My Website: 'Flick n Click'

Flick represents the flick of my paint brush used to create canal art decoration and Click represents the shutter button on my camera. That's me in the picture, Tim Whitelock. Both canal art and photography are hobbies. I did teach canal art for around 30 years but have no courses booked at present. I sell items at craft shows to pay for my hobby and giving talks on various subjects.

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My Background

I originally trained as a Furniture Designer/Cabinet Marker at the London College of Furniture (now absorbed into the London University) in the 1970s. When I completed four years at the LCF the country was in one of its many recession cycles so after working as a Technician in the Building Department of Hackney College for a few years, I went back to college and trained as a Design & Technology teacher. My first teaching position was at East Bergholt, close to Flatford Mill in Suffolk. I then moved to a school at Brentwood in Essex where I spent almost thirty years. I taught Design & Technology which included Woodwork, Metalwork, Plastics and  Graphics to GCSE and A Level. During that time I also taught the history of canal's, canal art and woodwork as evening classes.

Tim painting


This page will look at how I became interested in canals and associated subjects.

Canal Art

This page will look at how I became interested in Canal Art and develop my painting skills.


This page will look at when I become interested in photography and the type of pictures I am interested in taking.

Inland Waterways Association

Having discovered canals after being taking on my first canal holiday in 1971, I joined the Inland Waterways Association in 1974. For a few years I joined the Committee of the Chelmsford Branch and gave talks to outside organisations on their behalf. The IWA was founded in 1946 to help protect, restore and encourage the use of the UK’s canals and rivers. It is made up largely of volunteers. The Waterways Recovery Group is the active arm of the IWA developed to play a practical role in restoring waterways. They hold many restoration work camps around the country, which include tuition in the use of plant and equipment. In 2005 the IWA took over the running of my local waterway, the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation under the name Essex Waterways Limited.



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My local Camera Club

Many areas have their own camera club and my one is South Woodham Ferrers Camera Club which meets every week from September to May. During the year meetings include a varied mix of photo appraisals, speakers and practical sessions. The group also meets for a Christmas and Summer meal with the occasional informal photographic days out. It’s a very friendly club that provides a good way of developing your photographic skills and asking for advice, as someone is bound to have the answer you are looking for.

Present Day

Now I am retired from full time teaching I can follow my various interests. Canal art plays a major part, with some teaching off the subject. I mostly paint just for pleasure. Selling painted items at craft shows helps clear out what I have painted and cover the costs of materials, although not my time! I have also been able to redevelop my interest in photography which I've had since a teenager and seen the move from film to digital. I have also had the time to rewrite talks I originally produced in the days when the use a transparencies and a slide projector was the norm. A new interest has been the development of this website, something I had been wanting to do for many years. My next project is to build a model railway! I hope you find the following pages interesting.


Information in this website is written by me and all views are my own. None of the information represents the views of other individuals or organisations. If you find any mistakes I would welcome your feedback by email.


All photographs appearing on this site are the property of Tim Whitelock who has the copyright. 


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