IWA Bulletin April 2012

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Commercial Road Olympic Lock Lobby Brings Results

British Waterways has announced that it has reached agreement with the security services about Commercial Road Lock. As a result of the many representations made, particularly by IWA and St Pancras Cruising Club, the lock will be open for booked traffic for two hours each day during the Olympics period.

The opening hours will be flexible to allow for boaters who wish to transit through the Olympic Control zone, or out onto the Thames, to make the passage in the shortest possible time.

British Waterways expects to announce the arrangements for booking passage through London during the Olympics period by Easter.

Paul Strudwick, IWA London Region Chairman, said “This is great news for all boaters who use the waterways in London. IWA and St Pancras Cruising Club have vigorously campaigned to achieve the opening of this lock during the Olympics. It will allow boaters wishing to travel to and from the River Lee safely without being forced to use the tidal River Thames”.

IWA has offered to assist in operating the lock. Anyone interested in volunteering to help-out should contact Paul Strudwick, London Region Chairman, by emailing paul.strudwick@waterways.org.uk or call on 07885 240291


IWA News

Red Diesel Update

HM Revenue & Customs has issued advice to boaters and is consulting on changes to legislation concerning the use of red diesel on the continent. The issue follows actions taken by Belgian customs who have decided to take action against any visiting vessels found with marked red diesel in their fuel tanks.

The draft amendment, published by HMRC on 20 February 2012 for consultation, does not propose to extend the territorial scope of the 1979 Act and would therefore still neither prohibit nor authorise the use of marked red diesel for propelling private pleasure craft outside UK territorial waters.
However, other coastal states may apply their own legislation to vessels navigating in their own territorial waters.

So far, Belgium appears to be the only country in which fines may be imposed on boaters where red diesel is detected in a boat's fuel tank used for propulsion irrespective as to whether the correct level of duty has been paid or not.

IWA has been involved in detailed discussions with HMRC along with British Marine Federation and RYA on this matter. There is to be no change to arrangements for the use of red diesel on inland waters in the UK provided the correct amount of duty has been paid. 


news_mkcleanup2012_150oxIWA Milton Keynes Branch Grand Union Canal Clean-Up

The 10-mile clean-up of the Grand Union Canal through Milton Keynes, carried out on 23rd to 25th March by IWA's Milton Keynes Branch, found somewhat less thrown-in rubbish compared to previous clean-ups. The clean-up in partnership with British Waterways and sponsored by Wyvern Shipping Co Ltd still collected over 10 tons of debris in and by the canal, but it was apparent that MK residents have become more aware of the need to look after their canal.

The volunteer members of IWA MK Branch were joined by other local volunteers as well as the Leighton Buzzard and Linslade Scout Troops. Forty people in total were involved in the operation. IWA members used their boats to tow 70-foot and 40-foot work boats supplied by BW. The volunteers dragged multiple grappling hooks from the work boats as well as loading all the rubbish collected by bankside grapplers and litter collectors.


thermometermen150pxInglesham Lock Restoration Appeal

The Inglesham Lock Restoration Appeal, which will help both the Cotswolds and Wilts & Berks canals restoration schemes is progressing apace and IWA is looking for further donations to help finalise the fundraising.

Three further week-long WRG Canal Camps together with weekend digs are planned for this year.  If you are interested in volunteering this summer to help restore the lock please visit the WRG website for more information.

IWA aims to provide a new landing stage, restore the lock chamber with the facility to deliver back pumping and clear the cut above the lock whilst also ensuring that the balance of the work can be completed to have the lock operational as quickly as possible .

Please send a cheque made out to 'IWA' to: IWA Inglesham Appeal, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1WA or donate online

Donations totalling £82,698 have now been pledged towards the Inglesham Lock Appeal, but the aim is to get the total a little higher by the end of April, when the appeal will close to personal donations, so that we can reach the £125,000 target with grants that are being applied for.

See the photo gallery of restoration work undertaken so far.


IWA Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer to Help Out at Commercial Road During the Olympics

See article above - contact Paul Strudwick, London Region Chairman (paul.strudwick@waterways.org.uk or 07885 240291)


IWA Events Volunteering

Find out about volunteering opportunities at IWA's 2012 events www.waterways.org.uk/support_us/volunteer/event_volunteers


IWA Branch and Region Help Wanted

Have a look at a list of volunteer opportunities within local IWA committees. here is a full list of volunteer opportunities within IWA branches at: www.waterways.org.uk/about/vacancies/vacancies


Other News

The Prince of Wales to Become Patron of the Canal & River Trust

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, a long-time supporter of the waterways, will become the first Patron of the new Canal & River Trust. The news was announced at the first meeting of the Trust’s Council in Birmingham on 28th March, where members confirmed the appointment of the charity’s founding trustees.


