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 28th November 2018 | Boating Across the Pennines, Cruising the South Pennine Ring

Presentation by Alan Stopher

The opening of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal establishes a cruising ring of some 70 miles and 198 locks. The Ring comprises the Huddersfield Broad Canal, the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the Ashton Canal and most of the Rochdale Canal and part of the Calder and Hebble navigation.

It presents some boating challenges, such as Standedge Tunnel at three and a quarter miles long, the nation’s longest and deepest below ground and the Huddersfield Narrow’s 74 locks in twenty miles. But it is full of interest and its navigation gives a sense of adventure and achievement. Alan is Chairman of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal Society. He has completed the South Pennine Ring himself and will tell us about the experience.

Thursday 13th December 2018 | Branch Christmas Party (Members only)

An evening of meeting old friends; with a lot of fun and games plus a hot supper.  You will find full details and a booking form here.

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 | Going Boldly (Across, Beneath and Beyond the Ocean)  

Presentation by Jeremy Batch

A welcome return of a favourite lecturer for his seventh talk. It covers a wide range of fascinating topics. For example, what did the Inuit carry on the backs of their kayaks, or how to re-enter the atmosphere at 24,500mph, or what sort of life jackets did the Egyptians wear or what about Jacques Cousteau and the aqualung. This and many other nuggets of knowledge, enhanced by Jeremy’s superb graphics, will make for a most enjoyable and entertaining evening.

Wednesday 27th February 2019 | Cruising the River Charente

Presentation by Bobby Cowling 

The Charente, in western France, is not only a waterway of beautiful scenery, it is also a waterway through cognac country. This as an attraction to connoisseurs of fine vistas as well as of fine liqueur. Navigable for 164kms from Angouleme to the sea, it is, as yet, not perhaps the most frequently cruised French waterway. But it is steadily gaining in popularity for the scenic attractions it presents. Bobby Cowling is the Editor of Waterways World and having cruised the Charente he will talk us through an illustrated journey thereon.

Wednesday 27th March 2019 | Chiltern Branch Annual General Meeting

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

Wednesday 24th April 2019 | The River Nene and the Fenland Waterways

Presentation by John Pomfret

The River Nene is 88 miles long and has 38 locks. It runs from the junction with the Northampton Branch of the Grand Union canal to the Wash, with its lower 26 miles being tidal. The fenland waterways possess a character all of their own, with wide skies and wildlife. Traversing, as they do, the flat lands of East Anglia they present the boater with a countryside much different to the scenery encountered around the national network. John Pomfret is Chairman of the IWA’s Eastern Region. He is a boater since 1968 and a member of the IWA since 1970, since which time he has served on the committees of numerous waterway associated organisations. He has a substantial inventory of talks on waterway subjects, from which he will give us an illustrated presentation on the River Nene with a history of the Fenland waterway systems and a tour of their navigable parts.


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.