The latest edition of IWA's Waterways magazine was posted out to members this week - an electronic version will be available on the website shortly. Included with Waterways, is IWA's Annual Review for 2011/2012 - an electronic copy is available to download. This includes a summary of the Association's accounts for 2011. The full Annual Report and Financial Statements for the Association are also available in electronic format to download and printed copies are available from Head Office on request.
The centre four pages of Waterways magazine covers all the details for the Association's forthcoming Annual General Meeting, which is to be held at Chelmsford on Saturday 29th September. Members have the opportunity of a boat trip on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation on the following day and other activities over the weekend. This year's AGM includes a contested election for the vacancies available for nationally elected trustees.
Les Etheridge and Clive Henderson retire by rotation, and there is a third vacancy caused by the resignation of Jerry Sanders mid-year. Nominations have been received for
Thus, there are four nominations for three vacancies.
(nominated by Jerry Sanders)
I am a boater, a photographer, a cyclist and a walker, all good reasons to be concerned about the waterways. I’ve been a member since I bought my boat – joining the IWA seemed the natural thing to do. At present I am on the committee of the Birmingham, Black Country and Worcestershire Branch and I am a member of one of IWA’s national committees – the Promotions and Communications Committee.
I think the Association is facing a difficult period adapting to BW’s metamorphosis into CRT. We shall be walking a tightrope between supportive and critical, and it is vital that we get the balance right. Too supportive and we could appear irrelevant, too critical and we might seem negative.
I firmly believe that the association has a future at the centre of the waterways movement. No other body has done so much to encourage the renaissance of the waterways since the war, and no-one else has the Waterway Recovery Group!
Since I qualified as a Chartered Accountant, I have worked mostly in retailing and leisure, but I also have some experience of manufacturing and publishing, both as an accountant and in more far‑reaching roles. I hope that some of this experience can be of value to the IWA if I am
elected as a trustee.
(nominated by Alan Platt)
I have been our National Treasurer since 2008 and a Deputy National Chairman since 2007. I joined IWA in 1982 and my first detailed involvement came when I joined Finance Committee in 2004. Other
current national roles include chairing Finance Committee and the board of IWA’s trading subsidiary.
Locally I am Treasurer of the Kent and East Sussex branch and am also chairman of the branch organising committee for the 2013 National Trailboat Festival at Bodiam Castle on the River Rother. We will be using the Festival to promote IWA to a different audience and to encourage more use of the river.
During 2011 I took on leadership of the Inglesham Appeal and have been working with WRG and the Cotswold Canal Trust to ensure that the sum of over £100,000 now raised is used to maximum effect in progressing the restoration.
My interest in our Inland Waterways goes back to a holiday on the Norfolk Broads in 1971 and I discovered the canals during the 1976 drought. After my trip on the Oxford Canal a work colleague lent me a copy of Tom Rolt’s Narrow Boat and that lead to IWA membership and over time an ncreasing involvement with the waterways and extensive cruising of the network.
In 1979 I qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. A large part of my career was spent working for a mutual life assurance company in Tunbridge Wells. I took early retirement in June 2006 from the position of Chief Executive having been on the board of the company since 1985. I maintain an interest in the industry as a Non Executive director of a life company with around £10 billion of funds under management.
It is my firm belief that IWA is responsible for there being the fantastic inland waterway system we are all lucky enough to enjoy today and that IWA needs to continue its work both to protect the system and to further develop it.
Whilst Robert Aickman’s vision of a Waterways Conservancy may now be starting to become a reality IWA has much work to do to ensure that this is properly achieved. The job is a long way from finished and we must work hard to ensure that CRT grows to meet our long held vision. There is much for IWA still to do in terms of protecting and enhancing our inland waterways.
(nominated by Vaughan Welch)
My IWA committee time began with the Warwickshire Branch in 1988 and then the West Midlands Region Committee, becoming chairman of each and a member of IWA’s Trustee Board from 2003 and National Chairman for four years since 2008. I stand for re-election as a Trustee to continue to offer you, the member, the benefit of my wide waterway and business experience to help develop and deliver IWA’s key strategies and priorities.
