Tuesday, 29 December 2015

New Skokholm Book(let)

We have just taken delivery of a few hundred copies of a new booklet (its 85 pages long) called The Island Artist by Ann and Martin Lockley (Ronald Lockleys children).
 

 
 
The soft cover book is a lovely collection of Doris (Do) Lockley's sketches (Ronald's first wife who lived on Skokholm with him in the 1930's) many of which adorned Ronald's books and articles over the years but were rarely acknowledged.
 
 
 
Martin and Ann have carefully selected the surviving sketches, which were scattered in notebooks and on postcards, and added a bit of historic background to both Do and her work so that we are presented with a collection which not only demonstrates the skills of the artist but also seeks to show how she contributed to her and Ronald's life on Skokholm.
 
 
 
The book will sell for just £5 at the Friends meeting in February and on the island or we can post it to you - and the price will then be £6.30 to covert the postage costs. A cheque made payable to "The Friends of Skokholm and Skomer" posted to the Treasurer at Old School House, Marloes, SA62 3BQ.  The first 60 copies sold will be signed by Martin Lockley.
 
Its an absolute delight to dip into this and learn more about the island (even its historic names going back to 1276) and to see both photographs and sketches bringing to life again a long lost age.



Thursday, 17 December 2015


Hello Friends
Reunion time is here again. We are all meeting in Bishops Cleeve as usual on Sunday the 14th of February.
 However a small glitch has occurred and those you who have received the Newsletter (last week) will notice that Carol Collins Address should be Church end 61 Main Street  Kinoulton Notts NG123EL.  If you have already booked worry not Carol is retrieving the letters from no 1. If you have not booked yet please make sure you send the form to the correct address
Programme of the reunion this year is very exciting and we look forward to seeing many of you on the day
Programme :

  • Update on Trust events                                          Sarah Kessel CEO 
  • Skomer warden report                                           Ed and Bee Stubbings   
  • Skokholm warden report                                       Richard Brown and Giselle Eagle 
  • Skokholm Bird Logs 1927-to the digital age        Phil Blatcher 
  • Summary of the Archive project                           Carol Collins 
  • Skokholm Photographs: archiving project            Anna Sutcliffe 

Lunch 

  • AGM 
  • Should I stay or should I go? The effect of body condition on the incubation routine of Manx Shearwaters                                                           Natasha Gillies 
  • Individual vocalisations of shearwaters and storm petrels: The story so far 
  •                                                                               Alan Wilkins & Nick Davison 
  • Digging and Dating: A New Story of Ancient Skomer    
  •                                                                               Toby Driver and Louise Baker 
  • "Ob.serve" -an Artists view-                                 Linda Norris 
  • Summary                                                               Tim Healing                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Skokholm photographs on the web

In the last year or so a number of keen people have been digitising images from old photo albums from the island (although we have failed to find any pre 1981) and from other sources and have started to download them onto the People's Collection in the National Library of Wales.

This link should take you directly to the Skokholm pages  :- http://www.peoplescollection.wales/discover/query/skokholm and you can then search for specifics like "renovations" or decades like "1930's" and look at the pictures and the descriptions.  There are a couple of mistakes which will be edited out soon and some descriptions to enlarge on a bit but all in all its a an excellent start with over 400 pictures now loaded and more almost every day at the moment.

Please have a look and consider your own pictures.  We are particularly short of stuff from the 1950's to the 1970's (all pre digitsation) but have received some really nice collections from the late 1940's including video, and from the early 1950's including from a lighthouse keeper. 

Keep logging in an looking at the pictures - they will change a lot over the coming months to develop into one of the largest collections on this National Archive web site where they will be preserved for the future.

