Feb 042015

The illustrated talks for the remainder of the 2014/15 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 18th February 2015 – 8pm

Liz Payne –  ‘Restoration of the Cotswolds Canals’

Liz, from the Cotswolds Canal Trust, will outline the history of the Cotswolds Canal, one of the most important in the south of this country which connected the Severn Estuary and the River Thames. She will describe the restoration work over many years and bring us up to date with the current progress along the length of the canal.

Wednesday 18th March 2015 – 8pm

Jon Wills – ‘The History and Restoration of the famous Crofton Beam Engines’

Jon will describe the fascinating history of the Crofton Beam Engines on the Kennet and Avon Canal at Great Bedwyn, and all the work that has gone on over the years to restore them to their current gleaming operating condition which attracts an increasing number of visitors to the various open days throughout the summer.

Wednesday 22nd April 2015  – 8pm  (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE)

Clive and Jill Field – ‘Narrow Boats to Norway’

Clive and Jill will give us an illustrated talk about the exploits of four narrow boats and their crews who ventured to Tilbury Docks under their own power before being taken to Sweden on a cross North Sea Ferry where they explored the scenic Gota Canal and the connecting lakes. They will tell us of their experiences whilst taking in the Scandinavian waterways scenery and getting to know a country very different from England.