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2018 Crick Boat Show and the week ahead

Nutfield & Raymond at the show beside the Waterways Museum’s Sculptor.
Picture: Nick Scarcliffe

The Crick Boat Show, over the Bank Holiday weekend of 26th to 28th May, was our first major event of 2018. Because we did not attend the Ricky Festival this year, we were spared the usual slog of bringing the boats up to Crick from Rickmansworth in four days. So, around 9 o’clock on the morning of Thursday 24th May, Nutfield and Raymond set off from Braunston Marina, with Nick Scarcliffe in command and crewed by Norman and Anita Prior and Chris M Jones.

First stop was above the Nelson Lock at Braunston where we had arranged to meet Ryan Dimmock with his fuel boat Southern Cross, to take on enough diesel to last the summer.

Ryan brings Southern Cross alongside Nutfield. Picture: Nick Scarcliffe

Also with us at Braunston Locks was Waterways World photographer Bobby Cowling (on the fore end of Raymond above) to gather material for a proposed article in WW’s Canal Boating Times. We will let you know when we have the publication date.

Braunston Lock 2, Nick Scarcliffe on Nutfield. Picture: © Waterways World.

Raymond heads for Braunston Tunnel. Picture: Nick Scarcliffe

By the time the boats arrived at Watford Locks around 1 o’clock, the sun was shining and the temperature had soared into the mid-20s so the two and a quarter hour wait for the locks did nothing to dampen the crew’s spirits. And once in the locks, the boats flew up the flight in record time, thanks to additional lock-wheeling volunteers, Nick Scarcliffe’s impressive skill at flicking the butty’s bow-hauling line under the bridges and the personal attention of FoR’s Graham Lane who, by happy coincidence, was on duty as a CRT volunteer lockkeeper.

Raymond in Lock 2 at Watford. Picture: Nick Scarcliffe

The boats finally arrived at Crick Marina soon after 4pm, a good trip under the circumstances. But all was not over yet. The organisers had put the historic boats on to a new site for this year’s show and, with only inches to spare in the space available to turn full-length boats on to the allocated moorings, all present were again relieved to have Nick Scarcliffe in charge of the tricky manoeuvre.

Friday was a busy working day, with Robin Bishop, Roger and Diana Golder, Brian Seymour and Nick Lake, setting up the sales gazebo, organising the stock, arranging signage and cleaning and polishing the boats. But by 10 o’clock on Saturday morning Nutfield, Raymond and the team were ready to meet the public.

The show itself turned out to be something of a mixed blessing this year. The sun shone (most of the time) and the rain poured only when the show was closed. We had an unusually high number of visitors to the boats and the money we collected in bucket donations reflected this. Roger Golder even conducted a show-round entirely in German (his fourth to date) and the generous donation it elicited is a credit to his linguistic skills and evidence that FoR volunteers have many hidden talents.

The FoR gazebo (on the left) behind the boats. Picture: Nick Scarcliffe

All the same, the volunteers on the boats were stretched to the limit and we could certainly have used more help with show-rounds. But the sales team have reported disappointing returns this year. This is due, we believe, largely to the siting of the sales gazebo at the top of a steep bank (pictured above). It was obvious that visitors to the boats were reluctant to then climb the hill to visit the sales stall.

The trustees will be taking a view on this year’s Crick Show and considering a response to the organisers. We will report further on this after the trustees’ meeting at the Braunston Historic Boats Rally.

On Tuesday 29th May, Neil Hankin and Melvyn Forman, assisted by Roger and Diana Golder and Nick Lake, moved the boats from Crick Marina to their present location just south of North Kilworth Wharf.

The Friends of Raymond would like to thank all those who played a part in this year’s Crick Boat Show, namely: Robin Bishop, Sue Brown, Melvyn Forman, Roger and Diana Golder, Neil Hankin, Will and Clare Hewitt, Chris M Jones, Chris R Jones, Nick Lake, Graham Lane, Norman and Anita Prior, Nick Scarcliffe and Brian Seymour.

If you would like to have been on this list and think you can play a part at events in the future, please get in touch with FoR’s Volunteers Coordinator, Diana Golder at because we would welcome any help you can give.

This week

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Neil Hankin, Melvyn Forman and other helpers from the Husbands Bosworth area will pick up the boats from North Kilworth to take a party of year six children from Husbands Bosworth school on an adventurous trip through Bosworth Tunnel. This outing, which Neil has been doing for a number of years, is now a firm fixture in the school’s timetable and has become something of a rite of passage for pupils in their final year at the school.

After the school run, Neil and his crew will take the boats up the Welford Arm to Welford Wharf where CRT have reserved the mooring for us in “The Finger”, a small dock just big enough to accommodate Nutfield and Raymond.

