Tristan da Cunha Community News
News about and from the Tristan da Cunha community both on the island and overseas.

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

Provisional Programme

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 and Quiz 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 (second film starts 13 min in?).

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.

Obituary for Timothy Green

By Sue Patterson

We regret to announce the sudden death of Timothy Edward Green on the 25 January 2019 age 70. Tim was the eldest son of Douglas and Frances Green and was born on the 13 May 1948. At the age of 14, Tim was evacuated with his family to the UK after the volcano erupted in 1961, and went to school at Hardley, Southampton. After leaving school, he worked at the Beaulieu Motor Museum as a valet and would often walk Lord Montague's dogs.

Tim returned to Tristan with his family in 1963 and went to work in the Public Works Department as a Crane Operator. He played a major role in lifting the harbour boats to safety in some of our worst storms. Tim was also an accomplished fisherman, and with his partner Ken Green they would often have one of the largest catches on a fishing day. He then worked for the Agriculture Department until he retired.

Tim loved taking trips up the mountain side and on many occasions took family, friends and visitors to the Peak and the Ponds. He also enjoyed his trips to Nightingale and was a fine coxswain for the longboat Raffee.

All will remember him as a kind and generous man with a good sense of humour who loved his music. He will be very sadly missed by his family and friends. Tim is survived by his sons Matthew and Dion, and his sister Sue. The family would like to thank all those who sent messages of condolence.

Obituary for Monica Glass

By Conrad Glass

Monica Glass passed away peacefully in the early hours of the morning of Tuesday 3rd April 2019, aged 88 years.

Monica Anne Glass (née Rogers) was born on the 4th January 1931, and was the youngest of three children born to Jack and Rose Rogers. Monica was only six months old when her Father died. She had a difficult life growing up without a father, and had to work hard from an early age to help her Mother, brother and sister.

Monica married Edwin Glass in 1952 and they had two children, Sheila Rose Glass born 1957 and Conrad Jack Glass born 1961. Monica used to work at the Fishing Factory, one of many ladies who packed the crayfish on fishing days. She worked hard all her life and enjoyed trips to Nightingale on the longboats with Edwin, and holidays to Stonybeach. She liked to work at the potato patches and spent many enjoyable weekends and holidays with Edwin and grandsons at their camping hut.

Monica Glass

Monica had a mischievous sense of humour, and was always pulling jokes on her friends for a laugh. To the children of the island she was fondly known as Mop-Mop. She resided on Tristan for 88 years, and is survived by her Children Sheila and Conrad, and her Grandchildren Leon and Warren.

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