IWA Bulletin - 26th July 2017

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WRG Can Move Mountains - Well, Railway Embankments Anyway!

Volunteers from WRG NW returned to tackle the railway embankment which was blocking the Montgomery Canal at Pant, near Llanymynech, Shropshire. The week-long work party, from 12th to 19th July, has removed an amazing 1114.5 tonnes of material so towpath visitors will no longer have to use the steps to get over it.  The embankment was created on the Oswestry-Welshpool line when an old bridge was removed after the canal was closed. The railway itself was closed in 1965 and the bank was left, obstructing the derelict canal.

On previous visits, canal volunteers have cleared trees and other growth in preparation for removing the embankment. This latest achievement now clears the canal between the two abutments of the old railway bridge. It is hoped that the abutments are in good condition and will remain in place.  The spoil was removed from the bottom of Rhiew Revel Lane, Pant by lorry to Wood Lane, Ellesmere, so there were an unusually large number of lorry journeys on the minor roads during the week of the work camp - that must have confused the local residents!

Local volunteers from the Welshpool-based Thursday Restoration And Maintenance Project Supporters, known as TRAMPS, have cleared the recent vegetation which has grown since WRG was on site in February.  The Montgomery Canal always attracts interest from across the country so WRG members came from Lancashire, Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Crewe, Wrexham, Milton Keynes and Watford. They were joined by volunteers from the Shropshire Union Canal Society whose regular work site is at Morton where they are working on the lottery-supported restoration to Crickheath.

The next stage of restoration will involve shaping and waterproofing the channel as part of the project to extend the canal from Crickheath to Llanymynech.  Reopening the canal to Llanymynech is part of the wider plan to restore the connection to the national waterway network, so that boats from across the country can bring the canal in Llanymynech and Welshpool back to life.

montybeforeafterPhoto: Now you see it, now you don't - the disappearing railway embankment on the Montgomery Canal

IWA Annual Members' Meeting 2017

IWA's 2017 Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 30th September 2017 at Aldercar High School, Daltons Close, Langley Mill, Nottingham, NG16 4HL.  This is a great opportunity for members to meet up with other waterway enthusiasts and hear what IWA has planned for the future.

The programme for the day includes presentations on our grass roots campaigning, a presentation of national awards,  the formal Annual General Meeting, a session on IWA over the next 10 years, followed by lunch (free of charge, but must be pre-booked).

After lunch there will be a walking tour of Langley Mill which marks the point where the Cromford Canal (under restoration) meets the Erewash Canal and the now derelict Nottingham Canal.  Visitors will be toured around the site by volunteers of the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association and the visit will include the restored Pumping House and Toll House. 

Members may alternatively wish to take a 2 hour boat trip along the Cromford Canal.  Numbers are limited to 40 members and so tickets will be offered on a first come, first served basis with a waiting list.  Tickets for the boat trip must be collected when registering on the day of the AGM.

Reserve your space and lunch at the Annual Members Meeting now to include your choice of afternoon tour.  Follow this link also for the full Agenda for the day. 

IWA’s Annual Report and Accounts are now available through this link

cromford2017Photo by Waterway Images: Always wanted to visit the beautiful Cromford Canal?  Now is your chance after IWA's Annual Members' Meeting on 30th September

IWA Presses for Progress on Giving Towpath Back on Bow Back Rivers

CRT's recent announcement that Bow Back Rivers were open for business is not quite the full story as the towpath beside the City Mill River is at present blocked at one point by a brick wall.

Strong representations have been made to CRT to resolve this matter so these London waterways can be enjoyed by all users.  Apparently the towpath is currently the responsibility of Crossrail and IWA has been informed that Network Rail requires use of the towpath whilst work continues in the Pudding Mill area.  IWA is asking interested parties to email CRT's London Waterways Manager to find out when this valuable resource can be open to all.
citymilltowpathPhoto: City Mill River towpath used to emerge from a small arch in the left hand side of the brick wall, underneath Bazalgette's Northern Outfall Sewer. In the preparations for the 2012 Olympics, the main pedestrian approach ramp walkway was built (it cuts across the lower part of this photo, from the left) and the towpath was blocked. This will now need to be unblocked, and steps or a ramp made from the tunnel.

IWA lobbies Associated British Ports about increased charges at Goole

IWA has joined the Commercial Boat Operators Association and Canal & River Trust in raising concerns about a proposal by Associated British Ports (ABP) to remove the free period either side of high tide for the use of the entrance locks at Goole which will affect both barges and pleasure craft accessing the Aire and Calder from the River Ouse (and vice versa).  

