October 2017 Meeting

Last month the Petrels discussed the first part of “The Valley of Fear” and opinions ran rather high. (even without Bob Coghill being present to give it a full mark of 10!)

The “all aboard” has been called as the Stormy Petrels venture deep into the Valley. 

Many opinions, in the past, have been raised as to whether this part should stand on its own, and not be considered part of a Sherlock Holmes adventure.  It could be considered a separate entity.

I have heard some people refer to this section as “the long, boring part”.

Delve into this Valley with an open mind, either having read it before, or if you are reading it for the first time, and form an opinion of your own…..

Please join us to share your thoughts on Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:00pm at our usual meeting spot at Hampton Place (UBC)

The bonus question for attendees at the meeting:   Finish this sentence:

“…where there is a lodge I’ll find ____  ________________.”

For more info, please contact Fran at:  franziskah@shaw.ca


The Stormy Petrels of BC will gather for another study session on Tuesday, September 5th to discuss part 1 of “The Valley of Fear”.

This adventure was published in The Strand Magazine from September 1914 to May 1915.

Valley of Fear CoverWe begin with a coded message sent to Sherlock Holmes, a murder and a trip to Sussex.

Valley of Fear Card

Is Professor Moriarty behind this unfortunate incident at Birlstone Manor?  What is the significance of “VV341”?  Was the victim a member of a secret society in America?

A slipper print on a window ledge, an abandoned bicycle, a missing wedding ring and a missing dumb-bell.  What more could one ask?

The meeting will take place at 7:00 pm at our usual Hampton Place lounge at UBC (near Wesbrook Mall/16th Ave., Vancouver)

Bonus question for those planning on attending the meeting:  Whose name did Mrs. Douglas say her husband called out in a fever?

For more information, please contact Fran at:  franziskah@shaw.ca




The 22nd Annual Silver Blaze Sweepstakes will take place

Saturday the 12th day of August 2017


 2 o’clock in the afternoon

at the

South Surrey Country Estates of Dame Johnston-Keddis

SilverBlaze program

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 Terraces.

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.

Please bring a potluck dish suitable for a hearty supper for the hungry Petrels who 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 welcome.

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

the chickens.

For added info and directions to the Estate, please contact Fran at franziskah@shaw.ca



Reichenbach Falls on July 15, 2017



On Saturday, July 15, 2017 The Stormy Petrels will flock to Shannon Falls on the Sea-to-Sky.

[Left: Shannon Falls, BC / Right: Reichenbach Falls, Switzerland]

About Shannon Falls

Shannon Falls is located just off Highway 99, 58 km north of Vancouver. BC. According to the BC Parks website, it is composed of a series of cliffs, rising 335 meters above Highway 99, making it the third highest falls in the province.

In 1792, Captain George Vancouver set up camp just west of the falls, which were named after Shannon who, in 1890 – 1900, owned the falls and surrounding area and used the clay deposits to make bricks. (you can’t make bricks without clay!)

The park also holds significant spiritual value to the Squamish First Nations, the first people to live in the area. They told of a two-headed sea serpent, Say-noth-ka, who lived in and around Howe Sound. According to legend, this beast travelled both on land and in the water. Some versions say it was Say-noth-ka who formed Shannon Falls by slithering and twisting his powerful body up the mountainside, wearing down a spillway for those cascading waters

We will, once again visit Shannon Falls, as our substitute for the Reichenbach Falls. The resemblance is truly uncanny!

If you require any additional information, please contact your Consulting Detective at franziskah@shaw.ca

– “Reichenbach Falls” (Shannon Falls) ceremonial wreath tossing – 10:00am

– Train Museum and picnic in Squamish – 11:00am


-– Margaret Dennison Starrett gravesite visit at Capilano Cemetary, North Vancouver


–- “Toad Hall”

[Photo sources: Wikipedia and Flickr]