Photo: Judy Clegg (IWA Chiltern Branch) hands over cheque for £500 to John Lower (Chesterfield Canal Trust) 14th December 2014 (Photo : Sarah Rab)
Following some very successful fundraising events during 2014, donations totalling £750 have been made to the Chesterfield Canal Trust (CCT). An initial donation of £250 was made in gratitude for the efforts of the members of the CCT in welcoming the members of the Branch when they visited the Chesterfield Canal during the Weekend Away (see below) and organizing an itinerary packed full of interest along the northern end of the canal. A further donation of £500 was made during the allocation of funds at the year end to deserving waterway causes. In looking for projects that are worthy of investment and where the money would be well used, the CCT passed with flying colours. What was impressive was the magnificent work carried out by the CCT and WRG volunteers in building Staveley Lock. It just needs some gates!
11th December 2014
Photo: Dave Chapman checks the mulled wine prepared by John Brice (Photo Judy Clegg)
Over 40 Branch Members attended the Chiltern Branch Members’ Christmas Party on 11th December 2014 at Little Chalfont Village Hall.
Photo: All dressed up for the Party (Photo Judy Clegg)
On arrival, they enjoyed mulled wine and a chance to chat and start the pictorial quiz. Then, there followed a home cooked hot and cold buffet. The Members then taxed their brains over a couple of quizzes. A good time was had by all.
Photo: Chiltern Branch Christmas Party 2014 (Photo Judy Clegg)
Photo: General view down Foxton Inclined Plane (Photo Carolyn Leonard)
34 members and friends went on the Weekend Away this year, visiting Foxton, the Chesterfield Canal and the Great Central Railway.
Photo: Cable housings at top of Foxton Inclined Plane (Photo Carolyn Leonard)
On Friday, 26th September 2014, en route to Chesterfield, a visit was made to Foxton with its Staircase Locks, Incline Plane and Museum. After lunch at the Foxton Inn, there was a trip to Market Harborough on Vagabond 2 before re-joining the coach to complete the journey to Chesterfield, where the party stayed for two nights at the Chesterfield Hotel. See also Grapevine October 2014 pages 10 & 11.
Photo: The Party views Staveley Lock under construction (Photo John Brice)
On the Saturday, members of the Chesterfield Canal Trust showed the party around the northern end of the canal, the various projects being undertaken by the Trust as well as taking them on a boat trip. See also Grapevine October 2014 pages 6 & 7.
Photo: The Party visits the Hollingwood Hub (Photo John Ellis)
Photo: New Dawn / a Cuckoo Boat under construction (Photo John Ellis)
Photo: Venue for lunch – the dining train (Photo John Ellis)
On the Sunday, there was a visit to the Great Central Railway were the party enjoyed lunch and stream train rides. See also Grapevine October 2014 pages 10 & 11.
Photo: Train pulling into Leicester North Station (Photo John Brice)
Another good trip! Already, Colin Bird is hard at work making plans for next year.
Photo: IWA Chiltern Branch Members help boat through lock at Branch Lockwind (photo by Judy Clegg)
This annual fundraising event used to be known as a Lock Ransom. This year it was decided to hold the event in August in the hope that there would be more boats on the move. Saturday was warm and sunny and there were a reasonable number of boats and people around. On Saturday evening, various members, who had helped during the day, enjoyed a meal at the Angler’s Retreat. There were heavy showers on Sunday morning, which meant that people were slow to get out but the warm sunshine in the afternoon did the trick. The event raised £427.90, which is slightly up on last year, for Branch Funds and six new IWA members were signed up. The event was not just about fund raising - it was also an opportunity to tell people about IWA and what it does and learn about our waterways.
Photo: Boats in lock at Branch Lockwind
Photo: Looking from Cutty Sark to Canary Wharf (photo by Judy Clegg)
This year John and Jen Brice organised an unforgettable day out for the Branch. Arriving by coach, the first stop was the New Cutty Sark Exhibition, a truly remarkable restoration of this famous Tea Clipper, plus free time to explore Greenwich. Next there was a trip on the Thames Clipper to the O2 arena. A short walk took the Party to the Emirates Cable Car for the flight over the Thames to the Royal Docks. Finally, there was a visit to the Crystal, one of the world’s most sustainable buildings with a thought provoking exhibition dedicated to urban sustainability. The day was rounded off with a Cream Tea in a private apartment with amazing views over the Royal Victoria Dock, River Thames and Canary Wharf. It was a fabulous day out – even the weather was hot and sunny. See also Grapevine August 2014 pages 8, 9 & 11.
Photo: Royal Victoria Docks from Emirates Cable Car (photo by Judy Clegg)
The Branch was more involved with the Festival this year. The weather was superb throughout.
John Brice was again Waterspace Manager, the position he has held for the last 15 years but his involvement goes back 21 years to the first Rickmansworth Festival. He did an excellent job as usual.
Carolyn Leonard and Liz Norris amassed a huge quantity of unwanted goods and ran the Chiltern Jumble, which raised over £1,000 for the Branch which will enable the Branch to make more donations to other waterway causes during the year. It was an amazing result. See also Grapevine August 2014 page 5.
Photo: IWA Chiltern Branch Jumble at Rickmansworth Festival (photo by Dave Chapman)
Beryl Chapman with the help of Gillian Bolt of the IWA Chester and Merseyside Branch organised the WOW stand (Wild over Waterways), which provides activities and a waterway quiz for the older children over the site.
Photo: Volunteer Gillian Bolt mans the WoW stand at Rickmansworth (photo by Dave Chapman)
Following on from the National at Watford last year, Dave Chapman updated and set up the IWA London Village display.
Photo: London Village Display at Rickmansworth Festival (photo by Dave Chapman)
Of course, they could not have done the above without help from a number of volunteers. Thank you. However, it would be good to have more volunteers next year, do take a look at out Get Inolved page if you are interested.
Photo: Acheman Challenge (photo by John Brice)
Four members of staff from IWA Head Office took to the towpath to raise funds for a new excavator for WRG (Waterways Recovery Group). Along a 50 miles section of the Grand Union Canal between Harefield and Wolverton, they cycled along two sections of the towpath, locked a boat through Marsworth Flight, ran 6 miles and canoed 3 miles. They covered the 50 miles in under 11 hours raising over £17,680.
Photo: Refreshment stop before locking section Acheman Challenge (photo by Chris Clegg)
Branch members Chris & Judy Clegg provided their narrowboat Balador for the locking section. The four, Toby Gomm, Stephanie Pay, Gemma Bolton and Jenny Black (in their duck costumes) plus their support teams and others from Head Office met up with the boat and Branch members John Brice, Carolyn Leonard, Chris and Judy Clegg near the Grand Junction at Bulbourne for well-deserved refreshments before proceeding down the locks. After a lunch break, the four continued on their way for another section on the bikes leaving John, Carolyn, Chris and Judy to return up the locks.
Read more about the Acheman Challenge.
As one of the Association’s leading fundraising Branches, IWA Chiltern Branch at its February Meeting donated £1,000 to the Waterways Recovery Group’s New Excavator Appeal. The donation was presented by John Brice, Chiltern Branch Waterways Events and Fundraising Officer to Tim Lewis who received the cheque on behalf of WRG. On Saturday 5th April four members of IWA Head Office Staff, Toby Gomm, Stephanie Pay, Gemma Bolton and Jenny Black hope to raise £5,000 in sponsorship to contribute towards the cost of the new excavator by tackling the ‘Acheman Challenge’. This goes through Chiltern Branch territory and involves Cycling 40 miles, taking a boat through the 7 Marsworth Locks, Running 6 miles and Canoeing 3 miles.