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Operation Priest Treasure Hunt – the answers

As something for delegates to do on the way to Maidenhead for Fanderson’s recent Supercelebration convention, and as a way of visiting some Anderson filming locations, we suggested the Operation Priest Treasure Hunt.

Just one team entered (and therefore won) and they were Paul Mayne, Richard and Fiona Yelland, Steven Cross, Chris Dean and Huw Davies.

Click to see the answers.

Even more Terrahawks! John Lee is coming to Supercelebration

We are excited to reveal that Terrahawks modelmaker John Lee will be attending Supercelebration in September.

Working under Special Effects Director Steven Begg and alongside fellow modelmaker Steve Woodcock, John designed and built many of the weird and wonderful space craft that appeared in the series. He has since gone on to amass a wealth of credits as director of photography on film and TV.

John will be joined at Supercelebration by fellow Terrahawks production crew members Steve Begg, Peter Tilbe, Gary Tomkins, Terry Adlam and Kaye Main.

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017.

That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

Kaye Main jets in for Supercelebration

We are delighted to reveal that Terrahawks production crew member Kaye Main will be attending Supercelebration in September. Previously known as Kaye Moss, she worked on Terrahawks as a runner, buyer, prop maker and general assistant. Kaye is flying all the way over from New Zealand to attend what is expected to be the last ever full weekend Fanderson convention. She joins fellow Terrahawks production crew members Steve Begg, Peter Tilbe, Gary Tomkins and Terry Adlam at the event.

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017.

That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

Peter Tilbe to attend Supercelebration

We are very pleased to announce the latest guest to  attend Supercelebration in September: Peter Tilbe. Peter worked as a model worker on Terrahawks in the early 1980s  and contributed to numerous models, including the two-part jet fighter, Hawkwing.

He joins fellow Terrahawks  production crew members Steve Begg, Gary Tomkins and Terry Adlam at Supercelebration – make sure you don’t miss them!

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017.

That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

Peter Hitchcock

Peter Hitchcock jets in for Supercelebration

We are delighted to announce that director, writer and producer Peter Hitchcock will be coming to Supercelebration in September.

Peter, who now lives in Canada, started his career working on the Supermarionation series in the early 1960s, doing everything from lip synch operating to assisting Derek Meddings with visual effects sequences.

We are thrilled that Peter, pictured here to the right of Brian Johnson, can once again make the long journey from Canada to be with us. We look forward to hearing more of his stories from AP Films!

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017.

That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

Andrew Skilleter is coming to Supercelebration

We are delighted to announce that artist Andrew Skilleter will be coming to Supercelebration in September.

Andrew contributed  to the Fleetway Gerry Anderson comics in the 1990s, including Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and Joe 90. He has also illustrated extensively for Doctor Who.

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017.

That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

Supercelebration Treasure 10: Thank you all so much!

At Fanderson’s Supercelebration convention this September we’ll be raising much-needed funds for our convention charity – The Silver Line – through blind and live auctions, raffles and other activities during the weekend.

Over recent weeks we’ve been teasing you with just a small selection of the unusual and rare items that our generous friends, partners, licensees and club members have donated.

Since announcing our charity we’ve received even more goodies that will be going home with our convention delegates. With raffle tickets at just £1 each, everyone, whatever your budget, has a chance of going home with something special and helping a good cause.

If you would like to donate something to raise money for a great cause, please e-mail details (including photos) to us at fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com before 1st September 2019.

Robert Harrop Parker and Light-Fingered Fred Figurines. These are the Studio Original Masters for the limited edition figurines, produced for Fanderson’s 2015 convention The Future Is Fantastic!

Space Precinct Leather Jacket. A rare promotional item produced for the launch on Sky Television in 1995.

Popcorn SHADO Mobile, Angel Interceptor and SPV (mixed media resin/white metal models).

Graham Bleathman FAB 1 Cutaway Art Print.

UFO Technical Manual. Published in 2009 and long since out-of-print (recently seen for over £125 online).

Laser-etched Thunderbird 3 Glass Block.

Check out the following links for previous teasers…

Supercelebration Treasure 9

Supercelebration Treasure 8

Supercelebration Treasure 7

Supercelebration Treasure 6

Supercelebration Treasure 5

Supercelebration Treasure 4

Supercelebration Treasure 3

Supercelebration Treasure 2

Supercelebration Treasure 1

Steve Begg to attend Supercelebration

We are very pleased to announce that visual effects supremo Steve Begg will be attending Supercelebration in September. Known to Anderson fans for his work on Terrahawks, Space Police and Space Precinct, Steve has since delivered visual effects for some of the biggest blockbuster films of this century: Batman Begins, Skyfall and Spectre, to name but three.

Steve joins one of the biggest rosters of special guests we’ve had for a Fanderson convention in many years – you don’t want to miss them!

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017.

That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

And our Supercelebration charity is…..

Having considered all organisations nominated by delegates coming to Supercelebration this September, the club committee is delighted to announce that The Silver Line will be our convention charity.

