IWA Bulletin - 26th October 2016

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Montgomery Canal Restoration Receives Major Lottery Award

Plans to restore one of Britain’s most picturesque canals received a major boost with the announcement that £4.2m of work to restore a further part of the Montgomery Canal is to get underway thanks to a £2.53m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The bid is a major step forward in the 47-year restoration of the historic canal. About 50% of the canal has already been restored.

With the help of volunteers, work is due to start in 2017 and should be completed in 2020.  It will see a further 1¼ miles of the canal and a winding hole reopen to Crickheath, Shropshire.  It will also improve access to the canal, create new nature reserves and improve almost 4 miles of towpath between Welshpool and Llanymynech on the English border.  This work will bring canal boats back to Crickheath for the first time in over 80 years.

The project is also supported with funding from Powys County Council, Shropshire Union Canal Society, IWA and the Friends of the Montgomery Canal.

Known for its outstanding natural beauty and heritage, the Montgomery Canal runs for 35 miles between England and Wales.  The canal is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest in parts of England and as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and also a Special Area of Conservation for the whole length in Wales for its abundance of aquatic plants.

The Trust will be working with the 15 partner organisations which make up the Montgomery Canal Partnership. The Partnership aims to restore the canal fully within the next decade as a haven for people and nature.

The Montgomery Canal has already been restored in England from Lower Frankton to Gronwen Bridge, near Maesbury (7 miles). In Wales, about 12 miles have been restored in the Welshpool area. So 19 of the canal’s 35 miles are already fully usable. The areas to be restored are the 7.5 miles from Gronwen to Arddleeen (the northern end of the navigable Welshpool section) and the 8.5 miles from Refail (the southern end of the Welshpool section) to Newtown, Powys.
montyPhoto: Shropshire Union Canal Society working at Pryces Bridge

IWA News

IWA Responds to CRT Above Inflation Increase on Boat Licence Fee

The Canal & River Trust has announced that private and business boat licence fees will rise by 2.5% from 1 April 2017 after having capped licence fees to inflation for the past three years.

According to CRT the rise in licence fees will raise income to ensure that the Trust can continue to sustain the increased spend on waterway maintenance over recent years.  Over the past three years the Trust has spent considerably more on caring for the waterways, with the amount spent on maintenance and repair in 2015/16 rising to £128 million, over 15% higher than was expended in 2013/14.  In the same period the proportion of income from boaters has reduced from 19.9% to 18.3% of total income.

The Trust is also announcing that, following feedback from boating customers and the boating volunteers who sit on its Navigation Advisory Group (Licensing and Mooring), it will be carrying out a wide-ranging review of the structure of boat licensing fees to help guide potential changes to the structure of licence fees from April 2018.  There will be an extended period of engagement and consultation with boating organisations, boat clubs and societies.  Individual boaters will also be given the chance to be heard to ensure that any proposals are based on a full understanding of the range of views from across the Trust’s wide range of boating customers.  The Trust will announce more information and timelines for the consultation process in due course.

IWA welcomes Canal & River Trust’s announcement that it will consult widely on a review of the structure of boat licensing fees to take effect from April 2018.  IWA looks forward to taking part during the engagement and consultation period and will put forward its own proposals as part of the process.  

IWA is, however, disappointed by the announcement that CRT will increase licence fees for both pleasure and business craft by 2.5% from 1st April 2017.  For the last 3 years, 2014 to 2016, CRT held licence increases at inflation only, using the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) as a guide, and IWA considered that this was a fair and reasonable approach.  CPI is currently 1% and IWA considers that an increase of a 2.5% in these uncertain economic times is not fair on boaters.  IWA is particularly concerned about the impact the proposals will have on those with business licences, such as trading boats, hire companies and canal societies.

IWA National Chairman Les Etheridge said “No one likes a price increase, but the important point is that the current licence system gets a thorough overhaul to ensure all boaters contribute in a fair and sustainable way to the upkeep of the nation’s waterways without penalising those who play by the rules.”  He added “It may be time to consider a radical approach – for example, on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, which IWA manages through its subsidiary company Essex Waterways Ltd, there are no boat licence fees, with income from boaters collected through a single mooring fee.  That might be hard to achieve on CRT waterways, but we shouldn’t be afraid of looking at new ideas.”

