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  • 12 Jul 2021 19:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Shamrock has sustained minor damage after a collision involving an anchor jutting out over the side of a moored boat.

    The damage consists of two broken cabin windows and some shallow scrapes on the surrounding woodwork.

    Repairs are in hand: templates for the glass have been made and suitable wood found for the other parts. We expect to have her fully operational in time for the 50th Anniversary Rally.

  • 26 Jun 2021 20:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The next STEAM@theJETTY event will be on Saturday 17th July. Please see events section for details.

  • 22 Jun 2021 10:34 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One good piece of news is that the small associated training event 'Get Your Feet Wet' is not affected, as it will be held on Thursday July 8th at Stoke Lock, on the Wey, for a small number of participants, and not at Dapdune Wharf, the home of 'Puffing a-Wey (in normal times). 

  • 22 Jun 2021 10:33 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Puffing a-Wey cancelled

    We very much regret to announce that 'Puffing a-Wey' has had to be cancelled for a second year in the wake of the recent lockdown extension.  The decision was confirmed on 21st June by the National Trust with whom the SBA jointly runs this event. 


  • 02 Jun 2021 23:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The link is for the Inland Waterways Association Bulletin

    Subject; Closures threaten Freight in the NE.

    iwa-waterways-org-uk@getresponse-mail.com

  • 08 May 2021 12:25 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The second program of the Antiques Road Show filmed at the Windermere jetty will be shown tomorrow, 9th May at 7.00pm on BBC1. Steam boats may or may not be featured.

  • 08 May 2021 12:17 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are having another attempt at monthy steams days at the Windermere Jetty and information about these can be found in the Events section.

    We have already had a small do on St George's Day and the next event will be on Saturday 29th May to help celebrate the full re-opening of the Jetty after the lifting of Covid restrictions. If you wish to attend - with or without boat - please contact Dot Bullough on r.bullough375@btinternet.com

  • 08 May 2021 12:15 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The quarterly report and info on the installation of the Purser's Cabin and deck rail stanchions and on about life on board can be found on www.medwayqueen.co.uk

  • 26 Apr 2021 11:05 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The fund-raising site, Localgiving, has an event to mark what would have been Captain Tom’s 101st birthday. Pat Cooper, who sits on our committee as a council representative, has volunteered to take part in order to raise money for the ship.

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheMedwayQueenPreservationSociety

    Website: www.medwayqueen.co.uk/news/100-laps-challenge

    We have also announced our provisional programme for 2021, with all the usual caveats of course, but we’ll be making more of that after Pat’s trek. www.medwayqueen.co.uk/visit--contact.html


  • 09 Apr 2021 09:01 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Melksham Food and River Festival 2021

    4th and 5th September

    The 2021 Festival will be held on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September and we are inviting boat owners with trailable boats to come along with their boats. Steam launches are such a marvellous attraction and greatly enhance the Festival’s river experience for the visitors, so you would be especially welcome. The River Avon is navigable for about 1.5km.

    More details of the event, including contact details and how to book your boat in can be found on the Festival web site www.melkshamfoodandriverfestival.co.uk   You can also follow us on Facebook. Keep an eye out as both sites will be updated over the intervening months, as plans are progressed.


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