Canal & River Trust Recruiting for Regional Waterway Partnerships

The Canal & River Trust is now recruiting members for five of its proposed thirteen Waterways Partnerships: North East, Central Shires, East Midlands, London and South East.

Each Partnership will consist of eight to twelve members. Members will work closely with their chair and waterway manager to develop an overarching vision for the Trust’s waterways within each Partnership area and develop strategies and plans to encourage more people to use and get involved with their local waterway.

The roles are voluntary with expenses paid and will involve a commitment of approximately two to four days each month.

For more information and to apply, please see the Waterscape website.


Setting up the Canal & River Trust

More details about the legalities and logistics of setting up the Canal & River Trust have been published on the Waterscape website.

The principal legal instruments involved in the transaction are:

Transfer Order
Transfer Scheme
Trust Settlement
Grant Funding Agreement
Canal & River Trust Articles of Association
Charitable Registration

All of these instruments are inter-related with multiple dependencies. Accordingly their completion has to be carefully choreographed so they come together at the same time. This is usual for a major corporate transaction.

For detailed information please see the full article on the Waterscape website


jubilee_winner150pxBlue Peter Jubilee Competition Winner to Cruise to Weaver Rally

Katherine Dewar, aged 10, from Chester, was chosen from 35,000 entries in a nationwide competition run by BBC children's programme Blue Peter, to design the Queen's official 2012 Diamond Jubilee emblem.

The design will appear on everything from posters to commemorative tea cups.

Katherine and her younger sister Eleanor together with her parents are joining guests at the Anderton Boat Lift on Saturday 23rd June to be part of the VIP Reception, before cruising to the Northwich River Weaver Festival which will be opened by HM Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire.  The event is organised by IWA's Chester & District Branch along with the River Weaver Society.

Commemorative mugs featuring the design are being transported by working boat from the Etruria Festival (2nd – 3rd June), stopping at the Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival (15th – 17th June) and culminating at the River Weaver Festival in Northwich (22nd -24th June). This trip has been titled the 'Jubilee Run' which is part of the Join-Us-In-June celebrations.


Kennet & Avon Canal Restrictions

British Waterways has advised that due to the limited water availability on the Kennet & Avon Canal, navigation has been restricted from 30th March until further notice.

After Easter, In order to allow pound levels to recover overnight, navigation will be restricted in the evening and overnight. This restriction will apply to the whole of the waterway between Bath (Lock 7) and a point east of Kintbury (Copse Lock, Lock 80). The locks will not be chained but BW requests that users of the canal observe the restriction.

There are a number of steps that boaters can take, including sharing locks and ensuring that paddles and gates are closed as directed.

Enquiries: 01380 722859

More stoppages on this waterway (Waterscape website)

All stoppages (Waterscape website)

Links to British Waterways water supply pages (IWA website)


Restoration of Lancaster's Lune Aqueduct Completed

The £2.4m restoration of a 200-year-old Lancashire aqueduct has been completed.

Work to repair the Lune Aqueduct, which carries the Lancaster Canal over the River Lune at Lancaster, began in January 2011. The work has involved restoring the canal channel, removing graffiti, masonry repairs and improving public access.

The work was funded by British Waterways, Lancaster Canal Trust, English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Designed by John Rennie and constructed by Alexander Stevens, the aqueduct consists of five stone arches supporting a 600ft (183m) stone trough. The aqueduct took three years to build and was completed in 1797.

Successful Bridge Lift Over River Nene and Northampton Arm

Engineers have successfully lifted into place a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Nene and Northampton Arm of the Grand Union Canal on behalf of Northampton Borough Council. The bridge spans both the canal and the river with piled foundations in place on a small strip of land between the two.

A 500-tonne mobile crane was used to lift the 86 metre long, 79 tonne, three span steel, bridge into place.

Read full article on engineering firm Balfour Beatty's website


Cotswold Canals Concrete Channel Project

The £2 million Capels Mill project, which will see a new concrete canal channel built as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded phase 1a Cotswold Canals restoration, begins in April.   The work represents one of the largest engineering challenges so far on the Cotswold Canals where 37 miles of waterways between the rivers Severn and Thames are being restored.

The 330-metre length of canal will hug the contour of the land below the Rodborough side of Dr Newton's Way.  Trees and other vegetation have already been cleared from the land by volunteers.

The work is funded with part of the £11.9 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant for the re-opening of the waterway between The Ocean at Stonehouse and Brimscombe Port.  Once work starts in April it should be completed early next year.


The One Show Features Zander and Crayfish Menace

Zander and crayfish are invasive species which have been deemed a menace to UK waterways. Watch a feature about them on The One Show (forward 24mins 40secs in).


