IWA Bulletin Mid-June 2012

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 Recognition for Waterway Campaigners in Queen's Birthday Honours.

The Queen's Birthday Honours, announced on 16th June, brought recognition for a host of waterways campaigners, including three former IWA trustees:


Fred Blampied MBE: Fred Blampied has been an active campaigner for the inland waterways in the South West, and in particular around Bristol, since 1955, when he first joined IWA.  He became the inaugural chairman of the Association’s South West Branch in 1960, and has been part of, or worked closely with, its successor committee (IWA South West Region and IWA Avon & Wilts Branch) ever since.  Fred became closely involved in local waterway restorations and causes for more than fifty years; he co-ordinated and led visiting work parties further afield in the 1960s and 1970s – including the Ashton and Stratford-on-Avon canals.  Fred’s greatest achievement was his work with other like-minded organisations in resisting proposals of partial infilling and restricting navigation in the City Docks.  Part of the campaign included the first Water Festival, which showed what could be done with the Docks, and Fred was deeply involved with this in 1971, and in each of the successive years until Bristol City Council took over full organisation of the growing event later in that decade.  The event, which would never have happened without Fred Blampied, has become one the largest tourism generating Festivals in the West Country today and highlight of the Bristol City calendar.


John Baylis BEM: John Baylis has led campaigning work for IWA for over 30 years, and has been instrumental in all the major waterway development and restoration projects in the East Midlands since the early 1970s.  He was the driving force behind the restoration of Frankton Locks on the Montgomery Canal -  negotiating, leading work parties, devising engineering solutions, inspiring volunteer support and making sure the funds were there; and he was part of the team that restored the upper end of the Erewash Canal and has continued with the maintenance of the Great Northern Basin at Langley Mill ever since.  He led IWA's Navigation Committee for over 10 years, was a deputy chairman of IWA, chairman of  IWA's East Midlands Region and a director of Waterway Recovery Group for 30 years (many of those years as its deputy chairman).  He was awarded the Association's most prestigious award, The Cyril Styring Trophy, at the 2011 AGM.

Roger Squires BEM: Roger Squires has made a life-time commitment to promoting the importance of the UK's historic canals and rivers, particularly the waterways of the London area.  Roger is an IWA life member of over 30 years standing, and was its deputy national chairman until September 2009 and chairman of IWA's Navigation Committee until 2010.  He was a trustee of the Association and chairman of its London Region, from November 2000 to September 2009.  He is a trustee of the London Canal Museum, a member of the London Waterways Commission and a UK Director of the American Canal Society.  Roger Squires has been a leading organiser of Inland Waterways International since its foundation, an organiser of the World Canals Conference (responsible for bringing it to the UK - Liverpool - in 2007), and ambassador for the UK waterways through Europe and America, all at his own expense and initiative.  He was commodore of St Pancras Cruising Club for 10 years.

Others honoured in the Birthday Awards include:

Beryl Windsor BEM - organiser of the annual Angel Canal Festival in North London,
Di Skilbeck MBE - President of the Boat Museum Society at Ellesmere Port,
Norma Hornby MBE - Chairman, Canal Boat Adventure Project in Warrington,
Shirley Beckwith OBE - chairman and co-owner of City Cruises plc, London Docklands
Sir Tony Baldry - MP for Banbury, co-chairman Parliamentary Waterways Group, former waterways minister and long-standing IWA member.

See also: The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust receive the Queen's award for voluntary service.

IWA News


Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant

As part of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a flotilla of 1000 vessels assembled on the Thames in London on 3rd June.

See photo gallery of the Jubilee Pageant, including some photos of IWA members on their boats.

The Recreational Squadron included 40 narrow boats and 20 barges. Amongst the narrow boats were many skippered by IWA members including IWA National Chairman Clive Henderson on nb Nanshe, David Powell on the steam-powered President, Pat Barton on nb Quercus, Sue & Frank May on nb Lotus No.10, Kathryn Dodington on nb Leo No 2, Rodney Wardlaw on nb Hazell Nut, Paul Ayres on nb Bream, Simon Judge on nb Scholar Gypsy, Nicholas Grundy, son of the late IWA Vice President Martin Grundy, on their family boat of many years nb Beatty, Colin Parfitt on nb Dragonfly, Christine Kemp on nb Ketura, South Wales Branch Chair Margaret Gwalter and husband John on nb Ernest as well as a host of well known members on the ex-working boat Fulbourne. Julian Garratt was on his steam launch Ursula in the Historic Section.


