IWA Lichfield Branch's Rugeley Canalside Regeneration project has been shortlisted in the Community and Partnership categories.
IWA Milton Keynes Branch's Canal Clean Up project has been shortlisted in the Volunteering category.
The 2012 Stroud on Water event which incorporated IWA's Trailboat Festival has also been shortlisted in the Recreation & Tourism category.
The Waterways Renaissance Awards competiton, organised by Canal & River Trust, is also known as the “Oscars of the Waterways”. Entries must relate to projects that are located on or adjacent to a UK inland waterway; are innovative and inspirational; involve participation by a range of partners; have enriched the enjoyment of the waterway; and have a proven track record of success.
Winners for each category will be announced at the ceremony on 23rd May 2013 at the ICC in Birmingham.
Tickets Now On Sale For The Waterways Festival
This year IWA will be holding its National Waterways Festival at Cassiobury Park on the Grand Union Canal, Watford from Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July.
This event is a three day celebration of the waterways and includes hundreds of boats, exhibitors, food outlets to suit every taste, as well as our celebrated Real Ale bar.
There will be a wide range of general interest stalls and IWA’s own shop will have a stand giving visitors the chance to browse an extensive range of waterways books and gifts.
There will also be a craft marquee and the opportunity for you to acquire traditional waterway craft skills in our workshops.
IWA is also planning a full programme of entertainment for all the family including a fly past by a World War II Spitfire (external circumstances permitting), song and dance throughout the festival and a Victorian Fairground!
For serious boat enthusiasts there will be new craft on show and the full range of accessories and equipment to 'get afloat'.
Our last festival, at Burton upon Trent, attracted around 25,000 visitors over the three day period, with 360 boats mooring along the Trent and Mersey Canal and 250+ exhibitors – so why not come along and join us for this years event!
Save money and buy your ticket in advance
Advance single adult - £6.50 BUY NOW!
3 day pass - £12.50 BUY NOW!
Children Under 16 go free (when accompanied by an adult).
See full event information: The Waterways Festival 2013
The Lapal Canal Trust, supported by the Community Partnership for Selly Oak (CP4SO), have organised a rally to campaign for the reinstatement of the Dudley No 2 Canal (known locally as the Lapal Canal).
Boaters are invited to gather along the Worcester & Birmingham Canal in Selly Oak on the weekend of 11th - 12th May.
IWA, along with The Lapal Canal Trust and local residents, is campaigning against private developers, 'Harvest' and Sainsbury's, whose plans which do not provide for a viable reconstruction of the eastern end of the Lapal Canal.
Find out more about the Lapal Canal Campaign
See Lapal Rally event information
Thames Tideway Tunnel Order
A public notice relating to the Construction Order for the proposed Thames Tideway [SEWER] Tunnel has been published.
Thames Water’s 50,000-page development consent application for the ‘Supersewer’, proposed to help tackle the tens of millions of tonnes of untreated sewage flowing into the tidal River Thames every year, was accepted for examination by the Inspectorate on 27th March 2013.
IWA welcomes Thames Water's commitment to solve the long standing concern about raw sewage being deposited in the Thames at times of heavy rain.
IWA is encouraging its members to help ensure the maximum use of water freight on the River Thames for both 'spoil out' and 'linings in'. Spoil is the material drilled out by the tunnel boring machines. The Linings are the concrete sections that make up the walls of the tunnel. These are pre-cast elsewhere.
Users need to register with the Inspectorate as an ‘interested party’ before 28th May 2013. Registering as an interested party ensures involvement in the examination of the application. These parties will be able to present their views to the Examining Authority, a panel of up to five Inspectors appointed by the Inspectorate, and attend meetings or hearings. This includes the Preliminary Meeting, expected to be held this September, which is an opportunity to influence how the application should be examined.
Poster of locations and dates for public meetings
A DVD of the application itself can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information can be found on the Thames Tideway website
IWA National Festival Awards
As in past years, a number of awards will be presented at the 2013 National Waterways Festival (19th-21st July) to which everyone is invited to enter.
There is no limit to the number of awards that you may enter, providing that you meet the relevant criteria for each such award.
Cruising Awards: River & Canal Rescue are again supporting the three main cruising awards and will kindly donate RCR membership vouchers (worth up to £200) as prizes to the winners of these three trophies.
Best Decorated Boat: Due to a number of logistical reasons, it will not be possible to hold an illuminated boat parade at Watford this year, however the Ray Dunford Trophy will be awarded this year for the best decorated boat (illuminated or non-floral) following the theme for this year’s event which is Elton John.
