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- however the SBA accepts no responsibility for the veracity of information about events organised by other organisations.

Future events

    • 27 Mar 2021
    • 14:00 - 15:00 (UTC-00:00)
    • Zoom - invitation will be sent nearer the time

    Notification of the 50th SBA Annual General Meeting

    Saturday 27th March 2021

    We are delighted to announce that the 50th SBA Annual General Meeting will be held on March 27th, 2021. It will be held via Zoom due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The meeting is scheduled for 2pm UK time and so we hope that some of our overseas members will be able to join us – but due to the different time zones it is all but impossible to accommodate our friends in both the USA and Australia/New Zealand!

    Unlike previous years and AGMs, the 2021 AGM will be ‘business’ only – it will cover the requirements for our AGM but, sadly, with no auction, photo competition or general socialising. We will, hopefully, make up for this with the 50th anniversary events this summer.

    There will be no award of trophies for the 2020 season due to the lack of steamboat rallies or events.

    What happens at the AGM?

    The formal Agenda for the AGM is shown below. This sets out what will take place at the AGM.

    What do I need to do?

    (1)  Note the date and time in your diary!

    (2)  Confirm your attendance by registering here. Shortly before the AGM, the invitation to the Zoom meeting will be posted on the members’ section of the website and will be emailed to members who have signed up and have provided an email address.

    (3)  If you would like your apologies noted, you can do this either by emailing the Hon. Secretary or by completing the enclosed form and posting it back to the SBA’s Hon Secretary to arrive before the date of the AGM.

    Forms and queries to secretary@steamboat.org.uk;
    Tel: +44 (0)1275 331074

    Gillie Slater

    Manor Farm

    Scot Lane

    Chew Stoke

    BS40 8UW


    2pm (14:00) UK time Saturday 27th March 2021 via Zoom


    Apologies for absence

    Hon. Sec.


    Scrutiny of the Minutes of the 49th AGM on 7 March 2020



    Matters arising from the Minutes not elsewhere on the Agenda



    Chairman’s Report



    Membership Report

    Hon. Mem. Sec.


    Financial Report and Adoption of Accounts

    Hon. Treasurer


    Funnel and Publications Report

    Funnel Editor


    SBA Services Limited Report

    SBAS Director


    Election of Officers and Committee

    Officers: Kevin Slater stands down as Chair after 3 years in office.

    Nomination for Chair – John Jewsbury

    Nominations for Chair: Any other nominations for the role of Chair should be made to the Hon Secretary and must be received at least 7 days prior to the AGM.

    Chair: To be appointed
    Hon. Treasurer: Nigel Thomson

    Hon. Secretary: Gillie Slater
    Hon. Membership Secretary: Roger Powell

    Roger Powell was co-opted by the committee to the office of Membership Secretary during 2020 and now offers himself for election as Membership Secretary. Nigel Thomson and Gillie Slater are eligible and willing to continue if re-elected.


    Felicity Palmer, Daniel Hutchinson, Helen Steeple, Dot Bullough, Adrian Greco, Roger Heise and John Winn are all eligible and willing to continue if re-elected. Keith Ward stands down after 5 years.

    Nominations for Committee: Any other nominations for the committee should be made to the Hon. Secretary and must be received at least 7 days prior to the AGM.

    Appointment of Vice President: It has been proposed that Mark Rudall be awarded the post of Vice President. Proposed by Kevin Slater, seconded by Adrian Birtles.

    Awarding of Honorary Membership to Roger Mallinson for his lifelong service to Steamboating in general and S.L. Shamrock in particular. Proposed by Helen Steeple, seconded by Dot Bullough


    Any Other Business   Any such matters must be notified to the Secretary as soon as possible and, in any event, before 10 March 2021.

    The AGM will then be closed.


    I/we will not be attending the 50th SBA AGM and would like my/our apologies noted.

    NAME(s): (Please print)






    Send to: secretary@steamboat.org.uk or mail to:

    Gillie Slater, Manor Farm, Scot Lane, Chew Stoke, BS40 8UW

    Tel: 01275 331074

    TO ARRIVE BEFORE THE 20th March 2021

    • 26 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 02 Jul 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Windermere

    Roger Mallinson's Windermere Week 2021

    The rally will start probably start with the a meeting on the Saturday evening, at the Wateredge Hotel in Ambleside.

