Events & Socials

Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month (September to April) at the Royal British Legion Hall, off Melrose Avenue, West Bletchley MK3 6PU (map below). There is a licensed bar and there is plenty of car parking. 

The Hall opens its doors at 7.30pm and the talks seldom get under way before 8.00pm. There is a voluntary £2 per head admission fee to cover the cost of the venue hire and also speaker's expenses when needed. But the entry fee does include a raffle ticket - so it is possible to come home in profit!

Fri 25 – Mon 28 May 2018
Lock Help Weekend at Three Locks, Soulbury.  Join us at our major fundraising event in aid of waterway restoration.

Saturday 28 July 2018
Branch stall at Linslade Canal Festival, Tiddenfoot Park, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard

Thursday 20 September 2018
Vintage waterway videos, with David Tucker

Fri 12 – Sat 13 October 2018
Canal Clean-up from Fenny Stratford to Leighton Buzzard.

Thursday 18 October 2018
The Uttoxeter & Caldon Canals, with Steve Wood.
Steve will tell us about the Caldon Canal and the plans that are afoot to re-open part of the Uttoxeter Canal near the head of navigation.

Thursday 15 November 2018
The Chesterfield Canal, a talk by John Lower.
John will tell us about the history of the canal and the ongoing plans for full restoration.

Thursday 6th December 2018
Christmas Social: A pre-booked ticket event

Thursday 17th January 2019
The Shrewsbury & Newport Canals, with Brian Nelson.
Brian will relate the history of these canals and the features on them. He will outline the progress being made towards their restoration.

Thursday 21st February 2019
Branch AGM followed by Canal Boatmen, their origins & development. An iullustrated talk by Roger Squires.

Thursday 21st March 2019
The Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust
Jane Hamilton will update us the progress made so far and the plans for the near future.

Thursday 25th April 2019
The Manchester Ship Canal; a talk by Richard Thomas
Richard will examine the history, building, development and rise and fall of the largest man-made waterway in England.  We travel eastwards in Victorian times to follow the creation of the canal and then board a Mersey ferry to Liverpool for the return journey.

Location map

Please note: the red marker indicates the correct location, down an access road. The building labelled as The Royal British Legion is NOT the venue - it has been mis-labelled.

Meeting Location

Meetings are held at the Royal British Legion Hall, off Melrose Avenue, West Bletchley, MK3 6PU. The Hall is approached from an access driveway and is signposted to the right on a lamppost 100m from the junction with Whaddon Way. Click here to view or download(PDF) more detailed instructions and a sketch map of the area, including details of public transport services.

Please note that on Google Maps the wrong hall is labelled as the British Legion Hall; follow the signpost! If you enter the postcode it will pinpoint the right building, but you will need 'earth' or 'satellite' view to make sense of it.

Fenny Stratford

The Branch has adopted the Grand Union Canal between Bridges 94 and 96 including Fenny Stratford Lock. For more information and for volunteering opportunities please see page on the Fenny Adoption.