Canal. Then onto to Easter Island with club members Bernie Smallman and John Dawson.
Single handed from Easter Island to Tahiti without managing to hit any reefs or islands; only his head. He also missed some notorious islands including Pitcairn and the scourge of 'GreenPeace', Mururoa Atoll.
Crew joined him in Tahiti and survived some bad weather from Tahiti to New Caledonia; then a change of pace with the motor going most of the way to Coffs Harbour in New South Wales and onto Pittwater in Australia.
A superb and fascinating story - we look forward to seeing you all there.
Autumn Programme 2012
GXSA's autumn programme begins on Wednesday October 10th with member John Apps telling us how he got from the Caribbean to his native Australia via the Panama Canal. This will be an evening not to be missed as John's talks are always most enjoyable and informative.
We then follow on with tales and experiences with sailing off the North East coast of the USA, cruising the Adriatic from Venice to Dubovnik, an all female crossing of the Atlantic (in a rowing boat!) and touring the historic heart of Europe by sailing down the Danube. These travellers' tales are interspersed with an intriguing insight into the work and functioning of the Marine Accident Investigation Bureau and how a yachtsman's pilot is conceived, written, kept up to date and published.
If all this is not enough, we conclude with a most distinguished speaker, Stephen Howarth, whose father David was actively involved in WW2's clandestine operations the "Shetland Bus", transporting agents and arms between the Shetlands and occupied Norway. David's book is still in print and selling steadily today
Full details of the programme can be found at
It is difficult to believe that there can be a better way to spend a coming winter Wednesday evening here in the UK. So I think I can confidently expect to see you at Colston Hall in a few weeks time. It will be a great opportunity to compare tales of survival of this summer's weather, which will be entirely believable.
I look forward to welcoming you to our winter talks - enjoy.
Ray Bridges, Chairman

Scottish Seabird Centre
The Harbour, North Berwick, EH39 4SS. 01620 890202.
All events are FREE for members, or included in the entry price to the Discovery Centre for non- members, unless otherwise stated. Entry to the Discovery Centre is �7.95 for adults, �4.50 for children and �5.95 for concessions. Book tickets online in advance at
World records galore! 4 October, 19:00, Seabird Caf�, tickets �5. Scottish Seabird Centre volunteers, Sandy and Mike Forrest have just returned from volunteering at the Olympics and Paralympics. Find out about how they were selected, how they prepared for their big adventure, their vital roles in the Photofinish team and the world records they witnessed first-hand. There will be a cash wine bar and soft drinks available.
Keli Clark exhibition. To 28 October, during opening hours in the Picture Gallery. Keli Clark exhibits a new range of work focussed on the surrounding area, beautiful landscapes and the local wildlife.
Mini Makers. Weekends, 14:00-15:00, included with entry into the Discovery Centre. Fun 'make and do' sessions for kids age 4 to 8.
Wild About Art. 14 October, 14:00-16:00, included with entry into the Discovery Centre. Join in the Wild About Art fun with Alchemy Arts and get stuck in to create something amazing from recycled, scrap and natural material.
Wild About Art. 20 October, 14:00-16:00, included with entry into the Discovery Centre. Join in the Wild About Art fun with Alchemy Arts and get stuck in to create something amazing from recycled, scrap and natural material.
Pirate weekend. 20-21 October, 10:00-17:00, included with entry into the Discovery Centre. Ooh ar me hearties! Get in on the action with our biggest event this October. The Centre is taken over my pirates for one weekend only. Join in the swash-buckling fun! Prizes for the best dressed! Competition is judged at 14:00 each day.

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