Craig Shanks

Mar 182018


The Spring 2018 Edition of the Basingstoke Canal News is now online.

No 257: Spring 2018:
Editorial, Chairman’s Report, Update on the Future of the Basingstoke Canal Society, Future of the Basingstoke Canal Update, JMC, Inspecting Our Canal, Weedcutting, Fly, BBC CountryFile, Society Annual General Meeting, Events, Chobham Talks, The Battle of Pondtail or how the canal was saved by a good lunch, Farewell Peter Coxhead and Ken Thornber, BCS Membership, BCS information and Tunnel inspection.

Dec 042017


The Winter 2017 Edition of the Basingstoke Canal News is now online.

No 256: Winter 2017: Editorial, Chairman’s Report, Update on the Future Management of the Basingstoke Canal, Letter, Men at work, BCA Operational Report to JMC, Canal Society Work Party, New work boat “Jim Douglas”, Odds & ends, Chobham Talks, Voices from the past, Sales stand, Trip boats, Farewell Ron McLaughlin and John Kilburn, BCS Membership, BCS Information and Kingfisher.

Nov 222017

Looking for Christmas cards? Look no further.

We have two new designs available. The first features a photograph by Paul Drane of Rosebud preparing to depart on a Santa Cruise and the second a winter scene of boats moored at the Canal Centre, painted by Nancy Larcombe.

Paul Drane card front

Paul Drane card

Nancy Larcombe card front

Nancy Larcombe card

Price is £3.50 for a packet of 10 identical cards. All profits from the sale of these cards help to support the Basingstoke Canal.

To order please email Denise Smith.

Aug 292017


The Autumn 2017 Edition of the Basingstoke Canal News is now online.

No 255: Autumn 2017: Editorial, Chairman’s Report, Dogmersfield slip – nearly finished, Volunteering on the Basingstoke, More volunteering, New work boat?, David Junkison, JP & Kitty Report, Cream Tea cruises, Sales, Chobham Talks, ‘Juniper’ at Galleon Marine, Woking Grand Prix, Farewell Les Harris, John Humphries OBE, Clive Durley, Jan Smith and Terry Harrison, BCS Membership, BCS Information and Dogmersfield slip works.

Jul 142017

The Illustrated talks for the 2017/18 season have been announced and are listed below. Please come along to hear presentations about a variety of subjects from interesting and entertaining speakers in the company of fellow enthusiasts. For details of the venue and more about the Canal Society social meetings, please click here.

Wednesday, 18th October 2017 – 8pm

Clive and Jill Field: ‘History and Restoration of the Cotswold Canals’

The 60 minute presentation takes the audience on a journey through history of the two waterways that make up the Cotswold Canals. We examine the rationale behind the need for water transport to bring heavy materials from the River Severn in Stroud – in 1779! We also consider the influences, past and present, of recreating the 36 mile link between the Rivers Severn and Thames.

Wednesday 15th November 2017 – 8pm

Colin Brown: The RNLI ‘it’s not all at sea’

Our volunteer lifeboat crews rescue 24 people a day. The RNLI is a charity which provides a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the coast of the UK, plus seasonal lifeguard patrols on over 250 beaches, a Flood Rescue Team, water safety advice and training at home and abroad.


Wednesday 20st December 2017 – 8pm

Dave Williams and Kathryn Killner: ‘Wildlife along the Canal’

The talk will start with a general overview of habitats along the canal and their importance to wildlife. It will then provide some specific information about things to look out for, in particular how to spot signs of otters, water voles and dormice, amongst other species.


Wednesday 17th January 2018 – 8pm

Nathan Ellis: ‘The Thames Tidal Defences’

An introduction to the past, present and future of the Thames Barrier and its associated Gates, tidal Walls and Embankments.


Wednesday 21st February 2018 – 8pm

Dr Roger Squires: ‘Exploring the Caledonian Canal’

The talk will discuss Telford’s masterpiece. A ship canal across Scotland using the natural fault line of the Great Glen and its series of fresh water lochs.


Wednesday 21st March 2018 – 8pm

Deborah Wheeler: ‘Whitchurch Silk Mill’

Join us for a virtual tour of a Georgian silk weaving water mill, see, hear and feel it’s fascinating history and beautiful fabrics. (Photo: Allun Calendar Photography)


Wednesday 18th April 2018 – 8pm

Neil Owen: ‘Canal & River Trust Engineering a 200 Year Old Infrastructure’

The presentation will discuss the way in which Canal & River Trust are managing their Engineering Assets, including future improvement and the implication on the possible adoptions of Waterway managed by other Navigation Authorities. (Photo: Canal & River Trust)

Jun 122017


The Summer 2017 Edition of the Basingstoke Canal News is now online.

No 254: Summer 2017: Editorial, Chairman’s AGM report, AGM report, Society Accounts for 2016, Work Party report, Winter & spring works on the canal, Lock 14, Developments in Woking, Bits and pieces, The Canal in Woking during WWI, Sales, Ian Cripps, BCS Membership, BCS information and Dogmersfield slip works.

Mar 022017


The Spring 2017 Edition of the Basingstoke Canal News is now online.

No 253: Spring 2017: Editorial, Chairman’s report, Basingstoke Canal Future Management Options, Moves at Ash Lock, Society Work Party activities, Volunteers – We need you!!, Winter works on the canal, Reminiscences of dredging the canal and how the Society became the proud owners of a Ruston Bucyrus Dragline, Chobham talks, Canal Society AGM, Letters, Membership, BCS information and Busy morning at Ash Lock.

Dec 082016


The Winter 2016 Edition of the Basingstoke Canal News is now online.

No 252: Winter 2016: Editorial, Chairman’s report, Society Work Party activities, Notes from the JMC, There is no such thing as an accident!, C&RT – The Future, Canal winter works, Canal works Winter 2016/17, William Carter, canal owner 1905-21, Chobham talks, Letters, Canal still in trouble in the 1890s, “Chain Gang” to King John’s Castle, Christmas on the Canal at Odiham, BCS Membership, BCS information and Dry Dock in use.

Sep 032016


The Autumn 2016 Edition of the Basingstoke Canal News is now online.

No 251: Autumn 2016: Chairman’s report, Woking Canal Festival 2016, Spanton’s wharf in use again, Early days of the Canal Society, HNBC’s Warbler & Clover above Lock 15, More recollections of early days, Kitty’s progress, Egremont, Letters, Chobham talks, Society Work Party report, Canal trouble in the 19th century and ‘TENCH’ at Bedser Bridge.

Jun 012016


The Summer 2016 Edition of the Basingstoke Canal News is now online.

No 250: Summer 2016: Chairman’s AGM report, Society Accounts for 2015, Out and about on the canal, Events, Canal to close for the Farnborough Airshow, Woking Canal Festival 6/7th August 2016, Pinkerton’s progress, Lengthsmen, Eagle Radio grant, Ramblers walks, Letters, Canal in trouble one hundred years ago and Kitty’s cabin.