Gainsborough Old Hall

Up to Date NEWS!!!


The Government has placed a National Lockdown on the country for 28 days in its aim to stem Coronavirus (Covid-19). This means we won’t be able to attend the markets until after 2nd December 2020. We will assess the situation with the markets near the end of this month.
We’ve made many good friends at the markets, who always come and chat when passing. We’ve also made some very good contacts who are willing to help promote the booklet. Some recommendations cannot be followed up as they’re closed with lockdown.
Until then I am finishing a crime novel in readiness to be be brought before agents and publishers. There is also a non-fiction book about the Pilgrim Fathers nearing completion.

Venues Closed associated with the Pilgrim Fathers/Mayflower due to Coronavirus (Covid-19)
a. Gainsborough Old Hall, Gainsborough
b. John Robinson United Reformed Church, Gainsborough

c. Gainsborough Heritage Centre, Gainsborough
d. Boston Guildhall, Boston
e. Mayflower Pub, Austerfield

f. Civil War Museum, Newark

  • * Details
  • a. Closed until Summer 2021
  • b. Mayflower Exhibition closed until 2021
  • d. Closed until 2021
  • e. Closed. Future uncertain. Could be demolished to make way for houses or flats. The land is on the market for sale. To be confirmed.

Outlets where booklets are on sale:
Some venues selling booklets are now open. You can purchase a copy there. (see list below). Others added when available.
Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Tourist Information Centre, Open: 10.00am – 3.30pm
1 Priory Place, Doncaster, DN1 1BN Tel: 01302 734309
Austerfield, South Yorkshire
Home Farm & Lodge, Open
High Street, Austerfield, DN10 6QU Tel: 07516 102676
(next to Mayflower Pub) Mayflower Pub closed – for sale.
Scrooby, Nottinghamshire
Pilgrim Fathers Caravan Site, Closed: Nov. until March
Saracens Lane, Great North Road, Scrooby, DN10 6AS Tel: 01302 711031
Retford, Nottinghamshire
The Hub, Open: 10.00am – 4.00pm
11 Churchgate, Retford, DN22 6PA Tel: 01777 860414
Brigg, Lincolnshire
The Rabbit Hole Bookshop
21 Market Place, Brigg, North Lincolnshire, DN20 8LD Tel: 01652 408534

Covid-19 is affecting distribution of John Carver & The Pilgrim Fathers (32-page illustrated booklet; £4.95/$6.50). See Home, and Shop pages for booklet details.
These outlets are now open where they can be purchased. others are closed, but will be added when available.

Outside UK
Orders placed from outside the UK are will be sent on the availability of airline flights when restrictions are lifted.
The situation is being monitored daily for any changes.
Firm Orders (paid) Those who have ordered a booklet outside the UK, will receive them as soon as the travel restrictions are lifted.
Bulk Orders These will be treated as above if they are Firm Orders otherwise they will be treated as Preliminary Orders.
Preliminary Orders will take longer.

Inside UK
Online Order
Deliveries – they are sent 1st Class mail with the Post Office
The outlets where booklets were on sale have now re-opened
Some shops, venues, libraries, museums, etc. are open for reduced hours as yet.
Contact these outlets for further up-to-date information.

Firm Orders (paid) Those who have ordered a booklet outside the UK, it will be mailed to you first class.
Bulk Orders These will be treated as above if they are Firm Orders otherwise they will be treated as Preliminary Orders. Every effort will be made to furnish you with your order. Should your order be a large one and you want to collect them, please contact me beforehand. Deliveries will be arranged. Delivery Time depends on order size.
Preliminary Orders will take longer.


Presentations: John Carver & The Pilgrim Fathers is available to show in church halls, community centres, clubs, etc. as a Presentation. If you would like a Presentation for your group, make a preliminary booking.
Details of two venues who might be interested in having Presentations has been passed to me. Will be contacted shortly.
If you’d like a Presentation, contact me and I’ll look into it.

Realising many people and places are unable to see a Presentation of, ‘John Carver & the Pilgrim Fathers’, we are looking to see if the Presentations can be made as DVDs. This allows flexibility for Presentations to be shown anytime, anywhere.
Booklet Selling Tours: More about this when arranged.

John Carver & The Pilgrim Fathers (non-fiction)
Book with No Pictures
This book tells about the life John Carver led in England before joining the Pilgrim Fathers and after he joined them. It seeks to answer many of the questions raised about John Carver. It doesn’t answer them all. Found more questions need answering about him while researching this book.
Up To Date News!!
Checking bibliography; re-checking for errors. Then to the proofreader before sending to an agent/publisher.
Being asked about this book from Family Historians. Work momentarily dropped behind schedule due to Covid-19. Checking for errors.

Pamphlets: A series on things of interest about the pilgrim fathers. These include background stories, items of interest that isn’t part of the main Pilgrim story, items in the news, etc.

Come meet us at the following markets
(after Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Tuesday:….Gainsborough Market…8.00am – 2.30pm
Thursdays: Brigg Market……………..8.00am – 3.00pm
Fridays:……Worksop Market…………8.30am – 3.30pm
Saturdays: Retford Market…………..8.30am – 2.30pm
Both Cash & Debit/Credit Cards are acceptable forms of purchase. (see Shop)


Crime Fiction

Photo of Alan Archer - Author of John Carver & The Pilgrim Fathers Alan Archer In Frenchgate Cafe - Author of John Carver & The Pilgrim Fathers Photo of Alan Archer - Author of John Carver & The Pilgrim Fathers

Up To Date News!!
Murder Most Fou
1st of DI Jack Kirby novels.
Expected end of rewriting:
Before Christmas, 2020 at the latest.

Murder Most Foul
1st of DI Jack Kirby novels.
Received interesting and helpful feedback from the well known and respected Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. They’re eager to take it on board. Busy implementing their recommendations and making changes.
Up To Date News!!
Expected completed rewriting date: mid-September 2020
Expected Publication Date: 2021

Barracuda Junction (planning)
Another DI Jack Kirby novel.
An old book title developed from discussion with Ian Rankin at Harrogate in 2019. A fast moving adventure novel with a catch-me-if-you-can theme.

Missing (planning)
Another DI Jack Kirby novel.
The Chief Superintendents niece is missing. Based on a real story.

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