No 28 Summer 2004

Model Boat Festival 2004
Treasurer's Report
Bude Canal Project
Gift Aid
Hartland Museum Visit
Plymouth River Visit
Our New Clothing
Going Home Voyage - postponed to 2005
Virworthy View
Whalesborough Farm Footpaths
Membership and extra info!




Model Boat Festival

The Annual Bude Model Boat Festival was held over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend again this year. The society's new expanding gazebo type stall erected in a matter of minutes by an efficient crew and brilliantly managed by Events Secretary, Betty Moore, and manned by other stalwart committee members enjoyed a brisk trade on the warm, sunny Sunday and rather less on the Monday in a cold wind. The event was generally well-attended and there were plenty of speeding (and noisy) boats in the Lower Basin for all to watch.
Our thanks go to the committee members and to the chief organizer, Stu Bell for allotting us our traditional stall space at the Bark House Green.
Bryan Dudley Stamp



Treasurer's Report

The financial situation remains static and it is hoped that we have a good summer attending events and doing some useful fund-raising and P.R. My report will not have details of the quarterly bank balances any more. The main reason is that to reconcile the statements with the accounts often clashes with the production and printing of 'The Tub Boat'. (I have put back the copy date to accommodate this but the bank are often slow in producing the balances. Ed)
If any of you are not happy about this please write to me or the Editor with your views.

Finally, I have been the Treasurer of our Society in its various forms since 1994 and I am looking to stand down from this position after the AGM 2005. It is time for new blood, computers, and modern systems. The Society is always keen to recruit members as Trustees. So if you are a member with basic skills in keeping records and handling money YOUR SOCIETY NEEDS YOU for a vacancy as Hon Treasurer in February 2005. For more details about the job contact me at 4a The Crescent, Bude, EX23 8LE.
Chris Jewell, Hon Treasurer.

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Bude Canal Project

Whilst the work continues to submit the bids for funding for the project, the Partnership is also working to form a constituted body to administer the project. The body will be known as the 'Bude Canal Partnership'. It will consist of Stakeholders and members. The following are the Stakeholders:
• North Cornwall District Council
• Bude Stratton Town Council
• Bude Canal & Harbour Society
• West Country Branch, Inland Waterways Association
• Devon County Council or Torridge District Council
Stakeholders will appoint one representative to the Steering Group. Membership of the Bude Canal Partnership will be open, on payment of £5, to any body corporate or unincorporated association which will be known as parent organisations.
Each parent organisation will have one vote and will appoint a representative to attend and vote at the Partnership meetings. The Steering Group will comprise the representatives of the Stakeholders and be not less than 5 nor more than 13. The parent organisations will put their representatives forward at the AGM for election to the Steering Group which will operate a one third rotation of retiring members each year although each such member will be eligible for re-election. The rest of the constitution deals with procedures for AGMs, the Steering Group, and dissolution.
The Society's representative on the Steering Group will be Bryan Dudley Stamp, Hon Secretary.

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For several years the problem of storing the Society's property and items donated for resale has become increasingly difficult and has resulted in spare rooms and garages being overrun by the volume of the material. During late 2003 the Trustees decided that something must be done about this matter as it was no longer feasible for committee members to store the bulk of the property. After exploring the possibilities of using commercial storage facilities, it was concluded that that was an expensive and ongoing cost to the Society. The solution will be the purchase of a 12' x 8' shed which will be erected on a plot of land at Ebbingford Manor kindly offered by Bryan Stamp and his son, Jonathon. Hopefully, by the time you read this article the shed will be in situ and in use. (It is! Ed.) To aid the storage and transportation, plastic storage boxes are being purchased. Only items donated and some bulk items, such as the gazebo, will be kept in interior storage facilities as will the slide projector and slides, library of reference books and records. This option is one of expense and will be a useful and valuable asset of the Society.

Barge Workshop
The summer programme of opening the barge workshop for three hours on Sundays has begun with your committee members taking turns to man it. I took the first of the once a month walks from the sea lock to the Barge Workshop in June with just one member of the public and Max, my dog. Chris Jewell will lead the other three.

Gift Aid !!!!!!!!!!!!!

