Waterway Events and Meetings

The following is a list of waterway events that were due to take place within approximately 50 miles of Southampton. Hopefully you can find something to interest you. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the correctness of this information, please check with the listed contact who will be glad to supply further details of that event.

If YOU know of an event taking place that you feel should be in this list, but isn't, then please contact the Web Site Manager.

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Coronavirus pandemic

As a result of the pandemic and the related restrictions put in place by the Government, the organisers of the events listed below have probably cancelled them. How long these curbs will last is unknown at present (26 March) but contacts are given below so that checks can be made about the resumption of their meetings / events. Where notice is given on the organiser’s websites of the cancellation or postponement, this is given below. Absence of such a notice is NOT evidence that the event will definitely proceed.

The committee of the Southampton Canal Society has agreed that all scheduled meetings of the Society will be cancelled until further notice. The Society’s secretary should be able to supply up-to-date information.
 

Date/Time Organiser Details Venue Contact
Mon 30 Mar 2020 7.30pm IWA Guildford & Reading Br Branch AGM followed by a Speaker. Please note that this meeting will now be held online - NOT at Dapdune Wharf. More details from Chris Jones. Dapdune Wharf, Wharf Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4RR (SU992503). Chris Jones: 07711 784374 Email: chrismjones10@btinternet.com
Thu 2 Apr 2020 7.45pm Southampton CS MEETING CANCELLED - Southern French Waterways. Member Jon Van de Geer will take us on a journey along the Canal du Rhône à Sète, the Petite Rhône, on an excursion to Carcassonne and a trip along the Canal du Midi. Chilworth Village Hall, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 7JZ (SU410184). Angela Rose: 02380 675312 Email: alanjrose@btinternet.com
Sat 4 Apr 2020 10.00am-5.00pm The Claverton Group Claverton Pumping Station. CLOSED until further notice. Pumping day. Adults: £6.00, Accompanied Children under 16 free, no concessions. Claverton Pumping Station, Ferry Lane, Claverton, Bath, BA2 7BH (ST790643). Tel: 01225 483001 Email: enquiries@claverton.org Web: www.claverton.org
Sat-Mon 11-13 Apr 2020 10.30am-4.30pm Kennet & Avon CT (Crofton Br) Easter steaming. CANCELLED. Theme: Easter Fun at Crofton. Adults: £8.00 Concessions: £7.00 Children under 16: Free. Further details on website. Crofton Beam Engines, Crofton, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3DW (SU261623). Web: www.croftonbeamengines.org
Wed 15 Apr 2020 8.00pm Basingstoke CS MEETING CANCELLED - “The Electric Boat Association.” Tim Knox is a committee member of the Association. He will tell about it, the advantages of electric propulsion for canal boats and the current state of the technology. Parish Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Station Road, Chobham, GU24 8AZ (SU974615) Email: chobham.talks@basingstoke-canal.org.uk Web: www.basingstoke-canal.org.uk
Sat 18 Apr 2020 10.00am-5.00pm The Claverton Group Claverton Pumping Station. CLOSED until further notice. Pumping day. Adults: £6.00, Accompanied Children under 16 free, no concessions. Claverton Pumping Station, Ferry Lane, Claverton, Bath, BA2 7BH (ST790643). Tel: 01225 483001 Email: enquiries@claverton.org Web: www.claverton.org
Sun 19 Apr 2020 10.00am Somersetshire Coal CS WALK POSTPONED - Combe Hay to Midford - guided walk. Layby opposite Bridge Farm BA2 7EE (ST745604). Derrick Hunt: 07986 972984
Tue 21 Apr 2020 7.45pm Kennet & Avon CT (Reading Br) MEETING CANCELLED - ‘Reading to Isleworth Thames short cut – James Brindley’ – a talk by Victoria Owens Grange Free Church Hall, Circuit Lane, Southcote, Reading, RG30 3HD (SU692718). John Swift: 0118 941 5540 Email: swift.john21@gmail.com Mobile: 07533 886917.
Sat 2 May 2020 10.00am-5.00pm The Claverton Group Claverton Pumping Station. CLOSED until further notice. Pumping day. Adults: £6.00, Accompanied Children under 16 free, no concessions. Claverton Pumping Station, Ferry Lane, Claverton, Bath, BA2 7BH (ST790643). Tel: 01225 483001 Email: enquiries@claverton.org Web: www.claverton.org
