Thames and Trent Barge Rallies
From the September 2007 issue
Text from above pages copied below:-
DBA Barges 'Rock' At Trent
The keen types, led by Actief, were already assembling on Thursday 31st May at the Trent Valley Sailing Club for the annual Trent gathering the coming weekend. By the evening, seven barges had arrived and the crews joined the Thursday night Sailing Members in the club and enjoyed an evening meal prepared by the hard working club stewards Les and Jeanette. By Friday the full complement of 10 wide beam barges plus one narrow beam had arrived for the weekend and the barge visiting and socialising began. In addition to the replica barges, the gathering was treated to the two “real” Dutch Barges Actief and Anya.
Most barges were from local moorings, but Ypie and Liberty had travelled from Thorne and Torksey respectively. A massive Chinese meal and real ale from the bar left the crews admiring the superb views in the evening sunshine across the anicured lawns of the club to the confluence of the rivers Trent and Soar.
On the Saturday, a number of potential wide beam owners arrived by road and visited some of the moored barges whilst the socialising continued on the club lawns with the backdrop of dinghy racing on the river. The weather was kinder to crews this year rather than the torrential rain of last year. This made the traditional evening barbeque all the more enjoyable. A first this year was live entertainment, provided by the local band ‘Mainstreet’ complete with two female vocalists, that rocked through the evening to the consternation of the Club’s officers who were concerned that crews might actually dance to the detriment of their beautiful, all timber, Edwardian Club house.
More observant DBA members will have noticed that, hidden behind the vocalists, the skipper of Mirage was playing percussion. On Sunday morning some of the barges started to disperse. Those that had to drop their wheelhouses for the journey down through Nottingham Canal, with its headroom limited to a maximum 8ft, decided to make the most of the good weather before the forecast rain. In addition to the stewards and members of the TVSC, thanks also to Frank Wood who organised much of the event and was constantly on hand to ensure that the annual weekend Trent Gathering ran smoothly.
REPORT BY DAVID HEATH, JEREMY WOODCOCK AND EUAN CORRIE
Firelight BBQ for DBA Party goers at Kingston
Letter from a would-be barge owner after the August 25-27 DBA 15th anniversary get-together at Kingston-upon- Thames is typical of others on the same theme:
“I would like to thank everyone who showed as round their beautiful boats yesterday. Everyone showed great patience in dealing with our inane questions and I am sure that the reassurance given concerning the subjects of mud, condensation, water-rats, coypus, drunken vandals, spiders and diesel fumes... will have helped Kate move a step closer to barge ownership with me.
“It remains my firm belief that there is more sense of community amongst the boating fraternity than the rather yuppiefied housing estate in which we currently reside and in which a wave and a “good morning” is usually received as an invasion of privacy. “Thank you for making yesterday a special day and a step closer to realising our dream,
Michael and Kate Richardson
Barges at Kingston:-
Elessina - Ian & Leigh Petchey
Angelus - Edward & Pamela Burrell
Cormorant - Andy & Caroline Soper
Lady Phantasie - Basil & Penny Rickard
Johmar - David Beaumont & Jane Thompson
Verwisseling - Johan Siebols
Tammy - Jim & Tina Wright
Sudersee - Peter & Elaine Moulden
Celine - Andrew & Gail Waters
Lucia - Mike & Jill Cullen - they won the Best Boat
Lindsey 2111 - Graham & Miranda Jaggers
Bag Lady - Roy & Sue Farman
Arthur Rowley - George Adamson & Ann Dobson
Rietvink - John Bowen
Star of Destiny - Derek & Erica Kempton
Merlot - Ron & Sheridan Pusey
Richmond Venturer - River Thames Boat project, and DBA Honorary Member - Host Boat
PLUS more than 40 visitors including members from as far afield as Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Kent
From the Chair - KINGSTON UPON THAMES GATHERING
It is Bank Holiday Monday and we have just returned from the 15th Anniversary Rally held at Kingston upon Thames this weekend. 19 DBA barges were moored at Barge Walk on the North bank of the Thames just above Kingston bridge. Further on in this issue you will find pictures of the event. My thanks to Ian and Leigh Petchey and Basil Rickard for setting up and running the event, Caroline for doing the administration and Miranda Jaggers for bringing our Honorary Member, the barge, Richmond Venturer from The Thames River Project to act as host boat and focal point. The Thames River Project aims to provide access to the Thames for people with disabilities, young people, older people, and community organisations.
On the Saturday evening all of the barge crews and guests (60 plus - age and numbers!) gathered on the river bank for a communal barbecue – the table decorations soon developed into a competitive sport! On Sunday barges were open to DBA visitors and some 60 members and friends joined the gathering. I now know what the crew did when I went off barge visiting, leaving them to do the guided tours! Questions galore – but a genuine sharing of knowledge between association members – I ended up hoarse but learned a lot from the questions and comments!
Thank you to all barge owners for sharing your barges and to all members for your interest. I know we all benefitted from the gathering both in knowledge and from friendship. One member has written ‘It remains my firm belief that there is more sense of community amongst the boating fraternity than the rather yuppiefied housing estate in which we currently reside and in which a wave and a “good morning” is usually received as an invasion of privacy. Thank you all once more for making yesterday a special day and a step closer to realising our dream’.