Thames & Medway Canal
Unfortunately, the Thames & Medway Canal Association has become homeless. Its HQ adjacent to the canal on land at the old Sea School is to be sold with vacant possession so TMCA has moved the boats to a factory yard at Higham, its meeting room furniture is in a container, and its tools and equipment are in another container in a local pub car park (which does have some merits after the group’s weekly work). General work continues with keeping the canal and towpath clear of litter and the never-ending job of cutting back overhanging trees. The proposed development of the Gravesend canal basin seems to have been put on hold due to the current economic climate. The slipway came in handy as a local car enthusiast wanted to try out his amphibious car so one of the association’s members had an interesting trip up the canal, but the weed was thick which made it difficult to steer. TMCA hopes to have a beneficial chat with whoever may buy the old HQ site with a view to allowing a corner space to reposition the HQ so that maybe next year the group can again have solid premises to hold gatherings etc, rather than at the Chair’s home.