Year: 2020

Breaking News: JP II rated COVID-19 secure

First 2020 charter trip was run on 1st August After a great deal of work and effort by many people, led by Dick King (Chairman of the Boat Company) and Simon Tudor (BCS HSE Director), together with the support of the BCA, we successfully ran our first charter trip from Odiham on John Pinkerton II […]

Accessible Boating win Queen’s Award

Accessible Boating Association is based on the Basingstoke Canal at Galleon Marine in Odiham. On 2nd June 2020 it became public knowledge that the Association had been granted the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. It’s a huge honour and acknowledges the efforts put in by all our volunteers for over thirty years of operating. Given […]

Volunteer profile: Canal Lengthsman

A Lengthsman’s Life A Lengthman’s life is varied and interesting. Not only do you learn to appreciate your little bit of the canal, there can be a gratifying sense of actually doing something about the maintenance of the canal and its environs.  I combine my lengthsman’s duties with walking my Springer Spaniel Poppy; she’s now […]

History Corner: Who built the Canal and why?

Walking or boating down the Canal today it is hard to envisage a more bucolic, pastoral environment. With its overhanging green canopy of trees, lush vegetation along its banks and its meandering route through rural parklands, woods and fields the Basingstoke canal seems to be the epitome of rural isolation and charm. Far from the […]