IWA Bulletin - 20th December 2016

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Restoration Focus

IWA revitalises and strengthens its support for the restoration movement

IWA has two core ambitions – the protection and restoration of our nation’s waterways.  Protection is ably managed through our branch network and through our Navigation Committee led by Gren Messham, and has enjoyed a number of successes this year, most notably with regard to progress on our EA transfer campaign and attendance at the HS2 Select Committee, where we obtained beneficial route alterations at Fradley.  Our representations regarding the siting and potential navigational hazards at the proposed Boston Barrier have secured a public inquiry and we are successfully keeping pressure on Canal & River Trust to improve the accuracy of its winding hole data.

Restoration of our waterways and IWA’s desire to see abandoned and non-navigable waterways returned to navigation, plus the creation of new routes which will usefully link existing waterways, is hugely important as we plan our objectives for the coming ten years.
Earlier this year, a review of the country’s restoration projects highlighted some concerns for the sector.  As a result, IWA is stepping up the level of support we offer to the restoration movement and also working to improve the full nationwide coverage we give to restoration projects, as only IWA can do.  

As a first step, we established a small working group of experienced individuals to provide high level input to our trustees, and as their recommendations were developed their work was shared within IWA, and the final recommendations were accepted by trustees at their most recent meeting.  The group included John Dodwell (former IWA general secretary with a long term involvement in many aspects of the waterways and a current CRT trustee), Neil Edwards (IWA chief executive and former IWAC* member who helped prepare IWAC’s restoration reports), Michael Limbrey (chairman of IWA Shrewsbury & North Wales Branch and chairman of Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust), Mike Palmer (chairman of WRG, former IWA trustee and IWAC member) and Jonathan Smith (WRG director, former member of IWA’s Restoration Committee and current IWA trustee - elected in September 2016).  
[*IWAC = Inland Waterways Advisory Council, the government’s former advisory body on waterway matters]

The working group recognised the imperative for IWA to move beyond what had been provided previously as the restoration movement and factors surrounding its success, such as environmental guidelines and sources of funding, have changed immeasurably over the last few years.  We should be more proactive and utilise our expertise and high level lobbying experience to promote the restoration movement and help resolve its issues.

At the moment the waterway restoration sector comprises around 100 restoration schemes.  Some projects are currently ‘resting’ or are in a defining and scoping phase, while others have seen some major construction progress over the last few years.  This number of projects in such different stages of progress calls for a sophisticated response from IWA, and so the working group recommended the launch of a Restoration Hub, supported by full time employees, and with three main elements to its structure:

  • Supporting: The Hub will answer enquiries from restoration groups and act as a co-ordinating point for all restoration enquiries, provide up to date guidance on restoration issues, and develop a broad range of online resources on IWA’s website including tools such as Health and Safety training videos and case studies.  The Hub is already fielding a good number of detailed enquiries from IWA branches and waterway groups and, over time, will track trends and identify patterns to further tailor IWA’s support and feedback to those in the restoration sector.  The Hub will expand its panel of experts who can be called upon to advise, offer experience, knowledge and time to restoration groups encompassing skills such as fundraising, environmental management, engineering, and project management, amongst others.  The expertise will be sought as the need arises and former members of IWA's Restoration Committee will be invited to offer their skills.  As this expertise will be co-ordinated by Jenny Black (IWA's Volunteers Co-ordinator) and her team at Head Office, we aim for enquiries to be managed speedily and effectively.
  • Enabling: Practical assistance will continue to be provided to restoration groups through WRG Canal Camps.  Site visits, where requested by restoration groups, will be coordinated and organised by Jenny and her team and attended by restoration experts who have been chosen for the specific skills and experience required by each scheme visited.  We are also improving the support provided after these visits, with written follow-up reports and further direct involvement as appropriate.
  • Championing:  IWA is a face and voice for the waterways restoration movement at a national level.  We will be selecting Restoration Champions to provide visionary leadership and to inspire, motivate and energise projects at a local, regional and national level.   

