If you are at a loose end this evening.....

....where better to be than at Arthur Beale's cool basement celebrating the launch of our brand new Rope Reference Catalogue! It will be a very ropey evening indeed. You can collect your new Rope Reference Catalogues whilst sipping a very special rum punch. I say "special" because I know the ingredients are rum, cane syrup and lime juice and I know the ratio is 3,2,1 but I'm not sure which order they are in. By the way, the rum will be Fair Transport Rum which was sailed across the Atlantic on...
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Arthur Beale Rope Reference Catalogue Launch 20th July

To celebrate our new Rope Reference Catalogue we are going to have a mini celebration! We've a fine bottle of Fair Transport Rum which has arrived in the UK under sail alone - via the Atlantic by the tall ship Tres Hombres and the final North Sea leg in my little Vertue. We will be serving tots in our basement (plus a few beers) and handing out copies of the catalogue with staff on hand to discuss all things "Ropey". The catalogue has been printed and a copy can be downloaded here;...

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Our New Rope Reference Catalogue is Finished!

Ok, its true we were hoping to have it ready for Beale Park but one thing and another got in the way and that didn't quite happen. In any case we haven't had one for 400 years so why rush it now! However we are on the cusp of going to print just a few things to tidy up and we will press the button. Its not a boring price list but an informative catalogue laid out in chronological order with the natural fibres at the begining and ending with Technora and the technical blends. There is a section...
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Beale Park Boat and Outdoor Show 2017 is over!

It was lovely to see you all there over the weekend. As always it was a very relaxed affair and this year we had glorious weather too - amazingly it rained only at night and was sunny all day. It was a great opportunity to chat to the boatowners about paints and ropes and to catch up on any marine gossip. In the evening we had a refreshing swim in the river on one night and a row to the Swan Pub on another night so it wasn't all hard work. Now it's time to finish our new rope catalogue which goes to print next week. I'd better get on with it.
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Funeral of Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey worked at Arthur Beale's for over 24 years. Sadly he recently died after a planned heart operation. He will be greatly missed by the staff and many of the customers of Arthur Beale. His funeral will be held on 14th September 11am at The City of London Crematorium, Manor Park, South Chapel. Please feel free to attend. Arthur Beale will organise a small evening event in his memory in the near future.
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Good Little Ship

An Illustrated Talk by Peter Willis Arthur Ransome’s "We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea" was inspired by his boat the Nancy Blackett which appears in the book as the Goblin. But there was more to her influence on the novel than that, as Peter Willis shows in this new book, which combines an analysis of this classic of maritime literature (“a book of which Conrad would have been proud” – Hugh Brogan) with the history of the boat herself, her life, near-death, restoration and renaissance as an ambassador for Ransome and his tales. Also included: Arthur Ransome’s own article, ‘Saturday to Saturday’...
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Adventures at Sea - Sailing around Britain and Last Voyages

Save the date! We are still thinking of a snappy title for this talk which will include Kim Strugess talking about his successful sail around Britain in 50 day sails followed by Nicholas Gray talking about less successful "Last Voyages" which will include his thoughts on Donald Crowhurst's disastrous voyage, the story of which will be released as a Big Screen Film on the following day. Book your place now by emailing talks@arthurbeale.co.uk Admission £5.00 but refundable on purchase of either of the two splendid books (or anything from the shop worth over £15.00 on the same evening)
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