IWA Bulletin January 2013

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IWA Launches Festival of London Waterways

IWA have launched its Festival of London Waterways which is anchored around 8 events across the Summer 2013.

4th - 6th May Canalway Cavalcade Little Venice, Maida Vale
18th - 19th May Rickmansworth Festival Grand Union Canal    
5th - 7th July Ware Boat Festival River Lee
19th - 21st July IWA National Festival, Cassiobury Park Watford
10th - 11th August Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Details to be agreed and announced
1st September Angel Canal Festival Regents Canal, Islington
14th - 15th September Mayors Thames River Festival  
14th - 15th September Slough Festival Grand Union Slough Arm - Details to be announced

St Pancras Cruising Club - St Pancras Cruising Club is organising accompanied discovery cruises for boats around the waterways of London, covering the 'normal' barrier and tideway cruises, and a series of cruises taking in as many of the lesser known and seldom visited creeks, rivers and basins across London. Details are available on the Club's website.

Keep up to date with the events on the Festival of London Waterways Facebook page

IWA News

Boat Safety Scheme Carbon Monoxide Brochures

IWA Warwickshire Branch has now received (and as of today 80% distributed) some 2,000 copies of a new brochure on Carbon Monoxide from the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS).

The leaflet highlights the fatal consequences that arise when boaters stoke up their fires, and stop up the draughts that they can create.

IWA Warwickshire Branch is encouraging other branches to order and distribute leaflets to boaters in their area, particularly to those that are 'hard to get to' for example those that don't normally reside in marinas. This is a good opportunity to get to know the marinas, boatyards, towpath-communities and individual boaters in your area, but also to make all our waterways a safer place to be.

The brochures are freely available directly from BSS in multiples of (boxes of) 400 - and BSS can arrange single delivery drops into respective IWA Branch areas.

Once branches have determined how many they can confidently distribute (please don't 'over-order'), then please contact Graham Watts at the BSS Office in Milton Keynes. Email
graham.w@boatsafetyscheme.org or phone 0333 202 1000. Please copy ian.fletcher@waterways.org.uk for info.

See also: Revised BSS Examination Checking Procedures


IWA Chiltern Branch Donates £1000 to the Wendover Arm Trust

Another successful year of fundraising enabled IWA Chiltern Branch to donate a further £1000 to the Wendover Arm Trust. John Brice leads fundraising activities, which in 2012 included activities at the Rickmansworth Festival and a Lock Ransom at Marsworth.

Branch Chairman, Peter Winter, presented the cheque for £1000 to Roger Leishman at the Chiltern Christmas Party. In addition, a further £1000 has been donated to the Trust by London Region as a Richard Bird memorial. Over the last 15 years IWA Chiltern Branch has donated over £30,000 to waterway causes.

Roger, who is Restoration Director for the Trust, commented that in spite of the cancellation of the Wendover Festival, income for 2012 had been healthy due to these donations and the success of the sponsored ‘Walk an Arms Length’ in September which raised over £13,500.

The Wendover Arm Trust was formed in 1989 to raise funds and to work on restoration of the Arm to full navigation. The Arm provides a scenic and tranquil 6¾ mile route from Bulbourne Junction to Wendover. It was built originally as a feeder to provide water to the Tring summit of the Grand Union Canal – a critical function that it still fulfils. The current phase of the restoration is particularly important (and expensive) because it concerns the 1½ mile leaky section that led to the closure of the Arm over 100 years ago. Week-long workparties, which involve many Chiltern Branch members, take place every month and new volunteers are always welcome. WRG workparties also visit several times each year.


IWA Northampton Branch Iron Trunk Aqueduct Donation
IWA Northampton Branch has donated £338 towards a project to help improve the Iron Trunk Aqueduct which carries the Grand Union Canal over the Great River Ouse.
The project, being led by the Canal & River Trust, aims to raise £3,000 to create a new viewing platform alongside the aqueduct, so visitors can enjoy the view of this newly refurbished 200 year old structure.
The cast iron aqueduct was opened in 1811 and carries the Grand Union Canal 40 feet above the Great River Ouse.  It is a replacement for the previous brick built aqueduct, which collapsed on 18th February 1808.
Bernard Morton, Chairman of Northampton IWA, said: “The aqueduct is a much loved local landmark on this section of the Grand Union Canal and is a popular spot for boaters and walkers, so we are delighted we could support the viewing platform project.  The canal in Northamptonshire is a really lovely place to visit and I would encourage more people to step onto the towpath and rediscover their local waterway.”

