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Issue 333 - July 1999

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WATERWAYS HONOUR

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Members of the Southampton Canal Society, and many others interested in the waterways, will be pleased by the honour of an OBE accorded to recently retired National Chairman of the Association, Mrs Audrey Smith. The announcement of the appointment was made as part of the annual Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Audrey Smith was National Chairman of the IWA from 1994 to 1998, following a term as Chairman of IWA's North West Region. She has also served in a variety of other roles within the Association since joining nearly 30 years ago.

Current IWA National Chairman, Mr Richard Drake, said, "It is an honour well deserved. Audrey Smith has served this Association with skill and determination. Her period of Chairmanship saw an increase of the Association's influence and standing and I am sure it will be looked back upon as part of a Golden Era for the IWA."

Richard Drake added, "I would like to think that the honour reflects well, not only on the fine work that Audrey has undertaken for the Association over the years, but also on her many continuing endeavours for the waterways and all for which the Association stands. Indeed, although Audrey stood down as IWA's National Chairman, she continues to serve the inland waterways. She is active within the IWA in her home Region and represents the IWA on a number of canal restoration Trusts, and she is a member of the Inland Waterways Amenity Advisory Council."

He went on, "The IWA has been served by many eminent figures over the years, whose worthiness for honour was recognised within the waterway movement. It is perhaps a reflection of the greater esteem in which canal and river navigations are now held by Government, that Audrey's contribution is recognised more widely. Her hard work and skilful lobbying in all the right places contributed in no small measure to the change of attitude and we are absolutely delighted at the honour which she is now receiving."

IWA Press Release 14/06/99


ROMSEY WALK

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A reminder that an informal walk is be held on Sunday 11th July and will take in the stretch of the Andover Canal (usually known as the Romsey Canal) which runs for about 1½ miles on the north side of Romsey.

We will start the morning by having a look over the preserved Romsey Signal Box which was rescued by enthusiasts when it became redundant a number of years ago. It has been fully restored to working condition on a site only a few yards from its original position and also next to the canal.

Once we've finished there, we'll walk north along the former towpath towards Timsbury. Near the north end of this stretch of canal, lies the Duke's Head public house. By the time we get there, it should be open for those who would like a drink and / or a snack. Walkers will be free to make their way back to the start point in their own time.

We will be meeting outside the Plaza Theatre in Winchester Road, Romsey (NG Reference SU358213) at 10.30am. Car parking is available nearby. Hope to see lots of you there!!


OTHER ROMSEY EVENTS

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A number of other events are taking place in Romsey on the same day as our walk as part of the Romsey Arts Festival which runs from 10 to 25 July. Those coming on the walk, or even those who are not (how dare you?), might wish to spend the afternoon in the same area. Two of the events taking place on the same day are:

Romsey La Ronde 1999 - 14 private gardens in the centre of Romsey will be open to the public on Sunday 11th July 2.00 - 5.30pm. Tickets (with list and map) available on the day, from 2.00pm, at:

King John's Garden Wensum House, 18 Southampton Road
84 Greatbridge Road Burnt Mill House, Mill Lane

Tickets £2.50, accompanying children under 14 free. No dogs except guide dogs. Teas served. Proceeds to the Romsey Hospital Appeal. For further details please telephone 01794 523135 or 01794 513981.

Romsey Quilters Exhibition, Romsey Abbey - An exhibition of quilts entitled 'Back to the Future' will be on display from 12 noon to 5.00pm in the Abbey; a setting that shows these colourful items off to very good effect. Also in nearby King John's House. Entrance to Abbey: Free, King John's House 75p. (This exhibition is open daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm during whole Festival fortnight).

Further details of these and other events during the festival fortnight, contact Tourist Information on 01794 523135.


June Meeting

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The June meeting was the occasion of the Society's Annual General Meeting. Minutes of the meeting are not yet available to your editor, but as usual with such meetings, reports were presented by the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. These detailed various items such as events of the past year and the financial position of the Society. Thanks were given to all those who had helped the Society to function.

It was decided, on the recommendation of the committee, that annual subscriptions should remain unchanged for a further year.

The post of Secretary, vacated by Eric Lewis, remains unfilled but one "new" face, Tony Coles, has rejoined the committee after an absence of a few years. The other officers and committee members were re-elected without opposition. It was agreed that, for the time being at least, the Secretary's duties would be divided between members of the committee.

After the tea break, members were entertained with a waterways video.


WATERWAYS QUIZ

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In December last, the IWA Guildford and Reading Branch won the annual waterways quiz that had been held for the last few years at St John Ambulance Hall, Southampton. As winners, they are responsible for organising this year's quiz. They have decided to hold this on Monday 22nd November at their usual meeting place of Byfleet Boat Club, Woking, Surrey. We intend to accept the invitation to take part so that the trophy can make its way back "down south".

To achieve this we require some volunteers to answer the questions. Whilst your editor is willing to participate, he will need three people to fill the other team places and complete those questions he doesn't know the answers to. (Despite rumours to the contrary, he doesn't know everything there is to know about the waterways.) Questions are usually set to the team as a whole, so volunteers should NOT feel they will be exposed to ridicule, etc.

It is proposed that one or more cars will be organised so that the team and, hopefully, lots of supporters can share transport costs.

The honour of the Society is at stake. So please consider taking part or at least coming along as a supporter. These quizzes are always interesting and entertaining. Further details / offers to Peter Oates.


Society Web-site

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Our web-site has attracted over 50 visits in less than two months. Indeed, one visitor was so impressed that he just had to join the Society straight away. (Welcome to Andy Screen of the Towpath Action Group.) Those who have access to the Internet, have a look at our site for themselves at:

www.sturrock-oates.demon.co.uk/scs/scs.htm   [NB: this address is now obsolete]

If you have any comments or ideas for improvement then feel free to contact me, Peter Oates, either by email (peter@sturrock-oates.demon.co.uk) [Obsolete email address] or by more conventional means (address etc on the left).


Subscriptions

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This is just a reminder to members that subscriptions to the Society for the year 1999-2000 became due at the AGM last month. Please also note that the rates were not increased at that meeting so subscriptions remain at: Single £6.00 and £9.00 for the Family rate. By any reckoning, that's still a bargain for 12 meetings, newsletters etc!


Proposed Society Trip for the Millennium

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At last month's AGM the possibility was raised of a Society outing being organised next year. The Committee has discussed this and some outline possibilities will be put together for further consideration. Current thinking is for a boat trip next spring or early summer on one of the 'local' waterways eg: Basingstoke Canal, Kennet & Avon Canal, River Wey Navigation etc.

When more information is to hand, including likely dates and costings etc, details will be published in a future newsletter.


30th Anniversary Sweatshirts

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The Sales Stand's stock of the special sweatshirts produced to celebrate the Society's 30th Anniversary in 1997 is almost exhausted. However, the occasional enquiry is still received for one of these attractive sweatshirts so it has been decided to place one last and final order. Just to remind you, the shirts are light grey with a multi-coloured Society logo and the legend 30th Anniversary, 1967 & 1997, on the breast. The order to be placed will have to be based upon actual orders made by Society members through the Sales Stand or by contacting Paul Herbert on 01703 262365. So ... if you haven't got one of these sweatshirts or if you need a spare, contact Paul without delay.


Millennium Sweatshirts???

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At its last meeting, the Committee discussed whether members might be interested in the Society producing a special sweatshirt to celebrate the Millennium. No colour or logo design has been considered at this stage. If there is sufficient interest we can examine options and costs.

Are you interested in this idea and would you be willing to purchase a special (limited edition) Society souvenir? If so, please let Paul or Ray on the Sales Stand know, or ring Paul on the above number.


New GEOProjects Maps

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Details have been received from GEOProjects of the following three new maps about to be published as part of their Inland Waterways of Britain series:-

All three maps are in full colour and will retail at £3.75 each.

For those avid collectors of canal maps, please place your orders for these new GEOProjects items at the Sales Stand - or ring Paul on 01703 262365


New Society Leaflet

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A new leaflet promoting the Southampton Canal Society has just been published and copies are available from Laura Sturrock or the Sales Stand. This attractive leaflet contains details of our programme to the end of the year, a map showing the location of the St John Ambulance Hall and includes two illustrations by our artistic Chairman, Brian Evans.


Waste by Water

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Waterways Minister Alan Meale attended the launch of a waterborne freight scheme on the River Lee Navigation on 13th May and took a trip on a specially converted commercial barge, destined to transport container packed waste to an 'Energy from Waste' plant at Edmonton.

'Waste by Water' is a partnership of local authorities, private waste management companies, BW and the Environment Agency and has now concluded satisfactory viability trials of the scheme, which could eventually remove over 45,000 dustcart loads per annum from North London's roads, by carrying the waste in 72 tonne loads by water. The 'Waste by Water' partnership will now produce a full feasibility study report based on the successful trials whilst an application for a Freight Facility Grant is to be submitted shortly.

Unfortunately for the Minister, his trip on the new open top boat coincided with a rain storm, which left him with only an umbrella for protection, whilst lesser dignitaries travelling in an older boat behind benefited from the protection of a small cabin!


RIVER NENE

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At the end of May, three narrow boat loads of timber were taken by South Midland Water Transport from Wisbech to Northampton as a trial run for possible longer term commercial carrying contracts on the River Nene.

The timber, destined for Travis Perkins Ltd who have supported the trial, would normally have arrived at Kings Lynn Docks and been taken to Northampton by road, but was instead diverted to the Port of Wisbech where Fenland District Council have a firm commitment to encourage waterborne transport and the revival of the Port.


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