Best Floral Decorated Boat: Again this year there will also be an award for the Best Floral Decorated Boat, so let’s get those green fingers working to create some very colourful displays please.
Best Decorated Campsite Unit: Campers are not forgotten either as there will also by a prize for the Best Decorated Campsite Unit (either tent, caravan or mobile home) and again bonus points will be awarded for following the Elton John theme although this is not compulsory.
Cake Making Award: The cake making award will be similar to past years. You will need to have a medium sized cake tin and normal cake making / icing ingredients.
Best Festival Related Painting or Drawing: For children up to 8 years of age attending the festival, there will be a competition for the Penny Briscoe Trophy which will be awarded for the best festival related painting or drawing. We would like as many children as possible to enter and every child will receive a prize.
The presentation ceremony for the award winners takes place at 11 am on Sunday 21st July in the Main Theatre marquee.
See more information about entering festival competitions
North West Region Social Meeting
On Saturday 20th April about 40 members of IWA North West Region met at Fiddlers Ferry Yacht Haven on the Sankey Canal, the oldest on the system. As regions no longer need to hold them this was not a formal AGM and was styled as ‘Not an AGM’.
Members from all the branches in the Region were welcomed by the Region Chairman, Alan Platt and then shown a brief compilation of activities during last year complete with sound track expertly put together by Mike Carter, and now to be found on the North West Region page of the website.
The Region has two trophies awarded annually. The Tetlow Cup is for outstanding service to the waterways by a non-IWA person or group. This was awarded to Mike Friend, for ten years work party organiser for the Shropshire Union Canal Society on the Montgomery Canal.
The Kenwin Trophy for services to the IWA was awarded to Madeline Dean, recently retired as Chairman of the North Lancs and Cumbria branch, long term stalwart of the Lancaster Canal restoration and familiar to many as custodian of the Cressy Lounge at Nationals.
After an excellent lunch provided by the Yacht Club, there was a talk on the history of the Sankey Canal by Dave Smallshaw, Chester & Merseyside Branch and Region committee member as well as Chairman of Sankey Canal Restoration Society and then Dave and Colin Greenall took those who wanted for a tour of the adjacent canal.
Photo: Audrey Smith, former National Chairman, with Alan Platt, Regional Chairman, presents the Kenwin Trophy to Madeline Dean on Lancashire & Cumbria Branch.
Bethlee Jones has joined the Association's staff at IWA Head Office as Membership Recruitment Assistant, a newly created part-time role within the Membership Team supporting Tracy Higgin, Membership Officer & Office Manager.
Bethlee is a qualified lawyer and has previous experience working in a large membership organisation. Bethlee’s role will initially focus on developing relationships with IWA corporate members and other waterway businesses to promote IWA membership to a wider audience and will expand to cover all areas of membership recruitment and retention.
We saddened to report the death of John Sutton. John was the Stoke on Trent Boat Club representative on the IWA Stoke on Trent Branch (now North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch) committee for many years. He also supplied the brass plaques to many IWA national festivals and other rallies over the years.
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
Lichfield Branch - Lichfield Lines - Spring 2013
Milton Keynes Branch - Towpath Telegraph - May 2013
Lancashire & Cumbria Branch - Towing Path Topics - April 2013
Warwickshire Branch - Bear Essentials - April 2013
The following IWA region and branch magazines have also been added in recent weeks:
Chelmsford Branch - Newsletter - April 2013
East Yorkshire Branch - Wolds Waters - April 2013
Lee & Stort Branch - Recorder - February 2013
North Riding Branch - Northern Navigation News - Spring 2013
South London / North & East London branches - Meridian Cuttings - March 2013
IWA East Yorkshire Branch at Beverley Beck litter Pick - 28th April 2013
Each Year the Beverley Beck Boating Association (BBBA) holds a litter pick along the length of Beverley Beck from the lock to the terminus of the Beck near the Forrester’s Arms Hotel; a distance of around three quarters of a mile.
This year four volunteers from IWA East Yorkshire Branch, Maureen Bromley, Ian Campbell and Hilary and Howard Anguish, helped in the annual effort to keep this attractive waterway clean and tidy.
Despite the blustery weather, IWA volunteers were able to collect 4 bin bags of rubbish from the east side of the Beck while members of the BBBA tackled the pathways on the west side. Branch volunteers were then refreshed with tea and biscuits served by BBBA members in their clubhouse.
