IWA Bulletin August 2015

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Timothy West and Prunella Scales to launch Northampton Festival of Water

Festival on the River Nene
Waterway ambassadors, keen boaters and one of Britain’s most respected acting couples, Timothy West and Prunella Scales, are to take time off from their busy filming schedules to open the Northampton Festival of Water at Becket’s Park on the Rive Nene over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The launch ceremony is set to take place at noon on Saturday 29th August.
Plans for the Festival of Water, taking place from 29th to 31st August, are shaping up with a whole host of entertainers, water and land based activities and lots of other attractions confirmed. Details of the event, which is free for visitors to enter, are available at the Festival of Water web pages.

The Festival will be celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the opening of the Northampton Arm of the Grand Union Canal in 1815 and will feature a trade show, exhibitions, talks, live music, food and drink, comedy, dance and children’s rides as well as leisure, trade, heritage and working narrowboats, a wealth of smaller craft such as canoes, rowing boats, sailboats, windsurfers and ribs. There will be opportunities for visitors to get afloat on board trip boats and water taxis and of course there will be the usual boaters events such as boat handling, the Westbridge Challenge (a chance to visit the lesser known back waters of Northampton), boaters' quizzes and an illuminated boat parade culminating in an awards ceremony and boaters' auction on Monday. There is still plenty of time for boats to book in using the online Booking Form.
Make sure you keep an eye on IWA's Northampton Festival of Water web pages throughout August where updates and announcements will be posted alongside information to help you plan your visit.

IWA News

IWA’s Himalayan Balsam Campaign Announced as a Living Waterways Awards Finalist

IWA Himalayan Balsam work party at Consall on the Caldon CanalPhoto: IWA Himalayan Balsam work party at Consall on the Caldon Canal

IWA’s Himalayan Balsam Campaign has been announced as one of CRT’s 2015 Living Waterways Awards finalists. The campaign was selected as a finalist by an independent panel of experts that believed it was one of the UK’s most inspiring and exciting waterway-based improvement projects.

The Campaign aims to increase waterway users’ awareness of the invasive species Himalayan Balsam and the damage it does to the waterways and environment; as well as actively limiting the spread of the plant. As part of the project, a variety of useful educational resources have been produced and IWA branches have run and supported volunteer work parties pulling up the problem plant in various waterway locations around the country; all to great affect.

The Association will find out whether it is a winner of the Living Waterways Award category, Natural Environment, at an awards ceremony in October.

A full list of the finalists across all seven categories can be found at CRT’s website.

More information about Himalayan Balsam and IWA’s campaign can be found at IWA’s website.

IWA Launches 2015 National Raffle to Support Waterways Restoration Projects

Frankton locks (photo by Graham and Marilyn Speechley)Photo: Frankton locks (photo by Graham and Marilyn Speechley)

IWA has launched the 2015 Waterways Restoration Raffle following the huge success of last year’s event when over £13,000 was for fifty-four restoration societies. The raffle aims to support waterways restoration projects across the UK and gives restoration societies the opportunity to sell tickets and promote their own cause.

Tickets are now on sale and can be found in the autumn edition of Waterways magazine as well as via IWA’s website and through some of the restoration groups hoping to gain support this year. The ambition is to top last year’s figure and give at least £15,000 to restoration projects as well as to IWA’s WRG Van Appeal.

IWA’s National Chairman Les Etheridge says “The success of last year’s raffle far exceeded our expectations and IWA was delighted to be able to give over £13,000 to so many deserving restoration projects across the country. This year we hope to raise even more to support these causes and our target is to increase the number of specific nominations made by ticket purchases. Help us to support your local restoration project.”

Tickets cost £2 each and are in books of ten tickets. You have the chance to decide where the money from your purchase goes by nominating your favourite project on the ticket stub.

There are many amazing prizes to be won:

  • First prize, donated by The Wyvern Shipping Company, is a one week boating holiday on a six berth narrowboat during June, September or October 2016 worth up to £1,500.
  • Second prize, donated by Andersen Boats, is a three night (Friday-Monday) or four night (Monday-Friday) boating holiday on a four berth boat worth up to £700.
  • Third prize, donated by Canal Cruising Company, is a weekend boating holiday for four people worth £590.
  • As well as many other prizes, including 2016 Crick Festival tickets and a 12 month subscription to Canal Boat.

