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National Historic Ships UK – Photo Competition 2017

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Now in the eighth year National Historic Ships UK’s Photo Competition is aimed at all photographers of all ages and dedicated to encouraging everyone to engage with historic vessels or maritime themes in their local area.

With two new categories and some great prizes including an Overall Prize of £1000 to be awarded on a theme or activity involving an historic vessel. Submissions for our contest are accepted online from 1st April until 31st August 2017.

Please use this link for further details about the competition:
http://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/pages/photography-competition.html

If you would like one of our posters, please get in touch with us: or by phone 020 8312 8558.


Steve Tuckwell

It is with great sadness that The Friends of Raymond has learnt of the sudden passing of our Friend, Steve Tuckwell.

Steve was a familiar face and supporter of FoR and he will be greatly missed by all of our Friends, Officers and Trustees.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at All Saints Church, Braunston on Friday 21 April at 12 noon.  All canal friends and colleagues are invited to join the service and then at The Admiral Nelson for light refreshments.

Our deepest sympathy goes to Jan at this difficult time.


Membership 2017

Without your continued support the Trust would not be able to operate and Nutfield and Raymond could not be maintained.

Our current Membership year ends on 5th April 2016 so if you are subscribed to our Friends email list you will receive a Renewal message shortly.

New Friends Welcome

If you would like to join us we would love to hear from you.  Please follow this link

As a Friend you may even want to Volunteer…

If so, please contact Diana at volunteering@friendsofraymond.org.uk


Nutfield on the Wendover Arm

Nutfield approaching Tringford Stop Lock

Nutfield approaching Tringford Stop Lock

On Sunday 19th February our motor boat Nutfield carried a small party of Wendover Arm Trust members on the three-mile round trip from Bulbourne Junction to the present limit of navigation and back.

While Raymond has been getting a new cabin in the dry dock at Marsworth Top Lock, Nutfield has become a familiar sight tied alongside the wharf at Bulbourne. Although the work on Raymond is now finished the boats are stuck there until the stoppage at Stoke Bruerne ends in mid-March. But as things have turned out, it has offered the chance for an unexpected adventure.

Nutfield needs regular runs during the winter so the boats being at Bulbourne presented a golden opportunity to give the engine a workout on the Wendover Arm – something we would never normally have time for as we hurry past on our annual journeys to and from the Rickmansworth Festival.

With the help of FoR members Roger and Diana Golder who are also members of the Wendover Arm Trust a number of WAT members were invited to come along, an offer they were delighted to accept as a working boat in full trim is not an everyday sight on their stretch of canal.

FoR and WAT members before setting off

FoR and WAT members before setting off

We believe British Waterways stored Nutfield in the Wendover Arm for a time in the 1960s before leasing it to Blue Line, but it is quite likely that the boat never had cause to navigate the arm on any other occasion. So this was something of a voyage of discovery. And the first thing Nutfield discovered on entering the arm soon after 9 o’clock on Sunday morning was that the bottom is a little too near the top – a situation not helped by the level on the Tring Summit being well below maximum. But apart from ploughing a deep furrow, Nutfield made steady progress with FoR Boat Manager Nick Scarcliffe at the tiller and the trip passed off without mishap.

Nick Scarcliffe (steering) and Roger Golder

Nick Scarcliffe (steering) and Roger Golder

Passing Heygate’s flour mill on the return journey

Passing Heygate’s flour mill on the return journey

Back at Bulbourne WAT Chairman Chris Sargeant awarded Nutfield the Wendover Arm Trust’s plaque for successfully navigating the arm and thanked The Friends of Raymond for giving them the opportunity to take part in it. “It was a brilliant chance to experience a trip in an original working boat with an expert skipper on a challenging, winding stretch of canal,” he said.

Members of the Wendover Arm Trust and The Friends of Raymond after the trip with Nick Scarcliffe holding the Wendover Arm plaque

Members of the Wendover Arm Trust and The Friends of Raymond after the trip with Nick Scarcliffe holding the Wendover Arm plaque

The trip was a great success for The Friends of Raymond too as it was not only a chance to boldly go right to the limit of the restored section where Nutfield has certainly never gone before but it also allowed us to make new friends in the Wendover Arm Trust and forge a relationship with a like-minded organisation that we hope can be maintained to the benefit all in the future.