This year's Gift Aid claim is for £403.32. This excellent amount is due to generous donations and four life memberships during 2003/04 tax year. It also relates to the subscriptions and donations of other members who have completed a Gift Aid declaration. For every £1 of tax paid 28.2p is refunded by the Inland Revenue.
Normally the amount claimed is paid in total into the Project Fund for use in relation to the conservation of the tub boat in due course. However, this time it was decided that to aid the scheme to provide storage the £403.32p would be split, £200 to be put towards the shed and other materials cost and the balance of £203.32 would go to the Project Account. This is a one off and in 2005 the whole amount of the Gift Aid claim will go to the Project Fund.

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Virworthy View

The abundance of May blossom on the hawthorn this year gave a fantastic snow-like covering of the trees. This suggests a very plentiful supply of berries and fruit for the birds. It may also be an indication of a severe winter to come – or is that just an old wives tale? I have also noticed that the sloes on the blackthorn are the size of marbles already, which should please the winemakers. With a very dry May the aqueduct was gradually drying up until a water leak developed in the pipe close to our stop tap, which is close to the canal. The water cascaded into the canal for three days and raised the level of the water, much to the delight of the ducks.
I find it interesting talking to walkers along the canal. One man seemed to be an expert on Damsel flies telling me the difference between Enallagma cyathigerum and Lestes dryas, but all I know is that one is blue and the other green! - These are not to be confused with Hawkers and Darners. As everyone knows these are Dragonflies! On top of that I was instructed on solitary bees!
A member of the Bideford Bee Society asked if he could place a mini hive in the wharf area as part of a survey being carried out by Oxford University. The box, like a mini hive with several tubes, has been placed on the side of the wharf building to attract the Red Mason bees (Osmia rula). These are docile and harmless bees which are excellent pollinators of fruit trees and soft fruits.They don’t sting and are not to be confused with masonry bees.
With mower and manpower problems much of the towpath has not been cut lately and with the excessive growth the walking is getting a little difficult – particularly with the nettles for people wearing shorts! But don’t be put off; the walk is still a fascinating wonderland.
On a final note, we have increased our menagerie by one with the birth of a miniature Shetland filly foal. She is to be officially named ‘Virworthy Dawnmist’ but we call her ‘Misty’. She was a mere twenty inches high at birth and has grown two inches in five weeks.
Geoff Lowe

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Visit to Hartland Quay Museum

Saturday 17th April was a cold and blustery day when we gathered at Hartland Quay for a visit to Mark Myers’ museum. After the very interesting talk that Mark had given at our AGM in February, we were keen to see his collection at the museum, and to find out more about the shipping connections between Bude and Hartland during the time in the 19th century when virtually everything came in by sea.
We made our first stop at the hotel for some lunch, after a wind-assisted passage from the car park. Lunch was good, and we felt fortified to venture out again and meet up with Mark, who took us down to where the old quay used to be, and explained where the structure had been before it was finally allowed to collapse into the sea when repairs became uneconomic in 1887. It had stood in one form or another for about 300 years.
A wedding party was in progress while we were there, and we watched as bride and groom made their vows on a rock at the end of the slipway, looking very precarious, and a great deal colder than we were (which was very, by that time).
Inside the museum it was a lot warmer. A large and impressive collection of pictures and artefacts and models has been assembled in one of the oldest buildings, converted attractively to display its character as well as its contents. Details of the numerous wrecks that have accumulated on such a very dangerous shore were plentiful, and there was an interesting model of the local coastline showing where many of them had gone down. There was one unique exhibit that was of more recent origins - a battered tin of peanuts.
This was washed up in August 1944, following the wreck of the Ezra Wilson off Pentire Point. She was an American “Liberty Ship” which had been torpedoed by a U-boat on her way to supply the troops after D-Day. The rest of her cargo mysteriously disappeared, after the local population spent a busy few days on the beaches!
Hartland Museum is well worth a visit, and we had a very enjoyable day.
Anne Longley

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Plymouth River Trip

9.05 am on a rainy and very misty Saturday 26th June, found 21 people leaving Bude by coach determined to enjoy themselves. When they arrived at the Barbican, Plymouth one and a half hours later to board a motor vessel for Calstock the rain was still doing its best to put a dampener on the day.
Photographers in the group braved the open deck as we cast off to record many views including the dockyard with various warships in for repair plus yachts being built for millionaires, and Brunel's bridge and the modern 3 in 1 next to it.

