IWA Bulletin - 15th June 2016

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Bridgewater Canal Company Changes Reciprocal Agreement

IWA has challenged the Bridgewater Canal Company over proposals to change its licensing rules.  Boaters using the waterways of the North West of England will know that there has long been a reciprocal agreement in place to allow boats licensed on the Bridgewater Canal to access local CRT waterways, and for CRT licence holders to use the Bridgewater Canal to travel between the Rochdale, Trent & Mersey and Leeds & Liverpool Leigh Branch canals, without any additional charge.  The Bridgewater Canal Company (BCC) is seeking to renegotiate this reciprocal agreement.  IWA North West Region has been lobbying for some months on behalf of all boaters and businesses in the area to ensure that any changes do not have adverse affects and IWA National Chairman, Les Etheridge, has recently written to the relevant Director at Peel Holdings (who own the Bridgewater Canal Company) asking them to reconsider the new rules.

Current enforcement activity along the Bridgewater Canal already seems to be discouraging CRT licensed boaters from making the transit from Preston Brook to Leigh and Manchester as they are being charged a £40 supplementary licence fee for the return journey.  It is expected that if this trend continues the local businesses along the Bridgewater will suffer as visitor numbers reduce.

CRT had recently extended the reciprocal agreement to allow additional time for Bridgewater licensed boats to visit Liverpool, and so it is particularly disappointing that there seems to be no 'reciprocation' from BCC to encourage CRT craft to visit the Bridgewater Canal.

IWA is campaigning for a system that allows suitably licensed boats to be able to visit all locations surrounding the Bridgewater Canal, including Manchester, Liverpool, Wigan, Blackburn, Middlewich, Barbridge and Kidsgrove. IWA considers that both CRT and BCC should be encouraging visitors to the area by maintaining a reasonable licensing policy that avoids isolating these locations for both Bridgewater and CRT licensed craft.

IWA's Campaign Festival Puts Eldonian Village on the Canal Map

Thousands turned out to join in the fun at the Eldonian Village Canal Festival in Liverpool over the weekend of 11th & 12th June to celebrate the bi-centenary of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.  With over 80 boats stretching down the canal, past Stanley Locks, they made an amazing picture with their bright paintwork shining and bunting fluttering in the breeze.  

Children were able to get afloat on the free canoes provided by CRT whilst families queued to have a ride down the moorings on the free trip boat, funded by IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch.  IWA’s own Wild over Waterways (WOW) activities were extremely popular and the presence of Shreck, the boat horse, who brought his owner Debbie Hughes along with him to the Festival, made him one of the stars of the show.

The Festival was nominated IWA’s National Campaign Festival 2016 with the aims of increasing the numbers of boats coming down to Liverpool and also encouraging investment into improving this last stretch of waterway before boaters arrive in the Liverpool dock area.  These aims are already on the way to being achieved.  

Another aim was to create a festival that the community was truly engaged with and the local response exceeded all expectations. Before the festival IWA volunteers worked with the local schools on the history of canals and provided resources whilst IWA’s WOW Co-ordinator and John Ellis, CRT's National Fisheries & Angling manager also co-funded angling taster sessions for the local children with Peter Henery, the Junior Development Officer with the Prince Albert Angling Society.

A large crowd heard the opening speeches by Tony McGann OBE, Chairman of the Eldonian Housing Association, Les Etheridge, IWA National Chairman, Richard Parry, CRT Chief Executive, whilst the Festival was opened by the Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, Anne O’Byrne.  Local Liverpool Councillor, Joe Hanson has since said: “Well done to everyone for the massive success that the canal festival turned out to be last weekend.  The IWA teams delivered everything they had promised and then some, so a massive thank you to them.”

Two “Get Afloat” raffle prizes were kindly provided by ABC Boat Hire and Midway Boats.  Both of these were won by local residents who were absolutely thrilled with their good fortune.

The Festival was organised by volunteers from IWA's Chester & Merseyside Branch, supported by the Eldonian Housing Association, Liverpool Culture and CRT.
Photo: Boats decorated for the festivities at Eldonian Village


Photo:  A family event at the campaign festival

Photo:  Shreck enjoying the festival

IWA's Trailboat Festival - A Wonderful Weekend

The National Trailboat Festival, hosted by the Chesterfield Canal Trust at Staveley Town Basin over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, was a terrific success.  A score of small boats were brought in on trailers to use the slipway at the basin making a wonderfully colourful spectacle when moored along the canal, as did the Trust’s 87 year-old ex-working boat Python.  Amongst many other attractions were vintage cars, the Armed Forces Bikers, Birds of Prey, canoeing and a children’s area which had lots of rides, a face painter and the chance to stroke a tarantula or cuddle a skunk with Encounter Exotics.

