Roy and Evita BUCKINGHAM CANAL SOCIETY NEWS
One of our Committee members attended a Planning meeting at Aylesbury Vale District Council and was delighted to discover that their Planning Office is very keen to have the canal included in the current plans being drawn up, and discussions are taking place to secure the line of the canal. Stop Press: The Society's planning application to re-water the Bourton Meadow site at the Buckingham end has been approved. - Ed.
Following their whirlwind romance that began at the Simpson Road bus stop, Roy Cleverly (Branch Committee member and former Branch Chairman) and Evita Holloway were married on 17 March at Bletchley Registry Office, with a reception afterwards at the Swan Hotel, Fenny Stratford. We send best wishes to Roy and Evita for every happiness. Photo: Rodney Evans.
New members The following members have recently joined MK Branch. We hope to see you at our meetings or other activities please introduce yourselves to a Committee member. Mr M & Mrs J Annan, Bletchley, MK Mr A J & Mrs J M Bambridge, Kempston Mr M & Mrs P Boyden, Heath and Reach Mr P & Mrs K Brooks, Hitchin Mr A Dawe, Bletchley, MK Mr M & Mrs J M Dovey, Bradwell Common, MK Mr & Mrs M Kennedy, Flitwick Mr M Evans, Grand Union Diesel Services, Olney Mr A Harries, Dunstable Mr P Savage & Miss H Gallen, Simpson, MK Mr P Wilkinson, Bletchley, MK
We had a very productive meeting with Jeff Whyatt of British Waterways. The re-watering of the canal at Cosgrove must wait until we are out of the drought conditions, but they are very keen for us to go ahead with building earth bunds at 100-metre intervals ready for the rewatering. Permission has also been given for an ex-builder volunteer to re-build a flood sluice facing wall at the end of the canal near theA5. At present there is a small fence blocking the towpath which means all equipment has to be carried over it, but BW has given permission for us to install a gate. This will make life easier for both volunteers and walkers. After one more work party our volunteers will have completed the work at Cosgrove, and will move to the Nature Reserve where most of the work will be to install the set of lock gates from the Northampton Arm we recently received from BW. Other tasks include removing the excess of reeds that are growing in the canal bed. We plan to spend most of the summer working at this site with occasional diversions to our other two sites at Bourton Meadow and Little Hill Farm. April was an important month for us, as our open day took place on Sunday 22 April at Cosgrove Village Hall. Residents of Cosgrove and the surrounding villages were invited to come and discuss our plans to restore the canal. This event was held at BW’s suggestion, and allowed us to explain our future restoration plans to the local people. Our annual festival at Cosgrove takes place over the weekend of 21 - 22 July, and we hope to make it a bigger and better event than last year! Athina Beckett.
Branch “adopts” Fenny Lock
Discussions have taken place with British Waterways regarding the Branch taking on some routine maintenance tasks at Fenny Lock and its surroundings, under BW's Adoption Scheme. Tasks would include painting around the lock and adjacent fencing, litter collecting, and tidiness of the boaters’ facilities, Pump House and surroundings. The Committee sees this as a further chance for both existing and potential new members of all ages to get involved. If you (or someone you know) would like to help, please contact Rodney Evans (see Page 16).
The journal of the Milton Keynes Branch of the Inland Waterways Association