Loneliness amongst older people can lead to depression, leave people vulnerable to abuse and even affect the onset of dementia. The Silver Line operates the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK that’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Silver Line Helpline provides three functions to support older people:

  • a sign-posting service to link them into the many, varied services that exist around the country
  • a befriending service to combat loneliness
  • a means of empowering those who may be suffering abuse and neglect, if appropriate to transfer them to specialist services to protect them from harm

Since their launch in November 2013, The Silver Line Helpline has received over 2.5 million calls. Over two-thirds of these calls were made overnight or at weekends when no other helpline is available for older people who may be lonely, isolated or confused. They now receive around 10,500 calls every week from lonely and isolated older people; with 53% of callers saying they have literally no-one else to speak to.

Over 3,000 volunteer Silver Line Friends are making regular weekly friendship calls to older people. They have launched Silver Circles, group calls for people with shared interests.

The Silver Line relies entirely on voluntary donations to cover the cost of calls to the helpline, friendship services, and all other costs. We’ll be raising much-needed funds through blind and live auctions, raffles and other activities during the weekend.

Watch this short message about the importance of The Silver Line from founder, Dame Esther Rantzen.

After I wrote a newspaper article describing my feelings, as a widow living alone for the first time at the age of 71, Ellen wrote to me (anonymously, because she said she did not want to burden her daughter) to describe her own feelings of loneliness:

“I can’t get out on my own due to health problems, so it can be as much as 3 days I go without talking to anyone… I dread the winter nights when everything seems to close in around me and I feel so isolated. I am an optimist by nature and sometimes I need that to get through another pointless day where I feel as if I am a waste of space.”

What kind of society have we created when an intelligent, articulate woman feels her life is pointless, and she is a waste of space?

The reality is that older people should be valued as a tremendous asset to society. Older people keep families functioning, (one third of all working mothers depend on grandparents for childcare), they form the bedrock of the charitable sector, in the workplace their skills and experience make an invaluable contribution. If, like Ellen, they become isolated and vulnerable, it is the nation’s responsibility to make older people feel valued, to include them, empower them, and connect them back to their communities. And that is what we hope The Silver Line Helpline will achieve.

Loneliness can cause serious damage, physically and mentally, as dangerous as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day, more dangerous than obesity. When I had the idea that a helpline might prove a vital, liberating link for older people, based on my experience of creating ChildLine, (the helpline for children in distress or danger), I was thrilled by the way charities, statutory organizations and individuals working in the field of elderly care instantly offered their support and expertise. All were united in the knowledge that even given the wide range of excellent projects across the country, some vulnerable older people are so isolated they are extremely hard to reach. And there is a huge unmet demand for advice and friendship. A survey by the Campaign to End Loneliness found that 42% of older people reported that if they need help, they do not know where to turn.

In November 2012 we launched our Silver Line pilot with very limited publicity, with the slogan “No question too big, no problem too small, no need to be alone.” We instantly discovered how crucial our pilot service was to the older people who rang. Some callers rang late at night to say “I just wanted someone to say Good Night to.” Dorothy told us “It’s so good to speak to someone who seems really interested in what I think.” They told us that speaking to our team at any time, day or night, gave them security, and something to look forward to. Many said that the small hours of the night, and the long hours of Sundays were very bleak, if you are alone. Christmas, they said, was particularly painful. I spoke to one elderly gentleman on Christmas Day who told me, “To be one hundred per cent honest, Esther, you are the first person I’ve spoken to all day.” When I rang him back a week later he told me I was the only person he had spoken to all through Christmas and the New Year.

One gentleman told us, “When I get off the phone, I feel like I belong to the human race.” And a lady said that, thanks to the regular calls she receives from our Silver Line Friend, she no longer feels “shuffled under the carpet.”

When Childline was launched, it uncovered the shocking prevalence of abuse and neglect among our children. The Silver Line Helpline has revealed a truth about our older people which just as shattering. The stigma attached to admitting loneliness, the reluctance in older people to ask for help because “there are so many other people far worse off than I am” and “I don’t want to be a burden” has meant that we have ignored and neglected the deep unhappiness created by loneliness, which is afflicting so many elderly people.

We are extremely grateful to Dr Callan and the CSJ for their independent evaluation. Grateful thanks also to the Big Lottery Fund and other generous donors, who enabled us to launch our national service well in time for Christmas 2013. In July 2018 we took our 2 millionth call. We are receiving 10,500 calls a week and have trained over 4000 volunteer Silver Line Friends.  Let us hope it goes some way to prove to the older generation that they are valued, that we care about their well-being, and that The Silver Line gives them the information and friendship they need, and deserve.

Dame Esther Rantzen DBE

Steve Kyte to attend Supercelebration

Here at Fanderson we are over the moon to announce that artist Steve Kyte will join our long list of special guests at Supercelebration in September.

Steve is well known for his work on the Channel 5 Video sleeves and the Supermarionation Fleetway comic revival in the 1990s – particularly his strip adaptations of TV episodes. He also makes regular contributions to our very own FAB magazine.

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017. That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now