The Beck has an active boating association with a club house and moorings for around 30 or so boats, and in particular the Beck is home to the renovated barge Syntan which does community trips along the River Hull and into the Humber Estuary.
Later this year the Council will be installing a number of visitor’s moorings and hopes to attract more visitors to this less well known part of our inland waterway network.
Photo by Howard Anguish. L to R: Hilary Anguish, Ian Campbell and Maureen Bromley
IWA Lichfield Branch Work Party - 27th April 2013
IWA Lichfield Branch's eleven volunteers had to dodge the April showers at the work party on 27th April, but managed to complete the list of jobs by lunchtime.
This work party was the ‘end of the beginning’ at St. Augustine’s Field in Rugeley. The final result will see much needed boaters facilities in Rugeley, plus winter moorings.
On the day volunteers finished ground scrub clearance, and cleaned off the existing decking. In addition, volunteers used the 200 saplings left over from the earlier tree planting, and gave them a temporary home for the summer. The branch is intending to plant them in the Leathermill Lane area of Rugeley this winter, following the Tesco development in the area.
The next stage at this site is to do an assessment of the site together with Canal and River Trust, and plan the work which needs to be done in future.
IWA London Region Cleanup Little Venice - 20th - 21st April 2013
Members of IWA London Region supported a recent Canal & River Trust Towpath Taskforce two day work party in the vicinity of Little Venice, in order to prepare the area for Canalway Cavalcade, taking place over the bank holiday weekend, 4th - 6th May 2013.
The work took place over the weekend of the 20th - 21st April and saw volunteers carrying out litter picking, painting and vegetation clearance.
Cheshire Locks Work Party - 16th April 2013
Tuesday 16th April saw a warm and sunny spring day as IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch and other regular volunteers returned for another work party on the Cheshire Locks.
This month’s work party saw the group move from Rode Heath to Church Lawton to begin work on locks 52 to 49 forming the Lawton Locks on the Trent & Mersey Canal. Vegetation was cleared from cobble setts around the lock gates and the gates themselves were given a fresh coat of paint, together with the associated lock furniture.
As with previous work parties, local residents came out to chat and bring encouraging words to the volunteers for the work and particular thanks to the resident who provided refreshing cups of tea at the end of the day.
Many thanks to the volunteers who came along for the day and also to CRT for usual support in terms of materials.
Next month, whilst the branch will continue on the Cheshire Locks, they will be changing both the date and the venue. Volunteers will meet on Thursday 30th May at Wheelock Wharf where they will be undertaking painting and vegetation clearance in advance of the planned Community Day at the Wharf taking place on Saturday 8th June.
Further work parties will take place on Tuesday 18th June and Saturday 20th July as the branch continues to work their way up the Cheshire Locks.
Anyone who would like to volunteer for all or part of these days is very welcome. All tools and materials are provided, however you will need to wear old clothes and stout shoes or boots and bring waterproofs, just in case! All welcome for either the full day (10am – 4pm) or join us for part of the day.
If you have any questions regarding future working parties then please contact Bob Luscombe, Work Party Organiser, IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch
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 at: www.waterways.org.uk/about/vacancies/vacancies
Trent & Mersey Canal Reopening
The Trent & Mersey Canal is set to reopen on Thursday 2nd May.
In September 2012 the Trent & Mersey Canal experienced a breach at Dutton Hollow near Preston Brook. Since then Canal & River Trust has been working to repair the hole in the canal.
The reopening will restore the famous Cheshire Ring back to a fully circular route.
See the diary of repairs on the Canal & River Trust website
Kellogg Using Waterways Shipping for Cereal
Kellogg has increased commitment to Peel Ports’ ‘green highway’ to Manchester Ship Canal shuttle service. The move will improve the efficiency of its supply chain and take hundreds of trucks off UK roads.
The Ship Canal shuttle service is the most environmentally-friendly bulk logistics solution on offer in the UK, and already serves other major retail names such as Princes Foods, Kingsland Wine, Tesco, Typhoo, Regatta and a major global sportswear brand.
2,500 TEU (Twenty-foot equivalent unit) of Kellogg cereal product will be transported on the green highway network between the company’s Manchester, Ireland and Iberia distribution hubs in 2013. The containerised product is transhipped at the Port of Liverpool on to a coastal feeder service to serve the Irish and Spanish markets.
Kellogg has also taken advantage of the port of Liverpool’s flexible “on demand” warehousing offering with storage for up to 7,000 pallets of cereal product.
