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June meeting 2013

This evening we extend a very warm welcome to Nick Grundy. Nick, and his family on their narrowboat Beatty, took part in the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations on the River Thames last year. The illustrated talk is about the preparations, the trip down to London and the pageant.

Society Boat Gathering

The May Bank holiday boat gathering at Flecknoe was very enjoyable. Angela and myself on Liberty were joined by Peter Oates and Laura Sturrock on Stanton.

We did manage a BBQ but as it was chilly we moved on board Liberty for the rest of the evening.

Sunday morning brought slightly warmer weather as we cruised down to Braunston.

Laura's son Philip and his girlfriend were in the area on Sunday morning, so Laura and Peter met them for lunch.

We had arranged an early evening meal at the Old Plough with Ken and Margaret Froud (long time SCS members). It was lovely to see them and to catch up on all their news.

Ken and Margaret celebrated 60 years of marriage, their Diamond anniversary, on May 23rd.

Best wishes to them from Southampton Canal Society.

Next meeting

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 4th July with our AGM, followed by cheese,wine and chat.

Alan Rose

Former rail executive is new head of CRT

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Richard Parry

Richard Parry

Richard Parry is to swap trains for boats as he takes up the role of chief executive of the Canal & River Trust starting this summer.

Joining the Trust after more than a decade in senior roles managing large complex transport and infrastructure organisations, Richard comments: “I am really excited to be joining the Canal & River Trust at such an important phase in the future of the nation’s magnificent waterways. The scale of the opportunity is huge as what we and our supporters do in the next five years will help shape the waterways for the next century.

Bags of enthusiasm

“I bring a track-record of managing similarly complex and challenging networks, together with experience of working closely with a wide range of interested and passionate people. I’ve got bags of enthusiasm for the waterways and have seen first-hand the shot in the arm that canals provide to the communities they flow through. Out on the towpath I have witnessed the hugely committed staff, volunteers, boaters and other supporters, and I look forward to the challenge ahead."

Currently at FirstGroup, Richard headed up First's bid in 2012 for the InterCity West Coast line and more recently has been leading First's highly -regarded Hull Trains company as well as other wider development programmes across First's rail businesses Before that he spent 19 years at London Underground (LU) and Transport for London (TfL) where he had a range of senior roles, spending eight years as a director of LU, including a year as interim LU managing director (2009-10), and then a further 18 months as deputy managing direct-or, TfL Rail and Underground.

Richard is also a trustee of People 1st - the sector skills council for hospitality, pass-enger transport, travel and tour-ism - which works to trans -form skills in the sector, particular-ly in the areas of management and leadership, customer service and craft/technical skills.

Fantastic experience

Tony Hales, chairman of the Canal & River Trust, said: “I am delighted to welcome Richard to the Canal & River Trust. He joins one of the newest, biggest and brightest entrants in the charity sector – an organisation that shares his passion for the waterways.

“He has fantastic experience of managing complex infrastructure – something which is crucial for our network of lock flights, embankments, soaring aqueducts and other engineering feats of the industrial age. He has a strong record of leading organisations through change and recognises the importance of growing the engagement with the boaters, anglers and millions of others in the community who use and enjoy our wonderful waterways.

“I’m very pleased that Richard is moving from rail to water recognising the renaissance that has seen our canals and rivers come to life and the opportunity we have to give them a bright future.”

Richard, 46, married with two teenage daughters, lives in the West Midlands.

Annual General Meeting 2013

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In accordance with the Constitution, notice is hereby formally given of the Southampton Canal Society's Annual General Meeting on the 4th July 2013 [date corrected] at Chilworth Parish Hall, Chilworth Road, Chilworth, Southampton at 7.45pm.

Any member may request an item to be included on the agenda of the AGM by giving at least fourteen days written notice of the item and its nature to the Chairman, Alan Rose (contact details can be found on the back page).

Please note that the papers associated with the AGM (Agenda, Minutes of last year’s AGM, Officers’ Reports and the Society’s Accounts) will be published in the July Newsletter.

