IWA Bulletin March 2013

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South East Visitor Mooring Consultation

IWA welcomes the fact that local boaters were given an opportunity to comment on proposed changes to visitor moorings in the south east region of Canal and River Trust waterways.

CRT proposed changes to visitor mooring arrangements in specific locations in SE Region where problems have been identified because of high demand. IWA is aware of difficulties in some of these locations but not necessarily all. Conversely there are reports of problems in other locations in the area not selected for consideration in this review. However the evidence is partly anecdotal and more information would have been helpful.

IWA believes it is appropriate for CRT to review visitor mooring arrangements from time to time to ensure they have kept pace with the pattern of demand from the boating community. Some of the locations under review currently offer a range of mooring options from short term (24/48 hours) to longer term (14 days) and this is to be welcomed. Nevertheless, at locations which are proving very popular it could be appropriate to rebalance the range of options in favour of greater short term mooring at the expense (but not exclusively) of longer term moorings. The issue of permitted revisit times is potentially controversial and IWA would wish to be sure that the full implications are understood including enforceability.

Whatever changes are made, effective enforcement of whatever rules apply will be a key factor in the resolution of mooring difficulties.

IWA welcomes the fact that the opinions of boaters who use the waterways in this area were considered.

Read the South East Visitor Mooring proposals online. The consultation closes on 1st March 2013.

IWA News

Calendar Competition Photos Shortlisted

There were many brilliant photos submitted for the competition and it was a difficult task to shortlist them. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to submit photos for the competition. The gallery of entries is still available to view online.

See shortlisted photos and place your votes!

You can vote for one photo per category (cover/spring/summer/winter/autumn). Addiitional votes will not be counted.


IWA Staff Vacancies for Branch Campaign Assistant and Membership Recruitment Assistant 

Branch Campaign Assistant: This part-time position is for 21 hours per week (parent friendly/ flexible)

Location: Chesham, Buckinghamshire
[Home working might be an option if the successful applicant has the right volunteer coordinator skills & waterways knowledge – please call to discuss]

Description: The Inland Waterways Association has a strong track record as a campaigning organisation undertaking waterway projects at local level for the benefit of all waterway users and in pursuit of maintaining the nation’s canals and rivers for navigation.

IWA is seeking to strengthen its well established credentials in this area by recruiting a new Volunteering and Campaigns team member to assist with, and help expand our current branch activities together with our Branch Campaign Officer. The successful applicant will support IWA’s branches whilst they plan and coordinate local events, as part of IWA’s ongoing commitment to local campaign work, and assist with other campaign work to support the Association’s national committees and its Waterway Recovery Group.

Reporting to the IWA Volunteers Coordinator, but working with the Branch Campaign Officer and local IWA volunteers at branch level your role will be to help identify distinct project opportunities for IWA to undertake, and to help project manage the prioritised projects through to completion. Providing assistance to branches in recruiting and coordinating and leading volunteer activity as required.

The role will involve travelling and some out of office hours work.

To apply, download and complete application form and send to jobs@waterways.org.uk before 18th March 2013.

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IWA Membership Recruitment Assistant: This position is for 21 hours per week (parent friendly/flexible)

Location: Chesham, Buckinghamshire

Description: IWA is seeking to strengthen its member retention and encourage recruitment of new members through both tried and tested methods and by the development of new recruitment opportunities and initiatives. 

Initially, the role will focus on developing relationships with our corporate members and other waterway businesses to promote IWA membership to a wider audience, and will expand to cover all areas of membership recruitment in due course. 

The post-holder will also be expected to assist with other membership administration duties and other jobs within the charity’s Head Office, including support for mail order sales during busy periods. 

To apply, download and complete application form and send to jobs@waterways.org.uk before 18th March 2013.

