IWA Bulletin April 2013

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HS2 Update

On 28th January the Government announced the route of phase 2 of the proposed HS2 rail line, covering links to Manchester and Leeds from north of Birmingham.  Phase 1 is the previously announced route from London to north of Birmingham, with links to the present West Coast Main Line in the Lichfield area.

IWA contributed to the consultation for phase 1, as did the then British Waterways (BW), and this resulted in a Service Level Agreement between HS2 Ltd and BW regarding the latter’s requirements at the points of crossing of navigable waterways.  Only one restoration was affected, the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals. Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust is working with the rail promoters, HS2 Ltd, to address concerns about a crossing of the canal at Cappers Lane, near Lichfield.  There are local concerns about the visual effect of a very high embankment that would be needed to cross existing transport corridors in the area. This in turn would affect a planned crossing near Woodend Lock on the Trent & Mersey Canal; however, this cannot be resolved until the embankment issue has been settled.

Phase 2 of the line crosses a number of existing waterways, which would be subject to the already agreed Service Level Agreement between BW (now CRT) and HS2 Ltd, and although there is not currently believed to be any loss of navigation, there will undoubtedly be an impact on the waterway environment at these points.

HS2 does, however, have the potential for a much more significant affect on waterway restoration schemes.  Going north from phase 1, these are the Ashby, the Chesterfield and the Barnsley canals.

In the case of the Ashby Canal, the new railway would cross the protected line of the canal east of Measham where it is planned to run parallel to the east side of the A42, which is to be re-aligned to the west from the point northwards from where the two transport corridors meet. This is a few hundred yards north of the canal crossing and the new railway would absorb the western part of the land that is scheduled for a housing development (scheduled to go for Outline Planning Approval this spring) that is to include the canal’s reinstatement along the former railway alignment just east of the A42 with a newly created arm that would use the former canal route to create a basin in the town centre.  

The Chesterfield Canal is the most significantly affected restoration project and the new railway would impact on the canal route in four separate locations. There are full details on Chesterfield Canal Trust's website, along with maps showing the proposed crossings.

The Barnsley Canal's proposed realignment in Cudworth would be crossed about 1/2 mile south of the Stairfoot Roundabout where it is proposed to use half of a former railway alignment for the canal.  Because the restored canal is planned to drop down a flight of locks, the new canal should still be possible if a bridge is provided, but would need some route adjustment for the Worsborough Branch, which is needed as a water supply.

To help create a common approach for the restoration concerns, IWA’s Restoration Committee has established a working group by all those involved in advance of the formal public consultation that is anticipated this summer.

IWA News

£1,000 Award to IWA Milton Keynes Branch
The Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation’s London Luton Airport Operation Fund has awarded £1,000 to IWA Milton Keynes Branch  The award is to be used to defray the Branch’s costs of mounting its bi-annual clean-up weekends covering over 20 miles of the Grand Union Canal all through Milton Keynes down to south of Leighton Buzzard.

IWA Milton Keynes Branch has been carrying out these canal clean-ups for 30 years. Each clean-up removes about 10 tons of rubbish dredged from the canal and litter picked from the towpath. The Branch operation is carried out currently in partnership with Canal & River Trust and sponsored by the Wyvern Shipping Co Ltd, but the Branch and individual members incur costs in providing grappling hooks, fuel for members’ boats and provisions over the weekends. Members’ boats tow a 70 foot and a 40 foot workboat (provided by CRT) staffed by the volunteers operating draglines from the rear of the large work boat.  They also use nets for floating rubbish. Other members’ boats carry out supplementary grappling and litter picking. The rubbish is piled into the workboats which are emptied by CRT after the end of the event.

Maureen Shaw Panel Unveiling – ‘Memories of a Boat Woman’

For many boaters, a trip through Wardle Lock on the Middlewich Arm of the Shropshire Union Canal was enhanced by meeting Maureen Shaw, a former working boat woman who was always pleased to chat and offer tips on boat handling.

When Maureen died in 2012, IWA Chester & District Branch fronted an Appeal for an interpretation panel which would commemorate the lives of the working boaters as well as celebrating Maureen’s life. The panel contains stories in Maureen’s own words about the routes they worked and the cargoes carried. From being a young girl and living with the Jinks family on a Thomas Clayton gas oil boat, driving the horse, to her marriage to Jack, the Captain of a Fellows, Morton & Clayton boat.

