IWA Bulletin Mid-January 2011

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Chairman to speak to Minister over BW cash

IWA National Chairman Clive Henderson has requested an urgent meeting with waterways minister Richard Benyon MP over the recent announcement of the DEFRA Grant in Aid for the New Waterways Charity due to take over British Waterways management responsibilities. The talks are also proposed to cover governance arrangments and the opportunity for the integration of Environment Agency Navigations into the new charity.

IWA News

Branch Officers' & Members' Workshop 2011

Places are still available for anyone interested in attending the IWA Promotions & Communications Committee Workshop on 22nd January 2011 at The North Staffordshire Conference Centre, Stoke-on-Trent.

It covers presentations on the the new waterways charity by the national chairman and chairman of navigation committee, and will consider in depth the implications for IWA. there will also be additional sessions on the recruitment and retention of members.

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

Inglesham Lock Work Begins

A Waterway Recovery Group working party ran from 27th December for a week at Inglesham Lock. The aim was to carry out initial site work to prepare for the building restoration of Inglesham Lock to start.

The WRGies removed trees that were causing damage to the structure of the lock chamber, as well as willows from the lock entrance in preparation for the building of the landing stage.

For photos of the cleared site please go to: http://www.waterways.org.uk/campaigns/appeals/inglesham_site_clearance

More information on the WRG canal camps can be found at http://www.waterways.org.uk/wrg/canal_camps/canal_camp_dates

Inglesham Fundraising Update

£24,686 has now been pledged so far but we are still a long way off from our £125,000 target. Please give generously.

Donate online   

Help Raise Funds for IWA if you Shop On-Line

If you buy goods online or participate in grocery home shopping, then please check out the easyfundraising scheme website below, as IWA can get a donation every time a purchase is made through it.

Simply register at: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ and then select Inland Waterways Association as your chosen charity and carry on shopping online as normal using this site as your portal. Participating stores include; John Lewis, Tesco, Sainsburys, Amazon etc.                 

Its 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.

Whats more, they will  send you a confirmatory email once the participating retailer has processed your transaction, letting you know how much has been donated to IWA on your behalf.

IWA Awards

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

Cyril Styring Trophy - For an IWA member who has, in the opinion of trustees, made an outstanding contribution in further the Association's campaign

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.
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 Head Office by post or by emailing awards@waterways.org.uk for consideration by the awards panel.

Committee Officer Aliases

Branch, Region and National Committee Officers are reminded that they are able to have an @waterways.org.uk alias email address to use when publishing contact details online or in print material.

For more information or to set up an alias address please contact gemma.bolton@waterways.org.uk

IWA Volunteering Opportunities

Do something different in 2011 - Volunteering on the waterways!
Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) has launched its new programme of unique weeklong residential volunteering opportunities, known as ‘Canal Camps’ designed to restore the derelict canals of England and Wales to their former glory.  Canal Camps give you the chance to do your bit for the environment whilst having a fun holiday. Check out our holidays at www.wrg.org.uk.

There are 22 Canal Camps this year, to which volunteers are invited to get their hands dirty and try something completely different. Some of the tasks lined up this year include, restoring a length of the Montgomery Canal in Shropshire, the continuing excavation, restoration and rebuilding of Eisey Lock  on the Cotswold Canals and a new addition; constructing a slipway on the River Avon, in Warwickshire.

It’s a totally unique volunteering opportunity and participants can learn loads of new skills, as well as having the chance to be part of the team that really makes a huge difference to the waterways.  Amazingly, the holiday only costs £8 per day for each volunteer! That’s only £56 for a week, as a contribution towards the cost of all meals and accommodation.  WRG welcomes anyone interested in contributing to the restoration projects to come and join them for a week and celebrate in their success.  Volunteers need no previous experience; all they require is a willingness to get involved and a good sense of fun. 

Find out more at www.wrg.org.uk or email enquiries@wrg.org.uk or  call 01494 783 453 ext 604

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 and Region Volunteer Opportunities

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

Other News

Naming the New Waterways Charity

British Waterways have set up an online survey to find out what people think the New Waterways Charity should be called. Suggestions will be fed into Defra’s wider consultation about the formation of the charity.

The poll is open until 5pm on Friday 4 February 2011. To participate in the survey please go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YBGCVXF

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 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.

Upcoming Events

Please see below for a list of canal restoration events.

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

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 Canals Navigation Cleanup
Contact: WRG Enquiries 01494 783453 or email enquiries@wrg.org.uk www.wrg.org.uk

16th-25th April - Cotswold Canals Camp (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

Contact Us

IWA Head Office, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1WA

01494 783 453


Bulletin is edited by Jo Gilbertson and Gemma Bolton