Society Events Update – August 2022

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Thursday 2nd June was a superb sunny day that brought families out to Frimley Lodge Park to enjoy arena events and variety of stalls for the Surrey Heath Mayor’s Family Fun Day. Enthusiastic volunteers were there to join in the fun and cheerfully provide information about the canal and Basingstoke Canal Society.

Friday 3rd June, saw a small, but effective boat rally at The Fox and Hounds as part of the Fleet 4 day celebration. ABA volunteers brought Dawn to the boat rally beside Don’s narrowboat, a visiting trail boat and a variety of local boats. The 26th Odiham (Fleet) Sea Scouts gave two canoe displays and there were continuous coming and going of paddle boarders on the water too.

The queue for the barbecue and beer continued from noon until 5pm while everyone listened to live music throughout the afternoon while we chatted to many visitors to our stand along the towpath.

Fleet Carnival

2nd July saw us pitching the BCS stand in a very windy and rather chilly Calthorpe Park. The arrival of the carnival parade in the early afternoon brought families to enjoy a few hours of fun and festivity. The Buzzer Box and John Ross’ dinghy Elizabeth Rose brought Rosie & Jim enthusiasts to our pitch and also raised some funds for Kitty II. Visitors to the BCS stand were keen to chat about summer plans, took away information about boat trips and a few souvenirs of their day out.

Dogmersfield Fete & Flower Show

A very hot Saturday afternoon saw attendance numbers down on previous years. Never-the-less we were there, talking to locals and visitors alike. We spread out along a vacant space to made use of the shade from an extra gazebo and display information banners of the Basingstoke Canal Society.

Event Dates for Your Diary

Tuesday 16th Aug.     Mikron Theatre – Raising Agents, at *The Mill House, North Warnborough

Sunday 4th Sept.         Odiham Raft Race, Colt Hill 11am

Saturday 17th Sept.     River Wey Festival, Dapdune Wharf, Guildford

For more information about events listed here or volunteering with the Events Team please contact.

Heather Sloane –  BCS Events Coordinator