Social Events and Illustrated Talks


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The Illustrated Talks for the 2017/18 season have now been announced.  Details of the presenters and their subjects can be seen on the talks page:

Click here for details of the 2017/18 Season Illustrated Talks

The Chobham Social Meetings take place during the winter season at The Parish Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Station Road, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8AJ, at 8pm on the third Wednesday of the month, usually from October to April. Not only are these meetings an opportunity to meet fellow canal enthusiasts, but also to hear interesting talks on a variety of subjects, though usually they are canal related. Non members and friends will be made very welcome.

These meetings are free of charge to attend although there is an optional retiring collection. Refreshments will be available at the interval. There is sufficient, and safe, parking alongside the hall.  Please come along and support these social evenings where we like to see new faces.

Please email Malcolm Brickwood or call him on 07437 200021 for more information, or if you have a idea for interesting future talks. Mark Coxhead provides an email reminder service, and sends these out about a week before the meeting. Please email Mark if you would like to be on the list.


Talks from previous seasons

Speakers and their subject from previous seasons have included the following:

2016/17 Season

Dr Roger Squires: ‘The Regents Canal – History and an Overview of the Canal Today’
Nick Pollard: ‘The Thames Bridges, Staines to Kingston’
Ron & Myra Glover: ‘A Watery Canadian Adventure – Cruising Around the Islands of Vancouver’
Dr Paul Hope: ‘Studying the Bats of the Basingstoke Canal and Greywell Tunnel’
David Plunkett: ‘Eling Tide Mill, the Past and the Future’
Carolyn Haynes: ‘History of Bursledon Brickworks’
Graham MacKenzie: ‘SS Shieldhall – 61 years and counting’

2015/16 Season

Graham Lewington – ‘History and Restoration of the Wey and Arun Canal’
Roger Squires –  ‘Leonardo’s Canals  – Waterways of Milan and the Papia Region’
Ron and Myra Glover -‘Trail Boat Festivals on Isolated Waterways around Britain’
Nick Pollard – ‘The History of Heathrow Airport’
Nick Grundy – ‘Barging on North East Waterways’
Ian McKechnie – ‘Coals to Croxley (and beyond)’
Dave Jones – ‘What happened when the money ran out – 18th. Century Canal Tokens’

2014/15 Season

Nick Grundy –  ‘Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant 2012′
Chris Coyle –  ‘The Wilts and Berks Canal – The Most Ambitious Restoration’
Richard Thomas –  ‘A Day In The Life Of ….. A Thames Tug’
John Gibson –  ‘The National Trust and the Wey Navigations’
Liz Payne –  ‘Restoration of the Cotswolds Canals’
Jon Wills – ‘The History and Restoration of the famous Crofton Beam Engines’
Clive and Jill Field – ‘Narrow Boats to Norway’

2013/14 Season

Tim Morris – ‘Brooklands into the Second Century’
Alan Smith – ‘Canal and River Cruising US Style’
John How – ‘The London Water Ring Main’
Dr Roger Squires – ‘ The Canals and Navigable Rivers of Southern France’
Graham Deavin – ‘ The Rivers and Canals of Brittany’
Nigel Crowe – ‘Conserving the Waterways Heritage’
Dr David Hilling – ‘ Inland Shipping in West Africa’

2012/13 Season

Robin Higgs – ‘Canals and Rivers of Eastern France’
Murray Jones – ‘History of Dragon Boat Racing’
Kathryn Dodington – ‘The Jubilee Thames River Pagent 2012’
Roger Squires BEM – ‘Passage to Astrakhan’
Peter Halman – ‘Thames from Oxford to Windsor’
Ron and Myra Glover – ‘Down the Rhine and Up the Neckar’
David Saady – ‘The Ribble Link and the Lancaster Canal’
Ray Orth – ‘ The Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal’