IWA Bulletin - 10th August 2017

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Roll Up, Roll Up - It's IWA's Festival of Water at Ilkeston!

It is not all water and boats on the Erewash over August Bank Holiday weekend, there could be beer and skittles too!  Lots of exhibitors will be setting out their stalls with a variety of goods and services on display.  There will even be the opportunity to get close up to a microlight. 

Organisations such as Buckingham Canal Society, Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association and Friends of Bennerley Viaduct will all be present over the weekend to let visitors know about their restoration work on the waterways.  WRG North West will be selling books to raise funds for their local projects.  

Craft stalls like the Dough Lady (saltdough designs), the Pod Floating Studio (handmade fused glass), Roving Trader on nb Northern Lights (glass and hanging crystals), Sew Singular (handcrafted aprons, bags and beadwork) and Sugarfoot (traditional canal art) will be showing off their talents.

There will be no danger of anyone going hungry or thirsty over this festival weekend with a great range of food stalls including Cafe 2U, I & A Donuts, Pancrepes, the Pie Wagon, the Green Kitchen and the obligatory real ale bar featuring local good brews.   

microlight2Photo:  Is it a bird, is it a plane?  Find out at Ram Air Microlight's stand at Ilkeston

realalebarPhoto:  A Festival essential - a real ale bar

wrgnwbooksPhoto: A selection of some of the books that will be on offer on WRG North West stand at the Festival - bring money and shopping bags!

Follow this link for more details of IWA's 2017 National Festival of Water

IWA's Briefing Note on Structures or Craft Impeding Navigation

A new topic has been added to the series of IWA briefing notes which outlines IWA’s views on structures or craft impeding navigation.  It is an IWA principle that no navigations should be obstructed by structures either floating or fixed on the bed of the navigation, which reduce the original design width. This is seen as tantamount to filling in part of the navigation and building on it.  

IWA recognises that exceptions to this principle may be appropriate in certain situations but each one must be considered on its own merit and if accepted must not be seen as setting a precedent for future development.  Structures taking up part of the navigation may impact on the passage and/or mooring of boats, either now or in the future and may restrict other one off uses such as the organisation of local event.

Where such structures have been introduced in the past, design has generally been poor, based on prefabricated units located on floating pontoons. Such structures tend to degrade faster than their equivalent on land and maintenance is more difficult resulting in a progressive deterioration of the visual aspect. Servicing, access and refuse disposal are further problems, which are not easy to resolve for floating structures.  Even when such structures are designated with a limited life, in practice this is not always adhered to as removal or replacement is problematic.

An example of this is in Paddington Basin in London where the water area has been reduced and landscaping introduced  despite the local IWA Branch submitting an objection.  It is a particular concern in this location where maximising moorings is essential to mitigate against the general loss elsewhere in London.

paddingtonstructurePhoto by Roger Wilkinson:  Floating gardens at Paddington Basin - a good use of water space?

See the full document through this link.

Win £1000 with IWA's Raffle

This year IWA's Raffle is raising money for a very important cause, IWA's Waterways Restoration Hub.  The Hub was launched last year and is a central point for restoration enquiries and requests as well as providing the expertise of specifically qualified volunteers when the need arises.  The Hub supports all restoration groups and projects so every raffle ticket purchased strenghtens the entire restoration community. 

All members of IWA will have received a book of tickets with their current issue of Waterways magazine.  Tickets are priced £2 each or £10 for a book of five and can be bought online too. 

And if you need any more reason to buy a ticket now, the prizes are rather good.
FIRST PRIZE: £1000 Cash
SECOND PRIZE: a one-week holiday on a six-berth narrowboat donated by the Wyvern Shipping Company
THIRD PRIZE: A weekend boating holiday for four with Canal Cruising Company

The raffle will be drawn on 18th December 2017 at IWA's office in Chesham.  All tickets must be received before this date.

Buy your raffle tickets now.

If you would like tickets to sell within any local clubs or groups you are involved with or to insert into a society newsletter or magazine we would be happy to supply a quantity.  Please contact Sarah Frayne on 01494 783453. 

Cromford Cruise among AGM highlights

IWA's 58th Annual General Meeting takes place on Saturday 30th September at Aldercar High School, Langley Mill, Nottingham.  The day begins at 10am with volunteers talking about their grass roots campaigns in support of their local waterways and the AGM itself takes place at 11.30am. 

A tour around Langley Mill and a cruise along the Cromford Canal form the afternoon entertainment.  Pre-book your lunch and make your afternoon visit choice and you are good to go.

Reserve your spot at IWA's AGM now.