There were queues all day for the opportunity to learn the basics of brick-laying and to drive a digger. Run by volunteers from Waterway Recovery Group, WRG used two diggers kindly donated by J C Balls & Sons. 

On the Saturday night, there was a parade of Illuminated boats. All the trailboats and the Trust’s tripboats were decked out in lights, many playing music. Boats cruised up and down the canal to the delight of large crowds, many of whom said that it was the best thing about the whole event.

On the Monday, the Festival itself was over, but the boats went in a flotilla all the way up the canal to Tapton in Chesterfield and back. Several actually reached the River Rother at St Helena’s, where the canal starts. This created great excitement amongst towpath users who usually only catch a glimpse of an occasional canoe or tripboat. It was a fitting finale to an unforgettable weekend, because it demonstrated what could happen when the canal is fully restored.


Photo:  Learning to work a digger at Staveley


Photo:  Illuminated Boat Parade


Photo:  Trailboat flotilla at Tapton

WRG Gets Ready for Action

IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group spent the weekend of 11th/12th June getting over 30 volunteers prepped with new skills ahead of the summer programme of waterways restoration Canal Camps. Volunteers had training for excavators, dumpers, scaffolding, driving the WRG vans and bricklaying.

Spaces are still available on a number of summer Camps across the country and relevant training will be given.  They are suitable for anyone aged 18+. The cost is £63 for the week including food and accommodation. Find a Camp near you by going to the website

Thank you to Wey & Arun Canal Trust for hosting the weekend, and all the volunteers that helped by organising, teaching, learning new skills and potentially most importantly - cooking.


Photo: Dumper truck training


Photo: WRG trainees learning how to use diggers

IWA at Crick Boat Show

According to the organisers, this year's Crick Boat Show was the best show yet on almost every front and IWA attended with two stands, one focusing on recruitment of new members and the other on the sale of books, maps and guides.  We were delighted to have the opportunity to talk to so many of our members visiting the Festival, so thank you for popping by and we are pleased to report that IWA gained many new members.  A wide range of questions were fielded by our volunteers, many of them related to cruising with, or buying widebeams.  Lots of visitors we talked to have the dream of a retirement beginning with the purchase of a narrowboat and a couple of years spent getting to know our nation's waterways more intimately.  IWA's Gren Messham reprised his popular presentation from 2015 feeding this theme with his talk called "Getting Afloat". 


Photo: Enjoying the spectacle at Crick

Wheels on the WRG Minibuses - How Far Do They Travel?

WRG's vans really are the right tool for the job. They play a vital role transporting volunteers, equipment, and tools on WRG's week-long Canal Camps and weekend digs – but that means travelling a lot of miles!

To highlight just how hard these vehicles really work and help raise money for the on-going van appeal, we are launching a ‘’Guess the Miles’’ competition, where you can guess how many miles the six vans cover this summer.

Think you know? All entries will also be put into a prize draw to win an exclusive ‘Van-tastic’ hoody! Submit your guess here  – we will draw a winner at the end of September.

Good Luck!

IWA Branch News

Lincolnshire Branch

IWA has succeeded in persuading the Environment Agency to de-silt Fulney Lock, opening up the route through Spalding and further upstream to the head of navigation on the River Welland. After two cancellations caused by the poor conditions at the lock, an IWA campaign cruise finally took place between 20th and 24th May.

The cruise highlighted the recent improvements to the River Welland, funded by the Lincolnshire Waterways Partnership as part of the Fens Waterways Link project.  Fosdyke, Spalding and Crowland are now very worthwhile destinations for slightly more intrepid boaters ahead of the rest of the Fens Waterways Link being completed.   Once the Black Sluice Navigation to River Glen connection is in place, access will be even easier.