 
 
This is just an example of the lighthouse supplies being transported on the railway - a 1948 picture

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Anne Izzard

Just a short note to inform Friends that one of Skokholm's most avid supporters, Anne Izzard, passed away on Monday this week.
Anne, and her husband Arthur, were the most regular visitors to Skokholm up to the early 2000's and offered huge support to the island. Sadly Arthur died suddenly not long after they had become the only people to ever hire a helicopter to get them out to the island for a special anniversary.  Anne was the Chair of the Friends for many years and it was only when illness made it more difficult for her to both visit the island and then travel to meetings did she step down.
An obituary will be published in the next Friends Newsletter.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Steve Sutcliffe (BEM)




Congratulations to Steve Sutcliffe on being recognised in the recent  Honours List (British Empire Medal) 


Stephen Sutcliffe. Project Leader Renovation of Skokholm Island. For voluntary service to Conservation, particularly Ornithology on Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire. (Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire)

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Annual Photographic Competition

In 2014 the Friends of Skokholm and Skomer won the 2014 Marsh Award for Local Ornithology for the fantastic refurbishment work they have carried out on the island. The award included a financial prize to be used on Skokholm and in this digital age we want to try and make sure that we continue to capture something of the day to day life on the island which is the history of the future.

There are a load of older images about life on Skokholm but rather few in recent times so this competition is designed to try and remedy this by encouraging the submission of images which show something of island life. We will then copy all the submissions (excluding duplicates or those which do not meet the criteria) into an annual book which will be available on the island for future visitors to look at and will also be lodged into the National Library of Wales archives.

The selected best four photographs will form the cover of the annual book and a copy of the book will also be presented to each of the winners with due acknowledgement. The winning images be selected by three of the Friends committee. The awards will be presented at the Annual Reunion meeting in February 2016.

Click here to download full information and an application form

Monday, 9 March 2015

Not on social media?

Maybe you are not on Facebook, or prefer your tweets audible and emitting from a feathered creature than through an app.

If so, we have created a virtual newspaper that automatically collates popular mentions related to the islands. We will post a link to the weekly paper intermittently or you can sign up to receive a weekly email linking you to the full edition.

Follow the link below to explore it for yourself...

https://paper.li/TFOSAS/1424113383

Monday, 2 March 2015

Skokholm Archives - again

Sorry everyone got the web address wrong - the People's Collection site is of course :-  http://www.peoplescollection.wales/discover

By simply putting Skokholm into the search tab you get all the pictures.  You can categorise them using the What and When tabs or even inputting a search tag such as "Skokholm, Buildings"  - these features will become more valuable as the collection grows.

You can also create your own group of photo's by setting up your own account and tagging pictures as favourites.  Its a powerful site but takes a bit of learning.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Skokholm Archives

Those people who were at the annual Reunion meeting in Bishops Cleeve will already know a little about the Skokholm Archive project.
We have now started the long task of copying thousands of slides and photographs and publishing many on the Peoples Collection Wales website (see http://www.friendsofskokholmandskomer.org/) and aim to create a really interesting and informative library collection over the next year or so.
Some very early 1920's pictures have already been loaded onto the site as have some more recent ones.  The chatty logs on the island will also all go to the National Library of Wales archives in due course as will all of Ronald Lockleys diaries. Missing are many photographs from the 1950's to the 1970's so if anyone has any for these years we would welcome them with open arms for the archives.
We will try and update the People's Collection on a very regular basis and it will be interesting to see how many people look at the images in due course.
Just as a taster here is one of the older pictures:- 1927.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Final programme for the Friends of Skokholm and Skomer Reunion

Picture by Lewis Yates 

Hello Friends of Skokholm and Skomer,
Please find attached the finalised programme for the Friends Reunion on the 15th February 2105 
Bookings are slow this year despite the great programme. Please get booking if you have not done so yet. 