For more information about the raffle, a full list of prizes and how to purchase tickets visit the IWA website or contact raffle organiser Toby Gomm at toby.gomm@waterways.org.uk or 01494 783453 ext. 611.

IWA would like to thank Wyvern Shipping, Andersen Boats, Canal Cruising Company, Cambrian Cruisers, Calcutt Boats, ABC Leisure, Waterways World, Midland Chandlers, Archant and The Stone Boat Building Company.

Waterway Minister Recognises Importance of Volunteers on the Waterways

Following on from the successful Parliamentary Reception held by IWA on 7th July, the Waterway Minister, Rory Stewart MP, has agreed to a meeting with IWA representatives in the autumn.  

In the meantime, the Minister has said that "Our inland waterways, enjoyed by millions of boaters, walkers, anglers and cyclists, are one of the most precious parts of Britain's heritage and landscape.

"It was great to meet with volunteers at the Inland Waterways Association’s reception in Parliament. By restoring derelict waterways, ensuring safer towpath cycling and cultivating our natural environment, these volunteers make a huge contribution to local communities and ensure our waterways and wildlife habitats are available for everyone to enjoy. They are an inspiration to us all. ‎"

IWA works to keep our waterways alive and strives to:

  • Be the voice of the waterways.
  • Campaign and work for the future of our inland waterways.
  • Lead the waterway restoration movement.
  • Enhance and promote navigation on our inland waterways.
  • Enable everyone to enjoy our waterways.

As the Minister highlights this is put into action through IWA’s practical restoration work and the support it offers restoration projects; our work to promote and make towpaths a safe place for everyone, whether a boater, walker, angler or cyclist, with all users acting considerately and responsibly so that everyone can enjoy the space safely and without concern (see IWA’s Towpath Policy and Briefing Note – Cycling on Towpaths); and our work to look after the natural environment through our volunteer work parties. This is just a small part of what IWA does, visit our website to find out more.

Paddle Pawl Stops

Paddle pawl StopPhoto: A pawl stop fitted to the paddle gear at Planet Lock on the Caldon Canal in Stoke-on-Trent

Representatives of IWA’s Navigation Committee attended a meeting with CRT recently to discuss paddle pawl design, and in particular IWA’s concern about the installation of paddle pawl stops, as featured in the Mid-June and Mid-July bulletins.

After outlining IWA’s concerns that, in rolling out paddle pawl stops without a full assessment, numerous new hazards are created, the discussion went on to consider wider issues of paddle gear design, use of different types of windlasses, spindle conditions and the inherent problem of  the stored energy present in a raised paddle.  

The discussion was a useful combination of CRT’s concern of the harm caused by windlasses spinning off the spindles, and IWA’s understanding from its experienced boater members of individual needs which might not have been recognised by CRT.

CRT has agreed to keep IWA fully involved in any future proposals, and IWA has agreed to be involved in assessing the findings of a survey that CRT is carrying out of the state and usability of paddle gear across CRT waterways. IWA supports this survey and looks forward to being involved at a detailed level in future developments of this project.  

CRT confirms that it has stopped rolling out the installation of any further paddle pawls stops, but in the meantime IWA remains concerned about the paddle pawl stops that have already been installed, and hopes that CRT will be taking measures to arrange for them to be removed at the earliest practical opportunity.

Meanwhile, please be careful when using locks and lock gear - even when an experienced boater it is easy to take short cuts and forget good practise, resulting in you or someone near you being injured. Do not forget, showing others ‘how it is done properly’ by example helps them follow the safest way to use canals.

Another Enemy - Giant Hogweed

Giant HogweedPhoto: Giant Hogweed

Giant Hogweed (heracleum mantegazzianum) is another enemy of the waterways. It has been featured heavily in national and local news in recent weeks, following a spate of incidents where members of the public have come into contact with the plant’s sap and suffered shocking burns and blisters as a result.