IWA is concerned that this change, along with proposed increases to Ships Dues, will have a detrimental impact on existing and potential future freight traffic, including proposals to re-introduce commercial traffic on the Aire and Calder to Leeds and the existing traffic of oil to Rotherham.
The loss of the free period will also add cost and danger to pleasure craft accessing the waterways of the North East, particularly full length narrow boats which cannot use the route via Keadby and the Stainforth & Keadby Canal due to the length of Thorne Lock.  

IWA also joins others in concern for potential significant increase in fees for the use of the locks by charity preserved barges such as Syntan, Comrade, Amy Howson and Sobriety.  
At a time when efforts are being made to increase freight use of the North East waterways, and in order to encourage more pleasure craft to use these under-used waterways, IWA has written to ABP asking them to reconsider the withdrawal of the free period either side of high tide for access through the locks at Goole. 

Ocean Lock Goole

Photo by John Pomfret: Tidal Ouse, Ocean Lock, Goole

WRG Camp is a Family Event

WRG’s first ever family weekend camp took place over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd July in Staffordshire.  Hosted by the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust, and supported by IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch, the event saw six families spending a weekend carrying out a variety of tasks around Crumpwood and Bridge 70 on the Uttoxeter Canal. 

Young people aged between 9 and 12 were accompanied by their parents or grandparents for the residential weekend canal camp.  Activities for the families on the first day included clearing Himalayan balsam followed by a competition for the best sculpture created out of this invasive plant and clearing vegetation from some stone artefacts - core stones from boreholes for the nearby pumping station.
Bat box creation was the activity for the second day with the boxes then being installed in the trees along the line of the canal by bridge 70, where bats are known to roost.  There was an exploratory dig for the base of the old towpath bridge across the River Churnet and the choice of more Himalayan balsam bashing and core stone cleaning.
This experimental weekend appears to have worked well so any canal societies interested in hosting a future family weekend are asked to email Alex Melson.  Steve Wood, Deputy Chairman of the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust, said “We are very pleased to have hosted WRG’s first ever family volunteering weekend, and the Trust is very happy with the amount of useful work that was carried out by the families over the two days.  It was great to introduce young people to volunteering on canal restoration projects, and to see the families enjoying each others company in the beautiful surroundings of the Churnet Valley”. 

Details of next year’s events will be finalised towards the end of the year and any families interested in taking part next year (with children aged between 8 and 14) are recommended to look out for details nearer the time.familybatboxPhoto: Participants showing off their handiwork - bat boxes

familywrghimayayanPhoto:  WRG families making sure more Himalayan balsam bites the dust

IWA's National Festival on the Erewash - Don't Set Off Too Early But Please Still Come! 

If boaters were considering taking a long, leisurely cruise to Ilkeston for IWA's National Festival of Water over the August Bank Holiday they should be aware that navigation on the Erewash will be at a standstill for six days up to two weeks before the event.  From Monday 7th August to Sunday 13th August, Sandiacre lock will be closed for the replacement of both ground paddle posts and the removal and re-bedding of the coping stones recently dislodged on the off side wall.

 A problem with the ground paddles was identified some months ago and CRT tried to fix them without a stoppage, to minimise disruption, but with limited success. In view of the IWA Festival taking place in a few weeks, where there will be many boats visiting the canal, CRT took the decision to close the navigation to carry out a full repair including re-bedding of the coping stones with the team working longer than usual days to keep the length of the closure to a minimum.

Further details are available through this link to the CRT web site.

To book your camping pitch or boat mooring at IWA's festival in Ilkeston for just £30 including two wristbands for all entertainment please click here.

IWA's Initial Response to Latest HS2 Update

On 17th July Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport confirmed the award of stage 1 of the main works civil engineering contracts for the Phase One route from London to Birmingham, which primarily covers design and pre-construction activities.  The expected total value of these contracts covering the full construction phase is £6.6 billion.

He  announced the Phase 2a High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe). This seeks the powers to construct HS2 from the West Midlands to just south of Crewe, planned to open in 2027.  The route set out in the Bill includes the outcomes of the three refinements consulted on last year.  IWA responded to the consultation, and its preferences generally aligned with those Chris Grayling has chosen.  The Minister said he had decided to move the connection to the West Coast Main Line and the start of a tunnel in Crewe further south.  IWA’s view was that the proposed scheme appears to minimise the issues identified with the November 2015 scheme as far as is reasonably practicable so IWA is supportive of this change.

