News about and from the Tristan da Cunha community both on the island and overseas.

Annual Gathering confirmed to go ahead on Saturday 2nd October

The Tristan da Cunha Association is hoping to return to the Southampton Holiday Inn for a delayed Annual Gathering on Saturday 2nd October 2021.

2021 Annual Gathering
Updated on 16th September

The delayed 2021 Annual Gathering will go ahead as planned at the Southampton Holiday Inn
on Saturday 2nd October 2021.

October 2021 is the 60th anniversary of the volcanic eruption which led to the evacuation of the island,
and this will be the theme of presentations and films at the event.


Day Tickets @ £30 are still available to order and include a two course buffet lunch in the hotel restaurant and all-day refreshments.

A two course buffet dinner will be held at 7 for 7.30pm and will be followed by a toast to Tristan da Cunha islanders (several of whom will be present) and an informal Tristan quiz. Tickets £25.

You can use the online Order Form to apply.

Hotel rooms are available at a special B&B rate of £94 double and £84 single room rate - see details below - but our reserved rooms will be released for general sale to the public from Friday 17th September, so get on with it!

For the first time we have arranged a special carvery buffet dinner on Friday evening at 7.30pm - price £21 including a choice of puddings with a veggy. option for the main course. Please book this when reserving your room.

Programme for the day events:

  • From 10 am: bookstall, souvenirs, raffle tickets and Association products for sale
  • 11am Annual General Meeting
  • approx. 12 noon - Start of presentaions and films spun around the theme of the 60th anniversary of the 1961 volcanic eruption (Continuing after lunch).
  • 12.30pm Buffet lunch
  • approx. 4pm Afternoon Tea
  • Followed by the raffle and auction of Tristan Artefacts in aid of the Tristan Education Trust Fund.

Pictures from the Last Gathering, 2019:

Island visitors

Chief Islander James Glass and visiting Tristanians with former CTBTO Station Manager Marc Escudier.

Aniket Sardana giving his talk

Above: Aniket Sardana speaking to a packed audience on
'Tristan da Cunha through a Vet's Eyes'.


Hotel Amenities and Special Offer

(The Annual Gathering & Dinner Dance is in the separate Hampshire Suite)

The Pool The Restaurant The Bar

The hotel offers us:

Convenient location, being less than 1 mile from Southampton Railway Station,
6 miles from Southampton International Airport,
with good local road access via M27 and M271
and 180 hotel car parking spaces, free to ticket holders - give in registration at reception on arrival

A prime location on the re-developed Southampton Town Quay and overlooking the River Test

Spacious modern accommodation in line with the company's international standard

The Spirit Health Club which has a fully equipped gym, indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi available to residents

Easy walking distance to local amenities including the West Quay Shopping Centre,
Mayflower Theatre and other City Centre attractions within one mile.

Holiday Inn Special Offer

The Tristan Association has secured a special package price for advanced bookings
for Bed and Breakfast accommodation.

These should be made by telephone only to 02380 388142, choosing Option 4, and quoting 'Tristan da Cunha'. Prices are:

Double Rooms @ £94 per night
Single Rooms @ £84 per night
Family Rooms may be available at double room rates

Tables for breakfast must be reserved, and we suggest these are made at the time of booking.

Please note that the Holiday Inn often make special offers with payment in advance with no cancellation facility. Our rates do not require a deposit and can be cancelled up to the date of arrival. Children may receive free accommodation and breakfast when sharing with parents - see hotel's terms and conditions for details.

August 2021 Newsletter


  • Cover: Elephant seal at The Glen, Gough Island
  • Joint Administrators Fiona Kilpatrick & Steve Townsend's Third Report, incl.:
    • COVID-19
    • Shipping news
    • Environmental affairs
    • Looking forward
  • Tristan family news
  • Gough Restoration Project, by Sophie Thomas
  • A Tribute to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
  • Latest Tristan Stamp Issues
  • A Cold War Military Airport Considered for Tristan, by Sir Martin Holdgate
  • Tristan's Marine Protection Zone Update, by Karen Leach
  • Obituaries for Peter Day and Noe Zamel
  • Tristan Association Matters
  • Tristan photo feature

40 pages of Tristan news and features, published in August 2021.

Obituary for Irene Green

By Jean Swain

Irene Mary Elizabeth Green known as Rene, passed away peacefully in the early hours of 17th June 2021 at the age of 95. Rene was born to parents William & Violet Lavarello, the eldest of four children, Martha, Gabriel & Trina. She was the grandaughter of first settlers Elizabeth Smith & Gaetano Lavarello. Rene was married to Herbert on 13th February 1945 and they had two daughters and a total of nine grandchildren and great grandchildren, six who are living in England.

As well as visiting England at the time of the evacuation in 1961, Rene returned there in 1965 where she & her family stayed for approximately two years before returning home. During this time she lived in a small village called Hordle near Lymington and was employed as a factory worker producing electrical components. After her return to Tristan she worked at the processing factory until her retirement.

Rene loved gardening and working at the Potato Patches and before she was confined to her home she would often stop for a chat to those passing by. She also spent much of her spare time spinning, firstly on the traditional spinning wheel and later on a small foot wheel where she produced island wool to knit socks.

For many years, until there was an established nursing staff on the island, Rene helped to lay-out those who had passed away as well as making the wreaths for the funerals.

Rene's family wish to thank all those who showed her so much kindness during her late years when she was house-bound & to those who took the time to visit her. Thanks also to the many people who sent messages of condolences.

Rene's family have many fond memories of her and she is greatly missed by them all, both here on the island and overseas.

The photos above shows Irene with her late husband Herbert just after she was married and the couple sitting outside their home in their garden which they loved.

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Obituary for Ellen Rogers

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Birth of Summer Swain

Birth of Tristan da Cunha baby Summer Swain to Wayne Swain and Conchita Repetto on 18th May 2021.
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Birth of Seren Green

Birth of Tristan da Cunha baby Seren Green to Shane and Kelly Green on 6th June 2021.
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Nancy Swain's 80th Birthday

Photographs of Nancy Swain's 80th Birthday celebrations.
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Remembering the Visit by HRH Prince Philip in 1957

Audio recordings of island elders who remember the visit by HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh to Tristan da Cunha on 17th January 1957.
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