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Review of IWA’s National Festival
There has been a review of the nature and purpose of IWA’s National Festival by a sub-committee of IWA’s trustees, and this has now been brought to a conclusion and discussed by trustees at their December 2012 and February 2013 meetings. Trustees are very grateful to branches and individual members who contributed to the debate.
Trustees considered that there has been a shift over the years away from the ‘trade show’ element of the National Festival with more competition and a decline in the boat-building industry being factors. There also seems to have been a change in the general public’s appetite for this type of event. What does seem to have held steady is the concept of the National Festival as a boaters’ and members’ rally. At the same time, there emerged a desire among members and those closely involved for there to be an increase in the campaigning or publicity focus to give the festival an added purpose and profile, and that trustees should become more involved in setting this focus. Trustees agreed that there is much more to the National Festival than making a surplus, but that financial controls were important, and there is also a need to try and measure the success or otherwise of each festival in both financial and other terms.
Trustees decided that of the various options, ranging from complete cessation to continuance of the existing model, the preferred two options were either an event in partnership with a local council or other group, or a smaller version of the existing model, but with the emphasis on the campaigning aspect of the event, whilst at the same time continuing to be an attractive event for boaters, IWA members and the general public.  As well as increasing the campaigning aspect of the National Festival, trustees agreed that the event should move around the country more, especially where there was a local issue that could form the focus of the Festival, and that a National Campaign Rally would not usually be needed as a separate event.
Trustees have asked IWA regions and branches to put forward ideas for local campaigns and locations for future National Festivals, via their region chairmen, and these could include new concepts and partnerships.
Other areas that trustees addressed were:

  • a need to develop improved measurements as to whether a National Festival had succeeded, and to look again at the matter of realistic financial targets, but in a wider context than previously;
  • a need to improve the communications between the organisers and volunteers.
  • agreement that the word ‘National’ should be brought back into the title.

Looking forward there is a strong proposal for the 2014 National Festival to be held in Stratford-upon-Avon in conjunction with the existing river festival, in particular to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the re-opening of the southern Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.
In summary, trustees consider that there is a future for IWA’s National Festival, but that the format and purpose of the event needs to be kept under review so that it effectively meets the relevant needs and expectations of the Association.

IWA Membership Recruitment Workshop - Saturday 13th April 2013

IWA's Promotions and Communications Committee plans to run a Membership Recruitment workshop on 13th April.

The Committtee is aware that many members, whilst not able to take part in branch activities, are nevertheless anxious to help promote the Association. Members are therefore invite to join the committee for the day in an attempt to find a different way of looking at things to improve recruitment and retention of IWA members and to enable to Association to grow.

The committee hopes to cover the following topcis:

  • How does one encourage one’s friends to join IWA?
  • How does one promote the Association to a boating acquaintance?
  • If a friend is allowing their membership to lapse for financial reasons or because they have sold their boat, is there anything we can do to persuade them to re-join  or even, is it right to do so?

The venue will be the Royal British Legion, 316 Station Road, Balsall Common, Warwickshire. CV7 7EF. The venue is 50 yards from Berkswell station on the line between Birmingham and Coventry with a regular train service.

Anyone within easy travelling distance of Berkswell, who is interested in our project and would like to help, is encouraged to attend. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided free of charge. There is the possibility that those from further afield may be able to hitch a lift with a friendly local trustee or region chairman who will be attending the trustees meeting less than 11 miles away. The workshop will start at 10.00am and finish around 3.30pm.

There will also be the opportunity (for anyone who wishes) to pick up some tips on recruiting in the formal setting of an IWA sales and recruiting stand. Some experienced recruiters will be attending and they hope to learn something from you too.

If you have any questions about this or would like to book a place, please email helen.whitehouse@waterways.org.uk or telephone 01543 491161.

Clearing the canalside at St Augustine's field

St Augustine's Field Work Party

Over the weekend of the 16th - 17th February, 34 volunteers had a major scrub bash on the offside of the Trent and Mersey Canal in Rugeley, organised by IWA Lichfield Branch. The volunteers cleared many years of brambles, scrub and litter on the edge of St. Augustine’s Field.

