Craig Shanks

Aug 202014
 

Date
23 & 24th August 2014

Start time :
9.30 – 10 at the Barley Mow car park

Work Site
The slip at Dogmersfield and Barley Mow Wharf

Tasks

  • Preparing logs for sale
  • collecting Alan Flight and bringing the boat to the slip.  Loading on Saturday for log sales on Sunday
  • Logs sales Sunday (all being well)
  • Loading boat with 2tonnes oak/ash at end of Sunday prior to boat being taken to Hermitage
 Last updated by on 20 August, 2014
May 082014
 

Date
10 & 11 May 2014

Start time :
9.30 – 10 at the Barn at Colt Hill, Odiham

Work Site

The barn at Colt Hill
Park at Odiham Wharf and walk round the back of the Waterwitch to the barn, or on London Road, taking care to avoid people’s driveways.  Drive down London Road from Odiham High St, over Colt Hill bridge and right off the end of London Road into the car park (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=474750&y=151650&z=0&sv=su747516&st=5&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf)

Tasks

  • Slab laying
  • Turfing rest of area beyond gate and preparing slope for turf.
 Last updated by on 8 May, 2014
Apr 232014
 

Date
26 & 27 April 2014

Start time :
9.30 – 10 at the Barn at Colt Hill, Odiham

Work Site
The barn at Colt Hill
Park at Odiham Wharf and walk round the back of the Waterwitch to the barn, or on London Road, taking care to avoid people’s driveways.  Drive down London Road from Odiham High St, over Colt Hill bridge and right off the end of London Road into the car park (http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=474750&y=151650&z=0&sv=su747516&st=5&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf)

 Tasks

  • Slab laying
  • Landscaping
  • Sorting out the levels where the surface water drain enters the canal
  • Removing the security fence panels from the site
  • Fixing a new light and the other electric point

 Last updated by on 23 April, 2014
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
Jan 092014
 

Date

11 & 12 January 2014

Start time :  Saturday 9.00 – 9.15 at the Society’s barn at Colt Hill.

Time at Barley Mow dependent on how many fallen trees we have to deal with

Sunday 9.00 – 9.30 at the Barley Mow

 
Work Site

Society’s Barn at Colt Hill then the Dogmersfield Slip

Tasks

Take the work boat down to the Dogmersfield slip to cut up logs, removing trees and branches across/floating in the canal along the way.
One or two cars and the van will be taken to the Barley Mow in order to take people back to Colt Hill at the end of the day, and the drivers walk back to meet the boat.
The trip may take an hour, or all day depending on what we find.

Volunteers are welcome.

 Last updated by on 9 January, 2014
Dec 012013
 

Date

7 & 8 December 2013

Start time :   9.30 – 10.00

Work Site

Society’s Barn at Colt Hill then Warnborough lift bridge

There is limited parking at the lift bridge and there will be a big delivery this weekend so our working party leader recommends that people park at Colt Hill and catch the boat (which will leave about 9.30) when we go down to the lift bridge or car share from Colt Hill.

Tasks

  • sort out kink in the piling
  • complete the back filling
  • add the last piece of channel and weld the joints
  • complete the armco
  • finish the landing with roadstone
  • start making the new doors for the western end garage
  • possibly loading the barge
  • off bank and tow path clearance if we finish everything else

Volunteers are welcome.

 Last updated by on 1 December, 2013
Nov 182013
 

Date

23 & 24 November  2013

Start time :   9.30 – 10.00

Work Site

Society’s Barn at Colt Hill then Warnborough lift bridge

There is limited parking at the lift bridge and there will be a big delivery this weekend so our working party leader recommends that people park at Colt Hill and catch the boat when we go down to the lift bridge or car share from Colt Hill.

Tasks

  • piling at North Warnborough lift bridge
  • off bank and tow path clearance for the working party not involved with the landing construction

Volunteers are welcome.

 Last updated by on 18 November, 2013
Nov 082013
 
Donation of a brush cutter by Stihl UK

Donation of a brush cutter by Stihl UK

Generous donations are always welcome and the Society is very pleased to receive a brushcutter from Stihl UK for use by the societies work parties. Pictured are Hans Fairley (right), Technical Services Manager of Stihl, whose UK headquarters are in Camberley, and BCS committee member, Jeff Hill.

This gift followed a trip on the John Pinkerton II enjoyed by staff from Stihl. We must also thank Ian Moore who was skipper on that trip and Mike Gordon who was in the crew for creating the opportunity and establishing the contact with the company. Hans has also promised to consider the Basingstoke Canal for team building work parties using volunteers from staff at Stihl.

The Society much appreciates the generosity of Stihl in making this donation.

Jeff Hill

Nov 022013
 

Date

9 & 10 November  2013

Start time :   9.30 – 10.00

Work Site

Society’s Barn at Colt Hill then Warnborough lift bridge

There is limited parking at the lift bridge so our working party leader recommends that people park at Colt Hill and catch the boat when we go down to the lift bridge –  please have consideration for the local residents.

Tasks

  • piling at North Warnborough lift bridge
  • off bank clearance for the working party not involved with the landing construction

Volunteers are welcome.

 Last updated by on 2 November, 2013
Oct 232013
 

Date

26 & 27 October 2013

Start time :   9.30 – 10.00

Work Site

Society’s Barn at Colt Hill then Warnborough lift bridge

There is limited parking at the lift bridge so our working party leader recommends that people park at Colt Hill and catch the boat when we go down to the lift bridge –  please have consideration for the local residents.

Tasks

  • fix and paint the new feather edge
  • paint the rear wall where it has been repaired
  • tidy the barn
  • construct new shelving units
  • begin work at North Warnborough landing
  • off bank clearance for the working party not involved with the landing construction

Volunteers are welcome.

 Last updated by on 23 October, 2013
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