Aylesbury Canal Society


Bryans’ Retirement – November 2017

Following over 40 years of service as Secretary and Chairman, Bryan Barnes stood down as Chairman in November 2017. The Committee arranged a surprise retirement party after the AGM which was attended by over 100 Members.

There was food, drink, music, slides, presentations, lots of chat and catch up about old times. Bryan was overwhelmed by the gift of a holiday voucher; from member contributions,  which he used to fill his bucket list dream of going to Mastrich to see Andre Rieu.

Thanks to Bryan and a team of Members, ACS have remained an integral part of the Aylesbury Arm in our new home at Circus Field.

He is now president and remains a resident and active member of the Society.

Christmas Light Switch on December 2018

For the first time ACS had a mass turn on of our Christmas Lights on Friday 7th December 2018.

In the run up to the event there was a lot of banter in the basin amongst all the boaters who were decorating their boats. The building was also decorated inside & out which included 3 real trees. By having lots of members involved & helping, there was a real buzz around the place.

On the evening of the 7th – complimentary mulled wine was supplied by the ACS committee & Bryan kindly donated the mince pies. The bar was open as usual from 7.30pm & everyone gathered upstairs. Just before 8pm everyone moved out onto the balcony & those turning on their boat lights returned to their boats (with fingers crossed) to get ready for the ’switch-on’. At 8pm the air horn was blown & to everyones surprise, all the lights were turned on & the boats illuminated. (All without causing an Aylesbury power surge!) It didn’t matter if your boat display was ‘over board’ or you only had a few lights – it was the taking part that was encouraged & enjoyed by all. With Christmas music playing & plenty of Christmas jumpers being worn, it was a great start to the festive season.

We will be doing it again this year  & after the success from 2018 it appears even more boaters will be taking part this year. The basin lights were the talk of Aylesbury Town last Christmas so lets keep up our standards & make this years ‘switch-on’ even more successful.

Thank you to Sarah Rigby and Kay Amos for organising such a lovely event

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