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Saturday 10th June Annual Coach Trip to Fowey

Unfortunately, we have not received sufficient bookings for the coach trip to Fowey and Lostwithiel on 10th June so we are unable to run the trip as originally planned. Many of our usual participants had already made other commitments for that day and it clashed with the Royal Cornwall Show. We did not realise this when we booked that date and our possible dates were restricted due to tide times.

We have looked at the possibility of re-arranging this trip for a date later in the year but due to unfavourable tide times we could not find a suitable alternative date. If we feel that there is sufficient interest we will explore the possibility of running this trip in May next year.

We are now looking at possible alternative destinations for a trip in September or nearer Christmas. Suggestions so far have included Cotehele, Wheal Martin or the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. We would appreciate your comments on any of these suggestions or any other options which would appeal to you.

We are sorry that we have been unable to proceed with this trip as planned - it is the first one we have had to cancel but we had only received bookings for 24 passengers and we needed at least 39 to cover the cost of the coach.



A G M report

Sunday 26 February saw a "new format" AGM held at The Castle Heritage Centre, Bude. This was very well received.

Jill White with Chair Chris Jewell

The chairman of the Society, Chris Jewell, presented Jill White with a framed photograph of the canal and sea lock at Bude taken on 27th August 2016 during the arrival of the lifeboat for the RNLI Weekend. This was presented in recognition the contribution she has made to the society while serving as a trustee. She has now resigned due to an impending move out of the area.
The AGM was preceded by an interesting talk by Graham Wills about the little-known Pinkery Pond and the surrounding waterways which are on Exmoor above Simonsbath. The talk was followed by an excellent Buffet Lunch provided by the staff at Cafe Limelight.

AGM group picture

The members on the group photo are as follows:-
L-R (back) Audrey Wheatley (former Chairman), Betty Moore (Events Secretary), Jill White (retiring trustee) & Chris Jewell (Chairman)
L-R  (front) Lucille Opie (Trustee) & Peter Daniel (Secretary).

The BCHS CONSTITUTION is now available
on the Society page.


Spring 2017

Winter 2016/2017

Autumn 2016

Summer 2016

Spring 2016

Winter 2015/2016


Canal Regeneration Bude

Report on the Regeneration Project

- adapted from article in revised Bude Canal Past and Present as below.

Redesigned Photo Album

now responsive!

Chris Jewell has been out photographing the Canal Regeneration from day one . During much of the regeneration period the Canal towpaths, locks and features have been closed to the public. Now you can see how the wonderful regeneration took place - There are well over 400 photos and we have now completely redone the album - THE ALBUM IS FULLY RESPONSIVE AND EASY ON TABLETS AND PHONES in readiness for our new site coming soon. We also think it is more attractive to view,.

Remember the photos are copyrighted to Chris so don't abuse his hard work - feel free to email comments.

Begin your voyage of discovery of Bude Canal Regeneration here


The Updated Reprint of "BUDE CANAL - PAST AND PRESENT"

is available from B.C.H.S. The book is only £5.50 plus £1.50 to the price to cover post and packing. Make cheques payable to "Bude Canal and Harbour Society" and send with your own details to
"Hon Treasurer", Chris Jewell at 4A The Crescent, Bude, Cornwall EX23 8LE.

"The Bude Canal - some interesting facts".
If you would like a copy send your remittance of £2.50 payable
to"Bude Canal & Harbour Society" - details as above except postage will be £1.00



We are delighted to be able to bring you the


with eight delightfully reproduced maps together with introduction and full surveyor's notes for each map. Special thanks to The National Lottery, Awards for All and Bude-Stratton Town Council - among others - for making this possible.

We now have 30 issues of The Tub Boat available on this site, together with all photos - just follow the link above - makes very interesting reading! In fact all Tub Boat issues since the Spring of 2003 are available to download from this site!

Transportation of Sand

Did you know that you can join the Society and support its work from only £5 a year? Membership form- join or renew

For information and easy forms see our Membership section

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Contact Us ...


For membership and financial matters contact Mike Moore on members@bude-canal.co.uk

New Tub Boat Newsletter

Spring 2017



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