Giant Hogweed is a non-native, invasive species that was introduced into the UK in the 19th century. As well as being a threat to the natural biodiversity of the waterways, the plant poses a real danger to human health because its sap can make skin highly photosensitive leading to blisters and burns. We should be cutting it out but it does need special treatment by trained people.

Advice for sufferers is that in the event of skin contact with the sap, the affected area should initially be covered to reduce exposure to sunlight, only uncovering the skin to wash it with soap and water.  This should be done as soon as possible. It’s important that medical advice is sought if a rash develops, blistering occurs or the victim begins to feel unwell.

To help the public identify Giant Hogweed, which can often be spotted along waterways, and learn more about it, IWA has added information to its website and produced a fact sheet.

Download the Giant Hogweed Fact Sheet (PDF, 3.3MB).

Getting Afloat on Inland Waterways

Paddlers on the River ThamesPhoto: Paddlers on the River Thames

Now that the summer holidays are well underway, many families and groups of friends may be considering spending a day or two on the inland waterways of England and Wales. There are a variety of ways to get afloat and IWA’s briefing note Small Boats and Canoes on the Inland Waterways offers some good advice for those of you looking for an affordable and fun way to get on the water with all the family.

If you are in need of a bit more inspiration, take a look at IWA’s blog Getting Afloat on Inland Waterways, which introduces readers to a selection of ways to get out and about on inland waterways from canoeing to camping boats and rowing to hiring a narrowboat.

Download and read IWA’s briefing note Small Boats and Canoes on the Inland Waterways (PDF, 357KB).

Read IWA’s blog Getting Afloat on Inland Waterways.

IWA Manchester Branch to Support Leigh Canal Festival

Launch of the Leigh Canal Festival Photo: Launching the new Leigh Canal Festival at the Waterside Inn are (from left) Peter Rowlinson, Chantelle Seaborn and Vinnie the Vole from CRT, and Norma and Brian Probin from the Federation of Bridgewater Cruising Clubs

IWA Manchester Branch is looking forward to welcoming members and other visitors to the inaugural Leigh Canal Festival, which will be held on the Leigh Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal on 11th to 13th September. As well as assisting CRT and the Federation of Bridgewater Cruising Clubs in the planning of the festival, IWA Manchester Branch will provide a prize for the Best Boat at the show.

The event, which starts on Friday 11th September, will include live music, a boat parade, fun fair, craft stalls and a beer festival at the historic Waterside Inn. The festival coincides with Leigh Heritage Weekend and visitors can enjoy a range of additional activities in the town, including the first public opening of the engine room at Spinners Mill, the Leigh Film Festival and guided tours of the Town Hall and parish church.

Boat trips will run along the canal for visitors and the organisers are hoping dozens of boaters will bring their boats to moor in the town centre and join in the festivities.

Town centre visitor moorings are available over the weekend for up to forty boats and, as demand for the best spots is likely to be high, CRT is asking boaters to book their berth in advance with the Trust’s customer service staff in the Wigan office, who will also be able to provide further information about the Fesitval. 

IWA Lichfield Branch Donates £500 to Local Waterway Restoration

Helen Whitehouse presents the Trust with chequePhoto: Helen Whitehouse, IWA Lichfield Branch chair, presents a cheque for £500 to Peter Buck, Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust Director of Engineering

On 15th July, IWA Lichfield Branch presented a cheque for £500 to the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust. Branch chair, Helen Whitehouse, presented the cheque during a guided walk that IWA Lichfield Branch and the Trust had organised. The walk took attendees to view the new Lichfield Canal restoration site at Summerhill, where a 1 km section of the canal bed has been cleared, the embankment and culvert reinstated over the Crane Brook and a section of the Towpath Trail is being opened up to cross the M6 Toll Aqueduct. The event, attended by around 120 people, was led by Peter Buck, the Trust's Director of Engineering.

Support for WRG Van Appeal from Chesterfield Canal Trust

WRG receives £1000 donation towards Van Appeal (from left) Dave Kiddy (CCT), Colin Hobbs (WRG),  Jenny Black (WRG), Dave France (WRG)Photo: WRG receives £1000 donation towards Van Appeal (from left) Dave Kiddy (CCT), Colin Hobbs (WRG),  Jenny Black (WRG), Dave France (WRG)

Chesterfield Canal Trust presented IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group with a donation of £1000 as a contribution to WRG’s Van Appeal.

