IWA Bulletin Mid-March 2012

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IWA Gives Evidence to Efra Select Committee

IWA together with BMF officials were called to give evidence in front of the Efra Committee on Tuesday 13th March, as part of the committee’s scrutiny of the transfer of BW’s assets into the Canal and River Trust.

The committee chaired by Anne Macintosh MP included former Waterways Minister Barry Gardiner MP, who had spent a considerable amount of time grilling BW executives beforehand, on what appeared to be mostly historic matters.

IWA and BMF gave evidence together, and were asked general questions regarding the transfer order, and whether there were any general concerns over the transfer of BW assets to the CRT.

More detailed questions followed about our views of the funding settlement, and whether we felt the network would be suitably protected under the management of the CRT. It was noted that the funding had considerably improved over what had initially been offered. IWA noted that the transfer order makes it more difficult for CRT to dispose of waterways infrastructure than in the past, unless it is expressly permitted by the minister, who will remain as a 'perpetual guardian' of the assets. In effect, should CRT fail, the assets will remain in trust and the government will seek another trust to manage them.

The committee also discussed the concerns that IWA had previously raised, over the risk that CRT may be pressured to down grade waterways owing to financial concerns. It was noted that the Minister has recently made public statements about the Government's wish to see the waterways grown and developed rather than downgraded under CRT, and that CRT objectives now enshrine navigation as a core responsibility.

The committee had further detailed questions for BW and Defra which are likely to be handled by way of correspondence.

It is anticipated that if there are no material concerns from the committee, the CRT could be launched by the end of June this year.

IWA attended a further meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Waterways Group on Thursday 15th March, when the Waterways Minister appeared together with CRT trustees, to answer questions on the funding settlement. We will report further in due course.

Watch a video of the meeting on the Parliament website


IWA News

Canal & River Trust Council Election Results

The results of the Canal & River Trust 2012 Council elections, which closed at noon on Friday 9th March 2012, are as follows:

Private Boating - The following candidates were elected (in order of election):

Clive Henderson (IWA Trustee)
Ivor Caplan (IWA Trustee)
Vaughan Welch (IWA Trustee)
Ann Farrell (IWA Member and Festivals Volunteer)

Business Boating - The following candidates were elected (in order of election):-

Nigel Stevens
Anthony Matts

Employees - The following candidate was elected:-

Christopher Alan Bailey

For more information please see the Waterscape website


Canalway Cavalcade Grand Prize Draw

A raffle has been organised as part of Canalway Cavalcade 2012. This could be a great opportunity to introduce a friend, colleague or relative to the beauty of our inland waterways. There's a chance to win a week’s canal holiday, a VHF radio course, or a beautiful water colour print - this could be your own mini recruitment drive.

The final date for posted payments and raffle ticket stubs is 15th April, but tickets will still be on sale at Canalway Cavalcade 5th - 7th May. The draw will be on 7th May at Little Venice.

If you’d like more tickets just drop an email to canalwaycavalcade@gmail.com with your name and address, or phone 07979 676461, and Cavalcade’s Publicity Manager will do the rest.


Stourbridge 1962 - Can you help?

IWA is asking for photos, press cuttings, reminiscences or mementos of the 1962 rally and the pre work to get access to the Stourbridge Arm in 1962.

There is some brief information on the IWA website as well as a photo gallery of images.

If you have anything to contribute please send to gemma.bolton@waterways.org.uk


Cooks on Camp

Enjoy feeding your family and friends? A dab hand with cakes?  Ever thought you might be able to turn your hand to feeding a bunch of hungry Navvies but scared of not knowing what you’d be letting yourself in for? The Waterway Recovery Group is running a training and information day for cooks (old, new and potential) at Rowington Village Hall on Saturday 12th May. The agenda will include what’s expected from a food hygiene perspective, budgets and a chance to discuss any worries, recipes, menu ideas, how to scale up generally and a chance to meet some of the leaders requiring cooking assistance. WRG is always looking for cooks and any offers of help are much appreciated. You don’t have to commit to a whole week – even just a couple of even meals can make a big difference to a camp that doesn’t have a permanent cook.  And why not team up with a friend to share the workload?
WRG run a series of canal camps throughout the year across the whole of the UK. Whilst Rowington is the location of the training we would be looking for cooks from all around the UK.
To book on the leaders training day email Jenny Black jenny.black@wrg.org.uk or go visit the WRG website.  For any questions or further information contact the organiser Helen Gardner helen.gardner@wrg.org.uk or 07989 42546.


