Waterway Events and Meetings

The following is a list of waterway related events taking 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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Date/Time Organiser Details Venue Contact
Thu 5 Dec 2019 7.45pm Southampton CS Inter-Society Waterways Quiz. SCS will be in charge of this year’s quiz evening. Followed by the traditional American Supper. Chilworth Village Hall, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 7JZ (SU410184). Angela Rose: 02380 675312 Email: alanjrose@btinternet.com
Fri 6 Dec 2019 6.00pm-10.00pm Kennet & Avon CT (Crofton Br) “An Evening of Victorian and Edwardian Entertainment: A Magic Lantern and Phonograph Show” by David Bayley of the Magic Lantern Society showcasing Victorian and Edwardian cinematography equipment and projection techniques. See website for further details. Tickets on night or on-line. £10-00 include light refreshments. Cash bar available. Market Lavington Old School, Church Street, Market Lavington, Wiltshire SN10 4DT (SU014541). Web: www.croftonbeamengines.org Tickets: crofton@katrust.org.uk
Sat 7 Dec 2019 11.00am-3.00pm Kennet & Avon CT (Crofton Br) Winter Works Open Day. See and meet some of our dedicated volunteers carrying out essential maintenance tasks on our wonderful old engines. Admission free but donation welcome. Crofton Beam Engines, Crofton, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3DW (SU261623). Web: www.croftonbeamengines.org
Thu 12 Dec 2019 7.00pm IWA Salisbury Group Christmas Dinner 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
Thu 12 Dec 2019 7.30pm IWA Avon & Wilts Br Short talk on Saltford Railway station by Chris Warren, followed by the Christmas party. The Community Room, Wickhouse Close, Saltford, BS31 3BZ. (ST678674). Geoff Brown: 07980 279929 Email: geoff.brown@waterways.org.uk
Wed 18 Dec 2019 8.00pm Basingstoke CS “Film evening from the BCS archives.” Archive film about one of the last commercial voyages from the Wey Navigation into London’s Royal Docks. The film was made in the 1970s by Tony Harmsworth but has recently had a commentary added and presents a vivid picture of life and work on the Wey Navigation and the River Thames at this time. Parish Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Station Road, Chobham, GU24 8AZ (SU974615) Email: chobham.talks@basingstoke-canal.org.uk Web: www.basingstoke-canal.org.uk
Thu 2 Jan 2020 7.45pm Southampton CS Members Photographic Evening and Competition. This gives everyone the opportunity to show some pictures that you feel will entertain / amuse / educate your fellow members. Chilworth Village Hall, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 7JZ (SU410184). Angela Rose: 02380 675312 Email: alanjrose@btinternet.com
Thu 9 Jan 2020 7.30pm IWA Avon & Wilts Br “Bristol Channel pleasure steamers” by Richard Clammer. The Community Room, Wickhouse Close, Saltford, BS31 3BZ. (ST678674). Geoff Brown: 07980 279929 Email: geoff.brown@waterways.org.uk
Fri 10 Jan 2020 7.00pm-9.30pm Kennet & Avon CT (Crofton Br) “Living on a Nuclear Submarine.” A talk Michael William Pitkeathly MBE that takes you into life on board an operational submarine during the cold war. Tickets £10.00 by email, phone, on-line or on the door. To include light refreshments. Cash bar available. The Assembly Rooms, Marlborough Town Hall, Marlborough, SN8 1AA. (SU188691). Tel: 01672 870300. Web: www.croftonbeamengines.org Tickets: crofton.manager@katrust.org.uk
Sat 11 Jan 2020 12.30pm for 1.00pm Southampton CS New Year Lunch. The menu selection will be arranged during our December / January meeting. Please see Angela with your choices and requirements. See the December 2019 Newsletter for the menu. Booking essential. Keats Restaurant, Winchester Road, Ampfield, SO51 9BQ (SU400232). Angela Rose: 02380 675312 Email: alanjrose@btinternet.com December Newsletter: December Newsletter
Wed 15 Jan 2020 8.00pm Basingstoke CS “When London had an inland Port.” Lester Hillman will talk about the arrival of the completed Regent's Canal with a huge terminal at City Basin a game changer for London. Hear about the politics, engineering marvels, commerce and crime. What of the future of the City Basin? 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 Jan 2020 11.00am-3.00pm Kennet & Avon CT (Crofton Br) Winter Works Open Day. See and meet some of our dedicated volunteers carrying out essential maintenance tasks on our wonderful old engines. Admission free but donation welcome. Crofton Beam Engines, Crofton, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3DW (SU261623). Web: www.croftonbeamengines.org
Tue 21 Jan 2020 7.45pm Kennet & Avon CT (Reading Br) “Bruges to Paris by slow boat” - a presentation by Rob Dean CMG (K&ACT President). 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.
