September 2015 Meeting

“The Hound of the Baskervilles”

First published in The Strand Magazine from Aug. 1901 to April 1902.

How does the “Curse of the Baskervilles” dating back to 1742 affect Sir Henry, arriving from Canada? What is the significance of Sir Henry’s missing boot once he arrived in London?


Holmes: “‘Footprints? A man or a woman’s?'”

“Dr. Mortimer looked strangely at us for an instant, and his voice sank almost to a whisper as he answered: ‘Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!””

The Stormy Petrels will discuss the first 5 chapters on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7:00pm, at the usual Hampton Place. In spirit, we shall travel to Dartmoor, where apparent devilry is afoot!


For more info, please contact Fran





Announcing a “Murder Mystery” dinner in South Surrey!

“The Case of the Murderous Love Affair” (a Sherlockian play written especially for our group by playwright Trevor Jenkins) will take place at the Crescent Beach Bistro.

Diners will not only take part in the mystery, there will also be games, contests and more Sherlockian shenanigans!

Doors open at 6:00 pm

Play begins at 6:30

The cost is $55 (Canadian!) this includes dinner, taxes, tips and 2 hours of fun!

a murder takes place “before our very eyes, and it will take our combined deductive skills to figure out who, how and why. What game is Irene Adler up to?”

It is important to RSVP to Linda at the restaurant to hold your spot!

you must CALL BEFORE AUGUST 24TH – 604-531-1882

For more information, please contact Fran


“Silver Blaze” 2015

The horses have been carefully transported to ‘the borders of Surrey’ in anticipation of the Stormy Petrels’ annual “Silver Blaze” races.


The races will take place at ‘Johnston Downs’ on August 15th, with the first race beginning at 3:00 pm.


No need to bring cash…just bring you enthusiasm for the thrill of the race!


Also, don’t forget to bring a pot-luck dish for sharing.


High Tea will be served on the Manor House Terrace


This event will also feature the “Hats & Ascots” competition. (think Eliza Doolittle and Freddy Eynsford -Hill)


More details, as to address info, will be e-mailed to members of The Stormy Petrels shortly. If you require additional information, please contact Fran at



Twenty-one Stormy Petrels and guests were treated to a talk by Sonia Fetherston, BSI who happened to be in Vancouver.  We were very delighted when she accepted our invitation to discuss the recently-restored silent William Gillette movie.  A film that would impact Sherlockians 100 years later! Sonia had been to the debut screening of the restored film last May in San Francisco and was able to inform us about how it was made, lost, found and painstakingly restored. (The film was not found in one reel but several and had to be put into sequence. Also,the title cards were originally in French and had to be translated). The movie, based on the play “Sherlock Holmes” written by William Gillette and featured Gillette in the title role who had played Holmes 1,300 times on the stage, but this was the only time he played Holmes in film. Sonia was able to answer many questions, and her enthusiasm was definitely contagious! Several of our group, who were not familiar with William Gillette’s work and his impact on the Holmes image, were all very anxious to see the movie. DSCN9590We thank Sonia for a wonderful evening! Hopefully we will see her again!


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