Chesterfield Canal

IWA has committed £30,000 to keep the Chesterfield Canal Partnership going over the next two years.

The Chesterfield Canal Partnership was formed in 2002 with funding by Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire County Councils, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough and the districts of Bassetlaw, Chesterfield Borough and North-East Derbyshire; other members who have made contributions are IWA, Chesterfield Canal Trust and British Waterways. Following restoration of the Shireoaks to Kiveton Park section in 2006, Rotherham MBC’s donation changed to a grant to British Waterways for continued maintenance.  Within the Partnership, it was financially possible to appoint a jointly funded Development Manager to move the whole project forward. However, Derbyshire County Council, the host for the Development Manager role, recently had to withdraw funding in order to create a broad-based Waterways Officer post focused on the waterways of Derbyshire. This would have meant that the Chesterfield Canal in Nottinghamshire and Rotherham would no longer have had the development support provided by the Canal Partnership officer. Chesterfield Borough Council, Chesterfield Canal Trust and North East Derbyshire Council stated their intention to continue their financial support, and Staveley Town Council and the Parish Councils of Eckington and Rhodesia pledged additional financial support.

The other members of the Partnership agreed to use the Partnership’s financial surplus, built up over the years, to continue the Development Officer post, but there was still an operational deficit approaching £30,000.

At this point IWA agreed to fund continuation of the Development Manager Post over the next two years with a grant of up to £30,000 from the Keith Ayling legacy. Keith Ayling was chairman of Chesterfield Canal Society, later the Trust, for nearly twenty years and was the prime mover in the formation of the Chesterfield Canal Partnership ten years ago.  The Association has taken the view that on his death in 2010 Keith had given the money to IWA so that it might be available in such an emergency as this, and IWA hopes that this offer might generate further donations.

Dr Geraint Coles, the Development Manager, (who is also a member of IWA’s Restoration Committee) will now be hosted by Chesterfield Borough Council with a view to establishing a canal regeneration company with charitable objectives that can become self-funding within two years. Geraint will continue to operate from Chesterfield Canal Trust’s office at Hollingwood Lock House, Works Road, Staveley.

Meanwhile, Derbyshire County Council is to appoint a county-wide canals officer who, as well as supporting the Chesterfield Canal, will provide the first County funded employee support for both the Cromford and Derby canal restorations.

IWA Trustee Nominations Invited

IWA is looking to recruit trustees to take office from the 2012 Annual General Meeting, due to take place at the end of September.  There are three places available for nationally elected trustees and nominations are also sought for the posts of region chairman for North West Region, South West Region and West Midlands Region (each to serve until 2015 AGM).  Chris Birks, the current chairman of South West Region is emigrating to France and does not plan to stand again, so a nominee is particularly sought for this region.

Any IWA member can submit a nomination for a nationally elected trustee, which should be accompanied by confirmation from the nominee that they are willing to be elected as a trustee of the Association. Nominations for region chairmen should be made by a member of the relevant region. The nominee should also be a member of that region. All nominations should be accompanied by a brief biography or statement not exceeding 400 words, for publication as part of any ballot paper with the notice convening the AGM to be issued in the next (August) edition of Waterways.  All nominations should be received at IWA Head Office by no later than 2pm on Friday 6th July (i.e. 85 days before the AGM).

For those who might be thinking of putting themselves forward – and some new candidates are needed as some retiring trustees have indicated that they are not available for re-election – there are some detailed notes for the guidance of prospective candidates at www.waterways.org.uk/pdf/constitution/information_for_potential_new_trustees

stroudonwater2012_150pxStroud on Water Festival

Stroud on Water Festival which incorporated this year's IWA Trailboat Festival was opened by Professor Mark Horton (from BBC's Coast) on Saturday 2nd June. The event which took place from 2nd to 4th June gave Stroud and Gloucestershire a taste of canal life and a chance to take a 3-mile trip along a newly restored stretch of the canal.

There was a flavour of Glastonbury about the site with three stages offering a diverse choice of entertainment - folk, rock, poetry and dance. 