James Clifton, enterprise manager from the Canal & River Trust, said: “I am delighted that the Northampton IWA has shown its support for this project and I would like personally to thank its members for their generous donation. The Iron Trunk Aqueduct is a wonderful example of Georgian engineering which we have recently refurbished, by replacing dated information panels, repainting the actual aqueduct and cleaning its brick walls to remove graffiti.”
For more information on how to donate or get involved with this project please visit the Canal & River Trust website

Photo courtesy of Canal & River Trust: [left to right] IWA Northampton Branch Chairman, Bernard Morton presents cheque to James Clifton, Enterprise Manager, The Canal and River Trust.


Chelmer & Blackwater Work Party

The first weekend in December saw IWA Chelmsford Branch combine with Essex Waterway Recovery Group at Heybridge Basin on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation.

Twelve volunteers along with their equipment, made their way along the tow path or on-board the Buddy workboat, towards Wave Bridge to continue vegetation management that had been commenced on a previous work party.

The work involved brush cutters, hedge trimmers and a chainsaw (with qualified operative), as well as bonfires, to deal with encroaching bushes and bramble that had reduced the public bridleway to a narrow muddy track. The workboat was used to transport the scrub to the bonfire site.

A similar pattern of work was undertaken on both days, increasing the width of the bridleway so that the sun and breeze could help dry out the path. Good progress was made from Wave Bridge towards Heybridge Basin. The work is in cooperation with Essex County Council who has been carrying out improvements to this busy bridleway.

Throughout the weekend there were dozens of walkers passing the work site, all of whom complemented the volunteers on the improvements being made. 

IWA Warwickshire Branch – Lapworth Work Parties

Work parties involving members of IWA Warwickshire Branch have been taking place on the third Thursday and the third Saturday each month in the Lapworth area for some time. 

Work carried out so far has included painting lock gates and bridges, litter picking, vegetation clearance and path work. Although the Saturdays have now been branded as CRT Towpath Taskforce, IWA members (and non-members alike) are welcome to turn up to either the Thursday or the Saturday work parties to join in. 

Photo courtesy of Graham Nicholson – a volunteer paints a footbridge at Lapworth


IWA Stoke-on-Trent Branch Caldon Canal Monthly Work Party

The second Caldon Canal monthly work party took place on Thursday 13th December. This is a joint venture between IWA Stoke-on-Trent Branch and the Caldon and Uttoxeter Canals Trust, supported by CRT.

The temperature was sub zero all day barely rising above -3 degrees centigrade. Nonetheless, a small but intrepid group of volunteers met near Woods Lock and spent four very cold but rewarding hours planting hedging to fill in gaps in the current hedge which had been exacerbated by straying cattle from nearby fields. Over 300 hedging plants were planted complete with stakes and rabbit guards.  

In 2013 Stoke on Trent Branch/Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust will continue the work parties with hedge laying at Bridge 9 on the Leek Arm of the Caldon Canal, on Thursday 10th January.  Anyone who would like to volunteer for all or part of these days is very welcome. All tools and materials are provided, however you just need to wear old clothes and stout shoes and bring waterproofs in case of rain!

IWA Awards

You are invited to consider and put forward nominations for IWA's annual awards, which are due to be presented at the 2013 AGM:

Cyril Styring Trophy - For an IWA member who has, in the opinion of trustees, made an outstanding contribution to further the Association's campaign.  This is the Association’s top award.

Richard Bird Medals - For members of the Association whose efforts and support are considered to have brought significant benefit to the Association over a sustained period.
Christopher Power Prize - For a person, society or trust who has made the most significant contribution to the restoration of an inland waterway.  The award is accompanied by a cheque of just over £900 to the waterway restoration group associated with the winner; this is funded from a substantial donation made to the Association by the family of the late Christopher Power for this purpose.

