Winter has seen the branch and boat crews provided marshals for the Devizes Lantern Festival, with Santa being escorted from his grotto on the Wharf to the Market Square by hundreds people with home-made paper lanterns. Our Carol Service was led by Sue Rodd and accompanied by the Town Band, and the branch’s usual “We survived Christmas” party was a great success, held in the Café on the Wharf.
A new event ‘Canals and Coffee’, an informal meeting in the Café on the first Sunday each month, has brought together a few friends, but more would be very welcome. The branch needs a few more active members if we are to make an impact – volunteers with trades or admin experience, for example, or simply willing workers! Do make contact if you’d be interested in helping. We particularly will need a new Branch Secretary as Val is stepping down.
Winter maintenance is well underway on Kenavon Venture, and hard-working volunteers will soon be putting everything back together ready for the first cruise on Mothers Day.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: There is a skittles match against the Wilts and Berks on Saturday 16th February in Melksham. All welcome. Details on the events calendar. Dates for a quiz night and on-board cheese and wine party will be circulated as soon as finalised.
We hope to improve our e-mail communications, so please ensure we have your up to date address. We will duplicate all this information onto the branch notice board outside the office in the hope of maximising the number of members able to access it. Postal mailings are simply not economic these days..
Finally, please note Bank Holiday Monday May 6th in your diary. Devizes Branch will have a stand in the Corn Exchange at the Lions May Fair, with a focus on recruitment and fund raising. We have been offered a remarkably generous gift as a raffle prize – a week in a canal-side holiday. If you have canal-related books, memorabilia or small objects that could also be used as prizes, or sold on the stand, these would be very welcome.
Chairman, Devizes Branch