The unveiling of the panel took place on 23rd March on a bitterly cold day but despite the weather the event was extremely well attended. With an opening speech by Fiona Bruce, MP for Congleton and IWA’s current Parliamentarian of the Year, and an emotional unveiling by Sharron Underwood, Maureen’s daughter, the occasion went off without a hitch.

The panel was installed by one of CRT’s Small Task Team volunteer groups and many individuals and associations willingly donated to the Appeal which had been launched the previous June. The organisers would like to thank all those people who contributed and made this commemoration possible.

Boat Safety Scheme Certificates
After 31st March 2013, boat owners will no longer need to send off the blue copy of their Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) Certificate to navigation authorities.  This is because recording process has moved into a central online database system with direct input from Boat Safety Scheme examiners.  After a successful boat examination, the owner will get a copy of a new, receipt-style certificate, called a BSS Examination Report, to keep for their own records.  The change has been made possible because most navigation authorities, including IWA’s subsidiary company Essex Waterways Ltd, now have access to the BSS central database where they can check the boat’s certification details and expiry date.
The change allows BSS examiners to provide directly the new-look certificates either as electronic files, or printed on plain paper in black ink.  The new-look certificate, or BSS Examination Report, may include any failure notifications and advisory information, combined in one multi-page document.  Existing BSS Certificates will continue to remain valid until reaching the expiry date. Boat owners should continue to pass on the BSS certification information from their boat file to the new owner if the craft is sold on.  BSS examination data is already held on a central database and authorised BSS Examiners have been inputting in to this for over two years.  It holds only examination and boat data, no owner or personal information is included.  A guide to the new-look certificate is available on the BSS website.

Lottery Grant for Oxford Canal
On 28th March, the Heritage Lottery Fund announced a grant of £65,000 to a consortium of organisations, including IWA, to improve engagement with the people of Oxford in the city’s canal. Oxford City Canal Partnership is a consortium, including Canal & River Trust, Environment Agency, IWA, Oxford Civic Society, Oxford City Council and Jericho Living Heritage Trust. The Heritage Trust will handle the grant and employ a project officer to oversee the work, which includes recruiting a team of volunteers to research the heritage of the canal in Oxford, producing associated learning resources, providing training, recording oral histories, creating and installing interpretation panels, a series of downloadable audio trails, radio plays, a website and improvements to directional signage to the canal. 

IWA Oxfordshire Branch helps organise an annual Oxford Open Doors event one weekend each September in the City Centre, arranging canal-side exhibitions and operating three (free – but donations encouraged) trip boats along the canal to encourage people to give boating a try.  The boats are provided by local hire boat operators.  This year, the event takes place over 14th to 15th September.  

IWA is working through the City Canal Partnership to promote restoration of the former Canal Basin in the City, which was sold by the original Oxford Canal Company in 1937 to Lord Nuffield, who filled it in and built a college; the area is now used as a car park and awaiting redevelopment. Further information about the Lottery Grant is available on the Jericho Living Heritage Trust website.

IWA Stoke on Trent Branch Changes Name

At their AGM, members of IWA Stoke on Trent Branch endorsed a change of name for their branch to IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch.

The new name reflects the work branch volunteers do throughout North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, on the canals from Middlewich through to Stone and Sandon, and out to Bosley, Leek, Froghall and Uttoxeter.

Stoke-on-Trent with its proud waterways heritage remains at the heart of their area. The branch works and campaign for the Caldon, Trent & Mersey and Macclesfield canals as well as the restoration of the derelict Burslem Branch and Uttoxeter Canals.


IWA Branch and Region Magazines

The following IWA region and branch magazines have been added to the website since the last edition of the Bulletin:

IWA - Waterways Magazine - Spring 2013

The following IWA region and branch magazines have also been added in recent weeks:

East Midlands - Aegre - March 2013

Shrewsbury Branch - Shroppie Fly Paper - Spring 2013

IWA Work Parties

IWA Chester & District Branch Canal Clean-up

Volunteers from the IWA Chester & District Branch, Sutton 1st Scouts and Cubs,  the Ellesmere Port U3A group and a local dog walker – supported by the Canal & River Trust - landed a huge haul of debris and litter during their Canal Clean-up on Saturday, 16th March.

