The Environment Agency, which manages the non-tidal Medway, is reported to be confident that East Farleigh Lock will reopen on the afternoon of Friday 21 July. There may be a scramble as boats which have waiting all season to move up or down the river will take the opportunity to move.
We are sad to report that Ron Judd has died tragically. He fell from a ladder whilst working on Nepos in Gillingham Marina last Thursday. He was air lifted to London but he never regained consciousness. He had extensive head injuries and life support was turned off on Friday evening. Ron was a member of the Medway Motor Yacht Club, which was a member of the MYA. Details of the funeral can be obtained in due course from Nigel Jennings, past Commodore of MMYC, on 07775 701631.
In addition to the delay in repairing the lock wall, a pair of Grey Wagtails have made a nest in a key part of the construction site. The contractors are unable to work near the nest until the young birds have fledged. The earliest date for the lock to re-open is now 21 July. The footpath and canoe portage remain passable.
UPDATE: The fledglings have now flown so the lock is expected to open by 21 July.
Medway Bridge Marina invite you to their Motor Sport Themed Black Tie Charity Ball on Friday 6 October at Mercure Hotel, Brands Hatch. Enjoy the company of a mystery F1 driver from the 70s and a 3 course meal with wine, then auction and entertainment till 1am. Tickets £55 per person or table of 10 for £500. To reserve your tickets call Sam or Kelly on 01634 843576.
Anchoring in Stangate Creek in the heart of the Medway Estuary, which is a Marine Conservation Zone, is to be prohibited from today, April 1st, following the discovery of several colonies of tentacled lagoon worms Alkmaria romijni. These creatures normally only grow to a few millimetres but in the unique environmental conditions of the creek several specimens have been found up to a metre long hiding in the hitherto unsuspected coral formations. Known until now only to local fishermen, who used to supply the delicacy to the scampi factory in Queenborough, the worms are thought to have arrived on the bottoms of ships quarantined in the creek in the nineteenth century. A spokesman for the harbour authority, now known as Peel Ports London, announced that special worm-friendly moorings for recreational boaters will be installed using funds accumulated over many years from conservancy fees.
Clifford Mickleburgh on DAWN OWL with Charlie on a whistle-stop tour of Europe from the Netherlands north to Copenhagen and then south through the Kiel Canal, Frisian Islands and the European rivers and canals to Switzerland and back down the Rhine through Germany to Friesland in the Netherlands. Find out about the boat lifts and the inclined planes!
Non CA members are welcome. There is a charge of £3 for the talk, which starts at 8pm. The pub offers a special menu for these events so come to eat at 7pm. Call the Dog and Bear, Lenham, on 01622 858219 by 5pm to book your meal.
Contractors working on behalf of the Environment Agency have discovered a major structural issue with a large section of lock wall behind the left-hand tail lock gate. This entire section of the lock now requires a complete demolition and full rebuild. This unforeseen work will take a further 12 weeks to complete. It is therefore anticipated that the lock will remain closed until the end of June 2017.
For more detailed information from MRUA see Reply.
Nigel Rigby on Captain James Cook RN – Britain’s greatest mariner explorer, navigator, cartographer. Nigel works for the National Maritime Museum, which holds world-class collections of Cook-related material. The Museum has staged Cook exhibitions and galleries since it first opened in 1937, and it is currently developing a new gallery which is due to open in 2018, on the anniversary of Cook’s departure from Deptford. Nigel’s talk will look at how the Museum’s displays of Cook have changed over the years and how they are planning to use him in the new gallery.
The Cruising Association Kent Section Winter Warmers are held at The Dog & Bear Hotel, The Square, Lenham, ME17 2PG. Situated 8 miles east of Maidstone, just off the A20 in the village square. All are welcome. There is a small charge of £3. Many eat beforehand and it helps speed up service if you telephone the pub on 01622 858219 and order your meal before 5pm.
The next Winter Warmer talk will be by Clifford Mickleburgh himself, relating his adventures on DAWN OWL with his faithful old dog Charlie on a whistle stop tour of Europe, from the Netherlands north to Copenhagen and then south through the Kiel Canal, Frisian Islands and the European rivers and canals to Switzerland and back down the Rhine through Germany to Friesland in the Netherlands. Find out about the boat lifts and the inclined planes!
The CA Kent Section Winter Warmers are held at The Dog & Bear Hotel, The Square
Lenham, ME17 2PG. All are welcome. There is a small charge of £3.
Situated 8 miles East of Maidstone, just off the A20 in the village square. Many eat beforehand and it helps speed up service if you telephone the pub on 01622 858219 and order your meal before 5pm.