We are also creating a new high level panel of people, representing the waterway restoration network across England and Wales, who will support the restoration movement across the country. The Panel will encourage, promote and enable waterway restoration, galvanising the attention and support of the media, influential politicians and key stakeholders at a national level and giving strategic advice on specific issues faced by restoration groups.

The Panel is intended to be a small group of people who have either extensive experience in waterways restoration management or relevant disciplines at a senior level. They will be people who can guide restoration policy and prepare written direction and authoritative reports. The panel chairman will be accountable to trustees and the chief executive and the panel will be appointed by trustees.

An exploratory meeting to discuss the Panel’s work and plans will be chaired by John Edmonds, former chairman of IWAC, in late February.  Invitations to prospective attendees will be sent out shortly.

IWA will continue to work closely with navigation authorities, particularly CRT with whom we jointly arrange forums for restoration project officers and workshops for restoration groups’ communications volunteers.  Together we also organise the movement’s annual restoration conference, the next of which will be held on 1st April 2017.

National chairman, Les Etheridge, commented: “Our recent research reinforced just how important restoration is to IWA’s members and volunteers. We are determined to continue IWA’s historic leadership in this sector over the coming years as we look forward to bringing more miles of waterway back into water and restoring heritage structures back to former and perhaps even new levels of glory.”

Carry on Canal Camping in 2017

canal camps brochure front cover 2017
WRG is excited to launch its schedule of fun-filled, canal restoring working holidays for 2017! WRG’s week-long holidays, called Canal Camps, offer a unique opportunity to volunteer and learn new skills, whilst exploring amazing parts of Britain’s industrial heritage.  Our volunteering holidays act as a catalyst to a canal restoration project making significant progress on a site in just one week. Working together WRG volunteers can achieve great things such as building a canal basin and new section of canal, restoring a flight of locks, removing tonnes of rubbish from a canal or even rebuilding a bridge.

In 2017 we have 28 Canal Camps planned on 13 different canal restoration sites, offering volunteers the chance to rebuild a weir on the North Walsham & Dilham Canal in Norfolk, restore a lock on the Cotswold Canals, or repair a canal basin on the Stover Canal in Devon.  We are also running a Family Canal Camp for the first time – open to families with children aged between 8-14. So it’s already looks like 2017 is shaping up to be a busy year with several new sites and big restoration projects underway.

To book a space or to find out more about Canal Camp take a look at our 2017 Camp Programme pages.

Why your time on Canal Camp is so worthwhile

In the summer of 2016 WRG volunteers contributed over £400,000 in volunteer hours towards restoring the canal network of England and Wales. WRG also attracts a wide range of volunteers and its friendship with the French volunteering group REMPART and other European volunteers continues to grow. Over 20 International volunteers from Spain, Italy, Germany and France attended a Canal Camp in 2017. In addition, WRG helped 58 students Duke of Edinburgh Award students complete their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award residential.

Here we have highlighted just two projects where our support has made a big difference:

1. Lock 15 on the Grantham Canal - this summer our volunteers have spent over 3,200 hours helping restore the lock chamber - laying bricks, helping with concrete pours and earth moving.  WRG hours have contributed to the equivalent of £100,000 of matchfunding for this Heritage Lottery project.

granthamcanalcampPhoto: WRG Work Camp, Grantham Canal

2. On the Uttoxeter Canal Camps WRG volunteers concentrated their efforts on restoring the only remaining bridge on the canal, Bridge 70. With Heritage Lottery Funding due to finish in May the race was on to complete the work in just two weeks making the pathway safer for pedestrians and horses.  The result was a true WRG team effort with WRG Forestry also involved.

bridge 70 uttoxeter canal finished

Photo by Alison Smedley: Bridge 70 on Uttoxeter Canal with restored stonework

To see a range of photos from WRG's Canal Camps in 2016 have a flick through our photo gallery.

To find out more or to book your space go to WRG's Canal Camps information pages

Is Your Restoration Project Fit for Purpose?

