Programme and booking details for the Annual Gathering of the Tristan da Cunha Association to be held in Southampton on 27th April 2019.

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Programme for the 2019 Annual Gathering

The Annual Gathering will be held on Saturday 27th April 2019 at the Holiday Inn, Herbert Walker Avenue, Southampton, SO15 1HJ


To be held in the Hamble Suite on the ground floor of the Holiday Inn.

10:00 - Registration Desk open - Refreshments available

10:15 - Films start - see the Films and Slides Programme below.

Aniket Sardana

10:30 - Morning parallel activities

  • Bookstall, souvenirs & Association products for sale
  • Displays
  • Draw Tickets available

12:30 - Lunch for pass holders in the Hotel Restaurant

14:00 - Afternoon session

  • Annual general meeting
  • Talk: 'Tristan through a vet's eyes', by Aniket Sardana (right)

c.15:30 - Afternoon tea

c.16:00 - Raffle draw, and charity auction in aid of the Tristan Education Trust Fund

19.30 for 20.00 - Evening Dinner Dance - Meet in the Hamble Suite Bar

  • Two course buffet-style dinner
  • Traditional Tristan dances to live authentic music from Peter Millington and Mike Faulds
  • Followed by Disco dancing until 23:30

Films and Slides Programme

10:15 - Association meeting at Wood Green, 2001

27 min, Colour with sound - Footage of the Tristan Gathering, featuring its host, the late Administrator Peter Wheeler, Association founder Allan Crawford, and Charles Frater.

10:45 - Tristan da Cunha: The Loneliest British Possession

14 min, B/W - silent - - Society for the Propagation of the Gospel film of a visit by the RYS Quest, 1922, featuring the Rev. Martyn Rogers.

11:05 - Recently auctioned historical images of Tristan

Rolling slideshow - Silent - Interesting pictures of Tristan and Tristanians in the 1920s.

11:35 - HMS Leopard's 1961 Salvage Operation

Slide presentation + 12 min rough amateur footage - Lieutenant-Commander Stewart Miller, then Midshipman aboard the ship, presents his slides of the October 1961 salvage operation by the crew of HMS Leopard after the volcanic eruption and evacuation of the island.


    £30 per person for the day * (including two course buffet lunch, coffee, tea and refreshments).

    * There are special rates for Tristan islanders, to encourage attendance. See the order form for details.

    £25 for the Dinner Dance (or £5 for the dance only).

    To book, either use the Order Form sent with the February 2019 Newsletter, or the online Order Form.

    Passes will be available for collection at our reception desk, and unless requested no receipts are issued.


If required, overnight accommodation must be booked separately. For guests choosing to stay at the Holiday Inn, there is a special package price for advance bookings (see below).

People arriving on Friday will be meeting up in the Holiday Inn restaurant for dinner and drinks.


  • Less than 1 mile from Southampton Railway Station
  • 6 miles from Southampton International Airport (view destinations)
  • Good local road access via M27 and M271 motorways. Satnav: use Post Code SO15 1AG

Holiday Inn

Herbert Walker Avenue, Southampton, SO15 1HJ, UK.
180 hotel car parking spaces, free to Annual Gathering attendees and hotel guests.

Rooms with bed and full buffet breakfast may be booked by telephone only on 02380 388142, quoting 'Tristan da Cunha'. The room rates are:

  • Double Rooms @ £92 per night
  • Single Rooms @ £82 per night
  • Family Rooms may be available at double room rates

Holiday Inn Guest Amenities

Southampton Holiday Inn swimming pool Southampton Holiday Inn restaurant Southampton Holiday Inn bar
The Pool The Restaurant The Bar

Please note that the Holiday Inn often make special offers with payment in advance with no cancellation facility. Our rates do not require a deposit and can be cancelled up to the date of arrival. Children may receive free accommodation and breakfast when sharing with parents - see the hotel's terms and conditions for details.

The hotel is located on the Town Quay, overlooking the River Test. It is within easy walking distance of local amenities including the West Quay Shopping Centre, Mayflower Theatre, the Town Walls, and other City Centre attractions within one mile.