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Issue 449 - June 2010

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June Meeting

A warm welcome to our speaker this month, John Silman. Tony Yoward, who was due to accompany John, is unable to attend this evening so the programme has been changed slightly to include "Industrial Properties", the Wey & Arun and a selection of "saucy postcards".

Vacancies for Chairman and Treasurer & Membership Secretary

No one has yet come forward from the general membership to fill these two important vacancies. However, despite this, I am confident that this situation will be resolved in the near future.

2010 Society Boat Gathering

This year's Society informal boat gathering at Flecknoe and Braunston over the early May Bank Holiday weekend was very successful with five boats attending. Full details are published in this Newsletter.

Society Visit to Bursledon Brickworks

As members will be aware from last month's News-letter, Maureen Greenham has organised a visit to Bursledon Brickworks on 10 June. Full details are given below. There is still time to book for this. If you wish to attend, please contact Maureen without delay.

Day-Star Theatre

Tickets for Day-Star Theatre's production of "The Worst Summer Ever" on Friday 8 October are now on sale from Angela Rose and Anne Coleman. First come, first served, so buy your tickets now to avoid being disappointed.

Proposed Society Horse-Drawn Boat Trip

Maureen is hoping to organise a horse-drawn boat trip on the Kennet & Avon Canal on 2nd October. Confirmation of that booking will be dependent on sufficient members (and their guests, of course) coming forward to make this trip financially viable. Full details are included below.

2010 Annual General Meeting

As mentioned in the last Newsletter, this year's AGM has been brought forward to Thursday 22 July - one week earlier than originally programmed. All the necessary documentation, including the Officers' reports, will be published in the August Newsletter, which will be available in time for the meeting. Regarding the supporting programme, rather than the usual DVD your Committee has decided on a Cheese & Wine evening. Members will not need to bring anything as all will be provided by the Society.

Our Next Speaker

Our next meeting will be held on 1 July when Ali Morse of The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust will be giving us an update on 'The Itchen Navigation Project'.

Paul Herbert


Society Visit to Bursledon Brickworks

 
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Maureen Greenham has organised a visit to Bursledon Brickworks on 10 June starting at 2pm.

The cost to cover the admission charge, a guided tour and a cream tea (comprising 2 scones, clotted cream and jam, tea or coffee) is £7.50.

To book a place on this visit, please contact Maureen as soon as possible either at the June meeting, telephone 02380 406951 or email maureen.greenham@talktalk.net


Proposed Boat Trip

 
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On Saturday 2 October, we will be having a 3hr trip on the Kennet Valley, the horse-drawn barge from Kintbury. We will be having cake, scone with cream and jam, tea/coffee on board. The cost of the trip from 2-5pm plus tea is £14 for seniors and children and £15 for adults.

To reserve your seats, please give your names to Maureen Greenham at the June meeting, tel 02380 406951 or email maureen.greenham@talktalk.net


Day-Star Theatre

 
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The Worst Summer Ever

Day-Star Theatre

will be visiting the

Southampton Canal Society

on

Friday 8 October at 7.45pm

Tickets £8: available from Angela Rose and Anne Coleman

An American Supper will follow the show.


May Meeting

Paul Gosling - "Gosling's Gallivants 2009"

 
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Although nominally the May meeting, we gathered on the last Thursday in April as the hall would be unavailable owing to the following week's election.

The width of Paul's interests in transport was amply demonstrated by the slides he showed - including views of trains, buses, other historic on-and-off-road vehicles, boats and even planes. This short report can give no more than a brief glimpse of this presentation.

Paul's Gallivants around the country are made using rail and bus. For example, he made a 6am departure on an ex Post Office train to Llandudno for the Transport Festival and Victorian Extravaganza. This features a carnival, a fair and displays of vintage cars and buses. These included a 1963 "Southern Vectis" coach, "Bubble Cars" and an 80-year old Southampton University charabanc with transverse seats and no brakes - stopping was achieved by using the gears!

