2015 Programme of Activities

Tuesday27th January 2015 19.30 Trinity House, Newcastle upon Tyne ‘Moises, the RGS and Collingwood’s Education’:     Society Trustee and teacher at RGS Stephen Davies examines the Admiral’s links with the school and the education that was delivered under the guidance of one of its most illustrious Headmasters, the Revd. Hugh Moises, MA.
Tuesday10th March 201519.30 The Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School The 4th Annual Collingwood Lecture:  ‘Making an Admiral: Cuthbert Collingwood and the naval profession’:   We are honoured to have Professor Andrew Lambert, MA, PhD, FRHistS,  Laughton Professor of Naval History, University of London, to deliver this year’s lecture and are anticipating a good attendance from Society and School alike to hear this eminent naval historian.  Free admission for Society members, school pupils and staff, £2 for others.
Thursday26th March 2015 Trinity House, Newcastle upon Tyne ‘Admiral Collingwood from a Spanish perspective’: a talk to the Society by Dr Agustín  Guimerá, Research Fellow at the Institute of History, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
Thursday21st May 201519.30 Trinity House, Newcastle upon Tyne ‘Cochrane’s cruises out of Mahon’:  another Society Member delivering a talk, this time Michael Flynn on a specific period in Collingwood’s life and a particular area for his naval operations.  We commonly associate Port Mahon, Menorca with the departure of HMS Ville de Paris and the Admiral’s death, but this talk will enlighten us on Collingwood’s activities prior to that sad event.
Thursday10th September 201519.00 for 19.30 Morpeth Town Hall ‘Songs of Collingwood and the Napoleonic Era’    an evening of musical entertainment from Pete Wood, founder member of the well-known local harmony group ‘The Keelers’.  Some of you will recall that Pete composed a song for the ‘Collingwood 2010 Festival’ and that will no doubt get an airing, alongside other period and characteristic pieces.  Free admission for Society members, £2.50 for others.
Wednesday21st October 201510.00 The Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas, Newcastle upon Tyne Annual short Commemorative Service at the Collingwood bust in the rear of the Church.  Public event.
Wednesday21st October 2015Assemble 11.30 Tynemouth Monument The annual ‘Toast the Admiral’ event, hosted by North Tyneside Council.  On the midday hour, at which the first shot was fired in the Battle of Trafalgar, raise a glass to our hero.  Free grog, additional refreshments in the TVLB watch-house afterwards, subject to restoration work being completed.  Public event. 
Wednesday21st October 2015Assemble 11.15 Morpeth Town Hall, then Collingwood House, Morpeth Short commemorative event at the bust of Admiral Collingwood in Morpeth Town Hall, followed by civic event outside Collingwood House, Oldgate, Morpeth.  Public event, free grog here too!
Wednesday21st October 201510.45 for 11.00 St Paul’s Cathedral, London As last year, we hope to be represented at the annual Trafalgar commemoration.  The short service takes place around the tombs of Admirals Nelson and Collingwood.
Tuesday27th October 201519.30 Trinity House, Newcastle upon Tyne The 4th Annual General Meeting of the Collingwood Society, will again be followed by a Forebitters session after the success of its inaugural running in 2014.  For those catching up, 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 idea behind the session after the AGM is to give rank and file members a 5-minute slot on anything Collingwood-related.  And boy, did we discover some hidden talent first time around!   Free admission for Society members, £2 for others.
Wednesday18th November 201519.30 Trinity House, Newcastle upon Tyne ‘Dead Ships and Prizes’:  Society Member and naval architect David Byrne returns to the stage to talk this time about the challenges of towing ‘dead ships’ after a sea battle, be they either disabled allied vessels or damaged enemy prizes.  Last time around, David made complex technical terms seem almost understandable to the layman – we anticipate we will all be experts in this particular field by the end of the evening as well.
Friday4th December 201519.00 The Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School A ’Collingwood Society Quiz and Social Evening’:  This will be run on ‘pub-quiz’ lines, but themed towards matters maritime/Trafalgar/Georgian Navy/Collingwood and Nelson.  A small entrance fee will apply.  A cash bar will be available, as will some light refreshments.  Rules and team requirements will be announced later in the year, but you can definitely leave your portable signalling devices at home;  in its favour, we will hopefully have a range of prizes, none of which will be a £10 voucher to be spent at the 2016 quiz….

In addition to the above already confirmed at this time, the following are still being worked on:

Tuesday21st April 2015  Venue to be confirmed  ‘Medical Facilities and the Health of Seamen in Collingwood’s Navy’:  details to be confirmed.
Mid/late June 2015, date to be confirmed Jackson Quay, the Hartlepool Maritime Experience A Society visit to (and hopefully a private guided and talk onboard) HMS Trincomalee, the oldest British warship afloat and the 12th of 47 Leda-class frigates built between 1800 and 1830.  Details to be confirmed, but a cover charge can be anticipated.  

Please note:

  • Most regular talks and other events carry a £2 admission fee for non-members unless alternative arrangements are indicated above. The £2 admission charge will be refunded if the person joins the Society on the night.
  • Every effort has been made to list the anticipated times, venues and speakers, based on information available at the time of publication. The Society’s officers accept no liability for changes which may occur through circumstances beyond their control.  Any such changes will be advised to all online members by e-mail and published on the Society’s website as soon as known.  If time permits, those not online will be advised by letter. 
  • Flyers will be circulated in advance of meetings. Details can be verified by telephone call to either the Secretary (Dr. Tony Barrow) on 01665-576716 or the Chairman (Capt. Stephen Healy) on 0191-2159356.  
  • Trinity House Newcastle (postcode NE1 3DQ) is in Broad Chare, off Newcastle’s Quayside, behind the Law Courts. The Q2 Quaylink bus runs from the City Centre to the Quayside at regular intervals, or parking is recommended at the Quayside car park (free after 5pm).  
  • The Royal Grammar School (postcode NE2 4DX) is located in Eskdale Terrace, very close to Jesmond Metro Station in Newcastle; parking is normally available on site, courtesy of the school, but this will be confirmed prior to any event.
  • The Collingwood Monument and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House (postcode NE30 4DD) are located at the river mouth and accessed via Tynemouth village. Buses run from Newcastle centre to the village.  Two car parks are close by out on the headland and buses and the Metro run to Tynemouth village from Newcastle.
  • Morpeth Town Hall (postcode NE61 1LZ) is located in the Market Square, Morpeth Collingwood House (postcode NE61 1QF) is within easy walking distance. Trains run to Morpeth from Newcastle, or parking is recommended in the various public car parks around the town.  Collingwood House is within easy walking distance.
  • The Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas (postcode NE1 1PF) is located in Collingwood Street, Newcastle upon Tyne and is within walking distance of Central Station. Parking is recommended at Dene Street Car Park (NCP charges apply).