Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch

Welcome to the web page for IWA's Birmingham, Black Country and Worcestershire Branch. We're a small branch covering a large area - the name says it all.  See latest branch news or scroll down for meetings and work parties in our area.

Local History: Read Bradley - The Nursery of the Iron Trade - by Ray Shill


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Meetings & Talks

IWA Birmingham Branch Meetings are held at Coombeswood Canal Trust, Hawne Basin, Herewood Rise, Halesowen, B62 8AW.  Click here for directions to Hawne Basin.  Meetings start at 7.15 for 7.30. Non–members are very welcome.

Monday 16th January 2017:
Edwin Fasham - Boats. Edwin is a very versatile engineer, designer and builder of NB Ferrous, amongst others.
Monday 20th February 2017:
Luke Perry - Art Works on the Dudley No 2 canal.
Monday 20th March 2017:
AGM, plus Phil Clayton - 'Curious Cuts'.  Phil will show us some oddities that will get us thinking.
Monday 10th April 2017: (note - NOT a third Mon because of Easter)
John Dodwell - various topical matters of concern to us in IWA, and navigation authorities.  John is also open to suggestion for questions on latest news from CRT and IWA. 

Work Parties

The emphasis for the next few months is to support local initiatives, and of course the BCN Clean-Up in April.
Tardebigge Limekilns:    The Worcester Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society is uncovering and landscaping the limekilns near the top lock for visitor access - this is a heritage project of some importance locally, and supported by Canal & River Trust.  We would like to see this succeed and want to help the Society with their efforts. 

  • Wednesday 25th January
  • Thursday 26th January
  • Saturday 11th February
  • Sunday 12th February
  • Wednesday 22nd February
  • Thursday 23rd February

It would be good if some of our members could help here.  Contact Bill Lambert on 07815 986012 or email
Leasowes Park scrub clearance:  a consortium of local bodies are clearing the Dudley No 2 Canal through the park - across the largest embankment in the Birmingham area, in preparation for more major repairs and re-watering.  This is an excellent example of co-operation and we should be part of it!  

  • Saturday 21st January
  • Saturday 18th February
  • Sat 18th March 

Meet 10am car park off Mucklow Hill.   Contact Peter Fisher for more details.

Join Us!

If you are interested in what we do, please join us! We are always looking for branch members to assist at events and with our campaigns or other activities. Come along to a meeting, or contact our branch chairman, David Struckett