IWA Bulletin Mid-March 2013

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IWA Northampton Branch to Adopt Canal Arm

IWA Northampton Branch has agreed an adoption arrangement with Canal & River Trust covering the Northampton Arm of the Grand Union Canal.  The Branch will help to maintain the 17-lock Arm, which opened in 1815 and links the Grand Union Canal at Gayton Junction with the River Nene in Northampton.  The Nene then flows on to Peterborough and The Wash.

News of the intended adoption was first given in the Branch's magazine Endeavour.  The Branch announced that the adoption scheme had been firmed up, and a presentation was given by from Canal & River Trust managers to IWA members, at the Branch's AGM on 12th March.

IWA Northampton Branch will use funds raised from its annual boat rally in Becket’s Park to purchase new equipment to help it carry out litter picks, maintain hedges, painting work and other maintenance tasks on the Arm's locks and bridges, with the help of volunteers from the Friends of Becket’s Park, Northampton Open Space and Barclaycard.  The Branch plans to encourage other organisations and companies in the area to support the work.

Neighbouring IWA Milton Keynes Branch has already adopted a section of the Grand Union Canal in the Fenny Stratford area.

IWA News

Government Responds to Call from IWA and CRT for Planning Protections for Waterways

The Government has gone on record to reassure Canal & River Trust and IWA that CRT's waterways will not be detrimentally affected by changes in the Growth & Infrastructure Bill. The statement came after a meeting between the Minister and representatives of the Trust and IWA, and followed impassioned arguments in the House of Lords from Lords Hodgson, Faulkner and Adonis.

Baroness Hanham, Minister for the Department for Communities and Local Government, acknowledged the heritage of the inland waterways and set out the protections the Government believes the waterways have outside the Bill, but declined to include an amendment proposed by Lord Hodgson on behalf of the Trust.
 
Commenting on the news, the Trust’s Legal Director, Nigel Johnson, said that CRT was disappointed that the Government could not support a Lords amendment to the Bill to further strengthen protection on a parallel to those enjoyed by inalienable National Trust properties, but added that CRT was  "particularly grateful for the strong level of cross party support from peers, MPs and IWA. They have shown again that the waterways have friends both inside and outside Parliament who will be ready to rally to their support if they are under threat.”
 
See a transcript of the debate.


IWA Manchester Branch Work Party

IWA Manchester Branch held a work party on the Ashton Canal in February with CRT’s Towpath Taskforce. Work included emptying Ironsides, a century old horse drawn working boat.  Volunteers that weren't involved in shovelling or barrowing steadily filled two CRT lorries with collected rubbish and dredged metalwork.  

Another work party is planned for 23rd March. For more information or to get involved please contact Ian Price, branch chairman (ian.price@waterways.org.uk)

 

IWA Lichfield Branch Path Widening Work Party

Rugeley Work Party 2013 March. Digging out a tree stump

IWA Lichfield Branch continued itswork on the Trent & Mersey Canal at the beginning of March with a work party at Rugeley.  The location was the footpath between Wolseley Road and the top of the ‘Bloody Steps’, leading to the Canal.  The task was to remove several small trees, bushes and old tree stumps to widen the path, in preparation for levelling and resurfacing later in the month.

Judicious applications of bowsaws, loppers, mattocks and spades saw the job completed by early afternoon, including two welcome breaks for refreshments. Working on a weekday meant fewer interruptions for passing pedestrians, but the path was still well used by walkers, dog walkers, joggers, families and even someone going to work across the valley, who were all appreciative of the improvements being made.

Photo by Phil Sharpe.

 

Last Chance to Vote for Calendar Competition

There were many brilliant photos submitted for the competition and it was a difficult task to shortlist them. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to submit photos for the competition. The gallery of entries is still available to view online.

See shortlisted photos and place your votes!

You can vote for one photo per category (cover/spring/summer/winter/autumn). Addiitional votes will not be counted.