I believe that through engaging, supporting and encouraging our membership we can continue our vital role in shaping the future of our waterway network, protecting and valuing all that it represents and opposing anything that may be detrimental to its sustainability or accessibility now or for future generations. To do this we must continue to maintain and grow our membership, to evolve and modernise to meet our challenges and the changing environment in which we operate and to widen and improve our communications. Modestly, I think that in my time as a Trustee we have maintained and enhanced IWA’s reputation as a respected, influential and responsible organisation that Government and Navigation Authorities have wanted to work with at a strategic level as well as providing leadership and support to waterway societies and restoration groups.
Some key waterway facts:
Non Waterway involvement:
(nominated by Audrey Smith)
Waterway interests: I have been part of a waterways family since I was “knee-high to a grasshopper” boating extensively all over the waterways network. There are so many waterway memories which are embedded with family life – the freedom, the fun and laughter, the sheer hard work, the sense of achievement, the dramatic changes from the silence and tranquillity of the countryside (almost a sense of isolation) to the glorious industrial heritage. Our waterway system and heritage is unique and diverse, something which we need to cherish and celebrate. I believe that the IWA plays an invaluable role locally, regionally and nationally in achieving this.
I have volunteered for the IWA in various ways over the years - being an active member of the local branch and North West Region undertaking the role of Chair until the reorganisation of branches and regions. I have also chaired Promotions & Communications Committee, taken part in Canal Camps and national clean-up events and catered in the Cressy Lounge at National Waterways Festivals, to name but a few. I am currently a member of Finance Committee and North West Region Committee.
Being IWA’s national representative on Waterways for Youth enabled me to liaise closely with BW and develop the WOW branding. This ensured that IWA remained a key player in this national initiative, enabling us to further develop WOW activities at IWA events both locally and nationally. Through WOW’s passport scheme we can engage with families and children in a lively, enjoyable and memorable way, explore with them some of the wonders of the waterways and hopefully create a life-long interest. We have managed to combine the waterways heritage with the future, e.g., knot-tying and traditional canal art with 21st century computer games! I have also managed to combine my passion and love of the waterways with my professional passion for learning and education.
Professional Qualifications and Employment: I graduated from Cambridge in 1989 with a BEd Hons and started my teaching career in Lancashire, gradually becoming more and more involved in leadership. I gained my MA in Education Management prior to becoming a primary Head Teacher in 2003.
I am looking forward to having the opportunity to work as a trustee for IWA again. I believe that I have the passion and enthusiasm and experience and integrity to help support IWA in cherishing and celebrating our fantastic waterway system.
Voting Procedure: Only one vote may be placed against each name. Members have the right to vote for as many candidates as there are places. THIS YEAR THERE ARE THREE VACANCIES AND ANY BALLOT PAPER WITH MORE THAN THREE VOTES WILL BE INVALID. No ballot paper will be invalid because FEWER than three votes have been cast. Ballot papers must have the member's name and address in legible writing so that it may checked off against the register of members. A Joint Membership is entitled to two sets of votes. If voting together, both names must be shown in full on the ballot paper - it will then be counted as two sets of votes.
Members can either vote (a) via Royal Mail, (b) on-line, or (c) by e-mail.
If voting by e-mail members should, either (i) complete a copy of the ballot form, scan it attach it to an e-mail – or (ii) send a simple e-mail making clear which three (or less) candidates they wish to vote for, and include their name and address, including postcode, and their membership number (if known). If a joint member, they should state whether or not they are both voting together for the same candidates. An e-mail acknowledgement will sent for ballot papers sent by e-mail.
In order to be valid, the ballot paper must arrive by 2.00pm on Tuesday 25th SEPTEMBER 2012.
Region Chairmen Elections
The posts of IWA region chairmen for North West Region, South West Region and West Midlands Region are also due for election this year. There was just one nomination for each of the three posts, so there is no ballot. The nominations were for Alan Platt (North West Region), Patrick Moss (South West Region), and Vaughan Welch (West Midlands Region). Chris Birks retired as South West Region chairman at the end of June, as he has emigrated to France following retirement from his employment with the Environment Agency; consequently Patrick Moss has taken up the post of South West Region Chairman with immediate effect.
1. To receive, and approve the minutes of the fifty-second Annual General Meeting.
2. To receive, and approve the Report and Financial Statements for the Association for the year ended 31st December, 2011, and the Report of the Auditors thereon.
