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Topical notes about the SBA and the world of steamboats

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  • 26 Mar 2020 09:54 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Below is a message received from her son and daughter

    As you can imagine we can’t have a normal funeral for mum due to the pandemic restrictions - we’re not able to travel or gather together.  So we are having a simple cremation at 9am on Friday 27th March at Torquay Crematorium.

    I have an idea that we could all gather together some flowers and a candle, wherever we are in the world and all light the candle at 9am - GMT. It’s unusual I know, but I think she would love this - knowing that we are gathered together from all corners of the globe taking a  moment or two for her and holding her in our thoughts!

    Ali and Kev

  • 26 Mar 2020 09:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories is closed until further notice and all boats are requested not to call at their jetties.

  • 22 Mar 2020 22:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good morning gentlemen, in line with Government policy I am suspending

    all activity on Banjo until further notice. The  virus is not far away
    now, I do not fancy playing corona roulette! I shall keep an eye on
    Banjo and rectify a couple of minor faults, and ponder a modification

    or two. Good luck to all, see you later. Captn. Banjo.

    We trust that all other musical members of the SBA will do likewise ...

  • 17 Mar 2020 22:20 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings to all SBA members. I’m in an unusual situation in having very little material for the next ‘Funnel’ – in fact no articles at all have arrived thus far, just a few ‘possibilities’ mentioned. This has never happened before!

    I’m writing this as the implications of the Covid-19 crisis are making themselves felt with a vengeance and one result is that lots of us – including me – are being advised to self isolate.  Can I ask that if you have a story to tell, please let me have it within the next couple of week.  It would be very much appreciated and would enable us to have a Summer edition.

  • 17 Mar 2020 18:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is wi8th great sadness that I have to report the passing of Janet Mills. She was involved with the SBA from it's conception and was an inspiration to many in the Association.

    There will be a ceremony in the crematorium in Torquay next Friday at 9.45am - all welcome. A Celebration of her Life will be held on what would have been her 80th birthday on10/10/2020 in Teignmouth.

    Our thoughts are with her daughter Ali and all her family.

  • 13 Mar 2020 20:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bidding on E bay has now opened for SL Dyad

  • 23 Feb 2020 23:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thomas Mason (Tom) of SNB Emily Anne passed away peacefully on 10th February, 3 days after his 91st birthday, in his home town of Bolton.

    A long standing member, Tom was a loving family man, attending family holidays of four generations until Easter of last year.

    An Engineer and keen sailor, he met life long friend Geoff Newton at Manchester University, the pair got up to various mischief, including sailing to the Isle of Man from Preston in a 14ft dinghy. They got around half way before the weather closed over, with little more than a compass and with the very real risk of missing the island completely, they turned around, washing up on an MOD beach in the North Lakes, both suffering considerably from hypothermia. 

    Geoff was later responsible for seeding the idea of steam propulsion for a proposed narrowboat, over a drink while discussing the project, with Geoff subsequently planning his own boat, Suilven. 

    Tom is survived by a large family, including grandson Daniel Hutchinson who has followed in his footsteps, and taken on operation of the boat.

    The funeral will take place on Monday 16th March; 12 midday at Bolton Parish Church, Churchgate, Bolton BL1 1HX. Wake to follow from 1pm.

    All welcome. 

  • 28 Jan 2020 22:19 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are saddened to report the death of Lanarkshire based John Macmillan on 25th January . We have heard that John died peacefully and have been advised of his request that there be no funeral: nevertheless it is hoped that at some point SBA colleagues who knew him may be in a position to read about and gain a picture of the life of this interesting Scottish member and friend. Our thoughts are with all those close to him.

  • 25 Jan 2020 10:34 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Just in case anyone wants/needs to refresh their memory prior to attending this year's AGM, here is a link to last year's DRAFT AGM Minutes.

  • 10 Jan 2020 22:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Starting in April and going through to October it is proposed to hold monthly events at the Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories

    June, August and October will be covered by the various rallies; April, May, July and September will each have a different theme and details of these will be published on the Events Page.

    The first event will be a St George's Day Parade on the 23rd April 2020 details on the Events Page.

    September 17th will see a repeat of the successful Heritage Open Day, s'TEA'm Party.

    Dot Bullough

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