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Issue 397 - November 2005

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November Meeting

On behalf of the Society, I am delighted to welcome James Griffin, of the Wyvern Shipping Co at Leighton Buzzard on the Grand Union Canal, who will be talking to us about his 'South Coast Circular Cruise' on board his sea-going narrow boat 'Ocean Princess'.

December Meeting - Inter Society Waterways Quiz and American Supper

We will be hosting the annual waterways quiz at our next meeting and now is the time to ask for volunteers for the Southampton Canal Society team. We have received one or two names but there are still one or two places to fill. So, please contact me as soon as possible. This year's Quizmaster will be our very own Eric Lewis.

The American Supper will be run on slightly different lines to previously. Please see the item below for details.

January Meeting

A reminder that in January we will be holding our popular annual Members' Photographic Evening and Competition. Details are published below.

Storage of Society Equipment

Further to the item in the last two Newsletters, I am afraid there was only one volunteer to provide storage for some of the Society's equipment (many thanks to Maureen and Brian). Gill and I have had to temporarily store the remaining items, including the screen and projector. It is still not too late for offers to help out.

Refreshments Rota

Many thanks to all those who volunteered at the last meeting. Gill tells me we are now OK up to April next year.

Paul Herbert


American Supper

 
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The American Supper follows the inter-society quiz and members have always been generous in their support and provision of food for all to enjoy.

However, the committee feels that we do not always have sufficient variety in the offerings. To avoid the risk of everybody bringing the same items, we would like to introduce a new system. There will be a list on Laura's table at the November meeting and members are asked to write their names against the food items they would like to bring.

The list is by no means definitive and if you would like to bring something that is not on the list please add the item and your name against it.

If you didn't attend the November meeting, please do not be deterred from bringing some food with you on December 1st.


Members' Photographic Evening and Competition

 
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The meeting on the 5th January will be our annual Members' Photographic Evening. This will give everyone the opportunity to show some pictures - even those who feel they might not have enough of interest to make up a whole evening's show. If you can put together up to a maximum of around a dozen pictures (even just one or two) that you feel will entertain / educate / amuse your fellow members, look them out for this evening.

As a first this year, for those with a digital camera, we should be able to project digital photos. Please bring your pictures (virtually any format will do) either on CD or USB Flash/Pen Drive. Unfortunately, this year at least, we will NOT be able to read memory cards (such as CF, SM, SD, XD, MMC, Memory Stick) unless you can also bring a card reader to connect your card to a computer's USB port. Please contact Peter Oates if you have any questions about this.

As usual, we can project prints (up to 7" x 5") onto the screen as well as transparencies and digital pictures. So if you don't take slides, you too will be able to show something of waterways interest as well.

Again, like the last few years, the evening will also incorporate a photographic competition. To be held just before the tea interval, this competition is open to all members - you don't have to be showing other pictures during the evening. What we're looking for is one picture which can be anything to do (even loosely) with the waterways. The competition will be judged by all those present at the meeting. And as an incentive to enter, there will be a mystery prize given to the winner.

So don't be shy, this is YOUR opportunity to show others your interest in waterways, what you've done or where you went and what you saw on holiday.


October Meeting

'So you think you know about Industrial Archaeology?' with John Silman and Tony Yoward

 
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The large audience at our October meeting were treated to a feast of intriguing industrial archaeological questions when John and Tony showed us over sixty slides covering a very wide of subjects.

It is obviously impractical to list them all here, but the following will, hopefully, give a little of the flavour of the evening.

Oh, there were so many more …… I wish I could mention them all.

The evening finished with John and Tony trying to tax our brains (and memories) attempting to identify a number of artefacts.

Many thanks to John and Tony for a very interesting evening, laced with plenty of humour.

(Note: With apologies for any mis-spelt or wrongly located scenes).

Paul Herbert


Sale of Surplus Sales Stand Items

 
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We have the following ex-Sales Stand items for disposal, which will be brought to all future meetings. Items will be sold at cost price - however, no reasonable offer will be refused.

For details of prices and up to date availability, please see me at any Society meeting, or speak to me 'out of hours' - for contact details, see the contacts page.

Paul Herbert


IWA Announce Grant to the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust

 
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The IWA has made a grant of £5,000 to the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust (LHCRT) towards the purchase of a JCB804 excavator to be used on the restoration of the Lichfield and Hatherton canals. The machine purchased is only 3 years old and will give many years service in restoring their two canals for public benefit.

IWA Head Office Bulletin - October 2005


Ashby Canal

 
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On 14th September, the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs announced that the Leicestershire County Council (Ashby de la Zouch Canal Extension) Order would be made under section 3 of the Transport and Works Act 1992. The new and reinstated canal is to run for about 4.5 kilometres to Measham, where it will terminate at a new wharf.

IWA Head Office Bulletin - October 2005


   
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Hawkesbury Junction

Two items have been donated to the Society by members Tony and Jackie Coles. On the left is an Alan Firth print of Hawkesbury Junction viewed through the iron towpath bridge.

On the right is shown a limited edition, decorative plate produced by Royal Worcester in 1989 called 'The Meeting'.

Both these items will be auctioned at the December meeting, together with the Garth Allen print which was shown in last month's Newsletter.

Decorative Plate

SCS member spotted in Sweden

 
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I attended the World Canal Conference in Sweden in August, together with Roger Squires and Hugh Potter and several other UK delegates. I visited the WCC web site (http://www5.auderis.se/wcc2005) yesterday and was amazed to find the attached photos. The first is yours truly sporting his Southampton Canal Society attire (and AWCC cap). The lady in the picture was from the USA (sorry forgotten the name as usual), but we are all participating in a traditional Swedish pastime that featured regularly on a very hectic schedule of visits.

We visited all six of Sweden's canals and the second picture shows the staircase locks on the Kinda Canal at Linkoping. They keep the flight empty, with gates open and fill from the top, as shown. The day before, we had visited the famous Gota Canal, which is a world heritage site. The canal crosses Lake Vattern, where we were due a boat trip and where we found out at first hand how choppy a large space of inland water can get - most of us were rather ill and not one glass or bottle remained intact!

Not a place for narrowboats you may think, but four British NBs did make it to Trollhättan, the conference centre, where they created great interest. They may have gone over by Ro-Ro, but they did manage to progress from Gothenburg, through the Trollhättan Canal to the Dalaslands Canal and on to a Norwegian lake, which is reckoned to be a first. The party was led by Paul Ayres with his working pair [Aldgate and Angel - see below], plus Brian and Margaret Oliver on Zavala (St Pancras members) and Clive and Jill Field on Witcombe (third picture).

The visited ended with a splendid evening entry to Stockholm on an historic steamer, a cruise around the archipelago the following day and, unplanned for us, the icing on the cake - the launch of a new tall ship by Princess Victoria in a harbour that was so chaotically full of boats of all sizes. A wonderful trip all round.

David Pearce

David Pearce Kinda Canal at Linkoping NB Witcombe

Aldgate and Angel
Above left: David in his Canal Society attire.
Above centre: Staircase locks on the Kinda Canal.
Above right: NB Witcombe on the Trollhättan Canal.
Lower right: Paul Ayres' working boats Aldgate and Angel in Sweden.

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