    After that it's anybody's guess. This is a very informal rally. We don't usually know what we are doing till after we have started. After some experiments during the non-rallies in 2020, we will probably use the Windermere Steaming WhatsApp group to attempt to coordinate things.

    Roger is keen to know who is coming, so please try and keep him informed - contact details in the on-line members directory or the SBA members booklet. Contact other local SBA members (e.g. Roger Calvert or Dot Bullough) for more information.

    Event type 5

    Key to event types

    1 - SBA Organised Event (owner's declaration required)

    2 - SBA organised participation in 3rd party's event (owner's declaration required)

    In event types 1 and 2 the SBA organisers and SBA members are covered by the SBA Liability Insurance; 

    3 - private meeting of members with or without boats

    4 - private, individual participation of members in 3rd party's event

    5 - for information only

    • 02 Jul 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 04 Jul 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Calstock, Cornwall

    Calstock Steam Boat Rally 

    2nd to 4th July 2021

    Following the success of our previous rallies, the Tamar Crew are inviting you to join our 2021 event which will be held on the weekend of the 3rd & 4th July with boats arriving on Friday 2nd July.

    The location is the beautiful riverside village of Calstock in Cornwall and over the weekend we will be exploring the wonderful River Tamar.

    June 2019 saw our second rally and it proved to be such a success with 12 steamboats attending.

    It wasn’t just the steamboaters who had a fantastic time but the locals did too, so to coincide with our rally there’s going to be a “Calstock Heritage Weekend” with a Sea Shanty Festival, Morris Dancing, Classic Boats, Classic Cars, Archaeological Exhibition and probably a steam traction engine or two.

    Further details to follow.

    Organiser: Ian Richards


    Event type 1 

    Key to event types

    1 - SBA Organised Event (owner's declaration required)

    2 - SBA organised participation in 3rd party's event (owner's declaration required)

    In event types 1 and 2 the SBA organisers and SBA members are covered by the SBA Liability Insurance; 

    3 - private meeting of members with or without boats

    4 - private, individual participation of members in 3rd party's event

    5 - for information only

    • 02 Aug 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 08 Aug 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Windermere
    • 5

    50th Anniversary Week
    Programme of Events

    Even if you don't read any of this(!) please note that you will need to fill in separate information for each person attending - add them as a 'Guest' after you enter your info.

    Please also note that Bookings cannot be amended online after they have been made - if you need to do this, you will have to contact Helen Steeple (SBA50@steamboatassociation.org.uk) directly.

    Monday 2nd August

    During the day: Launching of boats and allocation of moorings.

    Evening get together at Brathay for registration, distribution of rally packs and general catch-up. Food must be pre-ordered but we don't have menus yet - so just say if you want to come and menus will be sent nearer the time.

    Tuesday 3rd

    Steam to Wray Castle Boathouse for a firebox cookout or picnic (bring your own) or alternatively food can be purchased at Wray Castle café.

    Afternoon raft up for tea stop in Pulwyke Bay or steam to Ambleside for ice creams.

    Evening visit to Old Hall Farm which is an historic working farm with numerous steam exhibits for a private viewing and one course evening meal. Food must be pre-ordered but we don't have menus yet - so just say if you want to come and menus will be sent nearer the time. Cost £20 per person. 

    Wednesday 4th

    Steam to Fell Foot or Lakeside Hotel (all day event) Lunch is available to purchase at Fell Foot café or Lakeside Hotel (booking recommended) or bring your own. Tea stop in Cunsey Bay or at Rawlinsons Nab on the way back.

    Evening two course hot plate buffet and quiz at Brathay Hall. Cost £20 per person. Cash Bar.

    Thursday 5th

    Windermere Jetty Day: Morning for free steaming to arrive at Jetty lunchtime onwards. Lunch/afternoon tea available at the Jetty café or pop in to Bowness or bring your own. Free steaming in the Bowness Bay area during the day and/or accompanying SL Osprey on her passenger trips.

