This was revived a few years ago in collaboration with Hull and is open to all retired members of the NUT. It meets monthly and various trips are arranged: we have been to Burton Agnes to tour the gardens with the head gardener; Water’s Edge in Barton with a visit to the museum inside The Ropery; the Arctic Corsair; the Treasure House; Beverley Minster (including the tower) and many more. Sometimes we just meet for lunch and a chat.

Contact: Stuart Smith

or Sue Green


A group of retired teachers recently cast off from Tickton for a day ‘messing about on the river’; in this case the River Hull. The weather wasn’t brilliant but at least it didn’t rain and lifejackets provide a fair amount of warmth. To see the river from that perspective was fascinating and the species of birds observed was surprising (e.g. swans in flight). Packed lunch was eaten at Hempholme lock but not until the lock had been negotiated – the only lock on an inland waterway with this type of winding gear.

The waterway changed to non-tidal above the lock. The afternoon was spent exploring parts of Driffield navigation, West Beck and the Frodingham beck and just as we were beginning to think we had this lark sorted we encountered a block of recently cut reeds. Team work and inspired reversing and forward thrusts enabled us to succeed in reaching our destination with enough time to enjoy a cup of tea provided by Rory.

The company who provided the boat and Rory (to help with the lock) were Beverley Boat Hire and we all said we would travel with them again. (Our photo is on their web site!)