Van Appeal – Only One Week Left to Give!

With the WRG van appeal officially closing on 31st October,  the race is on to reach IWA's target of £120,000.  Because of the amazing generosity of all our donors, this deadline has been brought forward from the original date – a fantastic achievement that just needs one final push to the finish. 

The total is now at a fantastic £118,560, so we are just under £1,500 away from reaching the target – with the commitment and effort we’ve seen from everybody so far, we know we can do it.

So, empty your pockets and your piggy banks, because every little helps to raise the last £1,440 by the end of this month.  Just click here to find out how to help IWA reach its van target so it can play its part in the vital work of canal resoration. 


IWA Responds to Scottish Canals

Scottish Canals is consulting stakeholders on a proposed pricing strategy. Amongst the concerns identified by IWA are:

  • The lack of mention within the consultation documents as to the value and importance of boating as a critical activity to the sustainability and success of Scottish Canals, and that new boaters need to be encouraged by the provision of available and affordable services, moorings and facilities, particular on the Lowland Canals, which are underused and under-visited by boaters.
  • That the pricing strategy does not take into account significant price increases that have already been implemented for navigation licences and mooring fees (both leisure and residential) in recent years.
  •  Lack of promised investment in Scottish Canals Living on Water initiative.  
  • The fact that the locks on the Forth & Clyde Canal are not currently available 7 days a week
  • The use of two bedroomed flats as a benchmark. Simple examples show that the report has overstated the comparison in England and Wales.
  • That the survey of facilities shows how poorly provisioned the Forth & Clyde and Union canals are, and that Scottish Canals has a long way to go to provide customer satisfaction at the level expected elsewhere in England and Wales.

In conclusion, IWA considers that fees on the waterways managed by Scottish Canals need to be affordable in order to increase the number of people using them, and to uphold the Scottish Government’s key aim of inclusivity.IWA's full response to Scottish Canals to this consultation is available by clicking here.

WRG and Corporate Volunteers Boost Lichfield Canal

Volunteers from IWA's WRG and companies as diverse as BT, Amey, E.ON and Jaguar Land Rover have been helping Lichfield’s Canal Trust to make great strides in restoring a waterway that was abandoned in the 1950s.  In recent months canal walls creating a channel leading up to the M6 Toll aqueduct have been taking shape and a great start has been made on the kilometre-long Summerhill section of the Heritage Towpath Trail from the Oddfellows in the Boat Inn to the M6 Toll aqueduct.

The purchase of the Summerhills land was made possible by a Social Investment Business Community Award less than two years ago.  A 21-strong team of volunteers from IWA's WRG, with two vans, spent a weekend working on the canal restoration at both Darnford Park and Summerhill. 

lichfieldconcretePhoto: WRG installing reinforcement bars ready for the concrete on the canal wall over the Cranebrook culvert at Summerhill

Christmas is Coming

CRT might have announced their winter stoppages but IWA can bring seasonal waterway images into the home with their attractive range of Christmas cards.  Send greetings to family and friends with the added benefit of supporting the work of IWA by purchasing these cards through IWA's online shop.

iwaxmascards2016Picture: A selection of the IWA Christmas cards available - shop online.

Planning Matters

The subject of recent workshops organised jointly by IWA and CRT was ‘Planning Matters’ and yes; the conclusion from all who attended was that planning does matter if we are to protect the character and environment of the inland waterways that we all appreciate.

The three workshops held at excellent venues in Manchester, Birmingham and London were attended by around 60 delegates representing IWA branches, canal societies and the CRT planning teams. The initial feedback from those attending was that they benefited from both the information given about the planning processes and the opportunity to discuss how we could all work better together.

The importance of scrutinising planning applications and proposed Local Plans can be demonstrated by the activities of IWA's Lichfield Branch.  In a recent two month period it was able to assess and comment on: proposed change of use for canalside restaurant; impact of development of 14 very large warehouses on Green Belt land at West Midlands Interchange;  pipeline crossing under Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal; noise assessment for residential boats by a go-kart track on land to north of Wyrley Common; extension to a boat club; developer funded road bridge and canal channel works linked to mixed use residential development adjacent to Lichfield Canal; installation of sewage pumping station needing screeening from the canal; conversion of boathouse and dry dock to form three bedroom dwelling and review of Local Plan Saved Policies supporting canal restoration.

