IWA Bulletin June 2014

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IWA's National Campaign Festival 2014 Programme Announced

Photo: Chester Moorings (photo by Gillian Bolt)Photo: Chester Moorings (photo by Gillian Bolt)

IWA is pleased to announce the programme for the National Campaign Festival being held in Chester. Over 125 traditional canal boats will gather in Tower Wharf on the Dee Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal  for the festival, which takes place over the weekend of 6th - 8th June.

The event, which is organised by IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch will include an RAF Hawker Hurricane flypast, free angling taster sessions, pole dancing sessions, children's activities such as model boat making with Wild over Waterways, free boat trips and guided walks as well as food and refreshment stands and live music from rhythm & blues and brass bands. View the full Festival programme on Issuu now.
 
The aim of IWA's Chester campaign is to restore the full use of the Dee Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal, to allow safe passage for boats on to the upper reaches of the River Dee via a new lock in the Old Mill Race on the Handbridge side of the river. From 2012 - 2014, IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch worked in partnership with Chester Canal Heritage Trust, Canal & River Trust and Chester Renaissance to develop a waterway strategy to support the Chester One City Plan. This new Strategy, to be launched during the week of the Festival by Cheshire West and Chester Council, includes this “Vision”. The National Campaign Festival will highlight the benefits for Chester, such as an increase in tourism and waterside regeneration, that the Strategy will bring for the city.

IWA News

IWA Submits HS2 Bill Petition

Photo: Proposed route of HS2 at Fradley JunctionPhoto: Proposed route of HS2 at Fradley Junction

On 19th May 2014, IWA formally submitted its Petition to the House of Commons against the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill.

IWA’s Petition summarises the position the Association has taken on HS2 Phase 1 in its responses to previous consultations and at meetings with HS2 Ltd. IWA does not object to HS2 in principle but the current proposed HS2 route could have an extensive negative impact on the built heritage, tranquillity and amenity value of various wterways, their access and enjoyment by the public and their commercial interests.

IWA’s Petition specifically mentions the following issues that need to be improved because of the impact they could have on the waterways:

  • Noise reduction wherever the route crosses or approaches canals.
  • Vertical deviations on canal crossings, as the Bill currently allows the route to be lowered by any amount, and raised by up to three metres.
  • Waterway Design Principles, IWA wants to see good design, rather than ‘lowest cost’ design, used on canal crossings to ensure minimum negative impact at locations such as Curdworth and Colne Valley.
  • Clearances for boats and towpath users around permanent and temporary works to be maintained.
  • Redesign of the HS2 link line canal crossings at Fradley to avoid the canal.
  • Specific attention to the HS2 underbridge over the Grand Union Canal at Saltley Viaduct, to ensure a positive space is created rather than a dark ‘hole’ everyone avoids.
  • Careful design of the Curzon Street Station deck, which arches over Digbeth Branch & Ashted Lock, again to create a positive rather than negative space and to take the opportunity to put something attractive in this part of Birmingham’s inland waterway network.

The Petition submitted by IWA seeks assurance that appropriate steps will be taken to maintain the current character and environment of and to minimise the impact on waterways and their associated structures where HS2 crosses and runs close to navigations.

CRT seeks similar assurance and on 23rd May, submitted its Petition against the Bill. As in IWA’s Petition, CRT calls for consideration of design quality of waterway crossings, the protection of heritage assets and how to mitigate the affects of noise pollution on waterways. CRT is particularly concerned about how HS2 will affect waterways in a number of locations including the Scrubs Lane area of the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal, the Curzon Street area of Birmingham and Fradley Junction. IWA has been working with CRT to develop the Hyder Report, which proposes an alternative HS2 route that would avoid multiple crossings of the Trent & Mersey Canal near Fradley.

IWA has and continues to follow a number of routes to object to the Bill. Submission of a formal Petition is just one of these. This is an agreed Parliamentary process that provides individuals, groups and organisations with an opportunity to oppose the Bill or to seek its amendment by appearing in person before a specially-convened Select Committee in either or both Houses of Parliament.

The next step is for the Promoter’s representative, HS2 Ltd., to be provided with a copy of all the Petitions and to respond to petitioners with their counter proposals. Petitioners may then either withdraw, because they are satisfied that their concerns have been addressed, or continue with their Petition. Eventually the Select Committee will consider the specific Petition, and determine what it thinks should be done on the issues raised, before the Bill becomes law.