Mooring restriction notice Welford Wharf 29 May. Picture: Nick Lake

Welford Weekend

Next weekend, 9th and 10th June, we will be holding our second Welford Weekend. This is a small event run purely by The Friends of Raymond to attract local visitors and Friends to come and visit the boats. FoR’s Nick Wolfe will also be there with his working boat Aldgate.

Welford Weekend June 2017. Picture: Nick Lake

Last year’s event was a great success and enjoyed by everyone who came along. This year, we will again have our sales stall on the grass beside the boats where, in addition, Nikki Evans will have a selection of her mouth-watering cakes for sale. On Saturday afternoon we will run a short trip for Friends on Nutfield, down the arm and back. And on Saturday evening, we have reserved the Canal Bar in The Wharf Inn for a Friends social evening to which all are welcome.

Welford Weekend June 2017. Picture: Nick Lake

The boats will be open to the public all day Saturday and Sunday. So, whether you are a new Friend or an old one, if you would like to drop by and say hello, or join us on Saturday evening, we would love to see you. Booking for Saturday night meal at the pub is essential. For more information or to book in for the meal, please contact .

More Events Added for 2016

We have been invited to attend two additional events this year:

On the August Bank Holiday Weekend (27th – 29th) we will be moored at the Canal Museum in Stoke Bruerne.  Our gift shop will be open and guided tours of Raymond will be available to the Public.

On 10th – 11th September, Nutfield and Raymond will be on display at the Saltisford Arm in Warwick.  Everyone is welcome.

Foxton Locks Festival starts tomorrow

If you are visiting the Foxton Locks Festival, please come and say hello to the team on Raymond.  Our legendary marmalade and jam will be on sale if you’re tempted…!  Saturday and Sunday starts at 10:00am

Results at Foxton and Braunston

The following from our Secretary:

We have recently attended the above two events with our boats and our efforts have resulted in the following income.

Foxton Locks Festival. We have taken £184.56 with £168.00 for sales and £16.56 for donations. The weather was drizzle for most of the morning on the Saturday so I did not open up the sales stand until the afternoon when things brightened up.

At the Braunston FMC Boat Rally and Festival we took a total of £565.44 with £506.75 for sales and £58.69 for donations. We also signed up one new single member on Sunday.

Our efforts attending these two events were well worth it.


Results at Rickmansworth and Crick

From our Secretary:

We have recently attended the above two events with our boats and the results of our efforts are as follows.

Rickmansworth Canal Festival. We have taken £355.65 with £293.60 for sales and £62.05 for donations.

At the Crick Boat Show the weather was much better than last year although there were a couple of light rain showers on Sunday morning. We took a total of £1286.65 with £1085.06 for sales and £176.59 for donations. We also signed up a joint membership on Saturday plus one new single member on Monday.

The sales figure is higher than normal as it includes the sales of Steve’s books as we shared our stand together in the Kingfisher marquee.It was well worth us putting in our efforts attending these two events.


New video: Whilton to Braunston, August 2014

Just a three-minute impression of the trip.

Watch it on YouTube

Events in 2015

February 4 (15:00)Annual General Meeting Braunston Marina
April 7 - 8 (All Day)Docking WeekendBraunston Marina
April 7 (17:00)Trustees Meeting (Friends welcome) Braunston Marina
April 21-22National Boat Share ShowBraunston Marina
May 26 - 28Crick Boat ShowCrick Marina
June 9-10Friends SocialWelford Arm Wharf
June 23 - 24Braunston Historic RallyBraunston Marina
June 23 (17:00)Trustees Meeting (Friends Welcome)Braunston Marina
July 21 - 22 (Provisional)Cosgrove Canal FestivalCosgrove Lock
July 28 (Provisional)Linslade Canal FestivalLinslade
August 18 - 19Blisworth Canal FestivalBlisworth
September 8 - 9Heritage EventSaltisford Arm Warwick
September 15 - 16Foxton Historic GatheringFoxton Locks

Keep up to date with any changes by viewing the VISIT US page.

Raymond and Nutfield at Banbury – Waterways World reports!


Banbury success!

A message from Robin Bishop , the FOR Secretary:

We had a very successful Banbury Canal Day on Sunday. The weather was not too kind to us both going down and coming back but on the day itself it was dry and sunny. There were thousands of people present and the towpath was packed for most of the day with the public passing by our boats.

The takings say it all. We took Sales of £279.42 and Donations of £52.49 making a grand total of £331.91.

Yet another world record has been made with sales of 33 tea towels!!!

Blisworth Canal Festival

From our Secretary, Robin Bishop:

The weather was dry on Saturday so we were open for business as usual. However on Sunday it was wet from first thing in the morning with showers on and off for most of the day. We therefore did not have our sales counter out but we did have the boats open for show rounds. There were also very few people about.

We have taken £190.39 with £126.80 for sales and £48.59 for donations. We also signed up one new family membership.

This is a good result for effectively a one day event.

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