Sunday, 1 May 2016

A winning streak

We went to Braunston Church this morning. The vicar, Sarah Brown, gave a good sermon on the healing of the disabled man at the pool of Bethesda and drew a distinction between being healed and being cured.

Returning to the boat we had a quick lunch before I joined another guided walk. Jan stayed on board to wait for a visit from BCF members John and Sylvia who live in Daventry.

John Pomfret led the walk, which started by looking at the remains of the original course of the Oxford Canal. In the photo below it is visible as the dark line in the middle running left to right across the field.

That's John wearing the rectangular badge.

In the background, top left, is the combined turnover and accommodation bridge on the "new" bit of the Oxford Canal (Bridge 95).

Having been at church we missed the main auction, but Mick Butler had a few leftovers from the bric-a-brac and tombola stalls to auction off.

Jan was very pleased that I made no bids.

A fish/chicken and chips supper was followed by a quiz, where our table came about half-way. Next we had the results of the other quizzes, those which we had received in our boater's pack and which we had had the whole weekend to work on. We were very surprised to have won, and received a box of chocolates. And then the result of the treasure hunt, which had been mostly around the village of Braunston. We enjoyed doing this, and somehow managed to win this too! Another box of chocolates for Jan!

It has been an excellent little gathering, where we have got to know a few people we didn't know before. Lots of money has been raised for the IWA Northampton Branch and for the local Air Ambulance. (I must visit a cash machine very soon.)

Tomorrow we'll be dismantling the marquee etc. and loading it all back into Sculptor at 0900; when that's done we shall be free to continue cruising. Braunston has been very pleasant, but it will be good to get under way again.

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