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The Chesterfield Canal Santa Specials, Trip Vouchers, Calendars

Chesterfield Canal Trust E-Newsletter Number 72

Vouchers Our Cruise Vouchers make fabulous Christmas presents. They now cover all four of our boats. They are available from all the usual outlets, plus the Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre. Click here to buy them online, Click here for more information.

2015 Calendar: Whilst we’re on the subject of Christmas – don’t forget your Chesterfield Canal calendars. They make superb presents at only £5. Click here to buy online.

Supporters’ Group Meeting: The next meeting will be on Wednesday, 14th January at 8 p.m. at the Red Lion on Church Street, Brimington, S43 1JG. There will be a talk about the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (Tornado), and the annual election for the Chair of the Supporters’ Group.

Tripboats: There are only a few seats left on our Santa Specials which are running from Chesterfield, Hollingwood Hub, Shireoaks, and Retford right up to Christmas Eve. Click here for details. On Thursday 1st January, the John Varley will be doing its traditional New Year’s Day 6-hour Cruise from Tapton Lock, up into the river, then all the way down to Staveley Town Basin and back again. £25/£20, which includes a meal at Hollingwood Hub. For bookings, ring 01629 533020.

Christmas Raffle: Don’t forget to return your tickets. We have more available, if you need them. For full details,Click here.

Waterways World: The current (December) edition of Waterways World magazine has an eight page cruising guide to our beautiful canal.

Wildlife watch: Thank you to Jan and Julia who have responded to the appeal for wildlife photos – please see the attached. If you see any interesting or unusual wildlife anywhere along the canal, just reply to this email with details of what, when and where. If you could supply a photo, it would be even better. I will then put it in the next E-Newsletter.

Arthur Watts Collection: For those of you who enjoy looking at old photos of our canal, Click here. Please be warned that a few are incorrectly labelled.

Ruffled Feathers: We all know that our volunteer Work Party is tough and hard-working, but it has some unexpected hidden depths. When Roy Stringer, gets home and changes out of his Work Party gear, he is transformed into a veritable wordsmith. He has penned several books, the latest of which is called Ruffled Feathers. It is available in paperback from Amazon or Lulu.com for £8.99, and as a Kindle download at £1.99. Meanwhile, Roy can be seen every Sunday, come rain or shine, at Staveley Basin helping to build the new Staveley Town Lock.

Wilts & Berks Appeals: Thank you to everyone who supported the W&B People’s Millions Appeal and their Yorkshire Bank Appeal. They won the money for both projects - the Studley Wildlife Trail and the Cocklemore Brook culvert repair. Click here for details.