Thu 7 May 2020 Southampton CS NO MEETING. As always, there is NO May meeting. Chilworth Village Hall, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 7JZ (SU410184). Angela Rose: 02380 675312 Email: alanjrose@btinternet.com
Sat-Mon 8-10 May 2020 10.30am-4.30pm Kennet & Avon CT (Crofton Br) May Day Bank Holiday steaming. POSSIBLY CANCELLED. Theme: Model Engineering Festival. Adults: £8.00 Concessions: £7.00 Children under 16: Free. Further details on website. Crofton Beam Engines, Crofton, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3DW (SU261623). Web: www.croftonbeamengines.org
Sun 10 May 2020 1.00pm-7.00pm Wey & Arun CT RALLY CANCELLED - Pulborough to Pallingham Boat Rally. This aims to confirm the right of navigation on the River Arun above Pulborough, reaching the site of the junction with the Wey and Arun then on to the navigable limit at Pallingham Quay. No entry fee, but donations towards costs welcome. Launching and other info on website. Launching from Pulborough slipway. Adj to The Corn Store, London Road, Pulborough, RH20 2BJ (TQ045184). Map here. Canoes can launch at Stopham Bridge, RH20 1DS (TQ030183). Map here. Please register for event on website. Further information, please email. Trust Office: 01483 505566 Email: events@weyandarun.co.uk Web: www.weyarun.org.uk
Sat 16 May 2020 10.00am-5.00pm The Claverton Group Claverton Pumping Station. CLOSED until further notice. Pumping day. Adults: £6.00, Accompanied Children under 16 free, no concessions. Claverton Pumping Station, Ferry Lane, Claverton, Bath, BA2 7BH (ST790643). Tel: 01225 483001 Email: enquiries@claverton.org Web: www.claverton.org
Tue 19 May 2020 7.45pm Kennet & Avon CT (Reading Br) Joint meeting with IWA Guildford & Reading Br.POSSIBLY CANCELLED. Speaker: TBA. Entry donation £2.50 (incl K&A members) – to help pay for the meeting. Grange Free Church Hall, Circuit Lane, Southcote, Reading, RG30 3HD (SU692718). John Swift: 0118 941 5540 Email: swift.john21@gmail.com Mobile: 07533 886917.
Sat-Mon 23-25 May 2020 0.00am IWA and Wey & Arun Canal Trust. IWA National Trailboat Festival. POSTPONED until 2021. Order your earlybird trailboat mooring before 1st March for just £15. Full price moorings cost £25. For further information or to book a festival space for a trailboat, please see website. Wey & Arun Canal, Alfold / Dunsfold (TQ034360). Email: support@weyandarun.co.uk Web: weyarun.org.uk/trailboat-festival
Sat-Mon 23-25 May 2020 10.30am-4.30pm Kennet & Avon CT (Crofton Br) Spring Bank Holiday steaming. POSSIBLY CANCELLED. Theme: Family Fun Steaming. Adults: £8.00 Concessions: £7.00 Children under 16: Free. Further details on website. Crofton Beam Engines, Crofton, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3DW (SU261623). Web: www.croftonbeamengines.org
Sat 30 May 2020 10.00am-5.00pm The Claverton Group Claverton Pumping Station. CLOSED until further notice. Pumping day. Adults: £6.00, Accompanied Children under 16 free, no concessions. Claverton Pumping Station, Ferry Lane, Claverton, Bath, BA2 7BH (ST790643). Tel: 01225 483001 Email: enquiries@claverton.org Web: www.claverton.org
Thu 4 Jun 2020 7.45pm Southampton CS MEETING PROBABLY CANCELLED - “Murder, Mayhem, Pillage & Plunder” - a talk by Cheryl Butler. Chilworth Village Hall, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 7JZ (SU410184). Angela Rose: 02380 675312 Email: alanjrose@btinternet.com
Fri 5 Jun 2020 7.00-10.00pm Kennet & Avon CT (Crofton Br) “The Codebreakers: Enigma, Bletchley Park & the Battle of the Atlantic” a talk by Dr Mark Baldwin. One of WW2’s most fascinating stories is that of the Enigma codes which the Germans mistakenly believed unbreakable. An original Enigma machine will be present and used. Tickets £12-00 available on-line or by phone. To include light refreshments. Cash bar available. The Assembly Rooms, Marlborough Town Hall, Marlborough, Wilts SN8 1AA (SU188691). Tel: 01672 870300. Web: www.croftonbeamengines.org Tickets: Online via Eventbrite
Sun 7 Jun 2020 Wey & Arun CT “The Poddle” - POSTPONED until 6 Jun 2021. - WACT’s annual sponsored walk and major fundraiser. Circular walk to include part of the canal. Start between 9am - 10.30am from Loxwood Village Hall. Lunch will be provided then back to the start. Possible to do morning only. Further details and registration on website. Loxwood Village Hall, Guildford Road, Loxwood, West Sussex, RH14 0SF (TQ039321). Trust Office: 01483 505566 Email: events@weyandarun.co.uk Web: weyarun.org.uk/events48
