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Linslade Canal Festival-Saturday 27th July

Members of your party who are not really interested in canals? Then this one day event at Linslade, Bedfordshire has a lot of other stalls to offer. It’s in a lovely setting through the wooded park and along the canal path. Raymond and Nutfield will be there of course.

13 & 14 July Cosgrove Canal Festival

This weekend Raymond and Nutfield will be at the Buckingham Canal Society’s event at Cosgrove.

Times: Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.
Join us on the hottest weekend of the year (so far)!

Income from events so far this year

So far we have raised a total of £704.69 at events! Most of that was from sales – donations mounted to £56.09. Will we break last year’s record takings? Not impossible! Congratulations and thanks to all those who bought and donated, and to all those who crewed the boats, manned the stall and conducted the showrounds.

Historic Narrowboat Rally Braunston 29th/30th June

Raymond and Nutfield will be at Braunston at the Historic Narrowboat Rally in Braunston this coming weekend.

Raymond will be sporting a smart new paint job courtesy of Wyvern Shipping. Thanks, James!



Bank Holiday weekend-Stoke Bruerne

Raymond and Nutfield will be at Stoke Bruerne this weekend –  Sat (4th)/Sun(5th)/Bank Holiday Monday(6th).  Due to the cancellation of Northampton Boat Rally they will be travelling down from Braunston on Thursday and open for visitors at the weekend. Do drop in for a show around the boats or to buy goodies from the onboard shop!

Crick Boat Show

We’ve had some excellent publicity for Raymond and Nutfield at the upcoming Crick Boat Show on the 25th-27th May.

But as our FoR  Chair Steve put it – we’ve got some stiff competition with 4 other historic boats there:  Sagitta, Mendip, President and Kildare.

And let’s hope for some better weather than at the 2012 show!

Northampton Rally cancelled

Just found out that the Northampton Rally on 3rd-6th May has been cancelled.  (It is still showing up on the IWA website and other websites – so don’t be misled.)

Clearing the Track

By Steve Miles
(Certifiable Hedgetrimmer)Those of you who know me will be well aware that I have for years been complaining to BW about the state of the vegetation along the canal channel, especially the trees and bushes that overhang from the offside, restricting the width and blocking sight-lines for boaters. Well, I opened my mouth once too often, last year!

The result was in effect a challenge from John Dodwell, one of the trustees of the new Canal & River Trust, to get a team from FoR out as volunteers to tackle some of that intrusive growth.The result, after a lot of negotiation with the powers that be in CRT and our local waterway supervisor, an old friend of mine by the name of Lee King (!), was a work party at Braunston on Saturday March 9th.

Arranged in cooperation the Braunston Canal Society, six of our members turned out – Neil Hankin, Richard Scarff, Brian Seymour, Ray Robinson and myself – Nick Scarcliffe brought his brother Ben, another qualified tree surgeon, along, and Alan Andrews and Caroline Brudenell from the Blisworth Canal Partnership came along too. With Chris Burton and half a dozen of the BCS’s people, we used the Nutfield and a CRT work-flat to cut back the vegetation from opposite the Iron Bridge at the Marina entrance along towards the A45 bridge.

With people working from the flat or on the bank, the cut material was mostly passed over into Nutfield’s hold, and we made two trips to Braunston Turn where it was offloaded onto vacant ground by the sanitary station from where CRT staff will dispose of it. More than two-thirds of the length available was cleared of all overhanging vegetation, and several unstable, rotten trees were taken out completely. A good day’s work, of benefit to all boaters – and it might stop us all scratching our cabinsides in this June’s boat parades!

This might seem a long way from the stated aims of FoR, but the voluntary support of the new ‘owners’ of the waterways is valuable PR for us, and the spirit of cooperation on the day between us, BCS and Blisworth CP members, and the CRT men on the ground was most enjoyable and effective. And anything we can do to improve the state of the canals, however small it may seem, will help to maintain their enjoyment by all and sundry.

We will probably organise another similar day or two in the autumn, when we can tackle more of the offside problems around Braunston – Lee has offered to have more of our members ‘certified’ to use hedgetrimmers and brushcutters on CRT property as time goes by so that we can be of more use to him as volunteers. If you’re interested in joining us, please let me know! Contacts

Comment from Chris Burton – Braunston Canal Society

The day went without any problems, I don’t think anyone had to be reminded about working safely with all the powered equipment there was about and I saw no one taking unnecessary risks of any sort. It made me personally proud to be associated with such a great gang of workers.

John (Highmore, of the CRT) and I have discussed in the past a situation where we are not just individual groups working with the same aims but isolated from each other. After the Stoke Bruerne meeting last year we said how good it was to see the interaction between the different groups. Yesterday saw three different groups, all with different skills, working together in close proximity without any worries about communication or performance. I know we could not have achieved what we did without this linking up of the three groups, and in turn the help and assistance of all involved at CRT.

Hopefully this is the way forward for CRT and its volunteers.

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Record sales at events in 2012!

From Robin Bishop (Friends Secretary), 2nd October 2012:

In the year of the Olympics and new world records being broken we have broken two of our own. The takings at the Stoke Bruerne Village At War event and the total for the year for all the events.

We did not go to Northampton or Boxmoor in May/June which were both cancelled for different reasons. However, we did one new show by attending the Alvecote Historic Boat Show at the end of August. This was a small event as events go but we still took £224.70 including £22.15 donations. This event was classed by some of those attending as a “mini Braunston”.

The previous highest amount at the Village At War, which we have attended now 5 times, was last year when our takings were £276.66. This has been smashed this year as we have just taken £410.52 including £126.62 donations.

The total takings for the year have reached a staggering £2,957.46 which is the highest amount I have noted since I have been keeping records in 2005.

Many thanks to you all for your attendance, crewing and manning the sales stand this past weekend and indeed for all the year at the different events. We should be really proud of ourselves I think for what we have achieved.

(Also, of course, a big thanks to everyone who visitied us, bought from the stall or made donations. Your contributions make a huge difference to what we can achieve. Web Editor)

Nutfield on the Jam ‘Ole Run 2012

13 – 20 October 2012: Braunston to Southall and back

See video and photos here

Two others joined Nutfield on the run: Corona, skippered by Trevor Maggs, and Tim Coghlan with his boat.

Nutfield Captain was Nick Scarcliffe, and crew was Duncan Oxley

The Jam ‘Ole Run was the name given to the journey from Atherstone to Brentford carrying coal from the mines to the Kearley and Tonge jam factory by pairs of narrowboats. Many of the boats were based at Braunston. The trade ceased in October 1970 but the run is periodically re-enacted by some of the original boats along with other old working boats.

See here for the 2002 Jam ‘Ole Run

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