Chris Grayling also decided to move the construction railhead, and subsequently the infrastructure maintenance facility for this part of HS2, from the Basford area near Crewe to a location near Stone.  IWA’s view was that the proposed site for railhead near Stone has no direct adverse impact on any inland waterways.  

The Minister also announced the start of consultations on the Phase 2A Environmental Statement, which IWA will respond to and which closes on 30 September 2017. That will provide the opportunity to comment on the environmental effects of the proposed Phase 2a scheme.

Finally he announced his decision on the outstanding sections of the Phase 2b route to Manchester and Leeds, which IWA responded to consultations about in 2016 and 2013. The Secretary of State confirmed the following changes to the route:

The western leg rolling stock depot will move from a site near Golborne to a site north of Crewe. That site will be included in the full environmental assessment being undertaken for the whole route.  IWA's response is:
•    Lower impact on the Bridgewater Canal as a result of removal of the northern chord – although there remains the possibility it would be built to meet Transport for the North requirements at some point;
•    Lower impact on the Leeds and Liverpool from the Golborne RSD operation and access;
•    Increased visual and noise impact on the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal from wider access tracks at the canal crossing, creating a tunnel effect from three bridge crossings within a short distance along the canal;
•    Increased impact on the Trent & Mersey Canal from the visual nuisance of the RSD connections over the main line.

A 26 km section of the route in the Middlewich and Pickmere area of Cheshire will change and be raised as it passes through the Cheshire salt plains, to avoid brining and gas storage infrastructure.  IWA objects to the proposed route, which unnecessarily impacts the Trent and Mersey Canal with its three crossings and high embankments. IWA wants to see a reappraisal of the route in this area, which appears to have unaccounted for engineering risks and costs, and may not have yet identified the lowest risk and impact route. It has all the signs of being done in a rush, and requires more thought and investigation before identifying a lower cost, lower risk ‘corridor’.

The route in South Yorkshire has been confirmed as the route consulted on in 2016, which in part follows the M1 and M18, and serves Sheffield city centre via a spur from the HS2 line.  IWA supports the route proposal, which avoids most damage to the route of the Chesterfield and other canals. However further improvements are needed to the connection to the IMD at Staveley, and the crossing of the restoration route to the west of Norwood Tunnel, to allow this important and well supported restoration to progress. Chesterfield Canal Trust has confirmed that, despite much work on HS2 Ltd to correct their inaccurate and mistaken plans and proposals, they have continued without correcting the inadequacies.  This is a cause for great concern, and suggests undue and damaging haste rather than the care and caution needed for such a project. (see also Chesterfield Canal Trust's article later in this Bulletin).

The Secretary of State also confirmed the ‘high level route’ into Long Eaton, effectively splitting the town in two as HS2 goes overhead on a viaduct spreading noise and visual intrusion over the whole area, including the Erewash Canal and the lock near the site of the East Midlands Hub station. The M1 motorway will also be diverted to allow the rail route to pass alongside, which may adversely affect the canal further as it runs underneath the M1.

Finally, the Secretary of State has decided not to proceed with the proposed change of route to the east of Measham. Instead, he confirmed a modified version of the 2013 preferred route to the west of Measham. In Measham itself, the route is moved approximately 80 metres and the viaduct extended to mitigate commercial property impacts.  Regrettably the Secretary of State has not removed the blight on development in Measham, but apparently reconfirmed it. Until the details, if any are provided, of the alternatives that have been worked through, it is not possible to see what alternative route may be available for the Ashby Canal restoration.

IWA will now be examining these plans and proposals as far as they can be ascertained to look for the impact on inland waterways existing and to be restored, to aim to protect as much as possible, and obtain mitigation for what cannot be protected.

Read IWA's full initial thoughts on the HS2 Phase2A deposition of bill and confirmation of the preferred route for Phase 2B.

IWA Branch News

IWA North & East London Branch

IWA North & East London Branch is running a campaign against British Waterways Marinas Ltd’s plans to insert new mooring finger pontoons along a section of the south-east Limehouse Basin wall.

It objects to the proposals because:-
• Limehouse Basin is a point of refuge if there are problems on the river;
• the proposed restricted space for turning craft, created by inserting the pontoons is likely to create problems of boat contact, especially as the wind tends to be strong across the basin due to the high rise buildings;
• the south-east wall is used as the muster point for flotillas making Thames transits. The existing arrangement allows more boats to be moored alongside than the proposed finger pontoons will accommodate;
• the proposed pontoons are of varying lengths and do not maximise mooring space available nor offer the flexibility needed for longer narrowboats.