Sat 13 Jun 2020 10.00am-5.00pm Reading BC and Kennet & Avon CT (Reading Br) Reading Water Fest. Festival of boats, entertainment and stalls. Great family day out. Admission is free. River Kennet, Forbury Gardens and Chestnut Walk, RG13AH. (SU719734) John Swift: 0118 941 5540 Mobile: 07533 886917 Email: swift.john21@gmail.com
Sat 13 Jun 2020 10.00am-5.00pm The Claverton Group Claverton Pumping Station. CLOSED until further notice. Pumping day. Adults: £6.00, Accompanied Children under 16 free, no concessions. Claverton Pumping Station, Ferry Lane, Claverton, Bath, BA2 7BH (ST790643). Tel: 01225 483001 Email: enquiries@claverton.org Web: www.claverton.org
Thu 18 Jun 2020 7.00pm IWA Salisbury Group Boules & BBQ at the Green Dragon. The Green Dragon, Old Road, Alderbury, Salisbury, Wilts, SP5 3AR (SU182275). Ron & Myra Glover: 01722 710322 or 07768 622966 Email: glover.3@btinternet.com or myra.glover@waterways.org.uk Jon Van de Geer: 01722 412841
Sat 27 Jun 2020 10.00am-5.00pm The Claverton Group Claverton Pumping Station. CLOSED until further notice. Pumping day. Adults: £6.00, Accompanied Children under 16 free, no concessions. Claverton Pumping Station, Ferry Lane, Claverton, Bath, BA2 7BH (ST790643). Tel: 01225 483001 Email: enquiries@claverton.org Web: www.claverton.org
Thu 2 Jul 2020 7.45pm Southampton CS MEETING PROBABLY CANCELLED - The Society's AGM. Remember you will need a new chairman! Chilworth Village Hall, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 7JZ (SU410184). Angela Rose: 02380 675312 Email: alanjrose@btinternet.com
Sun 5 Jul 2020 10.00am-4.30pm Kennet & Avon CT Newbury Water Festival. The theme this year is “The Great British Summer”. Festival of boats, entertainment, stalls, boat trips and beer tent. Great family day out. Admission is free. If you would like to bring your boat, contact Jill Staig on 01635 47392 for a booking form. Victoria Park, Newbury, RG14 5AS (SU473672). Julian Foley: Mobile: 07502 013844 Email: julianandsarahfoley@hotmail.com Website: https://katrust.org.uk/newbury-branch/
Thu 6 Aug 2020 Southampton CS NO MEETING. As always, there will be NO August meeting. Chilworth Village Hall, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 7JZ (SU410184). Angela Rose: 02380 675312 Email: alanjrose@btinternet.com
Thu 3 Sep 2020 7.45pm Southampton CS MEETING MAY BE CANCELLED - Geoff Watts will be giving a talk on a local history topic, as yet undecided. Chilworth Village Hall, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 7JZ (SU410184). Angela Rose: 02380 675312 Email: alanjrose@btinternet.com
Thu 1 Oct 2020 7.45pm Southampton CS MEETING MAY BE CANCELLED - “Exploring the Irish Waterways” - a talk by members Ron & Myra Glover Chilworth Village Hall, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 7JZ (SU410184). Angela Rose: 02380 675312 Email: alanjrose@btinternet.com
Thu 15 Oct 2020 7.30pm IWA Salisbury Group The Story Continues. In 2007 Ann Harries talked about “The Man who ate his Trousers”. Her Great Great Grand Uncle, Admiral Sir George Back whose expedition mapped the Arctic including the search for the North West Passage. In 2014 his ship HMS Terror was located under water and is now being examined using modern technology and found to be in excellent condition. The Green Dragon, Old Road, Alderbury, Salisbury, Wilts, SP5 3AR (SU182275). Ron & Myra Glover: 01722 710322 or 07768 622966 Email: glover.3@btinternet.com or myra.glover@waterways.org.uk Jon Van de Geer: 01722 412841
Thu 5 Nov 2020 7.45pm Southampton CS MEETING MAY BE CANCELLED - A talk by members Eric & Sue Lewis on a subject yet to be confirmed. Chilworth Village Hall, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 7JZ (SU410184). Angela Rose: 02380 675312 Email: alanjrose@btinternet.com
Thu 19 Nov 2020 7.30pm IWA Salisbury Group The Royal Military Canal was built in 1804, constructed as a defence against the possible invasion of England during the Napoleonic Wars. Local historian George Fleming will tell us all about it. The Green Dragon, Old Road, Alderbury, Salisbury, Wilts, SP5 3AR (SU182275). Ron & Myra Glover: 01722 710322 or 07768 622966 Email: glover.3@btinternet.com or myra.glover@waterways.org.uk Jon Van de Geer: 01722 412841