IWA Bulletin Mid-April 2012

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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

calendarspring1_SB_125pxOxford Canal - Steve Barham calendarspring7_EH_125pxRiver Severn Mist - English Holiday Cruises calendarspring6_JS_125pxNeath Canal, IWA Trailboat Festival 2011 - Jeanne Smith

Category: Summer Photos

calendarsummer1_JS_125pxRiver Shannon - Jeanne Smith calendarsummer8_TL_125pxBraunston Historic Boat Gathering 2011 - Tim Lewis calendarsummer9_AS_125pxIWA National Festival, Beale Park, 2010 - Alison Smedley

Category: Autumn

calendarautumn1_TL_125pxGrand Union Canal, Hatton - Tim Lewis calendarautumn2_MF_125pxOxford Canal - Michele Field calendarautumn7_BE_125pxStaffs & Worcs Canal - Bob Eason

Category: Winter

calendarwinter1_VG_125pxPeak Forest Canal - Victor Gibbons calendarwinter2_HP_125pxKingfisher on Cromford Canal - Hugh Potter calendarwinter3_CH_125pxManchester Ship Canal - Colin Hobbs

IWA News

‘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 gillian.bolt@waterways.org.uk



IWA Lichfield Branch Helps Regenerate Historic Area of Rugeley

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)


thermometermen150pxLast 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.


About People

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 Volunteering Opportunities

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


Other News

Canal & River Trust now a Registered Charity

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.


River Closures During Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

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


IWA Member Discounts and Special Offers

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

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

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.


2012 Waterway Events

Canalway Cavalcade 2012

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 events@basingstoke-canal.org.uk or on 01252 517622.

For more information please see the Canalside Jubilee website


Some dates for your diary in 2012:

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.

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


Upcoming Restoration/Clean-up Events

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.
Contact: enquiries@wrg.org.uk

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.
Contact: Rebecca.Williams@britishwaterways.co.uk

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.
Contact: dave.wedd@wrgbitm.org.uk

29th April Westbridge Arm Clean-up (IWA Northampton Branch)
Details: Annual clean-up of the Westbridge Arm Northampton ready for the boat gathering 4th - 7th May.
Contact: tony.clarke@waterways.org.uk

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
Contact: volunteer@britishwaterways.co.uk

To advertise your restoration/cleanup events in the bulletin please add details to IWA's events calendar http://www.waterways.org.uk/iwa_calendar/


Upcoming Towpath Walks

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.
Contact: jforkin@o2.co.uk

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.
Contact: margaret.beardsmore@waterways.org.uk

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
Contact: sailor1057@aol.com

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