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Issue 424 - April 2008

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April Meeting

We are delighted to welcome Steve Haywood to our April meeting with tales from his book, "Fruit Flies Like a Banana".

Skittles Evening

A most successful and enjoyable Society Skittles Evening was held at 'The Kings Head' in Hursley on 15 March. Further details are here.

2008 Society Spring Outing

To date, bookings for our Spring Outing on the Basingstoke Canal and 'The Watercress Line' on Saturday 19 April are well below par. Maureen works hard to organise interesting outings for us and I would appeal to the membership to support these special events. Don't forget, you can bring family and friends along to swell the numbers, thereby making it a memorarable day out for all. Further details of this outing are here.

"All Aboard the Zachariah Keppel"

Tony Shadick, though not a member of the Society, has accompanied a number of our trips and our outing to the Wey & Arun Canal and Brewhurst Mill at Loxwood on 21 April 2007 was no exception. Tony filmed that outing and he has kindly donated to the Society Library a 17min DVD of our trip on "Zachariah Keppel" (edited) and a 15min DVD of Brewhurst Mill (as it came out of the camera). Many thanks Tony.

Tony has worked at Horsebridge Mill at Kings Somborne for nearly 40 years when it was turned into workshops to build engineering teaching equipment. However, he never saw the milling equipment there so our visit to Brewhurst Mill gave him a good idea what Horsebridge Mill would have looked like in bygone days.

March Newsletter - Review of Harry Arnold

In my review of Harry Arnold's talk at our February meeting I referred to a figure of 2,500,000 images. I know I picked up that information from somewhere, but cannot remember where. In hindsight, I think that figure should have read 250,000 images (or is that even too many???).

May Meeting

Don't forget, our 'May' meeting will actually be held on the last Thursday in April, viz. 24 April, when Clive Field's talk will be about 'Narrowboats to Norway'.

Paul Herbert


March Meeting

Richard Thomas - The Highland Canals

 
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It was good to welcome back Richard Thomas to the Society as he has spoken to us on a number of previous occasions. We are grateful to him for making the long journey from his home base in Hertfordshire.

First, a bit of history about Richard. He gave his first talk in 1988 and in 1994 he joined a few other Herts IWA members to present a series of waterway talks for the W.E.A. He went on to combine his growing interest in historical research and inland waterways, developing a gradually increasing repertoire. He now travels far and wide giving talks to organisations of all kinds. Although many of his talks are on waterway subjects, he also lectures on historical subjects including Roman roads and the Gunpowder Plot. In 2005 he converted to digital technology and set up his aptly named 'All Talk Thomas' website!

The current talk is one of Richard's most recently prepared presentations which explores Scotland's Highland Canals - a long way to go to research, but so much fun, it was definitely worth his journeys.

Scotland's Highland Canals comprise the Caledonian Canal and the Crinan Canal - the Forth & Clyde Canal and The Union Canal being known as The Lowland Canals. The Caledonian runs from Inverness on the Moray Firth to Fort William at the head of Loch Linnhe, whilst the short Crinan Canal running between Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne and Crinan, provides a safe alternative to voyaging around the Mull of Kintyre, cutting over 160km (100 miles) off the journey time.

The Caledonian Canal, which cuts through the Great Glen, is 96.6km (60 miles) in length, of which 35.4km (22 miles) is man made, connecting the natural fresh water lochs of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, the famous Loch Ness and Loch Dochfour. It has 29 locks and 10 swing bridges. The principal engineers were William Jessop and Thomas Telford. The original purpose of this ship canal was to enable naval and other sailing vessels to avoid the treacherous Pentland Firth and Cape Wrath. Partly complete by 1822, a further 25 years were to pass before it was fully completed. By that time the advent of bigger steamships had diminished the canal's role and it was never a major commercial success.

The Crinan Canal is 14km (9 miles) in length and contains 15 locks. Thomas Telford superintended the execution of the work, which was beset by difficulties, including some re-routing. The canal was finally completed in 1809 but it never became financially self-supporting. Between 1930 and 1932 new sea locks were constructed at either end of the canal, making it accessible at any state of the tide. Richard included a photograph of the Puffer 'Vital Spark' in Crinan Harbour - a vessel well known to television viewers many years ago.

Today, both canals depend mainly on leisure use for their continuing survival.

Richard showed members a large and varied collection of digital images, many based on old photographs and postcards, including old photographs of the Dingwall Canal and the Rosehall Canal (the most northerly canal in Britain), and a number of then and now shots.

Many thanks Richard for such an entertaining evening and we look forward to welcoming you back to Chilworth on a future occasion.

(I had to leave the March meeting shortly after it started and was not, therefore, present to do my usual write-up. I am indebted to Eric Lewis for taking some notes on which the above, plus my subsequent Internet research, is based).

