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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

11th November 2018

To commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1 South Foreland Lighthouse (on the White Cliffs of Dover) will be lit again, for just one night, as part of the national chain of beacons.

This will not be a public event but the National Trust has invited members of the ALK to be present

If you are interested in coming to this very special event please contact Charles Franklyn

Details will be sent out during the autumn once arrangements have been finalised.

September 2018

The Annual General Meeting of the Association of Lighthouse Keepers will take place in Llantwit Major, South Wales on the weekend of 29th-30th September 2018.

Activities surrounding the AGM itself are fully booked now, and registrations closed on 31st July. Due to the complex logistics involved, late applications for the surrounding events cannot be accepted.

Anyone whose membership is current on 29th September is entitled to attend the AGM itself which will take place at St Donat's Castle, Llantwit Major, CF61 1WF at 3.30pm on Saturday 29th September 2018. Any member who wishes to attend just the AGM but has not registered for the weekend yet can book a place by emailing David Taylor no later than 31 August 2018.

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.