The cruise dates were carefully planned around the spring high tides to get a sufficient water level at Fulney Lock on the outskirts of Spalding.   Cruise organiser, David Pullen (IWA East Midlands Region Chairman), said “Being able to make this long-awaited journey was a great experience and we are talking to EA about how IWA can help prevent Fulney Lock silting up again.“

There are several slipways already available on the Fens Waterways Link route for trailable boats: at Hubbert’s Bridge on the Black Sluice Navigation, at Fosdyke and Crowland on the River Welland and on the River Glen at Surfleet.  


Photo: Approaching Fulney Lock


Photo: Spalding - just enough clearance under this bridge!


Photo: Bouncin Brass leaving Fulney Lock

North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Branch

The Cheshire Locks Work Party on 19th May saw a very good turnout of volunteers with 11 people joining the work party and contributed 66 hours of work. As the rain held off until the very end of the day they were able to concentrate on painting around lock 43. There are extensive metal railings around this lock so most of the team concentrated on preparing and painting these.  Painting also continued on the lock gates themselves as well as some work on the garden by Red Bull offices. Hopefully Lock 43 can be completed in June before moving along the canal to Lock 42.  The next work party will be on Thursday 16th June meeting at Red Bull office at 10.00 am . 

Lancashire and Cumbria Branch

Lancashire and Cumbria Branch would like to attend the Blackburn Canal Festival this year with a gazebo offering IWA promotional material and a few other things. This would be a wonderful opportunity to promote the waterways and IWA to members of the public who might not know much about canals but will turn up for a local fun event.

But it cannot be done without help, volunteers are needed to help make it happen, so can you spare some time to help at the event? As little or as much as you can, the Branch can guarantee a bit of fun as well as work and an opportunity to meet fellow IWA members. They are hoping to create a rota for 23rd and 24th July if enough people want to help.  Contact the branch for more details.

Northamptonshire Branch

As part of the adoption of the Northamptonshire Arm one long standing member, Roger O’Dea, had offered to carry out a clean and paint of the 4 mileposts that are on the Arm.  Despite extensive measuring, searching and enquiries, mile post 2 could not be found so a decision was made to source a replacement which would incorporate a memorial plaque to Eric Young, who passed away in 2015, and was a long standing branch and committee member.

As there was evidence that the mile post was lost during some recent building works, the developers, David Wilson Homes, generously gave a donation of £300 towards the replacement.

Leicestershire Branch

The Foxton Locks Festival takes place on 18th & 19th June and IWA's Leicestershire Branch will be there so members and supporters will be very welcome. 


Bob Clarke

We are saddened to report the death of Bob Clarke, former waterways journalist, at the age of 80.  Bob had a passion for the canals for more than fifty years and was publicity officer for IWA’s 1962 National Rally at Stourbridge, known as the 'Battle of Stourbridge', when campaigners forced the British Transport Commission to rethink its policy of canal closure by clearing a section of the Stourbridge Canal to allow around 100 boats to gather. 

Bob was press officer for the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal Society during the campaign for the restoration of the Stourbridge Canal in the 1960s. 

In his later life, Bob worked as a freelance journalist for most of the waterways press, often under a nom-de-plume, during a period of more than 20 years, and in particular for the former Canal & Riverboat, where he wrote a large portion of the content in the years prior to its closure.  An IWA member during the Stourbridge campaigns, Bob re-joined the Association as a member in 1992.  His wife, Val, predeceased him in 2015 and he leaves two children, Rachel and Richard and four grandchildren.

Tom Henshaw

We also regret to announce the death of a  Midland’s campaigner Tom Henshaw on 7th June.  He was a member of the old Midlands Branch committee and editor of Navigation but well-known for the founding of the Ashby Canal Association and Ashby Canal Transport to keep narrowboat traffic going by establishing al coal carrying operation and running camping boats.  Latterly he was president of the Ashby Canal Association.

Other Waterway News

London Mooring Strategy engagement launched

CRT hosted over 85 people to the first event to begin the development of the London Mooring Strategy on Tuesday 24 May, at the Holiday Inn Camden Lock. This was the very start of the engagement process, which aims to hear from all the different users of the Trust’s London waterways and identify a shared vision and the ingredients of a fair and successful strategy.

The strategy will be developed through engagement with users, stakeholders and partners and an analysis of what needs to be improved and which partners can help us. This discussion-filled evening resulted in lots of mapping and masses of information about what this diverse group of stakeholders feel is important for those who use, live on and live around the waterways.

