Aug 302015

This year’s illustrated talks for the 2015/16 winter season 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 21st October 2015 – 8pm

Graham Lewington – ‘History and Restoration of the Wey and Arun Canal’

Graham, from the Wey and Arun Canal Trust, will describe the history and bring us up to date with all the latest restoration work that has taken place over the last few years. The amount of fundraising has been incredible and has enabled major projects to be undertaken to one of the most historic of southern waterways.

Wednesday 18th November 2015 – 8pm

Roger Squires – ‘Leonardo’s Canals – Waterways of Milan and the Papia Region’

Roger will be returning to give us a talk about the city of Milan which was one of the leaders of early canal building in Europe. Canals covered include the Naviglio Grande, Pavia Canal, Bereguardo Canal, Martesena Canal and the Padermo Canal which was the final link in the network constructed to overcome the rapids on the River Adda, and to offer a through route from Lake Como to Milan.Most of us have probably never heard of these canals in Italy which date from 1177 through to 1485.

1020Wednesday 16th December 2015 – 8pm

Ron & Myra Glover – ‘Trail Boat Festivals on Isolated Waterways around Britain’

As a change from Ron and Myra’s talks from around Europe, this presentation details the trailing of craft around Britain since the mid-1970s and attending festivals that are held on land-locked waterways which narrow boats are unable to reach, Starting at the first IWA trail boat rally in 1985 held at Pewsey on the Kennet and Avon Canal to the most recent festival at Tiverton on the Grand Western Canal in Devon.

Wednesday 20th January 2016 – 8pm

Nick Pollard – ‘The History of Heathrow Airport’

Nick will take us back to the beginnings of Heathrow after the  Second World War and bring us up to date with all the developments over the years.

Wednesday  17th February 2016 – 8pm

Nick Grundy –  ‘Barging on North East Waterways’

Nick will be making a return visit to us this time to tell us about the waterways of North East England from his time at university here in the mid-1970s when he spent much time exploring and photographing the waterways of the area. In the late 1970s Nick did a number of trips as crew on a 300 ton commercial barge carrying cargoes on the Humber, Trent, Yorkshire Ouse, and the Aire and Calder Navigation.

Wednesday 16th March 2016 – 8pm

Ian McKechnie – ‘Coals to Croxley (and beyond)’

When Ian was a student at Birmingham in the 1960s,he and a group of colleagues bought a redundant wooden coal boat from a coal yard compulsorily purchased to take one of the supports for the ‘Spagetti Junction’ motorway interchange.Later they bought a derelict ex-GUCC and Willow Wren Large Northwich motor,and,after fitting it out,decided to bring it south to the London area.After loading with coal in conjunction with the Ashby Canal Society they delivered the coal to John Dickinson’s famous paper mill at Croxley