St. Augustine’s Field was bought by public donations some years ago to stop any development on the field and to preserve it as a sports field for Rugeley Residents. It is administered by Rugeley Open Spaces Association (ROSA) and used by Rugeley Rugby Club who have recently renovated their club house on the field.

The scrub bash by the canal is the first part of a long-term project to provide much needed boaters facilities and also winter moorings.

Cleaning up the Soho Loop

Over fifty volunteers turned out on Saturday 16th February for a work party on the Soho Loop in Birmingham.

The volunteers spread out along the whole length of the Soho or Winson Green Loop. The loop, which leaves the Birmingham Main Line not far from Birmingham city centre at a crossroads with the Icknield Port Loop, rejoins the main line less than a mile further on, having wound around for a mile and a quarter in a loop past various factories, the Soho Branch (now home to Hockley Port residential moorings) and Winson Green Prison. 

The day was organised jointly by IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch and the BCN Society, working in partnership with the Canal & River Trust, and supported by the Ikon Youth Project and the residents of Hockley Port moorings. 

The usual assortment of bicycles, tyres, and fence panels were pulled out during the course of the day. The trawl also included a van door, road signs and the occasional shopping trolley. 
The total weight of the rubbish pulled out was estimated to be in the region of 2 tonnes. The environs of the Hockley Port residential moorings were also litter picked during the day.


Caldon Canal Work Party

Volunteers returned to Bridge 9 on the Leek Arm of the Caldon Canal on 14th February to complete hedge laying started in January. The volunteers again came from a number of organisations; IWA Stoke-on-Trent Branch; the Caldon and Uttoxeter Canals Trust (CUCT) and the Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership (CVLLP). One volunteer came from as far away as Northamptonshire, wanting to try out his recently acquired hedge laying skills. 

In addition to hedge laying, a group spent the day planting hedging plants to fill gaps in the hedge that would not be covered by the hedge laying. Approximately 250 hedging plants were put in and the end results gave a ‘finished’ look to this particular stretch of canal.

The monthly work parties will continue with further vegetation work on Thursday 14th March. All tools and materials are provided, however volunteers need to wear old clothes and stout shoes or boots and bring waterproofs, just in case! All welcome for either the full day (10am – 3pm) or join in for part of the day.

Further work parties along the Caldon Canal will continue through 2013 and from April will alternate between the second Sunday and second Thursday of the month i.e. Sunday 14th April, Thursday 9th May, Sunday 9th June.


Cheshire Locks Work Party

A fine almost spring like day greeted volunteers for IWA Stoke-on-Trent Branch’s regular monthly work party at the Cheshire Locks at Rode Heath on 19th February.

The group made excellent progress in finishing the painting and vegetation work at lock 52 and 53, together with making a good start on the picnic area near to bridge 140.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who came along for the day and also to CRT for great support in terms of both people and materials.

Next month on Saturday 16th March, the group return to continue working their way up the Cheshire Lock flight with work planned to finish painting and vegetation work at the picnic site and Bridge 140.  All welcome. 


IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group Improves Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation Towpath
Between 16th and 23th February, a group of around fifteen Waterway Recovery Group volunteers from all over the country came to work on a 500 metre stretch of the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, Essex between Wave and Hall Bridges, at Heybridge.
The intention was to clear overgrown brambles and branches to open up and widen the available tow path to allow it to dry ahead of the local council resurfacing it. Work was also carried out to remove overhanging branches from the off-side of the navigation that were catching on passing boats.
The volunteers, some of whom were attending as part of their gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, received training in the safe use of tools, including petrol-powered brush cutters, and completed the task in good time to the appreciation of passing tow path users.
See photos of WRG volunteers in action

WRG has another 22 week-long working holidays, called 'Canal Camps' planned for 2013. The camps are a great experience for anyone who loves being outdoors and enjoys meeting people from different backgrounds and of different ages (18+). They offer volunteers a fantastic chance to learn new skills such as bricklaying; stone walling; machine operation and restoration techniques!