Paul Herbert


Society Spring Outing

 
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BASINGSTOKE CANAL THE WATERCRESS LINE
John Pinkerton Train on Watercress Line

Departing on the John Pinkerton from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham at 10.30am for 2½ hr cruise

Departing from Alresford Station at 3.00pm
for Alton and return at 4.29pm
SATURDAY 19 APRIL 2008 - Adults: £16 Children: £8
Bookings and further information from
MAUREEN GREENHAM Tel: 023 8040 6951 Email: maureen.greenham@dsl.pipex.com

Our spring outing will be to the Basingstoke Canal and The Watercress Line on Saturday 19 April and the cost will be £16 for adults and £8 for children.

Our day begins at 10.30am at Odiham where we board the John Pinkerton for a 2½ hour (approximately) cruise along the Basingstoke Canal. There is a toilet and bar on board. We can take food but not drinks which have to be purchased at the bar. The boat takes up to 50 people so bring along your family and friends. (N.B. There is a chance that the boat may leave from Mychett if a bridge between Odiham and Mychett has not been repaired by 19 April).

When we leave the boat we have approximately 2 hours before our train journey at 3 pm and there are several places to eat in Alresford not far from the station, and also places en route.

We have reserved seats on the 3pm train which travels to Alton and returns to Alresford at 4.29pm

Please let me have the names of interested parties and full payment by 5 April.

Maureen Greenham


IWA takes on TESCO over abandoned trolleys

 
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Essex Waterways Ltd, the subsidiary company of The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) which currently manages the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation, has recovered its costs for removal of supermarket trolleys from the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation at Heybridge. Payment of IWA's bill enabled TESCO Stores Ltd. to narrowly avoid civil proceedings.

Following the payment of IWA's costs in full, TESCO has introduced new procedures to reduce the likelihood of abandoned trolleys within the waterway, and has introduced its own recovery process through an arrangement with a specialist subcontractor.

Neil Edwards, IWA's chief executive and Company Secretary of Essex Waterways Ltd said:

"We are pleased that we have been able to recover our costs in full and ensure that a longer term solution to the problem of trolleys being abandoned in the waterway has been resolved".

"In taking on TESCO, IWA has been able to demonstrate that an assertive and persistent attitude to the issue of supermarket trolleys being abandoned in waterways can achieve a positive and sustainable outcome at no economic loss to the waterway manager taking the action".

"IWA believes that the larger navigation authorities should take a more proactive and sustained assertive approach to known trolley hotspots and ensure that our waterways are freed from the scourge of abandoned trolleys once and for all".

IWA Press Release - 19 March 2008


Society Skittles Evening

 
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Bowling

A near capacity group of twenty nine Society members and their guests enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining Skittles Evening at 'The Kings Head' in Hursley on Friday 14 March.

The winners

The organisation by Rogan and Lynn Olding was excellent; the sporting competition was excellent (although a little rowdy at times!); and the food was excellent.

At the previous skittles evening we had been organised into men's and ladies teams of two but, on this occasion, it was a mixed pair's competition, which added to the fun.

In the end it was a close run thing with three teams well out in front, with the winning combination of Brenda Pomeroy and Eric Lewis crossing the line first, by just one point, and were duly awarded their prizes of large tins of chocolate goodies, together with their Winners Certificates.

That is the second year running that Eric has shared the winning spot - last time he and Alan Howarth had won the men's event. (There were clandestine whispers that he would have to be nobbled next time!).

This was another excellent evening, enjoyed by all. Many thanks were given to Rogan and Lynn for organising the event and they were presented with a bottle of wine as a small token of our appreciation. They indicated their willingness to organise another similar event in due course.

Paul Herbert


IWA's 2009 National Festival

 
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The Inland Waterways Association has announced that its 2009 National Festival & Boat Show will be held at Red Hill, near Ratcliffe on Soar, on the Soar Navigation, close to its confluence with the river Trent, and the junctions with the Erewash, and Trent & Mersey canals, just south of Nottingham.

IWA hopes to encourage boaters visiting the Festival to try the Erewash and Chesterfield canals and other lesser frequented waterways of the East Midlands. The Festival also intends to raise the profile and give support to waterway societies in the area, including the Derby, Cromford and Grantham canals all of which are currently under restoration.

IWA's National Festival brings hundreds of exhibitors and visiting boats as well as thousands of visitors to an area, offering a great day out for families as well as raising the profile of the waterways with local authorities and business communities. In 2007 the Festival was held in St Ives, Huntingdon and the local authority estimated that the event brought over a million pounds into the local economy as a result.

IWA Press Release - 5 March 2008


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