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No. 54. August 2021.

Welcome to our August Bulletin 

This update highlights the range of activity going on along the Canal at the moment. Of course lots of work goes on to make this happen and we need everyone’s support. So if you are not a Member, can I please ask you to go to our website and join the Canal Society today. Also with local council budgets under pressure, please take every opportunity to remind your local council of the need to support this wonderful local amenity

Thank you - and enjoy the Canal

Ken Sankey, Editor, Basingstoke Canal Bulletin

2022 Calendar Photo Competition

Grab your cameras, seize the day and snap a perfect picture along the Canal for our Calendar Photo Competition.  

We are looking for the best 13 shots of our wonderful waterway from which to create our 2022 calendar.

Sales of the 2021 A5-sized calendar raised over £1,500 for the Canal Society and this year we hope to make the most of your photographs by increasing its size to A4.

Closing date is 30th September. Visit our website for more information and how to enter our 2022 Calendar Photo Competition.

Activity update #1: Have you booked your boat trip?

It's fantastic news that our trip boats John Pinkerton and Kitty are now running. John Pinkerton in Odiham, runs public trips on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Kitty in Woking offers public trips on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Both boats are available to charter for a private event or party. John Pinkerton has a licensed bar and charterers can make their own arrangements for food. The boats are crewed by trained volunteers from the Basingstoke Canal Society.

Read the latest update about our boat trips. Book your trip now.
Activity update #2: Join us at the 2021 Raft Race

After an absence of a year, the Society is supporting another Raft Race to be held at Colt Hill, Odiham on 5th September. The Race is being sponsored by Galleon Marine, Odiham Parish Council and 6 local businesses. Eight teams have already entered the Race. 

Visit our website for more details.
Canal projects update

The Society is busy with a number of ongoing projects, including:
  • Opening and completion of Holland Moorings at Farnborough Road
  • Information Boards
  • On-line archive/museum
  • Last 5 Miles footpath route 
  • Kiity replacement
Visit our website to Find out more about these projects.

From Fleet to the Olympics. Where could the Basingstoke Canal take you?

The Basingstoke Canal Canoe Club has been thriving since its formation in Fleet in November 1979. With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics coming to an end, it's a good time to highlight some of our Olympians and links to the Olympics.

Helen Reeves, who started paddling on the canal at Fleet, won Women's Slalom K1 Bronze medal Olympic Games Athens 2004. Helen inspired Mallory Franklin a Windsor Club member who has just won silver at Tokyo 2020. Helen has gone on to commentate for The BBC at the London, Rio and Tokyo Games.

Visit our website to Find out more about the origins, history and achievements of Basingstoke Canal Canoe Club.

And lets not forget Paralympian Denise Smith MBE who had strong ties with the Basingstoke Canal. Denise suffered from childhood polio and a subsequent car crash but she refused to be beaten, competed in the ice sledge at the 1984 Winter Paralympics at Innsbruck and won three silver medals in the 100, 300, and 500-metre grade I events.
News from the Canal Authority

Fiona Shipp, Canal Manager at the Basingstoke Canal Authority, updates us on the many initiatives planned as part of the winter work programme, including:
  • Repairs to Reading Road Weir in Fleet
  • Bed relining of Crookham Deeps
  • Path Recovery Programme
  • Annual treatment of the Japanese Knotweed
Read more
Basingstoke Canal - the 13th best place to paddleboard in the world!

Move over Kerala, South Island New Zealand, Gold Coast Australia, French Caribbean and the river Nile. In a recent survey - #Paddle100 - the OFFICIAL top 100 places to paddle in the WORLD - your canal has been ranked as the 13th best place to paddleboard. To create this first ever top 100 list of the world’s greatest paddling locations, a panel of judges as well as a public vote rated each nomination on beauty, tranquillity, excitement, uniqueness, and accessibility.

Read the full article here.
Watch the video on YouTube below - we are at 5 mins 26 secs.
Canal Boat magazine takes a trip on our canal

"Visiting the Basingstoke Canal may take a little more planning than some waterways, but it’s worth it to cruise a lovely waterway with abundant wildlife, enticing pubs and a warm welcome from local people... A springtime trip among the bluebells to the Basingstoke Canal certainly blew away my lockdown cobwebs."
... writes Julie Clark of Canal Boat magazine.

Read the full article here. A big thank you to Canal Boat for their kind permission to reference the article.

About Basingstoke Canal Society

As the guardian of Basingstoke Canal, the Society promotes and campaigns for the sustainable future of the Canal as a navigation.
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