Vote Now for 2013 IWA Calendar Competition

Thank you to those that took the time to submit photographs for our 2013 IWA Calendar photo competition. There were many brilliant photos submitted and it was a difficult job to whittle them down.

The photos have now been shortlisted and we are inviting you to vote for your favourite. There are five categories - Cover photos, Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. The top three from each seasonal category will feature in the 2013 calendar.

Please only vote ONCE for each category. Additional votes will not be counted.

Vote for 2013 IWA Calendar Photographs

Closing date for votes: 31st March 2012


thermometermen150pxInglesham Lock Restoration Appeal

The Inglesham Lock Restoration Appeal, which will help both the Cotswolds and Wilts & Berks canals restoration schemes is progressing apace and IWA is looking for further donations to help finalise the fundraising.

Three further week-long WRG Canal Camps together with weekend digs are planned for this year.  If you are interested in volunteering this summer to help restore the lock please visit the WRG website for more information.

IWA aims to provide a new landing stage, restore the lock chamber with the facility to deliver back pumping and clear the cut above the lock whilst also ensuring that the balance of the work can be completed to have the lock operational as quickly as possible .

Please send a cheque made out to 'IWA' to: IWA Inglesham Appeal, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1WA or donate online

Donations totalling £82,698 have now been pledged towards the Inglesham Lock Appeal, but we need to get as close as possible to our £125,000 target by the end of April when the appeal will close to personal donations.

See the photo gallery of restoration work undertaken so far.


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

For a full list of volunteer opportunities within IWA branches and regions please go to: www.waterways.org.uk/about/vacancies/vacancies


Other News

New Waterways Partnership Chairs appointed

The Canal & River Trust has announced the appointment of five new Waterways Partnership Chairs.

The appointed chairs are:

  • North East: Mark Penny – previously Yorkshire Water Director of Customer Service and Networks
  • Central Shires: Charlotte Atkins – former MP, first IWA Parliamentarian of the Year.
  • East Midlands: Danny Brennan – Company Director  
  • London: Brian Fender – previously Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for England
  • South East: John Best – former Chief Executive, Milton Keynes Council

The Chairs will shortly begin recruiting Members for their Waterways Partnerships. Each Partnership will represent a balanced group of people interested in our waterways including boaters, waterway users and local businesses and the community, as well as heritage and environmental specialists and people with experience in fundraising and volunteering.

Twelve of the thirteen Waterways Partnership Chairs have now been appointed. Applications are currently being sought for the post of All Wales Waterways Partnership Chair, for further information please see the Waterscape website


New Trustees Appointed to the Canal & River Trust

The Canal & River Trust has appointed three new trustees to its Board.

The new trustees were selected to bring business skills and experience to the Trust.  In addition, their knowledge in the key areas of finance, asset management and property investment will benefit the charity, which will be the third largest owner of listed buildings in the UK and one of the top 20 charities by income.

The three new trustees are:

Marisa Cassoni - A qualified chartered accountant since 1975, Marisa is the Finance Director of the John Lewis Partnership.

Manish Chande - A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a chartered surveyor. Manish Chande is Senior Partner of Mountgrange, a private real estate group that specialises in UK commercial property investment and development.

Steve Shine OBE - Since 2007, Steve has been Thames Water’s Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Main Board.  In 2010, Steve was appointed an OBE for services to industry.

The candidates’ appointments will be ratified at the first meeting of the Trust’s Council in March for an initial three year term. The roles will not be remunerated, although travel and other expenses will be reimbursed.

The recruitment of the new trustees was undertaken by a Defra constituted Appointments Committee made up of two existing trustees and two independents. 


