Sad Farewells at the AGM

In Festive Season mode

In Festive Season mode

Seas Shanty Evening - head pirate

Seas Shanty Evening – head pirate

Les, Hester and Margi

Les, Hester and Margi

At the well attended AGM held on 1st November 2014 we bid a sad farewell to Hester who has so capably led us as Chairman for the last three years. Hester’s commitment, dedication and motivation was acknowledged in the achievements we have made whilst Hester has been at the helm by project chairman Les Reid and all members of the Committee and Trustees. We welcome new Chairman Barry Thomson and look forward to a successful and happy association going forward. Herein a few photo momentos of Hester.

A Rousing Evening’s Entertainment in the Making – Our Sea Shanty evening Friday 19 September 2014

Poster 2014You don’t want to miss this this one! If last year’s sell-out is anything to go by this year’s Sea Shanty Evening is looking bigger and better by the day! Our lead shanty singer Liam Robinson is depicted in the image below from last year, and we look forward to his rousing leadership again this year.

For more information on Liam and his activities please click on the link

Liam Robinson in Action


Cancellation of Open Day 3rd August 2014

We regret the late notification that our open day planned for Sunday, 3rd August 2014 has had to be cancelled through unforseen delays in completion of repairs to the Leicester Trader’s hull. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, and we will advise once the Leicester Trader is returned to the water and her berth as to when the open days will resume

Transport and Trade on the Trent since 1850

12 months of research concluded on 26th April 2014 at North Muskham Rural Community Centre with an afternoon of talks and discussion to consider how best to make the results available – talks by those who have undertaken the work, Philip Riden, Hywel Maslen and Wendy Freer – and discussion on material to be included in a book on the Trent in this period. A more detailed invitation and guide is available, please click here to access, or go to our events page to view.

Thank you to all the participants who made this such an informative and useful day, in particular Philip Riden, Hywel Maslen and the team of Nottingham University in conjuction with


The Big Lift

Our thanks to Izzie and Dave for these fantastic images of the crane lift on Monday 31st

It’s That Time of Year Again!

Our AGM is due to be held on the 7th November 2013, with lunch followed by the third Traffic and Trade on the Trent Workshop. The venue for all of these activities is the barge, now fitted with a new stove for a more efficient heating service. Our thanks as ever to Les for his hard work in achieving this. Please join us, the notice is appended below as a reminder! Please also let Hester know for catering numbers in the event you would like lunch on the day – a lovely opportunity for us to have a good old get together


Trade and Transport Workshop – Part 3

UoN-UK-C-M BlueCMYKThe third Trade and Transport workshop was held on Saturday 7th September 2013 on board the Leicester Trader. The workshop, as arranged and organised by Philip Rider of Nottingham University in conjunction with our committee,was well supported with 12 participants who remained ensconced in the workshop well over the anticipated timings! The lunch provided by Margi was well received and appreciated. Thank you Margi.

Summer Newsletter

Our apologies for the lateness in the publication as we are short of a newsletter editor, and Secretary, we would welcome any assistance from members old and new.

Activities to date include:

Sconce and Devon Park 100 year celebration amidst glorious weather a lot of interest in our project was generated. We were visited by Newark and Sherwood District Councillor Dennis Jones.

DSC_8344Newark Festival in mid-June where we berthed in full view next to Newark Town Bridge was a dual event being the Leicester Trader’s 60th anniversary and the Festival. Visitors included Notts County Councillor Tony Roberts  who gave a  cheque for £500.00 towards our restoration project, also Newark Town Mayor Bryan Richardson. Our badge maker was christened as a Father’s Day attraction, we participated in the Newark Carnival procession around Newark with our model of Leicester Trader made by member Peter Smith, and sold out on our tombola! The interest shown by the public with visits over the Festival were encouraging to say the least. We estimate we had in excess of 300 visitors.

lectrade04.08.132On our Open Day 4th August at Newark Wharf we towed LT to Newark Town Wharf. Although the day was quiet  it  was  a berth we have not tried before, and we welcomed the opportunity to test the site for future use. Many thanks to Frank Dyson of Castle Barge Pub for his help and support on the day.

Recent visitors  have included Lincoln Mazda 5 Sports Car Club , Collingham Local History Society, Nottinghamshire Country Link, and Nottingham branch Inland Waterways Association.MazdaMX59

Our future activities include:

Trade & Transport workshop Day (part 3) Sat 7th September to be held  on board from 12:30 to 4 pm. Barge will be open from mid-morning.  Best to contact to Les in advance as soon as possible in order we can ascertain our catering needs.

flyer27th September Sea Shanty Evening. Please see pamphlet attached, our major fund raising event –please support!

Les’s talks continue to be of interest with 1 scheduled in September and 4 in  October. The monies generated from these talks contribute significantly to our operating costs and any members wishing to attend are very welcome.

The Converted community Barge Sobriety operating from the Yorkshire Waterways Museum at Goole called alongside Leicester Trader on en route to Nottingham.

Member Frank Major came to stay on his narrow boat Pride of Holderness and during his visit by painting coamings, weatherboard and decks.

Open days will be the 14th and 15th September to coincide with Heritage Open Days. On the 15th we anticipate a reunion with a group of retired boatmen from Hull who Les has known from his school days!