IWA Bulletin Mid-December 2010

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First Draft of New Waterway Charity Objectives

A first draft of the possible charitable objectives for the New Waterways Charity (NWC)  was presented at the British Waterways Annual Meeting  on the 2nd December 2010.

Full information can also be viewed at: www.britishwaterways.co.uk/marketingtheNWC

Charitable objects are the legal definition of what the charity is about. They define what the charity will do.

The purposes of [NWC] are:

  • To own operate and manage Inland Waterways in the United Kingdom for public benefit, use and enjoyment:
    • for navigation
    • for recreation or other leisure-time pursuits of the public in the interests of social welfare with a view to improving their conditions of life;
    • for the improvement of commerce and industry generally
  • To protect and conserve sites, objects and buildings of archaeological, architectural, engineering or historic interest on, by or associated with the Inland Waterways of the United Kingdom (“the Inland Waterways”).
  • To further the conservation and enhancement of the natural beauty of the Inland Waterways and the conservation of flora, fauna and geological or physiographical features of special interest on, by or associated with the Inland Waterways.
  • To promote encourage undertake and assist in the restoration of the Inland Waterways (whether or not owned managed or operated by it) for the public benefit.
  • To educate the public about the Inland Waterways, their history, development, use and operation by all appropriate means including the provision of museums.

NWC exists to protect and promote our inland waterway network and to ensure that our unique waterway heritage will always be a valued part of local landscapes and communities.

Marketing Strategy
British Waterways explained at the Annual Meeting that further development work on the marketing strategy including the naming of the New Waterways Charity is being done and proposals will be included in the Defra consultation.

BW says that there will be updates about research on the site www.britishwaterways.co.uk/marketingtheNWC

They can be contacted at NWC@britishwaterways.co.uk to give them your ideas, views and questions.  

IWA viewpoint
IWA was particularly pleased to see that the objectives are to follow many of IWA's own which have been core values of the Association for over 60 years. IWA was specifically pleased to see that as a result of continued lobbying by the Association, the NWC would now be including restoration as a key objective of the new organisation.

At a recent meeting of IWA's trustees, the objectives and new organisation of the NWC were discussed in detail. IWA trustees agreed that for the immediate and forseeable future; IWA's role would be to become a 'critical' friend of the NWC and to ensure that boaters' and other users' interests were properly represented.  

IWA News

Branch Officers' Workshop 2011

To: IWA Branches & Groups; Regions; National Committees and interested members

‘65 years on this Association is still working to secure a better future for our waterways with enthusiasts playing a major part in their strategies and operations. I urge you to come to this event to hear the details of how it might affect us all and to help us play our part in that future’
Clive Henderson – National Chairman

The IWA Promotions & Communications Committee will be holding a Workshop on 22nd January 2011 at The North Staffordshire Conference Centre, Stoke-on-Trent.

The full agenda can be found at http://www.waterways.org.uk/events_festivals/branch_officers__workshop_2011/agenda

IWA will be subsidising the lunch but we are asking for you to pay £5.00 per head towards the catering costs. We can help with those faced with long journeys by arranging accommodation with other IWA members. You can either book online or download the booking form.

 for more information go to: http://www.waterways.org.uk/events_festivals/branch_officers__workshop_2011/branch_officers__workshop_2011

Inglesham Lock Restoration Appeal Update

A big thank you to those that have donated to the Inglesham Lock Restoration Appeal so far. £23,873 has been pledged so far. For more information about the appeal and works to be carried out please go to http://www.waterways.org.uk/campaigns/appeals/iwa_national__restoration_appeal___inglesham_lock_

IWA's Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) is running a specialist camp at Inglesham Lock over the new year to get the site ready for the work to be carried out in 2011. Work will include tree and vegetation clearance. To ensure that the cost of the site enabling works is covered, please donate now.

2011 will see WRG constructing the site compound, landing stage and dam. Volunteers will also start rebuilding the upper wing walls of the lock. More information on the camps can be found at http://www.waterways.org.uk/wrg/canal_camps/canal_camp_dates

IWA Awards

A reminder that award nominations for IWA's annual awards to be presented at the 2011 AGM are now requested.