The aim was to make the canal corridor from The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port up to Bridge 140 (A5117) a cleaner and more pleasant place for the many visitors to the area.  

With over 40 bags of rubbish including soft furnishings, cushions, a very old wallet, a rusty bicycle, 4 car tyres and a 30 inch bakelite TV – the yield was very worthwhile.

Further clean-ups may be organised during the year. 

IWA Lichfield Branch Community Volunteer Litter Pick and Tree Planting

On Sunday 17th March, seventeen volunteers from Rugeley held a canal ‘Spring Clean’.  21 bags of litter were collected, graffiti removed from a canal bridge, and 420 tree saplings planted to make a hedge.

This Spring Clean was a joint event between IWA Lichfield Branch, Rugeley Lions and Canal & River Trust.  All the volunteers were local to Rugeley, including families who brought their children along for the morning.

IWA Avon and Wiltshire Branch Help With River Bank Clean Up
Bath & North East Somerset Council organised their annual river bank clean up along the River Avon between Newbridge and Green Park in Bath, on 7th March.

Volunteers from IWA Avon and Wiltshire Branch joined with students from The City of Bath College and members of the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust to help collect rubbish of all descriptions from the towpath and surrounding area using tools and bags supplied by the Council. 

The volunteers carried out a detailed litter pick. Foliage overhanging the path was also cut back, which was much appreciated by passing cyclists.

IWA Warwickshire branch Pathway Widening
IWA Warwickshire branch members spent five days in the last month widening the path on the offside of the legendary 'Stairway to Heaven'. Over the years, the offside of Hatton locks has gradually become overgrown with brambles and hawthorn bushes, making it impenetrable to boaters working the locks. In 2012, the offside canal bank between Ugly and Middle bridges was cleared by branch members. This March, armed with hedge trimmers supplied and supported by the Canal & River Trust, the team of IWA volunteers cleared the vegetation and rubbish blocking the route and extended the previous pathway further down the flight.

A total width of two metres over a length of two thirds of a mile has been cleared so that encroachment by brambles can be limited and controlled by regular strimming (photo by Greta Russell).

Grand Union Canal clean-up in Snow and Biting Wind through Milton Keynes

IWA Milton Keynes Branch, working in partnership with the Canal & River Trust and sponsored by the Wyvern Shipping Co Ltd completed their Spring canal clean-up over the weekend 22nd to 24th March despite wind and snow. 34 volunteers, some for all of the three day event, battled through the elements to clean-up 10 miles of the Grand Union Canal from Fenny Stratford to Wolverton.  Lionhearts Cruising Club generously provided hot lunch at their Clubhouse on the Saturday.
The clean-up removed about 10 tons of rubbish from the canal and adjacent towpath and banks. Among the usual wide variety of items dredged from the canal were 20 supermarket shopping trolleys;27 bicycles; assorted traffic cones and road signs; a huge tractor tyre; mattresses, carpets and mowers; garden tools and domestic white goods; and severed tree branches and debris. 24 black plastic sacks were filled with litter from the towpath and offside banks.
IWA members’ boats towed the 70 foot hopper and a 40ft pan (workboats supplied by CRT) into which the rubbish was placed. The dredged rubbish was obtained by operating eight-strong grappling hooks from the hopper and more by other volunteers from the bank. C&RT supplied a crewed dredger to follow the dredging and give very necessary assistance in retrieving the heaviest items.
IWA MK Branch members and other volunteers contributed 335 volunteer person hours over the weekend. CRT volunteer leaders, John Highmore and Miriam Tedder as well as their dredger crew, Paul Swaby and Ian Tyler were valued additional contributors to this effort. The clean-up weekend had been organised by IWA Milton Keynes Committee member David Stuart-King, who also towed the hopper from his narrow boat Jappa. The owners of the plying fuel boat Towcester made a donation to MK IWA Branch funds in thanks for keeping the canal clean.

IWA Volunteering Opportunities

Festivals Schools Initiative Volunteer

IWA Festivals require the services of a dedicated education professional - retired head teachers have done well in the past - to spearhead the Schools Initiative that runs in the background during Festival activity in an area. This needs knowledge of how to approach schools in the right time-scale to be able to encourage teachers to run waterway related activities in the curriculum for the following year.