Restoration Workshop Invitation

Restoration Workshop 2017 header

IWA and CRT are running a workshop to provide support for waterway restoration projects. The theme of this year's workshop is 'Fit for Purpose'.  This workshop will be held on Saturday 1st April in Wolverhampton and will look at topics such as: looking forward; succession planning and sustainability; marketing and communication; volunteer workforce; IWA's Restoration Hub and health & safety. 

The aim of the workshop is to ensure that local waterways societies and trusts have more support and information to assist in the development of their schemes.  The day promises to be fun, varied and informative. It is an opportunity for those passionate about waterway restoration to come together and share and discuss ideas.

Bring a friend!  We are keen to encourage new faces into the canal restoration movement and so an additional space is available to each canal restoration group so they can bring along a new volunteer who is interested in getting more involved.

More details about this event are available on IWA's restoration workshop web page.

Concern as numbers of boats used as homes in London soar

The number of boats on London's waterways has "exploded" according to the latest research issued by CRT with they say, the differing needs of liveaboard boaters placing unprecedented pressure on the waterways’ infrastructure.  Their data shows that boat numbers in London have increased by 57% since 2012.  Over half of those questioned said their boat is their primary residence and half of those who answered a question about length of time living on a boat said they had done so for less than 3 years.  The biggest issue for those cruising London's waterways is numbers of mooring places.  

The survey provides a clear picture of the changes that have been happening in London over the last few years and for some alarm bells might be ringing in terms of how the picture might further develop over the coming few years.  

The Inland Waterways Association is calling on CRT to speed up the introduction of more facilities, including moorings, on London’s waterways and warning people thinking of living on boats in London to seriously assess the implications of adopting that lifestyle.

IWA believes that facilities for boaters in London are hopelessly inadequate to meet spiralling demand from both prospective residents and visitors.

For instance in central London – TfL’s Zones 1&2 – there are only seven public water points, five sewage and five refuse disposal facilities to serve all of London’s resident and visiting boaters.  In addition, moorings are also seriously overcrowded, with boats frequently moored three abreast, presenting potentially significant risks to occupants in the event of fire.
Paul Strudwick, chairman of IWA’s London Region, said: “We can readily understand why more and more people struggling with the London housing ladder are wondering if a boat is a viable and affordable option, but we would urge them to properly assess if it will work for their personal circumstances, as the restrictions of living aboard a boat full time mean that sometimes it’s no bed of roses.”

IWA is also maintaining its call on Canal & River Trust not to issue ‘continuous cruising’ licences to people who cannot or do not intend to comply with the requirements, and to enforce mooring rules fairly but firmly in London and elsewhere for the benefit of all in the boating community.

Email us your thoughts about the moorings and facilities situation in London - iwa@waterways.org.uk

Vacancy for IWA Volunteer Engagement Officer

IWA has helped bring about so much that is good for the nation's waterways and has succeeded in so many of the campaigns it has set out to deliver against.  Over the next 5 years we want to expand the range and depth of activities our volunteers are engaged in, broaden the number of volunteers working with the Association and embed a brand new campaign to stir the nation to Love our Waterways - an exciting new theme.  

We are looking for someone to join the small team of employees, a person who is passionate about effectively engaging, involving and supporting our members and volunteers at a grassroots level.  The successful candidate’s main focus will be to support our network of 33 branches, grow our volunteer engagement and encourage more of our members to get involved.

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 9am on Monday 6th February 2017 and interviews will be held on Thursday 16th February 2017.  If you believe you might have the right skills to carry out this role or you know somebeody who does, we would love to hear from you.

To apply or for more information about the Volunteer Engagement Officer vacancy, visit our website vacancy pages.

IWA's Statement on Boston Barrier

IWA has responded to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the issue of the Boston Barrier.  While IWA understands the need for a tidal barrier it has concerns about the impact that the current proposal will have on navigation so welcomes a public enquiry.  Go to IWA's Statement of Case for further details of this application.

IWA Contributes to Stover Tractor

Photo by Robert Harris: Stover Canal Trust's new tractor

Volunteers on a canal restoration in South Devon will be able to keep their towpath clear much more easily, thanks in part to a grant from IWA towards the purchase of a tractor.  Stover Canal Trust, which maintains the towpath along the Stover Canal, also received funding from the National Lottery and Kingsteignton Town Council towards the Land Legend tractor and trailer.  

