Raymond Is Heading South

On Saturday 5th November Nutfield and our “boat moving team” will begin the challenge of towing Raymond from Braunston to Tring for essential restoration to Raymond’s cabin.  This is a major project that will involve the replacement of the existing wooden outer cabin, interior restoration, new paintwork and sign writing throughout December.

All of this work is necessary to preserve Raymond for years to come. It is being funded from generous donations and fund raising from our Patron, Members and the Public over recent years.

The boats will be setting off from Braunston Marina at 9am heading through Braunston Locks, Braunston Tunnel and the Long Buckby flight by the end of the day.  They are expected to arrive in Tring by the end of November.

If you would like to support this project and others we have planned in the future, we are always looking for new members with an interest in working boat heritage.  You can join us online for just £10 per year.


Nutfield Docking Weekend

Nutfield will be in dry dock at Braunston Marina over the weekend of 15th and 16th October 2016.

Jobs to do include hull survey, rust treatment, corrosion prevention and blacking.

You are welcome to come and see the work being carried out by our Members.

For more details contact Diana Golder (volunteering@friendsofraymond.org.uk) or Nick Scarcliffe.

More Events Added for 2016

We have been invited to attend two additional events this year:

On the August Bank Holiday Weekend (27th – 29th) we will be moored at the Canal Museum in Stoke Bruerne.  Our gift shop will be open and guided tours of Raymond will be available to the Public.

On 10th – 11th September, Nutfield and Raymond will be on display at the Saltisford Arm in Warwick.  Everyone is welcome.

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

Foxton Locks Festival starts tomorrow

If you are visiting the Foxton Locks Festival, please come and say hello to the team on Raymond.  Our legendary marmalade and jam will be on sale if you’re tempted…!  Saturday and Sunday starts at 10:00am

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

Next maintenance morning is Sunday 17th April

The next Member’s maintenance morning is on Sunday 17th April at Braunston Marina. We will be meeting at the Gongoozlers Rest at 8:30am or at the Boats at 9:30am – all welcome!  This is the last get together before the National Boatshare Show so there will plenty to do.  If you can attend please can you let Nick Scarcliffe know in advance.

Nutfield, the 80th birthday narrowboat


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.

The full story can be found here on Page 61


Source: Towpath Talk Issue 126 April 2016

Twitter: @towpathtalk Web: www.towpathtalk.co.uk

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.