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Happy Birthday Raymond!

On this day in 1958, Raymond was launched at Braunston.  

Raymond was the last wooden working boat to be built in the UK.  She was mainly used to carry coal from the Midlands to London and was initially towed by the motor Roger, and later by Nutfield.

During its working life Raymond was operated by Arthur and Rose Bray and her son Ernie Kendall.  One of the more famous jobs was carrying coal from Atherstone to the Kearley & Tonge jam factory at Southall, known as the “Jam ‘Ole Run”.

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To celebrate, a birthday cake will be cut at the Brauston Historic Gathering on Saturday 23rd June 2018.


Friends Gathering – Timings

This weekend is the Friends Gathering at Welford Wharf (GU Leicester Line).

The timings are:

Saturday 9th June

Stall & Boats 10:00 – 18:00

Evening meal 19:30

Sunday 10th June

Stall & Boats 10:00 – 16:00*

* The end time is approximate based on the number of people still around at the time.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Nutfield & Raymond – Bringing heritage and photography together …

Last Sunday; 13th May, Nutfield and Raymond played host to a group of photographers from “TimeLine Events”. TimeLine Events, bring heritage and photography together to recreate scenes from a past era.

Retired working boats Nutfield and Raymond provided perfect subject matter. Even better, the pair are based in Braunston, a place of special historic importance in the history of the working boats and families of the canal network. Braunston was a central hub of this old transport system, being home to the Nurser family and dockyard. The village church was a place that drew the boat families together for weddings and funerals and came to be referred to as the “Cathedral of the Canals”.

Nutfield and Raymond showing off their amazing colours in the sunshine.

Painted Boats

The pair of boats looked magnificent in the spring sunshine, showing off all of the hard work that has been done by members of “Friends of Raymond” over the winter months to restore these fine old boats to their colourful best.

Handling a Pair of Working Boats

Handling a pair of working narrow boats takes skill and practice. The motor boat (Nutfiled) tows the un-powered butty, (Raymond) while travelling along the “pounds” of the canal. To pass through the wide locks, the two boats need to be alongside each other. This is a skillful maneuver; remove one strap at the correct time, use the power of the motor to give the butty just enough momentum and direction, remove the second strap allow the butty to slide alongside the motor in the lock chamber. Of course when the lock is ready, the boats have to be “singled out” again, so that the butty can be towed.

Will, Clare and Phoebe play the roles of working boatman and family.

Luckily, Friends of Raymond, have some experienced steerers. The pair were very skillfully worked for the day by Will Hewitt and his family, who have a lot of experience handling a pair of old working narrowboats.

Journey Through Time

The photographers joined the boats at Braunson marina. The stoves had been lit in the back cabins of both boats, the smoke from the chimneys creating an authentic industrial atmosphere.

Boats at Braunston Marina – photo courtesy of Nick Scarcliffe, another very skilled steerer.

The pair worked up the Braunston flight of wide locks, providing plenty of photo opportunities. FoR members had to skillfully keep out camera shot, while working the lock paddles and gates.

To pass through Braunston tunnel, the group of photographers had to be on board the boats, as there is no footpath. Once inside the tunnel, they had the challenge of working with very little light and we look forward to seeing their creative flair in the resulting shots.

Inside Braunston Tunnel – photo credit David Pond

At Norton junction, the boats were “breasted up” (tied together) and made the turn for home. A break for lunch allowed for a visit to the local pub for refreshment.

Lunch Break for the FoR crew.

For more information about Time Line Events visit www.timelineevents.org

Preserving our heritage, keeping Nutfield and Raymond in such good condition and true to their original livery, build and style takes work and funds.

If you are interested in becoming a “friend”, getting involved, or making a donation to the trust, it would me much appreciated. If you have fundraising experience, WE NEED YOU, please get in touch.


Antique Stove For Sale

A very generous supporter has offered us a Guidwife antique stove to sell to raise much needed funds. It has now been listed for sale on ebay.  The auction ends on 25th April 2018.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Antique-Guidwife-Stove-with-removable-gas-conversion/173271501274

 


Trevor Maggs Funeral Service

A funeral service for Trevor will take place at Rainsbrook Cemetery and Crematorium, Ashlawn Road, Rugby CV22 5ET on Tuesday 20th February at 2.30pm.


Annual General Meeting Reminder

This year’s Annual General Meeting will be held at Braunston Marina on Sunday 4th February 2018, starting at 3pm.

All Friends and prospective Friends are welcome to attend.

For more information or apologies, please contact Robin Bishop by email at  secretary@friendsofraymond.org.uk


Sad News – Trevor Maggs

We are sorry to learn that Trevor Maggs past away this weekend.

Trevor had been a life long member of Friends of Raymond, towing Raymond in the early days to all the shows before we acquired Nutfield.  A couple of years ago we asked Trevor to take Raymond to the Rickmansworth festival as we were having work done on Nutfield, Trevor jumped at the chance and really enjoyed himself.

Thank you Trevor for all that you had done for us you will be truly missed by everyone.

A true gent of the cut.

Rest in peace Steerer Maggs

Photo courtesy of Nick Scarcliffe


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