    Evening: 5.00pm onwards (after the Museum has closed to the public) a private tour of the Jetty site, including the workshop, which will be followed by a three course meal to finish in time for an evening steam back to your moorings before light fails. Cost £20 per person.

    Friday 6th August


    Daytime free for steaming/shopping/walking/chatting/whatever. Launching and allocation of moorings for boats attending weekend event only.

    Evening, two course evening meal* at Brathay Hall (dress code informal)

    Welcoming speeches and brief out line of the weekend events.

    Saturday 7th– Main Event Day

    Morning free steaming to arrive at the Jetty for lunch with boats decorated with buntings etc. Food can be purchased at the Jetty café or you could visit Bowness. Alternatively a picnic lunch can be pre-ordered from the Jetty café at a cost of £9 per head.

    Mid-afternoon: Shamrock and Osprey will lead all the boats in a parade from the Jetty, through Bowness Bay and round the back of Belle Isle and back to the Jetty. After this the boats will disperse to return to Brathay or their moorings in time to get ready for the Gala Dinner. Period costumes to be worn if possible.

    Saturday evening: Gala Dinner at Brathay* (dress code smart casual)

    Requisite speeches and a little light live musical entertainment. Glass of 'Fizz'. Cash bar.

    Sunday 8th

    Morning treasure hunt in the north basin of the Lake to arrive back at Brathay at approx. 2.30pm for Afternoon Tea* on the lawn followed by prize giving, awards and farewells.

    * There is a set price for the weekend of the official anniversary celebrations of £105/person for all three meals and a glass of bubbly on Saturday evening. This is an all inclusive price, subsidised by the SBA, and is 'all or nothing' i.e. individual meals CANNOT be booked.

    This does not include accommodation which should be booked directly with your chosen hostelry. There is a variety of accommodation at Brathay Hall and further information re accommodation can be obtained by contacting

    Marguerite Calvert at marguerite_calve@hotmail.com 

    This map may help you to choose your location.


    If you have already expressed your intention to attend by contacting Helen Steeple, thank you but you do still need to fill out this form as this is the official registration form.

    Please fill in separate information for each person attending so that we capture individual meal choices.

    You do this by adding as many 'Guest' bookings as you need for your entire party after entering your details.

    This will raise one itemised invoice for each boat/group

    • 08 Oct 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 10 Oct 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Royal Windermere Yacht Club, Bowness

    Windermere Lay-up Rally 2021

    We hope to run a Lay-up Rally again this year. The dates are not yet fixed - the dates given are the equivalent of when it would have been last year (when in fact we all went out steaming just as if it was real).

    Please keep an eye on this entry - we will update it as soon as we have managed to book things.

    Please contact us with any queries.

    Roger and Marguerite Calvert

    Event type 1

    Key to event types

    1 - SBA Organised Event (owner's declaration required)

    2 - SBA organised participation in 3rd party's event (owner's declaration required)

    In event types 1 and 2 the SBA organisers and SBA members are covered by the SBA Liability Insurance; 