The Trust was delighted to be able to support the appeal having worked with WRG for many years. In the last twelve months alone WRG volunteers have supported the Trust’s restoration work on seven occasions in the form of weekend digs and week-long Canal Camps.

The cheque was presented during WRG’s July Canal Camp at Staveley Town Basin, where volunteers are helping to get the new lock finished and to prepare the canal beyond the lock for the IWA 2016 National Trailboat Festival.
WRG is looking to raise £120,000 over the next two years to buy new vans for transporting its equipment and volunteers throughout England and Wales. WRG's vans are vital in aiding the work of WRG in canal restoration so it is important that as the current fleet is retired there is a replacements ready to be used.

More information, including how you can support the Van Appeal, is available at WRG’s website.

Another Great Offer - Discounted Entrance to Southampton Boat Show for IWA Members

British Marine Federation is offering IWA members discounted entrance to the 2015 Southampton Boat Show, taking place at Mayflower Park and Town Quay from 11th to 20th September. IWA members can purchase an entrance ticket for £13, a saving of £9 on the door price.

Discounted tickets can be purchased online at the Southampton Boat Show website, just enter discount code EX12 at the top of the page before selecting your tickets.

IWA Head Office Staff Changes

The team at IWA Head office is undergoing some changes this summer, with two members of staff leaving and a new addition.

Jeannette Chalk, Finance Assistant, left on 31st July after eight years with IWA and is succeeded by Kelly Gascoigne who joined on 3rd August. Kelly can be contacted at kelly.gascoigne@waterways.org.uk or on 01494 783 453 ext. 615. Stefanie Preston, Branch Campaign Assistant, will also be leaving on 21st August.

Next Edition of Bulletin

IWA's Bulletin will be taking a break over the summer and there will be no Mid-August edition. However, it will be back on 1st September with a new editor, Katie Thomas. If you have anything you would like to include in the September edition please send it to Katie at katie.thomas@waterways.org.uk by Thursday 27th August.

About People

Frank Wallder

We are saddened to report the death of Frank Wallder on 1st August.  Frank, who had been in poor health in recent months, was a former IWA trustee, South East Region Chairman (March 2007 to March 2009), member of Lee & Stort Branch and Promotions & Communications committees and a keen volunteer with Waterway Recovery Group, particularly with Essex WRG.

Other News

CRT Trustees Elect New Chairman

Tony Hales announced that he intends to retire as chairman of CRT after the Trust’s Annual Public Meeting and meeting of the Trust’s Council on 23rd September. Following the announcement, CRT’s trustees elected Allan Leighton as Tony’s successor; he will formally take over as chair of CRT at the meeting of the Trust’s Council on 23rd September. CRT’s chairman is elected by trustees from the Board of trustees, which Allan joined in September 2014.

Lancaster Canal Re-opens

Repaired section of the Lancaster Canal being refilledPhoto: Repaired section of the Lancaster Canal being refilled

A 730-metre section of the Lancaster Canal, which has been closed for emergency repairs since the end of June, re-opened, ahead of schedule, on 28th July. The stretch of canal on the Lune embankment just north of Lancaster was closed after it developed a leak. In total 480 tonnes of clay were required to fill in the three holes along a 20-metre section of the canal, bringing the bed of the canal up to its original height.

The Macclesfield Canal Receives the Green Flag Award

Staff and volunteers celebrate the Macclesfield Canal Green Flag AwardPhoto: Celebrating the Macclesfield Canal Green Flag Award at Poynton

The Macclesfield Canal has become the first canal to be awarded Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award, an award that recognises the best green spaces in the country.

The Macclesfield Canal is one of 1582 green spaces to have received the Green Flag Award in July. The canal met the high standards of the judges, a group of 700 green-space experts, who assess sites against eight strict criteria, including environmental standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

MK Dons Propose Training Academy Adjacent to Restored Waterway

Canal at Cosgrove (photo by Jeff Mills)Photo: Canal at Cosgrove (photo by Jeff Mills)

Football club MK Dons has proposed to build a training academy on land it recently purchased adjacent to the restored section of the Buckingham Arm of the Grand Union Canal at Cosgrove.