Kellogg’s use of the shuttle service will equate to an 85% reduction in road miles for its supply chain: a reduction of 40,000 road miles and 61 tonnes of CO2 this year.
Slough Arm Closed
The Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal has had to be closed because of a footbridge which is in imminent danger of collapse. The footbridge is bridge 2(A), also known as Reeds Bridge. The bridge is located between the M25 road crossing and the footbridge (no 1) from Little Britain.
The nearest access points to the towpath are bridge 3 Thorney Lane road bridge to the west, and bridge 1 Trout Lane footbridge to the east.
At present both the waterway and the towpath are closed at this point and it is not possible to pass.
Initial indications suggest that the arm will be closed for up to two weeks but more information will be available after investigative work has been completed.
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Waterways published its report on Monday 22nd April into the progress and future of the Canals and River Trust's Waterways Partnerships.
The chairs of the APPG, Sir Tony Baldry and Huw Irranca-Davies said "We are at an important stage in the life of the Waterways. It has been almost a year since the Canal and River Trust (CRT) was established and a new era in governance began.
The Waterway Partnerships have achieved a lot in a short amount of time and represent the huge potential in the new structure for the waterways. They have the opportunity to further enhance the waterways demographic and its popular appeal. The APPG looks forward to seeing the continued development of the Waterway Partnerships."
The APPG report delivers 11 recommendations to the partnerships that will help them further their objectives of bringing increased funding and volunteers into the waterways as well as advising and assisting local management.
Download the full report (PDF 1.5MB)
Volunteer work has been delayed on the restoration of the Lichfield Canal with a recent major theft of tools equipment from the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s (LHCRT) security compound in Lichfield.
Thieves broke into the storage containers and stole power and other tools, one of the major items being the generator that provides electricity to drive other equipment on the site. A Forensic Officer of Staffordshire Police was there shortly afterwards and the crime is being investigated.
LHCRT Financial Director, Bob Williams, said the theft was a set-back to the present highly successful restoration work at this location and has appealed for help from any organisations, companies or individuals who may have spare tools, or can offer LHCRT any other assistance with this current problem as it has brought work to a halt in Darnford Park, Lichfield.
The value of the stolen items is approaching £10,000 which is a half of the Trusts Annual income and it is a major blow to the unpaid volunteers who have helped raise the money as well as those helping to restore the canal.
Bob Williams can be contacted on 01543 671427.
Spate of Attacks on Regent's Canal
Police have warned the public to be extra vigilant along the Regent’s Canal towpath after a spate of attacks.
Each of the incidents has seen a lone female victim grabbed from behind by a male suspect and subjected to an indecent assault.
They happened on the canal towpath alongside Kingsland Road in Haggerston, Hackney and New North Road in Islington.
The suspect in each case is described as a black male aged in his 20s or 30s.
Detectives are appealing for information from the public.
Anyone who witnessed the incidents or noticed anyone behaving suspiciously should contact Pc Rob Gray or Det Sgt Barry Leake from CID Islington on 020 7421 0162 or 020 7421 0185, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Stab vest Issued to River Cam Bailiff
A stab vest is to be issued to a river bailiff in Cambridge amid fears for his safety while patrolling the River Cam.
A representitive of the Cam Conservators advised that the vest is being issued as a precautionary measure and said other river agency staff have them issued as standard.
The move is being made after a reported increase in hostility including aggressive and excessive touting, break-ins and deliberately untying boats.
Fossils come to life in Dudley Cavern
Visitors to the Dudley Canal Tunnel and limestone mines can now see a recreation of creatures that lived in a tropical sea that covered Dudley over 400 million years ago. Even the famous “Dudley Bug” - a Trilobite - will be seen crawling on the sea bed.
Dudley Canal Trust has spent over £22,000 commissioning a spectacular seven minute video using the latest in computer generated graphics which will bring the prehistoric sea creatures to life.
The new attraction will be part of the normal boat trips run by the Trust through a network of tunnels and the fossil beds into vast limestone mines. It will be shown on a purpose built wide screen in the Little Tess Cavern and replaces a dated 35mm slide show which has been used for the last few years.
The cost of the video has been funded from the Trust’s own reserves.
The programme traces the history of the area beginning with the laying down of the fossil beds well over 400 million years ago in a tropical sea through to the mining of the limestone in the 19th century to feed the local iron industry during the Industrial Revolution.
The following special offers are now available exclusively for IWA members:
Please note: All discounts and offers are entirely at the organisers' discretion.
