Dick King

May 172015

MagnaCarta KJPosted 18th May:

Magna Carta events in Odiham:

Fri May 22nd – Mon May 25th Exhibition All Saints Parish Church, Odiham.

Sat May 23rd – Mon May 25th Archaeology Dig in field adjacent to KJC.

Embroidery at Library in the Bridewell (22nd/23rd 9.30 -5.00pm) 24/25th (10.00 – 5.00pm)

Flower Festival Fri May 22nd – Mon May 25th All Saints Church

Fri May 22nd Village Festival in The Bury 6.00 -8.30pm

Fri May 22nd Grand Parade starts 6.30 from Close Walk (Live TV from the Church Tower)

Sat May 23rd – Mon 25th May Living History at KJC  at KJC 11.00 – 4.00pm.

Feudals Living History Group in fields near KJC

Food and Refreshments

Sun May 24th The Basingstoke Society Boat Rally

Sun May 24th Hog Roast at KJC

Mon May 25th Events at KJC finish 4.00pm

Art Festival – from 1st May

For more details, see the Odiham Magna Carta website and Facebook page.

How to get to King Johns Castle

John Pinkerton Canal Cruises and Accessible Boating Association will be running trips from Odiham wharf. There will also be a Park & Ride operating to the swing bridge in Tunnel Lane, with a short walk to the castle along the towpath.

JP Trips

Fri May 22nd 14.30 Public Trip pre-booked, + any spare spaces

Sat May 23rd 10.30 & 14.30 Charter trips

Sun May 24th 10.30 Public trip Pay’n Go one leg availability to or from KJC. Return leg depart no later than 12.00. (Adult £4, child £2.50 per leg)

14.30 Public Trip pre-booked, + any spare spaces

18.00 Public trip Pay’n Go one leg availability to or from KJC. Return leg depart no later than 19.30.

Mon May 25th 11.00 Public Trip pre-booked, + any spare spaces

14.30 Public Trip pre-booked, + any spare spaces

ABA Trips

On each day over the weekend there will be ABA boats starting about an hour after JP has left for its first trip, and spaced through the day on a demand basis. Some to go to KJC, others possible half-hr trips. Both Dawn and Madame Butterfly will be running, and both cater for wheel-chair users. (Adult £4, child £2.50 per leg).

Mooring at KJC

Would boaters please leave a free space at KJC wharf on the down-stream end, from the down-stream bollard to the end, marked by a notice.

This will still leave room for two medium narrow boats on the rest of the wharf.

24th May Society Boat Rally Details

At least 18 boats have booked, and also some steam boats.

Decorated boat competition, to be judged early Sunday pm, prize giving to follow

Prize for furthest travelled boat by water

Prize for furthest travelled boat by trail

Rally Timings: start 11.00, finish 5.00pm.

Heavy Horse Display

Canoe Demonstrations 11.30 – 12.00 & 3.00- 3.30

Morris Dancers 12.00 – 12.30 &  1.00 – 1.30

Birds of Prey Demo 12.30 – 1.00 flown from Galleon Marine.

Childrens’ Entertainment: Punch & Judy 2.00 – 2.30 and Kids Magic Show 3.30 – 4.00

Cactus Brass Band  1.30 – 2.00,  2.30 – 3.00 & 4.00-4.45

Canalania and Sales Stalls

Mobile Caterer

Andwells Brewery

Galleon Marine will be selling ice-creams etc, using a punt pushed across the canal, and then hauled back on a chain.

Food and Ale Trail – from 1st May

Posted 12th February:

Magna Carta Boat Rally Lock opening dates and times

The Basingstoke Canal Authority has put on additional dates between 18th and 27th May 2015 to make it easier for all the boats to attend the rally. For boat movements either side of those dates please refer to our normal weekly timetable.

The boat rally is being held at Colt Hill in Odiham. You will be shown to a suitable mooring point on arrival. Please allow a minimum of 3 days to complete the journey also allow for lock opening days.

Please note that the Rally licence last for 10 days starting from the day you come onto the canal, should you wish to extend the licence please contact the office on 01252 370073. Lock opening and clearing times remain unchanged.

Lock Times

Posted 21st December:


The Basingstoke Canal Society is pleased to announce that a Boat Rally will be held at Colt Hill on the Basingstoke Canal over the May late bank holiday. This will be part of  the Magna Carta celebrations in Odiham – more details of local events can be seen here.

There will be land-based attractions on Sunday 24th May complementing the boaters gathering and competitions. Due to available space, there will be a limit of 30 boats attending the rally, so boaters are asked to register as soon as possible. Arrivals from noon on Friday 22nd, illuminated boat competition to be judged on Saturday evening, with Best Presented Boat to be judged on Sunday. Prizes for the furthest travelled boat in each of Trailed and By-Water categories.

This page will be updated as soon as more details are finalised, so please come back for the latest information.

Boaters Information

Boaters attending the Rally are eligible for the special inclusive Visitor’s Navigation Licence of £45 for up to 10 days, including a single return lock transit Woodham (lock 1) to Mytchett pound (lock 28), which needs to be booked prior to travel. Lock 29 is open everyday, and this inclusive offer gives ample opportunity to explore the whole of the canal.

All boaters must complete a Visitor’s Application Form (send to BCA if not trailing) and a Registration Form to be sent to the address on the form.

Trail boats may launch at Barley Mow slipway, and the Navigation Licence is £3 per day; please bring your Visitor’s Application Form together with BSS certificate, insurance details, registration fee with you, and hand to the Harbour Master on arrival.

Visitor’s Application Form 2015

Rally Registration Form 2015



Jan 302014

John Pinkerton Crew Social Race Night

Penny throwing

Out of the Starting Stalls

Members of the JP crew and their families and guests enjoyed a fun evenings’s entertainment at the Cross Barn, Odiham last Friday 24th January. Horse races were run over a short flat-race course, horses being moved forward on the throw of two dice. The first dice indicated the horse colour to move, the second how far.

All were encouraged to bet on the outcome using a tote system, and excitement grew as each table took it in turn to throw the dice, and move the horses. After the first two races, all were able to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal.

Tim moving horse

Trainer Tim exercising his horses





The second series of races included two steeple-chase courses, where horses were unable to move forward if by doing so they would land on a jump. The last race produced the highest betting stakes, as many had a last attempt to break the tote bank.




David holding horse

David giving his horse a pep talk


During one race David’s horse refused to leave the starting stall, so he took it back to the stable for a few words of encouragement.



Liz with prize

Liz in the Winner’s Enclosure



A prize was presented to the person with the most money after six races. Staking all her remaining money on Blue, Liz’s horse galloped home a 10:1 outsider, winning by two lengths!


The booby prize was awarded to Alan, who from all those who ended up with no money at the end, staked the most money in the last race. He said he was thrilled to receive the toy elephant, which he will give to his grandchildren.

Alan & Noreen with the Booby Prize

Alan & Noreen with the Booby Prize





Everybody enjoyed the evening, with several calls to repeat the event at a later date. And no, nobody went home with any winnings, as it was just ‘funny money’!


Our grateful thanks to all who helped make this so successful; Tricia for decorating the tables and making many of the arrangements; Phil for acting as tote bookmaker; Rosie for the excellent supper; David for helping with the extra drink arrangements; Martin for the loan of the equipment (a donation will be made to the TwoFold Trust); and finally to all those who stayed on to wash-up and make sure everything was clean and tidy.


Sophie throwing

Sophie persuading her horse to come home

 Last updated by on 30 January, 2014