Month: August 2021

Winter’s Coming!

BCA Update – Summer 2021 While still trying to keep up with the summer programme of work we are already well into planning stages for this coming winters work programme. Works coming up include early winter works to repair Reading Rd Weir in Fleet. This is work that has been identified as a result of […]

Have you booked your boat trip?

Great news that our trip boats John Pinkerton and Kitty are now running with the normal number of passengers, up to 50 for John Pinkerton and 12 for Kitty.  However, as we are unable to maintain social distancing, passengers and crew will be advised to wear masks when boarding or moving about the boat. The […]

2022 Calendar Photo Competition

Closing date 30th September! Grab your cameras, seize the day and snap a perfect picture along the canal for our Calendar Photo Competition We are looking for the best 13 shots of our wonderful waterway from which to create our 2022 calendar. Sales of the 2021 A5-sized calendar raised over £1,500 for the canal society […]

From Fleet to the Olympics

Where will the Basingstoke Canal take you? In August 1979 two members, Dick Abbot and David Millet of the Surrey and Hampshire Canal Society contacted two local people, Charles Hicks and Ian Davey as they had an interest in canoeing. On Thursday 22nd November 1979 the first meeting of the Basingstoke Canal Canoe Club took […]

Batten Down The Hatches!

On 12th August the John Pinkerton II was taken over by Pirates who raised the Jolly Roger for the pirate cruise and treasure hunt! The shipmates boarded at Colt Hill wharf and soon realised that something was going on. Pirate Pete told us a tale about some buried treasure and said that he had found […]

2021 Raft Race

After an absence of a year, the Society is supporting another Raft Race to be held at Colt Hill, Odiham on 5th September. The Race is being sponsored by Galleon Marine, Odiham Parish Council and 6 local businesses. Eight teams have already entered for the Race. The event will also include canoe demonstrations to be […]