Social Events and Illustrated Talks


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The Illustrated Talks have been taking place for many years during the winter season at The Parish Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Station Road, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8AJ, at 8pm on the third Wednesday of the month from October to April.

Not only are these meetings an opportunity to meet fellow canal enthusiasts, but also to hear interesting talks on a variety of subjects, which are usually canal related. Non members and friends will be made very welcome.

For further information about talks taking place in 2021, please visit our main website by clicking here.


Talks from previous seasons

Speakers and their subject from previous seasons have included the following:

2018/19 Season

Kim Lowe: ‘The Life of Brookwood Cemetery’
Pam and Mark Bathurst: ‘The History and Restoration of the Paddle Steamer Medway Queen “Heroine of Dunkirk”’
David Linsell: ‘Power from Poo’
Pete Starling: ‘By Barge to Blighty – The role of inland waterways and the evacuation of casualties in the First World War’
Malcolm Head: ‘Archaeological Treasures of the Thames’
David Rouse: ‘200 Years of The Thames and Medway Canal’
Roger Cansdale: ‘Impact of the Military on the Basingstoke Canal’

2017/18 Season

Clive and Jill Field: ‘History and Restoration of the Cotswold Canals’
Colin Brown: ‘The RNLI – it’s not all at sea’
Dave Williams and Kathryn Killner: ‘Wildlife along the Canal’
Nathan Ellis: ‘The Thames Tidal Defences’
Dr Roger Squires: ‘Exploring the Caledonian Canal’
Deborah Wheeler: ‘Whitchurch Silk Mill’
Neil Owen: ‘Canal & River Trust Engineering – a 200 Year Old Infrastructure’

2016/17 Season

Dr Roger Squires: ‘The Regents Canal – History and an Overview of the Canal Today’
Nick Pollard: ‘The Thames Bridges, Staines to Kingston’
Ron & Myra Glover: ‘A Watery Canadian Adventure – Cruising Around the Islands of Vancouver’
Dr Paul Hope: ‘Studying the Bats of the Basingstoke Canal and Greywell Tunnel’
David Plunkett: ‘Eling Tide Mill, the Past and the Future’
Carolyn Haynes: ‘History of Bursledon Brickworks’
Graham MacKenzie: ‘SS Shieldhall – 61 years and counting’

2015/16 Season

Graham Lewington – ‘History and Restoration of the Wey and Arun Canal’
Roger Squires –  ‘Leonardo’s Canals  – Waterways of Milan and the Papia Region’
Ron and Myra Glover -‘Trail Boat Festivals on Isolated Waterways around Britain’
Nick Pollard – ‘The History of Heathrow Airport’
Nick Grundy – ‘Barging on North East Waterways’
Ian McKechnie – ‘Coals to Croxley (and beyond)’
Dave Jones – ‘What happened when the money ran out – 18th. Century Canal Tokens’

2014/15 Season

Nick Grundy –  ‘Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant 2012′
Chris Coyle –  ‘The Wilts and Berks Canal – The Most Ambitious Restoration’
Richard Thomas –  ‘A Day In The Life Of ….. A Thames Tug’
John Gibson –  ‘The National Trust and the Wey Navigations’
Liz Payne –  ‘Restoration of the Cotswolds Canals’
Jon Wills – ‘The History and Restoration of the famous Crofton Beam Engines’
Clive and Jill Field – ‘Narrow Boats to Norway’

2013/14 Season

Tim Morris – ‘Brooklands into the Second Century’
Alan Smith – ‘Canal and River Cruising US Style’
John How – ‘The London Water Ring Main’
Dr Roger Squires – ‘ The Canals and Navigable Rivers of Southern France’
Graham Deavin – ‘ The Rivers and Canals of Brittany’
Nigel Crowe – ‘Conserving the Waterways Heritage’
Dr David Hilling – ‘ Inland Shipping in West Africa’

2012/13 Season

Robin Higgs – ‘Canals and Rivers of Eastern France’
Murray Jones – ‘History of Dragon Boat Racing’
Kathryn Dodington – ‘The Jubilee Thames River Pagent 2012’
Roger Squires BEM – ‘Passage to Astrakhan’
Peter Halman – ‘Thames from Oxford to Windsor’
Ron and Myra Glover – ‘Down the Rhine and Up the Neckar’
David Saady – ‘The Ribble Link and the Lancaster Canal’
Ray Orth – ‘ The Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal’

 Last updated by on 19 February, 2021