Says it all really, anything, everything, if it’s happening we want it here.
Please let us know of anything you want publicised, meetings, gigs, parties…
From Grand Union Boaters discussing CRT plans for the Southern Grand Union including Roving Mooring Permits and the recent mooring restrictions. Meeting tonight if any boaters are in the area.
“We have organised our first collective boaters meeting for the 12th
June, where the above points are to be discussed. None of us are sure
what to expect, but a number of external people have also been invited
to give small talks on issues. It was suggested that I contact the
Kennet & Avon community to offer an invite to any members that may be
in the area at the time (the meeting will take place at Bletchley
(Fenny Stratford end), Milton Keynes. Boats from Tring to Milton
Keynes have been notified as best we could.
The venue details are:
Masonic Centre, rear of 263 Queensway, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK2 2BZ
Doors open from 6pm, meeting start 7pm; 12th June, 2013
Up The Cut is to make an appearance at the Bath Fringe.On Saturday 8th June, comedian Matt Cranium will be joined by Fullsail Puppet Theatre, folk-rock sea shanty band Calico Jack, Arcc playing a live, improvised, soundtrack to Jean Vigo’s yearning tale of love and boats, L’Atalante, Chardash, and special guests.
A statement from our intrepid crew
Ahoy thereWe are the Kennet and Avon Seagull Appreciation Society, otherwise known as Iolo, Toby and Ted. we were reading about the British Seagull engine and discovered that during the 2nd world war the Admiralty required an outboard motor that would require virtually no maintenance, could be sunk and still run when raised back out, and would run non stop for 24 hours.
Well, we know many who have tried the first two intentionaly or not, but to our knowledge no one has tried to achieve the last, ie run it non stop for 24 hours.
So this is our challenge.
We will be using a 12 foot dinghy with a Silver Century; 102cc, 3hp, clutched, 55 year old British Seagull. though they are reputedly reliable and bomb proof, there are many who disrgard them and think of them as a heap of junk that takes more time to fix than you will ever have them running for. We disagree!! and we are out to prove them wrong, try running any other 50- 60 year old engine non stop under load for 24 hours!
Our plan is to start in reading at 12 noon on Friday the 8th of March, traveling the entire 86 miles and 106 locks or the Kennet and Avon Canal, that normally takes a week to cruise. in a nearly impossible 24 hours! are we mad ? Yes i think so. we will be aiming to arrive in Bath at noon on Saturday the 9th. to a huge cheering crowd going wild, throwing money into our collection buckets, and squirting us with champagne. Hurrah!!
We aim to raise £6,850 by noon on Saturday the 9th. this is the amount it costs the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Service per day!!! So, with our 24 hours of endurance, we aim to be able to support them for 24 hours. After all they save lives and wouldn’t you be just a bit annoyed if you needed them to airlift you to hospital one day but they didn’t have enough money to keep their helicopter in the air.
Time trials at Cow Bridge, Claverton on Saturday 4th March at 10am
Reading to Bath, March 8th 2013
in aid of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Service
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A gruelling test of man, dog and machine.
The British Seagull engine is legendary for being reliable, simple and almost indestructible. The British Admiralty ordered 1,000s in World War II specifying that they should ‘run for 24 hours non-stop’.
Well, three intrepid Kennet and Avon Boaters are to test this assertion in their own unique combination of Wacky Races, Three Men in a Boat and Those Magnificent Men in Their
Flying Floating Machines.
Starting from Reading they will attempt a non-stop cruise of the Canal to Bath in a small dinghy powered by a Seagull engine. And, we assume, a copious supply of two-stroke oil and petrol.
The intention is to raise enough money for 24hours of operation for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, a charity without central government funding that, since its launch some 21 years ago, has attended literally thousands of incidents, providing an essential emergency medical service throughout the County of Wiltshire. It takes £1,917 to keep the air ambulance flying for 24 hours.
You won’t miss them passing – no matter what time of day or night—give them a cheer as they pass—or shout at them for waking you up, they won’t tell the difference over that din.
Now, I’m off to search eBay for electric outboards.