Weekend Away

25th - 27th September 2015

20 members and friends went on the Weekend Away this year, visiting the Kennet & Avon Canal, the Cotswold Canals and the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

On Friday, 25th September 2015, en route to Falfield, the party had lunch on board the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust’s Trip Boat Kenavon Venture during a cruise from Devizes Wharf down Locks 50 to 45 at Devizes to the top of the Caen Hill Flight, Locks 29 – 44 and back to Devizes Wharf.

Kenavon Venture in Caen Hill Basin

Photo : Kenavon Venture in Caen Hill Basin (Photo by John Ellis)

Weekend Away 2015 en board Kenavon Venture

Photo : On board (Photo by John Ellis)

On the Saturday, Clive Field , Chairman of CCT (Trading) Limited,  & his wife, Jill, took the party on a comprehensive and professional tour of the Stroud area of the Cotswold Canals, visiting Ebley Mill and the canal area adjacent to it, the Wallbridge restored lock, the terminus basin of the Stroudwater Canal, the Capels Mill area and the restored section of waterway in the Waterside Park area.  Before lunch  at the ‘Clothiers’ Arms in Stroud, the party visited the Cotswold Canals Visitors’ Centre where  Clive gave a most interesting talk on the Waterway and its association with the woollen industry.

Weekend Away 2015 Redevelopement at Ebley Mill

Photo : Redevelopment at Ebley Mill (Photo by John Ellis)

Weekend Away 2015 Restored facilitiesat Wallbridge in Stroud

Photo : Restored Lock at Wallbridge in Stroud (Photo by John Ellis)

Weekend Away 2015 Restoration Project Bowbridge LockPhoto : Restoration Project at Bowbridge Lock (Photo by John Ellis)

On the Sunday, there was a visit to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway commencing at Cheltenham Race Course Station for steam trains to Toddington calling at Gotherington and Winchcombe. 

Weekend Away 2015 Fascinated by the Craneat ToddingtonPhoto : Fascinated by the Crane at Toddington (Photo By John Ellis)

Another good trip!  Already, Colin Bird is hard at work making plans for next year.

Aylesbury Canal Society – Double Celebration

19th September 2015  

Congratulations must go the Aylesbury Canal Society for organising a successful event to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Aylesbury Arm and also its move from the Town Basin to Circus Fields and to officially open the new facility.  People came in their hundreds in addition to many invited guests including IWA National Chairman, Les Etheridge. There was something for everyone.  The weather was warm and sunny. 

IWA Chiltern Branch was represented by Chris Clegg, who manned the Branch’s Stand and also the ACS’s  Stand showing an excellent display of archive photos of the Town Basin, including some of the IWA National Rally in 1961.IWA National Rally 1961 Display BoardPhoto: IWA National Rally 1961 Display Board (Photo : Chris Clegg)

ACS Circus Field Basin 20.09.2015Photo : ACS Circus Field Basin - The Day After (Photo : Judy Clegg)

Slough Festival

12th & 13th September 2015

Liz Norris, Chris Hogarth and Beryl Chapman looked after the IWA Chiltern Jumble at the Slough Festival raising £332 for the IWA Chiltern Branch. The Chiltern Jumble was next to the IWA Middlesex Branch’s stall overlooking the Main Arena giving the volunteers the opportunity to view what was going on when not busy with customers. The Slough Festival was a great weekend with a large marquee containing many different stalls, terrier racing and a birds of prey show. In the evening, members from the 2 Branches socialized over a fish and chip supper. A good time was had by all and will be repeated next year.

Liz Norris with the Dulux Dog

Photo: Liz Norris with the Dulux Dog - Dulux were part sponsors of the event (Photo : Chris Hogarth)

Chiltern Branch Trailer Presentation at Wendover Arm Trust: Restoration Open Day

6th September 2015

At the Wendover Arm Trust's open day at Drayton Beauchamp, the Chiltern Branch presented the Wendover Arm Trust with a purpose built publicity box Trailer. The trailer with dynamic striking graphics will enable WAT to operate more efficiently at the many events they attend, as well as promoting a more professional image. Chiltern Branch Events and Fundraising Manager, John Brice, is seen below presenting the trailer to WAT Chairman, Chris Sargeant, who publicly thanked the Chiltern Branch for the trailer and their continued support for the restoration.

Chiltern Branch donates trailer to WAT (3)Photo: John Brice presents Trailer to Chris Sargeant (Photo : Jen Brice)

Lock Aid at Marsworth

18th & 19th July 2015

Chiltern Branch volunteers assist at Lock Aid 2015

Photos: Chiltern Branch volunteers assist at Lock Aid (Photos : Judy Clegg)

Chiltern Branch volunteers assist at Lock Aid 2015 2

The Chiltern Branch held its annual 2 day fundraising event a little earlier than last year in the hopes of seeing more boats on the move during the first weekend of the school holidays.  There were a few boats passing through the lock but also many walkers, cyclists and anglers enjoying the sunshine.

