Sorry, but Raymond and Nutfield will not be attending the Black Country Boating Festival at Netherton over the weekend of 11th to 13th September.
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
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.
This from our Secretary:
We have recently attended the above three events with our boats and the following is the income as a result of our efforts.
Linslade Canal Festival. We have taken £315.39 with £267.35 for sales and £48.04 for donations.
The weather was very wet indeed on the Friday and Neil and I got soaked right through to our skins. We left Stoke Bruerne at 08.45am and it was drizzling and it continued on all day with heavier rain intermittent with the drizzle. It was still raining when we finally moored up at 20.40pm at Linslade.
Blisworth Canal Festival. We took a total of £356.63 with £257.60 for sales and £74.03 for donations. We also signed up one new single member and one Family membership.
Hillmorton 175th Anniversary of the Locks. We have taken £198.50 with £168.30 for sales and £10.20 for donations. We also signed up two new single members. In addition we were given a donation of £50 for each of our boats for attending and supporting this event.
Our efforts in attending these events has improved our profile out there and has also been well worth it.
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.
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.
Just a three-minute impression of the trip.
Look here for an interesting photo of Raymond taken at by Ian Mulford at the Braunston Boat Show in 1993, before restoration began.
See Ian Mulford’s flickr photo stream for lots of interesting narrowboat images.
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