The Club has been keen to talk to Buckingham Canal Society about its proposals, which the Society is pleased to support in principle, welcoming the potential support for the Buckingham Arm that the proposed academy could include. MK Dons also took the opportunity to attend the Cosgrove Festival to discuss its plans with the public.

More details about the proposals, including the chance to submit comments, are available at MK Dons’ website.

Aylesbury Canal Society and Two Hundred Years of the Aylesbury Arm

Aylesbury Arm - Julie ClarkPhoto: Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal (phot by Julie Clark)

Aylesbury Canal Society is hosting a celebration of its move to a new home at Circus Field Basin and the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal on 19th September.

The Society, initially called Aylesbury Cruising Club, was formed in 1970 with the aim of safeguarding the Town Basin and to encourage the use and improvement of the Aylesbury Arm. Its clubhouse was at the end of the Arm in a prefabricated building that was built in 1940s. The Society has now moved to new premises with much better facilities at Circus Field Basin.

More details about the celebrations can be found at Aylesbury Canal Society’s website.

New Jobs to Be Created at Dudley Canal Tunnel

Dudley Canal Trust has announced that the Dudley Canal Tunnel and Limestone Mines’ new Portal building is set to create over ten new jobs in the area this autumn; mainly in the centre’s new café and restaurant. If work continues on schedule the new centre is set to open in autumn 2015.

Vacancies will be advertised in local press and on Dudley Canal Trust’s website.

CRT to Install More Recycling Bins along the Waterways

CRT has announced plans to install recycling bins on canals and rivers at almost 100 sites around the country.  

In response to boaters’ calls to see more recycling bins on the waterways and CRT’s own ambitions to make waterways greener, CRT plans to remove some of its general waste bins and replace them with recycling bins.

The installation of recycling bins as part of this project began in north Wales and Cheshire in mid-July and is to be rolled out across other sites in coming months. CRT has said it will publish information about the location of the sites on its website as well as providing on-site signs about the facilities.

CRT Navigation Advisory Group Gains Seven New members

CRT has announced seven new appointments to its Navigation Advisory Group. The Group provides advice to CRT to ensure its decisions are well informed by those who cruise the waterways regularly. It is made up of boaters with a variety of backgrounds to bring as broad a range of perspectives as possible to the advice provided. The following new appointments have been made to the Group’s Moorings and Licensing Sub-group:

  • Diane Warner
  • Samantha Worrall
  • Gren Messham
  • Will McCallum
  • Dave Williams
  • Mark Tizard
  • Lee Wilshire
  • Alison Tuck

Short biographies of the new and existing members of CRT’s Navigation Advisory Group and Moorings and Licensing Sub-group are available at CRT’s website.

IWA & WRG Work Party Reports

This section contains volunteer reports from IWA branches and IWA's Waterway Recovery Group. IWA branch reports contain information from their latest work parties where volunteers have worked to help maintain their local canals. WRG reports on its Canal Camps and weekend digs to keep readers up to date with the restoration work the group has been undertaking.

Himalayan Balsam Tackled on the Newport Canal

Clearing the StinePhoto: Clearing the Strine

Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust, supported by IWA Shrewsbury & North Wales Branch, held a work party in July to tackle Himalayan Balsam and continue the job volunteers started last year.

The source of Himalayan Balsam on the Newport Canal was tracked to Strine Park, so it was decided that this year’s work party would attempt to clear both the canal and the Strine to the east of Town Lock to prevent Himalayan Balsam spreading back on to the canal. Volunteers met to carry out the plan and were amazed at how successful last year's efforts to clear the canal to the east of Town Lock had been, finding very little Himalayan Balsam on this section. What was there was cleared by three volunteers whilst the rest of the group went into Strine Park and managed to clear the plant from both the park and the Strine. They were helped by a path that has recently been created along the Strine, which gave easy access to the stream bank. Volunteers even had time to clear the towpath to the west of Town Lock as far as Tickethouse Lock, to clear the high walled section of the Strine alongside the Town Bridge cross-over bridge and to make a small start on the west side offside
Volunteers also met the landowner whose land covers a long length along both sides of the Strine from Strine Park to the school. After explaining about Himalayan Balsam and showing him what it looks like, he was enthusiastic to clear his land of the invasive species.
Hopefully this year’s experience will be repeated next year and the volunteers will be able to fairly quickly remove reduced amounts of Himalayan Balsam from areas covered previously and then move on to make a serious start on the western sections.

