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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

National Historic Ships – UK PHOTO COMPETITION 2015

For all the details – read the flyer

1993 pre-restoration photo of Raymond

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.


Events in 2015

April 22-23National Boat Share ShowBraunston Marina
May 19-21Northamptonshire IWA RallyStoke Bruerne
May 27 - 29Crick Boat ShowCrick Marina
June 3 - 4IWA Leicester River FestivalLeicester
June 10-11Friends Social GatheringWelford Arm Wharf
June 17 - 18Foxton Locks FestivalFoxton Locks
June 24 - 25Braunston Historic Boat ShowBraunston Marina
July 22 - 23Cosgrove Canal FestivalCosgrove Lock
July 29Linslade Canal FestivalLinslade
August 12 - 13Blisworth Canal FestivalBlisworth
September 9 - 10Heritage EventSaltisford Arm Warwick
September 23 - 24LHCRT Heritage GatheringLichfield Cruising Club Coventry Canal Huddlesford
October 1Banbury Canal Day[CANCELLED]
TBADocking WeekendBraunston

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

Raymond and Nutfield at Banbury – Waterways World reports!


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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!!!

VIDEO – Tom & Alice Lapworth


Watch video – on YouTube (15 minutes)

In August 2014 Tom Lapworth and his sister-in-law Alice brought narrowboats Nutfield and Raymond from Braunston to Alvecote for the Historic Boat Gathering. Tom and Alice were both born on working narrowboats and crewed them towards the end of the canal trade.

Here you can watch them navigating the Atherstone Locks and talking to Steve Miles at Alvecote.

Alice’s autobiographical book “A Horse, A Boat and You” is available from SGM Publishing. Click here for details and to buy online

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