The festival included celebrations for the Royal Jubilee and the 40th anniversary of the Cotswold Canals Trust. Trade stands added more interest and the children's entertainment was exceptional. Fireworks themed to patriotic music provided the finale on Monday evening.



IWA Stoke Branch - Cheshire Locks day

IWA Stoke-on-Trent Branch and Trent & Mersey Canal Society held a successful Waterway Community Day at Lock 51 of the Trent and Mersey Canal on Saturday 9th June. The aim was to raise awareness of the Cheshire Locks Project, which is a joint project of the two organisations. Among the project’s aims is general improvement on this flight of duplicated locks, the campaign for which, after a quiet period, is getting going again with some volunteer work parties planned over the summer.

Display boards informed passers-by about the Cheshire Locks project, other projects in the branch area, and future opportunities for volunteering. There were lots of things to buy from IWA Stoke-on-Trent Branch sales stand; children took part in the Boat Livery colouring activity while parents looked at the display boards; and people enjoyed having a go on the Trent and Mersey Canal Society’s Nail Game featuring a nail for each operational lock on the flight. 

Two working boats (Tench and Sweden) arrived wanting to come down the paired locks from above, only to have to single out to pass through Lock 51. This highlighted the logic of the long-term plan to get some of the disused duplicate locks reinstated. All the boaters on this busy flight were supportive of the ideas, and several volunteers for future work parties were recruited.

Following the initial phase of the Cheshire Locks Project in 2009, the paddle gear had seemed to be better greased and easier to use. Volunteers at the event heard from boaters that the paddle gears on the operational locks on the flight are getting harder to use again which is something the branch will raise with BW.

Dates for work parties on the flight in July and August will be set once a site meeting has taken place with BW, to agree what tasks can be carried out by volunteers. If you would like to be kept informed about dates for these work parties, please contact Alison Smedley, Branch Campaign Officer, on 07779 090915 or by email alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk.


Lancaster Canal Cleanup ahead of Campaign Festival

IWA North Lancashire and Cumbria Branch along with the Lancaster Canal Trust helped clean-up the southern end of the Lancaster Canal on Sunday 10th June, ahead of the Preston Guild/IWA Campaign Festival to be held 25th - 27th August. The clean-up followed the canal to the Ashton Basin at its terminal of navigation.

There were about 30 volunteers involved in the clean-up including members of the Friends of Haslam Park, the Waterway Recovery Group, the local Scout group, Lancaster Canal Boat Club and many local residents.

Items recovered included component parts of 4 push bikes, a metal gate barrier, an interior sprung mattress and various empty tins and bottles. About 25 bags of other rubbish were gathered up amid compliments from those members of the public who were using the towpath.

Equipment was provided by British Waterways and Preston City Council.

A final clean up before the Festival is planned for Sunday 19th August.  Further information is available on Lancaster Canal Trust's website.


Metal Thefts Affecting Waterways Groups

Insurers, boat clubs, local authorities, historic building owners and a wide range of waterways organisations are reporting an increase in incidences of theft, and attempted theft, of plant, equipment and anything made of metal. There has also be a steep rise in the theft of outboard engines and other equipment from all types of boats left on moorings. The Environment Agency has recently suffered the theft of ten four-tonne metal dam boards from a yard in Norfolk (further information on the Recycle Metals website).  Premises without a permanent human presence are a particular vulnerable target for such thefts.  Boat clubs, waterway societies and others with premises containing equipment are urged to ensure that every precaution is taken against become a victim of such crimes.

Security precautions to consider include:

  • Make sure no metal property, even scrap, is visible on your land – keep it hidden and locked away.
  • Secure your gates by welding a nut onto the hanging bracket so thieves can’t lift them off.
  • Metal thieves will also seize upon any plant, machinery or vehicles that are not secure. Use chains, ground anchors and door locks to keep them safe.
  • Mark your property, using data tagging, and engrave your postcode where practicable.
  • Register your property with www.immobilise.com  –  it costs nothing to do so, and may help property retrieval in the event of theft.
  • Check that you are adequately insured.


New IWA Junior Membership

Under 18s can now become IWA members for £1!

Junior members wil receive a membership card and regular updates about their local waterways (electronic communications only, payment by Direct Debit only).

Download a Direct Debit form to sign up now!