Nearer to home, Paul showed views of Southampton Docks taken from the railway bridge overlooking the old dry dock at Millbrook. This is an excellent spot for viewing goods trains, fire tenders and electro-diesels.

The local interest was maintained with slides of the old British Rail ferries that plied to the Isle of Wight. These were followed by the Red Jet Hi-Speed catamarans that run between Southampton and West Cowes and the new Lymington to Yarmouth Wightlink ferry.

Pictures of the impressive B17 Bomber, the Vulcan and Euro fighter finished off the interesting evening. Thus we were presented not only with Yesterday's History but also Today's and Tomorrow's History.

Angela Rose


Society Boat Gathering 2010

 
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Sunday evening at the Old Plough

Above: Sunday evening at the Old Plough with (left to right) Alan, Eric, Sue, Gill, Paul, Jenny, Laura, Angela, Peter and Tim.
Behind Sue's camera was Laura's son Philip.

Left: The newly painted Stanton

An informal boat gathering was held at Flecknoe, near Napton, and Braunston over the first weekend in May.

The following five boats (together with their crews) turned up on the Saturday afternoon:

Laura's son Philip joined us having driven up after work in Southampton. Luckily for us the black clouds stayed away for the BBQ on Saturday evening although rain swept in soon after we cleared up. The rain soon became very heavy and there were several claps of thunder. However, we were all snug and dry on board Liberty.

The newly painted Stanton

In the morning, the rain had passed and before lunch we had a pleasant cruise to find moorings at Braunston. Ken and Margaret Froud, of our Warwickshire branch, joined us all for afternoon tea on Liberty. It was good to catch up on the gossip and news.

That evening the eleven of us walked up to the Old Plough in the High Street where we all enjoyed a meal with the odd drink or two.

Some of us had breakfast on Monday morning at the floating café Gongoozlers Rest just outside the entrance to Braunston Marina. Later in the day, we went our separate ways having enjoyed an excellent weekend.

Alan & Angela Rose


Historic lock preserved

 
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The remains of Mansbridge Lock in Southampton have been preserved by the Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail Project, coinciding with the 300th anniversary of the opening of the Itchen Navigation as a trading route.

Mansbridge Lock has national significance as is it is one of only a handful of examples of 'turf-sided' locks left in the country. Turf-sided describes the fact that the lock only had brickwork at each end were the lock gates hung and in between the walls of the lock chamber were built up with material such as chalk.

Last year, volunteers worked to clear back vegetation which had grown over and through the lock brickwork obscuring it from view. When the lock was revealed it was clear that parts of the lock were in danger of crumbling away altogether due to tree root damage. Professional bricklayers were called in to anchor the lock remains to the bank and repair the brickwork.

Learn more about the Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail Project at the Society meeting on 1st July.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Press Release - 6 May 2010


Bits and Pieces

 
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Recently, our president, Brian Evans, sent in a couple of items that he thought members might find interesting. Thanks very much, Brian.

Greeting

A few weeks ago I gave a waterways slideshow to members of Thornhill Townswomen's Guild. I was approached by a lady there who I immediately recognised - Toni Russell, wife of the late Les Russell who for some years was Treasurer of Southampton Canal Society.

Toni wishes to send a greeting to all members who remember them.

Friends of Raymond

When we had a talk on the restoration of the butty Raymond at an SCS meeting, Annegret and I bought "Friends of Raymond" tee shirts. We gave one to Annemarie (our daughter). She lives on the island of Lamma, Hong Kong, in a flat above a restaurant. Sometimes, on Sunday mornings, Annemarie and friends (of several nationalities) meet at the restaurant for breakfast.

Recently, Annemarie turned up wearing her "Friends of Raymond" tee shirt. She was teased by her friends for trying to get an extra large helping of breakfast! Name of the restaurant owner - Raymond.


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