3. To re-appoint Saffery Champness as auditors of the Association in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Acts, and to authorise trustees to fix their remuneration.
4. To hear the result of the ballot for the appointment of nationally elected trustees.
5. To hear the results of the ballots for the appointment of Region Chairmen for North West, South West and West Midlands regions.
6. To consider, and pass a Special Resolution confirming trustees’ recommendation that: From 1st January, 2013, the subscriptions shall be amended as follows:
7. To hear an address by the national chairman, Clive Henderson, followed by questions.
By Order of the Council
A resolution to increase subscription rates appears on the agenda of the Annual General Meeting each year. It is trustees’ policy to propose that subscription rates rise annually by the level of the previous year’s Retail Price Index to the 12 months to the end of the previous April. The intention is to avoid any large rises caused by ‘catching up’ and to maintain a steady rate that simply adjusts with inflation. The Retail Price Index for the 12 months ending 30th April 2012 increased by 3.6%. Concessionary rates, life membership and monthly rates are calculated on fixed percentages of the standard rate. The adjustment to bring the senior citizen rates to the level of 80% of the standard rates was phased in over a five-year period concluding this year. The proposed new rates are listed in the agenda above.
The new reduced rate for electronic membership is 80% of the standard rates (available for Single and Joint Membership categories only), and this will give the opportunity for many members to save money if they wish to - but we very much hope that members changing to this new category will continue to keep their payments the same, and make the difference into a donation!
IWA Chelmsford Branch Work Party on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation
IWA Chelmsford Branch held a work party on Saturday 21st July, on IWA’s very own navigation, the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation. The original plan had been Himalayan Balsam removal, but due to high river levels on the day it was decided to concentrate on mowing and vegetation clearance at Paper Mill. Thanks to everyone who turned out for the day.
See more vegetation clearance at Paper Mill photos.
Restoration Progress on the Wey & Arun Canal
Restoration on a new section of the Wey & Arun Canal was recently fast tracked thanks to a week-long work party by IWA's Waterway Recovery Group and Newbury Working Party Group volunteers which focused on part of the canal near Alfold in Surrey. The work has centered on a section of canal which runs along the edge of Dunsfold Park. Although the work is still at an early stage the Wey & Arun Canal Trust hopes that it will soon achieve it’s aim to operate boat trips on this section.
If this can be achieved then the Trust hopes the restoration at Alfold will be the start of their celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Wey & Arun Canal.
Despite the poor weather conditions the volunteers worked on levelling the towpath, building an access ramp from Compasses Bridge (that currently divides the two parts of the canal) and constructing a landing stage from which boat trips can operate.
With the restoration work fast-tracked during the camp earlier this month, the Trust is hoping to use the new landing stage and offer boat trips on this stretch by the end of the year.
The moorings have not delivered everything that some boaters expected from CRT and our volunteers are helping wherever possible in dealing with issues.
The waterways through London are subject to special restrictions designed to minimise security risks and ensure that those people who have purchased mooring permits have an enjoyable and trouble-free time.
The 2012 Christmas Catalogue is now available to download from the IWA website.
Includes details of 2012 Christmas cards, IWA Calendar, IWA Christmas pudding, gifts, chandlery, books, maps & Guides.
The products are also available to order online from iwashop.com
Over £500 Raised for IWA Through Easyfundraising Scheme
More than £500 has been raised for IWA through the Easyfundraising scheme. The scheme is absolutely free to you and IWA can gain donations from the participating retailers of up to 2.5% or more of the value of your shopping when you use it.
Whats more, they will send you a confirmatory email once the participating retailer has processed your transaction, letting you know how much has been donated to IWA on your behalf.
For more information please see the Easyfundraising website.
Photos have been submitted for the 2014 IWA Calendar competition and are available to view online in our gallery of competition entries.
We are offering three free calendars to the photographers whose photos are used in the final calendar. Photos for the Calendar need to be digital with a resolution of at least 300 DPI and at least 2100 pixels x 1500 pixels (can be landscape or portrait). You can usually adjust the settings on your digital camera to take high resolution photos.
Photos for the competition need to be submitted by 31st January 2013. The photos will then be shortlisted and then put to a public vote.