2014 Calendar Competition

Following on from the success of the 2013 IWA Calendar Competition, we will be running another competition for the 2014 IWA Calendar.

The competition will be launched on 1st July 2012 so it's time to dust off your cameras and start taking some photos!

We will be offering three free calendars to the photographers whose photos are used in the final calendar. Photos for the Calendar need to be digital with a resolution of at least 300 DPI and at least 2100 pixels x 1500 pixels (can be landscape or portrait).


Surplus Equipment at IWA Head Office

IWA Head Office has some surplus equipment, which is offered free of charge to any waterways non-profit making organisation (or for a donation for private use).  Some of the equipment was donated to us, and most is second-hand. 

  • Large 4-drawer steel filing cabinets (two available)
  • Hanging / suspension files - for use in filing cabinets (large quantity)
  • Plastic wallets (open two sides - large quantity, second hand) for filing paperwork
  • Small wooden mobile pedestals (drawer units to fit under desks) - 3 and 4 drawer types
  • Binding combs for bound reports - small size - large quantity
  • Lever Arch files (various colours and sizes) - quantity
  • 2-litre thermos flask / coffee dispenser (brand new - maybe suitable for work-parties)
  • PC keyboards and mice with old circular style pin (green / purple) non-USB connectors

We also have some surplus large office-type wooden desks.

If you are interested in any of this equipment, please contact Tracy Higgin at IWA Head Office (tel: 01494 783453 or e-mail: tracy.higgin@waterways.org.uk)



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 Committee Help Wanted

Committee Member - IWA Restoration Committee

Social Secretary - IWA Great Ouse Branch (formerly Cambridge Branch)

Publicity Officer - IWA Leicestershire Branch

Secretary - IWA Leicestershire Branch

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

British Waterways Lifts Drought Restrictions

Following a review of reservoir holdings, groundwater levels and canal usage information, BW has announced that restrictions to lock opening times in place on most parts of its waterway network have been lifted.

In March, BW published details of overnight lock closures in the Midlands and South to conserve water. Heavy rainfall throughout April, May & June has seen reservoir holdings return to average for this time of year, and in many cases refill completely, meaning that restrictions can now be removed.

Boaters are still being encouraged to conserve water by sharing locks, ensuring paddles are closed after use and opening both gates when entering or leaving locks to avoid damaging their watertight seal.

Due to essential maintenance works the Northampton Arm of the Grand Union Canal will not reopen until 29th June, but apart from a three-day stoppage in July, it should now remain open throughout July and August.


British Waterways Consultation on Changes to Houseboat Certificate Terms & Conditions

BW has launched a four-month consultation on changes to the mooring agreement terms relevant to customers with Houseboat Certificates.
The consultation centres on three core subjects:

  • The definition of a houseboat for the purposes of boat licensing.
  • Eligibility for a Houseboat Certificate
  • Assignability of moorings (the ability to sell a boat and its mooring as a package)

Please visit British Waterways' website for the full consultation documents.


The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Receive the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust has received the Queen's Award in recognition of its outstanding voluntary work in the community. The Trust works to protect, conserve and improve the route of the Wilts & Berks and North Wilts canals.


Boat Safety Scheme Issue Advice

BSS has issued the following advice as the summer boating season gets underway.

Carrying petrol on board: Don’t carry spare petrol on board unless it is completely unavoidable, but if it has to be done, every measure should be taken to reduce the chance of an accident. This advice from the BSS follows the death of two men in boat fire this April. Early indications are that a petrol container stowed in the aft cockpit of the cabin cruiser may have added to the intensity of the fire and may have made it more difficult for the new boaters to escape.

Barbeques on board a boat: Never use a barbecue on board a boat. Take it ashore and enjoy it safely. The twin risks of fire and carbon monoxide are ever present and boaters should not ignore the threat.

APRAGAZ certification mark: BSS has added an APRAGAZ certification mark to the list of accepted certification marks that portable fire extinguishers must to show to be compliant with the BSS requirements. However, it is easy to confuse the newly accepted mark with other APRAGAZ marks that do not indicate the extinguisher has met the standard. Boat owners should read this information carefully.


River Weaver - Waitrose plans for Northwich approved

Planning permission has been granted for a Waitrose Food Store, up to 58 McCarthy and Stone retirement apartments, a waterside restaurant unit and a new marina with associated facilities in the centre of Northwich.