Mike Hannan

IWA is saddened to report the death of Mike Hannan, the Chairman of the IWA Kent and East Sussex Branch, who died on 31st July.  He was a hugely popular and effective Branch Chairman, garnering input and support for a wide variety of Branch activities and is much missed.

IWA Branch News

IWA Shrewsbury District & North Wales Branch

IWA Shrewsbury District & North Wales Branch was at Hurleston Locks at the start of the Llangollen Canal on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August to help boaters with their locking.  There was a great mix of boats – both hire and privately owned.  A total of 69 boats were helped through the locks and the sale of many books, cakes, jams and calendars boosted the Branch coffers. There were many dogs, a proud pair of swans with six large cygnets, many birds of prey, a kingfisher, a couple of ladies who completed their walk of the full length of the Llangollen Canal, a well decorated birthday boat and what looked like a pirate themed stag party.

shrewsburylockwindPhoto: Boats navigating Hurleston Locks with the help of IWA Shrewsbury & North Wales Branch

IWA Lichfield Branch

IWA Lichfield Branch members spent a warm and sunny day at Barton Turn on the Trent & Mersey Canal helping passing boaters through the lock.  The aim of the “Lock Wind” was to publicise the voluntary work of IWA, and in particular the local Branch, and to raise some funds to support local activities.

A team of experienced lock workers were kept very busy all morning by a steady stream of boats and, after a lunchtime lull, at a gentler pace in the afternoon.  Without exception, the boaters were grateful for the help with working the lock, and the winders were pleased to have chosen one where the paddles and gates were so well balanced and easy to operate.

The Branch set up a stall alongside the lock with information on IWA, various items for sale, and a display of home made cakes.  With such a tempting array of cakes on offer it did not take much persuasion and by mid-afternoon all had been sold, boosting the funds of the Branch towards supporting waterway projects. 

For all the lock workers, cake makers and helpers a barbeque was then put on using the local pub’s facilities alongside the canal, and with thanks to volunteers for supplying the meat, salads and puds, members were all filled to the brim and went home happy after a very successful day.
lichfieldlockwind1Photo by Margaret Beardsmore:  IWA Lichfield Branch members helping a narrow boat on its way along the Trent & Mersey Canal

lichfieldlockwind2Photo by Margaret Beardsmore: A well earned refreshment break for members of IWA Lichfield Branch

IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch

IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch with Trent & Mersey Canal Society have been continuing their work around  Lock 41 close to Red Bull,  Kidsgrove by  painting locks, managing vegetation and removing rubbish to improve and maintain the appearance of the area.  

In July all remaining work at and around Lock 41 was completed. This included bridge and railings just below the lock & cutting back vegetation to expose the Macclesfield / Trent & Mersey sign post. A second coat was also added to some of the work done in the previous month. This completes all the work in the Red Bull area.

The next work party during  August will have moved to Church Locks 47 & 48 adjacent to All Saints Church Lawton. Post code is ST7 3DD.  
cheshirelocks1Photo: The Macclesfield Canal signpost visible once more after vegetation has been cut back
cheshirelocks2Photo: The newly painted bridge just below Lock 41

IWA Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Branch

IWA Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Branch will be holding their annual assault on the bicycles, supermarket trollies and other sundry items in the Nottingham Canal on Sunday 3rd September. This year they will be starting at Meadow Lane Lock and working towards the city centre. The Branch will, as usual, have the use of the workboat 'Bollin' and its crew from CRT, who will also provide the necessary safety gear. All you need to bring is yourself, in suitable clothing and stout footwear (steel toecap boots if you have them and are comfortable in them).  Bring lunch if you are staying all day but you are welcome to just do part of the day if you wish. Tea and coffee is usually available from Bollin.

Not all jobs are hard physical work, there will be things to do for people of all abilities, so don't be put off, but come and help keep this part of the canal tidy both above and below the water.  The work party will be gathering at Meadow Lane Lock for 9.30am and will be finishing by 4pm.  It would be helpful if you could email the Branch to let them know you are coming.  notts1Photo:  There is nothing quite like messing about in boats - well mess in boats really!  IWA Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Branch's 2016 clean up

notts2Photo: A good job well done - IWA Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Branch with the results of their labour in 2016

IWA Lancashire and Cumbria Branch

On 29th July volunteers from IWA Lancashire and Cumbria Branch and Friends of Haslam Park met to have a joint Balsam Bash.  This event has been held at Haslam Park for several years and although there is plenty of Balsam to be seen it is making a difference and in a lot of places the natural wild flowers and plants are starting to recover.  The group worked near Savick Brook which leads into the canal and the hope is to reduce the number of seeds going into the canal.  The Balsam was left in piles to rot after breaking off the roots and tops. 

haslambalsamPhoto:  Himalayan Balsam in Haslam Park before the bash

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

Carpenters Road Lock Looking Promising!