See more information on the calendar competition and uploading photos
IWA Events Volunteering
Find out about volunteering opportunities at IWA's 2012 events www.waterways.org.uk/support_us/volunteer/event_volunteers
IWA Committee Help Wanted
- West Riding Branch *NEW*
- West Riding Branch *NEW*
- West Riding Branch *NEW*
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
Sports clubs ready to set sail on Chasewater reservoir
Water sports enthusiasts can set sail on Chasewater reservoir for the first time in over two years thanks to Staffordshire County Council’s dam repair project and recent heavy rain.
The £5.5m dam repair project was taken on by the county council in May 2011 after the reservoir had been drained for safety reasons. Following heavy rainfall in recent months it is now half-full – a level reached much quicker than anticipated and enough for the Chase Sailing Club to use it again. Chase Watersports Centre hopes its members will be back in action soon.
The 200-year-old dam, which is 560 metres long, is at the heart of Chasewater Country Park. The plug went back in last October and water levels slowly started to rise once more, helping to restore Chasewater to its original position as a major regional leisure attraction, wildlife haven and key component of the Midlands’ canal network. In February 100 tonnes of concrete were pumped into the dam to create a weir which will control the flow of water when the reservoir is full.
The original dam repair project was started by Lichfield District Council and later transferred to Staffordshire County Council.
Hampshire County Council (on behalf of the Basingstoke Canal Authority) is looking to recruit a Canal Manager. The successful applicant will manage the staff and physical resources of the Basingstoke Canal.
For more information, please visit the Hampshire County Council website
Canal Attractions During the Olympics
The Friends of Regent's Canal are encouraging everybody to visit the Mile End and Victoria Park stretches of the towpath.
In Mile End, a floating market has been established which will be operational for the next three weeks. Refreshments, books, hats and crafts, etc. are being sold from narrowboats.
In Victoria Park, you will find a number of visiting boats that have come from different parts of the canal network and you might want to ask them questions about their boating experiences.
Find out more on the Friends of Regent's Canal website
New photos also added to our Olympic Waterways Gallery
The following special offers are now available exclusively for IWA members:
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
Can you Walk an Arm’s Length from Wendover to Tring on Sunday 2nd September?
The Wendover Arm Trust invites you to bring your friends and family to their 6¾ mile sponsored walk along the Wendover Arm, from Wharf Road, Wendover to Bulbourne Junction, near Tring. See their volunteers in action restoring the canal at Drayton Beauchamp, take in stunning Chilterns landscapes, watch the wildlife and enjoy a fantastic day out in the countryside.
This will be the third Walk an Arm’s Length walk to be organised by the Trust, the last one being in 2007. David Suchet CBE, actor, canal enthusiast, IWA vice-president and the Trust’s patron completed the first walk in 2004 says: “Although I cannot be with you this year due to other commitments I send you my best wishes for a very successful 'Walk an Arm's Length'. I know how important this event is to the Wendover Arm Trust, having taken part with you several years ago. I also recognise that this is a special time for the Waterways and for volunteering with the creation of the groundbreaking charitable Canal & River Trust. I am sure your sponsored walk will be a huge success, and my thoughts and best wishes will be with you on the day!”
The Trust has teamed up with BTMyDonate to offer an online fundraising tool, where you can set up your own personal fundraising page, or one of their volunteers can set this up on your behalf.
The walk is open to all, is over flat terrain and marshals from RAF Halton and the Air Training Corps will be stationed every mile and at key road crossing points.
You are welcome to walk as an individual, family or team. and will have the opportunity to take a look inside Tringford Pumping Station.
Refreshments and toilets will be available along the route and at the finish in Bulbourne with hot food and bar at The Grand Junction Arms. There will also be the Aldbury Morris Men, local water sports groups taking to the water in rafts, canoes and kayaks and an opportunity to take a free trip aboard a canal boat along the canal from Bulbourne.
Registration is £10 per adult, which includes:
For more information and to register to Walk an Arm’s Length on Sunday 2nd September, visit our website, www.wendoverarmwalk.org.uk or call 07547 181857.
This year's IWA National AGM will be held on 29th September at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford.
A meeting for those who are interested in the running of the Association will start at 10.00 a.m. This is your chance to grill the trustees, discuss the future of the Association and meet old friends. (see further details above).