CRT will be producing a workshop report in the next couple of weeks which will be sent to all participants and posted on their London Waterway web pages. This is the start of the process, so watch out for more opportunities to get involved, with a programme of local authority engagement and key stakeholder meetings being arranged. If you or the organisation you’re involved in hasn’t been formally invited to participate, please contact CRT.

Shrewsbury & Newport Need Your Vote

Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust has been shortlisted by Sainsburys store at Meole Brace along with two other local charities to become the national Sainsbury's Charity of the year. This could bring in many thousands of pounds for the Trust. But they need to beat the other two shortlisted charities at this store first. This can be done very simply on line, to vote for the SNCT by going to the supermarket's website
Anybody in the country and beyond can vote on line, so please pass this on and ask families and friends to vote for S&NCT too.  The voting closes on 26th June so please do this soon.

Canal Boat Garden to Inspire Visitors to Gardener's World Live

This year’s BBC Gardener’s World Live from 16th to 19th June will feature a Canal Boat Garden by award winning designer Paul Stone, celebrating the Midlands’ canal network.  CRT and ABC Boat Hire will be exhibiting at the event, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC.

The Canal Boat Garden will include a lock side scene complete with a full size narrow boat donated by ABC Boat Hire as well as some old lock gates from the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal.  Surrounded by planting typical of the ecosystems found alongside canals, the Canal Boat Garden display will also include a Lock Keeper’s cultivated garden and a “moving roof garden” on the narrow boat itself, to give inspiration to those wanting to grow flowers and edibles in tight space.

The Canal Boat Garden also has a focus on invasive plant species, which cost thousands of pounds a year to clear, can be a real frustration for boaters and are damaging to native wildlife.

Paul Stone is a veteran garden designer and Gold Medal winner having exhibited at RHS Chelsea Flower Show amongst many others. Veolia are supporting the Canal Boat Garden by donating Pro-Grow products.  There will be the opportunity to enter a special show competition to win a £500 canal boat holiday with Drifters Waterway Holidays.

The Show is open 9am till 6pm daily, 16-19 June 2016.  Tickets include free entry to the BBC Good Food Show.


Photo:  Artist impression of the Canal Boat Garden at Gardener's World Live

Staffordshire & Worcestershire Celebrate Brindley

An exhibition has been put together to mark the 250th anniversary of work starting on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal and the 300th anniversary of the birth of the canal’s engineer/supervisor James Brindley.
The Tettenhall Transport Heritage Centre, based in the former goods shed at the former Tettenhall Station, Meadow View, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, has it on display on Sundays 10am-4pm.  The centre is also close to the canal which links the Trent and Mersey Canal (started in Stoke-on-Trent in the same year – 1766) at Great Haywood, near Stafford, to the River Severn at Stourport.

This exhibition and other events celebrating James Brindley’s anniversary can be found on the Brindley 300 pages of IWA’s website

Canal Volunteers Lay Foundations

Volunteers are laying the foundations to give a 200 year old derelict lock on the Grantham Canal a bright future.   A team of volunteers from the Grantham Canal Society (GCS), working with CRT is getting ready to pour more than 100 tonnes of concrete to create new foundations for lock 15.  The lock, which was designed and built by renowned canal engineer William Jessop over two centuries ago, is being completely rebuilt after falling into near dereliction.   It’s all part of a project, which has been awarded a £830,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to bring locks 14 and 15 near Stenwith back into use.

Since early 2015, the volunteers have been painstakingly taking the lock apart, piece by piece, after the lock walls moved and crumbled allowing the whole structure to lean inwards. The volunteers have been carefully cleaning and storing the bricks so that they can be reused later in the project.  The GCS volunteers are now getting ready to pump concrete into the foundations, which will make the lock structure much stronger, before facing the walls in traditional bricks to ensure an authentic look.  

Mike Stone, chairman of the Grantham Canal Society said; “This is a very positive move in the restoration of the canal as it provides an opportunity to demonstrate the skills of volunteers. The GCS voluntary teams have been working every week since last August and they deserve praise for the tasks they have undertaken, sometimes in difficult conditions, and for their willingness to be trained to learn new skills".