The principle of HS2 has already been approved by Parliament, in its second reading of the Bill at the end of April this year. The length of time it may take for the Select Committee to consider all the Petitions is not clear.

IWA’s Petition has been carefully drawn up in discussion with other interested inland waterway organisations to ensure the ‘waterways voice’ is heard clearly in this difficult debate.

Download and read IWA's Petition against the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill.

CRT's Petition is available to read at the Parliament website.

All Petitions are being published on the Parliament website.

Olympic Waterways Inaugural Cruise

Photo: Participants of Olympic Waterways Cruise (photo by Roger Squires)Photo: Participants of Olympic Waterways Cruise (photo by Roger Squires)

On behalf of IWA, St Pancras Cruising Club (SPCC) organised an inaugural cruise around the Olympic Park waterways on Saturday 10th May 2014. 

Nearly forty boats took part in the cruise, which was organised in two parts to allow navigation of the entire park around the obstacles of Crossrail constructions and the un-restored Carpenters Road Lock, which currently split the navigation. SPCC Commodore, Andrew Phasey, devised a strategic plan for two flotillas separately, but simultaneously, to negotiate the two sections, crossing over seamlessly, to enable both groups to complete their transits of all the available waterways.  

At the appointed hour, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), which is responsible for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, temporarily removed the two booms that block access to the Olympic Park waterways, and the two flotillas began their cruises. 

The LLDC has indicated that, until all the works are completed, the waterways will not be on open access. However, it has indicated that similar organised group events will be considered in the immediate future.

IWA wants to see the Olympic Waterways fully available to boaters as quickly as possible and in the short term is encouraging further organised cruises.

WRG Volunteer Selected as Volunteer's Week Ambassador

Photo: George Rogers brick laying on WRG Canal CampPhoto: George Rogers brick laying on WRG Canal Camp

IWA's Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) is pleased to announce that volunteer George Rogers has been selected as one of thirty Volunteer’s Week Ambassadors.

In 2014 Volunteer’s Week will run from 1st - 7th June and is organised by NCVO (the National Council of Voluntary Organisations) in partnership with Volunteer Development Scotland, Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action. As part of celebrations marking the thirtieth anniversary of Volunteer’s Week, the organisers have chosen thirty volunteers from across the country to be Volunteer’s Week Ambassadors.

George first volunteered with WRG in the summer between him leaving school and starting university. In just the few years since then he has been on over thirty Canal Camps and progressed to become a leader on the Camps.

Read more about George’s experiences of volunteering with WRG in the IWA blog.

The full list of Ambassadors can be viewed at the NCVO website.

First Annual Restoration Workshop a Great Success

On 10th May IWA held, in conjunction with CRT, the first of what is hoped to become an annual waterway restoration workshop.

Over eighty delegates representing more than forty waterway restoration projects as well as a small number of key representatives from IWA and CRT attended the workshop. 

The principle objectives and purpose of this year’s conference were:

  • To advise the local restoration groups of what strategic support and help is available.
  • For the groups to let IWA and CRT know what further support they might need.
  • To further develop networking between the groups.
  • To share good practice and acknowledge success.
  • To launch a newly produced waterways restoration video aimed at local authorities and principle funders.
  • To promote the results of recent research carried out by the University of Northampton that re-examined the benefits and the impacts of seven recent waterways restorations on the surrounding areas thus helping to demonstrate how similar schemes may benefit their local communities.


Those at the workshop also heard from speakers from Cotswold Canals Trust, Wiltshire, Swindon & Oxfordshire Canal Partnership (covering the Wilts & Berks Canal) and the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust sharing some of their experiences. To give a different perspective Glyn Cornish from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway gave an interesting presentation on how other heritage sectors successfully develop and expand their business at a time when potential financial resources are diminishing. There were also sessions on the practical considerations facing restoration groups such as securing funding and making the most of training opportunities.

In conclusion, it was announced that there would be a progress review of all restoration projects based on the reports produced by The Inland Waterways Advisory Council before its abolition. Questionnaires designed to record the progress of waterway restorations are to be sent to all known waterway restoration projects shortly. The purpose of the survey would be to gather information to help potential funders make reasoned judgements when considering funding applications. 

