Friday, April 18, 2008


Hosted by the Richard Jefferies Society


SATURDAY 17 May 2008

Holiday Inn, Marlborough Road, Coate, Swindon

10.30 Registration and coffee.

11.00 Welcome by Lady Treitel, Vice-President of the Richard Jefferies Society: A brief account of Richard Jefferies and his associations with Coate.

11.30 ALS Annual General Meeting.

12.30 Luncheon.

14.00 “Richard Jefferies: His Life and Thoughts” - a Lecture by John Price, Chairman of the Richard Jefferies Society.

15.30 Assemble at the Jefferies Museum (across the road from the Holiday Inn)

-18.00 “Jefferies Land” a short film produced by the Richard Jefferies Society that shows local places associated with the writer.

Coate Water and Jefferies Museum - guided tours.

Refreshments at the Museum & Raffle Draw.

19.00 Evening meal at the Holiday Inn (bookings are being dealt with by the ALS Chair, Linda Curry - you have to pre-book your meal). As there will not be any formal entertainment over dinner, if anyone would like to bring their favourite literary piece (a short poem, etc.) to read at dinner, please do so.

SUNDAY 18 May 2008

Home base: Jefferies’ Museum at Coate (luggage can be stored)

10.00 LITERARY TREASURE TRAIL a car-sharing event

An opportunity to explore the North Wiltshire countryside and places that Jefferies immortalised in his works. The event will take the form of a literary treasure trail, with clues, that will include visits to places associated with other local writers. Car-sharing will be encouraged in order to take part in the treasure hunt and will involve some walking over rough terrain.

Luncheon: there is a variety of good country pubs that include inns at Wanborough, Hodson, Badbury, Liddington and Chiseldon as well as in the Marlborough area.

Refreshments will be available at the Jefferies Museum until 5pm.

Directions to the Holiday Inn, Coate Water and the Jefferies Museum. The National Express coach, that runs from Victoria Bus Station in London, stops opposite the Museum/Holiday Inn. Local buses from Swindon town centre that stop at Coate Roundabout include service numbers 10, 12, 13, 14 & 21.

The Holiday Inn can offer accommodation at a rate of £60 single and £70 for a double room including breakfast. To secure a bedroom by credit card, phone 01793 817082 or 817040 quoting the booking reference ‘Richard Jefferies Society.’ The Swindon Tourist Information Centre can help find and book other B&B in the area on 01793 530328 or 466454.

Raffle and stalls
Please bring an item (normally a book) that might be raffled to raise funds for the Alliance. The Alliance’s Members are invited to set up their own stalls at the Richard Jefferies Museum over the weekend.