Winter Talks Programme

Our Winter Talks are open to everyone whether or not you are an IWA member (but it helps us if you become one!). Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month from October to April. EVERYONE WELCOME!! If you have friends who are interested in canals please ask them along.

Normally several of us eat together at Dukes 92 before the talk, at around 6:30pm - why not join us? (It's advisable to order food before 6:30pm to avoid having to rush your meal). The talks starts at 7.45pm prompt and whilst free, a donation to speakers costs and branch funds would be appreciated.

Our Open Meetings are held onboard the trip boat, Emmeline Pankhurst, moored on Potato Wharf, Castlefield, Manchester - see our Venues Page for details. Emmeline Pankhurst belongs to City Centre Cruises in Manchester who are offering a 10% discount to IWA Members for their Sunday lunch cruise. Read more (requires IWA member login).



11 March 2019  Narrowboat Carrying in the Latter Days  Paul Monahan

Paul's talk covers narrowboat carrying since the decline of the big fleets, and the modern-day carriers. We then look at the changes and the loss of heritage which have taken place in that time (roughly since 1960).

Our speaker: Paul has owned narrow boats for about forty years and during that time has travelled over most of the connected waterways system. His current boat, which he and his wife have owned for over thirty years, is converted from a horse-drawn ex-carrying boat. During this time, he also owned a motor and butty pair of carrying boats which he and his wife used in trade for many years as commercial carriers of a variety of cargoes. Paul also pioneered the carriage of diesel fuel for retail sale to other boats. He has been involved with many waterway societies and is a past chairman of the historic Narrow Boat Club and past Council member and Regional Chairman of the Inland Waterways Association. 

08 April 2019  The Daniel Adamson (temporary talk title)  Dphiletails to follow

Details to follow.