For more details go to the WRG website or call 01494 783 453 ext 604.

Waterway Speakers

We are creating an area on the website listing waterway speakers for use by IWA branches as well as other organisations.

If you would like your details to be added to our list of speakers on the website please email gemma.bolton@waterways.org.uk with details of your waterway topics, any fees, areas covered, whether you are willing to travel if expenses are covered and contact details.

Please let us know if you are happy for you details to be published online. Alternatively, if you would prefer to keep your contact details private, we can organise for organisations to get in touch with us and then we can liaise with you to arrange.

See current list of speakers.

IWA Awards

Nominations must arrive no later than 31st March 2013, 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.


IWA Branch and Region Magazines

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

IWA - Waterways Magazine - Spring 2013

West Midlands Region - Navigation - Winter 2012

Chiltern Branch - Grapevine - Winter 2013
Northampton Branch - Endeavour - February 2013
Peterborough Branch - Hereward - February 2013

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

South East Region - Cargoes - Spring 2013
South West Region - Sou'Wester - Winter 2013

Great Ouse Branch - Ouse News - Spring 2013

IWA Volunteering Opportunities

Vacancies on Navigation Committee

Navigation Committee is the IWA national committee that monitors and responds to all matters relating to the use and maintenance of navigable waterways and this is a vital part of IWA’s work. It meets every two months usually at Rowington near Warwick and expenses can be claimed for attendance. There are currently two vacancies as shown but we would be pleased to talk to anybody who feels they could add to the work of this important committee:
A Minute Secretary - to draft minutes, monitor actions and to assist the chairman with producing agendas. Organisational and writing skills are required.
A Writer - to help produce content for IWA's website where the committee wishes to increase the profile of what the Association does for boaters. The ability to write clearly and concisely is necessary and a good boating knowledge would be an advantage. Understanding of websites is not necessary as uploading of content can be done by Head Office staff.

Representative on BSS Technical Committee - Navigation Committee is also seeking a suitable candidate to represent IWA on the Boat Safety Scheme Technical Committee, in order to give a boaters’ perspective. The Technical Committee is the stakeholder committee that makes recommendations to the BSS Advisory Committee concerning issues of a technical nature. The ideal candidate will have a good technical background and knowledge of both petrol and diesel engines on boats would be an advantage. It will not be necessary to become a member of Navigation Committee or to attend Navigation Committee meetings provided regular reports are submitted.

Applications together with a brief resume should be sent to the chairman: Paul Roper paul.roper@waterways.org.uk

Honorary Environmental Advisor

IWA is looking for an enthusiastic advocate of the inland waterways to provide independent specialist ecological and environmental advice that will help to progress all forms of inland waterway projects within Great Britain.

Whether you are currently an active member of IWA at branch, regional or national level, or an armchair member who thinks ‘I really should be doing something more’, we would like to hear from you.

IWA is seeking an appropriately professionally qualified person to act as an Honorary Environment Advisor with specialist skills in aquatic ecology and a working knowledge of environmental legislation. Desirable skills include the following:

  • A Degree in Ecology, Environmental Science or Environmental Management
  • Membership of IEEM, the professional institution for Ecology and Environmental Management or of CIWEM, the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
  • Professional experience in aquatic ecology, especially of canals
  • Knowledge of canal restoration and navigation management
  • A working knowledge of environmental legislation
  • Report writing

The role is voluntary, however IWA will provide Professional Indemnity Insurance and reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. To discuss the position further, please contact Vaughan Welch, chairman of IWA’s Restoration Committee: vaughan.welch@waterways.org.uk or tel 0121 477 9782.

New IWA Branch Volunteer Vacancies:

Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Branch - Social Secretary *NEW*

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


Other News

Droitwich Canal Update

Canal & River Trust has made available a report demonstrating some of the benefits of waterway restoration, following re-opening of the Droitwich Canals in 2011.  The report, which may be useful for restoration groups seeking to show how a re-opened waterway has captured the minds and enthusiasm of both local residents and visitors from further afield, has been made publicly available via IWA's website by Canal & River Trust.