IWA Branch Volunteer Vacancies:

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

Other News

Aylesbury Arm Lock Subsidence
On 28th March, the towpath side of the lock chamber at lock 12 on the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal subsided into the lock. The whole of the lock chamber wall remains in-tact, but has buckled into the lock chamber by about 3 feet, leaving the lock impassable.  Canal & River Trust has closed the canal from locks 11 to lock 13 until further notice. 

The chamber wall will need to be rebuilt, and so a lengthy stoppage is likely. Boats based in Aylesbury Canal Basin are trapped by the stoppage, and so a crane lift out may need to be organised.

View more photos of the Aylesbury Arm subsidence.

Basingstoke Canal Reopened
True to their word, and despite some unhelpful weather, the Basingstoke Canal Authority achieved re-opening of all the locks in time for Easter. Unfortunately at Dogmersfield, just east of Odiham, a landslip on 25th March means that the westernmost couple of miles of the restored canal remain isolated for the time being.
The planned gathering of boats to cruise the length of the canal was slightly smaller than expected owing to strong flow on the Thames, which prevented some intended participant boats from getting any nearer to the canal than Brentford. Fifteen boats completed the full cruise along the length of the canal, to celebrate the re-opening for the first time in five years. Following the substantial investment from Surrey and Hampshire County Councils, with more money to follow (a total of £4 million is being spent), the Basingstoke Canal is now is the best shape it has been for many years.  This follows sustained lobbying and volunteer work parties by Basingstoke (formerly Surrey & Hants) Canal Society, IWA , WRG volunteers, and local boat clubs. The Easter flotilla of boats was led by Kathryn Dodington, Commodore of Byfleet Boat Club, IWA and Basingstoke Canal Society member. The canal remains open whilst water supplies last, and it is incumbent of boaters to show the Councils that their investment has been worthwhile by paying a visit. Further work is being undertaken at Deepcut Flight, and after the Easter holidays this will not fully reopen until 22nd April.  (Photo by Martin Leech).

View more photos of the Basingstoke Canal reopening Easter cruise 2013

Bow Back Rivers
Canal & River Trust’s application for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant for funds to restore Carpenters Road Lock on the Bow Back Rivers, and for associated heritage work around the Bow Back Rivers, has been turned down by the Lottery Fund.  The Grant Officer advised that the project met all of the criteria and was sent to the Fund’s determining committee with a recommendation for approval.  However, during this funding award period, submissions of over £9m were entered for which there was only £3m available, and which has gone on just three projects.  Whilst this news is disappointing, it is encouraging that HLF recognised the unique design of Carpenter’s Road Lock and the importance of highlighting the industrial and waterways heritage of the newly created Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  CRT is therefore discussing its next steps with HLF with a view to a possible re-submission later this year.  The bid has the strong support of IWA.

Blisworth Tunnel Field Shelter

Blisworth Canal Partnership is in the process of transforming the disused, graffiti strewn brick hut by the north portal of the Blisworth Tunnel into a Field Shelter. This is a community project involving village volunteers adding drainage pipes, cleaning and re-pointing the exterior brickwork, mending the roof and painting the walls in readiness for the local Art group to turn it into a temporary studio. The group plans to create a ‘Through the seasons’ Blisworth canal scene around the walls, mounted on Art boards. Benches and tables will be added and then the building will be able to be used by local community groups.

On 16th March the building was made secure with the addition of some stunning steel gates made by Blacksmith Bob Nightingale who works out of the Old Tug Store in Stoke Bruerne. South Northants District Councillor, Stephen Clarke helmed his own workboat Greenock through the tunnel with lots of ‘muscle’ on board for the lifting work. The gates were brought back to Blisworth and hung in place in front of quite a crowd, the hut project having really engaged the villagers.

All of the work is being financed by Blisworth Canal Partnership from the surplus made at its annual Canal Festival. South Northants Council also awarded us a capital grant towards the cost of the gates.

