Registered Charity No. 702429


Saturday 17th September 2011
at Huddlesford Junction on the Coventry Canal
Lichfield Cruising Club, WS13 8PY
Open to the public from 10am - 5pm

We held the fifth Huddlesford Boat Gathering on 17th September 2011, once again organised jointly with Lichfield Cruising Club and it was another very happy and successful event. Despite an unpromising weather forecast we had a very sunny day with just one short shower of rain.

On the canal there were over 60 narrowboats, including 25 ex-working boats. Raymond and Nutfield travelled from Braunston again to join us. The steam narrowboat President was also there with her butty Kildare, plus ex-steamer Monarch with Whitby, Kestrel & Verbena and Starling & Ethel. Harbourmaster Mike Moorse, assisted by Pat Barton did a fantastic job organising all the moorings. Barry Kenn, Keith Grice and Ossie Cutayar shared the job of running boat trips for visitors on the day boat DAYSY, very kindly loaned for the day by Ray Bowern of Streethay Wharf. We also had three “floating traders”, selling painted canal ware, individually embroidered clothing and hand knitted items.

On the field we had over 100 classic cars, now a regular feature of the Gathering and what a wonderful display it was. There were also 50 stalls with sales and displays, steam vehicles and a display of Fire Safety from Lichfield Fire Service.

The Pinxton Puppets delighted children with regular puppet shows, children from the Bojangles School of Dance performed on the grass outside the clubhouse and two musicians from the Three Spires Morris played live music sitting beside the canal. Parrot Aid was there with Gizmo the famous parrot, star of Film and TV, who had great fun trying out the rides and entertaining the crowd. He even made a guest appearance in one of the puppet shows!

Simon Cross and his team on the all-day barbecue were very busy serving burgers, hot dogs and bacon baps and the Cruising Club provided coffee and cakes in their “Coffee Shop” marquee. The cruising club bar was open all day serving all manner of cold drinks, including Real Ale from Blythe Brewery.

On Saturday evening we were entertained by folk singing group "The Staffordshire Men", and the ladies of the Cruising Club once again put on an excellent hot supper.

Very special thanks must go to all the members of Lichfield Cruising Club for their hospitality and especially to Frank Weetman, Rose Bell and Mike Smith who worked so hard to make sure everything ran smoothly. We would also like to thank the 1st Whittington Scouts for the loan of a marquee and a number of tables and benches, and Frank Bartlett of the Whittington First Responders for First Aid cover. To everyone who helped in any way, putting up and taking down marquees, organising the car parking and selling programmes, making cakes for the cake stall, all the dozens of other jobs whether before, during or after the event, our grateful thanks. Without you none of it would have been possible.

We'll probably do it again in 2013. Don't miss it!

Saturday Evening Entertainment

Provided by The Staffordshire Men
playing and singing a blend of traditional Irish, English, Scottish and Australian folk music all from wider Staffordshire.

You want to see pictures of it all don't you?
Click on the link below for some super photos taken by Paul Marshall
Photo Gallery Huddlesford Gathering 2011

or enjoy Paul's video clip on YouTube
Huddlesford Boat Gathering 2011

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