British Waterways Brief on 2012 Water Resources

BW’s Group Hydrology Manager, Adam Comerford, recently briefed representatives of AWCC, IWA, NABO and RBOA on the implications of drought conditions for navigation over the coming months. Adam described the £700,000 current investment in some 28 drought schemes to improve resource availability through pumped refill of reservoirs, lock gate repairs and new monitoring and control instruments etc.   
The strategy for maximising availability for navigation is based on modelling of water resources and preparing plans to increase and then conserve available resources so that they are enjoyed by boaters over as long a period as possible.  

BW has said they will share information on the latest resource position regularly and publish maps showing specific sections of the network which are most likely to require restrictions. BW is asking boaters to be guided by this information when planning their summer cruising.

Initially, BW is thinking in terms of concentrating navigation through vulnerable areas between 10am and 3pm. This will concentrate traffic and maximise water use efficiency. Volunteer lock keepers are being recruited and will be trained to assist boaters through locks ensuring an efficient use of water.   But, overall lock availability will reduce and boaters will be encouraged to give careful thought to their cruising plans. It is possible that the opening windows will need to shorten if there is no significant rainfall. We will give boaters as much advance warning as possible of any new or changed restrictions.

BW will issue monthly updates comprising information from the Water Management team and Waterway Units.  It will give boaters an overview of the water resource position and any restrictions in place at that time. Information will be communicated via various routes – Waterscape, Boaters’ Update (as well as specific ‘drought’ direct emails), text messages and via boating organisations and locally via Waterway Units.

Advice to all boaters is to check the latest stoppage information on the Waterscape website  before planning a cruise. Register on this page to receive email notifications of changes to restrictions on particular waterways. The free monthly e-newsletter Boaters’ Update will carry brief background reports on the water resource position more generally and there are FAQs available on the Waterscape website.

Stoppages on the Grand Union and Oxford Canals

British Waterways has advised that the navigation between Lock 46 (Cowroast) and Lock 39 (Startops) will remain closed until Monday 26th March to give as much time as possible for reservoir levels to recover.

From Monday 26th March the navigation will be opened between 10.00am and 3.00pm only*.

The water levels across the Tring summit during this time will be kept at a lower operating level than normal to allow excessive seepage losses to be minimised.

Trials will be held [during March] but navigation within the centre of the channel should not present problems for [most] boats.

*BW reserves the right to open less than 5 hours within this window in order to maximise use of lockage water e.g. 10 - 11:30am and 1:30 – 3.00pm

With the agreement of the Aylesbury Canal Society the Aylesbury Arm, currently locked for essential boat traffic only to facilitate dredging works, will remain fully closed from Monday 5th March.

The Arm will be opened approximately one weekend per month to allow cruising by Aylesbury Arm moorers. Two dates already agreed with ACS are Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th March and Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd April (10.00am – 3.00pm opening each day).

Stoppage Enquiries: 01908 302 500

North Oxford Canal Hillmorton Locks 2-7
Details: From Monday 19th March one side of Hillmorton Flight will be locked overnight from 5.00pm - 9.00am. Additionally, until 31st March the existing maintenance works will also restrict daytime opening to single side only. Thereafter, Lock keepers will operate single or tandem locks throughout the day as traffic needs require.

Oxford Canal Marston Doles Lock 15 - Claydon Lock 21
Details: From Monday 19th March Marston Doles Lock 15 - Claydon Lock 21 will be open from 10.00am - 2.00pm daily. Last entry at Marston Doles 1.45pm. Last entry at Claydon 1.00pm. Mooring overnight permitted on summit pound only (locks 16-17) not in flights.Padlocks will be in place at locks 15, 16, 17 & 21

Grand Union Canal Northampton Arm Locks 1-17
Details: From Friday 13th April, 3.00pm, the Northampton Arm will be closed to navigation. The Arm is proposed to open for through traffic at specific weekends – the following period of opening has been confirmed with Northants IWA ; 3rd May (10.00am) to 8th May (3.00pm), when traffic will need to have cleared the Arm. Further openings to be advised, dependent on water availability.

Grand Union Canal Stoke Bruerne Locks 16 - 20
Details: From Monday 19th March 2012 the Flight will be open from 10.00am - 3.00pm daily. The last entry into the Flight will be 2.00pm. No overnight mooring in the Flight (locks 16 - 20).