The John Heap Salver - For an IWA member who, in the opinion of the trustees, has made an outstanding contribution to raising funds for the Association.

Vivian Bulkely Johnson Salt Award -  For the person or organisation who, in the opinion of trustees, upon a recommendation from IWA's Inland Waterways Freight Group, has made an outstanding contribution to the furtherance of commercial waterways transport in the United Kingdom.

Nominations must arrive no later than 31st March 2013 and must be sent to Head Office by post, or by email to awards@waterways.org.uk.  The nominations should include detail of why the nominee is considered a worthy winner (maximum about 400 words).  All nominations are considered by an awards panel (currently comprising three IWA vice presidents) appointed by IWA’s trustees, which makes recommendations that are then decided upon or confirmed by the trustees prior to the AGM.  Further details about the awards, including full lists of past winners, are available on the IWA website.


Stoke-on-Trent Rail and Canal Campaigner Honoured

Jon Honeysett, IWA Stoke-on-Trent branch Navigation Officer, has been made an MBE in the New Year Honours list for his services to Rail in Kidsgrove where he also promotes canal initiatives.

Jon is a member of Kidsgrove Environmental Watch Response Group; they are delighted that their fellow volunteer has been recognised for championing the campaign to reinstate the “stopping service” from Stafford to Manchester.

An hourly train service between Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester, stopping at Kidsgrove, was reintroduced in December 2008 (having ceased 15 years previously), along with the launch of hourly trains between London and Crewe, also serving Kidsgrove. Both new services were welcomed by the community as being hugely important ways to stimulate the North Staffordshire economy, bring people to the area and help residents win jobs in the cities.

Jon and his wife Sarah moved to Talke Pits, just north of Stoke-on-Trent, in 2003 and joined their local branch of The Inland Waterways Association in 2004. They soon became familiar faces at social activities and helping out at events; in the last year they have become even more actively involved in campaigning, taking on the roles of branch Navigation Officer and joint Publicity Officer respectively.

Jon is passionate about the importance of good transport links and the role they play in the attractiveness of an area. A keen boater, he has also forged links between IWA and Kidsgrove Town Council, to focus on the area to the north of Harecastle Tunnel and around the junction of the Trent & Mersey and Macclesfield. Further news about the campaign to upgrade the railway footbridge and other Kidsgrove Waterfront initiatives is expected in spring 2013.

Photo of Jon Honeysett courtesy of Julie Arnold, Waterway Images.

IWA South West Region Chairman

Nominations for the post of South West Region Chairman closed on 2nd January.  Just one nomination for the post was received – that of Roger Holmes, currently chairman of IWA Gloucestershire and Herefordshire Branch, and therefore in accordance with the provisions of the procedures set down by the trustees, he is duly elected as South West Region Chairman and a trustee of the Association.  Because there is no sitting region chairman, the appointment is with immediate effect.  The full procedures are available to view on the IWA website.

About People

Major Logan Brown
We are saddened to report the death on 28th December of Major Logan Brown, a trustee and member of the Association’s Council between 1964 and 1980, and a deputy national chairman for four years to 1980.



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:

Chelmsford Branch - Newsletter - January 2013
North Lancs & Cumbria - Towing Path Topics - January 2013
Warwickshire Branch - Bear Essentials - December 2012

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

South West Region - Sou'Wester - Winter 2012

Gloucestershire & Herefordshire Branch - Newsletter - November 2012
Manchester - Manchester Packet - December 2012
Milton Keynes Branch - Towpath Telegraph - January 2013
North & East London Branch and South London Branch - Meridian Cuttings - New Year 2013
North Riding Branch - Northern Navigation News - Winter 2012
Stoke on Trent Branch - Knobsticks - Winter 2012


2014 Calendar Competition

Photos submitted for the 2014 IWA Calendar competition 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 Volunteering Opportunities

Cavalcade Volunteers Required

Come and join the team responsible for mounting one of the country’s most successful and best attended waterways events. Canalway Cavalcade, now in its 30th year, is held over the three days of the May Day Bank Holiday in the heart of the capital in Little Venice.