Annual Subscriptions

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Many thanks to those members who have paid their 2013/14 membership subscriptions which became due on 1st April. I would be grateful if other members could please send me their cheques (to my address on the back page of this Newsletter) as soon as possible to avoid the necessity of sending out reminders. The Society has ongoing monthly expenses and the prompt payment of subscriptions, our main income stream, helps our cash flow. Many thanks.

Gill Herbert, Treasurer & Membership Secretary

Mikron Theatre Waterways Tour 2013

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Mikron Theatre will be touring the waterways again this summer and their venues within striking distance of Southampton have been included in the Waterways Diary this month. The following gives brief details of the two productions they will be presenting:

Beyond the Veil

Dark deeds in Thistledale...

DCI Mark Starkey thinks he’s got a quiet patch in sleepy Thistledale, but all that is about to change dramatically when there’s a sudden, unnatural death on the local allotment…

The grisly discovery down by the beehives is only the beginning for Detective Starkey. To unmask the murderer he must first uncover an altogether less savoury side of life in Thistledale; the bitter grudges, thwarted passions and murky pasts.

And then there are the bees.

The life of the honeybee might be described as one of great sweetness and harmony, punctuated by sudden, desperate, acts of violence. The same could be said for Thistledale.

Detective Starkey soon realises that the more he knows about bees, the closer he gets to the killer!

Don’t Shoot the Messenger

Adventures in the post

When a gun-toting hoodlum holds up a sleepy village Post office he gets more than he bargains for as postmasters Mr and Mrs Pertwee embark on some restorative justice - enlightening the reprobate about the institution he’s been messing with.

But can a comical journey through five centuries of postal history really rehabilitate the rascally rogue?

And what of the Pertwees' retribution – grossly disproportionate or an act of ultimate public service?

Part skit, part elegy, discover the answer to these and more by travelling with us on a thrilling, head-spinning, mail-coach, night-train ride of your life only -

Don’t Shoot The Messenger!

Mighty Little Mikron - The Guardian

One of the country’s most prestigious touring theatre companies - Burton Mail

Exquisitely balanced in the elements of dramatic tension, pathos and humour - Stratford upon Avon Herald on ‘Can you Keep A Secret?’ 2012

Diamond Jubilee Woodland completed

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The Diamond Jubilee Woodland project at Caen Hill on the Kennet & Avon Canal was completed on 29th May as Claire Perry, MP for Devizes, planted the final tree.

Claire joined staff from the Canal & River Trust who have led the project to plant 30,000 trees at Caen Hill over the last year, with much help from the local community and volunteers.

A number of ancient oak saplings were also planted, grown specially from seeds sourced from one of the Royal Parks.

The site on the Kennet & Avon Canal is one of 60 Diamond Jubilee Woods planted around the country to mark the Queen’s six decades as Monarch, as part of the Woodland Trust’s national programme of celebrations, with funding provided by the Forestry Commission.

Claire Perry, MP, said: “The Diamond Jubilee was such a wonderful event that brought the whole country together in paying tribute to a remarkable Queen and I am honoured to take part in this great project to commemorate her sixty year reign. I am a great lover of our countryside in Wiltshire and this new woodland will be a wonderful addition to Caen Hillside to be enjoyed by the public for many years to come.”

Sarah Brice, project manager at the Canal & River Trust, added: “This has been such an exciting project to work on, making a completely new woodland and public open space in Devizes, and I’m delighted our Member of Parliament is able to plant one of the Royal Oaks.

“It’s 15 months since we planted our first tree, so to see the last one in place is like putting in the final piece of the jigsaw. We’ve had a huge amount of help from local people to make this project work. As the trees mature, we hope the woodland will become a real haven for wildlife and a great place for people to visit, relax and enjoy the Wiltshire countryside in all its glory.”

The 60 acre site will improve the biodiversity of the area and provide a legacy for future generations, who are able to enjoy free access. Trees planted include hazel, cherries, rowan, oak and field maple, amongst others. There are also wide grassy footpaths and verges planted with wild flower seed mixes to attract bees, butterflies and birds. The wood will be productive with some hazel trees being cut in rotation every seven years and used for stabilising the canal banks. One of the fields has sweet chestnut, cherry and hornbeam which will be used to supply logs for firewood.

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