Sun Shines on First IWA Braunston Boat Gathering08 May 2014
Over thirty boats gathered in glorious sunshine for IWA Northampton Branch’s first ever Boat Gathering held in the historic Nurser’s canal dock at Braunston Marina over the May Day Bank Holiday (May 2nd – 5th). The event was boosted in numbers by members of local adoption group Braunston Canal Society, one of the beneficiaries of funds raised over the weekend, and also some of the 250 moorers based at the Marina.
The weekend saw a full programme of activities including guided walks, a treasure hunt, quizzes, games and competitions. Prize for Best Turned Out Boat was won by The Friends of Raymond who also received a donation of £166 from the proceeds of the raffle on Sunday night towards their work restoring, maintaining and exhibiting historic working boats Raymond and Nutfield.
Highlights over the weekend were visits from Canal & River Trust South East Waterway Manager Neil Owen and his family, and Canal & River Trust Chief Executive Officer Richard Parry who took time out from talking to visiting boaters to take a trip down to Braunston Turn and back aboard Aldgate steered by Nick Wolfe. Chris Heaton-Harris, local MP for Daventry, also dropped by.
Chris Burton, of Braunston Canal Society said “We were delighted that IWA Northampton Branch chose Braunston as the site for its Annual Gathering this year and were pleased to assist and make it into an enjoyable and busy weekend for everyone. The Branch has been very supportive of our volunteer work and we were glad to be able to repay some of this help.”
Tim Coghlan, owner of Braunston Marina, who kindly allowed IWA Northampton Branch use of the marina facilities said “With excellent weather - especially for a bank holiday, it proved a very successful and enjoyable gathering. This was both so for our visiting friends from IWA and our moorers who welcomed the onsite real ale bar, BBQ and fish ‘n chips facilities!”
All in all it was an enjoyable fun filled weekend with plenty to do for everyone.
Photo: Narrowboat Raymond at IWA Northampton Branch's Braunston Boat Gathering (photo by Tim Coghlan)