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BNCT ANNOUNCE : “River Writes” – a short story competition

BNCT is proud to announce that it will be running a short-story competition supported by Broadland District Council with the Upper Bure (old Navigation) as the theme. The poster appears below and an application form is available from BNCT. Some may have noticed the “deliberate” mistake below. The closing date is, of course, 30th September 2015. An application form is here (open both files) : river writes entry form 2   & river writes entry form

river writes BDC new poster


Footpath safety : Press Release

BNCT is very concerned about the safety and condition of the footpath alongside the Bure between Burgh and Coltishall. In some places it is barely passable and in others legally settled routes are not being enforced. We also understand that there are only very limited plans to cut vegetation in 2013 and not along the entire route. We strongly advise walkers that are using this much loved path to do so with great caution and we have called upon the County Council to meet their statutory responsibilities – we have published a press release about this matter (see below).

Press release issued Jan 16 2013

The condition of the footpath at Lammas


Photos on this site

We had run out of storage space on this site for images however some pruning has taken place and we are back in business. If you come across some text relating to a non-existent photograph and it deters from your experience of the site please let me know and we’ll try to restore it.

Coltishall event : a success

The Coltishall event has now been and gone. We have celebrated the 100th anniversary of the flood and the closure of the Navigation and did so in some style. A well attended event with much to do and see was attended by many people. In the next few days a selection of photographs relating to the event will appear here along with the accounts when they are finalised. We must now get on with the job we have set ourselves up to do and campaign for responsible access to this our river, to improve and lengthen the footpath, to help conserve the history and the environment and to undertake work to attract the next generation of people to take an interest and carry things forward.

Albion in her Sunday best
Very Regal
It looks cold and wet but in reality, apart from one brief drizzle of rain, it was neither
You can just see the embroidery on display here
Our very swish MC
That’s what it’s all about
The canoes getting ready to leave Aylsham
A cargo being carried on the Aylsham navigation for the first time in 100 years


Cargo to be carried on the Navigation for the first time in 100 years

As part of the wider event on August 26th 2012 (see earlier news items) to comemmorate the 100th anniversary of the Navigation’s closure due to the flood on that date in 1912 there will be a carriage of cargo along the Navigation’s route using canoes. The canoeists will be from the Buxton Sea Scouts and they will carry a token cargo to meet with the wherry Albion at Coltishall Common. The time table for this run is below and it would be greatly appreciated by the paddlers if people could turn out to cheer them on. Once they’ve passed why not make a day of it and travel on down to the main event by car or Bure Valley Railway. Parking is available at the Roy’s overspill car park in Hoveton or Rectory Road, Coltishall and a shuttle bus service operated by a 1959 coach will run from both locations to the event.

The Cargo tiumetable is -:

Set-up in Aylsham by 7.30 am at The Green @ Dunkirk Bridge, Aylsham. (alternative private access may be available and is awaiting confirmation)

Start: 8am

Burgh 9.30am

Brampton 9.45am

Oxnead 10am

Buxton Mill 11.30am-12.00 (picnic break)

Horstead Mill 2pm

Arrive Coltishall Green 2.30pm