Fri 31 Jan 2020 7.00pm-9.30pm Kennet & Avon CT (Crofton Br) “The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway – The Best Way to See Snowdonia” by Mark Temple, Bristol Branch of the Ffestiniog Railway Society. Tickets £10-00 available on-line, by phone or email. To include light refreshments. Cash bar available. Kennet Valley Hall, Lockeridge, Nr Marlborough SN8 4EL (SU141678). Tel: 01672 870300. Web: www.croftonbeamengines.org Tickets: crofton.manager@katrust.org.uk
Thu 6 Feb 2020 7.45pm Southampton CS “Reconstructing the FMC wooden motor boat CLENT” - a talk by Peter Boyce. Chilworth Village Hall, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 7JZ (SU410184). Angela Rose: 02380 675312 Email: alanjrose@btinternet.com
Thu 13 Feb 2020 7.30pm IWA Avon & Wilts Br “Manchester Canals” by Steve Bacon. The Community Room, Wickhouse Close, Saltford, BS31 3BZ. (ST678674). Geoff Brown: 07980 279929 Email: geoff.brown@waterways.org.uk
Sat 15 Feb 2020 11.00am-3.00pm Kennet & Avon CT (Crofton Br) Winter Works Open Day. See and meet some of our dedicated volunteers carrying out essential maintenance tasks on our wonderful old engines. Admission free but donation welcome. Crofton Beam Engines, Crofton, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3DW (SU261623). Web: www.croftonbeamengines.org
Sun 16 Feb 2020 10.00am Somersetshire Coal CS Combe Hay Tunnel to Engine Wood - guided walk. The Avenue, Combe Hay, BA2 7EH (ST732598). Adrian Tuddenham: 01225 335974
Tue 18 Feb 2020 7.45pm Kennet & Avon CT (Reading Br) “Long Life Lock Gates” - a presentation by Laurel & Hardy (Bill Fisher & Terry Kemp). 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.
Wed 19 Feb 2020 8.00pm Basingstoke CS “100 years under the flightpath.” Ms Jo Gosney will talk about Farnborough and the impact of aviation on the people, workplace and economy for over a century. Parish Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Station Road, Chobham, GU24 8AZ (SU974615) Email: chobham.talks@basingstoke-canal.org.uk Web: www.basingstoke-canal.org.uk
Thu 27 Feb 2020 7.30pm Somersetshire Coal CS “The Bridgwater Canal and the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal” by Steve Bacon. Radstock Working Men’s Club, The Street, Radstock, BA3 3PR (ST688547). For location see map here Steve Page: 01761 433418 Email: membership@coalcanal.org.uk
Thu 5 Mar 2020 7.45pm Southampton CS “Lucy Houston : the Lady that Saved a Nation” will be the subject of the talk by Colin van Geffen. Chilworth Village Hall, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 7JZ (SU410184). Angela Rose: 02380 675312 Email: alanjrose@btinternet.com
Thu 12 Mar 2020 7.30pm IWA Avon & Wilts Br A.G.M. followed by a brief talk by Roger Francis, our new IWA region chairman. The Community Room, Wickhouse Close, Saltford, BS31 3BZ. (ST678674). Geoff Brown: 07980 279929 Email: geoff.brown@waterways.org.uk
Sun 15 Mar 2020 10.00am Somersetshire Coal CS Combe Hay Lock Flight - guided walk. Layby opposite Bridge Farm BA2 7EE (ST745604). Derrick Hunt: 07986 972984
Tue 17 Mar 2020 7.45pm Kennet & Avon CT (Reading Br) Branch AGM followed by talk by Chris Sims, Trust Chairman. 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.
Wed 18 Mar 2020 8.00pm Basingstoke CS “Woking's Railway.” Alan Norris will describe the coming of the railway to Woking in the 1830's. The talk will also include the Brookwood Cemetery railway and the Bisley Tramway. Parish Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Station Road, Chobham, GU24 8AZ (SU974615) Email: chobham.talks@basingstoke-canal.org.uk Web: www.basingstoke-canal.org.uk
Thu 26 Mar 2020 7.30pm Somersetshire Coal CS “Cleveland Pools -- Another Georgian Achievement” by Sally Helvey & Dr Linda Watts. Radstock Working Men’s Club, The Street, Radstock, BA3 3PR (ST688547). For location see map here Steve Page: 01761 433418 Email: membership@coalcanal.org.uk
Mon 30 Mar 2020 7.30pm IWA Guildford & Reading Br Branch AGM at the National Trust’s premises. 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 To be arranged. Chilworth Village Hall, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 7JZ (SU410184). Angela Rose: 02380 675312 Email: alanjrose@btinternet.com
Wed 15 Apr 2020 8.00pm Basingstoke CS “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
Sun 19 Apr 2020 10.00am Somersetshire Coal CS Combe Hay to Midford - guided walk. Layby opposite Bridge Farm BA2 7EE (ST745604). Derrick Hunt: 07986 972984