IWA Bulletin - 12th July 2017

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IWA Urges Boaters to Have Their Say on CRT Licensing

CRT has commissioned Involve, an independent charity, to carry out a review of its boat licensing system so it can gain support from a wide range of boaters and boating organisations to make changes to the way it works at the moment by exploring new ideas.  It is hoped that any new licensing arrangements will be easier to administer and will balance pricing and affordability.  This consultation process was covered in IWA's Bulletin in mid May with further details included in the late May issue

The second stage of CRT's consultation on licensing has just been completed with workshops being held across the country.  Over 900 licence holders expressed an interest in attending these events which will help CRT formulate their charging structure for the future.  Although it was planned that there would be 15 attendees at each one, the workshop held in Newark on 23rd May had 6 participants and the one in London on 20th June had 8 attendees.  IWA is urging as many boaters as possible to take part in the third part of this exercise so a larger range of views are gathered and analysed before any decisions are taken. 

IWA has responded to CRT's request for its views on a fair and equitable way of levying a charge on boaters and this document can be found in the consultation section of the web site.  Members and supporters wishing to particpate in this licensing review process may find it useful to read this document before taking part in Stage Three of the consultation. 

For further details of CRT's consultation on licensing click on this link to go to their web page.

Cheshire Ring Mooring Ring Project Update

IWA’s Cheshire Ring Mooring Ring Project has been nominated for a CRT’s Living Waterways Award under the categories of recreation and tourism and community and volunteering. On 21st June judges visited the Anderton Boat Lift near which 32 mooring rings were installed by IWA volunteers. The judges were given a presentation about the progress and success of the project over the past year and discussed how the project has improved the experience for communities around the Cheshire Ring.  Boaters, particularly floating traders, at the recent Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival were grateful for the new mooring rings that had been installed in Middlewich as part of the project. 

To date 318 hours of volunteer time has been invested into the Cheshire Ring Mooring Ring Project. The work has resulted in 150 new mooring rings being installed on the Cheshire Ring, equating to an extra 894 metres of moorings.  As a result of the additional rings 58 extra boats can be moored up safely and securely rather than having to use mooring pins.

IWA is currently looking at working with the Bridgewater Canal Company to gain permissions to install further visitor mooring on the Bridgewater Canal and further enhance the boater experience across the entire Cheshire Ring.

The next working party for the Cheshire Ring Mooring Ring Project is being held on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th July at  Fools Nook starting at 9.45am until about 4pm. Parking can be found on Woodhouse End Rd, Gawsworth, Macclesfield, SK11 9QS just off of London Road (A523).  For more information and to confirm attendance please contact Alex Melson on 01494 783 453 ext 610  or email him.  
cheshireringsPhoto: A narrow boat making good use of newly installed mooring rings

IWA Responds to Red Diesel Consultation

In the Spring Budget 2017 the government called for evidence on the use of marked ‘red’ diesel, as used in many inland waterways craft, in order to improve its understanding of how it is used.  IWA responded to this consultation as an organisation with interests in the long term use and development of inland waterways.

The 2008 agreement made with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) where boaters can purchase red diesel for propulsion whilst paying the required standard rate of tax, with a form of self-declaration allowing a proportion of the diesel used for heating and lighting to be purchased at a lower rate of tax, is established, known to the supply chain and works well. Investment to provide an adequate supply is in place and maintained, and IWA and its members consider these arrangements remain appropriate and workable for the present day waterways usage.   Moving away from this arrangement is likely to lead to increased cost for users and suppliers, which in turn may reduce supply or reduce craft seeking refund of the tax otherwise levied on the domestic use of the fuel.

Changing the level of taxation on the fuel used for motive power will not reduce the level of pollution from boat exhausts, as requiring use of ‘unmarked’ diesel will create the same air pollution. It will however increase cost for boat owners and operators, with no apparent benefit to anyone.  Read the full response from IWA to the red diesel consultation through this link

IWA Provides Three Days of Free Festival, Fun and Floating Traders

Daily admission and parking for IWA's National Festival of Water at Ilkeston are free and mooring or camping for the weekend costs just £30 which includes wristband access to the evening entertainment.  Entertainment runs throughout all three days from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday and 10am to 4pm on Monday, and on into the evening for boaters and campers.  Bands include Mick & the Moonshiners, Umpteen Reasons to Swerve, Bon Accord and the Bonito Sisters plus a one man band and dance shows. 

