On May 7th the Stormy Petrels will flock to “The Royal City” for a three-part meeting. Thanks to member Tim M. for arranging the evening’s venues.

New Westminster, established in 1859, was the first capital city of the colony of British Columbia, and named by Queen Victoria herself.

New Westminster was where, 25 years ago, the Stormy Petrels first met as a fledgling, yet-to-be-named group. We met in a back room of a restaurant above the steam baths next to the railway tracks beside the river. We certainly have come a long way.

Part 1: 5:30 – 6:45 The Petrels are invited to visit “Renaissance Books” (#43 – 6th Street). Owners John and Lavana welcome us to browse, sit, read and enjoy coffee among their vast collection of new, used, hard-to-find and out-of-print books.

“…a bargain, every one of them. With 5 volumes you could just fill that gap on that second shelf.: EMPT

Part 2: 6:45 Tim will lead the Petrels to The Columbia Theatre (530 Columbia Street) 1/2 block away. The newly-renovated theatre was built in 1927. Tim would like us to meet as a group upon the Raymond Burr stage for a toast. Raymond Burr was born in New Westminster)

“Some touch of the artist wells up within me, and calls insistently for a well-staged performance.” VALL

Part 3: 7:00 The Petrels will walk across the street and 1/2 block down to 659 Columbia Street to Sherlock’s Cafe” located at Collector’s Choice Antique Mall and European Football Memorabilia.

Our host and Stormy Petrel member, Andy Bradshaw, will once again welcome the group to his shop.

Once we settle in, we will begin our regular meeting and discussion of “The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb”

Hopefully as many members as possible will be able to meet for all three venues.

For more info, please contact me.


  1. Fran: Could you extend our sincere thanks to Tim for arranging the event yesterday evening?

    He obviously put considerable effort into making the various arrangements at the bookstore, theatre and the Sherlock cafe and it was quite an enjoyable event.

    Also thanks to Andy for being a very amiable host for the meeting! Great to see all the British wares on sale.

    Gail and I also enjoyed, as usual!, the meeting arranged by yourself and Aura Lee with the able support of Len, Elsa, Krista and Sheldon and the rest of the Petrel crew!

    First time we had been to New West in a long time!

    Cheers, looking forward to the next one!

    Roy and Gail

    Sent from my iPad

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