IWA National Trailboat Festival

The 2017 festival is to be held at  the historic Moira Furnace, North West Leicestershire on the restored length of the Ashby Canal. Over the weekend of 27th & 28th May there will be a wide range of entertainment for all.  The event will revolve around the banks of the Ashby Canal at Moira Furnace. Trailable boats are invited from all over the country,  there is a good slipway, and a chance to use the only lock on  the Ashby Canal.  The event is being managed by the Ashby Canal Trust Festival team, which has organised previous successful  local festivals on  the Moira Furnace site.

There will be a visit from the Coldstream Guards 1815, with their living history village and drill demonstrations, and the old ways will be recreated with a demonstration of horse drawn boating – courtesy of Shrek – he can pull a heavy boat but is as gentle as they come. A Battle of Britain Flight flypast is planned, music, with  bands and singers over the weekend will entertain.  Morris dancing will liven things up, there will be fun for  the children, live steam, train rides, a variety of stalls and demonstrations, boats, bar and refreshments.   There will also be a duck race along the Ashby Canal!
Further information at www.moiracanalfestival.co.uk, contact Geoff on 07989 550427 or email: info@ashbycanaltrust.co.uk

Environment Agency Proposed Transfer

The Environment Agency and CRT working group continues to look at the potential transfer of EA navigations to CRT.  IWA recently supplied to the working group a list of the navigations that it considered that should be included in the transfer.  The list identified four separate categories of waterways, including those where EA is actually the navigation authority, but also where EA operates under navigation byelaws, or where specific structures are owned by EA but there is no navigation authority.  The full list is now available in a downloadable format from the IWA website in the right hand column.

IWA Branch News

Chester & Merseyside Branch

Chester & Merseyside Branch has been recognised for its work at IWA's National Campaign Festival at Eldonian Village in June this year.  CRT decided to celebrate the bicentenary of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal with various events, culminating in a glittering Gala Dinner in Blackburn on 19th October which included a drinks reception, dinner, music, costumed characters, silent auction and displays at the Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa.
IWA's Eldonian Village Canal Festival was entered in two categories and won the CRT North West Partnership Chairman’s Award whilst also being a runner up in the other category.

chestermerseyawardPhoto by Julie Turner: Jim Mole, Treasurer, and Peter Bolt, Chairman, receiving the Award on behalf of the Branch. 

IWA West Country Branch

The West Country may have less navigable waterways than some areas but this does not limit the activities of IWA's West Country Branch. Since 1st May this year it has notched up around 2000 hours of volunteer working.  The activities the Branch gets involved in include: rubbish collection from Bridgwater Docks; painting railings to Barge Lock; graffiti removal on Bridgwater & Taunton Canal bridges; removal of landing stage for repair; Himalayan Balsam pulling; painting dockside structure and machinery casing at Bridgwater Docks; litter pick at Frenchweir Park, Taunton; removal of vegetation growth on Bridgwater Dock walls; inspection of length of Bridgwater & Taunton Canal by bicycle; construction of new cabin roof; construction of landing stage above Firepool Lock; painting mooring rings; preparation and painting of railings at Frenchweir Sluice.

IWA Milton Keynes Branch

Students and Naval Cadets joined volunteers from IWA Milton Keynes Branch on 14th and 15th October for their Autumn Cleanup of the Grand Union Canal.  On this occasion, they covered the stretch from Fenny Stratford, through Linslade, to Grove Lock, south of Leighton Buzzard.  The Branch is grateful to Wyvern Shipping Co Ltd for sponsorship and support, and to CRT for its support and loan of equipment.

As usual, walkers scoured the towpath and hedges for litter, while volunteers working from a shallow-draught “pan” cleared the non-towpath side of the canal.  Submerged rubbish in the centre of the canal was grappled by volunteers working from a “hopper” (a large workboat with an open hold).  A CRT dredger accompanied the convoy, helping to retrieve the heaviest submerged items.  Other Trust staff joined in to help on both days.

