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December


Bristol Packet Boat Trips
www.bristolpacket.co.uk
Hello from Bristol Packet Boat Trips Our new website is now up and running, the site features a photos page. If you have any interesting photos of the river or your parties and you would like to share them, please send them to us. We'll place it on our website with a credit to the photographer.
Winter is the time of year that we give our boats some well-earned TLC. Tower Belle will be pulled out of the water first to keep her in good Bristol fashion. Despite being the grand old age of 91 she is in better condition than ever due to our annual maintenance program.
The Bagheera's six cylinder Volvo engine is now 38 years old. This winter we are going to replace it with a new low emission, high efficiency, four cylinder John Deere engine.
Throughout the winter (if the docks don't freeze over) we will be running our City Docks Tours every weekend and during the Christmas Holiday. Hope to see you on the water.
Hello from Bristol Packet Boat Trips As another summer draws to a close, we would like to thank all our friends and customers for making it such an enjoyable season.
If you have had a trip on the water with us this year we very much hope you enjoyed the experience. If you have any comment or ideas on how we can improve our trips we would love to hear from you.
Still planning to join us on the water this year, our daily trips will be running until the 9th of September, after that it's worth a call to see what is happening. Weekend trips run throughout the year and there a five more Gorge trips running during September and October.
Private parties run all year round on our two closed heated boats. For parties in December remember to book early.
Hope you enjoy the rest of the summer from all of us at Bristol Packet Boat Trips.
Visit our website at www.bristolpacket.co.uk or call 0117 926 8157.

Hobbs of Henley
www.hobbsofhenley.com
Introducing Windsor Belle
With our winter storage season approaching we are very happy to announce that possibly the finest boat on the River Thames will be taking a permanent mooring at our Wargrave Road boatyard. Windsor Belle is owned and lovingly restored by Swartzenbach and returns from its refit in Southampton to its purpose built mooring with us at Hobbs of Henley. Windsor Belle was built and owned by Arthur Jacobs of Windsor in 1901. She is privately owned but available for private hire - please contact us at charter@hobbsofhenley.co.uk for more details.
Magic and mince pies!
Set sail to see Santa as due to popular demand, this year we are doubling our amount of Santa Cruises and are pleased to announce a new feature for 2011 'Fred in the Shed' will be adding some magic to the childrens entertainment. These cruises proved to be hugely popular in previous years so do book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our website for more details (http://www.hobbsofhenley.com/?q=content/santa-cruise), or contact us on 01491 572 035 to book tickets.
Don't forget to look at our competition page for your chance to win tickets (http://www.hobbsofhenley.com/?q=content/special-offers-and-competitions).
Party in style for the festive season _ as our Christmas Party Nights are back this year and are becoming more and more popular for smaller groups to have a shared Christmas Party Night out. This year we've put together a real cracker of a night out for you with your choice of buffet or sit down meal, festive disco and a complimentary glass of wine.
If this sounds like your kind of night, then please visit our website (http://www.hobbsofhenley.com/?q=content/themed-cruises) for more information and details of our early bird booking offer!