The Trust, which is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Stover Canal, recently restored the section of towpath from Newton Abbot to Teignbridge.  The canal towpath is a popular walking route, and the tractor will be used to keep it clear of vegetation, as well as helping with improvements to the remaining section from Teigngrace to Ventiford.
The Stover Canal has benefited from other IWA restoration support recently.  IWA‘s WRG held two canal camps this summer working on the restoration of Ventiford Basin, with another two camps last year assisting in the restoration of Graving Dock Lock.

IWA Branch News

IWA West Country Branch

IWA West Country Branch has submitted to the Environment Agency (EA) its comments regarding the location and gate design for the proposed Bridgwater Tidal Barrier in Somerset.

Seven possible locations originally proposed for the barrier have been shortlisted by EA to two, of which IWA prefers the location alongside the A38 and upstream of Dunball Wharf (site 4).  A tidal barrier at this site will require multiple gates which IWA considers will ease maintenance, as one gate at a time can be raised above the high tide level for this purpose.  The other location, adjacent to Express Park (site 5), is proposed to have just a single gate, thus denying the maintenance benefits of multiple gates.  IWA’s concerns regarding site 5 would be addressed if the Environment Agency decides to adopt multiple gates for a tidal barrier at this location. 

IWA favours the use of rising sector gates (similar to the Thames Barrier) which would enable the penning of water above the barrier at the ‘half-tide’ level on certain occasions during the year and thus enhance navigation on the River Parrett above the tidal barrier as far as the River Tone.  This would also facilitate the reopening of the Barge Lock at Bridgwater Docks to link the River Parrett with the Docks and hence the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal.  IWA considers that the other option proposed by the Environment Agency of a vertical lift gate (similar to the Hull Barrier) would not readily lend itself to penning at the half-tide level and is therefore unlikely to provide a suitable alternative.  IWA is aware that the Environment Agency is currently evaluating the ability of a modified vertical lift gate to provide ‘half-tide’ penning and awaits the results of this work.  

IWA is also pressing for the public right of navigation, which exists on the River Parrett from Bridgwater Bar to well upstream of Langport, to be maintained during the period of construction by providing for navigation through the temporary bypass channel that will be built as part of the tidal barrier scheme.  Furthermore, unless the tidal barrier includes navigation gates, IWA has requested that when the bypass channel is decommissioned land is reserved for a lock and approach channels to be built in the future to enable navigation when the tidal barrier is closed.  

Bob Abbott, Chairman of IWA West Country Branch, said “The key benefit of our proposals is to enable penning between 1 March and 31 October every year thus bringing enhanced navigation to the River Parrett and the ability to access Bridgwater Docks.  This will bring more leisure, recreation and tourism to Bridgwater and the Somerset Levels, thus helping with their regeneration”.
perrettPhoto: River Parrett in Bridgwater looking downstream from Town Bridge at high water levels – showing what the river could be like if water was penned as part of the tidal barrier scheme

parrett2Photo: River Parrett looking downstream towards Bridgwater Town Bridge at low water levels

IWA West Country Branch is organising a New Year’s Day walk along the River Parrett to view the two preferred sites for the Bridgwater Tidal Barrier to which all are welcome.  

The intention is to meet at the IWA West Country Branch Cabin situated in Bridgwater Docks, Bridgwater TA6 3EX (plenty of free car parking available at nearby car park).  It is planned to leave at 11.00 am and to walk along the path running along the west bank of the River Parrett to view both of the proposed sites for construction of the Bridgwater Tidal Barrier, and then return.  Total length of this walk is just over 4 miles.

On the return for those who are interested there will be the opportunity to call in to the Admirals Landing pub located near to our finishing point.  Please note that at this time of the year the footpath may be wet and muddy, so appropriate footwear should be worn.  The footpath is not wheelchair friendly.

For further information please contact Mike Slade on 01278 256961 or Ray Alexander on 07786 176875.