Among the items recovered were bicycles, motorbike frames, tyres, a tape-recorder, a laptop PC, a mattress, several chairs, duvets, blankets and pieces of carpet, a pushchair, a coal stove, a fridge complete with food jars and packets, and a dolls’ house in good condition.  As always, several supermarket trolleys were dragged from the canal, most of these near Leighton Buzzard’s canal bridge.  An estimated total of around six tonnes of rubbish was collected, and this will be disposed of by CRT's contractors.

On the Friday, students from the University of Northampton came to help.  Among them were art students on the lookout for items of rubbish to use in an artwork.  They selected and tagged several items; these will be separated from the other rubbish, cleaned, and passed on to them.

On Saturday, ten Cadets from Training Ship Ocean, Naval Cadets Corps, Leighton Buzzard, under their leaders Lieutenant Haley and Warrant Officer Corrigan, gave valuable help in litter-picking the stretch from the Globe Inn to Leighton Buzzard.  Lieutenant Haley said: “It was good to hear some very positive comments from members of the public as the Cadets moved along the towpath, which always helps everyone to understand the value of what they do.”

Thanks go to all who took part in the Cleanup, leaving one of the prettiest stretches of the Grand Union Canal as it should always look if everyone would dispose of their unwanted rubbish properly.  IWA Milton Keynes Branch will stage its next Canal Cleanup through Milton Keynes in Spring 2017.
mkcleanupPhoto:  Better out than in!  The haul from IWA Milton Keynes Branch on the Grand Union Canal

North Staffordshire & South Cheshire in conjunction with the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canal Trust

As the scheduled work party fell the week before a stonemason was due to start the restoration of the parapet to Bridge 70 on the Uttoxer Canal, the work party set about clearing the weeds around the bridge to enable better access for the necessary scaffolding. The six volunteers on the day tackled the ‘jungle’ that had grown up during the summer months with slashers and loppers, and again the new strimmer proved extremely useful.  Now the Branch has a strimmer it will be much easier to keep the area around Bridge 70 tidier, showing off the asset to visitors to the area. While the work party was on site they had some very positive compliments from a group of walkers about the improved access across the bridge. Taking advantage of the fact the canal bed is usually driest at this time of year, the team also did their annual trimming of regrowth from the tree stumps along the line of canal in the vicinity of Bridge 70. These stumps are the result of tree felling undertaken by WRG’s specialist forestry team. Due to the canal being in water for part of the year the stumps cannot be treated with herbicide, or removed mechanically in case any lining of the canal bed is damaged. It was encouraging to note there was significantly less regrowth than in previous years so hopefully the stumps are dying off.

bridge70beforePhoto: Rob Frost - Bridge 70 on the Uttoxoter Canal before work started
bridge70afterPhoto: John Dyson - Bridge 70 after it received attention

IWA Lichfield Branch

At IWA Lichfield's Branch Meeting in October a cheque for £1000 was presented by Chairman, Denise Bending, on behalf of the Branch to Bob Williams, Finance Director of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust.

lichfieldchequePhoto:  IWA Lichfield Branch Chairman, Denise Bending with Bob Williams, Finance Director, Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust.

IWA Shrewsbury & North Wales Branch

As a fund-raising ‘special event’ in October, Shrewsbury District & North Wales Branch is offering its popular pictorial waterways calendar for mail order at the greatly discounted price of £4 including postage and packing, a massive reduction of over one-third from the normal price of £6.50. The A4, month-to-a-view calendar contains fabulous images of some of the country’s most popular and best-loved waterways - the Llangollen, Montgomery and Shropshire Union canals - donated by a group of very talented photographers.

You can get a flavour of the calendar layout and photography by clicking the links on the Branch’s web page and Facebook page.

Each month has been generously sponsored by a local business, meaning that all funds raised by sales of the calendar can go towards supporting the local waterways and in particular the ongoing restorations on the Montgomery and Shrewsbury & Newport canals, as well as on the Whitchurch Arm of the Shroppie.

To get your copies of the 2017 calendar - a great Christmas gift for family and friends as well as for your own use - at this exclusive offer price, just send your cheque for £4 per copy made payable to The Inland Waterways Association to IWA SDNW Branch, 7 Barnton Edge, Stone, Staffs ST15 8ZR.