The bar on board being open, some passengers lifted their spirits with just that in their coffees!
During the hour-long voyage made interesting by commentary from the captain, plans were made to walk round Calstock. The rain had stopped by the time of our arrival and although this village is very hilly an enjoyable hour was passed and eventually refreshment sought at a hostelry by the landing stage. Back on the boat some of us looked forward to an hour or more walking, shopping, and sightseeing in Plymouth when the coach dropped us off at the bus station within a short walk of shops, etc.

4.20pm saw us all back there, loaded with our shopping and ready for the raffle with a large basket of fresh fruit as first prize. As we drove out of Plymouth the rain was falling once more and as we crossed the Tamar Bridge, the river was almost hidden in thick mist.
Thanks to Betty and all who helped to get us "on board" for this trip.
Jill White

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New Society Clothing

The Society now has available to members fleece jackets in bottle green with the BCHS logo in white on the upper left breast. The fleeces are zip-fronted with two zip pockets and are anti pil.
They are available in S, M, L, & XL sizes and are £23 each + p & p £1.50, total £24.50
Orders with cash to the Hon Treasurer, 4a The Crescent, Bude,, EX23 8LE. Allow 21 days for delivery. Cheques payable to BCHS.

The Trip of a Lifetime - 'The Going Home Voyage'

Postponed until 2005

Derek Aunger, a Bude boy who now lives in Looe, has had a long-time ambition to take his own boat through the sea lock at Bude and into the canal.
He has recently restored a Fairey Fisherman, a sixties classic motor sailer. The 'Portunas', as she is called has an overall length of 9.5 metres and is a mere 4 tons. She is sloop-rigged and has a Lombordini 38 hp diesel which replaced the original Perkins engine.

Derek will sail 'Portunas' with his son, Robert, from Saltash down the Tamar and along the English Channel, calling at Falmouth and Penzance for overnight stays, continuing around Land's End to St Ives, Padstow and arriving at Bude on the afternoon of Saturday, 31st July where the 'Portunas' will lock into the canal and an ambition will have been realised.
The whole venture has a website: www.portunas.co.uk Derek will have a webcam on board so that website buffs can log on and see what he is seeing as he sails to Bude.

Additionally, there will be an opportunity to make donations to our Society which encourages, where possible, yachts and boats to visit Bude and lock into the Bude Canal and make use of the sea lock refurbished by NCDC nearly four years ago; in fact in July 2000 the project was half completed.
It is because of this commitment by NCDC and the other funders that Mr Aunger, visiting, and local boatmen can still use the sea lock to seek safe haven in the Bude Canal. Long may it continue and increase.
Chris Jewell


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Walesborough Farm Footpaths

A third path has now been added to the rights of way across Whalesborough Farm.
To find this go up to the farm along the main approach road from Helebridge. On reaching the main farm buildings, turn sharp left and proceed out to the sea cliffs along farm roads. The path comes out on the main Widemouth - Bude road just below the brow of the hill going down into Widemouth from Bude. There are two other paths in existence on the farm. One starts from between Rodds Bridge and Whalesborough locks on the canal towpath and goes up to the main Widemouth Road coming out near the next bungalows beyond the Chough Hotel. The other is a footpath which runs from just before the entrance to the Woodlands Tea Gardens at Helebridge and goes across the fields to just before the Bay View Inn at Widemouth.
Bryan Dudley Stamp


Extras - check it out ..

Membership Report
We welcome the following new members who have joined since March:
Mr & Mrs Ellis, Killerton Road, Bude.
Mr D Tucker, Stratton Road, Bude.
Mike Moore

Erratum: Correction to Tub Boat No 27
Treasurer's Report AGM 2004; page 2, 4 lines down from balances, should read: ".......all transactions are free, but no interest is paid......"

A Talking Book set of 4 CDs of E Temple Thurston's classic book "The Flower of Gloster" first published in 1911 is now available complete and unabridged for £24.99 (inc p&p) from record dealers, or by post from A Tuddenham, POPPY Records, 88 Mount Road, Southdown, Bath, BA2 1LH, or click www.poppyrecords.co.uk
The story, read by Diana Humphrey, who lives a mere stone's throw from the Stroudwater Canal in Glos, is a fascinating historic document of a canal system on the brink of closure. Audrey has read it and says it is a good read. (Advert).

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