The development will be delivered by H20 Urban LLP, a joint venture between British Waterways and the partnership development company Bloc.
There will be an 18,000 sq ft food store operated by Waitrose and associated parking, along with improvements to the waterways, including a new marina providing up to 40 mooring berths, and access to the waterfront, with a new cafe.

Work could start on site towards the end of 2012.

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
  • River Canal Rescue - up to 20% 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

Northwich River Weaver Festival 23rd - 24th June

IWA Chester Branch, River Weaver Navigation Society, Development of Arts Northwich and local boating clubs are joining forces to create a fabulous interactive celebration on the River Weaver.

The 2012 Northwich River Weaver Festival on 23rd - 24th  June 2012 celebrates the River Weaver and its history. A festival of arts, music and family fun on the banks of the river Weaver in Northwich.

With a program of water-based entertainment, cultural and family events, including 'Wild Over Waterways' for the children, bell boating, music workshops, arts & craft demonstrations, historic working boats, brass bands and trade displays.

For more information please see the IWA Chester Branch pages


Safety Afloat & Family Fun Day 24th June 2012

Overwater Marina’s ‘Safety Afloat Day’ will be bring together many safety organisations to demonstrate and promote safety awareness, with water safety being the main focus.

Events include an RAF helicopter on-site, RNLI RIB water rescues, Fire & Rescue demonstrations, Police divers, lifesaving water rescues & meet a lifeguard, first responders, free first aid & CPR seminars, Overwater Jubilee Bridge opening, raft race, boat trips, competitions, model boat demonstrations, boat jumble, dog show, trade stands, face painting, tractor & trailer rides, food, music and entertainment.

Venue: Overwater Marina, Audlem, Cheshire
Time: 10am till 4pm

For more information please see the Overwater Marina website


Chesterfield Canal Festival 30th June - 1st July

Final preparations are now being made for the Chesterfield Canal Festival on 30th June and 1st July. It will be the first Festival at the new Staveley Town Basin. Admission will be £3, free for under 12s.

Amongst a host of attractions, the Chesterfield Canal Trust will be running all three of its tripboats, including the brand new Hugh Henshall which is specially adapted to take even the most complex wheelchairs.

There will be boat cruises to Hollingwood Hub, the Trust’s base and home of Nona’s Coffee Shop. From there you will be able to take a ride on a vintage coach to Barrow Hill Roundhouse for a steam train ride. These boat trips can be booked in advance by ringing 01246 477569. Fares are £5, or £3 for concessions.

The Duke of Devonshire is due to open the Festival on the Saturday morning. He will then go on to name the Hugh Henshall and unveil a plaque by the Basin.

There will be a host of activities which will include an entertainment marquee and an outdoor entertainment arena featuring bands, clog dancers, choirs, drama, the Urban Gypsies and Birds of Prey flying. On the Saturday night there will be a concert by The Swing Commanders. Tickets for this concert cost £10 and can be purchased online via the Chesterfield Canal Trust website or by calling 01246 477569.

In addition to the above, there will be children’s rides, canoeing, zorbing, Segway rides, the Raptor Foundation, model ships, MG cars, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service practising water rescues plus dozens of stalls, lots of food outlets and a real ale bar.

To book your trailboat or a stall phone 01246 477569.


Ware Boat Festival 6th - 8th July 2012
With less than four weeks to go to IWA Lee & Stort Branch’s main event of the year, the entire organising and planning team is working hard to bring you a weekend to remember. As well as the regular Friday Evening Barbecue, Saturday evening quiz, Parade of Decorated Boats, Boat Handling Competition, Teddy Bears Picnic etc there are plenty of other plans to make this an exciting, colourful weekend.
The Olympic Torch is due to arrive in Ware on Saturday morning.

The Boaters Christian Fellowship will host a Sunday morning service, with the help of the Salvation Army Band.

Then there are a couple of new things planned for this year including a boat jumble and a guided tour of Ware Museum.
As well as all of the above Ware will be holding it’s carnival and town fair on Saturday 7th, and there are many other events going on in the town throughout the weekend including an Art  Exhibition, an evening of Opera, and an open air Brass Band Concert.
Throughout the weekend we’ll be looking for any help you can give us with the barbecue and the IWA information stand among other things. If you can help in any way please contact Les Hunt les.hunt@waterways.org.uk
For more information and the Boat Entry Form please visit IWA Lee & Stort Branch website pages.