This offer is only available on mail order purchase requests received by 11th November 2016. From 12th November 2016 the calendars are still available, but at the normal mail order price of £6.50 per copy.

Don’t delay, support IWA and do it today.  Any email queries can be sent to the Branch contact.  

IWA Branch and Region Network

IWA is organised through a network of eight Regions and 33 Branches across the country.  To find a Branch near you click on this link which will take you to information about the Branches, their newsletters, contacts and the local waterways in their area.

Other Waterway News

Votes needed for a Community Dig on the Chesterfield Canal

Andy Robinson from the Chesterfield Canal Trust has applied for a grant from the Aviva Community Fund for an archaeological dig in Staveley next August.  If the Trust gets the grant, the dig will run for a fortnight and will be open for anyone to join in and help. A professional archaeologist will be in charge.

The dig will take place on the site of the former Bellhouse Canal Basin at the Bottom of Bellhouse Lane in Staveley.  It's possible that a Cuckoo boat, unique to the Chesterfield Canal, might be found. One is alleged to have sunk in the basin and eventually to have been buried.   However, for all this to happen, Andy needs lots of votes for the project because it is a competition.

You have to vote online by going to Aviva Community Fund, clicking on Vote Now and typing Cuckoo into the Search project titles box. You will then be able to read Andy’s full submission and watch his video appeal. It explains how you can vote for the project.  Voting closes on 18th November.

Andy said: “Please vote for our project and help us secure the funds we need to build an amazing, educational and exciting community event in Staveley!”  

IWA Welcomes New Chairman for All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways

IWA has welcomed the appointment of a new chair for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Waterways.  Chris White, MP for Warwick and Leamington, was elected by MPs and Lords present at the Group’s AGM held at the House of Commons on 10th October.    

Chris White takes over from Richard Benyon MP, a former waterways minister who continues as a vice chair. Also elected as vice chairs of the Group were Cheryl Gillan MP, Ranil Jayawardena MP, Wendy Morton MP, John Cryer MP, Lord German and Baroness Randerson.

IWA also welcomes the Group’s new mission statement, which reflects the wider range of activities taking place on the UK’s waterways, particularly in terms of regeneration and restoration.  The mission statement is:  “To consider matters relating to navigable (and formerly navigable) rivers, canals, estuaries and lakes in the UK; including the potential social, economic and cultural impact of the regeneration of those waterways and extension of the system.”

Chris White said:  “I am delighted to have been elected chair of the Waterways APPG. With Warwick and Leamington being home to an important part of the canal network, not least Hatton Locks, I look forward to promoting the case of inland waterways with regards to their economic, environmental, historical and touristic importance.”

chriswhiteappcPhoto: Chris White, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Waterways

Slough Canal Basin Proposals for Regeneration

Plans have been put forward to create a new waterside destination and housing around the basin on the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal.  

IWA Middlesex Branch alongside the Friends of Slough Canal has lobbied the planners of Slough Borough Council for a long time for the area to be developed.  Historically there have been several similar proposals for the terminus of the 5 mile Arm, but to date none of these have come to fruition.  

Robin Bishop of IWA Middlesex Branch said "The development should open up the area and breathe new life into this part of Slough. It will also encourage local residents to use this wonderful amenity on their doorstep."

The plans have been put forward by Slough Urban Renewal, which is a joint venture between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments. 

Work on Carnforth Coke Ovens

Along the Lancaster Canal there are the remains of a number of sets of coke ovens, where coal brought up by barge from the Lancashire coal field was discharged and converted into coke.  The Friends of Carnforth Coke Ovens have recently been working with CRT, who own the site on which the Carnforth coke ovens stand, to clear the area around them.  This, it is hoped, is a first stage towards the stabilisation of this bank of five ovens.  The ovens are by bridge 127 at Crag Bank in the area known as ‘Springfield’.

During October contractors worked on site clearance which had been organised by CRT.  A number of the Friends attended to act as marshals for walkers using the right of way past the ovens whilst work was in progress.  This resulted in several conversations about the work being done and memories of the area from older people, who remembered them for how they were many years ago.  cokeovensPhoto:  Work on the coke ovens, Lancaster Canal

Trial New Visitor Moorings at Kings Cross

CRT is introducing a trial stretch of new visitor moorings on the Regent’s Canal in King’s Cross following a consultation last year into how the space in this increasingly popular area can be shared fairly.

