IWA 2013 Calendar Competition Results
There were many lovely photos submitted for IWA's Calendar Photo Competition, which were shortlisted and then voted for. The response greatly exceeded our expectations and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit photos and to vote. The calendar will be going to print shortly and should be available for purchase at the end of July.
If you would like us to email you when the 2013 IWA Calendar is available for purchase please let us know.
The final selection of photos is shown below.
Category: Cover Photos
|Montgomery Canal, Queen’s Head - Alan Wilding|
Category: Spring Photos
|Oxford Canal - Steve Barham||River Severn Mist - English Holiday Cruises||Neath Canal, IWA Trailboat Festival 2011 - Jeanne Smith|
Category: Summer Photos
|River Shannon - Jeanne Smith||Braunston Historic Boat Gathering 2011 - Tim Lewis||IWA National Festival, Beale Park, 2010 - Alison Smedley|
|Grand Union Canal, Hatton - Tim Lewis||Oxford Canal - Michele Field||Staffs & Worcs Canal - Bob Eason|
|Peak Forest Canal - Victor Gibbons||Kingfisher on Cromford Canal - Hugh Potter||Manchester Ship Canal - Colin Hobbs|
‘WOW’ or Canal & River Explorers?
Things are moving fast in the Canal & River Trust World – and included in the changes was the perception by BW senior management that it was also time to change their WOW education branding to something more meaningful for them.
The result is the use of the word “Explorers” which they will link with their new brand “Canal & River”. Following on from this there will be a brand new “Explorers” website and their material will be similarly branded.
Questions have inevitably arisen about this change in relation to IWA and the WOW partnership, which has run for many years and we would like to reassure members that ‘WOW’ is still alive and well, as far as IWA is concerned. There has been significant investment in new resources in recent years and IWA has also put out our WOW kits to far more events and societies who have therefore invested in the WOW concept, and promoted it to their visitors. We will also need to look at a new IWA WOW web page as all our material encourages children to visit us on line.
In the meantime we will continue to share resources/ideas with the BW/C&RT team as appropriate.
If any organisation or event would like to book a WOW kit for 2012, please contact email@example.com
The Waterside Action Team Rugeley (WATR) had additional help on Sunday from the Victory Christian Centre Youth Group. WATR, which is a community group lead by IWA's Lichfield Branch, is gradually improving the Brindley Bank area of Rugeley by the canal aqueduct.
The latest development is a bid for money from the Community Paths Initiative to help improve the public footpath leading from Wolseley Road down to the ‘Bloody Steps’ by the canal. This path will form part of a 2.5 mile circular walk around the canal which will be named ‘the Brindley Trail’ in honour of James Brindley, the chief engineer of the Trent and Mersey Canal.
The young volunteers cleared undergrowth, weeds and litter, while other volunteers worked hard to uncover the old tramway which is by the aqueduct, renovated a bench across the canal, and generally tidied the area up.
(Photo by Margaret Beardsmore)
Last Chance to Donate to the Inglesham Lock Restoration Appeal
The Inglesham Lock Restoration Appeal is due to close to personal donations at the end of April (although we will not be turning away any funds that arrive after this date).
Donations totalling £85,469 have been pledged towards the Inglesham Lock Appeal so far and we hope to get the total higher by the end of April.
Last year, WRG volunteers set up the site compound, cleared vegetation, and started rebuilding the upper wing walls. In 2012, volunteers plan to assist in the construction of a dam to enable access to the lock chamber, as well as repair the stop plank grooves, instal new stop planks and continue the repair of the wing walls.
WRG will be on site from 11th August until 1st September. Volunteers will also be on site throughout the year with weekend work parties planned in April, May, and June. If you are interested in volunteering this summer to help restore the lock please visit the WRG website for more information.
Please send a cheque made out to 'IWA' to: IWA Inglesham Appeal, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1WA or donate online
See the photo gallery of restoration work undertaken so far.
We are saddened to report the death of David Howarth on 4th April whilst on a visit to New Zealand. He was part of IWA’s Festival team, with responsibilities for the festival site layout and logistics, for a number of years, and was also a former treasurer of IWA’s Manchester Branch. Although David's funeral is taking place in New Zealand, there is likely to be a memorial service for him, in the Bolton area, during May.