 

IWA Staff Vacancies for Branch Campaign Assistant and Membership Recruitment Assistant 

Branch Campaign Assistant: This part-time position is for 21 hours per week (parent friendly/ flexible)

Location: Chesham, Buckinghamshire
[Home working might be an option if the successful applicant has the right volunteer coordinator skills & waterways knowledge – please call to discuss]

Description: The Inland Waterways Association has a strong track record as a campaigning organisation undertaking waterway projects at local level for the benefit of all waterway users and in pursuit of maintaining the nation’s canals and rivers for navigation.

IWA is seeking to strengthen its well established credentials in this area by recruiting a new Volunteering and Campaigns team member to assist with, and help expand our current branch activities together with our Branch Campaign Officer. The successful applicant will support IWA’s branches whilst they plan and coordinate local events, as part of IWA’s ongoing commitment to local campaign work, and assist with other campaign work to support the Association’s national committees and its Waterway Recovery Group.

Reporting to the IWA Volunteers Coordinator, but working with the Branch Campaign Officer and local IWA volunteers at branch level your role will be to help identify distinct project opportunities for IWA to undertake, and to help project manage the prioritised projects through to completion. Providing assistance to branches in recruiting and coordinating and leading volunteer activity as required.

The role will involve travelling and some out of office hours work.

To apply, download and complete application form and send to jobs@waterways.org.uk before 18th March 2013.

Download Application Pack (.doc)

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IWA Membership Recruitment Assistant: This position is for 21 hours per week (parent friendly/flexible)

Location: Chesham, Buckinghamshire

Description: IWA is seeking to strengthen its member retention and encourage recruitment of new members through both tried and tested methods and by the development of new recruitment opportunities and initiatives. 

Initially, the role will focus on developing relationships with our corporate members and other waterway businesses to promote IWA membership to a wider audience, and will expand to cover all areas of membership recruitment in due course. 

The post-holder will also be expected to assist with other membership administration duties and other jobs within the charity’s Head Office, including support for mail order sales during busy periods. 

To apply, download and complete application form and send to jobs@waterways.org.uk before 18th March 2013.

Download Application Pack (.doc)

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Essex Waterways Residential Caretaker Opportunity

From time to time, there are opportunities for residential caretaker positions on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation. There is currently a vacancy for a position at Heybridge Basin (upstream end of the moorings; at far end away from facilities).

Residential Caretaker positions come with a residential mooring (with local authority planning permission approved) at various locations on the Navigation, for which the incumbent is charged the going rate (dependent on boat length). The post-holder is then expected to spend a minimum of 8 hours per week undertaking maintenance and security duties at the moorings area (e.g. grass cutting) for which they receive a modest salary.

For more information please see the Essex Waterways website pages.

 
IWA Awards

Nominations must arrive no later than 31st March 2013, for IWA's annual awards, which are due to be presented at the 2013 AGM:

Cyril Styring Trophy - For an IWA member who has, in the opinion of trustees, made an outstanding contribution to further the Association's campaign.  This is the Association’s top award.

Richard Bird Medals - For members of the Association whose efforts and support are considered to have brought significant benefit to the Association over a sustained period.
 
Christopher Power Prize - For a person, society or trust who has made the most significant contribution to the restoration of an inland waterway.  The award is accompanied by a cheque of just over £900 to the waterway restoration group associated with the winner; this is funded from a substantial donation made to the Association by the family of the late Christopher Power for this purpose.

The John Heap Salver - For an IWA member who, in the opinion of the trustees, has made an outstanding contribution to raising funds for the Association.

Vivian Bulkely Johnson Salt Award -  For the person or organisation who, in the opinion of trustees, upon a recommendation from IWA's Inland Waterways Freight Group, has made an outstanding contribution to the furtherance of commercial waterways transport in the United Kingdom.

Nominations must arrive no later than 31st March 2013 and must be sent to Head Office by post, or by email to awards@waterways.org.uk.  The nominations should include detail of why the nominee is considered a worthy winner (maximum about 400 words).  All nominations are considered by an awards panel (currently comprising three IWA vice presidents) appointed by IWA’s trustees, which makes recommendations that are then decided upon or confirmed by the trustees prior to the AGM.  Further details about the awards, including full lists of past winners, are available on the IWA website.


