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Staveley Basin Festival

Local residents flocked to the inaugural Staveley Canal Festival over the weekend of 30th June – 1st July at the new Staveley Town Basin, marking the current terminus of the five-mile restored section of the Chesterfield Canal. 

Geraint Coles, the development manager of the Chesterfield Canal Partnership, said it was expected to be an annual event, and marked the first time the basin had been put on the ‘public map’ since its official opening late last year. 

The Duke of Devonshire and George Wharmby, chair of Derbyshire County Council, jointly unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening, and the Duke went on to name the Trust’s brand new trip boat Hugh Henshall, the product of an award last year from the People’s Lottery.  

Canal stalwart John Lower had his narrowboat Madeley Wood craned into the basin so as to be able to cruise up to Chesterfield, and a Caraboat and large cruiser were launched using the new slipway.

A wide range of events entertained the local residents – the canoeing was particularly popular – who turned up in large numbers to see this latest addition to their canal scene.

Regular public boat trips operated to the Hollingwood Hub and a free heritage bus service was provided between Hollingwood, Staveley and the nearby Barrow Hill Round House which held a special steam weekend.

Staveley Basin, completed last year, has been developed as part of the Markham Vale regeneration project and will eventually incorporate start-up business units, training facilities, affordable cottages to rent and a bunk house for volunteers. It is planned that income generated by the development will support maintenance of the restored canal in future.

Above: Chair of Derbyshire County Council George Wharmby and the Duke of Devonshire (centre, L-R) unveil the plaque to commemorate the opening of Staveley Town Basin, 30th June 2012.

A model boat enthusiast sails his model schooner
at Staveley Canal Festival, 30th June 2012. 

Tuesday 3 July  | Andrew Denny  | 3.06pm, Tuesday 3 July 2012


As any self-respecting rivet-counter will instantly recognise, it is in fact a Hooghly River Pilot Brig (which may of course also be a schooner . . .)

Hugh Potter  | 4.54PM, Tuesday 3 July

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