The workshop was considered a success and the plans to run the event again next year are underway with a date to be announced shortly. 

New WRG Vehicle

Photo: New WRG Iveco vanPhoto: New WRG Iveco van

WRG has recently replaced its Beavertail lorry and Land Rover with a new Iveco van.

The decision was made to replace these vehicles due to the strict regulations relating to the operation of Beavertail lorries and the age of the Land Rover. The replacement vehicle, an Iveco heavy-duty, twin-wheeled van with all terrain tyres and diff-lock, was chosen as it can meet the needs of WRG with greater reliability and less cost than the Beavertail lorry and Land Rover.

The purchase of the van was largely funded by the sale of the Beavertail lorry and Land Rover with the difference coming from WRG restricted funds held by IWA.

Montgomery Canal Triathlon is Best Yet

Photo: Cyclists in the Montgomery Canal Triathlon (photo by David Aylwin)Photo: Cyclists in the Montgomery Canal Triathlon (photo by David Aylwin)

The 2014 Montgomery Canal Triathlon, organised by Friends of the Montgomery Canal and IWA Shrewsbury, District & North Wales Branch, was the biggest yet with nearly 300 people taking part.

More than twice as many people participated in the triathlon held on 10th May than in previous years. Entrants came from across the country and were supported throughout the event by a team of volunteers.

The participant who completed the thirty-five miles in the shortest time was Moses Tumukende, who ran the entire length in four hours and forty-eight minutes. The fastest triathlete was Jean Ashley, who completed the course in five hours and fifteen minutes, thirty minutes faster than the previous best time.

CRT Chief Executive, Richard Parry also entered the event to raise money for CRT. After he had finished the thirty-five mile course, Mr Parry presented medallions to entrants who had completed one, two or all three sections of the triathlon.

The Triathlon is organised to support the Maesbury Canal Festival, planned for 6th and 7th September this year.

Essex Waterways Supports Local Fundraising Event

On 11th May nearly 1,200 walkers took to the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation towpath to raise money for a local hospice.

Essex Waterways Ltd., a subsidiary of IWA and navigation authority for the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, was pleased to support the fundraising efforts of Farleigh Hospice by allowing its Walk for Life route to include the waterway's towpath.

£114,000 has been pledged in sponsorship from the event so far, money that will help to fund the free services that the hospice provides to those living with terminal illnesses in Mid-Essex.

WRG Exhibition at The London Canal Museum

The London Canal Museum’s latest exhibition, Restored by London, showcases the work of IWA’s London WRG in around fifty photos by waterways photographer and WRG volunteer Tim Lewis.

The photos show the recent work of London WRG at sites across the country and will be at the museum until 17th August. More information is available at the Museum website.

IWA at Braunston Historic Boat Rally

IWA and its Freight Group plan to attend Braunston Historic Boat Rally with two stands on the 28th and 29th June. One will display information from IWA's Inland Waterways Freight Group and the other will be run by IWA's Promotions & Communications Committee. This is the 12th working narrowboat rally at Braunston and over eighty historic boats are expected. The event also features a real ale beer tent, exhibitors, traders & waterways artists and live music from bands & groups.

More information is available at the Braunston Marina website.

Heritage Lottery Funding Information Session

CRT and IWA plan to host a Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) information session on Saturday 21st June at CRT's Hatton Office in Warwickshire from 10 am to 12.00 noon. The session will be led by Catherine Kemp, an HLF Development Officer based in the West Midlands, and aims to inform participants about the current HLF grant programmes and what makes a good HLF application. For those who are interested, there will also be the opportunity to talk through a selection of HLF funded projects to give an insight into the processes involved.
 
To book a place on the event email jenny.black@waterways.org.uk. Please note that there are only twenty places available.

IWA Restoration Comittee Vacancy

IWA Restoration Committee seeks a person with accurate recording skills to take on the role of minutes secretary.

The Committee meets six times a year throughout England & Wales and is looking for a volunteer to take the minutes at these meetings and to write them up afterwards. An interest in waterway restoration, a want to contribute to the work of IWA and a few hours of your time every other month is all that is needed.