    3 - private meeting of members with or without boats

    4 - private, individual participation of members in 3rd party's event

    5 - for information only

Past events

09 Oct 2020 RE-CANCELLED Windermere Lay-up Rally 2020
12 Sep 2020 RE-INSTATED: STEAM @theJETTY - s'TEA'm Party
07 Aug 2020 CANCELLED Windermere 2020
17 Jul 2020 BRISTOL HARBOUR FESTIVAL - going ahead in altered form
09 Jul 2020 CANCELLED SBA RALLY & Evesham River Festival
04 Jul 2020 CANCELLED STEAM@theJETTY - American Independence Day Parade
26 Jun 2020 CANCELLED Puffing-a-Wey
21 Jun 2020 CANCELLED Steam Day at Stalham
12 Jun 2020 CANCELLED Calstock Steamboat Rally - River Tamar
07 Jun 2020 CANCELLED Roger Mallinson's Windermere Invitational
16 May 2020 CANCELLED SBA PARTICIPATION at Moira Canal Festival
16 May 2020 SBA PARTICIPATION CANCELLED for the Scottish Rally
23 Apr 2020 CANCELLED STEAM @theJETTY - St. George's Day Parade
21 Mar 2020 CANCELLED Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories, 1st Anniversary
07 Mar 2020 Annual General Meeting 2020
13 Nov 2019 Talk
24 Oct 2019 Talk
17 Oct 2019 Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition
11 Oct 2019 Windermere Lay-up Rally
25 Sep 2019 CANCELLED Talk
21 Sep 2019 Autumn Social with Steam
18 Sep 2019 s’TEA’m Party
31 Aug 2019 Melksham Food & River Festival
28 Aug 2019 Dartmouth Royal Regatta
04 Aug 2019 Windermere Week 2019
26 Jul 2019 Calstock Steamboat Rally - River Tamar
19 Jul 2019 Steamboats@Bristol Harbour Festival 2019
19 Jul 2019 Thames Traditional Boat Festival
12 Jul 2019 Evesham River Festival
07 Jul 2019 River Tees - Stockton to Yarm 10th Anniversary Cruise
05 Jul 2019 Trent Private Meeting
29 Jun 2019 Steam on Rutland Water
28 Jun 2019 Puffing-a-Wey
16 Jun 2019 Roger Mallinson's Windermere Invitational
02 Jun 2019 Thames Steamboat Sunday
31 May 2019 Thames Rally LECHLADE
24 May 2019 Forth and Clyde Canal Carnival
22 May 2019 Illustrated Talk
18 May 2019 Moira Canal Festival
11 May 2019 Trevithicks Industrial Dartford Celebration
25 Apr 2019 Talk
21 Apr 2019 Chatham Docks Festival of Steam and Transport
18 Apr 2019 Greenwich Maritime Museum
13 Apr 2019 Spring Social - West London Lunch
07 Apr 2019 Start-of-Season Windermere Lunch
28 Mar 2019 Talk
23 Mar 2019 Windermere Jetty Opening
14 Mar 2019 Lunchtime Social
02 Mar 2019 Annual General Meeting 2019
10 Nov 2018 Bolton Steam Museum
09 Nov 2018 Winter Social Weekend and Seminar
13 Oct 2018 Paddle Steamer Preservation Society, Wessex and Dart Branch
06 Oct 2018 Visit to Trinity Buoy Wharf
23 Sep 2018 Guided Visit Maritime Hartlepool
21 Sep 2018 Lay-up Rally and Supper
01 Sep 2018 Melksham Food & River Festival
29 Aug 2018 Dartmouth Royal Regatta
11 Aug 2018 Goytre Wharf Steam Weekend
08 Aug 2018 Daniel Adamson Boat trip - sadly cancelled
04 Aug 2018 Thames Abingdon Rally
04 Aug 2018 Lake District Boat Club Parade
20 Jul 2018 Thames Traditional Boat Festival
20 Jul 2018 Steamboats@Bristol Harbour Festival 2018
13 Jul 2018 Puffing a'Wey
12 Jul 2018 Evesham River Festival
29 Jun 2018 Trent Private Meeting
23 Jun 2018 Steam on Rutland Water
22 Jun 2018 Calstock Steamboat Rally - River Tamar
01 Jun 2018 Beale Park Boat Show
16 May 2018 Bewl Water Rally
12 May 2018 Steam on the Dock
04 May 2018 President's Rally
