Congratulations on another excellent edition of the "Tub Boat".
It so inspired me that, instead of putting the enclosed subscription on
one side to deal with it later, I reached for my cheque book right away.
Then I noticed that the Life Membership rate is only £120. I did
not need a calculator to work out that £120 in my bank acount even
it I could get 5% interest, would only bring in £6 per annum - not
nearly enough to pay my annual subscription. So why not pay over that
£120 to the Bude Canal & Harbour Society now, and never have
the pain of writing another subscription cheque so long as I, and the
Why not indeed? My cheque is enclosed and I look forward to receiving
many more "Tub Boats" in the years to come.
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The balances of the Society' s accounts as at 31.12.03 are as follows:
Account2 -Educational fund 905.01
Account 3 - Project Fund 1652.29
Account 4 - Canal Day 532.58
The Society has enjoyed another busy and worthwhile year, as the balances
is the working account which receives all income initially. The balance
includes a surplus of about £800 - £900. This will either
all be transferred to Account 3 - Project fund or part used to replace,
uipdate etc the Society's resources with the balance going to Account
3. The Trustees will decide what is necessary in the early part of 2004.
Account 2 This holds the donations and 10% of any profit
on sales items. The balance includes £400 donated for use in the
revision of a Canal leaflet due to be republished in early 2004. Bude-Stratton
Town Council and Bude Area Tourist Board are joint partners in this venture.
This account is also funding the setting up of our new website.
Account 3. The balance includes the £1000 set aside
for use in the Canal Project as requested by North Cornwall District Council.
The Trustees have agreed that whatever sum remains will be available to
aid any work necessary on the tub boat, now owned by Bude Sttratton Town
Council., as a result of the recent examination by Dr Lucy Bleu, a marine
archaeologist and an expert conservator.
Account 4 - Canal Day The balance is the surplus from
Canal Day in July 2003 and will be held for use in 2004 for the next Canal
Whilst the society has had useful fund-raising activities, the year end
balances also reflect the continued support of our members by their renewal
of membership and generous donations.
On behalf of my fellow trustees and myself I thank all members for their
continued faith in and support for the Bude Canal and Harbour Society.
3rd Annual Canal Day
Hopefully this will be held on Sunday 18 July 2004. It will be a joint
event with Bude Stratton Town Council who will be repeating their successful
"Gurney Day". Further details in the April "The Tub Boat".
Chris Jewell. Treasurer
Work continues on the new site which is active and can be viewed. The
new address is:
It will continue to
be updated and expanded during the coming months. It is intended to have
the latest 4 issues of "The Tub Boat" on the site starting with
issue 25. The site will also have links to Bude Stratton Town Council's
and Bude Area Tourist Board's websites to give a broader view and use
of our website. These links will work both ways. In due course a series
of e-mail addresses will be available to contact some of the Trustees
Bude Canal Project
North Cornwall District
Council has submitted the application for planning consent for works to
be done in due course on the barge section of the canal.. This includes
land adjacent to the canal, particularly from Nanny Moore's bridge to
the wharf at Bude.
Bude Stratton Town Council and Marhamchurch Parish Council in whose area
the canal and lands lie have no objections to the proposed works.
However, the displaying of the pink planning notices, giving details of
proposed works at the appropriate locations has woken up local people
and interest groups who are fervently consulting North Cornwall District
The canal project has been running since 1998, has had two consultant
reports, reports in the local papers, public displays and meetings, all
of which have occasioned very little concern shown by the public. So,
never doubt the power of the pink planning notice to raise awareness,
but better late than never!
The irony is that the planning consent is needed to advance the funding
applications and if and when the funding is obtained it will be February
2005 before any of the proposals on the pink planning notices sees the
oncoming of civil engineering.
Of course, if, for whatever reason, the planning consent is not obtained
in the near future then the whole project will be dead. Likewise, if the
funding bids fail the project will be equally as dead.
Nevertheless, the pink planning notices have demonstrated their power
to wake up the public to take an interest.
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SCHOOLS LIAISON IN 2003
2003 saw some useful contacts between the Society and local schools; something
we have been working towards for some time.
In the summer, we organised a painting competition for the junior and
infant schools, with a theme of “Bude Canal in the Olden Days”
for the juniors, and for the infants a choice between “Bude Canal
on a Sunny Day”, and “Bude Canal on a Rainy Day”. There
was a good range of entries from several schools, although one disappointingly
dropped out at the last minute. The paintings were put on display in the
Parkhouse Centre over the Canal Day weekend, and several happy prizewinners
had their photos in the local paper.
