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!
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.
PLEASE NOTE: For this meeting only, the venue will be The Dolphin Public House MK3 7JY whiuch is on the corner of Whaddon Way and Melrose Avenue, Bletchley, a few yards from the regular venue. It is marked on the map below. There is plenty of parking
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.
Please note: the marker indicates the location, down an access road off Melrose Avenue which is signposted for the British Legion where there is a large car park. The large building fronting Melrose Avenue is another venue entirely.
For a schematic map of the location and accesss routes please click here
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.
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.