The report shows since opening in July 2011, the Droitwich Canals have been very well used and gives summary data captured between July 2011 and March 2012.

Despite opening late in the season the canal had 1600 boat movements. The numbers look set to exceed the anticipated target of 3300 after 5 years. 2013 will be the first season hire boat operators will be advertising the "ring".

CRT monitors towpath use by pedestrians and cyclists at two locations with towpath counters. Over the period July to October, comparing 2010 with 2011, there was a 30% increase in users at Vines Park (close to the centre of Droitwich) and a 19% increase at the urban fringe location of Chawson. The actual numbers are 105,745 and 27,309 respectively.

Tourist Information Centre Visitors (TIC) records visitors and saw a 50% increase since the opening.

Supplementary Planning Guidance is in place and one of the significant waterway related developments received consent and started construction. The construction of a £3m, 238 berth marina close to Droitwich Rugby Club has also taken place.

Local businesses saw an increase in trade over the opening weekend and are now planning an annual canal festival to encourage trade in the town.

20 heritage structures were conserved and 5.5 hectares of thriving reed bed was constructed.

Read the full Droitwich Canals Restoration Guide (PDF)

Rivers Test & Itchen Restoration Strategy

The Environment Agency has drafted a management report for the Test and Itchen River Restoration Strategy.

See the report and give your views on the strategy on the Environment Agency website.

Bow Creek - Regulation of Navigation

The Port of London Authority has announced a change in arrangements for the control of Bow Creek with effect from 1st March 2013.

In expectation of a significant amount of vessels using Bow Creek / River Lea in support of the construction and de-construction of the Olympic site, Regulation of Navigation on the River Lea above the South Boundary Stone close to the A13 bridge was ceded by the then British Waterways Board to the Port of London Authority from the 1st June 2009.

In consideration that this significant increase has not materialised, it has now been agreed between the Port of London Authority and the Canal & River Trust that navigation jurisdiction above the limiting line, just below the A13 bridge as identified on PLA chart 378, is to return to Canal and River Trust with effect from 1st March 2013.

Read the full notice on the Port of London Authority website.

Shepperton Scoops Top Thames lock Award for Second Year
Shepperton Lock has won the award for Best Lock on the River Thames for the second year running, after hundreds of people voted in the Environment Agency’s 2012 Thames Waterways Awards.
Although Shepperton Lock was a clear winner amongst the public, other locks were awarded commendations due to a high level of positive feedback from many people. Locks that were given these special commendations were Bray, Hambleden, Goring and Eynsham locks, which were all singled out by river users.
The award winners will be presented with vouchers and a plaque to mark their success.

Chemical Company Prosecuted for Pollution of Nene
Chemical manufacturer and packaging company Safapac pleaded guilty at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court to causing pollution to the River Nene on Tuesday 26th February. They claimed vandals damaged containers allowing 5,000 litres of three chemicals to get into drains.

Thousands of fish died and thousands more were damaged by the agricultural chemicals that leaked on 18th June 2012 in Peterborough.
Some of them were bleached and others leapt from the water and died along the affected 50km stretch of water.
The case has been sent to the crown court for sentence as magistrates felt their sentencing powers were insufficient.

Thames Tideway Tunnel

A broad coalition of environmental and amenity groups has urged the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to put his weight behind the Thames Tunnel project ahead of its submission to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate on February 28th.
Thames Tunnel Now is calling for the final progression of the tunnel to tackle the on-going sewage pollution of the River Thames, which has only worsened during 10 years of research and debate.
The Mayor was an early supporter of the Thames Tunnel project.
London’s sewerage system, founded over 150 years ago, was future-proofed for a maximum of 2 million Londoners. Today, there are now almost 8 million and rising. Overflows pumped into the Thames were originally designed as a last resort in times of unnaturally high rainfall. Now however, our overloaded sewerage system forces untreated sewage into the River Thames after as little as 2mm of rain. The river, which is used by over 30 watersports clubs and thousands of tourists and walkers each day, is reported to be contaminated with harmful pathogens, viruses and bacteria, such as E coli, hepatitis A and faecal streptococci.

