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December


Scottish Seabird Centre
www.seabird.org
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 www.seabird.org.
December
Carol Boyd exhibition. To 7 January 2013, opening hours, in the Picture Gallery. Watercolour artist Carol Boyd celebrates the oceans and birds in this exhibition. Her loose and dynamic style conveys the raw energy and movement of the sea.
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.
Nature Photography Awards 2012 exhibition. To 31 January, 10:00-16:00, included with entry into the Discovery Centre. Now in its seventh year the Nature Photography Exhibition 2012 showcases the shortlisted entries from this year's Scottish Seabird Centre competition. View these stunning photographs and select your winners from the ever-rising standard of entries. For further information about the competition, previous winners and exhibition please visit www.seabird.org.
Festive Fun Day. 23 December, 10:00-17:00, included with entry into the Discovery Centre. Join in the Wild About Art yuletide fun with Alchemy Arts and get stuck in to create something festive. Meet Santa who will be walking round the Centre to meet visitors and Tammie the Puffin. There will be festive treats, face painting and a special fun trail.
Wild About Art. 23 December, 13:00-15:00, 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. 29 December, 13:00-15:00, 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.

Gloucester Waterways Museum
www.gloucesterwaterwaysmuseum.org.uk
SCHEDULED CRUISES 2012
Come and join us for one of our scheduled cruises from Gloucester Docks. They make a great gift or celebration venue at any time of year! Fully licensed bar. Group bookings available or charter King Arthur for private hire. All cruises must be booked in advance.
Easter Tea Cruise: 2.00pm - 3.30pm. 8 April, 9 April. Cruise along the canal and enjoy tea and Easter cakes. 'Spot the bunnies' competition around the museum. �28 Family (2+2).
Carvery Lunch: 12.30pm - 3.00pm. 20 May, 12 Aug, 14 Oct. Join us for a 2 course traditional lunch on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. �24.00 per person.
Fathers Day Lunch: 12.30pm - 3.00pm . 17 June. Spoil Dad and make his day. Enjoy a two course lunch whilst cruising. �24.00 per person.
Tewkesbury: 10.00am - 5.00pm. 9 June, 14 July, 25 Aug. Cruise on the River Severn, through picturesque countryside and two locks Opportunity to sightsee in Tewkesbury with picnic lunch included. �24.00 return. �12.50 single.
Sharpness: 10.00am - 5.00pm. 3 June, 2 Sept. Enjoy 14 bridges on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and stunning views of the Severn Estuary. Picnic lunch included. �24.00 per person.
Frampton Country Fair: 9.00am - 5.30pm. 9 September. A great day out. Travel to the Fair by coach and return by boat. Ticket includes entry. �20.00 Adults, �16.00 Child.
Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust: 10.00am - 5.00pm. 12 May, 2 June. Duckery Cruise, Travel by boat on board King Arthur. Return by coach. A great family day out. Includes entry to Wildfowl & Wetlands. �22.00 Adult, �18.00 Child.
Canal Lunch: 11:45am - 1:45pm. 16 May, 5 & 20 June, 11 July, 7 & 22 Aug. Enjoy a 2 hour cruise along the canal with buffet lunch. �15.00 per person.
Sunset Supper: 7.00pm -10.00pm. 28 June, 12 July, 23 Aug. Experience going through Gloucester Lock. Watch the sun set on the River Severn, and enjoy a delicious buffet supper. �20.00 per person.
Saul Junction Tea: 2.00pm - 5.30pm. 6 May, 10 June, 8 July, 19 Aug, 16 Sept. Relax and enjoy a cream tea on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal with a short stop at Saul Junction. �16.00 per person.
Cream Tea: 2.30pm - 4.30pm. 5 & 20 June, 11 July, 22 Aug, 5 Sept. Cream Tea on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. �12.00 per person.
Tea & Cake: 2.30pm - 3.30pm. 1, 8 & 29 May, 3 July. Tea & Cake with a short cruise on the canal. �6.50 per person.
Disco Cruise: 7.30pm - 11.00pm. 15 June. Dance the night away to our resident DJ travelling on the River Severn with supper. �25.00 per person.
Live Music Cruise: 7:30pm - 11:00pm. 14 July. Great live music whilst cruising on the River Severn. Includes a buffet supper. �25.00 per person.
Jazz Cruise: 7:30pm - 11.00pm. 29 June. Enjoy a buffet supper and the mellow sounds of our resident jazz band whilst cruising along the River Severn. �25.00 per person.
Afternoon Jazz: 3.00pm - 6.00pm. 27 May. Something different on a Sunday afternoon. Enjoy jazz whilst cruising. �16.00 per person.
Santa Grotto Cruise: 4 sailings daily. 8 to 24 Dec. A great one hour cruise for the whole family. Meet Santa in his onboard grotto, Children's present, tea/coffee & hot mince pie. �7.00 Adult. �7.00 Child.
Christmas Lunch & evening Party Cruises: 8 to 24 Dec. Christmas Lunches & Party Cruises available during December 2012. Contact for info.
Tel: 01452 318200 / 318201. Email: gloucester@thewaterwaystrust.org.uk.
Book early, discounts available for group bookings. Pre booking essential.
45 minute boat trips also available daily on our little Dunkirk Ship Queen Boadicea II, Apr - Oct.

GXSA (Gerrards Cross Sailing Association)
www.gxsa.org.uk
GXSA 'Cast Off for Christmas'
A Cornucopia of Seasonal Delights.
'Cast Off' is our traditional parting at the end of the year with informal entertainment by members, for members. The cast is 'all celebrity' and known to you all. In particular, we must mention that our presenters, Mary, Timandra, Stuart and Ray, are all eagerly honing up their talks as each has something extra special for us. Many thanks also to Bernie and John who are arranging a table quiz. As in previous years, there will be photo competition for which you are asked to bring along prints, no larger than A5, preferably 6 x 4, taken in the past two years in the following three categories: humour, scenic, nautical (sailing and boats). If you have never entered the competition before - have a go - its easy to do - and you will almost certainly be more experienced with a camera than our 'first time' mystery judge. Mince pies and mulled wine will be enjoyed by all. We of course hope to see you at what has always been a good fun evening. Should you not be able to make the date, may we wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas and fair winds for 2013.
GXSA Talk Wednesday December 5th, Stephen Howarth - 'The Shetland Bus'
The Shetland Bus was not a bus at all - rather a number of secret voyages using disguised small Norwegian fishing vessels and Norwegian skippers operating between the Shetlands and occupied Norway during WW2. Operating in darkness and horrendous winter weather, outbound they carried saboteurs, agents, explosives and all types of military supplies; they returned with intelligence and refugees. The story is one of intrigue, innovation and bravery. Lives and boats were lost, yet the operation gave hope to the Norwegians that one day they would be free again. Leif Larsen, one of the most outstanding of the Norwegian skippers received a huge number of British military decorations, not only more than any other foreigner, but also more than any other British person. After the war, Lieutenant David Howarth, a junior naval officer who helped set up and run the base at Lunna House in Shetland, wrote about his experiences in his book the 'Shetland Bus' first published in 1951, since when it has never been out of print. His son Stephen an author, historian and retired naval officer who has access to much of his father's original sources will speak to us about this mission of international importance. Prior to the meeting, you may find it helpful to browse some of the historical references or read the book which is available on Amazon. Your favourite search engine will find many more compelling articles.




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