Lock 46 Nears Completion

IWA North Satffordhsire & South Cheshire Branch volunteer preparing a bollard at the Cheshire Locks (16-07-15)Photo: IWA North Satffordhsire & South Cheshire Branch volunteer preparing a bollard at the Cheshire Locks

IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch volunteers were well on their way to meeting their aim of completing the uplift of Lock 46 on the Trent & Mersey Canal by September. Good weather on 16th July at their seventh Cheshire Locks volunteer work party of the year helped attract a good turn out of nine volunteers who put in a productive day’s work, completing a couple of finishing touches to Lock 45 and making great strides towards completing Lock 46. The sunshine also brought out the boaters who the volunteers helped through the lock to avoid them getting covered in wet paint.

Improvements at Leathermill Lane

IWA Lichfield Branch volunteerPhoto: IWA Lichfield Branch volunteer (photo by Margaret Beardsmore)

The area around Leathermill Lane Bridge 66 on the Trent & Mersey Canal at Rugeley had been looking neglected for a while, whilst the disused railway bridge pillars at the Brereton end of the town were again covered in offensive graffiti. So IWA Lichfield Branch decided to generally tidy up the area and ten volunteers, including one as young as seven, spent a couple of hours painting the railway pillars white, the gate and fence by the bridge black, cleaning the cobbles under the bridge, litter picking and cutting back vegetation.

CRT is due to install disabled access to the canal at the Leathermill Lane access, which would further improve the area. There is £50,000 available from the nearby Tesco development, but is yet to be put into action as CRT hopes to get match funding with this money so it can carry out more towpath improvements at the same time.

These work parties are greatly appreciated by local people and pictures posted on the Rugeley Community Facebook page have already received many positive comments and thanks. If anyone elsewhere in the Branch area would like to organise something similar on their section of canal then Margaret Beardsmore, the Branch’s Volunteer Co-ordinator, would be happy to support them.

Work Party Rescues Trapped Ducks

Volunteers at IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch work partyPhoto: Volunteers at IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch work party

IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch volunteers were shown just how much their hard work was appreciated at their July work party when local residents made sure they were supplied with plenty of tea. The volunteers put in a good days work on the Shropshire Union Canal in Chester and removed weeds and cleaned up paving around Dee Lock and Old Port Basin. They then undertook the slightly unusual challenge of rescuing a family of ducks that had become trapped in the lock chamber.

IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch Continues to Tackle Himalayan Balsam

IWA Himalayan Balsam work party with local Light Seekers youth groupPhoto: IWA Himalayan Balsam work party with local Light Seekers youth group

IWA North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Branch’s series of Himalayan Balsam work parties continued throughout July, with further events on both the Caldon and Uttoxeter canals. On the Caldon Canal an evening work party saw the Himalayan Balsam between Denford and Cheddleton tackled, while a family volunteering day saw young people and older volunteers joining forces to clear the plant on the river section of the Caldon Canal, upstream from Consall Lime Kilns. A further evening session, this time for the young people of Cheddleton’s Light Seekers Youth Group, saw the Leek Arm cleared of Balsam between Hazelhurst Junction and Horse Bridge. On this occasion in particular, great improvement was seen on the area tackled with the same group last year.  

On the Uttoxeter Canal work continued around Crumpwood Weir and Bridge 70 near Denstone, and this clearance is likely to continue into August on the two scheduled work parties at that location. 

IWA Volunteering Opportunities

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.