The five year project is being led by volunteers and will see the two locks brought back into working use for the first time in around 80 years. It will also involve training volunteers in valuable conservation skills and laying the groundwork for the restoration of a further two locks (numbered 12 and 13). The project has also received support from IWA's WRG, WREN, Donald Forrester Trust, the family of Alan Applewhite, and Michael Worth on behalf of the Waynflete Charitable Trust. Local firm Newark Concrete is supplying the ready-mix concrete after being approached by staff at Tarmac’s Barnstone Works.


Photo: Work on Lock 15, Grantham Canal


Photo: Work on the foundations of Lock 15, Grantham Canal

Fancy taking on the challenge of a restoring a lock that's missing its chamber walls? Then WRG needs your help! WRG is playing a key role in the restoration of  Lock 15 on the Grantham Canal. This summer volunteers are helping to rebuild lock 15 – so there will be plenty of brick and block laying to do! Located in the Vale of Belvoir this is a beautiful place to spend a week during the summer!

WRG are running Canal Camps at Grantham on 3rd to 9th July, 9th to 16th July and 23rd to 30th July.  Book now on IWA's WRG website. 

John Bunyan - Bedford's Community Boat

The John Bunyan, Bedford's community boat was floated to enable people to enjoy the wonderful river environment in Bedford and to build support to get the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Park created.  Crewed by volunteers the project is looking to expand its team both on land and on the boat.  Volunteers would do 2-4 sessions (of between 4 and 6 hours) a month and full training is given.
They are in particular need of Boatmasters (qualified to a minimum of Tier 2 for Category A waters) who are available during the summer months (July and August) and experienced helms.
Land crew roles they are recruiting for are to support their Sales, Finance, and Rostering teams.
If you're interested in any of these roles, or want to find out more about the John Bunyan and the Waterway Park project go to the John Bunyan website or contact them by email.

Dudley Canal Trust's Real Ale Festival is Back.

Dudley Canal Trust’s hugely popular real ale festival returns to The Portal this June.

Now in its third year, the festival will be running from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th June, with 40+ real ales, ciders and wines. A shuttle boat will be running to pick up festival goers from Tipton Railway station at 5.30pm, and a mini bus will be available to take people back at 10pm, with a small charge. Hot and cold food will be available.

“We’re really excited about holding the beer festival again this Summer” said Nick Morris, Chief Executive at Dudley Canal Trust (Trips) Ltd. “After taking a break last year whilst our new centre was under construction, the festival is back, and will be bigger and better than ever.”

The festival will run Thursday 23rd, 5pm – 11pm, Friday 24th to Saturday 25th, 11am – 11pm, and Sunday 26th, 11am to 3pm. Entry is free to card carrying Dudley Canal Trust and CAMRA members. Entry for non-members is £2.50.

No pre-booking is required. For more information call 0121 557 6265, or visit the Trust’s website.


Photo: Dudley Canal Trust Real Ale Festival

Woking Canal Festival 6th & 7th August 2016

The boat rally in Woking planned for the weekend of 6/7th August 2016 will mark several anniversaries.

Firstly, the Surrey & Hampshire Canal Society, now known as the Basingstoke Canal Society, will be celebrating its 50th year. In 1966, the Basingstoke Canal was derelict with an owner planning to fill in parts of it for development. A letter in the local papers gathered a group of people together to fight for its future. The Society persuaded the County Councils of Surrey and Hampshire to take it into public ownership and after some 20 years of largely volunteer restoration work, the canal reopened to navigation in 1991. 2016 therefore also celebrates 25 years since the reopening.

The Historic Narrow Boat Club was also formed in 1966, as the Narrow Boat Owners Club (NBOC) at IWA's National Rally of Boats at Marple, and will be celebrating their half centenary by bringing over three dozen historic working boats to the rally at Woking on the Basingstoke Canal.

The rally site is at Brookhouse Common, just west of Chertsey Road Bridge in Woking.

Anyone else wishing to bring a boat to the rally should contact the Basingstoke Canal Authority on 01252 370073 or Dick King on 01730 264178 or email them.

Vision of a Lichfield Canal

The spirit of the 18th Century was recreated at Speakers Corner in Lichfield on Saturday June 4th in a celebration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of James Brindley.  Staffordshire-born Brindley, one of the most prestigious engineers of his day, had a vision of a Lichfield canal from Minster Pool into the River Trent which would have made the city the hub of a national transport network.  His project got as far as surveying the route, estimating the costs and issuing a notice in December 1759 proposing to apply for an Act of Parliament to give assent for the canal, but lack of backing led to the abandonment of the section of the canal into Minster Pool.

