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Topical notes about the SBA and the world of steamboats

  • 24 Nov 2014 11:03 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Renew your membership before January 1st 2015 to continue to enjoy the benefits of membership of The Steam Boat Association of Great Britain.

    If you wish to pay with a debit or credit card, just log-in with your email address and password, click "View Profile" and renew online now.

    If you pay by standing order please check that your standing order is for the correct amount; your membership will be renewed automatically.

  • 17 Nov 2014 22:59 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2015 AGM will take place on March 21st at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon.  Members will find the full invitation here.

  • 02 Nov 2014 12:19 | Deleted user

    And the winner is....Congratulations to Barney, please email the webmaster with your address so that I can send you your prize.

    It was the judge's favourite because it reflected Mark's occupation and Barney spotted an amusing aspect of the photo that I had not noticed before (the spike 'through' Adrian's neck).

    If anyone has suitable steamboating photos for future caption competitions, please send them to the webmaster. 

  • 23 Oct 2014 22:10 | Deleted user
    We are very sad to advise that Australian member, Wally Mounster, died on Wednesday 22nd October.  A widely respected marine engineer he was held in affectionate regard by many members in the UK and beyond and our thoughts are with his wife Robyn and all those close to him.
  • 14 Oct 2014 18:41 | Deleted user
    Come up with an amusing caption for the photograph below (taken during the Steam Outboard Motor Competition), and be in with a chance to win a coveted SBA tie.

    Submit your entries by the 1st November 2014, using the "Add comment" link below.  Entries are open to both SBA members and non-members, and will be judged by the Webmaster (Kingsley Robinson) whose decision is final.  

    Get creative and good luck!

  • 05 Oct 2014 19:59 | Deleted user

    The Medway Queen Preservation Society writes:

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    A new initiative has been launched to assist us in commemorating the Dunkirk Evacuation next year and to mark Medway Queen's part in that event. We intend to join in the commemoration on the 75th anniversary, either at Gillingham Pier or, if we can raise the funds, at Ramsgate with the "Little Ships".  For most of Operation Dynamo, Medway Queen operated out of Ramsgate.

    Taryn, our admin assistant at Gillingham Pier, has sent out the following announcement. Crowdfunder is a way of fundraising for a set amount of money through the website
    They are extremely popular, and have raised millions of pounds for all sorts of projects. It's a great thing for us to try as it doesn't actually cost anything to start up. If you look at our project, you can see there are different 'tiers', this means if you give a certain amount (e.g. £20) you get a gift of some sort. The link for our Crowdfunder project is:

    If you want any more information please contact Taryn on

    I appreciate that publications with long lead times may not be able to include this in time (the deadline is mid-November) so I have tried to focus this particular announcement on those with membership lists or websites where more immediate news may be of interest.

    If you can help us by promoting this scheme (or taking part yourselves) please do so.

    Richard Halton
    Medway Queen Preservation Society

  • 05 Oct 2014 19:42 | Deleted user
    If you're in the habit of checking out heritage magazines there are steamboating features in the October issues of  both 'Vintage Spirit' and 'Best of British' that will be enjoyed by SBA members.
  • 25 Sep 2014 19:45 | Deleted user
    The Canal & River Trust’s Appointments Committee, made up of three Trustees and three Council members, has carried out a review of the Trust’s governance with its proposals approved yesterday (24 September) at the meeting of the Trust’s Council.
    This is the first review of governance since the formation of the Trust – as required by its constitution when the Trust was formed in 2012.
    The core of the review has concerned the Trust Rules which define the size and make-up of Council.  This includes the constituencies invited to nominate or elect people to serve, terms of office, and election regulations.
    The changes to the Trust’s governance rules will come into effect from March 2016.  They include: 

    ·         Friends (people who give a regular donation to the Trust) will elect a member to sit on Council.  This is an additional seat on Council and will serve from March 2016 to 2020

    ·         Volunteers registered with the Trust will also elect a member to sit on Council.  This will replace the nominated seat currently held by WRG and the first term will serve from March 2016 to 2020

    ·         With the election of a volunteer representative in place of the nominated seat currently held by WRG, the IWA is being invited to nominate a representative to sit on Council as a reflection of its membership and historic role, and its practical support for local canal societies

    ·         An increase in the size of Council to 40 people (from 35) – allowing for further elected members to sit on Council when appropriate as part of the longer term ambition to increase the number of people elected rather than nominated.  These places on Council will be allocated by the Appointments Committee in future years.