Volunteering in July and August

We are looking for volunteers to help with boat moving and event support at the three events following the Braunston Historic Show this weekend.

Cosgrove 16th & 17th July

The plan is:

Saturday 2nd July depart from Braunston Marina at 2.00pm stopping at Weedon overnight and departing from there at 9.00am on Sunday 3rd July arriving at Blisworth at approx 12.30pm.

Saturday 9th July or Sunday 10th July (day to be confirmed) depart from Blisworth at 9.00am arriving at Cosgrove 1.00pm – 2.00pm.

Linslade  30th July

Details to be confirmed.

Blisworth  13th & 14th August

Details to be confirmed.

If you are available and interested in helping, please contact Diana at volunteering@friendsofraymond.org.uk


Our Team Have Been Busy

Over the last 10 days our dedicated team has been busy giving Nutfield a brand new paint job.  You will be able to see the stunning results at the Crick Boat Show, which starts on Saturday 28th May.

Taken by Peter Copeland

Photo by Peter Copeland


Superb results from Huddlesford and Banbury!

This from our Secretary:

Huddlesford Heritage Gathering. We have taken £217.40 with £181.10 for sales and £36.30 for donations.

At the Banbury Canal Day we took a total of £426..00 with £352.40 for sales and £73.60 for donations.

This is a fantastic achievement for a one day event. We thought that we did extremely well last year on our first visit to Banbury when we took £331.91.

Roger and Nick Lake were on the go constantly all day long doing the showrounds. Once again there were many people walking along the towpath past our boats.

Two more world records have been broken:

  • The previous highest amount of income raised in a year was in 2013 when our total was £3522.23. Our new record this year is £4185.96.
  • The second record is in the number of Photo cards sold this year at over 400. Well Done Diana and many thanks for all your efforts in making these for us.

Many thanks also to all of you who came and helped as crew members and lock wheelers on our trip to Banbury and back. All of this has indeed been worthwhile.


Not attending Netherton

Sorry, but Raymond and Nutfield will not be attending the Black Country Boating Festival at Netherton over the weekend of 11th to 13th September.


PHOTOS: The Lapworth’s en route to Alvecote, August 2015

We were privileged to have Tom and Alice Lapworth take Nutfield and Raymond to Alvecote for us again this year! Here are some photos of them at Hillmorton Locks on 27th August:

Photos by Steve Miles

Watch the video of last year’s trip and Tom & Alice talking to Steve Miles


PHOTOS: FoR Members’ Day, August 22nd 2015

Saturday August 22nd saw the Friends of Raymond run our first ‘Member’s Day’. Luck was on our side – in this damp summer we actually had a fine day for our outing, instigated and organised by ‘the two Nicks’; Nick Lake, our new Treasurer, and Nick Scarcliffe, our Captain and Restoration Chief.  This event had been planned at rather short notice, but even so a total of fifteen members and guests embarked after a quick introductory word from the chairman.  An easy trip from Braunston to Hillmorton, on the outskirts of Rugby, allowed a number of our guests to try their hands at steering the motor or butty; an exercise in winding at Kilsby Wharf and reversing up to the pub showed off Nick S’s talents, ably assisted by Trevor Maggs as supervisor and Ian Mulford and Tom Bonewell as bow-thrusters.

Photo by Steve Miles

The Old Royal Oak at Hillmorton Wharf looked after us all superbly, providing a private room for our lunch; both the food and service were excellent, and we were all feeling somewhat replete as we set off for the return journey.  Back at Braunston about 4.30pm, the sun still shining, and people seemed reluctant to depart, standing on the towpath by the Stop House chatting – but eventually our guests drifted away, and the boats were returned to their mooring.  It proved to be a very enjoyable day for all involved, the crew as much as the visitors, and plans are already afoot for a second similar day next year, maybe in the spring.  This time we will give everyone more warning, and we will hope to see even more of our less active members come to enjoy the boats that they support so loyally.

Steve Miles


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