24 Mar 2018 Annual General Meeting with Social Event 2018
15 Nov 2017 Filching Manor Motor Museum
03 Nov 2017 Winter Social Weekend and Seminar
21 Oct 2017 VIC56 Tour - Chatham Dockyard
21 Oct 2017 End-of-season cruise on Loch Kathrine
19 Oct 2017 Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition
22 Sep 2017 Windermere Lay-Up Rally and Supper
16 Sep 2017 A gathering of the (steamboat) clans - Loch Katrine
23 Aug 2017 Dartmouth Royal Regatta
06 Aug 2017 Windermere Week 2017
05 Aug 2017 Lake District Boat Club Parade
05 Aug 2017 The Lees, Abingdon
21 Jul 2017 Steamboats@Bristol Harbour Festival 2017
14 Jul 2017 Thames Traditional Boat Festival
07 Jul 2017 Evesham River Festival & Avon cruising
30 Jun 2017 Trent Private Meeting
24 Jun 2017 Rutland Water Rally
23 Jun 2017 Puffing a'Wey
11 Jun 2017 Stalham Steam Day
02 Jun 2017 Beale Park Boat Show
25 May 2017 Katrina Steam Festival Weekend
25 May 2017 Upper Thames Rally
12 May 2017 CANCELLED Fawley Hill Vintage Extravaganza
06 May 2017 Bewl Water Rally
06 May 2017 Steam on the Dock
16 Apr 2017 Opening Season Canal Cruise (Bluenose Rally)
18 Nov 2016 Autumn / Winter Social Weekend and Seminar
29 Oct 2016 End-of-season cruise on Loch Kathrine
13 Oct 2016 Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition
07 Oct 2016 Windermere Lay-Up Rally and Supper
01 Oct 2016 Mid Thames Illuminated Rally
16 Sep 2016 Model Engineer Exhibition
10 Sep 2016 Medway Queen Heritage Open Days Weekend
03 Sep 2016 Melksham Food & River Festival
25 Aug 2016 Dartmouth Royal Regatta
14 Aug 2016 CANCELLED. Scotland follow-on to Windermere Week Rally.
07 Aug 2016 Windermere Week 2016
30 Jul 2016 Loch Lomond Rally
22 Jul 2016 Puffing a'Wey
16 Jul 2016 Thames Traditional Boat Festival
15 Jul 2016 Steamboats@Bristol Harbour Festival 2016
02 Jul 2016 Beccles Charter Weekend
01 Jul 2016 Trent Private Meeting
25 Jun 2016 Loch Lomond Sailing Club
25 Jun 2016 Joint Steam Days with Loch Ard Sailing Club
25 Jun 2016 Rutland Water Rally
17 Jun 2016 Coventry Canal
12 Jun 2016 Steam Day
11 Jun 2016 Milford Haven Seafair Festival
10 Jun 2016 Steam passage to Broads Museum
04 Jun 2016 A steamy weekend with Captain Banjo
03 Jun 2016 Beale Park Boat Show
28 May 2016 Steam Festival
20 May 2016 Fawley Hill Vintage Extravaganza
12 May 2016 Waterbird Flight on Windermere
09 May 2016 Bewl Water Rally
25 Apr 2016 Mass Boiler Test
23 Apr 2016 Opening Season Canal Cruise
10 Apr 2016 Windermere pre-Season Lunch
02 Apr 2016 Scottish SBA Open Lunch Meeting
25 Mar 2016 Easter at Ellesmere Port
19 Mar 2016 Annual General Meeting with Social Event 2016
27 Feb 2016 Scottish SBA Open Lunch Meeting
30 Jan 2016 Scottish SBA Open Lunch Meeting
06 Nov 2015 Winter Weekend at Malvern
15 Oct 2015 Midland Model Engineering Exhibition
09 Oct 2015 Lay-Up Rally and Supper
17 Sep 2015 Hydro-Aeroplane on Windermere
28 Aug 2015 Alvecote Historic Boat Gathering
28 Aug 2015 Lower Thames Rally
26 Aug 2015 Dartmouth Royal Regatta
09 Aug 2015 Windermere Week 2015
29 Jul 2015 Coniston Regatta
18 Jul 2015 Thames Traditional Boat Rally
17 Jul 2015 Bristol Harbour Festival
17 Jul 2015 Puffing A-Wey
03 Jul 2015 Trent Rally
27 Jun 2015 Rutland Water Steam Event
27 Jun 2015 PS Kingswear Castle – Evening Picnic Cruise
27 Jun 2015 Stroudwater Canal Rally
26 Jun 2015 Cancelled River Dart Rally
