Organisation of the Woking Canal Festival on the weekend of 6/7th August 2016 is now well advanced and things are already beginning to happen.
The Lightbox, next to Chobham Road Bridge, is hosting a display about the Basingstoke Canal and its history, together with a collection of photographs of volunteers working on the Canal. These have been taken by Jenifer Bunnett and Rachael Talibart, who, as professional photographers, have been recording the activities of local people who turn out every Tuesday to help maintain this splendid local amenity.
Councillors Linda Kemeny and John Kingsbury were amongst a group that gathered at the Lightbox on Saturday 16th July to view the display. Linda had been instrumental in getting funding for it and was previously Chairman of the Canal’s Joint Management Committee, while John is currently Leader of Woking Council Borough Council, which has always been one of the Canal’s most reliable supporters. The display will be up until 8th August.
The first of the Historic Narrow Boat Club’s boats is already making its way up the Canal to see the Hampshire section before returning to the rally in Woking in August. About 50 more boats are expected to join it, of which 34 are working narrow boats, many well over 50 years old.
The rally site is at Brookhouse Common, next to Brookhouse Roundabout, just west of Chertsey Road Bridge in Woking. A parade of boats will take place at 10am each day and boat trips will also be available. On site, the Canal Society will have displays of photographs of the work of their volunteers and films of the Canal’s restoration. There will be also be music, children’s entertainment and, on the Sunday, a performance by the Mikron Theatre Company. (The full programme of events can be seen here – Ed)
Entrance to the event will be free, but there is no on-site parking, so visitors will be encouraged to walk from the town centre or use public transport.
Issued by: Roger Cansdale (Editor, Basingstoke Canal News) 01252 678608 / firstname.lastname@example.org