We are looking for enthusiastic people in the following areas:

Sponsorship Manager: Liaise with local and national companies to explore mutually beneficial marketing and advertising opportunities to generate revenue for all aspects of Cavalcade’s events and activities. For more information and to apply please contact Jerry Sanders, Commercial Director email: exhibition@waterways.org.uk or telephone: 07788 204442

Assistant to the Catering Manager: Assist in managing the day to day operational needs of a small group of quality outside caterers, most of whom have attended the festival over a number of years. No previous experience of catering or the catering trade is required. For more information and to apply please contact: Freddie Cooke, Festival Catering Manager email: exhibition5@waterways.org.uk or telephone: 07711 392442

Assistant Trade Show Manager: Assist the Commercial and Trade Show Manager in the layout and build of the event and looking after the traders during the event. The ideal person might also have an interest in sourcing new traders beforehand. Preferably London based. For more information and to apply please contact: Jerry Sanders, Commercial Director email: exhibition@waterways.org.uk or telephone: 07788 204442

Assistant to the Waterspace Manager: Assist in booking in boats attending the event, organise moorings, co-ordinate two pageants. For more information and to apply please contact: Mark Saxon, Waterspace Manager email: mark.saxon@waterways.org.uk or telephone: 07867 488161

You can help in lots of other ways too. if you’ve a few hours to spare before or during the event please contact Jerry Sanders for more details.

Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Search for a New Chairman

The Chairman of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust, John Laverick, was taken ill suddenly in September. Although he is now on the road to recovery, he has decided to step down from his role.

Bringing the Wilts & Berks back to life is recognised to be the most ambitious canal restoration in the country. The Trust is now looking for a person with the foresight and commitment to take up this challenge and lead the Trust on to the next stage. They have numerous projects coming on stream at the moment including the Melksham Link, creation of a new stretch of canal that will join Melksham to the Kennet & Avon Canal and the 5 year Towpath Challenge, restoring 102km of towpath from Semington to Abingdon.


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

River Cam Boat Owner Fined

A Cambridge boat owner has been fined after failing to register his boat.

Andrew Drewett was found guilty at Cambridge Magistrates on 6th December 2012 for keeping his river cruiser “Another World” on the River Cam at Riverside without paying annual registration fees despite reminders and warnings. The court fined Mr Drewett £200. He was also ordered to pay £420 in costs and £340 by way of compensation. A victim surcharge of £15 was imposed on him. Mr Drewett was absent.

Powered vessels using the River Cam between Bottisham Lock and the City of Cambridge must have a valid registration issued by the Cam Conservators or the neighbouring navigation authority, the Environment Agency. For both authorities, the licensing year runs from 1st April to 31st March inclusive. Boat owners seeking to visit Cambridge from other waterways can extend their regional licence by paying an annual surcharge for unrestricted visits or they can purchase a visitor licence allowing 90 days’ cruising time in the Conservancy Area.

Licence fees can be found on the Cam Conservator's website


London Towpath Alternatives Proposed for Commuter Cyclists

The Regent’s Canal, which is used by thousands of people every day is very popular with cyclists. Up to 500 per hour can travel through hot spot locations during the daily commute. However the narrow towpath has limited capacity and Canal & River Trust is encouraging commuter cyclists to consider taking alternative routes.

The trust said the main hotspots for commuter cyclists were westbound routes along the City Road basin in Islington and at Victoria Park during the morning rush hour.

CRT has appointed a strategic cycle routes coordinator. Rosie Tharp, whose post is fully funded by TFL, and will work with London boroughs including City of Westminster, Camden, Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. Together they intend to create safer, greener east to west cycle routes as an alternative to the towpath.

Canal & River Trust’s ‘Share the Space, Drop your Pace’ campaign  encourages people to consider others when using London’s towpaths by sharing the space, dropping their pace, always being courteous to others and remembering that pedestrians have priority.