Seven-day visitor moorings will be introduced between York Way and the Tiber Gardens pocket park while the remaining moorings up to Treaty Street will continue to be 14-day casual moorings.  To ensure safe navigation, the moorings in the area will be restricted to double mooring only, with a maximum of two narrowboats or one widebeam on a visitor mooring, and two rows of boats on the remaining moorings.

This trial is an interim measure while the Trust develops plans for installing electric bollards along the stretch, and considers future mooring space allocation across the Capital through the London Mooring Strategy.  The trial will run for up to six months from November 2016 to April 2017.

The Trust will be updating the signage at all the sites, including details of the stay times, a clear description of the location and the post-code and grid reference in case of emergencies.

Sorwar Ahmed, London boater liaison manager at CRT said:  “King’s Cross has undergone a massive amount of regeneration over the past five years and the Regent’s Canal is right at the heart of it.  It’s become a popular place to moor for boaters from London and further afield and we have to find a way to manage the moorings fairly for all, while making sure there’s enough space for boats to cruise past safely.  We consulted widely with the boating and waterside communities and these plans reflect the range of responses we received.  We’re continuing to work on how London’s towpath mooring space can work best for boaters and we welcome feedback.”

More information on the consultation and the plans will be available here

Fairer Tolls Proposed for Broads Boaters

The biggest shake up in Broads tolls for more than three decades would result in a fairer way of directly linking charges to vessel size, the Broads Authority announced today.  At present, in addition to navigation charges relating to size, there is a fixed cost imposed on every vessel, resulting in smaller boats paying proportionately more per square metre than bigger vessels.  But after a year of research and analysis the Tolls Working Group is recommending that only a charge based on size is used for greater fairness and simplicity.

The recommended ‘straight line relationship’ between size of vessel by square metre and toll charge means that smaller boats will pay less than previously and bigger boats more but has been designed to make the system more equitable, simple and flexible.  Even with an annual tolls rise being imposed the proposals mean that nearly half (44pc) of boaters would pay less in 2017/18 than in 2016/17.  The Tolls Working Group, made up of seven Authority members, five of whom are also Navigation Committee members and toll payers representing both commercial and private boating interests, also anticipate that the proposed new system will boost entry level boating which has been in decline while numbers of larger vessels have increased.

Seven categories are proposed for commercial vessels and five for private vessels. However rowing boats, canoes and kayaks will pay a fixed charge, which will depend on whether they are private or commercial.  The eight remaining traditional wherries will also see a considerably lower than at present flat rate to reflect and protect their iconic status and their importance to the cultural heritage of the Broads.

Upcoming Volunteer/Cleanup Events

To find out what branch activities and working parties are going on in your area have a look at IWA's events calendar.  By volunteering for these clean up events you can make a big difference to your local waterway.  You can also search by event type or find out what's going in on your area with the map search.

To advertise your restoration/cleanup events 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:

Enjoy the Waterways Through Hire Boats and Leisure

ABC Boat Hire - 15% discount on holidays (Direct Bookings Only)
Airedale Cruising, Skipton, Yorkshire Dales  - 10% discount off skippered day cruises
Blackwater Boats, Essex CO4 5HF - 10% discount off boat trips
CanalCruising.co.uk - 10% discount
Canal Boat Magazine - 5 issues for £5.00
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
Waterside Inn Leamington Spa, CV31 3JZ - 15% discount on food from main menu
Ring 'O Bells Pub, Marple SK6 7AY - 10% discount off food
Three Locks Pub, Soulbury, Stoke Hammond MK17 9DD - 10% discount off food
Wharf Pub, Bugbrooke NN7 3QB - 10% discount

An endorsement from David, an appreciative IWA member who visited the Three Locks at Soulbury recently - "Lovely grub - a good class up from the norm and lovely staff (couldn't eat too many of them!!!), enjoyed a two course meal for four including two bottles of wine". 

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
Kings Lock Chandlery – 5% discount on purchases excluding all fuels (diesel, gas, coal, wood, etc)
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

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