IWA Member Discounts and Special Offers

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

  • Boatshed Grand Union - 10% discount on brokerage
  • 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
  • River Canal Rescue - up to 15% discount
  • RoadPro - 5% discount
  • UK Boat Hire - 15% discount
  • UltimateBerths.com - Free Listing
  • Willowbridge Marina - 10% discount on chandlery purchases and services in the yard
  • Worcester Marine Windows Ltd - 5% discount
  • Zead - Free postage and accessories

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 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 NarrowBoat 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

Waterway Events

BCN-ish Cleanup 2013

Why not join IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group on the 'BCN-ish' cleanup, held over 13th and 14th April?

WRG’s annual weekend of throwing grappling hooks into the Birmingham Canal Navigations, pulling out bikes, trolleys and what-ever junk we can retrieve is not actually on the BCN this year... but fear not, it's still happening - it's just a couple of miles away on the Stourbridge Canal.

WRG plans to clear two lengths of the canal - one section on the Stourbridge Main Line above the 16 Locks; and the other on the Fens Branch which leads to a nature reserve. The cleanup is a joint effort between WRG, local IWA branches, the BCN Society and other local canal groups, and Canal & River Trust. In past years we've found a coffin, a toilet, a sword, vacuum cleaner, kitchen sink, sixteen shopping trolleys all still locked together ... what will we find this time?!

Uttoxeter Canal, Jackson's Wood Lock Special Train - Saturday 6th April

Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust (CUCT) invite you to visit Staffordshire to take an extraordinary railway journey, following the route of the derelict Uttoxeter Canal from Froghall to Jackson’s Wood. Travel by special DMU train (diesel multiple unit) to see the initial works undertaken by Waterway Recovery Group to locate the remains of Jackson’s Wood Lock and to conserve the adjacent railway bridge. 
The Jackson’s Wood “Express” Uttoxeter Canal train departs at 3pm from Kingsley & Froghall Station of the Churnet Valley Railway, bound for Oakamoor sidings. There will be an opportunity to alight and walk from the railway track to view the remains of the lock.
Buy your ticket for this special train only via the CUCT website
Whilst this date is not a public operating day on the Churnet Valley Railway, Kingsley & Froghall Station café will be open on Saturday 6th April from 10.00am until 4.30pm.

Pirates of the Calder & Hebble
South Pennine Boat Club, based in Mirfield, is staging a 'Pirate Rally & Open Day' where local people and visitors can enjoy an afternoon of family fun and entertainment.
The Rally takes place on Saturday 4th May, from 11am until 5pm, and will include events aimed at both children and adults.
There will be a children's competition for the best dressed pirate and the opportunity to have a photo taken with Captain Jack himself in the shape of 'Jack Sparrow' look-alike Matty Parkinson.
Colonel Custard, a firm kiddies' favourite, a pirate ship bouncy castle, duck race, treasure hunt and a children's play tent will keep little pirate 'sprogs' entertained for the whole afternoon.
'Landlubbers' will have the chance to view the inside of a narrowboat which are still based on the designs of the working boats of the past. There's even a chance to get afloat as the Calder Navigation Society will be offering boat trips along the canal during the event.
There's live music and entertainment too. A programme of impromptu performances will include,  Lime Scurvy, Yorkshire's favourite sea-shanty singers, renowned folk singers, Mic & Susie Darling and some surprise performers. Whilst a special all-male dance team, made up of Club 'scallywags' will perform a one-off sword-dance using Calder and Hebble spikes - the tool unique, to this area, used to operate local lock paddles.
Pirate 'grub' will be available from a sizzling barbecue, refreshment stalls and  a tea room. A real-ale bar, supported by CAMRA, will provide a plentiful supply of 'grog'.
And all this for not one 'doubloon', the whole afternoon of old fashioned entertainment is FREE.

Chesterfield Canal Festival Sponsorship Boost

Derbyshire County Council is sponsoring the Chesterfield Canal Festival staged at the new £600,000 Staveley Basin.

The festival, organised by the Chesterfield Canal Trust, will take place on June 29th and 30th 2013.

A £2,500 sponsorship package for the Chesterfield Canal Festival has been agreed through Markham Vale's public arts initiative funding.

Last year, DCC sponsored the arts section of the festival.

