May 172015

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Message from The Basingstoke Canal Society Chairman

The Society will be holding an event and boat rally at Colt Hill, Odiham on Sunday 24th May as part of the Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations. The rally will host visiting boats and there will be activities on the wharf including music, children’s entertainment, catering (there will be a bar provided by Andwells Brewery), stalls, canoe demonstrations and Morris dancing. Boats will also be departing from the wharf to take visitors to King John’s Castle where there will be a number of activities throughout the day including medieval re-enactments, falconry, archery demonstrations and sword fighting. The rally will also provide us with an opportunity to publicise our plans for the Colt Hill area which include a new boat basin and a visitor centre. Details on how to take part in the rally can be seen above and here (or contact Jan Byrnes on 07747 000519).

Help Needed

We urgently need Society members to help us run the rally. In particular we need support for car parking, the organisation of children’s entertainment and catering. We would also appreciate help in setting up the rally site and taking it down in the evening. Any help would be appreciated – even for an hour or two. If you can offer your services, please contact Philip Riley (01256-702109) or Verna Smith (01252-517622). Thank you.

Philip Riley, Society Chairman

Note:  The Society boat rally is part of wider celebrations going on in Odiham during May and June. For more information, please see the Odiham Magna Carta website.