2013

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

27 – 29 September 2013

Venue: Château du Four de Vaux, 58640 Varennes Vauzelles
(close to the River Loire and near the town of Nevers)

In Reflections 18 (March 2011) Ludwig Heuse related his discovery that the Château du Four is the original ‘ Château de Graçay’ as described in C S Forester’s novels Flying Colours (1938) and Lord Hornblower (1946). The events in the former, took place in 1810/1811

REPORT of the C S Forester Society 2013 meeting: 

Friday 27 September 2013

Drinks reception and Chairman’s address welcoming 16 participants from 8 different countries

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Round-about tour by car

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Observation deck overlooking the rivers Loire and Allier

Welcome dinner at l’Auberge de l’Ecluse in Fourchambault/Cours-les-Barres
(http://www.auberge-ecluse.com/)

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Welcome dinner at l’Auberge de l’Ecluse in Fourchambault/Cours-les-Barres

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Night cap on the ancient bridge over the Loire in Nevers

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Ken Napier reads from Flying Colours “God help sailors on a night like this…..”

 Saturday 28 September 2013

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AGM formalities, including Reports on Society activities in the past year, election of the Officers for the forthcoming year

all this witnessed by the master storyteller, the Bronze bust of C.S. Forester by Cynthia Drummond

Two views on The Ship, our Book of the Year 2013

“The Ship’s Literary Qualities” presented by Lawrie Brewer

“The Ship’s Literary Qualities” presented by Lawrie Brewer

presentation "pictorial battle history" of the 2nd battle of Sirte on 22 March 1942, by Jetse Reijenga and John Forester

“A pictorial battle history” of the 2nd battle of Sirte on 22 March 1942 (basis of The Ship) by Jetse Reijenga

Book fragments of action details were narrated by John Forester

Book fragments of action details were narrated by John Forester

An exhibition of different editions of The Ship

Group picture with the Book-of-the-Year 2013
Traditional group picture with the Book-of-the-Year
Presentation "Locations in France chosen by Forester for Hornblower novels illustrated with historical maps, models and panoramas" by Ludwig Heuse

Presentation “Locations in France chosen by Forester for Hornblower novels illustrated with historical maps, models and panoramas” by Ludwig Heuse

Movie fragment of the escape route of Hornblower in “Flying Colours” in the Hollywood view

movie fragment of the escape down the Loire in the 1951 Gregory Peck movie

Movie fragment of the escape down the Loire in the 1951 Gregory Peck movie

  • Open forum, Society’s plans and future activities – Chairman
Nicolas Grigorellis talks about the background of his Hornblower website http://www.cap-horn.be/

Nicolas Grigorellis talks about the background of his French Hornblower website http://www.cap-horn.be/

"A French view on maritime fiction in general and Hornblower/Forester in particular" by Serge Aillery (vice-président de la Maison des écrivains de la mer)

“A French view on maritime fiction in general and Hornblower/Forester in particular” by Serge Aillery (vice-président de la Maison des écrivains de la mer)

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Walk around the Château and its gardens

FC reading

Re-enactments and reading from Flying Colours – interactive with willing participants (click to view movie by Serge Aillery)
The original"" Castle Pie on HMS Tonnant in Episode 7 Loyalty of the Hornblower TV series

The “original” Castle Pie on HMS Tonnant in Episode 7 (Loyalty) of the Hornblower TV series

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Traditional Castle Pie Dinner à la Française

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Musical interlude by Lawrie Brewer

Musical interlude by Lawrie Brewer

finally a game of whist was organised by Marlieke

A game of whist was organised by Marlieke de Vos

Sunday 29 September 2013 

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Guided tour along the main historical sites of Nevers

 

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