The new mooring finger pontoons along the wall will extend out into the basin as far as the roped buoys shown in the photo. You can support the campaign by emailing an objection to BWML London’s General Manager and to CRT London’s Waterways Manager

limehousebasinPhoto: Limehouse Basin showing reach of proposed new pontoons

IWA Lancashire & Cumbria Branch

IWA Lancashire & Cumbria Branch visited the Anderton Boat Lift on 27th June for a trip on the lift and a river cruise.  The Branch did have a group visit there shortly after it reopened in 2002 and some members also had memories of seeing the boat lift while it was out of use so were very impressed by the improvements on the site, including the visitors' centre.  The group of 19 was made up of regular attendees and some new faces. 

It was encouraging to see so many boats on the Trent & Mersey Canal and the River Weaver Navigation but it wasn’t all good news though.  There was a problem with the gears on one of the caissons so there was only one working but it did mean there was a lot of activity from engineers to watch while waiting, as well as more time to see the lift and trip boat in operation. 

The group descended 50 foot in the lift which gave the opportunity to admire the wonderful engineering work.  The cruise on the River Weaver had some interesting sights including a sunken concrete boat, a heron and the remains of old jetties. There were also a couple of boats waiting patiently for the lift to take them up to the canal. 

For more detail about the Anderton Boat Lift follow this link to the CRT web site.
andertonPhoto:  Anderton Boat Lift originally built in 1875

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

Relief from Chesterfield Canal Trust as HS2 Threat is Lifted

As reported in IWA News in this Bulletin, the Government has announced that the route for Phase 2b of HS2 will be the eastern (M1) route which means that the blight that had settled on the restoration route of the canal through Renishaw, Spinkhill and Killamarsh since January 2013 has officially been lifted. 

Robin Stonebridge, Chair of the Chesterfield Canal Trust, said:
“The Secretary of State’s statement confirming the route for HS2 through North Derbyshire comes 4½ years after the initial route announcement in January 2013. The Chesterfield Canal Trust and its partners now have a number of tasks:
•    To negotiate with HS2 Ltd. to ensure that the line linking the new route of HS2 with the depot in Staveley enables, rather than hinders, further canal restoration;
•    To negotiate with HS2 Ltd. to ensure that the new M1 line of the route does not obstruct the Cuckoo Way long-distance footpath and restoration route for the canal at Norwood;
•    To rebuild our engineering and fund-winning capacity so that we can now make rapid progress on restoration long before the railway opens for business in 2033;
•    To ensure that the unique Norwood complex of Georgian lock flights and tunnel is used wherever possible and effectively interpreted in order to enable Norwood to be recognised as the national heritage asset it most surely is;
•    To build support for advanced mitigation to offset the delay and uncertainty caused to the canal restoration programme. The announcement yesterday came 4½ years after initial publication of a route; the Bill for this phase of the railway will not be introduced to Parliament until 2019 and may not receive assent until 2022, with construction being completed in 2033. We cannot be expected to wait 10, 15 or 20 years for mitigation.”

Looking Back on Fifty Years of the Southampton Canal Society

In June 1967 a number of waterway enthusiasts in the Southampton area gathered to form a group that could meet to share common interests, visit canals and rivers, campaign to restore abandoned waterways, give talks and write to the press about waterway matters, form an archive of photographs and participate in working parties, mainly on the Basingstoke and Kennet & Avon canals. 

As part of IWA's 50th anniversary celebrations in 1996, Birmingham Branch created a jigsaw map of the country which was transported piece by piece back to Birmingham by inland water and reassembled at the International Canal Conference.  Southampton Canal Society participated in this initiative by organising an event that took a jigsaw piece along the Andover Canal incorporating a walk, barbecue and an exhibition of the artist Harley Crossley's work.   

The members' knowledge and resources are still being used to raise awareness of canals and rivers. Their current newsletter lists numerous waterway events taking place within 50 miles of Southampton and members are continuing to meet to enjoy the waterways.  To celebrate Southampton Canal Society’s 50th year, forty-four members, family and friends met at Odiham Wharf on the Basingstoke Canal in June for a cruise on the John Pinkerton II to the 13th century King John’s Castle.  A local guide, Derek Spruce, talked through the canal history so it was a perfect summer’s day on the cut, ducks, swans with cygnets, butterflies and plenty of fish swimming with the bank sides full of wild flowers. 