Monmouthshire, Brecon & Abergavenny Canals on Countryfile

The Monmouthshire, Brecon & Abergavenny Canals are due to feature on BBC's Countryfile on Sunday 8th April. For more information please see the BBC website


IWA Member Discounts and Special Offers

The following special offers are now available exclusively for IWA members:

  • Channel Glaze - 10% discount on double glazing for boats
  • Cotswold Outdoor - 10% discount
  • Europcar - Special hire rates to IWA members
  • Guildford Boat House - 20% discount
  • Grand Union Diesel Services - 5% discount
  • Lee Sanitation Ltd. - 10% on orders over £100
  • Midland Chandlers - 5% discount
  • Narrowboat Services - 10% discount
  • RoadPro - 5% discount
  • UK Boat Hire - 15% discount on 2012 holidays
  • UltimateBerths.com - Free Listing
  • Willowbridge Marina - 10% discount on chandlery purchases and services in the yard
  • Worcester Marine Windows Ltd - 5% discount

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 www.waterways.org.uk/support_us/members_area/member_discounts_special_offers_public

For IWA members that receive a hard copy of this bulletin in the post, please contact the membership team on 01494 783453 for the details of the offers.


2012 Waterway Events

mark_horton150pxMark Horton TV Archaeologist to Open Stroud on Water Festival

2nd – 4th June 2012

Mark Horton, well known for his appearances on Coast and other TV programmes, is to open Cotswolds Canals Trust's Stroud on Water Festival in June.  The event is also IWA's National Trailboat Festival for 2012.

To be held over the Jubilee weekend 2nd to 4th June, Stroud District Council has made the festival its official Jubilee event and is sponsoring a firework display on the evening of 4th June. The fireworks will be set to music such as Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and the National Anthem.

The festival celebrates the opening of the first 4km stretch of canal through Stroud and incorporates the IWA National Trailboat Rally, which held at a different location each year. The festival is sited at Marling School. Entertainment will run from 12noon until late each day and live music includes Emmet Brown, Willie and the Bandits and Meet on the Ledge.

Family entertainment includes a climbing wall, play bus, children’s crafts as well as a fantastic fairground. There will also be a real ale bar, Pimms bar, Jubilee teas and other catering facilities. Trip boats will available to give the first rides on the canal.

For further information contact Martin Turner on 01291650605 or 07860521876 or visit the Stroud on Water website

If you would like to join the Festival Volunteer Team please register your interest via the Volunteer website or contact Alan Watts, Festival Volunteers Manager at alan.watts@waterways.org.uk


Wey & Arun Canal Trust's Annual Sponsored Walk “The Poddle”

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust’s 40th annual sponsored walk takes place on Sunday, 10th June.

The organisers plan a different route each year and always try to include a part of the canal route which runs through some of the most attractive parts of the Surrey and Sussex countryside.

The Poddle's route this year will start and finish at the newly refurbished North Hall in Loxwood, West Sussex. The route winds through Ifold before joining the canal just north of Southland Lock. Here walkers will have a chance to see the progress of the Trust's latest major rebuilding effort.  From Southland the route follows the towpath to the restored Devil's Hole Lock. The whole walk is slightly over 14 miles.

If you would like to join the walk and raise money towards the restoration of the Wey & Arun Canal, please telephone 01403 752403 or email office@weyandarun.co.uk.

A sponsorship form is available for download from the Wey & Arun Canal Trust's website.


Some dates for your diary in 2012:

Waterways Festival and Giant Boat Jumble - Gloucestershire 1st April
South Kyme Festival - Lincolnshire 4th - 7th May
Northampton Boat Gathering - Northamptonshire 4th - 7th May
IWA Canalway Cavalcade 2012 - London 5th - 7th May
BCN Society Summer Rally - West Midlands 18th - 20th May
Rickmansworth Festival - Hertfordshire 19th - 20th May
Moira Canal Festival - Leicestershire 19th - 20th May
The Broads Green Boat & Tourism Show - Norfolk 20th May
Jubilee Canal Festival at Etruria - West Midlands 2nd - 3rd June
IWA National Trailboat Festival 2012, Stroud - Gloucestershire 2nd - 4th June
Canalside Jubilee - Surrey 2nd - 4th June
Crick Boat Show - Northamptonshire 2nd - 5th June
Shrewsbury River Festival - Shropshire 3rd June
Stoke Bruerne Museum Gala Weekend - Northamptonshire 8th - 10th June
Stafford Boat Club Gathering - Staffordshire 8th - 10th June
Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival - Cheshire 15th - 17th June
Droitwich Boat Gathering - Worcestershire 22nd - 25th June
Northwich River Weaver Festival - Cheshire 23rd - 24th June
Stratford River Festival - Warwickshire 29th June - 1st July
Leeds Waterfront Festival 2012 - West Yorkshire 30th June - 1st July
Chesterfield Canal Festival - Derbyshire 30th June - 1st July
IWA Thwaite Mills Boat Gathering 2012 - West Yorkshire 30th June - 1st July
Selly Oak Park Festival, Boat Gathering - West Midlands 30th June - 1st July
Foxton Locks Festival - Leicestershire 30th June - 1st July
Evesham River Festival - Worcestershire 6th - 8th July
Wheel 10 - Falkirk Wheel Boat Rally - Falkirk 6th - 8th July
Ware Boat Festival - Hertfordshire 6th - 8th July
Regents Canal Festival - London 13th - 15th July
Pershore Town River Festival - Worcestershire 14th - 15th July
Newbury Waterways Festival - West Berkshire 20th - 22nd July
Blisworth Canal Festival - Northamptonshire 11th - 12th August
IWA Campaign Festival 2012, Preston - Lancashire 25th - 27th August
Red Hill Marina and Tuggyland Boat Show - Nottinghamshire 25th - 27th August
Shackerstone Family Festival - Leicestershire 1st - 2nd September
Ellesmere Boat Rally - Shropshire 7th - 9th September
Slough Canal Festival - Berkshire 8th - 9th September
Whitchurch Gathering of Boats - Shropshire 15th - 16th September
RNLI Rally - Surrey 22nd - 23rd September
Village at War Weekend - Northamptonshire 28th - 30th September
BCN Society Bonfire Rally - West Midlands 4th - 5th November

Have you got a waterway event or activity to promote? - Anyone can add details of a waterways event or activity to this area on the website. You don’t even need to register with the website or provide any sort of password. Simply use the upload event form.

See IWA's Events Calendar for 2012 waterway events. You can also search by event type or find out what's going in on your area with the map search.


Upcoming Restoration/Clean-up Events

17th April Towpath Tidy - Little Venice (British Waterways)
Details: Help brighten up Little Venice by painting the edge of the towpath ready for the Cavalcade Boat Festival.
Contact: Rebecca.Williams@britishwaterways.co.uk

20th - 22nd April BCN Cleanup (Waterway Recovery Group)
Details: From Walsall Junction: up the locks towards Bloxwich, along the level towards Birmingham, and down the arm into Walsall Town Basin.
Contact: enquiries@wrg.org.uk

21st April Towpath Tidy - Little Venice (British Waterways)
Details: Help brighten up Little Venice by painting the edge of the towpath ready for the Cavalcade Boat Festival.
Contact: Rebecca.Williams@britishwaterways.co.uk

21st - 22nd April Wendover Arm (WRG BITM)
Details: Lining the canal bed using Bentomat. Working between Drayton Beauchamp and Little Tring. Accommodation at Ivinghoe Aston.
Contact: dave.wedd@wrgbitm.org.uk

29th April Westbridge Arm Clean-up (IWA Northampton Branch)
Details: Annual clean-up of the Westbridge Arm Northampton ready for the boat gathering 4th - 7th May.
Contact: tony.clarke@waterways.org.uk

To advertise your restoration/cleanup events in the bulletin please add details to IWA's events calendar http://www.waterways.org.uk/iwa_calendar/


Upcoming Towpath Walks

8th April Bow Back Rivers, London (London Walks)
Route Bow Back Rivers & 2012 Games London. Meet at Bromley–by-Bow Station. Cost £8 Concessionary and student rate £6.
Peter Finch: 020 8969 9941, sailor1057@aol.com

15th April Stroud and Brimscombe Port (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
Details: A walk of about 3 miles beside the Stroudwater Navigation from the Cotswold Canals Trust Visitor Centre, Stroud to Brimscombe Port. David Jowett (editor of Trow magazine) will be present to give plenty of information.
Contact: info.warwickshire@waterways.org.uk

15th April Regent's Canal (London Walks)
Details: Regent's Canal, Kings Cross to Hitchcock’s Hackney. Meeting Point, Kings Cross Station (taxi rank). Cost, £8 Concessionary and student rate £6.
Contact: Peter Finch: 020 8969 9941, sailor1057@aol.com

26th April Bridgewater Canal (IWA Chester & District Branch)
Details: The walk alongside the canal provides distant views before turning uphill on a narrow lane. From the top of the hill, more level walking with open aspects
takes us back to the pub after a walk of 3.5 miles.
Contact: jforkin@o2.co.uk

To advertise your towpath walks inthe bulletin please add details to IWA's events calendar http://www.waterways.org.uk/iwa_calendar/


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