Grand Union Canal Calcutt Locks 1-3
Details: From Monday 19th March Calcutt Locks 1-3 will be open 9.00am - 4.00pm daily. Last entry into flight 3.30pm

Grand Union Canal Braunston Lock Flight 1-6
Details: From Monday 19th March Braunston Flight will be open 9.00am - 4.00pm daily. Last entry to flight 2.30pm.No overnight mooring in flight.

Grand Union Canal Buckby Lock Flight 7-13
Details: From Monday 19th March Buckby Flight will be open 10.00am - 3.00pm daily. Last entry for through traffic 1.30pm. Overnight mooring only permissible in pound between Locks 7 & 8. Padlocks will be in place on locks 7, 8 & 13.

Grand Union Leicester Line Watford Lock Flight 1-7
Details: From Monday 19th March Watford Flight will be open 10.00am - 3.00pm. Last entry to flight 2.15pm

Grand Union Leicester Line Foxton Lock Flight 8-17
Details: From Monday 19th March Foxton Flight will be open 10.00am - 4.00pm daily. Last entry to flight is 3.15pm. Introduction of essential boat traffic may be considered if the water situation does not improve throughout April/May.

Grand Union Leicester Line Kibworth Top Lock 18 - Kings Lock 38
Details: From Monday 2nd April to Friday 13th April navigation will be open 10.00am - 4.00pm daily. From Friday 13th April at 4.00pm, navigation between Kibworth Top Lock 18 and Kings Lock 38 will be closed to navigation due to water availability in the area. Locks 18, 30 and 38 will be padlocked to avoid abuse. Weekend openings will be considered based on available water supplies as the season progresses and if possible, this will be communicated at a later date.



Buckingham Canal Nature Reserve Now Managed by Canal Society

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) has granted a lease for the Buckingham Canal Nature Reserve to Buckingham Canal Society (BCS). The site which is adjacent to the Hyde Lane reservoir near Thornborough has been informally managed by the Canal Society for a number of years including hedge laying, footpath maintenance and reed clearing to promote wildlife habitats around the former canal. The Canal Society plans to continue its work to restore the Buckingham Arm of the Grand Union Canal.

After its opening in 1801, the canal was used to transport bricks, coal and manufactured goods as well as imports from the London Docks. It also provided transport for agricultural produce from the farms and villages along its route.

The waterway to Buckingham ran a total of just under 11 miles from the Grand Union Canal at Cosgrove Lock along the Stony Stratford and Buckingham Arms. Much of the canal is now dry, and parts have been built over. Certain sections of the route would need to be created anew due to the development that has taken place in and around villages since the canal’s closure. Early in 2010, BCS commissioned an outline feasibility study regarding the restoration of the entire length of the canal arm. The report concluded that it was a feasible project, although significant funding and commitment will be required.

In addition to the Hyde Lane site, Buckingham Canal Society is currently working on restoration projects in sections at Cosgrove, Buckingham and Little Hill Farm. Volunteers both young and old continue to work on this project. New members are actively being sought to join the existing membership of around 200 and participation is welcomed at all levels from the community. BCS is also seeking grant and other funding to progress its restoration activities working in partnership with Local Authorities and businesses in the area. The society runs three work parties a month on alternate Thursdays and on the second Sunday of each month. No experience necessary!

For more details, please visit the BCS website or email info@buckinghamcanal.org.uk


bulletin_mid-march2012grant150pxMon & Brec - Grab a Grant

The Monmouthshire Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust has been short listed to the last ten for a share of a £25000 Big Lottery Fund grant. The five charities with the highest votes will receive a grant of up to £5000 www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/grabagrant

You can help by purchasing a South Wales Argos paper from Monday 12th to Friday 16th March and voting for the Monmouthshire Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust on the voting slip inside. www.southwalesargus.co.uk/

Voting slips will be accepted up to Friday 23rd March. You may vote only on the newspaper slip, photocopies are not accepted.