The sewage discharges breach the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive, risking the propect of hefty fines for the UK if the tunnel is not built.

IWA North & East London Branch has indicated its full support for the Thames Sewage Tunnel Project.



IWA Member Discounts and Special Offers

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

  • Boatshed Grand Union - 10% discount on brokerage
  • Channel Glaze - 10% discount on double glazing for boats
  • Cotswold Outdoor - 10% discount
  • Europcar - Special hire rates to IWA members
  • Guildford Boat House- 20% discount
  • Grand Union Diesel Services - 5% discount
  • Lee Sanitation Ltd. - 10% on orders over £100
  • Midland Chandlers - 5% discount
  • Narrowboat Services - 10% discount
  • River Canal Rescue - up to 15% discount
  • RoadPro - 5% discount
  • UK Boat Hire - 15% discount
  • UltimateBerths.com - Free Listing
  • Willowbridge Marina - 10% discount on chandlery purchases and services in the yard
  • Worcester Marine Windows Ltd - 5% discount
  • Zead - Free postage and accessories

Please note: All discounts and offers are entirely at the organisers' discretion.

To see details of how to take advantage of these offers, please go to www.waterways.org.uk/support_us/members_area/member_discounts_special_offers_public

For IWA members who receive a printed copy of this bulletin in the post, please contact the membership team on 01494 783453 for the details of the offers.

Members can also support IWA with a NarrowBoat subscription

Boat Insurance

IWA has an arrangement with insurers Navigators & General and River Canal Rescue that provides top quality boat insurance and access to the basic waterway rescue service for boat owners, with the added benefit that every policy taken out and subsequently renewed helps IWA, and thus furthers our charitable work for the waterways. 

See more information about the IWA insurance scheme for boaters

Waterway Events

Major IWA Festivals and Boat Rallies

IWA Canalway Cavalcade - Little Venice, London

4th - 6th May

IWA National Trailboat Festival - Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

25th - 27th May

IWA National Festival - Cassiobury Park, Watford, Hertfordshire 

19th - 21st July

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

Have you got a waterway event or activity to promote? - Anyone can add details of a waterways event or activity to this area on the website. You don’t even need to register with the website or provide any sort of password. Simply use the upload event form.

See IWA's Events Calendar for 2012 and 2013 waterway events. You can also search by event type or find out what's going in on your area with the map search.

Upcoming Volunteer/Clean-up Events

3rd March - Bugsworth Basin Work Party (The Inland Waterways Protection Society)
Details: All volunteers must wear stout footwear, preferably with toe protection, good quality work gloves, high-viz jackets and safety helmets as appropriate.  The society can loan you a hard-hat and high-viz jacket if you do not have one of your own.  Check your anti-tetanus jabs and boosters are still valid and please make sure your name is registered for insurance purposes.
Contact: ian@theedgars.co.uk

14th March Caldon Canal (IWA Stoke-on-Trent Branch)
Details: Monthly mid week work party held in conjunction with the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust.  All tools and equipment will be provided. Please bring packed lunch and own drinks. Volunteers are advised to wear old clothes and stout footwear.  Spring clean and sprucing up session at Froghall.
Contact: bob.luscombe@waterways.org.uk

16th March Work Party - Cheshire Locks (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: bob.luscombe@waterways.org.uk

16th March Canal Clean Up - Ellesmere Port, Shropshire Union Canal (IWA Chester & District Branch)
Details: Canal Clean Up on the Shropshire Union Canal, starting at Ellesmere Port.  Meet at 10am at the car park of the National Waterways Museum for litter picking the towpath between the museum and Bridge 140.  Volunteers advised to wear stout shoes, old clothes and gardening gloves.
Contact: gillian.bolt@waterways.org.uk