Heritage Cruise on the Northern Reaches - Lancaster Canal

The Lancaster Canal Trust will be running guided Heritage Cruises on each Saturday in August  (4th, 11th, 18th and 25th) along part of the Northern Reaches which is presently undergoing restoration. "Waterwitch" is the narrowboat belonging to the Trust and holds 12 passengers.   The cruise will last for approximately 2½ hours, starting at the Stables at Crooklands on the A65 with a sail of 40 minutes up to Stainton followed by a 30 minute walk up to the Hincaster Tunnel and return.  During the trip passengers will learn of the Trust's plans to start their programme to put water into the Northern Reaches. Prior to the cruises a working party will start digging out the line of the channel north from Stainton Crossing Bridge and passengers on the Heritage Cruise will be able to see the work they have been doing and the route of further planned progress.

The cost of the Heritage Cruise will be £5 per head. The new Guide to the Lancaster Canal recently published by the Trust will be available on sale and other literature and information will be available.

It is recommended that places are booked in advance.

Further details and booking information is available by telephone on 07504 710351 or on the Trust website.

Some dates for your diary in 2012:

Droitwich Boat Gathering - Worcestershire 22nd - 25th June
Northwich River Weaver Festival - Cheshire 23rd - 24th June
Overwater Marina Safety Afloat & Family Fun Day - Cheshire 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
Foxton Locks Festival - Leicestershire 30th June - 1st July
York Festival of the Rivers - Yorkshire 7th - 22nd July
York 800 Flotilla - Yorkshire 7th 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
Bristol Harbour Festival - Bristol 20th - 22nd July
Cosgrove Canal Festival - Northamptonshire 21st - 22nd July
Audlem Festival of Transport and Gathering of Historic Boats - Cheshire 27th July
Blisworth Canal Festival - Northamptonshire 11th - 12th August
Ponty Paddle - South Wales 18th 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
Banbury Canal Day - Oxfordshire 7th October
Stourbridge Navigation Trust - Open Weekend - West Midlands 20th - 21st October
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 Volunteer/Clean-up Events

23rd - 30th June - Wey and Arun Canal (Wey & Arun Canal Trust)
Details: This year's project will be the construction of a boat house, slipway and landing stages on the dredged section of the summit at Dunsfold between Tickners Heath and Compasses Bridge crossings. Volunteers will undertake a variety of tasks from scrub clearance to machine operation, concrete mixing to carpentry and bricklaying. Whether you are an experienced volunteer or new to it all you will be guided in your work by the camp leader or a suitably experienced volunteer. Our working day usually runs from 9 to 5, with plenty of tea breaks and lunch on site.
Contact: office@weyandarun.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

20th June - Trent & Mersey Canal (IWA Lichfield Branch)
Details: Evening Walk at Rugeley.  A circular walk of about 2 1/2 miles including the Trent & Mersey Canal towpath.  Steps down to the canal aqueduct.  No stiles.  Dogs on leads welcome.  Meet at 6.15 for a 6.30 pm start at The Stag's Leap, Wolseley Road, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 2ET.
Contact: Margaret Beardsmore on 07581 794111 or email margaret.beardsmore@waterways.org.uk

24th June - Stourbridge Canal (Broadfield House Glass Museum)
Details: Jewels on the Cut is a leisurely stroll along the along the Stourbridge Canal towpath that examines the local industries, and in particular the glass-making facilities both past and present, from the perspective of the waterway that once served them. Start time for all of the walks is 10.00am, meeting at 09.45am in Canal Street by the Bonded Warehouse.
Contact: Broadfield House on 01384 812745 or email glass.museum@dudley.gov.uk

1st July - A Timeline of Braunston Canals (IWA Northampton Branch)
Details: 4-4.5 mile Guided Walk. Meet at 10.30am on Braunston Village Green. Lunch afterwards at the Admiral Nelson PH.
Contact: john.pomfret@waterways.org.uk

To advertise your towpath walks in the Bulletin, please add details to IWA's events calendar http://www.waterways.org.uk/iwa_calendar/


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