If you live outside the South Wales Argus distribution area but would like the trust to vote on your behalf send your donation 50p per paper (as many as you like) to: Tony Pugh c/o 14 Locks Canal Centre, High Cross, Newport, NP10 9GN by Thursday 22nd March (Back copies will be available  for two weeks) so that they can purchase the newspapers and fill in the slip. www.mon-brec-canal-trust.org.uk/

With a little help from every Member or Canal supporter the trust could win a £5000 grant to refurbish their trailer.


Canal & River Trust Look for Fundraisers

The Canal & River Trust plans to use expert fundraising agencies to speak to people on towpaths this summer, telling them about the work they do and encouraging them to become Friends of the Trust.  Friends will receive a welcome pack and CRT will keep in regular contact with them. 

The Trust’s fundraising agencies are currently recruiting and are looking for for self-reliant, confident and articulate individuals with an interest and enthusiasm for wildlife, heritage and our unique canal network and prefereably face-to-face or direct sales experience.

Applicants must hold a valid driving license and have a vehicle available for daily use. Training, clothing, display material and ongoing support are provided. Interested parties can apply by sending a statement of their reasons for applying and an up-to-date CV to cmfundraisingjob@gmail.com.



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
  • 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 that receive a hard copy of this bulletin in the post, please contact the membership team on 01494 783453 for the details of the offers.


2012 Waterway Events

Birmingham Canal Navigation Cleanup

Date 21st/22nd April
Cost: £13 (food & accommodation)

Last year volunteers found a sword, 16 supermarket trolleys (all linked together) and a toilet. The year before, it was a canoe and a kitchen sink. And 2009's haul included a bath tub and a lion (a toy one, we hasten to add!). Add to that the many bikes, prams, and car tyres and you'll get some idea of what the Birmingham Canal Navigations Cleanup is all about. And what it's about is keeping the less well used bits of the BCN Network from getting choked up with rubbish and making them impassable.  

We've got a brand new site this year, working in all three directions from Walsall Junction: up the locks towards Bloxwich, along the level towards Birmingham, and down the arm into Walsall Town Basin.  The local council is also kindly lending us accommodation for the weekend - Brownhills Activity Centre, a converted school with showers just over the road at the Canoe Centre.

The weekend is being supported by local Inland Waterways Association's local branches, the BCN Society, and other local canal societies, as well as the local British Waterways Team who will be providing workboats to take the rubbish away, plus grappling hooks and work gloves for volunteers.

Find out more and book online


Monmouthshire Canal Working Holidays

Join the Waterway Recovery Group for a Working Holiday on the Monmouthshire Canal in South Wales.

Generally referred to as the ‘Mon and Brec’ the Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals form a 50 mile link between the Brecon Beacons National Park and the South Wales Valley.  WRG have worked alongside the Monmouthshire, Brecon & Abergavenny Canals Trust for many years supporting the restoration of this 200 year old canal which was key to the industrial revolution in the Welsh valleys.

There are two camps running over the summer 30th June - 7th July and 7th July - 14th July.

There will be plenty of activities throughout the camps from the reconstruction and repair of Tredegar Lock; to the vegetation clearance of the canal corridor from Drapers Lock. This hands-on camp will also give volunteers the opportunity to learn the art of using lime mortar in construction.

It’s a great camp for all abilities, whether you are a complete beginner or a more experienced ‘navvy’ looking to hone your lock preservation skills!

The cost for a week-long camp is £56 which includes meals and accommodation.

Find out more about WRG Canal Camps or email enquiries@wrg.org.uk


Anchors aweigh for Etruria Jubilee Canals Festival 2012

Plans are under way for Etruria Jubilee Canals Festival to be held on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June.

The Etruria Jubilee Canals Festival will continue the traditions of the community event - one of the largest free events held in Stoke-on-Trent – which attracts thousands of visitors to the junction of the Trent & Mersey and Caldon Canals on the first weekend of June each year.

This year’s festival will celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee around the waterways at the heart of the Potteries. A Jubilee Flotilla and a giant Jubilee Tea party are among the exciting events planned.

Music and dance will complement colourful historic narrow boats moored along the towpaths in Etruria. There will be lots of activities for children and a fantastic day out for all the family is promised.

Princess, the historic beam engine in the Jesse Shirley Bone and Flint Mill will be ‘in steam’. There will be traditional crafts, vintage vehicles, boats galore, entertainments and much more!

