2018 Programme of Activities


23rd Jan 2018

7.30 pm

Trinity House,  Newcastle upon Tyne ‘Collingwood’s Lieutenant: the life and times of William Landless (1762-1826)’  – Society Member and regular speaker Dr. Tony Barrow delivers a biographical talk on one of Admiral Collingwood’s local favourites, a farmer lad from Belford.


6th Mar 2018

7.30 pm

The Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School The Annual Collingwood Lecture, this year to be delivered by Capt. Richard Woodman LVO, Elder Brother of Trinity House London:  ‘The Age of Collingwood: A Personal View.’  Capt Woodman is a hugely prolific and respected author, with well over fifty published works, predominantly around naval history of several eras, but also including the 16-volume ‘Nathanial Drinkwater’ fiction series, which authentically covers the period 1779-1843.


12th Apr 2018

7.30 pm

Trinity House, Newcastle upon Tyne ‘Nautical Pub names and their histories’ Society Chairman Capt. Stephen Healy embarks on a light-hearted diversion from our normal serious topics, looking into the nautical-themed names of public houses, near and far, past and present.  You can rest assured, he is most diligently pursuing his research for this talk….


12th May 2018

11 am – 1 pm

Summer excursion:

Northumberland Archives, Woodhorn, Northumberland.

At the time of writing, arrangements are still coming together for our Summer outing. We anticipate having access to some of the correspondence of the local families with naval connections lodged at Woodhorn, such as that of the Blackett’s and Rodham’s.  We expect that Dr Tony Barrow will present these artefacts along with an Archives representative.   The visit will however provide the opportunity to see the whole Woodhorn Colliery museum.  An additional car parking cost is payable but entry to the museum and archives is free.    Details to follow.


13th Jun 2018

7.30 pm

Morpeth Town Hall As part of Morpeth’s annual Heritage event, Society Trustee and Newcastle RGS Head of History Simon Tilbrook takes a tongue-in-cheek look at ‘Why Naval Battles don’t Matter!’  This event is free to all.


21st Oct 2018

Assemble 1130 am

Collingwood 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.  More details to follow.  Public event.
Date and time to be confirmed 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.
Date and time to be confirmed Morpeth Town Hall  Short commemoration at the bust of Admiral Collingwood in Morpeth Town Hall.  Public event.
 Date and time to be confirmed  St Paul’s Cathedral, London  The annual Trafalgar Day Service of Commemoration at the tombs of Admirals Nelson and Collingwood.  Public event.


2nd Nov 2018

7.30 pm

 Trinity House, Newcastle upon Tyne  The Society will hold its inaugural ‘Pickle Night’ – the traditional end to ‘Trafalgar’ commemorations, the event marks the arrival of HMS PICKLE and the carriage of the news of both victory at Trafalgar and the death of Nelson to London by Lt. John Lapenotiere.  Pickle Nights are celebrated around the world and despite the origins of the name are fun gatherings.  This will be an all ticket event, with a ‘mess deck meal’, limited seating, first-come, first-accepted basis.  Details to follow.


8th Nov 2018

7.30 pm

 Trinity House, Newcastle upon Tyne  First and foremost, the Annual General Meeting of the Society.  Due to the popularity in 2017, it will again be followed by a ‘pub-style’ quiz, based on Collingwood/Nelson/Trafalgar/Georgian Navy.  Yet again, we won’t be taking things too seriously…..


4th Dec 2018

7.30 pm

Trinity House, Newcastle upon Tyne Guest speaker Dr. Adrian Osler, who has spent many years working with maritime history in Tyne and Wear (most notably with the TURBINIA) comes to tell us about the smaller craft that worked with Collingwood’s Fleet with a talk entitled ‘The Boats that Collingwood Knew’ – the ‘runabouts’ that performed routine (and sometimes not so routine) tasks for the fleet, the individual ships and for their personnel.


–           Most regular talks and other events carry a £3 admission fee for non-members unless alternative arrangements are indicated above. The £3 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.


–           At time of publication, Trafalgar Day events still not fully confirmed from all listed parties.  Any changes will be advised closer to October.  May and June meetings still to be firmed up as well.


–           Flyers will be circulated in advance of meetings.  Details can be verified by telephone call to either the Secretary (John Flynn) on 01388-730525 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.


–           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).