To see details of how to take advantage of these offers, please go to www.waterways.org.uk/support_us/members_area/member_discounts_special_offers_public
For IWA members who receive a printed copy of this bulletin in the post, please contact the membership team on 01494 783453 for the details of the offers.
Members can also support IWA with a NarrowBoat subscription
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
Join us at Canalway Cavalcade - a unique waterways and community festival arranged by IWA at Little Venice since 1983.
There’ll be fun for all the family with a boaters’ gathering, a pageant of boats, trade shows and stalls, bands, kids’ activities, competitions, Morris Dancers, a real ale bar, a wide variety of snacks and food.
Admission is Free.
Twitter users, don't forget to use hashtag #cavalcade2013
Find out more about Canalway Cavalcade 2013:
|4th - 6th May||IWA Canalway Cavalcade - Little Venice, London|
|25th - 27th May||IWA National Trailboat Festival - Bodiam Castle, East Sussex|
|19th - 21st July||IWA National Festival - Cassiobury Park, Watford, Hertfordshire|
Other Festivals and Boat Rallies
3rd - 6th May St. Richards Festival
4th - 5th May Loughborough Canal Festival
4th - 6th May IWA Canalway Cavalcade 2013 - Festival of London Waterways
4th - 6th May Norbury Canal Festival
11th - 12 May Lapal Canal Rally at Selly Oak
18th - 19th May Rickmansworth Festival - Festival of London Waterways
18th - 19th May Moira Canal Festival
24th - 27th May Erewash Canal Boat Gathering
24th - 27th May Tall Ships
25th - 27th May IWA Trailboat Festival 2013 - Bodiam Castle
25th - 26th May BCN 24 Hour Challenge
25th - 27th May Crick Boat Show
1st - 2nd June Etruria Canals Festival
1st - 2nd June Audlem RNLI Festival
1st - 2nd June Leicester Riverside Festival
6th - 9th June Russell Newbery Register Rally
7th - 9th June Beale Park Boat Show
7th - 14th June BCN Explorer Cruise A
14th - 16th June BCNS Pelsall Canal Festival
14th - 16th June Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival
15th - 16th June Stoke Bruerne Gala Weekend
17th - 24th June BCN Explorer Cruise B
20th - 23rd June Lymm Historic Transport Day
21st - 23rd June Newbury Waterways Festival
28th - 30th June Thwaite Mills Boat Gathering
29th - 30th June Chesterfield Canal Festival
5th - 7th July Ware Boat Festival 2013 - Festival of London Waterways
5th - 7th July Stratford River Festival
12th - 13th July Evesham Festival
13th - 14th July Cosgrove Canal Festival
19th - 21st July IWA National Festival - Festival of London Waterways
20th - 21st July Pershore Town River Festival
20th - 21st July Preston Riversway Festival
27th July Linslade Canal Festival
28th July Audlem Festival of Transport
10th - 11th August Blisworth Canal Festival
24th - 26th August Outdoor Leisure Show
1st September Angel Canal Festival - Festival of London Waterways
7th - 8th September Slough Canal Festival - Festival of London Waterways
14th - 15th September Mayor's River Thames Festival
21st - 22nd September Whitchurch Gathering of Boats
21st - 22nd September Huddlesford Heritage Gathering
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.
2nd May Work Party - Caldon Canal (IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
5th May Bugsworth Basin Work Party (The Inland Waterways Protection Society)
9th May Work Party - Caldon Canal (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch
11th May Work Party - Tardebigge Lime Kilns (WBDCS supported by IWA Birmingham Branch)
12th May Canal Clean Up - Warwick (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
16th May Work Party - Lapworth (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
18th May Work Party - Lapworth (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
18th May Work Party - Ware, River Lee (IWA Lee & Stort Branch)
18th May Work Party - Salterhebble Locks near Halifax (IWA West Riding Branch)
19th May Bugsworth Basin Work Party (The Inland Waterways Protection Society)
25th May Work Party - Greater Manchester (IWA Manchester Branch)
30th May Work Party - Cheshire Locks - Trent & Mersey Canal (IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
To advertise your restoration/cleanup events in the bulletin please add details to IWA's events calendar
5th May London Towpath Walk (IWA London Region)
11th May Leominster Canal - Berrington Hall (Friends of the Leominster Canal)
15th May Evening Walk at Chasewater (IWA Lichfield Branch)
19th May London Towpath Walk (IWA London Region)
21st May Grand Union Canal, Cheddington (Railway & Canal Historical Society)
To advertise your towpath walks in the Bulletin, please add details to IWA's events calendar
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