Scottish Seabird Centre
www.seabird.org
The Harbour, North Berwick, EH39 4SS. 01620 890202.
All events are FREE for members, or included in the entry price to the Discovery Centre for non- members, unless otherwise stated. Entry to the Discovery Centre is �7.95 for adults, �4.50 for children and �5.95 for concessions. Book tickets online in advance at www.seabird.org.
December
Puffin Club - Weekends and holidays, 14:00-15:00, FREE - Fun 'make and do' sessions for kids age 4 to 8.
Nature Photography Awards exhibition. To Feb 2012, opening hours, FREE. Vote for your favourite out of our shortlist for the sixth annual Photography Awards.
Russell Childs exhibition. To 31 Jan, opening hours, FREE. Beautiful wildlife by a local photographer, with all framed photographs for sale.
Lockett Bros - The BIG Tasting. 2 Dec, 18:30-21:00, Tickets �5. The Lockett Bros famous annual event with the chance to taste over 60 wines, champagnes, whiskies, and more at the award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre. Tickets �5 are available from Lockett Bros, High Street, North Berwick.
Storytime by the Sea. 2 Dec, 14:00, FREE. Kids can snuggle down for stories by the sea - ideal for age 2 to 5.
Walking with Birds and Edinburgh RSPB. 7 Dec, Ravelaw/Threipmuir, FREE. Contact Eppie Sweeney on 0131 445 4379 email eckie41@hotmail.com if you wish to attend.
Volunteers Host Morning of Festive Cheer. 10 Dec 10:00-12:00, Hope Rooms, North Berwick, entry �1.50. Homemade delights and Christmas gifts to raise money for Scottish Seabird Centre. The invaluable volunteers at the award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, are hosting a festive-themed coffee morning to raise funds for the Centre. Taking place on Saturday 10 December, 10am to 12noon, visitors to the Hope Rooms on Forth Street, North Berwick, can enjoy all sorts of yuletide treats including home-baking, Christmas gifts and a prize raffle. Everything for sale will be donated by the volunteers and available will be a range of gifts including toiletries, soft toys and books, ensuring affordable Christmas gifts can be found for people of all ages. The raffle will also feature donations from the volunteers, and will include the chance to win further yuletide treats including wine, chocolates and biscuits. The highlight of the event will be the home-baking, freshly prepared by the volunteers. Everyone with a sweet tooth will have the chance to enjoy scones, meringues and fruit bread. Sandy Forrest, Chair of the Scottish Seabird Centre volunteers, said: "We hope that people across the region pop in to our Christmas Coffee Morning - the volunteers at the Centre have really pulled together for this event and it's a fantastic chance for people to indulge or tick off some more items from their Christmas shopping list. There will be plenty of treats to keep Santa happy too!"
Walking with Birds and Edinburgh RSPB. 10 Dec, Kinneil/Blackness, FREE. Contact Margaret Harrison 01506 844580 email Margaret.harrison11@gmail.com.
Scottish Seabird Centre's Walking with Birds. 12 Dec, Belhaven Bay, FREE. Contact Mary Lindsay on 01368 860624. See www.seabird.org for full details.
RSPB Edinburgh Area Local Group - Golden Eagles. 14 Dec, 19:30, �2. An illustrated talk by John Simpson, looking at the life-cycle of the golden eagle including its hunting and nesting habits. It will be a practitioner's view of working with one of Scotland's most iconic birds. Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, Craiglockhart Campus, Napier University, Colinton Road, Edinburgh.
Wild About Art: Flotsam and Jetsam. 18 Dec, 14:00-16:00, FREE. Uncover treasures on the beach and use them to create a Christmas wreath with a different. Drop-in kids' session with Alchemy Arts.

Gerrards Cross Sailing Association (GXSA)
www.gxsa.org.uk
Wednesday December 14th, Cast Off for Christmas
Our traditional Christmas "send off" with entertainment by an "all member celebrity cast" of your old favourites. Each will give a short presentation to delight us on things nautical.
Mulled wine and mince pies will be on offer, there will be a quiz devised by Bernie, and the ever popular photographic competition.
For the competition you will need to bring along your prints, no larger than 5"x7", taken within the last two years. The photos must be in the following three categories: scenic, humorous, and nautical (boats and sailing). There will be prizes for the best entries.
For those of you that won't be able to make the meeting, may your committee and myself take the opportunity to wish you and your families all a very Happy Christmas and fair winds for 2012.
7th December 2011, Colin Henwood, Traditional Boatbuilding on the Thames
Colin Henwood is one of the new generation of Thames boatbuilders who are continuing the traditions of the past restoring, maintaining and building elegant Thames craft. His enthusiasm, together with photographs of some of the finest boats on the Thames make his talk interesting for all.
19:45 for 20:15 at the Memorial Centre.




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