16th March Work Party - 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.  IWA Warwickshire Branch supporting CRT Towpath Taskforce.
Contact: alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk

16th - 17th March Cotswold Canals (WRG BITM)
Details: Demolition in preparation for repair of brickwork on locks in Stroud.
Contact: dave.wedd@wrgbitm.org.uk

21st March Work Party - 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

22nd - 24th March Canal Clean Up - Milton Keynes (IWA Milton Keynes Branch)
Details: Over three days the Grand Union Canal from Fenny Lock at Fenny Stratford through to Galleon Wharf, Wolverton, will be cleaned up. Friday start will be at 12 noon at Fenny Lock, Fenny Stratford, working north to end at Bridge 83, Woolstone (with a meal in The Barge Inn on Friday evening).  Saturday starts at 09.30 and continues through to Bridge 72, New Bradwell (with a meal in The New Inn, New Bradwell). Sunday starts at 09.15 and ends around lunchtime at Wolverton.
Contact: david.king@waterways.org.uk

23rd March Canal Clean Up - Slough Arm (Friends of Slough Canal/IWA Middlesex)
Details: Canal clean up day on the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal.  Organised by Friends of Slough Canal and supported by IWA Middlesex Branch.
Contact: Friendsofsloughcanal@hotmail.co.uk

23rd March Work Party - Manchester (IWA Manchester Branch)
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.
Contact: chairman@manchester-iwa.co.uk

24th March Bugsworth Basin Work Party - (The Inland Waterways Protection Society)
Details: All volunteers must wear stout footwear, preferably with toe protection, good quality work gloves, high-viz jackets and safety helmets as appropriate.  The society can loan you a hard-hat and high-viz jacket if you do not have one of your own. 
Contact: ian@theedgars.co.uk

24th March Warwick - Canal Clean Up (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
Details: Following the successful clean up of the Grand Union Canal centred around Clemens Street Bridge in Leamington, the Warwickshire branch is going to continue the good work to Emscote Road Bridge (Tescos) in Warwick. Work will include removing rubbish from the canal, litter picking, vegetation clearance and removing graffiti from bridges, so come in suitable attire.
The cleanup will commence at 10am and continue till lunchtime. Meet at the Tesco moorings by Emscote Road Bridge (Br 46) where CRT will provide grappling hooks, litter picking tools and black bags.
Contact: info.warwickshire@waterways.org.uk

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Upcoming Towpath Walks

7th March - Yoxall and Wychnor Walk (IWA Lichfield Branch)
Details: An easy circular walk of about 6 miles taking in the Trent & Mersey Canal near Wychnor.  Note earlier start for this walk.  Meet at 9.45 for a 10.00 am start at the junction of A515 and B5016 near the Crown Inn, Main Street, Yoxall, Staffs. DE13 8NQ.  Parking in nearby roads in Yoxall.  Optional lunch afterwards at the Foresters Arms on the A515 north of Yoxall.  Leader: Ed Rule. 
Contact: Margaret Beardsmore on 07581 794111 or email margaret.beardsmore@waterways.org.uk

10th March Bedford & MK Waterway Spring Walk (B&MK Waterway Trust)
Details: Trace the route of over a mile long section of the planned Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway from MK Coachway, along redways near Broughton Brook via the Cable Stay Bridge and out towards Kingston Bridge on the A5130, before walking onwards via Wavendon (option to stop here for refreshments after 3 miles) then to Salford (Red Lion Hotel, a further 2 miles), for refreshments (just a coffee or stay for lunch) followed by a minibus to return to coachway.
Contact: info@b-mkwaterway.co.uk

17th March London Towpath Walk (IWA London Region)
Details: The Olympics, Three Mills & Bow Back Rivers. Meet at Bromley-by-Bow Underground Station.  
Contact: roger.wilkinson@waterways.org.uk

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