If you are interested in being considered for this role please contact Vaughan Welch, IWA Restoration Committee chairman, on 0121 477 9782 or vaughan.welch@waterways.org.uk

About People

Brian Macknish

IWA is saddened to report the death of Brian Macknish who passed away peacefully at a hospice on Sunday 18th May. Until Brian fell ill last year, he was chairman of Thames & Medway Canal Association.

Other News

CRT Winter Stoppages 2014/15 Draft Programme Released

CRT has released its draft winter stoppages programme for 2014/15, which can be viewed at the CRT website.
 
CRT has invited boaters to comment on the draft programme. Once CRT has received the first round of comments it has said its works planners will consider all the feedback, both online and from engineers, and will make amendments.
 
Comments must be submitted via the CRT website by Friday 20 June.

Next Phase of Ashby Canal Restoration Begins

Photo: Recovered Bricks from Bridge 62, Ashby Canal (photo by Ashby Canal Trust)Photo: Recovered Bricks from Bridge 62, Ashby Canal (photo by Ashby Canal Trust)

On 12th May contractors employed by Leicestershire County Council started work on the next stage of restoration of the Ashby Canal.

This stage of restoration will focus on the stretch from Snarestone Pumping Station to Bridge 62, which will be constructed over a period of approximately twenty weeks and include the rebuilding of Bridge 62.

Ashby Canal Association has recently held work parties at the site of the old (demolished) bridge to recover the original bricks for use by WRG volunteers this autumn. The bricks recovered are oversize "Wilkes Gobs", a local brick made by Joseph Wilkes, one of the original promoters of the Ashby Canal.

Five CRT Partnership Chairs Come to the End of their Volunteering Term

This autumn, the chairmen of four of CRT’s Waterway Partnerships (Manchester & Pennine, North Wales & Borders, South Wales & Severn and West Midlands, plusits Museums & Attractions Partnership), are coming to the end of their first volunteering term. Each is eligible to apply for reappointment for a second term as part of an open recruitment process.
 
The Partnership chairmen, who have a seat on CRT’s governing Council, lead a group of local volunteers that help shape plans for their waterway, or museums, and guide the Trust’s decisions. The Partnerships include people with relevant business experience and expertise in areas such as boating, local government, volunteering, fundraising, environment, heritage and community engagement, as well as core waterways and museums experience.
 
CRT plans to advertise each of the positions in July with shortlisted candidates invited for interview in early September. Appointments will be effective from November 2014.

Re-watering Begins on the Buckingham Arm

After over twenty-two years of work, re-watering of the Buckingham Arm of the Grand Union Canal began at Cosgrove on Saturday 17th May 2014. Water is being taken from the Grand Union Canal via two siphon pipes to fill the arm, which is a slow process.

Volunteers with Buckingham Canal Society have been working on the Buckingham Arm at Cosgrove for many years carrying out a variety of tasks that have included vegetation clearance, fencing and preparing the canal for re-watering.

West Midland Waterborne Taskforces

CRT West Midlands volunteer team plans to set up a waterborne taskforce to carry out regular rubbish sweeps from work boats.

CRT plans to base the volunteer taskforces at Icknield Port Yard in Birmingham, Dunns Bridge Yard at Wind Mill End in Dudley, Henwood tip at Catherine de Barnes in Solihull and Broad Street in Wolverhampton. The taskforces’ aim would be to keep the canals clean of floating debris.

More information is available from CRT Volunteer Coordinator Murray Woodward at murray.woodward@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

ABC Boat Management and BCBM

Following a review by ABC Boat Management Ltd. of its operations within the company alongside the company’s Managed Sydicate Operations Manager’s decision to pursue his career elsewhere, ABC Boat Management has decided to link with BCBM Boat Share Ltd.. BCBM has taken this opportunity to take on the administration of ABC Boat Management’s managed syndicates.

IWA & WRG Work Party Reports

This section contains volunteer reports from IWA branches and IWA's Waterway Recovery Group (WRG). 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.

IWA Guildford & Reading Branch Volunteer Helps 1st Wargrave Guides

Photo: 1st Wargrave Guides at Garston Lock (photo by 1st Wargrave Guides)Photo: 1st Wargrave Guides at Garston Lock (photo by 1st Wargrave Guides)

On Sunday 11th May, IWA Guildford & Reading Branch volunteer, Verna Smith, joined 1st Wargrave Guides to help at their first work part at Garston Lock on the Kennet & Avon Canal.