Attractions include up to 130 boats lining the canal and decked in their festival bunting and flags, historic narrowboats, floating traders, Shreck the boat horse, a selection of vintage buses and classic cars, two steam engines and thresher, talks on canal engineering and life on the working boats plus a real ale bar. There will also be historic narrow boats to see, and the opportunity to learn about local and national waterway projects including the Cromford, the Derby & Sandiacre and the Chesterfield canals restoration.
Mayor of Erewash, Mary Hopkinson said “I am delighted that Erewash has been selected to host this year’s Festival of Water at Gallows Inn, Ilkeston.  The sight of over 100 boats moored on our local canal and the opportunity to see so many bands and entertainers, several of them from the area, make a great reason to stay local to Erewash this coming August bank holiday weekend.

Click on this link to discover more about this fantastic weekend.

ilkestonmooringsitePhoto by Jane Elwell:  Erewash Canal at Ilkeston showing the festival mooring site

IWA's AGM - Saturday 30th September

IWA's Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 30th September 2017 at 11.30am at Aldercar High School, Langley Mill, Nottingham, NG16 4HL.
Members will have the oportunity to hear more about the work of IWA as well as attend the formal Annual General Meeting and IWA's awards ceremony. The day will open at 10am and lunch will follow the morning presentations and will be provided free of charge with donations always gratefully received. It should be an interesting day out as John Baylis and volunteers from Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association will take visitors on a tour of Langley Mill and there may be time to take a trip by boat on the Cromford Canal. 
Exciting new plans for IWA will be unveiled during the day and we urge all members to come along.

langley mill toll housePhoto: Toll House Langley Mill - part of the planned AGM meeting afternoon tour

Full details will follow but please put the date in your diary now - 30th September 2017.

Paul's Cycle Ride - He Has JOG'd for IWA

As reported in previous Bulletins, Paul Shaw has been cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise funds for IWA's WRG.  He set off from Cornwall on 20th June and has, incredibly, covered the entire 1,022 miles in 14 days, finishing on Tuesday 4th July.  He has climbed a total of 52,800 ft, the equivalent of scaling Everest 1.8 times and spent 94 hours in the saddle.  Now he has done the hard work it is time for kind donors to reward his efforts by visiting Paul's Virgin Money Giving page!  

Thank you Paul, your efforts are much appreciated and the funds raised will contribute to IWA's restoration work.   

IWA Branch News

IWA West Country Branch

Some good work was carried out by volunteers from IWA West Country Branch when they cleared the canal of litter near Morrisons Bridgwater Store on Saturday 24th June, with thanks due to YMCA Bridgwater for the use of their slipway.
westcountryvolsPhoto: Volunteers working on the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal

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

Pushing the Old Boats Out at Braunston

A total of 94 historic narrow boats attended the 15th Braunston Historic Narrow Boat Rally over the weekend of 24th/25th June, making it by far the largest rally of historic narrow boats on the inland waterways this year. The number of boats was also a significant increase on last year’s 67 boats, and this was despite the growing popularity of similar events around the waterways going head to head with it. The Rally has come a long way since the first one in 2003 when 29 boats attended.  The event also attracted about 7,000 visitors, some travelling from as far as Canada and Australia, a great boost to the tourist industry of the area.

The Rally was formally opened by actor Timothy West and his actor wife Prunella Scales.  They were back by popular demand, having previously opened the 2013 Rally.  Since then their TV series Great Canal Journeys has gone from strength to strength, now with a worldwide audience of waterways enthusiasts.

With a little help from members of the Narrow Boat Trust, Timothy and Prunella helmed the 1936 Grand Union Canal Carrying Company’s motor and butty, Nuneaton & Brighton, from the Grand Union Canal into the marina.  As they passed under its famous 1834 Horseley Ironworks Bridge, they declared the 2017 Braunston Historic Narrowboat Rally ‘Open!’ to the sounds of Daventry Brass Band and the bells of Braunston church – the ‘Cathedral of the Canals.’  
Shore-side attractions included stands from IWA Northamptonshire and Warwickshire branches and the Freight Shipping Group, all of which received £200 from the proceeds of the event.   Other entertainments included the canal-travelling Alarum Theatre, with their new play, Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways. There were also morris dancers, and the famous beer tent, with music provided by a number of  groups. 

