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International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend
18th - 19th August 2018

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David Taylor
Events Coordinator
David Taylor


Normally this page just shows the schedule of events planned for the year ahead. Right now we’re unsure how this is going to go as we’re losing our Events Coordinator, David Taylor, after 6 years in the role, from this year’s AGM. We’ve advertised for a volunteer to replace him for over 2 years now and no joy. So we’ve decided to opt for a team approach as that has worked really well with Lamp.

We’re splitting the job into three more manageable chunks:

  • Overall coordination of events – making sure there are no date clashes, liaising with event organisers, offering advice and support, working with outsourcing companies who are organising event logistics for us, maintaining waiting lists for events and liaising with members over place offers
  • Admin role – arranging paperwork with lighthouse authorities for visits, preparing risk assessments and welcome packs for ALK events (based on templates) and drawing up event participation forms for signature by members, liaising with the finance person over payment requests and arranging for events updates to appear in Lamp and on the events webpage
  • Finance role – requesting and chasing up payments for events, paying suppliers of event services, presenting a balance sheet to the AGM and liaising with the Association’s Treasurer as requited

The great news is – we’ve got someone in place for the Finance Role! So we urgently need the other two, and soon, if the events programme for 2019 and beyond isn’t to be jeopardised. The other bit of great news is – you don’t have to organise trips yourself (though you can if you want to). It’s all about providing back-room support to the likes of Regional Reps and other members who are running trips. David has also said he’s happy to continue to provide support and mentoring to folk who take it on for so long as they need it.

So please, think about this and volunteer to join this new team!

Contact David Taylor or Neil Hargreaves if you’d like to be considered.


Neil Hargreaves, Chairman

Here’s the latest information about events that are definitely still on.

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Any queries or worries, contact David Taylor. If you need to contact David by phone or letter, this information is contained in the Useful Contacts section of LAMP.

WHILE STOCKS LAST! If you missed the ALK AGM at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in Fraserburgh, there is still a chance for you to order your limited edition souvenir mugs and T shirts!

Click here to order your souvenirs


2018 opening arrangements

The ALK Museum Rooms are within Hurst Castle which is near Keyhaven, close to Milford-on-Sea in Hampshire [SO41 0TP]

29th March to 31st October 2018 open daily, subject to weather conditions.

For up to date information call 01590 642344 during castle opening hours only:
Castle opening times: 10.30am - 5.30pm
Entry fees to the Castle: Adult £5.00 ~ Child £3.00 ~ Concession £4.50
Hurst Castle Website

Entrance is free to members of English Heritage and to the Friends of Hurst Castle. There is no additional charge to visit the ALK Museum Rooms or the Trinity House Exhibition Rooms.

The ALK Museum Rooms are located at the far end of the West Wing within Hurst Castle.

Travel to the Castle is by Ferry at cost from Keyhaven (every 20 minutes from 10.00am). Alternatively, one can walk (free of charge) along the shingle spit but it should be noted that it is challenging – a distance of some 1½ miles.

Car parking is available in the Municipal Car Park at cost but there is free parking in the locality.

For more details contact:
Keith Morton, ALK Hurst Castle Project Manager
Tel: 01590 675146

18th - 19th August 2018

International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend intends to raise the profile of lighthouses, lightvessels and other navigational aids, promoting our maritime heritage.

Many lighthouses and places of associated interest will be open to the public, and there will be special events at lighthouses and lightvessels both at home and abroad. Trusts and Friends groups will be able to use this day to raise awareness of their work and involvement in the preservation of the history of lightkeeping.

Further details click here


There will almost definitely be more Cornish light trips in 2019 and beyond, such is the demand. We need to see how the 2018 “pilot” goes and get the new events team in place first.


It’s likely that there will be one more Orkney trip in May of 2019 but this depends on the events team being in place by the AGM


At the very earliest stages of discussion right now are some ideas, put forward by members, for lighthouse trips to France, Italy and Holland. No dates, no itineraries at the time of publication but we hope to have more information soon. We’re not taking names right now, it’s too early. But keep an eye on the events webpage for updates. These trips are on hold pending the new events team being in place.


We are hoping to offer an extended version of the recent successful Isle of Wight day trip, and to offer it as a weekend event with the addition of a day’s visit to Hurst Castle’s ALK museum. No dates as yet but keep an eye on the events webpage for updates.

September 2018


Our Annual General Meeting will take place in South Wales this year. It will be held at the St Donat's Castle Arts Centre in Llantwit Major, just over 20 miles west of Cardiff.
As usual there will be optional supporting events and visits including:

* Dinner at St Donat's Castle on the evening of the Annual General Meeting
* Visits and access to Nash Point lighthouse and Flat Holm Island lighthouse
(the latter subject to weather and sea conditions)
* Visits to East and West Usk lighthouses
* Visits to the breakwater/harbour lights at Porthcawl and Barry
* Visit to the Coastwatch Institution on Barry Island
* Close-up views of the Monkstone lighthouse (weather and sea conditions permitting)
* Free time to visit whatever you'd like to while in the area - Cardiff especially offers lots of interesting places to visit

The weekend will start on Friday morning, 28th September at 10am, the AGM itself will be on Saturday 29th September at 3pm, and the weekend will formally end at midday on Monday 1st October. All aspects of the weekend are optional to allow for members who might need to arrive later than Friday morning or depart earlier than the Monday.

The Spring issue of Lamp (115) contained suggestions about some places to stay (see page 14) along with travel suggestions. Formal registration for the weekend has now opened and can be completed online by clicking this link.The closing date for registrations is Tuesday 31st July 2018, and no late registrations will be able to be accepted.

Any questions or queries contact our South Wales Regional Representative, Bridget Box

The Association is committed to ensuring that all members are able to participate in events and activities. If you have a disability and wish to attend a trip, please let us know and we will endeavour to accommodate you. All members are required to sign an indemnity declaration prior to participating in events. The ALK has full public liability insurance.