from the editor’s desk

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the Spring Edition of CanalsOnline Magazine. We are happy to welcome our new contributors  - Martin Duggan, who already has two articles under his belt, and Lisa Munday who is now our residential expert on cooking on board. We also have guest articles from Chris Leah of the Wooden Canal Boat Society and Henry Biglowe who has invented a totally new canal board game, 'Argy Bargey' which looks as though it will be great fun!

The lucky winners of our Winter Free Prize Draw will be announced shortly on our Free Prize Draw page. Five people win a 'MyAlerts' account. Thanks to everyone who entered - we are sorry you didn't win. BUT... Be sure to enter this season's Free Prize Draw to win a magnificent COBB BBQ!  Just what you need when the warmer weather begins to roll in and you can eat out of doors!

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Happy Reading!


This season's Masthead photograph is courtesy of Bill Savage (Canal is King)

guest editorials

wooden canal boat society
by Chris Leah
the wooden canal boat societyChris Leah talks about the work of the WCBS who restore old wooden canal boats, giving them a new role and purpose in the life of the waterways.
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whimbrel - a tale of love
source - Frank Sanderson
whimbrel re-launchColin Ogden uses lockdown as the opportunity to do something momentous in his late wife Lynda's memory. He completely restores her beloved boat, Whimbrel, and relaunches her.
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caraboat helter skelter
by Neil McGarrycaraboat at Ferry Nabb, WindermereNeil McGarry tells us how he came to buy a 1973 caravan/boat, restoring it to its former glory and then exploring much of our inland waterways in it.
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boating and france
by Paul McGrane
French locksPaul McGrane discusses the pros and cons of boating in France and tells us what we would need to do before taking our own boat or a hire boat on French waterways.
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epic endurance challenge 2022
by Steve Mandaluffjooles Paillin epic enduranceJooles Paillin, a 39 year old mother who lives just outside Nottingham, will be taking up the Tallisker Whisky Challenge and rowing 3000 miles across the atlantic in 2022.
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yorkshire waterways museum
by Jan McGeachie
yorkshire waterways museumJan McGeachie laments the closure of the Yorkshire Waterways Museum, and looks back at some of the museum's happier days.
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