Winter type storms are getting rare. I took the winter cover off SEA HARMONY, ready to touch up varnish and apply bottom paint. Well, when it isn’t raining the sea breeze kicks in cool and damp, but it will happen eventually and we will be sailing again. In the mean time there is plenty to do, on the ground and in the mind to get ready for Summer. My own plans mean more to me than you, but others in the ASA have been busy with our plans for the coming season and next year.
Somehow last month we forgot to mention our news regarding the oldest Albert Strange yacht afloat — SHEILA. Mike Burn's pride and joy for some thirty years now has a new home in southern Brittany with Jean-Paul Deloffre and his wife Veronique, who run a sailing school there. Mike travelled out in February to assist in fitting her out for the season; she is in very good hands and is attracting much favourable comment locally. She is pictured above in her new home waters. We were all delighted to welcome Jean-Paul and Veronique to our AGM in York two months ago.
Talking of old boats, the second oldest Strange yacht (we believe) is LEONA (above) built 1906, and the AGM Minutes linked to below are already out of date regarding her being for sale. Our Chairman Dick Wynne has fallen for her, and is currently organising overland transport from Brough on Humberside to the East Coast where she will join the largest concentration of Albert Strange craft.
2017 AGM—A Date for your Diary
2017 is a landmark year, being the 100th anniversary of Albert Strange's death, and at the AGM we decided to mark the event with our 2017 AGM weekend (Fri 3 to Sunday 5 March) being held in Scarborough. Our local 'fixer' John Hobson and art historian Austen Sleightholme have things well in hand already. They have secured the magnificent and well-equipped conference facilities at Woodend, once the summer residence of the Sitwell family and now a Creative Industries Centre, for the meeting itself on the Saturday afternoon. From the photo below, it looks like the sort of environment we could get used to. We have a speaker, Nick Taylor, on the subject of the Scarborough Yacht Club: Albert Strange—His Legacy.
We will have information regarding directions, local accommodation etc in future newsletters.
Albert Strange Exhibition
To coincide with the AGM, Austen Sleightholme is well advanced in organising an Albert Strange Exhibition at the nearby municipal Art Gallery. We are promised the loan of some sketch books and pencil drawings and Austen has found a lot of interesting articles concerning Strange in the local press archives and these will appear as part of the exhibition. We know the whereabout of twenty-five paintings, mostly in private ownership. We have been offered the loan of about ten already, without having made any requests... until now. If you should happen to have a Strange original which could be loaned or photographed for display Austen would be delighted to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blue Plaque Campaign
Austen has approached Scarborough Civic Society regarding having a Blue Plaque fitted on 29 Westbourne Grove Scarborough which was Albert Strange’s last home and where he died in 1917. There is a procedure that must be followed, firstly Albert Strange must appear in the Dictionary of National Biography. Dick Wynne has written to the publishers but is waiting to hear from them. We suspect this may be a long drawn out process, is there a member who would like to help chase this along?
Facebook Page Progress
Martha Maguire has the page up now, and I am told Facebook users can find it by searching for Albert Strange. However she does not have the 'subject knowledge' to keep it refreshed and we are looking for a volunteer—please get in touch if you can help.
AS Greeting Cards
It was agreed that the proof colours of the greeting cards were generally just a touch too rich, and some adjustments are needed to the text. We expect to see the final proofs next week and full details of how to order packs of cards will, we hope, be covered in the next newsletter.
Contact from a Strange family member
John Hobson reports having a very pleasant exchange of emails with Wendy Bowers, Albert Strange’s great granddaughter, who has a genuine interest in her ancestor, and he hopes to meet her in Scarborough this summer.
Minutes of the 2016 AGM
If you would like to read these you can find them by clicking here.
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