21st Annual “Silver Blaze” Race

Petrel Dame Johnston-Keddis (Johnnie) invites all Stormy Petrels and guests to her South Surrey Country Estate for a fun-filled afternoon!

Saturday, the 13th day of August 2016 at 2 o’clock in the afternoon

“Come for an event-full afternoon of high stakes betting, games and prizes.  For your dining pleasure, High Tea will take place on the Manor House Terrace.

The theme this year is Hats and Ascots.

Reserve your Grandstand seats now.  Petrels are urged to RSVP so that the staff will be able to set up adequately for the large flock. 

Directions will be sent separately.

Please bring a pot luck dish suitable for a hearty supper for the hungry Petrels who have come from far and wide.  The BBQ will be set up for those who’d like to char a little something for themselves, and Cook will be on hand to assist.  Sherry, ale and other delightful libations are permitted.

The Gamekeeper requests that you keep your dog on a leash so as not to disturb the chickens.”

Just a reminder that you do not need to bring cash.  Envelopes of play monies will be provided for all to wager on their favourites.  The participant with the most “money” when all the races have been run, will recieve a lovely prize.


Prizes will also be awarded for favourite hat and favourite ascot.

If you have any questions, please contact Fran and she will point you in the right direction.

Please consider attending, as last year’s event was a huge success!





“Reichenbach” Picnic & Auction

A dozen Petrels and three guests flocked to “Toad Hall” (Haffenden residence in North Vancouver) on Saturday, July 16th 2016 for a day of remembering and refreshments.


After a delicious picnic lunch, President Fran, uttering the oft-quoted words “…the best and wisest man….” offered the hand-crafted memorial wreath over the edge to be carried down the mountainside.


The flock of Petrels then retreated to the back lawn to enjoy a game of “Getting Getrie’s Garter” (aka The Leg Game)

Pictured below: Bob C., BSI and hostess extraordinaire Elsa H.



Tim M. managed to lob one small hoop (garter) over the high-heeled, fish-netted stocking leg. Father of Ana S. (guest) managed a larger hoop. The rest of us just had a lot of fun!

Next came the auction. Bob C. kindly volunteered to play auctioneer.(pictured below). 100% of monies raised will go towards the Stormy Petrels’ 30th Anniversary celebrations in 2017.


Relaxing on the lovely sun deck, enjoying the company and hostess Elsa’s coffee and cake, we all marveled at Len’s show and tell.

The evening came to a close with everyone reminding each other of our next event:

The “Silver Blaze” races on the borders of Surrey on Saturday, August 13th. Details to follow shortly.



The Stormy Petrels will take a break from our usual study session for the month of July.

It’s time for our annual “Reichenbach Falls” event. Good news to some, we will not drive the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Shannon Falls this year, but will honour the occasion with tossing our wreath into MacKay Creek at Heywood Park in North Vancouver.

Heywood Park is located at 1621 Hamilton Street at Marine Drive. It will be a very short walk from “Toad Hall” (aka the Haffendens’)

Park your car at the house at 12:00 noon, (Sheldon will forward the address of “Toad Hall” in his reminder e-mail to all members) and we shall all take the short walk to the end of the block into the park.

Once at the park, Fran will gracefully toss the memorial (bio-degradable) wreath into the stream, where, she is assured, she will be less likely to follow the wreath into the water. The small falls at Heywood Park are quite tame compared to waters of Shannon Falls.

We will trek back to “Toad Hall” to enjoy our picnic lunches on the patio before engaging in our auction of Sherlockiana, Victorian and mystery-related items.

Len will also open the “company store” to give everyone an opportunity to purchase items such as our Stormy Petrel note pads, pens, key chains, etc.

All proceeds of the auction will go towards the Stormy Petrels 30th Anniversary celebrations in 2017.

If you would like more information, please contact Fran at the Stormy Petrel address:  stormypetrels@gmail.com









JUNE 7th Meeting 2016

Sherlock Holmes strode into the room “…a huge barbed-headed spear tucked like an umbrella under his arm.”


What as Watson’s reaction?


Let us travel to Woodman’s Lee to investigate the murder of Captain Peter Carey who was found in his ship-like cabin …”pinned like a beetle on a card.”

A harpoon, a tobacco pouch and a notebook with the initials C.P.R.

Join the Stormy Petrels as we discuss “The Adventure of Black Peter”

This adventure is reprinted in the book “Dangerous Work” ACD’s Diary of his adventures on a whaler in the Arctic.


What is the connection between Peter Carey and stormy petrels?

Bonus question:

Who was referred to as a “ribston pippin of a man? What is a ribston pippin?

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 7th at 7:00 pm at our usual Hampton Place.

If you would like more information, please contact Fran.





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