1st Wargrave Guides have adopted both Sheffield & Garston Locks on the K&A Canal, which are both near Theale. Garston Lock, is one of only two surviving turf-sided locks in Britain. This early lock design was most often used on river navigations in the early 1700s, before the advent of canals. The sides of the turf-lock are sloping so, when full, the lock is quite wide. Consequently, this type of lock needs more water to operate than the now more common brick or stone-sided variety.

1st Wargrave Guides’ first work party since their adoption was spent cleaning, weeding, removing graffiti, putting up bird boxes and painting Garston Lock. Passing boaters were impressed to see the work that was being completed.

Second Wardle Lock Work Party Continues Good Work

Photo: Volunteers painting railings at Wardle Lock (photo by Bob Luscombe)Photo: Volunteers painting railings at Wardle Lock (photo by Bob Luscombe)

Wednesday 14th May brought a bright sunny day as sixteen willing volunteers gathered for the second Wardle Lock work party in Middlewich. Volunteers from IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire and IWA Shrewsbury and North Wales Branches, together with members of the Trent & Mersey Canal Society continued the work started two weeks earlier at their first Wardle Lock work party. The aim of this series of work parties was to work on the lock and surrounding area so that they once again resembled the days when the late Maureen Shaw lived in the former lock cottage acting for many years as unofficial lock keeper.

On this second work party, the lock gates were finished off with a fresh coat of paint and with the use of a CRT work boat, the team were able to make significant impact on the offside vegetation that had become very overgrown over the years restricting navigation below the lock entrance. So much vegetation was removed that the work boat was left full at the end of the day. In addition, volunteers collected and removed over ten bags of rubbish that had been deposited under the road bridge at the junction of the Trent & Mersey Canal and Wardle Canal. Boaters approaching the locks from the Trent & Mersey at the end of the day commented that it was like arriving at somewhere totally different from what they were used to. A great example of IWA branches working together with both local canal societies and CRT.

Work Party at Falling Sands

Photo: Volunteer Chris Osborn painting at Falling SandsPhoto: Volunteer Chris Osborn painting at Falling Sands

IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch's monthly work party on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canalon Wednesday 14th May saw a good turnout of volunteers returning to Falling Sands Lock, just south of Kidderminster, to finish the painting on the footbridge across the tail of the lock. As well as completing the footbridge, one volunteer litter picked along the towpath between Falling Sands Lock and the railway viaduct above Falling Sands Bridge, collecting four bags of litter. On discovering that the Himalayan Balsam growth was well advanced in this area, other volunteers decided to make a start on clearing that and made a good start around the lock.  Himalayan Balsam will form the focus for the next two monthly work parties in this area, meeting at Falling Sands Bridge on 11th June and 9th July. 

Work Party at Brindley Bank, Rugeley

Photo Volunteer painting the aqueduct railings at Brindley Bank (photo by Margaret Beardsmore)Photo: Volunteers painting the aqueduct railings at Brindley Bank (photo by Margaret Beardsmore)

On 16th May fourteen volunteers joined IWA Lichfield Branch’s work party at Brindley Bank on the Trent & Mersey Canal in Rugeley.

CRT’s Barry Keight was there to support the work party with a welfare van, supply truck, cement mixer and the rest of the gear from the branch’s extensive ‘wish list’.

Lots of work was completed over the day. The bricklaying team built the canal wall to within one brick height of the level needed, the aqueduct and ‘Bloody Steps’ railings were painted by a second team, one of the steps which has been wonky for years was straightened, undergrowth was cleared, grass cut and litter picked. At the next work party the volunteers should be ready to complete the wall with blue heritage bricks to match up to the existing heritage wharf, and give the railings a second coat of paint.

As ever there was plenty of home-made cake for the volunteers, one of which, a passing boater, was attending his first work party. Other boaters put the kettle on for the branch and stayed for a chat. The day turned out to be very productive and sociable.

First IWA Work Party at Congleton

Photo: Volunteers at IWA's first Congleton work party (photo by Bob Luscombe)Photo: Volunteers at IWA's first Congleton work party (photo by Bob Luscombe)

Friday 23rd May started as a very wet morning and the weather did not look promising for the first IWA work party at Congleton alongside the Macclesfield Canal near Congleton Station. However as the start time approached, the clouds broke and the sun shone through and sixteen volunteers, mainly from the local area turned up to undertake, litter picking, step clearance, cutting back overhanging vegetation on the towpath and other vegetation work around the area.

