IWA Bulletin February 2011

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New advisory panel to appoint ‘transition trustees’ for new waterways charity

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is seeking to appoint seven ‘transition trustees’ to establish a new ‘national trust’ for the waterways in 2012.  The news follows the Government’s announcement (14 October 2010) that, as part of its Big Society plans, it would transfer British Waterways as a public body in England and Wales into civil society as a new charitable organisation.

The move, which will create one of the largest charities in the country, is intended to improve the long-term financial sustainability of the nation’s historic canals, rivers and docks and give a greater role to their users and stakeholders.  British Waterways cares for the third largest collection of listed structures in the UK and generates investment from a wide range of commercial and partnership projects.  There is widespread support for its move into the third sector and strong evidence of the support the country’s waterways are likely to attract under a national charity.  

Defra says that "this is a unique opportunity for individuals with significant board level experience in large and complex organisations to contribute to the establishment of a thriving, sustainable waterway network."  Details on the vacancies were published in The Sunday Times (30 January) and are also available through the job pages of the Guardian, Cabinet Office and Defra.  

The Government is seeking four new Transition Trustees from any sector, but particularly with expertise in: business and finance, heritage, navigation and boating, the environment, civil engineering, volunteering, fundraising and community engagement.  A further three members of British Waterways’ existing Non-Executive Board will be selected to ensure continuity.  Once the charity is fully functioning, it will need to appoint its own Trustees in accordance with its new governance structure, however it is anticipated that the Transition Trustees will form part of the first Board.

Defra has set up an independent Advisory Panel to provide advice to the Secretary of State for the Environment on the appointment of these first trustees.  For further information visit the Defra website: ww2.defra.gov.uk/news/2011/01/26/waterways-charity/.

IWA News

IWA Peterborough Branch Makes Donation for Benwick Moorings

IWA's Peterborough Branch has made a donation towards the cost of the creation of public visitor moorings at Benwick on the Middle Level system of waterways.

A cheque for £1080 was handed over by branch chairman Alastair Chambers to Jeff Walters, commodore of the Middle Level Watermen’s Club, at a branch meeting held at Peterborough on 19th January.

Alastair Chambers said “IWA Peterborough Branch has fully supported the project to create public visitor moorings at Benwick and has been happy to donate its share of the profits of IWA's National Festival held at St. Ives in 2007 towards this local project”.

Plans Well Advanced for IWA National Campaign Festival, Northampton
29th April – 2nd May 2011

Plans are now well advanced for a full programme of activities and entertainment for boaters and the public to mark The Inland Waterway Association's 2011 National Campaign Festival at Northampton’s river Nene waterfront over the May Day Weekend (29th April – 2nd May).

For more information please go to http://www.waterways.org.uk/events_festivals/campaign_rally_2011

Navvies' Charity Barn Dance to Raise Money for Inglesham Appeal

The annual Navvies Charity Barn Dance organised by London WRG and KESCRG, will this year donate profits to IWA's Inglesham Lock Restoration Appeal.

The event takes place on Saturday 5th March 2011 at 7.00pm at Benson Parish Hall, in Oxfordshire.

Tickets are £12 and includes a mystery supper. When ordering tickets please state any dietary requirements. The option to stay over is an extra £2, breakfast is also £2. If possible please donate a raffle prize.
For directions and all other enquiries please contact Adrian Crow by emailing barndance@kescrg.org.uk or 07807 456235

Organise an Event for the Inglesham Lock Appeal

If you or your branch would like to organise an event to raise funds for the Inglesham Lock Restoration Appeal, please contact gemma.bolton@waterways.org.uk

Inglesham Fundraising Update

There is still an enormous gap between what has been raised and what is needed to complete works planned for this year.

Check out what needs to be done this year http://www.waterways.org.uk/campaigns/appeals/work_plan_2011

We have updated the donation page so that it's easier to make a donation http://www.waterways.org.uk/shop/product_details?id=1294

Help Raise Funds for IWA if you Shop On-Line

IWA now participates in the easyfundraising scheme. It's absolutely free to you and IWA can gain donations from the participating retailers of up to 2.5% or more of the value of your shopping when you use it.

For more information please see http://www.waterways.org.uk/support_us/online_fundraising_

IWA Volunteering Opportunities

NEC Boat & Caravan Show 22nd - 27th February 2011 

We are looking for volunteers to help man our stand at the NEC Boat & Caravan Show. If you can spare a few hours or day to help out please contact Helen Whitehouse helen.whitehouse@waterways.org.uk

For more information about the show please go to http://www.boatandcaravan.co.uk/

Canalway Cavalcade 30th April - 2nd May 2011

We are looking for volunteers to assist in running Cavalcade over the weekend to do jobs such as setting up equipment, erecting signs and fencing, bucket rattling, brochure distribution, stewarding and bar staff.

For more information please see http://www.waterways.org.uk/events_festivals/canalway_cavalcade_2011_/volunteer_opportunities

IWA Branch and Region Help Wanted

Chelmsford Branch Social Secretary - The main role of the social secretary for the Chelmsford Branch is to provide a programme of monthly meetings, between September and May, for IWA members and  members of the public who wish to attend.

Chiltern Branch Web Content Editor - IWA Chiltern Branch seeks a volunteer to create and update their pages on the IWA website using a Content Management System (CMS). Training will be provided. No knowledge of HTML or other web scripting languages is required.

Northampton Branch Secretary - The Branch Secretary will be required to liaise with the Chairman, issue meeting agendas, take the minutes for committee meetings and issue them. They will also be the first point of contact for the Branch and will circulate communications to Branch officers.

Northampton Branch Planning Officer - The Planning Officer will be expected to monitor websites of Councils in the area to check for planning applications being submitted that may impact on the local waterways and be able to respond to these. Also, to be involved in consultation with LA’s and other bodies on Local Development Plans, etc.

