Talks & Meetings

meeting113pxBetween September and April, the Chiltern Branch holds monthly meetings at Little Chalfont Village Hall, Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont, Bucks HP8 4UD.

All are welcome to attend lecture meetings.  Just come along or contact us for more information.

Meetings commence at 8.00pm.

Meetings Programme:

Wednesday 25th September 2019 | The Thames River Police - Forefathers of Modern Policing - David Wells

It is often thought that it was Peel who established the police service that we know today. But long before that, in 1798 in fact, it became necessary to form an organisation to counter crime rife on the Thames and its environs. The task fell to the West India Committee who were commissioned to establish a Thames River Police and so began a sequence of events that resulted in the service we know today. David is the Resident Research Fellow of the West
India Committee.

Wednesday 23rd October 2019 | Building the Lancaster Canal - Robert Philpotts

Until the completion of the Ribble Link, the Lancaster Canal was isolated from the national network. Now connected, it provides some 40 miles of lock free cruising through delightful countryside until halted by the M6 culverted Motorway crossing, thus denying its original approach to the Lake District. Roger will describe its construction and promotion by the rich merchants of Lancaster,

Wedneseday 27th November 2019 | Cruising Remote Waterways - Jeanne and Derek Smith

There are many miles of waterways which are denied to the boater, either because they are disconnected from the national network or because their dimensions preclude anything but a shallow draught vessel of dimensions smaller than a narrowboat or river cruiser. Enter the Trailboat and the Wilderness Trailboat Owners Club. Members of the Club have explored many miles of waterway denied to others and Jeanne and Derek will describe their experiences exploring these remote and intriguing waters.

Thursday 12th December 2019 | Branch Christmas Party           
All regulars welcome.  A convivial evening of games, quizzes and a hot supper – and mulled wine too.

Wednesday 22nd January 2020 | South of the River, London’s Cradle of Power - Jeremy Batch

London’s Royal Arsenal, Dockyards, Observatory, Seaman’s Hospital, Naval College,
Military Academy, first high voltage power station, HQ of Trinity House, HQ of the East
India Company and a first steam railway were all found along the south bank of the River
Thames. To say nothing of the Prime Meridian. Jeremy can be relied upon to give a fascinating and excellently illustrated presentation on the Greenwich, Woolwich and Deptford area– a talk not to be missed.

Wednesday 26th February 2020 | Family Boating in the 30s,40s and 50s – Nick Grundy

Boating in these decades must have been a far different, and a decidedly less comfortable experience than  now enjoyed in the modern narrow-boat or cruiser, with its fridge, TV, microwave, bow thruster and what all.  But, cruise people did. Whether it be in a converted lifeboat or in the hold of a narrowboat they explored our waterway network. Nick will take us on nostalgic cruises and campaigns through yesteryear with his Grandparents Reginald and Marjorie aboard their cruiser ‘Heron’.

Wednesday 25th March 2020 | Chiltern Branch Annual General Meeting

A short formal meeting followed by a Ploughman’s supper and a talk or video (TBA).

Wednesday 22nd April 2020 | The Danube - John Pomfret

Our visit to foreign parts takes us to the Danube. Based on a number of visits to the Danube, some by boat, this talk takes us down the Danube for 700 miles from the Wachau, upstream of Vienna, through Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia, ending with a passage through the spectacular Iron Gate gorges and locks into Romania and Bulgaria. The river offers many castles and fortresses, four capital cities, spectacular scenery and boats ranging from canoes to 14,000 ton barge tows. Quite some waterway which John will describe with his illustrated presentation.


Little Chalfont Village Hall is in Cokes Lane which runs south from a mini-roundabout junction with the main A404 road between Rickmansworth and Amersham. The hall is located by the Library and there is a Car Park. It is approximately 600m from Chalfont & Latimer railway/tube station. See the venue on a Map.

This venue offers excellent facilities for our meetings including a room for up to 100 with integral presentation screen, easy access on the flat, adjacent parking, modern facilities (including disabled access). The hall is approximately 600m from Chalfont & Latimer railway/tube station.