This was the first work party planned as a new venture between IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch, CRT, Congleton Town Council, Congleton Sustainability Group, Cheshire East Council and Northern Rail as part of a broader project to enhance the whole area around Congleton Station and the canal. It is hoped that this will encourage use of the canal as it becomes a more attractive destination for boaters, cyclists and walkers, visiting the local town or using the railway station.

The initiative was originally started up following a meeting with the local MP Fiona Bruce, a local IWA member who presented her ideas to a small group some months ago. IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch, working closely with a number of local Town Councilors, responded to the challenge by setting up a first ‘tester’ work party to gauge local interest in such a project and the number of local residents who turned up showed that there was indeed great local support for such an initiative.

At the end of the first work party that focused on clearing the somewhat overgrown steps between the canal and the station and also cutting back overhanging branches along the towpath, the results spoke for themselves.

With endorsement from those volunteers who supported the idea of further work parties, further dates are planned in what is expected to become a new series of regular work parties working along the Macclesfield Canal between Congleton Wharf and Buglawton.

London WRG Volunteers on the Chesterfield Canal

Photo: London WRG volunteers on the Chesterfield Canal digPhoto: London WRG volunteers on the Chesterfield Canal dig

Fourteen volunteers from IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group London Regional group spent two days, from the 31st May -1st June, working on the Chesterfield Canal at Staveley. The aim of the weekend was to build part of a retaining wall, on the section of canal below the Staveley Town Lock using concrete blocks. Volunteers laid over 100 blocks during the weekend as well as adding brickwork sections for drainage. The dig was a great opportunity for London WRG’s experienced volunteers to refresh their bricklaying skills whilst other volunteers got the chance to learn new skills.

London WRG volunteers also assisted Chesterfield Canal Trust with earthworks, using excavators and dumpers to create a path over the bund in preparation for the Chesterfield Canal Festival on the 28th and 29th June.

The camp was led by George Rogers who has been selected as one of thirty Volunteer Ambassadors for Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1st – 7th June.

WRG volunteers will be back working on the Chesterfield Canal in the summer, with two week long Canal Camps running from  2nd -9th  August and 9th -16th  August.

See more photos from the weekend.

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:

North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch - Knobsticks - Spring 2014
Ipswich Branch - Anglian Cuttings - Summer 2014

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

Lichfield Branch - Lichfield Lines - Spring 2014

Waterway Events

Major IWA events in 2014
6th - 8th June 2014 - IWA Campaign Festival, Chester
23rd - 25th August 2014 - Saul Waterways Pageant

Branch Boating Events in 2014
27th - 29th June 2014 - Thwaite Mills Boat Gathering (IWA West Riding Branch)
4th - 6th July 2014 - Ware Boat Festival (IWA Lee & Stort Branch)
6th July 2014 - Rochdale Canal Boat Gathering (IWA West Riding Branch)
6th - 7th September 2014 - Maesbury Canal Festival (joint arranged by IWA Shrewsbury, District & North Wales Branch along with Friends of the Montgomery Canal)

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/Clean-up Events

June
4th June Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
4th June Work Party - Hatton Locks (supported by IWA Warwickshire Branch)
7th June Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
7th June Work Party - Dee Branch, Chester (IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch)
7th June Work Party - Bridgwater & Taunton Canal (IWA West Country Branch)
7th-8th June Work Party Weekend - Tardebigge Lime Kilns (supported by IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch)
7th-8th June Work Party Weekend - Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation (IWA Chelmsford Branch and Essex WRG)
11th June Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
11th June Work Party - Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal (supported by IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch)
12th June Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Caldon Canal, Cheddleton (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
17th June Work Party - Trent & Mersey Canal (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
17th June Work Party - Northampton Arm (IWA Northampton Branch)
18th June Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
19th June Work Party - Lapworth (supported by IWA Warwickshire Branch)
21st June Work Party - River Lee at Ware (IWA Lee & Stort Branch)
21st June Work Party - Lapworth (supported by IWA Warwickshire Branch)
21st June Work Party - Greater Manchester (supported by IWA Manchester Branch)
22nd June Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Caldon Canal (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
24th June Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Leicester (IWA Leicestershire Branch)
25th June Himalayan Balsam Evening Work Party - Caldon Canal (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
25th June Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)