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:

Ipswich Branch - Anglian Cuttings - Autumn 2015

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

East Midlands Region - Aegre - July 2015

West Riding Branch - Mile Post - June 2015
Chelmsford Branch - Chelmsford Branch Newsletter - July 2015
Great Ouse Branch - Ouse News - Summer 2015

Waterway Events

Major IWA events in 2015

29th - 31st August 2015 - Festival of Water, Northampton
20th September 2015 - Waterways Triathlon, Essex
26th September 2015 - Annual Members' Meeting, Droitwich

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 a full list of 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/Cleanup Events

1st August Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
1st August Work Party - Trent & Mersey Canal, Burslem Port (supported by IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
1st August Work Party - Bridgwater & Taunton Canal (IWA West Country Branch)
5th August Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
9th August Work Party - Sleaford Navigation (supported by IWA Lincolnshire Branch)
11th August Work Party - Northampton (IWA Northampton Branch)
12th August Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
12th August Work Party - Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal (IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch)
13th August Work Party - Uttoxeter Canal (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
15th August Work Party - Greater Manchester (IWA Manchester Branch)
19th August Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
20th August Work Party - Trent & Mersey Canal, Cheshire Locks (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
23rd August Work Party - Northampton (IWA Northampton Branch)
25th August Work Party - Trent & Mersey Canal, Burslem Port (supported by IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
26th August Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
28th August Work Party - Congleton (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
29th August Work Party - Uttoxeter Canal (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)

2nd September Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
5th September Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
5th September Work Party - Trent & Mersey Canal, Burslem Port (supported by IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
8th September Work Party - Northampton (IWA Northampton Branch)
9th September Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
9th September Work Party - Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal (IWA Birmingham, Black Country &Worcestershire Branch)
10th September Work Party - Uttoxeter Canal (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
13th September Work Party - Sleaford Navigation (supported by IWA Lincolnshire Branch)
16th September Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
17th September Work Party - Trent & Mersey, Cheshire Locks (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
19th September Work Party - Greater Manchester (IWA Manchester Branch)
22nd September Work Party - Trent & Mersey Canal, Burslem Port (supported by IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
23rd September Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
25th September Work Party - Congleton (supported by IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
26th September Work Party - Uttoxeter Canal (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
26th September Work Party - Chester (IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch)
27th September Work Party - Northampton (IWA Northampton Branch)
30th September Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)

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

Upcoming Towpath Walks

2nd August Waterside Walk - Regent's Canal (IWA Towpath Walks Society)
16th August Waterside Walk - The Olympics, Three Mills, and Bow Back Rivers (IWA Towpath Walks Society)

6th September Waterside Walk - Regent's Canal (IWA Towpath Walks Society)
8th September Waterside Walk - Cross Green, Shareshill and Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal (IWA Lichfield Branch)
20th September Waterside Walk - Regent's Canal (IWA Towpath Walks Society)

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

IWA Member Discounts and Special Offers

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

  • ABC Boat Hire - 15% discount
  • Airedale Cruising - 10% discount off skippered day cruises
  • Boat Windows Ltd - 5% discount
  • Boatshed Grand Union - 10% discount on brokerage
  • Calcutt Boats - 5% Discount
  • Canal Boat Magazine - Annual subscription for just £15
  • CanalCruising.co.uk - 10% discount
  • Channel Glaze - 10% discount on double glazing for boats
  • Cotswold Outdoor - 10% discount
  • Europcar - Special hire rates to IWA members
  • Frangipani SUP Ltd - 10% discount
  • Forge Studio - 10% discount
  • IceGripper - 20% discount
  • I Love Meet and Greet Ltd - 15% discount
  • King's Lock Chandlery - 5% discount
  • Lee Sanitation Ltd. - 10% on orders over £100
  • Marine Megastore Ltd. - 15% discount
  • Midland Chandlers - 5% discount
  • Middlewich Narrowboats - 25% discount on hire of classic boat Willow
  • Paper Wizard - 15% discount
  • River Canal Rescue - Up to 15% discount
  • RoadPro - 5% discount
  • The Three Locks Pub, Grand Union Canal nr. Milton Keynes - 10% discount on food
  • UltimateBerths.com - Free Listing
  • Wavetrain Marine - 5% discount on 1 day VHF SCR training courses
  • Willowbridge Marina - 10% discount on chandlery purchases and services in the yard 
  • Wyvern Shipping Co. Ltd - 10% discount on published prices
  • 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 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

Contact Us

IWA Head Office, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1WA
01494 783 453
Bulletin is edited by Stefanie Preston


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