We are also saddened to report the death of Tony Robinson, chairman of Cotswold Canals Trust on 13th April. Tony was elected chairman of the Trust in 2011 and the illness that ended his life manifested itself only a few weeks after he took office. He had remained active until very recently, and had been a great help in advancing IWA's appeal for Inglesham Lock.
IWA Events Volunteering
Find out about volunteering opportunities at IWA's 2012 events www.waterways.org.uk/support_us/volunteer/event_volunteers
IWA Branch and Region Help Wanted
Have a look at a list of volunteer opportunities within local IWA committees. here is a full list of volunteer opportunities within IWA branches at: www.waterways.org.uk/about/vacancies/vacancies
The Charity Commission has confirmed the registration of the Canal & River Trust under registration number 1146792. The news means that the fledgling Trust, which already has a Board of Trustees, a governing Council and, in HRH The Prince of Wales, a Royal Patron, is now legally permitted and will soon be ready to raise charitable income to support its objectives.
For more information about the Canal & River Trust, including its charitable objects, visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk. This site now includes copies of the minutes of meetings of its trustees, agenda papers, the Trust's new Articles of Association and a copy of its registration application to the Charity Commission.
Official Opening of the Wey & Arun Canal Centre at Loxwood
More than 200 supporters and guests welcomed the opening of Wey & Arun Canal Trust's new Canal Centre at Loxwood, West Sussex, on Sunday 1st April. Mike Coleman, chairman of West Sussex County Council, cut the red ribbon and saluted the exceptional work by all the volunteers.
The new building has been constructed from sustainably sourced materials with low energy requirements.
The Canal Centre is now open every weekend until the Autumn. Further information is available on the Trust's website www.weyandarun.co.uk.
Foxton Canal Museum Re-opened Following Renovation
The Foxton Canal Museum has been re-opened following renovation. The museum now has improved access and space for temporary exhibitions as well as meetings, music concerts and lectures.
Work at the museum over the last two years has seen the replacement of a spiral staircase, new archive and research facilities and improvements to the shop display.
For more information please visit the Foxton Inclined Plane Trust website.
The Port of London Authority has advised that there will be controlled navigation and river closures during the Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant
The pageant is taking place on Sunday 3rd June 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s 60 year reign.
For detailed information please see the PLA's website
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.
5th - 7th May 2012 at Little Venice, Paddington, London
Join us at IWA's Canalway Cavalcade - a unique waterways and community festival arranged at Little Venice since 1983. Organised entirely by IWA volunteers, 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.
See more Canalway Cavalcade information.
Canalside Jubilee 2012
2nd - 4th June 2012, 12.00pm – 5.00pm at Frimley Lodge Park
This 3-day family event is being organised by Surrey and Hampshire Canal Society to celebrate the 21 years since the Royal re-opening of the Basingstoke Canal as well as Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
In addition to the entertainment on stage in the main arena, there will be a variety of stands and stalls, a craft marquee, fun activities for children, boat trips and a beer tent.
The show will run from 12.00 pm to 5.00 pm each day. Entry is free.
Help is needed at the event – if you can lend a hand please contact Verna Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01252 517622.