 

IWA Branch and Region Magazines

The following IWA region and branch magazines have been added to the website since the last edition of the Bulletin:

IWA - Waterways Magazine - Spring 2013

East Midlands - Aegre - March 2013

Shrewsbury Branch - Shroppie Fly Paper - Spring 2013

The following IWA region and branch magazines have also been added in recent weeks:

West Midlands Region - Navigation - Winter 2012

Chiltern Branch - Grapevine - Winter 2013
Northampton Branch - Endeavour - February 2013
Peterborough Branch - Hereward - February 2013



IWA Volunteering Opportunities

Vacancies on Navigation Committee

Navigation Committee is IWA's national committee that monitors and responds to all matters relating to the use and maintenance of navigable waterways and this is a vital part of IWA’s work. It meets every two months usually at Rowington near Warwick and expenses can be claimed for attendance. There are currently two vacancies as shown but we would be pleased to talk to anybody who feels they could add to the work of this important committee:
 
A Minute Secretary - to draft minutes, monitor actions and to assist the chairman with producing agendas. Organisational and writing skills are required.
 
A Writer - to help produce content for IWA's website where the committee wishes to increase the profile of what the Association does for boaters. The ability to write clearly and concisely is necessary and a good boating knowledge would be an advantage. Understanding of websites is not necessary as uploading of content can be done by Head Office staff.

Representative on BSS Technical Committee - Navigation Committee is also seeking a suitable candidate to represent IWA on the Boat Safety Scheme Technical Committee, in order to give a boaters’ perspective. The Technical Committee is the stakeholder committee that makes recommendations to the BSS Advisory Committee concerning issues of a technical nature. The ideal candidate will have a good technical background and knowledge of both petrol and diesel engines on boats would be an advantage. It will not be necessary to become a member of Navigation Committee or to attend Navigation Committee meetings provided regular reports are submitted.

Applications together with a brief resume should be sent to the chairman: Paul Roper paul.roper@waterways.org.uk


Honorary Environmental Advisor

IWA is looking for an enthusiastic advocate of the inland waterways to provide independent specialist ecological and environmental advice that will help to progress all forms of inland waterway projects within Great Britain.

Whether you are currently an active member of IWA at branch, regional or national level, or an armchair member who thinks ‘I really should be doing something more’, we would like to hear from you.

IWA is seeking an appropriately professionally qualified person to act as an Honorary Environment Advisor with specialist skills in aquatic ecology and a working knowledge of environmental legislation. Desirable skills include the following:

  • A Degree in Ecology, Environmental Science or Environmental Management
  • Membership of IEEM, the professional institution for Ecology and Environmental Management or of CIWEM, the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
  • Professional experience in aquatic ecology, especially of canals
  • Knowledge of canal restoration and navigation management
  • A working knowledge of environmental legislation
  • Report writing

The role is voluntary, however IWA will provide Professional Indemnity Insurance and reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. To discuss the position further, please contact Vaughan Welch, chairman of IWA’s Restoration Committee: vaughan.welch@waterways.org.uk or tel 0121 477 9782.



IWA Branch Volunteer Vacancies:

Have a look at the list of volunteer opportunities within local IWA committees. There is a full list of volunteer opportunities within IWA branches at: www.waterways.org.uk/about/vacancies/vacancies


 

Other News

Boaters Fined for Navigating EA Waters Without Valid Registration
 
Seven boaters were fined at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on 5th March, for keeping or using a vessel on rivers in Cambridgeshire, without being registered with the Environment Agency.  The owner of a boat found navigating the River Thames without a valid registration last summer was also convicted on 6th March of illegally using his vessel by Reading Magistrates Court.
 
Fines ranged between £100 and £200 after the court heard that navigation fees ranging between £308 and £865 had been avoided by the boats not being registered. All defendants were also ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge.
 

