Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Westerman Yarns Newsletter

The next edition of the Westerman Yarns Newsletter will be sent out very soon.  To be sure of getting yours, join the Friends of The Westerman Yarns by following the link in the right-hand column.  There are no fees or subscriptions to pay and your details will not be shared or sold to any other organisation.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The new Westerman panel in Wareham

Michael Spilman (left) and Eric Axford (right) performing the dedication

Thank you to everyone who attended the dedication of the new visitor interpretation panel on the River Frome at Redcliffe, Wareham, marking the position of Percy F. Westerman’s iconic houseboat home ‘The Barge’.
The new visitor interpretation panel on the River Frome - close to
 the Redclyffe Yacht Club

A full write-up of the dedication event will feature in the
November edition of The Westerman Yarns Newsletter.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dedicated to Percy F. Westerman

On Wednesday 23 July, 2014 at 2.30pm, we would love to see as many people as possible at the dedication of a new visitor interpretation panel in memory of Percy F. Westerman.  The panel has been installed alongside the River Frome close the Redclyffe Yacht Club at Wareham which was founded by Percy and who was their first commodore.

The panel marks the position of Percy F. Westerman's iconic houseboat home 'The Barge' and details a little of the life of this extraordinary writer of more than 170 adventure stories for children. 

The panel has been arranged by The Westerman Yarns in partnership with the
Wareham and District Development Trust with sponsorship from Arne Parish Council, Purbeck Mobility, Redclyffe Yacht Club, Viridor Credits and Wareham Town Council.

Our thanks also to Nigel Barnes (Redclyffe Farm), Dorset County Council Rights of Way and the Environment Agency for their kind support with this project.
The dedication will be performed by Wareham residents Eric Axford and Michael Spillman who both knew Percy and his wife Florence and who have supported the interpretation panel project from the start.

The Redclyffe Yacht Club is about a 10 minute walk from the South Bridge at Wareham. Start your walk from the south side of the river, opposite the Old Granary public house.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Westerman Exhibition opens at Emsworth Museum

The exhibition currently on display at Emsworth Museum is the first time 'The Westerman Yarns' have staged a complete exhibition with books and ephemera, celebrating the life and works of the prolific writer of children's adventure stories, Percy F. Westerman.  The exhibition reflects his fifty year story writing career, illustrating how his interest in history and the Hampshire and West Sussex area, influenced and shaped his early writing.

I am grateful to everyone at Emsworth Museum for their kindness and generosity in hosting the exhibition.  James Priory, Headmaster of Portsmouth Grammar School opened the exhibition and in his address made reference to the school pride in having Percy F. Westerman as an 'Old Portmuthian'.

Left to right: Tony Stimson, Chairman - Emsworth Maritime and Historical Trust; Nigel Gossop, The Westerman Yarns; James Priory, Headmaster of Portsmouth Grammar School.

Photo: John Tweddell

Monday, February 24, 2014

Percy F. Westerman on Show

The Westerman Yarns touring exhibition will be on display in April at the Emsworth Museum.  If you have not seen the exhibition yet, try and find a weekend to visit. You won't be disappointed.

Emsworth is a lovely south coast town tucked away in the south east corner of Hampshire on the shore of Chichester Harbour. This is Westerman country; Percy loved the waters around Emsworth and wrote about them for yachting periodicals.  The photograph of the Emsworth Regatta was taken by Percy in 1904.

There are plenty of nice places to eat including my favourite cafe Driftwood – great cake selection!

‘Ripping Yarns’ and the Tale of the Forgotten Author

Admission to Emsworth Museum is free and the exhibition and the museum is open - weekends and bank holidays
Saturday 5th April 10.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday 6th April 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Saturday 12th April 10.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday 13th April 2.30pm -4.30pm
Saturday 19th April 10.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday 20th April 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Monday 21st April (Easter Monday) 10.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday 23rd April (St George's Day) 10.00am - 2.00pm

Mid week school visits by arrangement.
Contact: Museum Administrator: 01243 378 091

10b North Street
PO10 7DD

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Westerman Seminar 2014 on tour

Plans for the fourth annual Westerman Seminar are almost complete.  The big change for this year is that, for this year only, we are moving destination from our established home at Portsmouth Grammar School to Wareham where Percy F. Westerman spent his last forty years, living and writing his exciting tales of derring-do for generations of young readers from his floating houseboat home ‘The Barge’ moored alongside the River Frome.

The seminar will be held in the Wareham Town Council Chamber.  As usual we will have a full programme of interesting talks from speakers including Dennis Butts, Dr Rachel Johnson and Michael Spilman.  In the afternoon we will take a short stroll from the Town Hall to the Redclyffe Yacht Club founded by Percy F. Westerman for an opportunity to view the exhibition ‘Ripping Yarns’ and the Tale of the Forgotten Author and to visit the spot where his iconic home 'The Barge' was moored. 

For the third consecutive year we have kept the ticket price at £15.00 and as usual registration will include refreshments and a light buffet lunch.   There will be plenty of opportunity to network with other delegates and to see some Westerman related material from collections including The Westerman Yarns, the University of Worcester Research Collections and some of the Percy F. Westerman books held at Wareham Library Reference Section.

Please email for booking information.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Westerman Yarns Newsletter Issue 2

The second edition of The Westerman Yarns Newsletter has now been sent out to 'Friends'. If you have not received yours, please drop me an email.  If you would like to subscribe join Friends of The Westerman Yarns and receive a pdf copy of the newsletter, just follow the link in the right-hand column.