Major IWA Festivals and Boat Rallies

IWA Canalway Cavalcade - Little Venice, London 4th - 6th May
IWA National Trailboat Festival - Bodiam Castle, East Sussex 25th - 27th May
IWA National Festival - Cassiobury Park, Watford, Hertfordshire  19th - 21st July

Other Festivals and Boat Rallies
Northampton Branch Boat Gathering 3rd - 6th May
St. Richards Festival 3rd - 6th May
IWA Canalway Cavalcade 2013 - Festival of London Waterways 4th - 6th May
Norbury Canal Festival 4th - 6th May
Rickmansworth Festival - Festival of London Waterways 18th - 19th May
Moira Canal Festival 18th - 19th May
Erewash Canal Boat Gathering 24th - 27th May
IWA Trailboat Festival 2013 - Bodiam Castle 25th - 27th May
BCN 24 Hour Challenge 25th - 26th May
Crick Boat Show 25th - 27th May
Etruria Canals Festival 1st - 2nd June
Leicester Riverside Festival 1st - 2nd June
Beale Park Boat Show 7th - 9th June
BCN Explorer Cruise A 7th - 14th June
BCNS Pelsall Canal Festival 14th - 16th June
Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival 14th - 16th June
BCN Explorer Cruise B 17th - 24th June
Lymm Historic Transport Day 20th - 23rd June
Newbury Waterways Festival 21st - 23rd June
Thwaite Mills Boat Gathering 28th - 30th June
Chesterfield Canal Festival 29th - 30th June
Ware Boat Festival 2013 - Festival of London Waterways 5th - 7th July
Stratford River Festival 5th - 7th July
Evesham Festival 12th - 13th July
IWA National Festival - Festival of London Waterways 19th - 21st July
Pershore Town River Festival 20th - 21st July
Preston Riversway Festival 20th - 21st July
Outdoor Leisure Show 24th - 26th August
Angel Canal Festival - Festival of London Waterways 1st September
Slough Canal Festival - Festival of London Waterways 7th - 8th September
Mayor's River Thames Festival 14th - 15th September
Whitchurch Gathering of Boats 21st - 22nd September

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 and 2013 waterway events. You can also search by event type or find out what's going in on your area with the map search.

Upcoming Volunteer/Clean-up Events

3rd April Work Party - Shropshire Union Canal & Weaver Navigation (CRT, IWA & SUCS)
5th April Work Party - Montgomery and Llangollen Canal  (CRT, IWA, SUCS & FOMC)
6th April Litter Pick - Leeds & Liverpool Canal (IWA North Lancs & Cumbria Branch)
7th April Canal Clean Up - Sheffield (IWA South Yorkshire & Dukeries Branch)
10th April Work Party - Southern Shropshire Union Canal  (CRT, IWA and SUCS)
13th April Work Party - Tardebigge Lime Kilns (WBDCS & IWA Birmingham Branch)
13th - 14th April BCN Cleanup 2013 (WRG)
14th April Bugsworth Basin Work Party (IWPS)
16th April Towpath Taskforce - Widewater Lock, West London (CRT)
16th April Work Party - Cheshire Locks, Trent & Mersey Canal (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
17th April Work Party - Shropshire Union Canal and Weaver Navigation (CRT, IWA and SUCS)
18th April Towpath Taskforce - Burnt Mill Lock, Harlow (CRT)
18th April Work Party - Lapworth (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
19th April Work Party - Montgomery and Llangollen Canal (CRT, IWA & SUCS)
20th April Work Party - Lapworth (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
20th - 21st April Work Party - Little Venice (CRT & IWA London Region)
21st April Bugsworth Basin Work Party (IWPS)
24th April Work Party - Southern Shropshire Union Canal (CRT, IWA and SUCS)
27th April Work Party - Greater Manchester (IWA Manchester Branch)
27th - 28th April Chichester Ship Canal (WRG BITM)
28th April Westbridge Arm - Northampton Cleanup (IWA Northampton Branch)

To advertise your restoration/cleanup events in the bulletin please add details to IWA's events calendar

Upcoming Towpath Walks

4th April Alrewas & Fradley Walk (IWA Lichfield Branch)
7th April London Towpath Walk (IWA London Region)
13th April Mon and Brec (Friends of Leominster Canal)
21st April London Towpath Walk (IWA London Region)
23rd April Canal & History Walk at the Wey & Arun Canal (Wey & Arun Canal Trust)

To advertise your towpath walks in the Bulletin, please add details to IWA's events calendar


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