For a full list of volunteer opportunities go to: http://www.waterways.org.uk/about/vacancies

Other News

Funding secured for safe riverside crossing at Bow

Funding for a £2.4 million project to construct a new waterside pathway and bridge at the A11 / A12 junction in Bow is now in place and work is due to start on site next month. 

Until now people following the river Lee Navigation north or south between Three Mills Island, the Olympic site and the Lee Valley Park beyond, had to leave the towpath at this point. Now a suspended waterside path below the flyover, and a bridge to the north of it, will be constructed, creating continuous 28-mile waterside walking and cycling route from the Thames at Limehouse all the way to Ware and Hertford.

For more information please see http://www.waterways.org.uk/campaigns/news/other_news/funding_secured_for_bow

IWA Member Discounts and Special Offers

The following special offers are now available exclusively for IWA members:

  • 20% Discount on Liverpool Boat Show tickets (29 April – 8 May 2011) 
  • 5% Discount at Midland Chandlers
  • Special Hire rates to IWA members with Europcar

Please note: All discounts and offers are entirely at the organisers' discretion.

To see details of how to take advantage of these offers please go to http://www.waterways.org.uk/support_us/member_services/member_discounts_special_offers_public

For IWA members that receive a hard copy of this bulletin in the post, please contact the membership team on 01494 783453 for the details of the offers.

Upcoming Work Parties

Please see below for a list of canal restoration events.

5th - 6th February - Chesterfield Canal (wrgNW)
Contact: David McCarthy MBE 0161 7402179 or email nw@wrg.org.uk

5th - 6th February - Thames & Severn Canal (London WRG)
Contact: Tim Lewis 07802 518094 or email london@wrg.org.uk

5th - 6th February - Wilts & Berks Canal (Essex WRG)
Contact: John Gale 01376 334896 or email essex@wrg.org.uk

19th - 26th February - Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation (WRG)
Details: Work includes bank protection, painting, towpath clearance and repairs. Accommodation for the week is on a barge moored in the tidal estuary, converted for residential use.
Contact: WRG Enquiries 01494 783453 or email enquiries@wrg.org.uk www.wrg.org.uk

9th - 10th April  - Birmingham Canal Navigations Cleanup
Contact: WRG Enquiries 01494 783453 or email enquiries@wrg.org.uk www.wrg.org.uk

16th-25th April - Cotswold Canals (near Cricklade) (WRG)
Details: The Easter camps will focus on demolition and rebuilding of the lower gate recesses and walls, along with some landscaping. 
Contact: WRG Enquiries 01494 783453 or email enquiries@wrg.org.uk www.wrg.org.uk

Upcoming Towpath Walks

6th February – Regent’s Canal
Details: Little Venice, Camden - meet 2.30pm Warwick Avenue Station. Costs £8 or £6 senior citizens/full-time students, children under 15 free. Proceeds shared between IWA and London Walks.
Contact: Peter Finch 020 8969 9941, sailor1057@aol.com or Roger Wilkinson 020 8458 9476, rogerw9796@yahoo.co.uk.

13th February - Rochdale Canal & Ashton Canal
Details: Rochdale Canal Society Walk. Manchester City Centre: Castlefield, up Rochdale Nine, Ashton Canal, circular walk. Meet at Dukes Lock, no 92, Castle St, Manchester, M3 4LZ (next to Duke’s 92 pub).
Contact: Barry Horner 0161 790 9274

17th February - Trent & Mersey Canal
Details: Town, Country and Trent & Mersey Canal Walk organised by IWA Lichfield Branch.  Meet at The Star Inn, Stafford Street, Stone. 10.30 am for 10.45 am start. Walk is about 4 - 5 miles. Return to Star Inn for lunch (optional) about 1.00 pm. This walk will be led by Ivor Caplan. Please let us know if you want to car share.
Contact: Margaret Beardsmore 07581 794111 or email margaret.beardsmore@waterways.org.uk

20th February – Regent’s Canal
Details: Kings Cross to Camden - meet 2.30pm, Kings Cross Station taxi rank. Costs £8 or £6 senior citizens/full-time students, children under 15 free. Proceeds shared between IWA and London Walks.
Contact: Peter Finch 020 8969 9941, sailor1057@aol.com or Roger Wilkinson 020 8458 9476, rogerw9796@yahoo.co.uk.

6th March – Regent’s Canal
Details: Mile End, Limehouse - meet 2.30pm Mile End Station. Costs £8 or £6 senior citizens/full-time students, children under 15 free. Proceeds shared between IWA and London Walks.
Contact: Peter Finch 020 8969 9941, sailor1057@aol.com or Roger Wilkinson 020 8458 9476, rogerw9796@yahoo.co.uk.

10th March - BCN, Daw End Branch
Details: Organised by IWA Lichfield Branch. A return walk of about 3.5 miles along the canal towpath to Longwood Junction, Hay Head Wood and Park Lime Pits nature reserve. 10.15 for 10.30 am start at The Manor Arms, Park Road, Rushall, Walsall.  Optional lunch at the pub afterwards.  This walk will be led by Brenda Ward.
Contact: Margaret Beardsmore 01889 803923 or email margaret.beardsmore@waterways.org.uk

To advertise your towpath walks in the bulletin please email details to news@waterways.org.uk.

About People

Alan White

On January 8th, one of the Solent & Arun Branch’s founding members, Alan White; passed away. He was at the forefront of the foundation of the branch at the initial meetings in Winchester and Chichester. In 1977 he became the  chairman, a post he held for many years. Always keen to promote the river Arun he helped instigate the River Arun Cruise, in those days a sponsored event to raise funds, as boats on the upper reaches were rare.

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