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  • 31 Jan 2024 11:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ken's funeral will be on Wednesday February 21st at 2pm at Wessex Vale Crematorium, Bubb Lane, Hedgend, Southampton SO30 2HL. Ken was a tremendous character, well loved and respected in the SBA and we look forward to a service that will both celebrate his life and say a dignified farewell.  It will be taken by Mark Rudall and all are welcome - and SBA members are asked to pass the word around.

  • 29 Jan 2024 17:31 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Details of how to access the AGM and also the afternoon events will be uploaded and emailed closer to the date of the AGM.

  • 29 Jan 2024 08:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration for the following events are now on the Website.

    SBA AGM 16th March 2024, Maidenhill School.

    Steam@theLift, 10th-13th May 2024, Anderton Boat Lift, Cheshire. This event is now open to everyone whether you preregistered or not.

    Windermere Rally, 23rd-28th June 2024. For the moment this is 'Registration of Interest' only.

  • 24 Jan 2024 17:25 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sad news, Ken Challice died on Monday 22nd January.  The  funeral details will be circulated when they're available.

    Ken was a tremendous character full of great stories, a very accomplished engineer and an extremely helpful boiler inspector. He was also a real encourager to everyone who knew him. His that wonderful Welsh gruffness that he somehow blended with a really warm friendliness will be sadly missed.

  • 14 Dec 2023 09:25 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    All committee members and officers (save for our Vice Presidents) are obliged to stand down at each AGM and, if they wish to stand again and are allowed by the Constitution to do so, they must be voted in at the AGM. Nominations for a place on the SBA committee are open to all members.

    For the AGM taking in place on 16 March 2024, John Jewsbury will be standing down as Chairman and will not stand for re-election as he will have served 3 years as Chairman. Nominations to be the next Chair person are invited. At present, there is one nominee for the role – Dot Bullough. In addition, Gillie Slater, our Hon. Secretary has confirmed that she will not be standing again in 2024 and so the role of Hon. Secretary will be vacant. Again, nominations are invited.

    For the regular committee members, John Winn and Andy Hopper will not be standing again in 2024 and there is a real need for additional committee members - nominations are invited.

    For more information about any of these roles or to find out more about nomination, please contact Gillie Slater – or 01275 331074

  • 14 Dec 2023 09:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    See all the latest news by going to their website or using the url link below:

  • 04 Dec 2023 11:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sadly, we have to announce that Norris passed away on 26 November. His funeral is at 11.30am on Tuesday 12 December at St. Matthew's Church, Saltford Priors, WR11 8UX and afterwards at The Orchards. The SBA sends its condolences to Rosalie and the rest of the Bomford family.

  • 03 Dec 2023 10:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Reserve the dates in your diary! We are planning a steam weekend with the Exeter Canal & Quay Trust. Further details to follow as soon as available. If you would like to express interest, email

  • 09 Nov 2023 15:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Go to the IWA website ( using the link below to learn about progress with the IWA's campaign to ensure funding for Britain's waterways. 

  • 19 Oct 2023 15:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Julian Garratt, has informed SBAS that he wishes to resign his post as Chairman of the Company and as a Member of the Company. This request has been accepted by the Management team and Directors of the Company.

    The Directors and Management Team recorded their considerable thanks and appreciation for Julian's work for the SBAS over many years, both as Chairman and as Boiler Design Library Librarian.

    Furthermore, the company is please to announce that Nigel Thomson has agreed to stand (and was subsequently elected) as the new Chair for SBA Services Limited, and as a Director of the Company.

    Lastly, it has come to our attention that people may not be aware that SBAS no-longer sells the CD of the Boiler Design Library, but has instead provided all this information free of charge (including new boilers designed by John King) via it's web pages on the SBA Site. Please review these as they also include castings and drawings of engines and hulls for sale.

    ·        Boiler Inspection and Testing Services 

    ·        Boiler Design Library

    ·        Hull Drawing Library

    ·        Castings for steamboats

    ·        Castings and drawings for steam engines

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