Craig Shanks

Oct 112019
 

The Illustrated talks for the 2019/20 season have been announced and are listed below. Please come along to hear presentations about a variety of subjects from interesting and entertaining speakers in the company of fellow enthusiasts. For details of the venue and more about the Canal Society social meetings, please click here.

 

Wednesday, 16th October 2019 – 8pm

Fiona Shipp: ‘Management of The Basingstoke Canal’

Fiona will describe the day-to-day operations of the Basingstoke Canal Authority and how they work with neighbouring local authorities, volunteers and the Canal Society to manage the Canal.

 

Wednesday 20st November 2019 – 8pm

Rosie Jordan: ‘Surrey Search and Rescue’

Surrey Search and Rescue is a professional but unpaid team who are on call to assist Surrey Police 24 hours a day to search for and rescue vulnerable missing persons. They search on land and in or near water, sometimes from their boats and from the air with drones.

 

Wednesday 18th December 2019 – 8pm

Film Archive: ‘From the BCS Archives’

Archive film about one of the last commercial voyages from the Wey Navigation into London’s Royal Docks. The film was made in the 1970’s by Tony Harmsworth but has recently had a commentary added and now presents a vivid picture of life and work on the Wey Navigation and the River Thames at this time.

 

Wednesday 15th January 2020 – 8pm

Lester Hillman: ‘When London had an inland port’

The arrival of the completed Regent’s Canal with a huge terminal at City Basin was a game changer for London. Hear about the politics, engineering marvels, commerce and the crime linked to this project. What of the future of the City Basin?

 

Wednesday 19th February 2020 – 8pm

Ms Jo Gosney: ‘100 years under the flightpath’

Jo Gosney’s talk is about Farnborough and the impact of aviation on the people, workplace and economy for over a century. Farnborough is renowned for is International Air Show but its inhabitants know a different history. At the beginning of the 20th Century the army moved its Balloon Factory to Government land in South West Farnborough. This marked the beginning of an era of experimental flying and research that took Britain to the forefront of aviation development. With the evolution of flight the town expanded and developed rapidly. The talk charts that progression with photographs of various aspects of daily life in the shadow of the airfield.

 

Wednesday 18th March 2020 – 8pm

Alan Norris: ‘Woking’s Railways’

Alan describes the coming of the railways to Woking in the 1830’s and how the London Necropolis Company’s cemetery at Brookwood affected the town’s development. The talk will also include the Brookwood cemetery railway and the Bisley Tramway.

 

Wednesday 15th April 2020 – 8pm

Tim Knox: ‘The Electric Boat Association’

Tim is a committee member of the Electric Boat Association and owner of Mothership Marine. He will tell us about the association, the advantages of electric propulsion for canal boats and the current state of electric boat technology.

Feb 192019
 

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Edition 260 (late Autumn 2018) of the Basingstoke Canal News is now online.

No 260: Autumn 2018:
Editorial, Chairman’s report, No go to the C&RT at present, A fun weekend at Mytchett and Odiham, Royal visit to present the QAVS, Events, Work party report, Emergency dam practice, John Pinkerton, Report from the JMC meeting, Vision for the Future, Oportunities to help sustain and promote the Canal and the Society, BCS Membership, BCS information, and Raft Race winners.

Nov 272018
 

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The Autumn 2018 Edition of the Basingstoke Canal News is now online.

No 259: Autumn 2018:
Editorial, Chairman’s report, Volunteers at work, Tuesday Volunteers, Contractor work, Canal Centre development plans, News from the Boat Company, Social media, Artefacts, Events, A Woking philosopher?, Water Problems by Duncan Paine, GDPR reflections, Sales, BCS Membership, BCS information, and Crookham wharf.

Nov 272018
 

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The Summer 2018 Edition of the Basingstoke Canal News is now online.

No 258: Summer 2018:
Editorial, Chairman’s AGM report, AGM report, Society accounts for 2017, AGM, Work on the canal, The perils of Facebook, Events, Environment Agency, Old Pinkerton’s new progress, General Data Protection Regulations, BCS Membership, BCS information, and Crookham Wharf.

Mar 182018
 

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The Spring 2018 Edition of the Basingstoke Canal News is now online.

No 257: Spring 2018:
Editorial, Chairman’s Report, Update on the Future of the Basingstoke Canal Society, Future of the Basingstoke Canal Update, JMC, Inspecting Our Canal, Weedcutting, Fly, BBC CountryFile, Society Annual General Meeting, Events, Chobham Talks, The Battle of Pondtail or how the canal was saved by a good lunch, Farewell Peter Coxhead and Ken Thornber, BCS Membership, BCS information and Tunnel inspection.

Dec 042017
 

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The Winter 2017 Edition of the Basingstoke Canal News is now online.

No 256: Winter 2017: Editorial, Chairman’s Report, Update on the Future Management of the Basingstoke Canal, Letter, Men at work, BCA Operational Report to JMC, Canal Society Work Party, New work boat “Jim Douglas”, Odds & ends, Chobham Talks, Voices from the past, Sales stand, Trip boats, Farewell Ron McLaughlin and John Kilburn, BCS Membership, BCS Information and Kingfisher.

Nov 222017
 

Looking for Christmas cards? Look no further.

We have two new designs available. The first features a photograph by Paul Drane of Rosebud preparing to depart on a Santa Cruise and the second a winter scene of boats moored at the Canal Centre, painted by Nancy Larcombe.

Paul Drane card front

Paul Drane card

Nancy Larcombe card front

Nancy Larcombe card

Price is £3.50 for a packet of 10 identical cards. All profits from the sale of these cards help to support the Basingstoke Canal.

To order please email Denise Smith.

Aug 292017
 

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The Autumn 2017 Edition of the Basingstoke Canal News is now online.

No 255: Autumn 2017: Editorial, Chairman’s Report, Dogmersfield slip – nearly finished, Volunteering on the Basingstoke, More volunteering, New work boat?, David Junkison, JP & Kitty Report, Cream Tea cruises, Sales, Chobham Talks, ‘Juniper’ at Galleon Marine, Woking Grand Prix, Farewell Les Harris, John Humphries OBE, Clive Durley, Jan Smith and Terry Harrison, BCS Membership, BCS Information and Dogmersfield slip works.

Jun 122017
 

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The Summer 2017 Edition of the Basingstoke Canal News is now online.

No 254: Summer 2017: Editorial, Chairman’s AGM report, AGM report, Society Accounts for 2016, Work Party report, Winter & spring works on the canal, Lock 14, Developments in Woking, Bits and pieces, The Canal in Woking during WWI, Sales, Ian Cripps, BCS Membership, BCS information and Dogmersfield slip works.

Mar 022017
 

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The Spring 2017 Edition of the Basingstoke Canal News is now online.

No 253: Spring 2017: Editorial, Chairman’s report, Basingstoke Canal Future Management Options, Moves at Ash Lock, Society Work Party activities, Volunteers – We need you!!, Winter works on the canal, Reminiscences of dredging the canal and how the Society became the proud owners of a Ruston Bucyrus Dragline, Chobham talks, Canal Society AGM, Letters, Membership, BCS information and Busy morning at Ash Lock.

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