Volunteers of Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, dressed in period costume, accompanied an oration at Minster Pool’s Speakers Corner, by Peter Buck, the Trust’s Engineering Director.  Peter gave a flavour of the times, including the inaugural meeting of Erasmus Darwin and the Lunar Society, the first ‘scientists’ of the modern era, in 1766, and the story of the black child slave sold at auction in Lichfield in 1771.  He explained how Brindley developed his vision for an extensive canal network across the nation, and how others took up the baton in building and improving canals. 

In 1797 the Wyrley & Essington Canal extension from Brownhills to Huddlesford opened, allowing the transport of coal, grain for brewing, manure for fertiliser and lime for mortar.  Peter related how in 1803 Lichfield Cathedral’s famous Herkenrode glass windows, sourced from Herkenrode Abbey in Flanders, were shipped up the new canal to be offloaded at Gallows Wharf and loaded on to carts for the final leg to the Cathedral.  Gallows Wharf was also the site of the execution by hanging of three men accused of forging bank notes in 1810.  The W&E Canal continued to serve Lichfield well up to the Second World War when pressures from rail and road transport resulted in a decline in the commercial use of canals.  1954 saw the abandonment of the W&E but 30 years later, as canals were being increasingly used for pleasure, thoughts turned to restoring the Lichfield and Hatherton canals and the LHCRT was formed in 1986. 

The Trust has overcome many obstacles since then, including the building of the M6 Toll Road which required the construction of an aqueduct over the motorway, but the dogged work of the volunteers is bringing closer the day when narrowboats will again travel from Ogley Junction to Huddlesford.


Photo: Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust Engineering Director Peter Buck in period costume at  Speakers Corner in Lichfield

Getting Malt to Southwold

Bulletin is pleased to report that the attempt to paddle along the Blyth has been successul.  The usual hazards for boaters, dense reed beds, herds of cows and an incoming tide were the obstacles to be overcome as Gerald Burns kayaked the length of the Blyth Navigation on Friday 27th May.  He transported a bag of malt over 10 miles as part of a campaign to restore the New Reach through Halesworth in Suffolk.  At one point Gerald had to drag the kayak across two farners fields due to navigation being choked by thick vegetation and he nearly gave up at Blythburgh because of choppy conditions due to the tide but he arrived at Southwold Harbour by 5pm.  To support Gerald Burns' attempt to get navigation open on the Blyth go to the New Reach Just Giving page


Photo:  Kayaking on the Blyth Navigation


Photo: At least its only a kayak!  Negotiating around excess vegetation

IWA Branch and Region Magazines

The following IWA region and branch magazines have been added to the website since the last edition of the Bulletin:

North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch - Knobsticks
West Riding Branch - Mile Post

Waterway Events

Major IWA events in 2016

9th July - Cruise around Olympic Waterways - Email for details
27th - 29th August 2016 - IWA Festival of Water, Pelsall
29th April - 1st May 2017 - IWA Canalway Cavalcade, Little Venice

Have you got a waterway event or activity to promote? - Anyone can add details of a waterways event or activity to this area on the website. You don’t even need to register with the website or provide any sort of password. Simply use the upload event form.

See IWA's Events Calendar for a full list of waterway events. You can also search by event type or find out what's going in on your area with the map search.

Upcoming Volunteer/Cleanup Events

16th June Work Party - Trent & Mersey Canal (IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
21st June Work Party - Oxford Canal (Supported by IWA Oxfordshire Branch)
22nd June Work Party - River Gipping (Supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
22nd June Work Party - Tardebigge Lime Kilns (Supported by IWA Birmingham Branch)
23rd June Work Party - Congleton (IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
25th June Work Party - Chester (IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch)
27th June Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Caldon Canal (IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
28th June Work Party - Oxford Canal (Supported by IWA Oxfordshire Branch)
28th June Work Party - Northampton (IWA Northampton Branch)
28th June Work Party - Burslem Arm (IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
29th June Work Party - River Gipping (Supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
29th June Work Party - Tardebigge Lime Kilns (Supported by IWA Birmingham Branch)

