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This page is THE place to come for up-to-the minute information about ALK-organised events, or events organised by others that might be of interest to members. Why not Bookmark or "Favourite" this page and check it regularly? Or even better, sign up for regular update alerts by email?

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS

ALK LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM
HURST CASTLE
2017 opening arrangements



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

Open every day from 1st April to end of October
Castle opening times: 10.30am - 5.00pm

Entry fees to the Castle:
Adult £5.00 ~ Child £3.00 ~ Concession £4.50

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.

Refreshments: there is a small cafe which can provide light refreshments

Travel to the Castle is by Ferry at cost from Keyhaven (every 20 minutes from 10.20am). Although the last ferry from the Castle is at 5.30pm it is advisable to depart by around 5.00pm. Alternatively, one can walk (free of charge) along the shingle spit but it should be noted that it is hard going – 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: 01329 843883

ORKNEY LIGHTHOUSE TRIPS
2018 and beyond

 

The two ALK trips organised by Wild About Orkney for July and August 2017 took place and were hugely successful, judging by the feedback.

One more trip for May 2018 is scheduled, and is currently almost full. (There is a limit of 12 persons per trip).


We shall aim to offer a further, probably final, trip in May 2019, not starting before the middle of the month and lasting 11 days. Exact dates can't be set until the Spring of 2018 when tide and other information is known. Once dates are known, they will be published here and a full itinerary will be announced.

Meantime, the trip is likely to include visits to the following 10 lights, plus 2 days visiting other world-class Orkney attractions:

• Hoy High and Hoy Low
• Cantick Head
• Helliar Holm
• Brough of Birsay
• Noup Head
• North Ronaldsay
• Start Point, Sanday
• Auskerry
• Copinsay

If you'd like to register an interest for May 2019, simply contact David Taylor by email.

CAPE WRATH AND SUTHERLAND, CAITHNESS,
EASTER ROSS AND THE BLACK ISLE LIGHTS
September 2017

We had hoped to offer this popular trip re-run in 2017. However a number of factors have conspired together which effectively prevented us from being able to offer the Cape Wrath in 2017, and the consensus feeling at the AGM was that to run this trip minus the Cape Wrath element would be like taking the jewel away from the crown, so we've decided to pull the whole trip from our schedules for now.

The uncertainties remain into 2018 so it looks unlikely that this trip can be offered before 2019 at the earliest.

We're sorry for any disappointment this may cause.

SHETLAND/FAIR ISLE TRIPS
2018 and beyond

The decision has been taken by the Executive Committee of trustees, in the light of a "recce" trip in May 2017, that the ALK is unable to support group trips to Shetland and Fair Isle.
The reasons for this decision are set out in this short report.
All members who were on the waiting list for Shetland have been advised and we are sorry for any disappointment this may cause.
We do hope to produce an information pack for anyone keen to go but this will be for trips made on an individual basis, not organised by the ALK.

INTERNATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE HERITAGE WEEKEND
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

CORNISH LIGHTS
from 2019

The early summer of 2018 will see a trial run of a trip visiting the some of the furthest flung lights in the south west of England. A group of experienced "eventers" are testing it and, if it works out according to plan, it will be offered to all members from 2019 as a regular feature until we've got through everyone who'd like to do it.

It's a logistically challenging trip and it is being organised by our South West Regional Rep, Kerry Larbalestier along with one of our trustees and Hurst Castle team member, John Best.

The plan is to base it at the Lizard - possibly using the former keepers' cottages as a base - and to take in the Wolf Rock, Pendeen, Longships, St Anthony Head and the Lizard lights, plus some other heritage attractions.

We're not accepting bookings for 2019 just yet - no dates and we want to be sure the trip itinerary works - but we are happy to take names from anyone who'd like to do it in 2019 or beyond. It's likely to take place in early June each year.

If you want to register your interest, contact David Taylor.


ALK ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WEEKEND
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October 2017

Kinnaird Head

The ALK Annual General Meeting will be held at 3.30pm
on Saturday, 30th September 2017
at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Fraserburgh.

Registration for the AGM weekend closed on 31st July
and we're sorry that no late registrations can be accepted
.


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.