IWA Peterborough Branch

Peterborough branch work party december 2016Pictured L to R: John Revell, Chris Howes, John Fabed, Shaun Hill, David Venn, Roger Mungham

The branch's final work party before the festive break was held on 14th December.  The team of six volunteers worked in glorious sunshine on the Horseways channel and cleared 40 metres of overhanging trees and undergrowth.  This was no mean feat as the team used mainly hand tools due to the close proximity of a large badger sett. 

Work will re-commence on 11th Janury 2017.  

IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch

Birmingham branch work party dec 2016Photo: IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire branch work party, Leasowes Park

The first in a series of work parties to clear and maintain the length of Dudley No 2 canal beyond the current navigable limit of Hawne Basin, Halesowen was enjoyed by several volunteers on 11th December 2016.  Leasowes Park is a garden-like park dating from the mid 18th centuty and contains the largest canal embankment in the Birmingham area. 

The branch is particularly excited by the work as it is being carried out by a consortium of people from Coombeswood Canal Trust, Lapal Canal Trust, Friends of Halesowen Abbey (which owns land in the area) and Park Rangers from Leasowes.  Future dates for anybody who would like to join this agreeable group are:  21st January 2017, 18th February, and 18th March.   Meet at 10am in the Leasowes car park off Mucklow Hill.

IWA Manchester Branch

MAnchester branch work party nov 2016Photo by Steve Connolly: IWA Manchester Branch at work in November

A home game at The Etihad on 15th October meant that a lock painting work party needed to be finished nice and early.  Lock 5 was completed with time to spare allowing a  breakaway group to creep up on outfall railings at lock 4 and paint them as well.  Luckily the Hammerite was quick to dry as the heavens opened as the party drove out of the car park.
Just over one month later, the branch could no longer ignore the growing mass of vegetation just inside the stadium complex access gate to the canal.   Meanwhile a wheelbarrow brigade set about cleaning around the towpath mooring rings at lock 5 to reveal some missing rings and the potential for some extra ones. As a result the branch has arranged a training day for January 21st 2017 and hope to soon afterwards replace or renew the mooring rings at a mooring place that is handy for visiting the Etihad Stadium complex.

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

Trust Welcomes Two New Directors

Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust has announced the appointment of two new directors.  Luke Walker, who joins the board as IWA’s nominee trustee, worked for many years with the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust, starting as an occasional volunteer bricklayer and rising to the roles of projects director and vice-chairman.  Luke, who has also served within the IWA as vice-chairman of the Restoration Committee, moved to the Brownhills area in 2013.

The second new director is Stefan Szulc, who has been a Trust member and volunteer for many years after his retirement from a career as a civil engineer and computer programmer.  Stefan is editor of the Trust’s quarterly magazine ‘Cut Both Ways’.lhcrtdirectorPhoto: Luke Walker, IWA's representative on the Trust's Board

Removing Vegetation at 21 Metres Up on the Chirk Aqueduct

Chirk Aqueduct which carries the Llangollen Canal between England and Wales is to get a facelift courtesy of Gland┼Ár Cymru, CRT in Wales.

Specialist harnessed contractors will carry out maintenance work to remove unwanted vegetation which has taken root in crevices of the Grade II* listed aqueduct.  Using trowels and other hand tools, they will dig out ivy, moss, weeds and even young saplings which, if left unchecked, could damage masonry on the impressive 200-year-old structure.  The work is part of a wider CRT project to protect heritage structures along the Llangollen and Montgomery canals this winter, including the magnificent Pontcysllte and Chirk aqueducts.

Constructed by famous canal engineer Thomas Telford between 1796 and 1801, Chirk Aqueduct is a masterpiece of civil engineering. Measuring 21 metres high and 220 metres long the aqueduct carries the Llangollen Canal across the Ceiriog Valley near Chirk, on the England-Wales border, spanning the two countries. The aqueduct consists of ten arches, each with a span of 12 metres. The water level is 20 metres above the ground and 21 metres above the River Ceiriog.chirkPhoto: Needing a good head for heights

A Busy Year for a Shropshire Union Fly-Boat

The Shropshire Union Fly-boat Restoration Society has operated a very full programme this year for its historical fly-boat Saturn.  This horse-drawn narrowboat is the last surviving Shropshire Union Fly-boat in the world.  Over 100 years old, she is a unique survivor of the fast canal boats that ran non-stop, day and night, to deliver perishable goods throughout north-west and midland waterways.

