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 


  • 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