Photo by Jude Ball: Southampton Canal Society celebrating its golden anniversary in June this year
southampton2007Photo: Celebrating 40 years of the Southampton Canal Society by visiting the River Wey and Godalming Navigation on 6th October 2007andover1996Photo by Pat Sillence: Marking 50 years of IWA in May 1996 saw the Southampton Canal Society moving the southern centre 'jigsaw' piece on the Andover-Redbridge Canal, with the help of the Mayor and Mayoress of Romsey, Charles and Eileen Mead.  Brian Evans, then Chairman of Southampton Canal Society (now President) kept order with his megaphone

The Society meets about ten times a year, always on the first Thursday of the month, at Chilworth Parish Hall, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 7JZ. Enquiries by email to the Society's secretary or follow this link to their web site.

Canals and England's Highest Aqueduct Can Fly the Green Flag


Keep Britain Tidy’s coveted Green Flag Award status has been bestowed on some of Britain's most outstanding canals and the Marple Aqueduct.  Proudly flying a Green Flag are sections of the River Lee Navigation in London, Chesterfield Canal - the SSSI section, Stockwith to Retford, Shropshire Union Canal Middlewich Branch - Barbridge Jct to Audlem, Peak Forest Canal , Macclesfield Canal, Grand Western Canal, Royal Military Canal and Canal Fields - which includes the River Bulbourne/Grand Union Canal in Berkhamsted - all are judged to be ‘quality green spaces’.
Marple’s spectacular aqueduct, which carries the Peak Forest Canal over the River Goyt, near Stockport, and the impressive flight of 16 locks, Marple Lock Flight, one of the steepest sections in the country, have also been recognised for the first time with a Green Heritage Award.
These special waterway sites are among 1,797 parks and green spaces across the UK judged to be some of the best green spaces in the country. For the third year running canals join a range of parks, cemeteries, universities and community gardens which have met the high standard needed to receive the Green Flag, Heritage or Community Award, in what is another record-breaking year for the award scheme.  This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

marplePhoto by Tony Kozary:  Marple Aqueduct

taptonlockPhoto: Tapton Lock on the Chesterfield Canal has been awarded a Green Flag for the fourth time. This covers the westernmost stretch of the canal within Chesterfield.

CRT Prepares for Stage Three of Licensing Consultation

CRT is letting boaters know that the second stage of its boat licensing consultation has finished.  The next and final stage will see the charity asking all its boat licence holders to get involved.

For stage two of the consultation nine workshops were held across the country.  A report on the topics and views that came up in the workshops will be available in late July and will be published on the Trust’s website.  

Stage three of the consultation is likely to be launched in mid-August.  All the Trust’s current boat licence holders will be contacted to take part in this final stage of the consultation.  Boaters will be able to respond by email, post or telephone.

Ian Rogers, customer service and operations director at CRT, said: “I’d encourage all our boating customers to respond to the consultation when it goes live in August so that we have a full view of boaters’ thoughts and feelings to help us shape the future of boat licensing.”

More information about the boat licensing consultation can be found by following this link to the CRT web site

Five Years On and CRT Issues an Upbeat Report

CRT’s 2016/17 Annual Report shows a rise in the number of people donating to the charity’s work together with a significant growth in volunteering which reached over half a million hours for the first time.

The year saw the Trust increase the money it was able to spend on charitable activities by 6% to £157m.  This included the Trust’s biggest ever programme of lock repairs and gate replacements, as well as hundreds of thousands of minor repair and maintenance tasks such as vegetation management, servicing of bridges and vital inspections of embankments and hidden culverts.  Amongst other things, the Trust made improvements at its museums, invested in flood remediation work and completed dredging across 22 priority sites.  It delivered a series of major towpath upgrades across the country and fixed the damage caused during the 2015 Boxing Day floods including major repairs of a breach and land slip in the Calder Valley and the complete dismantlement and reconstruction of the Grade II listed Elland Bridge.

Since launching in 2012, CRT reports that it has:
•    Increased annual visitor numbers by 33% to 396m;
•    Increased volunteering by 264% to 540,000 hours in 2016/17;
•    Increased volunteer lock keeper numbers by 278% to 750;
•    Spent over £645m maintaining and restoring the waterways.

To view CRT's Annual Report 2016/17 visit the Trust's website.  

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

Explore the waterways while drying the dishes.  Visit the IWA Shop to buy this pictorial map at £5.75. 


Photo: IWA's Tea Towel of the waterways available online.


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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