During 2016, in addition to welcoming the public aboard, particularly families at main events on north west waterways, specific education events meant that over 500 school children got to view this unique vessel. 
For 2017 Saturn is already booked to attend the National Waterways Museum’s Easter Gathering at Ellesmere Port (14-17 April); the Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival (16-18 June);  Lymm Historic Transport Day (25 June); Aqueduct Marina’s Open day (23 July); Audlem Festival of Transport (30 July); and the Whitchurch Boat Rally (2-3 September).

Saturn has now been operating for 12 years after being fully restored at a cost of over £80,000.  She is currently at Alvecote where Adrian Polglase of AP Boatbuilding is undertaking this winter’s work at a cost of £9,500.

If you wish to donate, volunteer, join the Society, or suggest an event that Saturn might attend, please contact the Society via their website: It will also list updates on the 2017 programme of events.
saturnPhoto - Waterway Images: Saturn during winter work on the dry dock at Alvecote.

Plaque Honours Manchester’s Historic Canals

One of Britain’s leading professional institutions has honoured Manchester’s historic inland canals by the mounting of a commemorative plaque at a canal-side location in the heart of the city.  The Institution of Civil Engineers has mounted a plaque on a footbridge crossing the Rochdale Canal where it runs alongside Redhill Street, beside the junction with Henry Street. The Rochdale Canal, which opened in 1798-99, was built with 92 locks to allow it to cross the Pennines, and stretches 32 miles from Rochdale to Castlefield, where it joins the even older Bridgewater Canal.
The canals included:
•         The Bridgewater Canal, commonly considered Britain’s first true modern canal, built to bring coal from inside the mines at Worsley direct into the heart of Manchester.
•         The Manchester and Salford Junction Canal, dating from 1839 and just a kilometre long – but including a tunnel 456 metres in length, which was converted to provide air-raid shelters during World War Two.

Darrell Matthews, North West Regional Director of the Institution of Civil Engineers, said “This plaque celebrates what you might call the transport infrastructure of the first Northern Powerhouse. Manchester’s canals helped facilitate the birth of the world’s first industrial revolution in Lancashire, making Manchester the world’s first modern industrialised city.  The canal network is a fantastic feat of civil engineering, and a vital part of British history of which we should be very proud.” civilengineersplaquePhoto: L to R: Spencer Fitz-Gibbon, Institution of Civil Engineers with Clive Mitchell and Nick Atkinson from CRT at a bridge over the Rochdale Canal in Great Ancoats, Manchester.

Canoeists Enjoy Festive Santa Splash

England’s first ever coast to coast canoe project, the Desmond Family Canoe Trail, hosted brave canoeists on a ‘Santa Splash’ festive paddle along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Liverpool over two days in December.
The event was organised byCRT, and started at the Eldonian Village, Vauxhall, and finished about two miles away at the SAFE Regeneration Centre in Bootle. The Blackburn event the following day was based at Eanam Wharf, Blackburn and involved a two mile round trip back to the start.
The two Santa Splash events form part of a five year project to create The Desmond Family Coast to Coast Canoe Trail across the Pennines. Funded by a £1.3 million grant from the Desmond Foundation, the 160 mile trail starts in Liverpool, follows Britain’s longest canal, the Leeds & Liverpool, links into the Aire & Calder Navigation in Yorkshire and finally reaches the east coast at Goole.
Canoe activity hubs are established in Bootle, Burscough, Wigan and Blackburn involving dozens of young people aged 15 – 25. In 2017 new hubs will be added in Burnley and Skipton.  For more details about how to access free youth canoeing activities, check out the CRT website.

santasplashPhoto: Santa Splash in Blackburn

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

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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