Great Open Day at Clayworth

Published: Wednesday, 05 April 2017

THE Chesterfield Canal was a glorious sight in bright sunshine, with dozens of boats moored for many hundreds of yards in both directions along the canal bank at the Open Day at Clayworth.

It was on Saturday, 1st April, the Retford & Worksop Boat Club opened its doors to the Chesterfield Canal Trust and the general public.

Very well attended

There were a host of attractions and the event was very well attended.

The Trust brought its promotional trailer, which dispensed lots of literature and information. It also ran a sales stall and tombola.

Fender making

George Findley demonstrated the art of fender making. They have to be really tough and must keep their shape for many years. They are made by tightly weaving thick ropes into intricate patterns. George has been making fenders for over 40 years and is an acknowledged expert. It certainly seemed to be very hard work, but the finished articles on show were seen as works of art.

The Canal & River Trust, also had a stall telling people about their work and signing up members.

Food and drink aplenty

There was food and drink aplenty. Robin Stonebridge and Jim Bower, Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Chesterfield Canal Trust, did a wonderful job on the barbecue providing burgers and hot dogs galore. More Trust members provided light refreshments, whilst the Boat Club opened its bar.

The Seth Ellis trip boat ran cruises all day, all of which were fully booked. John Lower gave two fascinating talks about the canal, its history and its restoration.

There was a display of historical information and documents plus guided tours of the village, including the fine church.

Working boat on show

Finally, Python, the 88-year old ex-British Waterways working boat currently being restored by Trust volunteers, was on show for all to inspect.

 Afterwards, everyone agreed that it had been a thoroughly worthwhile event and plans are afoot to repeat it.