Richard Bird Medals - For members of the Association whose efforts and support are considered to have brought significant benefit to the Association over a sustained period.
Cyril Styring Trophy - For an IWA member who has, in the opinion of trustees, made an outstanding contribution in further the Association's campaign
Branch Achievement Award - For the IWA branch which, in the opinion of a panel consisting of the national chairman, deputy national chairmen and chief executive, has made the greatest progress and achievement in promoting the Association's aims and objectives during the past year.
Christopher Power Prize - For a person, society or trust who has made the most significant contribution to the restoration of an inland waterway
The John Heap Salver - For an IWA member who, in the opinion of the trustees, has made an outstanding contribution to raising funds for the Association
Vivian Bulkely Johnson Salt Award -  For the person or organisation who, in the opinion of trustees, upon a recommendation from IWA's Inland Waterways Freight Group, has made an outstanding contribution to the furtherance of commercial waterways transport in the United Kingdom.

Nominations must arrive no later than 31st January 2011 and must be sent to awards@waterways.org.uk for consideration by the awards panel.

IWA Volunteering Opportunities

Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) 2011 Working Holidays

Fancy getting outdoors and dirty? Browse the 2011 WRG Working Holidays Brochure online http://issuu.com/waterwaysassoc/docs/camps2011highresnobleeds?viewMode=magazine&mode=embed

You can also find information and book onto the camps on the WRG website

NEC Boat & Caravan Show Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers to help man our stand at the NEC Boat & Caravan Show 22nd - 27th February 2011. 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 Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers to assist in running Cavalcade over the weekend 30th April to 2nd May 2011 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 & Region Volunteer Opportunities

New volunteer vacancies:

North West Region Secretary - The region secretary would collate reports, prepare agenda notices for regional meetings, and prepare minutes; deal with correspondence and liaise with regional chairman and committee members. Person needs to be a member of NW Region (N Lancs & Cumbria, Manchester, Merseyside, Chester & Shrewsbury branches)

Lichfield Branch Minutes Secretary - To take the minutes at the Branch committee meetings, write them up, distribute a draft to the committee and then the approved copy, by email. Meetings are held monthly (except August) on a weekday evening (currently Tuesday or Thursday) in the Lichfield Branch area (currently at Hammerwich).

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

IWA Fundraising

Help IWA Fundraising When You Shop Online

If you buy goods online and then please check out the website below as we get a donation every time a purchase is made through it. Simply register, select IWA as your chosen charity and shop.


Give the Gift of Membership this Christmas

Avoid the crowded shops this Christmas and treat someone to:

  • A Waterways World Annual on joining
  • IWA 'Waterways' Magazine, four times a year
  • Special offers & member discounts
  • Regular information (magazines and newsletters) from your local IWA branch / region
  • Lectures, events and social get-togethers
  • Huge range of waterway books, maps, guides, DVDs and other merchandise by mail order
  • Opportunities for practical restoration work

Prices start at just £20.50.

Amongst other things, your support helps us to campaign for properly funded waterways, support waterways restoration, improve your local waterways and provide a voice for waterway users and businesses.

To order please phone the membership team on 01494 783453.

IWA Member Discounts & 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 you will need to be registered for the IWA website.

If you are already registered please log in http://www.waterways.org.uk/account/login and then go to http://www.waterways.org.uk/support_us/member_services/member_discounts_special_offers

To register please go to http://www.waterways.org.uk/account/register/ make sure you tick the 'existing member' box and select your membership type (you will not be asked for payment). Click continue and fill in your details. When your registration is complete it will be submitted to the membership team for approval. Once the registration has been approved (usually within 24 hours) you will receive an email. You will then be able to log in and view http://www.waterways.org.uk/support_us/member_services/member_discounts_special_offers

You will also be able to update your email newsletter preferences.

If there are any problems please email gemma.bolton@waterways.org.uk

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.

Other News

Environment Agency announces new boat registration laws for 2011

The Environment Agency is changing the way it regulates boat registration for its waterways across the country.