Tim Coghlan of Braunston Marina said, ‘For me what was most pleasing was the number of boats that came which had never been before, and the comments from so many owners that it is events like the Braunston Historic Narrow Boat Rally which inspires them to restore and maintain their boats which are such  an important living and moving part of our canal heritage.  Each year I hear the same gratifying story, which makes organizing the Rally so worthwhile’.

All profits, which exceeded £6,000, were donated, as usual, to canal causes.  The Braunston Historic Narrow Boat Rally is sponsored by Braunston Marina and Towpath Talk, and is supported by CRT.  Braunston Marina will be hosting the event again next year on the same last weekend in June – 23rd /24th June 2018. braunstonwest

Photo by Tim Coghlan:  Actor Timothy West steering the 1936 motor Nuneaton and towing the butty Brighton with his wife Prunella Scales at the helm – entering Braunston Marina after declaring the 2017 Rally open.  

NB Roger to Visit Birthplace

The historic working boat Roger was built by Bushell Brothers in their yard on the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal near Tring in late 1935 for the Aylesbury coal merchant and canal carrier Arthur Harvey-Taylor.  She entered service in February 1936 and was the last wooden motor boat trading on the Grand Union Canal.  She is now in good hands, being cared for by the Rickmansworth Waterways Trust.

Roger will be returning to her origins on Sunday 23rd July where she can be seen at the Wendover Arm Trust's Tringford Pumping Station Open Day between 11.00am to 4.00pm.  This event will be an opportunity to tour the working pumping station, inspect the restoration work being carried out on the Wendover Arm, have a look at Roger and take tea and cakes.

There is no parking at the pumping station but a free bus trip will be provided from Startops car park (pay and display) at Tring Reservoirs.   Further details are available on the Trust's website or Facebook page


nbrogerPhoto: Rickmansworth Waterways Trust - Historic working boat Roger

Historic Cottages Now Open for Viewing

On Saturday 24th June, the Canalside Heritage Centre at Beeston Lock on the River Trent opened it's doors to the public after more than eight years of hard work by volunteers.  The project, to save and renovate a row of four derelict 18th century cottages originally built to house navigation company staff, was instigated by local resident Stewart Craven, who assembled a team of like-minded locals to see the project through. As all the building materials had to be carried across a footbridge, or loaded into a pan and roped across the canal, there was plenty of work for volunteers.

One cottage has been retained  unchanged, with the remaing three being converted into a shop and cafeteria on the ground floor, and a meeting room upstairs.  A modern extension at the rear provides more space, and a spectacular balcony overlooking the weir.

Following its opening, attended by 2200 people over the day, the Centre will open 7 days a week over the summer. For anyone visiting Nottingham by water, maybe as part of their visit to the Festival of Water at nearby Ilkeston, the new Centre would make a worthwhile addition to their trip.

cottage1Photo by Archie Roberts, IWA Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Branch:  Canalside Heritage Centre nearing completion

cottage2Photo by Archie Roberts, IWA Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Branch: Transformation of navigation company cottages

The New Queen Elizabeth II Canal

Fifteen years after she officially opened the restored Forth & Clyde and Union canals, the Queen returned to Scotland’s waterways for the naming of the country’s newest navigable link as the Queen Elizabeth II Canal.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh boarded the Seagull Trust’s barge Wooden Spoon Seagull to lead a flotilla along the ¾ mile length of canal, built as part of the £25m Helix Park regeneration of ex-industrial land between Falkirk and Grangemouth.

