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!

Thursday 19th September 2019
The Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Two videos presented by David Tucker. Re-opened in 2001 after restoration, the Huddersfield Narrow Canal possesses the longest canal tunnel in the UK at Standedge. It's a long way from these parts though, so this evening's videos are the next best thing to going there!

Thursday 17th October 2019
Boston's Waterways
- a talk by Simon Judge
Simon will talk about his exploits over the last two years. He has had his boat moored over winter in Ely and has explored the many waterways of the area, collectively called the Fens. He has also crossed The Wash in both directions, and is planning another such trip next year. He will tell us of his various cruises in the area.

Thursday 21st November 2019
The Thames River Police Force
, with David Wells.
This force was the forefather of modern  policing  and was London's first police force. It was founded in 1798 by two men,  Patrick Colquhoun and John Herriot, to deal with the rampant thefts that were occurring in the corrupt and  chaotic Port of London.  Eventually the River Police became the Thames Division of the Metropolitan Police.

PLEASE NOTE - THE VENUE FOR THE FOLLOWING MEETINGS IS YET TO BE CONFIRMED

Thursday 5th December 2019
iWA Milton Keynes Branch Christmas Social:
Pre-booked ticket event. Details to be announced at Branch meetings  and on the Branch web site.

Thursday 16th January 2020
Grain Trade to Coxes Mill.
Tam and Di Murrell operated a pair of narrow boats carrying lime products for Roses Marmalade. They then turned their attention to transporting grain by barge from Tilbury to Coxes  Mill on the Wey Navigation. Eventually  they operated three coasters in and around the Thames estuary. Di will tell us of their exploits.

Thursday 20th February 2020
IWA Milton Keynes Branch Annual General Meeting - Agenda will be published in the January edition of TPT)
Followed by Athina Becket with an update on the Buckingham Canal, where Bridge 1 is being restored. Find out the latest on the project, now gathering pace.

Location map for Royal British Legion, Blechley

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

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 - The venue for meetings after November is yet to be confirmed - please check here for any updates

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.