For more information please see the Canalside Jubilee website
|Waterways Fun Day - London||29th April|
|South Kyme Festival - Lincolnshire||4th - 7th May|
|Northampton Boat Gathering - Northamptonshire||4th - 7th May|
|IWA Canalway Cavalcade 2012 - London||5th - 7th May|
|BCN Society Summer Rally - West Midlands||18th - 20th May|
|Rickmansworth Festival - Hertfordshire||19th - 20th May|
|Moira Canal Festival - Leicestershire||19th - 20th May|
|The Broads Green Boat & Tourism Show - Norfolk||20th May|
|Jubilee Canal Festival at Etruria - West Midlands||2nd - 3rd June|
|IWA National Trailboat Festival 2012, Stroud - Gloucestershire||2nd - 4th June|
|Canalside Jubilee - Surrey||2nd - 4th June|
|Crick Boat Show - Northamptonshire||2nd - 5th June|
|Shrewsbury River Festival - Shropshire||3rd June|
|Stoke Bruerne Museum Gala Weekend - Northamptonshire||8th - 10th June|
|Stafford Boat Club Gathering - Staffordshire||8th - 10th June|
|Leicester Riverside Festival - Leicestershire||9th - 10th June|
|Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival - Cheshire||15th - 17th June|
|Droitwich Boat Gathering - Worcestershire||22nd - 25th June|
|Northwich River Weaver Festival - Cheshire||23rd - 24th June|
|Stratford River Festival - Warwickshire||29th June - 1st July|
|Leeds Waterfront Festival 2012 - West Yorkshire||30th June - 1st July|
|Chesterfield Canal Festival - Derbyshire||30th June - 1st July|
|IWA Thwaite Mills Boat Gathering 2012 - West Yorkshire||30th June - 1st July|
|Selly Oak Park Festival, Boat Gathering - West Midlands||30th June - 1st July|
|Foxton Locks Festival - Leicestershire||30th June - 1st July|
|Evesham River Festival - Worcestershire||6th - 8th July|
|Wheel 10 - Falkirk Wheel Boat Rally - Falkirk||6th - 8th July|
|Ware Boat Festival - Hertfordshire||6th - 8th July|
|Regent's Canal Festival - London||13th - 15th July|
|Pershore Town River Festival - Worcestershire||14th - 15th July|
|Newbury Waterways Festival - West Berkshire||20th - 22nd July|
|Blisworth Canal Festival - Northamptonshire||11th - 12th August|
|IWA Campaign Festival 2012, Preston - Lancashire||25th - 27th August|
|Red Hill Marina and Tuggyland Boat Show - Nottinghamshire||25th - 27th August|
|Shackerstone Family Festival - Leicestershire||1st - 2nd September|
|Maesbury Canal Festival - Shropshire||1st - 2nd September|
|Ellesmere Boat Rally - Shropshire||7th - 9th September|
|Slough Canal Festival - Berkshire||8th - 9th September|
|Whitchurch Gathering of Boats - Shropshire||15th - 16th September|
|RNLI Rally - Surrey||22nd - 23rd September|
|Village at War Weekend - Northamptonshire||28th - 30th September|
|BCN Society Bonfire Rally - West Midlands||4th - 5th November|
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.
20th - 22nd April BCN Cleanup (Waterway Recovery Group)
Details: From Walsall Junction: up the locks towards Bloxwich, along the level towards Birmingham, and down the arm into Walsall Town Basin.
21st April Towpath Tidy - Little Venice (British Waterways)
Details: Help brighten up Little Venice by painting the edge of the towpath ready for the Cavalcade Boat Festival.
21st - 22nd April Wendover Arm (WRG BITM)
Details: Laying about 4,000 concrete blocks on the sides of the canal, to protect the Bentomat lining. Also cutting and rolling lengths of lining ready for work in future months. Meet on Friday evening about 21:30 in the "Village Swan" or at Ivinghoe Aston Village Hall.
15th May Towpath Tidy - Tottenham (British Waterways)
Details: Help give Stonebridge Lock a new lick of paint and make it sparkling in time for the Olympics. Meet at Tottenham Hale tube/rail station
To advertise your restoration/cleanup events in the bulletin please add details to IWA's events calendar http://www.waterways.org.uk/iwa_calendar/
26th April Bridgewater Canal (IWA Chester & District Branch)
Details: The walk alongside the canal provides distant views before turning uphill on a narrow lane. From the top of the hill, more level walking with open aspects
takes us back to the pub after a walk of 3.5 miles.
3rd May Walsall Canal Heritage (IWA Lichfield Branch)
Details: Canal Heritage Walk at Walsall. Learn something about the history of the Walsall Canal on this walk along the Town Arm and Walsall Locks towards Birchills and return.
6th May Grand Union Canal (London Walks)
Details: Kensal Green Cemetery - Grand Union - LittleVenice. Meeting Point Kensal Green Station. Cost £8 Concessionary and student rate £6
To advertise your towpath walks inthe bulletin please add details to IWA's events calendar http://www.waterways.org.uk/iwa_calendar/
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Bulletin is edited by Gemma Bolton