Tangerine Dream Mk II

3rd December  2011

Following the demise of our old motive power (affectionately known as the Tangerine Dream) for the James Brindley trailer, the Trustees have been looking around for an alternative source of traction and found its twin. The new Transit, quickly christened TD2 (for rather obvious reasons!) has a clean bill of health and looks quite striking when coupled with its charge.

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Hollingwood Hub Open Days

13th and 14th August  2011

We held two Open Days at Hollingwood Hub.
The official Opening Ceremony was held by the lock. It was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham, the Chairs of Derbyshire County Council, North East Derbyshire District Council and Bassetlaw District Council, all the local County, Borough and Town Councillors, plus representatives of all of the other bodies who made the building a reality.

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The Very Tidal River Trent and Reaching Home

4th and 5th August  2011

Thursday August 4th dawned with heavy cloud and a terrible weather forecast – not the ideal day for my first encounter on the tidal River Trent.  My first journey was to be from Torksey Lock to West Stockwith then entering the Chesterfield Canal with an aspiration to get to Clayworth before dark.  Prior to the trip, the more experienced crew discussed the ‘black art’ of the ‘running of the tide’.  I made out that I understood what they were talking about, but, to be quite honest, it would have been easier to understand two drunken Polish sailors describing how to navigate a submarine into Gdansk harbour.

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Heading Home

1st to 3rd August  2011

Richard joined me on Sunday evening to say goodbye to Pete, Maurice, Arthur and Michael. After watching a Samba band on the stage that evening, we went to bed ready for the return home. Monday brought the time for us to carry on along the Trent and Mersey Canal from Burton-upon-Trent and so we woke up bright and early to be able to set off before the last 200 boats that were left, but fortunately most weren’t heading our way.

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IWA Festival Burton-upon-Trent: The Best Yet!

30th and 31st July  2011

Yes the Pythoneers and Phoenixeers are back together for one of the biggest events on the Inland Waterways. Early on Friday morning, Michael picked up Pete, Maurice and me for the trip to Burton-upon-Trent. After a brisk walk with three bags and a tool box (see why later), we found Python at her mooring between the show grounds and the 360 boats spanning 1.5 mile down the canal each way!

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