Also featured in the local paper were the results and prizewinners of
Budehaven School’s competition, run for Yr 8 pupils by the school’s
History Department, and part-sponsored by BCHS. There were two categories;
one to design a website, and one to design a publicity leaflet suitable
for young people of their own age group. The winning entries were very
well produced, and full of useful information about the Canal.
We hope to be able to build on this good start in the future, to increase
awareness of the Canal’s history among local young people.
& Mincepie Walk
Early rain and a bitterly cold west wind meant that the walk from the
sea lock to the Barge workshop consisted of only two members and a visitor.
A further complication was that the walk was advertised on the back page
of The Tub Boat No 25 as starting at 11.30am but the posters gave 11 am.
In consequence I arrived at about 11.05am to find David Phillips and a
visitor, introduced as Jill, sheltering in the lee of the old Lifeboat
Hut. We waited there together until 11.29am when no other likely walkers
were in view and so we set off briskly with the wind behind us and a low
I was glad of the opportunity to pause to point out items of interest
along the canal, aided by David who interjected the odd points I had overlooked.
The other two, being younger than I, set a brisk pace and I was pushed
to keep up. I had nostalgic memories of the summer walk with ten or twelve
people who tended to dawdle!
At Helebridge we found the Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Events
and Membership Secretaries had been joined by Ian and Liz Whitfield and
were all busily quaffing sherry and munching mince pies. Nobody else appeared
and so almost everyone but the Vice Chairman and TTTB editor won a raffle
One of the problems
of writing articles for a quarterly magazine is that topical subjects
at the time of writing are very often not relevant at the time of printing.
Nevertheless, I do try to give a picture of the changing climate as it
affects the vista of our very beautiful area together with some anecdotes
of life at Virworthy.
To start with I did notice a strange phenomenon this year - that is 2003!
Although the hedgerow fruits were in abundance, our three old oak trees
did not have a single acorn among them. I am told that it was probably
because of a dry spring. Perhaps you know differently.
During November Yvonne took herself off to Australia to visit family.
Being on my own looking after all the animals for a month kept me out
of mischief. One day when I counted up the birds I thought we had another
peacock but it turned out to be a heron just visiting.
One of our ornamental pheasants, a Melanistic hen, escaped one morning
when I was feeding them and is still at large. She is a very nervous bird
and I feared she would not survive in the wild but, after some six weeks,
she still comes into the garden for food. I think she has got a boy friend
now as a wild cock pheasant is a regular visitor too. So, if you see an
exotic pheasant it is not an illusion!
Heavy rain in early December caused some flooding of the river Tamar and
the road was flooded to a depth of six inches, which is equivalent to
a rise of river level of some four feet. Fortunately, the Whaerf is much
higher than the river and even with the aqueduct full of water we kept
our feet dry.
On my walks along the towpath I have noticed a 'deer run' across the canal
and there are regular fresh hoof prints. I have had only occasional sightings
through the buishes but my dogs are certain the deer, and foxes, are around.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year.
A list of Bude Canal documents; plans, books, etc held by the Bude Stratton
Town Museum has recently been drawn up and can be inspected by contacting
Mrs Phillippa Fitzpatrick at the Castle, Bude; 01288 353576.
Other documents are held at Cornwall Record Office, Truro.
The Centre for Kentish studies at County Record Office, Maidstone, Kent
holds some records pertaining to the Bude Canal listed under Stanhope
of Chevening manuscripts, Estate papers: Devon, Holsworthy estate, and
We welcome the following new members who have joined since September:
Mr J M Paddon, Farnborough, Hants
Mr K Davies, Ocean View Road, Bude
Many thanks to those
members who have already renewed their subscription for 2003/2004 and
particularly to those who have given additional donations. However, some
members have still not renewed. Will they please complete the enclosed
renewal form by return to maintain their support for the Bude Canal &
Harbour Society and receive future newsletters.
Remember that only fully paid up members can vote at the AGM in February.
You can help us reduce costs by using the Standing Order Mandate attached
to the renewal form.
Sunday 29th February 2004 Society AGM Falcon Hotel 2.30pm
Saturday 17th April 2004 Hartland Quay Museum Meet at 2.00pm Mark Myers
Saturday 26th June 2004
Coach trip to Plymouth and/or Boat Trip along the Tamar River with a short
stay at Calstock then return to Plymouth for shopping or sight seeing.
Coach leaves Plymouth at 6.00 p.m. for return to Bude. Prices and times
will be in the next newsletter.