In the April 2016 edition of Towpath Talk, Tim Coghlan of Braunston Marina writes about the fascinating history of the Grand Union Canal Company and its canal carrying subsidiary the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company (GUCCC) and the part that Nutfield played in the last 80 years.
Here, from our Secretary Robin Bishop, is a summary of income from sales and donations at this year’s events so far:
The Blisworth Canal Festival was a well organised and well advertised local village event supported by everyone in the village. This was the 4th year this event has been held. Add to the ingredients good weather and good attendance by the public and you get a very successful event. Our takings were £318.85 for sales and £72.07 for donations making a total of £390.92. This is a new world record beating last years previous record total of £318.08.
As some of you know I sometimes bring along some of my IWA Middlesex Branch sales items to help to swell our takings at our events. There was another world record here at this event as a total of 18 of my tea towels were sold at Blisworth.
Here is a precis of two previous events:
Cosgrove Lock Ransom: £79.95 for sales and £26.08 for donations making a total of £106.03.
Linslade Canal Festival: £133.90 for sales and £39.24 for donations making a total of £173.14.
These are the lowest figures for 4 years for each of these events. The Cosgrove event was poorly attended this year. This could be due to the very hot weather we had where people probably stayed at home or went to the seaside to cool off.
The Linslade amount seemed very good at the time for a one day event but is low when compared with £254.05 taken in 2012.
Many thanks indeed to all those who did crewing, manned the sales stand or did the showrounds at these events. Thanks also to all who bought items from our stall or made donations.