On Saturday evening, some of the volunteers enjoyed a meal at the Anglers’ Retreat.

It was a successful weekend as it not only raised about £385 for Branch Funds to go towards Canal Restoration Projects but also 2 new members were signed up and it was a good opportunity to tell the public about the IWA.  2 new volunteers assisted this year but more would always be welcome. See also Volunteer Update.

Branch Volunteers Install New Bench at Marsworth, Lock 39

July 2015

Chiltern Branch Volunteer takes a Welcome Break on New Seat At Lock Aid

Photo: Chiltern Branch Volunteer takes a welcome break on the new bench at Lock Aid (Photo by Judy Clegg)

During the annual fundraising event held here a couple of years ago, it was noticed that the benches surrounding the 2 trees adjacent to the lock were beyond repair and a decision was made to replace them.  Many hours have gone into the rebuilding and installation of one bench but the angle of the other tree is such that it will be impossible to replace the other bench.  The installation was completed on 14th July 2015 in time for the Lock Aid held over the weekend of 18th & 19th July 2015.  Many compliments were received over the weekend. See Volunteer Updates. 

Berkhamsted Towpath Upgrade

9th June 2015

Resurfaced towpath at Berkhamsted 2015

Photo: Recently reopened towpath at Berkhamsted with new mooring rings in use (Photo by Judy Clegg)

The towpath in Berkhamsted was reopened following the completion  of the Canal & River Trust’s 14-week project to resurface just over half a mile of canal towpath in Berkhamsted from Waitrose to Bushes Lock (lock number 50), near Billet Lane.  The work cost just over £200,000 and was funded by the CRT, Hertfordshire County Council, Dacorum Borough Council and Berkhamsted Town Council.  Extra funding was provided by the Citizens Association, Community Partnership and the IWA Chiltern Branch allowing ten new mooring rings to be installed alongside the canal outside Waitrose to allow visiting boaters easy access to the town centre shops.

Branch Members Judy Mead and Judy Clegg have cleaned and tidied the adjacent Information Plinths. See Volunteer Updates.

Rickmansworth Festival

16th and 17th May 2015

The Festival was again held over the third weekend of May.  The weather was kind – it rained on the previous Thursday and the following Monday but the Festival days including the Friday before it were warm and sunny.  The boats and people came and it was declared to be a success.  Thanks must go to the Organising Team, including IWA Chiltern Branch’s John Brice, who was Waterspace Manager again.

IWA Chiltern Branch volunteers helped with the Chiltern Branch Jumble contributing to Branch funds, WOW (wild over waterways) children's activities and the IWA London Region Stand.

The next Rickmansworth Festival will be on the 21st and 22nd May 2016.  Put the date in your diaries now – it is an event not to be missed!

The Branch Continues its Support of WAT

27th March 2015
IWA Chiltern Branch artwork for trailer they donated to WATImage: Artwork for trailer IWA Chiltern Branch donated to WAT

IWA Chiltern Branch has continued its support of the Wendover Arm restoration by donating a new £2,000 Trailer to Wendover Arm Trust (WAT). The trailer will display information about both WAT and the local IWA branch.

John Brice, IWA Chiltern seen here presenting WAT chairman Chris Sargeant with the title paperwork at the Branch AGMPhoto: John Brice, IWA Chiltern seen here presenting WAT chairman Chris Sargeant with the title paperwork at the Branch AGM

The Buckingham Canal Society says "Thank You"

18th February 2015
Thank you letter from The Buckingham Canal SocietyThank you letter from The Buckingham Canal Society

Another donation by the Branch – A Donation of £500 to the Buckingham Canal Society

31st January 2015A group of volunteers working at our Cosgrove site.  Photo by Athina Beckett.Photo: A group of volunteers working at our Cosgrove site (photo by Athina Beckett)

The Branch Fundraiser, John Brice, presented a cheque for £500 to BCS Chairman, Mike Annan, at its 23rd AGM on 31st January 2015.  It was a milestone meeting as it was also the first AGM for the Society since its transition to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. This bodes well for the future and enhances the Society’s ability to restore the Buckingham Arm to its former glory. The ambitious restoration plans currently include working on four sites simultaneously and the re-watering of the next section at Bourton Meadow this year.  It makes for an exciting and cash hungry restoration project that the Branch Committee supports and is considered a worthy project for our support with a donation.

Branch donates £500 to WRG

January 2015Chiltern Branch donates £500 to WRG

Chiltern Branch starts the fundraising with a £500 donation towards the purchase of new minibuses for WRG.  The Branch’s Fundraiser, John Brice, presents a £500 cheque to WRG Volunteer Co-ordinator, Jenny Black and Assistant Volunteer Co-ordinator,  Amber Jenkins.  Looking on is Dave Chapman, the Branch Chairman.

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