As summer rapidly approaches it is time to tell you about
the Summer Reunion. We have chartered a two-hour trip on the
Wey & Arun canal at Loxwood, on the Zachariah Keppel,
starting at 11am on Sunday 11th June. The cost is £10.00 per
person and as seating is limited, if you are able to come
please book early to avoid disappointment.
All bookings should be made with Derek Sturt at 8 Old
Guildford Rd, Broadbridge Heath, HORSHAM, West Sussex RH12
3JU, complete with a cheque to cover the trip cost. Any
queries please contact Derek by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or telephone on 01403 261756.
l have to admit that l have a soft spot for the Wey & Arun
canal restoration. This project started in 1970 and
membership of the trust has grown to be one of the largest
in the country.
When I stopped work a few years ago l needed an activity
to keep me fit, so l joined a gym. It took me less than my
first years membership to realise that rather than
exercising looking out of a large window, I would rather
be outside. l had considered golf, but based on my
friends' playing patterns it seemed to be either addictive
or not cost effective. l wanted a voluntary activity
outdoors with no commitments. Horsham Green Gym and the
Wey & Arun Canal Trust fulfilled these needs.
My activities now involve hedge laying and general canal
related clearance work. This work highlighted to me what
an amazing project it is, to restore 'London's lost route
to the Sea'. Since joining the Trust l have attended the
opening of two rebuilt locks (one previously blown up by
the Canadians during the 2nd World War). and last year the
opening of the new Compasses bridge at Dunsfold Aerodrome.
This event marked the Bicentenary Celebrations of the
canal opening in 1816.
It is proposed that after the trip, all those who would
like a good Sunday lunch before heading off can meet at
the Sir Roger Tichborne at Alfold Bars which is a few
minutes' drive towards Alfold. We will need to advise the
restaurant on numbers for our table, so please confirm
when booking your trip if you are to join us for lunch.
Further details including menus are on the website,
The canal centre is right behind the Onslow Arms in
Loxwood, ideal for pre-trip refreshment, and behind that
is a free car park (through the gate). Please arrive at
least 15 minutes before the trip starts. Full information
can be found on the Trust website.
www.weyandarun.co.uk Also please make a note in your
diary for the OCA Winter Reunion Dinner on the 25th
November 2017, held at the College. Further details will
follow in the Autumn newsletter