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International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend
18th - 19th August 2018

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David Taylor
Events Coordinator
David Taylor


It is with great regret that we have to announce that the events programme for 2019 has had to be suspended.

From 1 October there will be no Events Coordinator any longer, once David Taylor formally steps down at the AGM, and although we have proposed a team to fill his vacancy, thus spreading the workload, we only have one volunteer so far who has kindly offered to oversee the events finances.

We are still short of volunteers to oversee the programme and provide liaison and mentoring of event organisers and someone to sort out the admin/paperwork side of things.

Until these two remaining team positions are filled, we can no longer sponsor ALK events.

If members wish to organise their own trips, separate from the ALK, that is fine but they won’t be covered by the ALK’s insurance policy nor will it be possible to have access to member contact data due to privacy constraints.

If anyone would seriously like to help us bridge this gap by becoming part of the events team, please contact our Chairman Neil Hargreaves as soon as possible.

Detailed information on the team vacancies can be found here.

Neil Hargreaves, Chairman

The following events are unaffected:

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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

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.