2nd July Work Party - Burslem Arm (IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
5th July Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Caldon Canal (IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
6th July Work Party - River Gipping (Supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
7th July Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Caldon Canal (IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
9th July Work Party - River Gipping Supported by IWA Ipswich Branch
9th July Work Party - Tardebigge Lime Kilns (Supported by IWA Birmingham Branch)
9th July  Work Party - River Cam (IWA Great Ouse Branch)
10th July Work Party - Sleaford Navigation (Supported by IWA Lincolnshire Branch)
10th July Work Party - Northampton Arm IWA Northampton Branch
10th July Himalayan Balsam Bash - Warwick (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
13th July Work Party - River Gipping (Supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
13th July Work Party - Staffs & Worcester IWA Birmingham Branch
14th July Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Uttoxeter Canal (IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
16th July Work Party - Greater Manchester IWA Manchester Branch
20th July Work Party - River Gipping Supported by IWA Ipswich Branch
27th July Work Party - River Gipping Supported by IWA Ipswich Branch

To advertise your restoration/cleanup events in the bulletin please add details to IWA's events calendar

Upcoming Towpath Walks

19th June Waterside Walk - Limehouse to Docklands (IWA Towpath Walks Society)

3rd July Waterside Walk - Regent's Canal (IWA Towpath Walks Society)
9th July Waterside Walk - The Olympics, Three Mills & Bow Back Rivers (IWA Towpath Walks Society)
13th July Waterside Walk & Picnic - River Avon (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
17th July Waterside Walk - The Olympics, Three Mills & Bow Back Rivers (IWA Towpath Walks Society)

To advertise your towpath walks in the Bulletin, please add details to IWA's events calendar

IWA Member Discounts and Special Offers

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

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ABC Boat Hire - 15% discount on holidays
Airedale Cruising, Yorkshire Dales BB18 6TP - 10% discount off skippered day cruises
Blackwater Boats, Essex CO4 5HF - 10% discount off boat trips
CanalCruising.co.uk - 10% discount
Canal Boat Magazine - 12 issues for £21.99 + Gourmet Society Plus
City Centre Cruises - 10% discount for Sunday lunch cruises
Frangipani SUP Ltd - 10% discount
Jenny Wren, London NW1 8QS - 10% discount off cruises
Middlewich Narrowboats - 25% discount off hire price of Willow
Wyvern Shipping Co. Ltd- 10% discount on published prices

Eating Out

Bounty Pub, Bourne End SL8 5RG - 10% discount off food
Clifford Arms, Staffordshire ST18 0SR - 10% discount off food
Fingerpost Pub & Restaurant, Pelsall WS3 5AU - 10% discount off food
Kings Lock Tearooms, Leicester LE2 8LT - 10% discount off food
Ring 'O Bells Pub, Marple SK6 7AY - 10% discount off food
Three Locks Pub, Stoke Hammond MK17 9DD - 10% discount off food
Wharf Pub, Bugbrooke NN7 3QB - 10% discount

Better Value on Boats and Equipment

Boatshed Grand Union - 10% discount on brokerage
Boat Windows Ltd - 5% discount
Calcutt Boats - 5% online discount
Channel Glaze - 10% discount on double glazing
Cotswold Outdoor - 10% discount
IceGripper - Special offer on ladies walking boots
Marine Mega Store Ltd - 15% discount
Midland Chandlers - 5% discount
RoadPro- 5% discount
Solar Technology International- 10% discount on PV Logic Narrow Boat Kits & Foldup Panels
Willowbridge Marina - 10% discount on chandlery purchases and services in the yard
Zead - Free Postage & Accessories


Europcar - Special hire rates to IWA members
Forge Studio - 10% discount
I Love Meet and Greet Ltd - 15% discount
Lee Sanitation - 10% on orders over £100
Paper Wizard - 15% discount
River Canal Rescue - up to 15% discount
Wavetrain Marine - 5% discount on selected training

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 the IWA Members discount page.

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

Members can also support IWA with a Narrow Boat magazine subscription

Boat Insurance

IWA has an arrangement with insurers Navigators & General and River Canal Rescue that provides top quality boat insurance and access to the basic waterway rescue service for boat owners, with the added benefit that every policy taken out and subsequently renewed helps IWA, and thus furthers our charitable work for the waterways. 

See more information about the IWA insurance scheme for boaters

Contact Us

IWA Head Office, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1WA
01494 783 453
Bulletin is edited by Marion Birch