    In addition to the changes to governance, the Appointments Committee have reported to Council that the chairs of West Midlands, Manchester & Pennine and Museums & Attractions partnerships have been reappointed.  There are interviews planned in October for the Chairs of North Wales & Borders and South Wales & Severn partnerships whose current chairs are unable to serve for second term due to other commitments.
    Lynne Berry, chair of the Appointments Committee, comments: “In the two years since the launch of the Trust, great strides have been made in establishing a fantastic new charity.  Part of making sure that we adapt and change in the right way is to review the rules and make-up of our governing Council and put forward proposals for Council to consider.

    “It’s great that we have a growing and prominent body of Friends and volunteers registered with the Trust who will now elect members to sit right at the top of the Trust.  I look forward to the exciting prospect of online elections in 2015 after which these elected groups will be set to join Council in March 2016. 
    “Inviting the IWA to take up the Council place currently allocated to WRG will provide a direct role for IWA in the governance of the Trust, so that its involvement does not depend upon its members standing for the elected boater places.”

    To find out more about the work of the canal and river trust visit their website.

  • 19 Sep 2014 20:08 | Deleted user
    The latest edition of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) South East Region Newsletter, Cargoes - Autmun 2014 is now available. 

    It includes numerous articles of news from various parts of the canal network. 

    This edition and back issues can be downloaded from the IWA website here.
  • 19 Sep 2014 19:51 | Deleted user
    Representatives from Canal & River Trust and The Inland Waterways Association met with members of the House of Commons HS2 Select Committee this week as they visited the Lichfield and Trent & Mersey canals to see for themselves the changes sought to mitigate the impact of HS2 at these important waterway locations.

    At Cappers Lane near Lichfield, the Committee met with IWA’s Gren Messham, members of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust and Lichfield Cruising Club.  The group reported that progress to ensure HS2 didn’t prevent the canal’s restoration, and made up for loss of facilities at the Cruising Club, were slowly moving in the right direction.

    At Fradley, members of the committee and local MP Michael Fabricant were briefed by Gren Messham and the Trust’s Peter Walker on the financial and environmental benefits of a proposed alternative alignment of the high speed rail route.  The current preferred route includes several canal crossing points between Fradley Junction and Wood End Lock, while proposed new embankments and crossings close to the listed Woodend Lock and Lock Cottage on the Trent & Mersey Canal would have a dramatically adverse impact on a particularly tranquil length of rural canal currently enjoyed by many boaters, walkers and cyclists.

    The Trust and IWA have been working closely together since January 2012 to develop an alternative alignment for HS2’s Phase 1 route, avoiding the canal at Fradley.  Their jointly- commissioned report by renowned engineering consultancy Hyder Consulting (UK) Ltd sets out how an alternative alignment would: avoid the canal; reduce embankment heights, noise and visual intrusion and; potentially save the project millions of pounds.  Representatives from HS2 Ltd, who were in attendance, confirmed that they were giving serious consideration to the proposals.

    Peter Walker from the Canal & River Trust commented: “The visit by the Committee to Wood End Lock provided an opportunity for members to see for themselves the effect HS2 could have on the area around Wood End Lock and to see the benefits of our proposal to move the line away from the canal.  We were encouraged by the response from the visiting MPs and from HS2 Ltd and will maintain our efforts to ensure that HS2 is designed and constructed in a way that protects, enhances and complements our historic canals and waterways.”
    IWA Trustee Gren Messham added: “IWA’s petition, with those of the Canal & River Trust, Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust and Lichfield Cruising Club, have successfully highlighted the need to do more to protect these canals for waterway users everywhere to enjoy.  We have today had the chance to show the Select Committee why this is so important, and explain the viable proposals we have jointly developed to mitigate these impacts.  We look forward to HS2 Ltd evaluating these proposals in conjunction with the Canal & River Trust, and advising the Select Committee accordingly.”

    As well as continuing direct engagement with HS2 Ltd and collaborating closely with IWA, the Trust has used the Parliamentary petition process to ask formally for the Bill to be amended to address its concerns and to maximise the regeneration opportunities at Fradley Junction and along the entire Phase 1 route.

    Find out more about the HS2 campaign and download HS2 Select Committee briefing document

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