The canal provides a new eastern gateway to the Forth & Clyde Canal, greatly improving access from the Firth of Forth. But it’s no ordinary stretch of water: complex and innovative engineering solutions were needed to carry it under a motorway and a trunk road, across utility pipelines, and into the tidal River Carron. It also features the Scottish waterways’ new icon, the Kelpies: the two giant horses’ head sculptures which stand guard each side of the new lock.

kelpies2Story and Photo by Martin Ludgate, Canal Boat magazine: The kelpies

carronsealock2Photo by Neil Edwards - Carron Sea Lock

Cheshire Students Join SUMBA

Joinery students from Reaseheath College have used their building skills to refurbish a small former clay pit office on the banks of the Shropshire Union Canal Middlewich Branch, near Church Minshull in mid Cheshire.  In a project organised by CRT and volunteers from SUMBA (Shropshire Union Middlewich Branch Adopters), the third year students have rescued the dilapidated building by installing a new door, window, roof timbers, tiles and guttering.
Shropshire Union Middlewich Branch Adopters obtained a community grant from Cheshire East Council for the building materials, which were transported to site, along with the eight students, in true canal style by the Trust’s 72 feet historic workboat ‘Malvern’.
The brick hut used to be a manager’s office for the Cholmondeston clay pit which was operational from the late 1960s until 2002, providing clay for re-lining the canal. The building forms the focal point of a waterside clearing which has now been turned into an attractive picnic area, thanks to SUMBA’s enthusiastic volunteers.  Over the coming months they will be working hard to install a new picnic bench, interpretation panels and boat access to the site. The table will be made by ‘Men in Sheds’ from Crewe, using wood recycled by SUMBA volunteers when they repaired the nearby Brickyard Bridge. 
claypitofficePhoto:  Students from Reaseheath College giving a new lease of life to a clay pit office on the Shropshire Union Canal

Photo:  Picnic table made by Crewe Men in Sheds

Shopping in Tesco's in Chesterfield?

Chesterfield Canal Trust have been nominated by the Tesco Bags of Help initiative to receive a grant in September.  All it needs is for shoppers to vote everytime they visit one of five Tesco stores in Chesterfield during July and August.  The stores are:
Tesco Extra on the A61 by Tapton Lock;
Tesco Metro in the Pavements Shopping Centre;
Tesco Esso Express on Newbold Road;
Tesco Whittington Express;
Tesco Derby Road Express.

The project with the highest number of votes will receive up to £4,000, the second placed project up to £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000.  The Trust has applied for funding to resurface the car park at Hollingwood Hub.

Votes Needed for Gloucester & Sharpness Days Out

You may be aware of the Willow Trust, which gives around 7,000 disabled/ill adults and children a day out on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal every year completely free of charge, assisted by the volunteer crews.  The team at the Willow Trust work tirelessly gaining donations and sponsorship to enable the operation of the charity, which has just entered it's 27th year.

Please consider voting for the Trust in a bid to obtain £25,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation. This voting link will take you to the Gloucestershire web page.

Recreational Craft Directive

This Directive sets out minimum safety and environmental requirements for recreational craft between 2.5m and 24m and personal watercraft which have undertaken substantial modification, which guarantee their suitability for sale or use in Europe.  Recent changes are affecting boat owners and consequentially the sale and modification of second hand boats.  The have been some changes to the rules applicable to craft that undergo a Major Craft Conversion, together with a better definition of what this actually means.

The Royal Yachting Association would advise anyone considering converting a watercraft within the meaning of Major Craft Conversion to as a minimum to ensure that they are aware of their responsibilities under the directive with reference to “Major Craft Conversion”.  They would also advise all those who carry out work, all repairs, equipment/system modifications and upgrades on CE marked watercraft to ensure they are carried out to existing standards and make owners aware of their responsibilities under the new directive.  This advice is endorsed by IWA.  For further information on this directive follow this link to the Royal Yachting Association's web site. 

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 Shop

Find your way around the waterways with Imrays Map of the Inland Waterways of Great Britain.  Click this link to go to IWA's on line shop to order this indispensable tool for route planning.

For more detailed information about cruising make sure you have the latest Nicholson guides.  Never miss out on navigation guidance, moorings, water points, sanitation disposal, shops, pubs, places of interest or marinas by having up to date local details to hand.  Available from IWA's online shop through this link

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)
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
Harbour Clean - 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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There are over 3,100 shops and sites for you to browse and buy through on the easyfundraising site.  Usually the thing that stops people raising money in this way for their favourite charity is that they simply forget.  Since we launched IWA onto easyfundraising we have raised over £1000 so it is a brilliant way to support IWA.  Find out more about easyfundraising.

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