IWA Bulletin Mid September 2010

IWA News


The IWA's National AGM will be held at 2.00 pm on Saturday 25 September 2010
at the Grove School, Market Drayton.

Download the meeting agenda and notes. (200kb pdf)

A meeting of branch, region and national officers will be held in the morning from 10 am- see below.

Lunch -book in advance

A two course hot lunch is available priced at £6, but must be pre-booked.  The menu is either steak pie, chips & peas, or a vegetarian option, plus dessert.  The choice must be made when booking so that the school caterers can prepare.  Please note that bookings need to be made by 9.00 a.m. on 20th September.  The school is some distance from the town, and there are no other nearby catering outlets.

Please complete the booking form.

Click here for details of how to get there.

Arrive by Boat 

For those arriving by boat there will be reserved spaces south of Bridge 62 (Newcastle Road Bridge) on Friday and Saturday.

Friday Evening

Shrewsbury District and North Wales Branch plan to host an informal get-together on the Friday evening at the Talbot (by Bridge 62), 7pm onwards.  No booking required - just turn up.

Guided Walk

On the morning of the AGM, there will be a walk guided by local canal historian Peter Brown at 10.10 am for people not attending the officers' meeting.  No booking required meet at the school entrance.

IWA officers’ and interested members’ meeting – pre AGM Saturday 25th September

Agenda for the traditional Pre- AGM morning meeting for IWA officers and any interested members.

Saturday 25 September 2010, at the Grove School, Market Drayton.

10.00     - Welcome – J Sanders Chairman Promotions & Communications Committee

10.05     - Political and Campaign Update – IWA’s Conservancy and the Third Sector
              – Paul Roper Navigation Committee Chairman

10.35     - Branch and Region Roles and Responsibilities – Clive Henderson National Chairman

11.05     - What’s on Your Mind Session – Q & A and additional ideas and questions from the floor

11.55     - Close – Jerry Sanders  -  Chairman Promotions & Communications Committee

Questions and comments are of course invited after each session .

Inglesham Lock Appeal

A plan of the site and a preliminary break down of the work required is now available at


IWA and WRG and CCT representatives are currently planning next years work schedule

To donate to the appeal please go to   http://www.waterways.org.uk/campaigns/appeals/iwa_national__restoration_appeal___inglesham_lock_ 

£16,073.14 has been pledged so far.

National festival 2011

The Civic Launch for IWA’s 2011 National Waterways Festival will be held at:  
The Town Hall,
King Edwards Place,
Burton on Trent,
DE14 2EB

On Tuesday 12th October,  7 pm for 7.30pm start.

We would welcome any interested parties to come along and meet the team, to see how they can get involved for next year’s event. SandraJones109@aol.com

Other Waterway News

Droitwich Barge Canal – First boat

A canal boat has travelled along a stretch of waterway in Worcestershire for the first time in about 80 years, the trip took place on the 6th September 2010.

The boat travelled along the 250-year-old Barge Canal in Droitwich, which has been restored as part of a £12m project.

British Waterways said it meant a vision to create a 21-mile (33.8 km) cruising ring around the scenic heart of the county was almost complete.

The Junction Canal will open in 2011, providing the final link in the route


Regents Canal – ‘Arch enemy’ for Islington residents

An ornate arch overlooking an entrance to the Regent’s Canal, at the Angel, has been taken down, only days after it was erected.

The removal of the arch at the £200,000 access development at Danbury Street followed complaints that it was out of character with the historical heritage of the area and that British Waterways had no planning permission to erect it in the first place.

The decision comes amid complaints that a new ramp at the same spot, paid for by Transport for London, will put people pushing buggies and prams into potential conflict with cyclists.


Grand Union- Slough Arm festival success

Hundreds flocked to take part in the annual Slough Canal Festival in Bloom Park in Langley at the weekend.

As well as taking a ride along the five-mile stretch of water, visitors were able to step inside NB Roger, a former working boat to see how families lived in the cramped boatman’s cabin accommodation many years ago.

Lucy Smith from IWA’s Middlesex branch said the aim of the event was to make people aware of the canal, which although hardly used these days, was historically busy with barges transporting goods into the town.

Organised by Slough Borough Council and IWA and sponsored by Akzo Nobel and the Express, the event aims to create awareness of the canal.


Oxford Canal- Grade II listed Thrupp bridge goes automatic

British Waterways’ and representatives from the Inland Waterways Association officially opened the newly automated lift bridge on the Oxford Canal at Thrupp on the 14th September.

British Waterways (BW) has completed a £40k bridge improvement project on the Oxford Canal. The project, to fully automate a lift bridge located near the canal side village of Thrupp, was carried out to ensure that single boaters can safely and easily operate this Grade II listed structure.

Lift bridges are a well known feature along the Oxford Canal and today representatives from BW and the Inland Waterways Association will official open the newly controlled bridge known as Aubrey Lift Bridge (bridge number 221) which is the first bridge on this stretch of waterway to be electrically automated


American red crayfish ‘scare’

Sightings of an invasive species of crayfish have prompted concerns by ecologists over its potential spread in the UK.

Red swamp crayfish, a native of the south-eastern United States, have been spotted in London's Regent's Canal.

Ecologists are concerned that the crustacean could cause harm to the native white-clawed crayfish.

This new sighting is in addition to the already widely invasive American Signal crayfish that has caused so much damage to existing stocks of the native species 


Invasive Species – ‘now it’s ‘natural prawn killers’

The Environment Agency is warning of the discovery of the invasive ‘killer’ shrimp, Dikerogammarus villosus, in the UK for the first time at Grafham Water reservoir in Cambridgeshire.

The shrimp are currently not thought to be present in British Waterways’ canal and river network, however the organisation is asking all anglers in particular to be vigilant and to take necessary precautions to avoid spreading the shrimp to other locations by thoroughly cleaning their equipment before moving between waters.

Anyone who spots an unusual shrimp is asked to email a photograph along with details of the location to the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology for identification on   alert_nonnative@ceh.ac.uk  

Anglers should visit the Non-Native Species Secretariat website for further information and guidance.


Sea trout return to river Tyne

The numbers of sea trout and salmon found in some English rivers have hit record highs this year, thanks to efforts to clean up polluted waterways.

More than 15,000 of the fish have been recorded migrating up the River Tyne – in which no salmon and trout were seen 50 years ago – according to studies by the Environment Agency.
Record numbers of sea trout have been spotted in the Thames, a river once declared biologically dead, while the Mersey – formerly the most polluted river in Europe – is at its cleanest for 100 years, the agency said.


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