19 Jun 2015 Coventry Canal Rally- CANCELLED
13 Jun 2015 Magna Carta Thames Pageant
12 Jun 2015 Upper Thames Rally
06 Jun 2015 Milford Haven Seafair - invitation to SBA members
05 Jun 2015 Beale Park Boat Show
05 Jun 2015 SBA Outboard Engine Competition - CANCELLED
24 May 2015 800 Years of Magna Carta
11 May 2015 Bewl Water Rally
21 Mar 2015 Annual General Meeting with Social Event 2015
01 Jan 2015 Membership Renewal
12 Dec 2014 Sandown Model Engineering Exhibition
29 Nov 2014 Winter Week End in Gt. Malvern
16 Oct 2014 Midland Model Engineering Exhibition
10 Oct 2014 Lay-Up Rally and Supper
21 Sep 2014 Thames Historic Steamboat Cruise
06 Sep 2014 Melksham River Festival
27 Aug 2014 Dartmouth Royal Regatta
22 Aug 2014 Newcastle Old Boat Gathering
10 Aug 2014 Windermere Week 2014
09 Aug 2014 Pembroke Dock
02 Aug 2014 River Avon
18 Jul 2014 Bristol Harbour Festival 2014
11 Jul 2014 Puffing a'Wey
05 Jul 2014 Trent Event
04 Jul 2014 Poole Harbour
21 Jun 2014 Coventry Rally
07 Jun 2014 Seafair Haven
06 Jun 2014 Beale Park Boat Show
27 May 2014 Coniston regatta
12 May 2014 Bewl Water
10 May 2014 Fox & Hounds - Basingstoke Canal
09 May 2014 Manchester Rally 2014
01 May 2014 Mass Boiler Testing in Scotland
15 Mar 2014 Annual General Meeting with Social Event
29 Nov 2013 Winter Week End in Gt. Malvern
11 Oct 2013 Lay up Supper Week end 2013
01 Oct 2013 Membership Renewal
21 Sep 2013 Fox & Hounds - Basingstoke Canal
13 Sep 2013 Thames Rally 2013
06 Sep 2013 30th Jubilee Rally of the Swiss Steamboat Association
29 Aug 2013 Dartmouth Royal Regatta
22 Aug 2013 Scottish Lowland Canal Festival
17 Aug 2013 Pembroke River Rally
11 Aug 2013 Windermere Week 2013
26 Jul 2013 Bristol Harbour Festival 2013
12 Jul 2013 Puffing A-Wey
06 Jul 2013 Trent Event
30 Jun 2013 Steam Day
29 Jun 2013 Chesterfield Canal Festival
27 Jun 2013 Loch Lomond 2013 - CANCELLED
22 Jun 2013 Coventry Rally
21 Jun 2013 East of England Broads Rally
07 Jun 2013 Beale Park Boat Show
29 May 2013 Coniston regatta
01 May 2013 Mass Boiler Testing in Scotland
09 Mar 2013 Annual General Meeting with Social Event
01 Dec 2012 Membership Renewal
09 Nov 2012 Social Weekend 2012
17 Oct 2012 Midland Model Engineering Exhibition
06 Oct 2012 Soutwest Area Meeting
06 Oct 2012 Fox & Hounds - Basingstoke Canal
28 Sep 2012 Lay-Up Supper
08 Sep 2012 Thames Rally
30 Aug 2012 Dartmouth Royal Regatta
12 Aug 2012 Windermere Week 2012
11 Aug 2012 Milford Haven (Daugleddau Estuary) Rally 2012
04 Aug 2012 Comet Bicentenary
20 Jul 2012 Bristol Harbour
15 Jul 2012 On the River Wey in Guildford - with music!
14 Jul 2012 Poole Harbour
07 Jul 2012 Pool Quay Canal Festival, Welshpool
06 Jul 2012 River Severn & Birmingham Canal
06 Jul 2012 Steam the Falkirk Wheel
06 Jul 2012 Trent Event
30 Jun 2012 Canal Festival on the Chesterfield Canal
16 Jun 2012 Brecon & Abergavenny Canal
15 Jun 2012 Coventry Canal
10 Jun 2012 Coniston Cruise
09 Jun 2012 Loch Lomond 2012
08 Jun 2012 Beale Park Boat Show
05 Jun 2012 River Yarm
03 Jun 2012 River Thames Royal Pageant
02 Jun 2012 Stroudwater Canal
25 May 2012 ABV GB Event
25 May 2012 Oostende vor Anker
19 May 2012 Moira Canal Festival
16 Mar 2012 Annual General Meeting with Social Event
01 Jan 2012 Membership Renewal

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