CRT's boat Jena was spotted on Saturday 5th August having a trial run through Carpenters Road Lock ahead of the official opening at the East London Festival on Monday 28th August. 

jenacarpentersrdlockPhoto by Roger Squires:  Testing Carpenters Road Lock

Pea Soup on the Lancaster Canal

The recent weeks of sunshine are having an interesting side effect on the Lancaster Canal which is being invaded by a green carpet of weed.  CRT has begun the task of removing millions of pieces of floating duck weed from the water, which multiplies rapidly in the heat.  Last week the Trust cleared a mile-long section on the Lancaster Canal, between Hollinshead Fold Bridge and Ashton Basin.
While an individual piece of duck weed is no bigger than a ladybird, congregated together they can resemble a thick carpet across the canal. This accumulates litter, which can be problematic for the hundreds of boats and leisure craft on the water.  Over 70 tonnes of duck weed per week has been collected by the Trust’s teams across the waterways.
The Trust is asking people to get in touch via their website or social media channels with sightings of duck weed.  Diane Rollin, ecologist for CRT says: “Duck weed is really noticeable across our canals at the moment.  It’s been flourishing in the warmer weather and sunshine. The weed is not harmful to people, but dogs and other animals have been known to mistake it for grass and ended up in the water. Significantly, if left to thrive, it can cause problems for other aquatic wildlife by starving it of oxygen and sunlight, so please get in touch if you spot areas along your local river or canal that looks particularly bad.”
lancasterweedPhoto:  Duck weed on the Lancaster Canal before CRT clearance

Restoration of Stainton Aqueduct Moves a Step Closer

CRT has secured initial funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop plans to restore and reopen the Grade II listed Stainton Aqueduct on the Lancaster Canal near Sedgwick, in Cumbria.  HLF’s initial development funding award of £41,000 will enable the Trust to work alongside the Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership on a second stage application to be submitted in November. If successful, the bid will unlock £1.5m from Heritage Lottery Fund towards a total project value of £2.2m. 

The project will fund repairs to Stainton Aqueduct, which was badly damaged during storms Desmond and Eva in December 2015. It will also help to develop other key sites along the Lancaster Canal, such as Hincaster Tunnel and Sedgewick Aqueduct, and promote new educational and volunteering opportunities along the waterway as part of the Partnership’s Lancaster Canal Towpath Trail project.

The Grade ll listed Stainton Aqueduct was built in 1819 and carries the Lancaster Canal over Stainton Beck. Prior to the damage caused during extreme rainfall in the December 2015 storms, the aqueduct was in good condition. Emergency stabilisation works costing £250,000 were completed on-site by CRT in early 2016. However, these were not sufficient to
open up the public right of way through the aqueduct tunnel or to enable navigation over the aqueduct.
staintonPhoto:  Damage to Stainton Aqueduct

Victorian Waterway Journey Recreated

A Victorian gentleman's historic voyage to the South Coast on inland waterways has been commemorated by a flotilla of small boats on the River Wey.  Canoeists and kayakers followed the first part of J B Dashwood's trip to the Solent 150 years ago, on the River Wey, Wey & Arun Canal and the River Arun.  The commemoration - "Dashwood Day" on Saturday, July 8th - was organised jointly by the National Trust and the Wey & Arun Canal Trust.

The flotilla navigated from Thames Lock at Weybridge down to Gun's Mouth at Shalford, where the Wey & Arun Canal connects with the River Wey navigation.  Dashwood, his wife and their dog travelled south in a small yacht in July 1867, on their way to see a Royal Navy Spithead Review staged in honour of the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. They arrived in the English Channel after several days of adventures while being towed by horse down the canal through Surrey and West Sussex.

“Our congratulations to all who navigated the whole length from the Thames to the Wey & Arun on Dashwood Day,” said Wey & Arun Canal Trust chairman Sally Schupke. “We are very grateful to Richard and Vanessa Smith for setting up their refreshment stall at Coxes Lock Mill, which certainly helped the canoeists keep going.  The canal was formerly closed in 1871 but we are working hard to bring the entire waterway back to life so that boaters can again follow Dashwood's entire route," added Sally.

wactdashwoodPhoto: Two of the boaters setting out from Thames Lock on the Wey & Arun Trust's Dashwood Day voyage in vintage costume.

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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