From January 2011 it will start using new powers to harmonise registration requirements for keeping and using boats on the non-tidal River Thames, the non-tidal River Medway and also its Anglian waterways. Some of these requirements already exist on certain waterways, but for others they are brand new.

The major change across all Environment Agency waterways is that owners of powered boats (boats with an engine) will be required to hold a valid ‘third party’ insurance policy. This has been a requirement for some time on most other UK inland waterways. 

Boat owners will also need to register their boats and pay the annual charge simply to keep them on the waterways, even if they don’t use them. Owners of most powered boats will have to show they comply with essential safety standards by obtaining a Boat Safety Scheme Certificate (BSSC) in order to register.

For further information please see http://www.waterways.org.uk/campaigns/news/other_news/environment_agency_

British Waterways Announces Boat Licence Changes for 2011

British Waterways has announced changes to boat licence fees for 2011 which will take effect from April. The standard 12 month pleasure boat licence fee will increase by 5.1%, and the Gold Licence fee will increase by 2.5%  

For the full story please go to http://www.waterscape.com/features-and-articles/news/2913/british-waterways-boat-licence-changes-for-2011 

The British Marine Federation on the Fuel Quality Directive.

The British Marine Federation has published a guidance note on the Fuel Quality Directive. It contains specific advice and information on biodiesel and other changes occuring in the New Year.

The overriding concern is that some suppliers will provide road diesel with a red marker dye and this supply will contain up to 7% biodiesel or FAME (fatty acid methyl ester). The Department of Transport have completed a survey of fuel suppliers and estimate that 75% of the gas oil supply to the relevant sectors will be ‘sulphur free’ and will not contain FAME. Full details of this survey are not yet available but the following suppliers have made their intent public:

  • Greenergy - Dedicated sulphur free gas oil no FAME content
  • Ineos - Dedicated sulphur free gas oil no FAME content
  • Mabanaft – Dedicated sulphur free gas oil no FAME content from 5 out of 6 terminals, 1 will have FAME content

This supply is likely to incur a price premium estimated at between 2 and 4 pence per litre. A FAME free supply may not be available in all parts of the country so it is critical that you discuss the situation with your fuel supplier who should be able to advise you of the sulphur and bio-fuel content of the fuel. Wherever possible a FAME-free supply should be secured in which case the implications of the change are expected to be minimal and limited to the lubricasity characteristics of the fuel which can be relatively easily addressed by the use of an additive.

We have been informed that the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers are in the process of producing a chart highlighting the nationwide availability of sulphur free gas oil with no FAME content. We will distribute this information as soon as available.

For further information please see: http://www.londonboatshow.com/pdf/Fuel%20update%206Dec.pdf

Upcoming Events

Please see below for a list of canal restoration events.

26th December - 1st January - Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal (WRG)
Details: WRG Christmas Camp includes scrub bashing and bonfires. Camp 201023
Contact: WRG Enquiries 01494 783453 or email enquiries@wrg.org.uk www.wrg.org.uk

8th - 9th January - Chelmer and Blackwater (Essex WRG)
Contact: John Gale 01376 334 896 or email essex@wrg.org.uk

8th January - Titford Locks, Birmingham (BCN Society)
Details: Removing rubbish and bricks from a pound and lock chamber. 
Contact: Graham Whorton 01384 373298 or email candgwhorton@btinternet.com

15th - 16th January - Hollinwood Canal (wrgNW)
Contact: David McCarthy MBE 0161 7402179 or email nw@wrg.org.uk

15th - 16th January - Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation (London WRG)
Contact: Tim Lewis 07802 518094 or email london@wrg.org.uk

22nd - 23rd January - Basingstoke Canal (WRG BITM)
Details: Cutting back off-side overhanging trees on the summit pound in Hampshire. Access by boat.
Contact: Dave Wedd 01252 874437 or email bookings@wrgBITM.org.uk

22nd January - Titford Locks, Birmingham (BCN Society)
Details: Removing rubbish and bricks from a pound and lock chamber. 
Contact: Graham Whorton 01384 373298 or email candgwhorton@btinternet.com

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

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Bulletin is edited by Jo Gilbertson & Gemma Bolton