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2019 HISTORIC BOAT RALLY 29TH & 30TH JUNE

Historic Narrowboat Rally & Canal Festival. Weekend 29-30 June 2019. Entrance £20 per car.

2019 HISTORIC NARROWBOAT RALLY June 29 – 30
Fun for ALL the family!!
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Historic Narrowboat Rally & Canal Festival.
Weekend 29-30 June 2019.
Entrance £20 per car.
10:00 – 17:00

Events include:
Rally of surviving Fellows Morton & Clayton & other Historic narrowboats, with daily parades. Plus Trade Exhibitors, Canal Societies, Music, Food, Bar and FUN!

Don’t miss the 2019 Rally & Canal Festival at Braunston Marina this year. Weekend 29th – 30th June 2019.
FREE admittance but there’s a £20 parking fee (ALL profits to canal & local causes).

This is the 17th of our hugely popular working narrowboat rally – the UK’s largest! Well over 80 historic boats gather and take part in parades with commentary – stirring stuff!

There is a real ale beer tent, exhibitors, traders & waterways artists, an open air Songs of Praise church service on Sunday, live music from bands & groups, Morris dancing and “fast” food vendors.

– in fact FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY!
Don’t miss the great live music in the beer tent, especially Friday & Saturday evenings.

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2018 HISTORIC NARROWBOAT RALLY JUNE 23 – 24

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Fun for ALL the family!!

Historic Narrowboat Rally & Canal Festival.
Weekend 23-24 June 2018.
Entrance £20 per car.
10:00 – 17:00

Events include:

Rally of surviving historic Braunston & Grand Union CC boats, with daily parades. Plus Trade Exhibitors, Canal Societies, Music, Food, Bar and FUN!

Don’t miss the 2018 Rally & Canal Festival at Braunston Marina this year. Weekend 23th – 24th June 2018. FREE admittance but there’s a £20 parking fee (ALL profits to canal & local causes). Guest of honour is DAVID SUCHET.

This is the 16th of our hugely popular working narrowboat rally – the UK’s largest! Well over 80 historic boats gather and take part in parades with commentary – stirring stuff!

There is a real ale beer tent, exhibitors, traders & waterways artists, an open air Songs of Praise church service on Sunday, live music from bands & groups, Morris dancing and “fast” food vendors.

– in fact FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY!
Don’t miss the great live music in the beer tent, especially Friday & Saturday evenings.

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The Boat Share Show

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At Braunston Marina Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd April 2018

Continuing to Break The Mould !

The 2018 Boat Share Show, the country’s biggest, will have all the major professional boat management companies taking part.

 

The show provides a unique opportunity for prospective owners to talk to the companies about their services and to compare many different styles of boat. There will be many shared ownership narrowboats to see, all with shares available.

 

It will also offer those self-managed syndicates thinking about using a management company the chance to chat to them all in the one place. Suppliers of other services with stands at the show will be there to ‘talk shop’ with existing and future owners.

 

Admission and car parking will be FREE, and the show will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 21st April and from 10am – 4 pm on Sunday 22nd. Light refreshments are available in the marquee.

For more information, please click here

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2017 HISTORIC NARROWBOAT RALLY June 24 & 25

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Don’t miss the 2017 Rally & Canal Festival at Braunston Marina this year. Weekend 24th – 25th June 2017. £10 per car (all profits to canal & local causes).

This is the 15th of our hugely popular working narrowboats rally – the UK’s largest! Well over 80 historic boats gather and take part in parades with commentary – stirring stuff!

There is a real ale beer tent, exhibitors, traders & waterways artists, an open air Songs of Praise church service on Sunday, live music from bands & groups, Morris dancing, fast food, a theatrical presentation.

in fact FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY

 

Don’t miss the great live music in the beer tent, especially Friday & Saturday evenings.

THEATRE ENTERTAINMENTS are:-

Thursday evening – DAY-STAR THEATRE: –

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and Saturday at 5pm ALARUM THEATRE : –

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Admittance to the Boat Rally is FREE but if you bring your car there is a parking fee of £10 (except for Thursday & Friday evenings).

ALL profits go to canal & local causes.

We hope to see you.

Tim Coghlan/Paul Bennett

 

We welcome all historic boats, traders & exhibitors –

to avoid disappointment please contact Braunston Marina NOW at sales@braunstonmarina.co.uk or telephone 01788 891373.

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Finch-The Remorseful Day

The events recorded here relating to Anthony Ernest Finch are accurate ‘to the best of my knowledge and belief.’ I have not sought to add or embellish this strange story in any way, much of which is known to me at first or very close second-hand. I have used Finch’s correct name, but otherwise changed all other names of persons and where appropriate, place names as well.

I would like to thank the many people who have helped me in compiling and editing this story, particularly David Blagrove, Leo McNeir, Kay Williams and Rose Kentwell. However, the interpretation of events and the views expressed here are entirely my own.

I would also like to thank Anthony Richards, Chairman of The Inspector Morse Society for encouraging me to write this and my previous account of actual crime on the canals, The Case of the Stolen Narrowboat – both of which the Society has kindly published.

I would also like to thank Morse author Colin Dexter for his inspiration to me, which is obvious; and the pleasure he has given myself and so many others through his books and the associated television productions.

Finally I must thank our local policeman, who best remains anonymous, and to whom I am honoured to dedicate this account. He exemplifies all that is best in the British Bobby on the Beat. For well over ten years, we have been chasing Finch together, although we have never had the satisfaction of actually catching him. I am sure there will be many further opportunities…

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Evelyn’s War

The newly discovered canal diary of Evelyn Hunt, an ‘Idle Woman’, edited by Tim Coghlan and serialised exclusively in Canals Rivers + Boats.

During the summer of 1942 the 28-year-old Evelyn Hunt, who had trained as an artist at the Royal College of Art, was working at in the Camouflage Department of the War Ministry, which was based in the requisitioned Regent Hotel in Leamington Spa. She was personal assistant to the distinguished war artist, and later President of the Royal Academy, Tom Monnington who was one of many artists enrolled. He was away much of the time, busy working on the concealment of the large Midlands factories making munitions and aircraft components. Sometimes she went with him, which led to a romantic attachment to this older married man, and after the death of his wife in 1946, to marriage in 1947. Otherwise she was left behind with her duties somewhat light.

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Olga’s Boat Song – Part 1

Tim Coghlan looks at the truly remarkable life of the former ‘Idle Woman’ Olga Kevelos, who recently died. She began her working life as an astronomer, became a working boatwoman during the war, then went on to become an international motor cycle racing champion, a publican, and finally a Mastermind challenger, and serial TV quiz star. And despite all of this, she never lost her femininity, remaining glamorous to the end.

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Olga’s Boat Song – Part 2

Tim Coghlan looks at the truly remarkable life of the former ‘Idle Woman’ Olga Kevelos, who recently died. She began her working life as an astronomer, became a working boatwoman during the war, then went on to become an international motor cycle racing champion, a publican, and finally a Mastermind challenger, and serial TV quiz star. And despite all of this, she never lost her femininity, remaining glamorous to the end.

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