The Tithe Barn; Cheltenham Road Bishop's Cleeve at GL52 8L
15th February 2015
PROGRAMME


Morning session chair: Renate Thome
10.30am                     Arrive: tea/coffee and cake

11.00am                     Welcome, admin, announcements          Renate Thome
11.05am                     Update from the Trust                    Sarah Kessell CEO
11.15am                     The Skomer Year                              Skomer Assistant Warden, Jason
11.45am                     The Skokholm Year                          Skokholm Wardens, Richard and Giselle
12.15pm                     Midway – Another Dream Island  Helen Mugridge, wildlife photographer

12.45pm                     LUNCH                                                                                                                              
1:45pm                       Raffle
1.55pm                       Annual General Meeting
Afternoon session chair: Holly Kirk
2.10pm                       Manx shearwater Navigation                    Ollie Padget – Oxford University                        
2.40pm                       Guillemot Social Behaviour                      Elspeth Kenny   Sheffield University                                  
3.00pm                       The Archives Project                                   Steve Sutcliffe and Carol 
3.20pm                       Chough & Peregrines in Pembrokeshire
                                                                   Bob Haycock – BTO Pembs
3.50pm                       Summing up                                      Tim Healing
4.00pm                       Tea/coffee and cakes

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Booking form for the Friends of Skokholm & Skomer Annual Reunion
Year 31
Sunday 15th February 2015
Name: …………………………………………………………………………………………………

Email: …………………………………………………………………………………………………

Tel no: …………………………………………………………………………………………………

Cost £ 18 per person payable to:  ‘The Friends of Skokholm and Skomer’
Acknowledgment of booking will be by email or please send a SAE for a receipt
Please return form to:
Carol Collins, Church End, 61 Main Street Kinoulton Nottinghamshire NG12 3EL

Tel 01949 81798 (looks short but is correct) Email: carol.w.collins@talk21.com


Monday, 12 January 2015

Annual Reunion of the Friends of Skokholm and Skomer

Soon it will be spring again

Happy new year to all of you Friends,  and yes the The Friends Reunion time has come again.  Those of you who have not yet booked please do fill in your form and send it off. It promised to be a good day as usual. I attach below the progamme and the booking form for those of you who may not have received it by newsletter. If you are a member of the Friends and have not had the newsletter in December, please let me or Carol know as I can send you a copy and ensure you are on the list. 

Renate 

Friends of Skokholm & Skomer Annual Reunion
The Tithe Barn; Cheltenham Road Bishop's Cleeve, GL52 8LU
15th February 2015

PROGRAMME

Morning session.
Chair: Steve Sutcliffe 

10.30am          Arrive: tea/coffee and cake

11.00am          Welcome, admin, announcements      Renate Thome

11.05am          Update from the Trust                          Sarah Kessell CEO

11.15am          The Skomer Year                                 Skomer Assistant Warden, Jason

11.45am          The Skokholm Year                             Skokholm Wardens, Richard & Giselle

12.15am          TBA

12.45pm          LUNCH -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

1:45pm                        Raffle

1.55pm                        Annual General Meeting

Afternoon session.
Chair: Holly Kirk

2.10pm                        Manx shearwater Navigation                Ollie Padget – Oxford University
                         
2.40pm                        Guillemot Social Behaviour                Elspeth Kenny - Sheffield University
                                   
3.00pm                        The Archives Project                          Steve Sutcliffe & Carol Collins

3.20pm                        Wildlife of the British Isle                     AV talk TBC

3.50pm                        Summing up                                        Tim Healing

4.00pm                        Tea/coffee and cakes

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Booking form for the Friends of Skokholm & Skomer Annual Reunion
Year 31
Sunday 15th February 2015

Name: …………………………………………………………………………………………………

Email: …………………………………………………………………………………………………

Tel no: …………………………………………………………………………………………………

Cost £ 18 per person payable to:  ‘The Friends of Skokholm and Skomer’
Acknowledgment of booking will be by email or please send a SAE for a receipt
Please return form to:
Carol Collins, Church End, 61 Main Street Kinoulton Nottinghamshire NG12 3EL

Tel 01949 81798 (looks short but is correct) Email: carol.w.collins@talk21.com