July
1st July Work Party - Northampton Arm (IWA Northampton Branch)
2nd July Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
2nd July Work Party - Hatton Locks (supported by IWA Warwickshire Branch)
5th July Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
5th July Work Party - Dee Branch, Chester (IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch)
7th July Work Party - Hatton Locks (supported by IWA Warwickshire Branch)
9th July Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
9th July Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal (IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch)
10th July Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Caldon Canal ( IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
12th July Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Shrewsbury & Newport Canal (supported by IWA Shrewsbury & North Wales Branch)
13th July Work Party - Northampton Arm (IWA Northampton Branch)
16th July Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
17th July Work Party - Lapworth (supported by IWA Warwickshire Branch)
19th July Work Party - Lapworth (supported by IWA Warwickshire Branch)
19th July Work Party - Trent & Mersey Canal (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
19th July Work Party - Greater Manchester (supported by IWA Manchester Branch)
21st July Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Caldon Canal (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
22nd July Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Leicester (IWA Leicestershire Branch)
23rd July Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
24th July Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Caldon Canal (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
24th July Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Marsworth (IWA Chiltern Branch)
28th July Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Rickmansworth (IWA Chiltern Branch)
29th July Work Party - Northampton Arm (IWA Northampton Branch)
30th July Work Party - River Gipping (IWA Ipswich Branch)

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

Upcoming Towpath Walks

June
3rd June Waterside Walk - Basingstoke Canal (Railway & Canal Historical Society)
8th June Waterside Walk - Ashby Canal (IWA Lichfield Branch)
11th June Waterside Walk - Warwick (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
14th June Walk - IWA Warwickshire Branch (IWA Avon & Wilts Branch)
15th June Waterside Walk - Little Venice to Camden (IWA Towpath Walks Society)
19th June Waterside Walk - Wey & Arun Canal (Wey & Arun Canal Trust)

July
1st July Waterside Walk - Basingstoke Canal (Railway & Canal Historical Society)
6th July Waterside Walk - King's Cross to Camden (IWA Towpath Walks Society)
9th July Waterside Walk - Lapworth (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
20th July Waterside Walk - Little Venice to Camden (IWA Towpath Walks Society)
24th July Waterside Walk - Wey & Arun Canal (Wey & Arun Canal Trust)
29th July Waterside Walk - Basingstoke Canal (Railway & Canal Historical 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
  • Boatshed Grand Union - 10% discount on brokerage
  • Calcutt Boats - 5% Discount
  • Canal Boat Magazine - 6 Issues for £6
  • 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
  • Grand Union Diesel Services - 5% discount
  • IceGripper - 20% discount
  • Lee Sanitation Ltd. - 10% on orders over £100
  • Marine Megastore Ltd. - 15% discount
  • Midland Chandlers - 5% discount  
  • Paper Wizard - 15% discount
  • River Canal Rescue - up to 15% discount
  • RoadPro - 5% discount
  • UltimateBerths.com - Free Listing
  • Willowbridge Marina - 10% discount on chandlery purchases and services in the yard 
  • Worcester Marine Windows Ltd - 5% discount
  • 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
www.waterways.org.uk/about/contact_us
Bulletin is edited by Stefanie Preston

On 16th May fourteen volunteers joined IWA Lichfield Branch’s work party at Brindley Bank in Rugeley.

CRT’s Barry Keight was there to support the work party with a welfare van, supply truck, cement mixer and the rest of the gear from the branch’s extensive ‘wish list’.

Lots of work was completed over the day. The bricklaying team built the canal wall to within one brick height of the level needed, the aqueduct and ‘Bloody Steps’ railings were painted by a second team, one of the steps which has been wonky for years was straightened, undergrowth was cleared, grass cut and litter picked. At the next work party the volunteers should be ready to complete the wall with blue heritage bricks to match up to the existing heritage wharf, and give the railings a second coat of paint.

As ever there was plenty of home-made cake for the volunteers, one of which, a passing boater, was attending his first work party. Other boaters put the kettle on for us and stayed for a chat. The day turned out to be very productive and sociable.

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