The Retford & Worksop Boat Club is holding a combined event with the Chesterfield Canal Trust on April 1st.
The Boat Club is hosting the event at its clubhouse at Clayworth Wharf, Clayworth Common, Clayworth, DN22 9AJ.
The event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and it is open to all. There will be no charge.
The R&WBC was fundamental to the survival of the Chesterfield Canal. In the 1960s, it was the tireless campaigning of boat club members that saw off the threat to completely close the canal. This was long before the Chesterfield Canal Society was formed.
- The Club’s Real Ale bar will be open and refreshments will be available.
- There will be a Barbecue.
- The Trust’s promotional trailer will be in attendance, along with its sales gazebo.
- The tripboat Seth Ellis will be running cruises all day.
- There will be guided walks of the village and church.
- The historic boat Python will be in attendance and you will be able to see the current state of its restoration.
- George Findley will be demonstrating fender making.
- Carol Findley will have her canalware on sale.
- The Canal & River Trust will have a stall.
- There will be several displays about the canal and the boat club.
- Christine Richardson will be present and will speak during the day. Christine is an eminent historian and author who wrote the most authoritative biography of James Brindley, the designer of our canal. She has written many other books about the canal.
- John Lower will be present and will speak during the day. John has fulfilled almost every role in the Trust from Chair to lock designer Cuckoo editor. He has written many guidebooks about different canals and countless articles for magazines. He does dozens of talks about the canal every year.
- There will be a full history of the Boat Club itself, plus a great deal of canal history including the Reverend Seth Ellis Stevenson, the Retford headmaster who was the prime mover in the plans to get the Canal to come through Worksop and Retford in 1768, instead of across to Bawtry.
Python at the Boat Club.
In the 1950s, it was a pub called the White Hart. Photo courtesy IWPS
An early R&WBC event at Drakeholes.