For the first time, the canals festival will be wholly organised by volunteers. IWA Stoke-on-Trent Branch and the Etruria Boat Group Volunteers have taken on the task of running the event.

To take part or to help please 07886 578902 or email event@etruriacanalsfestival.org.uk


Some dates for your diary in 2012:

Waterways Festival and Giant Boat Jumble - Gloucestershire 1st 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
IWA National Trailboat Festival 2012, Stroud - Gloucestershire 2nd - 4th June
Canalside Jubilee - Surrey 2nd - 4th June
Crick Boat Show - Northamptonshire 2nd - 5th June
Boxmoor Canal Festival - Hertfordshire 3rd - 5th June
Stoke Bruerne Museum Gala Weekend - Northamptonshire 8th - 10th June
Stafford Boat Club Gathering - Staffordshire 8th - 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
Regents 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
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

17th - 18th March Chichester Canal (wrgBITM)
Details: Bank repairs using nicospan and wooden stakes.  Accommodation at Scout Hut in Chichester.
Contact: bookings@wrgBITM.org.uk

23rd - 25th March Grand Union Canal (IWA Milton Keynes Branch)
Details: The winter clean-up this year will be carried out from Fenny Lock to the Galleon Pub at Wolverton. This will be both a land based and water based clean up of the Grand Union Canal through Milton Keynes, assisted by a scout group.
Contact: david.king@waterways.org.uk

1st April Work Party at Rugeley (IWA Lichfield Branch)
Details: Work Party at Brindley Bank, Rugeley.  A community work party to continue improvements to the Brindley Bank Aqueduct area. Scrub clearing, towpath mowing, remove trees on tramway, expose more tramway, expose more steps etc.  Everyone welcome.  No experience necessary; all equipment provided. 
Contact: Margaret Beardsmore on 07581 794111 or email margaret.beardsmore@waterways.org.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

18th March Explore a Lost Loop near Wolfhampcote Church (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
Details: A short walk to see a lost loop of the Oxford canal near Wolfhampcote Church. The walk is expected to last about 90 minutes and you are advised to wear boots when the recent weather may have made the footpaths muddy.
Contact: info.warwickshire@waterways.org.uk

18th March Bow Back Rivers, London (London Walks)
Details: Bow Back Rivers & 2012 Games London. Meet at Bromley–by-Bow Station. Cost £8 Concessionary and student rate £6.
Contact: Peter Finch: 020 8969 9941, sailor1057@aol.com

22nd March Trent and Mersey Canal (IWA Chester & District Branch)
Details: From The Tunnel Top, Northwich Road, the walk heads south over Preston Brook Tunnel before dropping down onto the towing path of the Trent and Mersey Canal. Leaving the canal the walk passes through Longacre Wood. Using footpaths, bridle paths and lanes, the walk returns to the pub after a distance of 3 miles.
Contact: jforkin@o2.co.uk

25th March Regent's Canal (London Walks)
Details: Regent’s Canal: Islington – Mile End. Meet at Angel Station. Cost £8 Concessionary and student rate £6.
Contact: Peter Finch: 020 8969 9941, sailor1057@aol.com

31st March Hereford and Gloucester Canal (IWA Warwickshire Branch
Details: Dick Street will guide us around some of the sites of the Hereford and Gloucester canal near Yark Hill, Aylestone Park and Hereford. There will be a lunch stop at the Gold Cross public house in Sutton St Nicholas, for which booking is required. You are advised to wear boots if the recent weather may have made the footpaths muddy.
Contact: info.warwickshire@waterways.org.uk
1st April Regent's Canal (London Walks)
Details: Route Regent’s Canal: King’s Cross – Camden. Meet at King’s Cross Station (taxi rank). Cost £8 Concessionary and student rate £6
Contact: Peter Finch: 020 8969 9941, sailor1057@aol.com

8th April Bow Back Rivers, London (London Walks)
Details: Route Bow Back Rivers & 2012 Games London. Meet at Bromley–by-Bow Station. Cost £8 Concessionary and student rate £6.
Contact: Peter Finch: 020 8969 9941, 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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