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AGM and Annual Conference: Newcastle upon Tyne March 25 to 27th 2019

The programme of events is in the process of being arranged. This is how it stands at the moment. We are leaving it to Companions to arrange their own accommodation.

Friday 29 March
Meet for dinner at 7.00pm in a central restaurant. (TBA)
For those who wish to partake, there is a Ghost Walk leaving the cathedral at 20.00.

Saturday 30 March
We have a room booked at the Royal Station Hotel, Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne..There will be tea/coffee on arrival and lunch.
09.30/10.00    AGM. Please send any issues you wish to raise to the Chairman.
The Fiendish Quiz,
The ‘Book Auction’: Please bring along any books you wish to donate (we will run a ‘reserve price’ system for the more valuable).
Readings, discussion, etc.
Meet for dinner at a central restaurant. (TBA)

Sunday 31 March
There are two cathedrals in Newcastle, the St. Nicholas Anglican Cathedral on Mosley Street, BS1 5TJ which celebrates Sung Eucharist at 10.00 with Choral Evensong at 15.30 and St. Mary’s RC Cathedral, Neville Street, BS8 3BX. Mass is celebrated at 08.00, 9.30 and 11.15 (Solemn Mass).
Newcastle is full of things to see. Further information will be distributed as soon as possible.
Pat suggested a trip to Barnard Castle. There are no trains to ”Barney” so this would be dependent on transport.
Durham with its World Heritage castle and cathedral is only a 10 minute train journey.
The afternoon and evening are free but if some of us are staying on we will arrange a time and place to rendezvous.
Arrangements are at an early stage so there will be further updates, and if you have any suggestions, please let me know. If anyone wishes to get involved in the arrangements, they will be very welcome.
Is anyone willing to deliver a reading, either of their own work or another’s? Please contact Mike.
To give an indication of the numbers to be catered for, could Companions interested in attending Newcastle please contact Mike as soon as possible.

Dublin 2014
2014. Joint trip to Dublin with the Dracula Society. Brian Showers holding forth infront of Sheridan LeFanu's door (blue) © L Nikolic

Some of our past events:
  • 2018: Black Pilgrimage to Bristol & Canterbury
  • 2017: Black Pilgrimage to Liverpool & Oxford
  • 2016: A Black Pilgrimage, with AGM, to Cambridge, 29th to 31st July, meeting for dinner at The Eagle. Courtesy of Dr. Mark Nicholls, we had the use of the Arthur Quiller Couch Room in the Old Divinity School, in St. John's College. A nice nineteenth-century ambience and it is handily built on a medieval graveyard! We included a visit to selected University Libraries, followed by The Book Auction. We included an informal presentation of Moongazer, written by DNJ, and delivered especially for us by Rob Lloyd Parry. Sunday 31st July saw us visit Knebworth Hall, the home of Edward Bulmer Lyton.
  • 2016: A tour to Lisbon, 14th to 18th April 2016, included lunches, dinners, a visit to sites of interest in the locality and a visit to Sintra visiting the Pena Palace. There were the usual talks, story readings, etc.
  • 2015: October 16th to 19th Companions visited Wells and Glastonbury to explore the work and haunts of R H Malden and Christopher Woodforde, among others, as well as enjoying some very atmospheric scenery Early 2015 saw an event in York, featuring much comradeship and story-telling and was centred round the Grade 2 listed Minster Inn.
  • 2014: Companions headed for Cardigan Bay in Wales to tread in the footsteps of Oliver Onions and William Hope Hodgson in addition, we enjoyed a visit to Dublin on the trail of both Bram Stoker and Sheridan Le Fanu. This was a venture in partnership with the Dracula Society.
  • 2013: Companions visited Rye to study the haunts of E.F. Benson, Henry James and E. Nesbit
  • 2012:Cambridge to explore the university and city which provided inspiration for Cr M R James' legendary ghost stories. AlsoStanground and Peterborough Cathedral to commemoratethe centenary of E G Swain's "Stoneground Ghost Tales" and nearby Fletton for a distant view of L P Hartley's childhood home.
  • 2011: AGM in Bury St Edmunds with a visit to Great Livermere. 
  • 2011: A post-Christmas recovery weekend in Moreton-in-Marsh visiting L T C Rolt's house in Stanley Pontlarge, Great Tew and the Rollright Stones.
  • 2010: Hereford
  • 2009: Black Pilgrimage to Newcastle-upon-Tyne and AGM trip
  • 2008 Black Pilgrimage to Suffolk and Norfolk 
    • We visted the Martello Tower which features in the M.R. James story "A Warning to the Curious". The unfortunate Paxton met his doom at this spot..."His mouth was full of sand and stones, and his teeth and jaws were broken to bits. I only glanced once at his face." The tower is just outside of Aldeburgh, called "Seaburgh" in the story.
  • 2007: Black Pilgrimage to South Yorkshire
  • 2006: Black Pilgrimage to Lichfield 
  • 2005: Chester
  • 2004: Great Malvern