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
  • IceGrippers - 20% discount until December 2012
  • 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 20% discount
  • RoadPro - 5% discount
  • UK Boat Hire - 15% discount on 2012 holidays
  • UltimateBerths.com - Free Listing
  • Willowbridge Marina - 10% discount on chandlery purchases and services in the yard
  • Worcester Marine Windows Ltd - 5% discount
  • 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

Some dates for your diary for 2013:

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

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

5th - 6th January - Work Party - Cromford Canal (WRG NW)
Details: WRG(NW)'s monthly dig combined with a belated Christmas Meal. Details of work still awaited but understood to be scrub-clearance near Ambergate.
Contact: malcolm.bridge@wrg.org.uk
10th January - Work Party - Caldon Canal (IWA Stoke on Trent Branch)
Details: Monthly mid week work party held in conjunction with the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust.  Hedge laying on the Leek Arm at Bridge 9.  All tools and equipment will be provided, along with training.  Please bring packed lunch and own drinks.  Volunteers are advised to wear old clothes and stout footwear.
Contact: bobluscombe@btinternet.com
12th January - Paperchase, Manchester (WRG NW)
Details: Waste paper collection in the Crumpsall area of North Manchester to fund WRG(NW)'s restoration work. Skip in the car park of the Cleveland Hotel (opposite Crumpsall Metro station). Subsidised fish & chip lunch (free to first-timers).
Contact: Malcolm Bridge malcolm.bridge@wrg.org.uk
12th - 13th January - Wilts & Berks Canal (London WRG)
Details: Dig on Wilts and Berks Canal at Shrivenham. Accommodation at Watchfield Village Hall. See London WRG web pages for details.
Contact: london@wrg.org.uk
17th January - Lapworth (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
Details: Regular twice monthly work party at Lapworth. Tasks vary each time but include lock painting, litter picking, veg clearance and path work. Work parties take place on the third Thursday and the third Saturday of each month.  
Contact: alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk
19th January - Cheshire Locks, Trent & Mersey Canal (IWA Stoke on Trent Branch
Details: Monthly work party organised by IWA Stoke-on-Trent Branch and supported by Trent & Mersey Canal Society and the Canal & River Trust as part of the Cheshire Locks Project.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.
Contact: bobluscombe@btinternet.com
19th January - Lapworth (IWA Warwickshire/Canal & River Trust
Details: Regular twice monthly work party at Lapworth. Tasks vary each time but include lock painting, litter picking, veg clearance and path work. Work parties take place on the third Thursday and the third Saturday of each month.  IWA Warwickshire Branch supporting Canal & River Trust Towpath Taskforce.
Contact: alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk

19th - 20th January - Tardebigge, Worcester & Birmingham Canal (IWA Birmingham supporting WBDCS)
Details: This is the starting phase of a conservation project on the lime kilns at Tardebigge Depot. The purpose of this project is to improve the site and conserve the structure. The initial work will be to start ground clearance to make the site generally more accessible. In particular we will start to remove the tree trunk from the front area of the kilns, do what we can to remove the two telegraph poles, level the ground and clean the site of litter. Please be aware that weather conditions may force us to change the programme. Start time will be at 0930 for registration and site induction. Finish around 3.30pm
Contact: volunteers@wbcs.org.uk
26th January - Greater Manchester (IWA Manchester Branch/CRT
Details: IWA Manchester Branch supporting Canal & River Trust Towpath Taskforce.  Various locations in the Greater Manchester area, tasks will include pulling rubbish out of the canal, litter picking, painting and vegetation clearance.  Meeting point for this one will be Droylsden Marina. Work will be a variety of tasks carried out in the vicinity of the Ashton flight of locks including canal clearance at Lock 18.
Contact: chairman@manchester-iwa.co.uk

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


Upcoming Towpath Walks

13th January - Upstream Walk, Godalming Wharf  (National Trust, River Wey Navigations)
Details: Join our volunteers for a circular walk from Godalming Wharf, along the natural river to Hurtmore, Charterhouse and back to Godalming Wharf – 5 miles. Meet at Godalming Wharf
Contact: riverwey@nationaltrust.org.uk
To advertise your towpath walks in the Bulletin, please add details to IWA's events calendar


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Bulletin is edited by Gemma Bolton