Chairman’s Column—continued the Waterways Renaissance Awards. See Page 5 for details and latest T he members below have joined the Branch since the news on both of these. last TPT . We hope to see
The princely sum of £1,600 was donated to waterway good causes. you at our events or meetRodney Evans and I have been attending meetings on the future of ings soon—please introduce Bulbourne Yard near Tring. Although just out of our area, it is an yourselves. iconic part of the Grand Union’s history, and we are keen to ensure Mr D & Mrs S Fothergill, Clophill Mr J Gardner, Buckingham that the best use is made of the site and that its heritage is protected. Mr A J Keel, M aulden Mr P & Mrs C Lavin, Luton
In our area we have agreed to distribute the Boat Safety Scheme’s booklet on the prevention and recognition of carbon monoxide poisoning, but unfortunately due to the atrocious conditions on the Clean-up weekend, this got off to a slow start. Our Lock Ransom takes place on 24-27 May at Three Locks, Soulbury - we had a heat wave last year - maybe that’s the place to be! The response so far to our appeal for help has been, shall we say, below narrowboat cruising speed. I know many of you are reluctant to commit too far in advance, but it does help our case in appealing to C&RT for reserved moorings if we know how many boats are attending. Your Committee also needs to judge whether we have enough folk to make the event work. S o even if you are only a "maybe", please tell me or any other Committee member.
Letter from Sussex Former Branch Chairman Tony Collins has written to say that, due to advancing age, he and Diana have reluctantly sold their narrowboat We stmead: We're not on our last legs by any means - nothing that a full service an d a fe w ne w parts couldn’t cure - but as we ha d such a terrific time in MK, we felt we couldn’t stop boating without passing our grateful thanks to the Branch Committee and members for making our stay so memorable. We enjoyed every minute of it.
On 27 July, the Linslade Canal Festival will take place at Tiddenfoot Waterside Park. We have attended for many years to promote IWA (and of course in particular our Branch), but for the last few years, due to a lack of support from branch members, we have shared a stand with Buckingham Canal Society. You need only commit for a few hours, and if we have enough people there is time for all to have a wander around and see all the other stalls and demonstrations. It is very much a country fair theme with many crafts represented. If you can help, please talk to Les Franklin or Dave Roberts (the old hands), or my- We plan to do some touring in the summer, by car or self, or any other Committee member. Have a happy summer - I hope we have one for all our sakes - cruising or whatever else you may be doing on or off the water, and I look forward to seeing you at our social/education evenings starting in September, if not before. Peter Caswell, Branch Chairman.
coach - the local firm do a good line in day trips or short breaks. And we promise we won't be joining the Zimmer frame race on Eastbourne sea front just yet!
We also hope to join in a Clean-up dinner or two, and IWA Northampton Branch has agreed with Canal & River Trust to the Christmas social. It will be good to catch up with adopt the 17-lock Northampton Arm of the Grand Union Canal. you for all the news. Until then take care, all of you, The Branch will use funds raised from its annual boat rally in Beck- and we hope you have a ett’s Park to purchase new equipment for litter picking, hedge mainte- good boating season.
NORTHAMPTON ADOPTS ARM
nance, painting and other tasks on the Arm's locks and bridges. It is hoped that volunteers from the Friends of Beckett’s Park, Northamp- With all our best wishe s, ton Open Space, Barclaycard, and other organisations will participate. T ony & Did. IWA press release, March 2013.
The magazine of the Milton Keynes Branch of the Inland Waterways Association