The formal AGM will be held at 2.00 p.m.
There will be a cooked two-course lunch available at £6.50 with a choice of menu, which needs to be booked in advance.
You are also invited to join us for an evening meal at Chelmsford’s Everest Gurkha Bar & Restaurant on the Saturday night and there's a free boat trip aboard passenger barge Victoria on the Sunday.
|Blisworth Canal Festival - Northamptonshire||11th - 12th August|
|Ponty Paddle - South Wales||18th August|
|IWA Campaign Festival 2012, Preston - Lancashire||25th - 27th August|
|Red Hill Marina and Tuggyland Boat Show - Nottinghamshire||25th - 27th August|
|1912-2012 Centenary of the Bure Navigation Flood - Norfolk||26th August|
|Shackerstone Family Festival - Leicestershire||1st - 2nd September|
|Maesbury Canal Festival - Shropshire||1st - 2nd September|
|Lock 200 - Gloucestershire||6th - 9th September|
|Withymoor Island Boat Gathering - West Midlands||7th - 9th September|
|Ellesmere Boat Rally - Shropshire||7th - 9th September|
|Slough Canal Festival - Berkshire||8th - 9th September|
|Black Country Boating Festival - West Midlands||14th - 16th September|
|Whitchurch Gathering of Boats - Shropshire||15th - 16th September|
|RNLI Rally - Surrey||22nd - 23rd September|
|Village at War Weekend - Northamptonshire||28th - 30th September|
|Banbury Canal Day - Oxfordshire||7th October|
|Stourbridge Navigation Trust - Open Weekend - West Midlands||20th - 21st October|
|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.
4th August - Himalayan Balsam Removal Work Party - Marsworth
Details: Himalayan Balsam is an invasive non-native species that crowds out other plants. It pulls up fairly easily and is completely non-toxic. Why not help IWA Chiltern Branch control the plant on the Grand Union Canal by joining them in a work party to pull up the plant from the sideponds at Lock 44 on the Marsworth flight. All tools and equipment will be provided but please bring waterproofs in case of rain.
11th August - Wyrley & Essington Canal (Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch)
Details: A BCN Clean Up Work Party in conjunction with the BCN Society on the Wyrley & Essington Canal. 10am to 4pm, meet at Bentley Bridge, Wednesfield, WV11 1BP.
16th August - Volunteer Day on the Hanwell Flight (Friends of Hanwell Flight, CRT, Heritage)
Details: Runs from 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4,00 pm. Meeting at the bottom of Green Lane W7/ Lock 97; packed lunch needed or of course you can go to The Fox (CAMRA award winning)
18th August - Cheshire Locks Work Party (IWA Stoke-on-Trent Branch)
Details: The first in a series of regular monthly work parties to be held as part of the Cheshire Locks Project on alternating Saturdays and Tuesdays in the third week of the month. Tasks will include vegetation management, clearing cobble setts, painting fences, balance beams and bollards. No experience necessary, all tools provided. Bring waterproofs and a packed lunch, and wear stout shoes.
To advertise your restoration/cleanup events in the bulletin please add details to IWA's events calendar http://www.waterways.org.uk/iwa_calendar/
20th August Grand Union Canal (Railway & Canal Historical Society)
Details: Grand Union Canal Towpath Walk, Tring to Berkhamsted (6 miles/9km approx), led by Graham Bird. Meet at Tring Station at 1115. Booking not required; lunch at a nearby tavern.
27th August Stourbridge Canal (Broadfield House Glass Museum)
Details: Jewels on the Cut is a leisurely stroll along the along the Stourbridge Canal towpath that examines the local industries, and in particular the glass-making facilities both past and present, from the perspective of the waterway that once served them. The walk from the Bonded Warehouse to Red House Glass Cone is led by Graham Fisher. Start time for all of the walks is 10.00am, meeting at 09.45am in Canal Street by the Bonded Warehouse. There is a nominal charge to cover costs and under-16s should be accompanied by an adult.
To advertise your towpath walks in the Bulletin, please add details to IWA's events calendar http://www.waterways.org.uk/iwa_calendar/
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01494 783 453
Bulletin is edited by Gemma Bolton