The Inland Waterways Order 2010, which was introduced in April 2011, requires all vessels 'kept' on the River Thames, not just 'used', to be registered with the Environment Agency and display a valid annual boat registration plate (similar to a vehicle tax disc).  Boaters on EA-managed waters are being reminded to renew their registrations before 1 April 2013.

 


Maritime and Coastguard Agency – Skippering of Workboats

There are regulations covering the use of nearly all non-privately owned and operated boats in the UK.  There are separate regulations for large (more than 12 passengers) and small (up to 12 passengers) trip boats, for those carrying cargo and for work boats and other non-private vessels.  These regulations therefore cover most vessels operated by waterway groups, navigation authorities and other operators.  The Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has set out a summary of regulations on its website: MCA website.

The main qualification for operation of commercial vessels is the Boat Masters Licence, but there are a number of alternatives to this, including an RYA Helmsman's Certificate and IWA's Certificate of Boat Management.  There are a number of exemptions to the regulations: eg: boats used for welfare rather than as a workboat, floating platforms, etc.  A number of exemptions are set out under Marine Information Notice 434

The waterways covered by the regulations are set out in Merchant Shipping Notice 1827(M).  This notice categorises inland waterways into Categories A, B, C and D - each to which different regulations apply.  Private boats operated for 'social domestic and pleasure' purposes are not covered by the regulations.

There are currently three types of Boat Masters Licences divided into National and Restricted Area (local) Licences:

National Licence

  • Tier 1 Level 1 (T1L1) – for all Category A, B and non-linked C waters [non-tidal]
  • Tier 1 Level 2 (T1L2) – for all UK inland waterways (Categories A-D) and limited coastal area [tidal]

Restricted Area Licence

  • Tier 2 (T2) – for a specified area which may be Category A, B or non-linked C waters [non-tidal]

The MCA is currently in the process of amending the BML Regulations.  Once these amendments come into force there will be an additional licence: Tier 2 Level 2 (T2L2) for a specified area which may be Category C and/or D waters, and/or limited coastal area and where applicable adjacent Categories A and/or B waters [tidal]. 

There is a special agreement in place between the MCA and Canal & River Trust whereby operatives on the latter’s waterways whereby, rather than having to get all its boat-operating employees qualified with a Boat Masters Licence, CRT can use its own agreed systems, called 'CAATS assessment' and two, recently introduced training courses: 'Foundation Health & Safety' and 'Fire, Water, Save a Life'.  CRT has also introduced a requirement for a medical check.


 

Thames Weir Repairs

The Environment Agency has announced that much needed repairs to a 130-year-old weir on the River Thames will begin this month (March 2013).

Molesey Weir B (part of the wider Molesey weir and lock complex), which was built in 1883 and lies upstream of Hampton Court Palace, underwent its last period of major repairs almost 80 years ago in 1934. It is now set for a significant upgrade after surveys revealed the steel structure was in poor condition and needed to be replaced.

Work on the weir is due to be completed in autumn 2014. Whilst work is carried out a temporary bridge will be installed to allow residents and boat owners’ access to nearby Ash Island.


 

IWA Member Discounts and Special Offers

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

  • Boatshed Grand Union - 10% discount on brokerage
  • 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 15% discount
  • RoadPro - 5% discount
  • UK Boat Hire - 15% discount
  • UltimateBerths.com - Free Listing
  • Willowbridge Marina - 10% discount on chandlery purchases and services in the yard
  • Worcester Marine Windows Ltd - 5% discount
  • Zead - Free postage and accessories

Please note: All discounts and offers are entirely at the organisers' discretion.

To see details of how to take advantage of these offers, please go to www.waterways.org.uk/support_us/members_area/member_discounts_special_offers_public

For IWA members who receive a printed copy of this bulletin in the post, please contact the membership team on 01494 783453 for the details of the offers.

Members can also support IWA with a NarrowBoat subscription


Boat Insurance


IWA has an arrangement with insurers Navigators & General and River Canal Rescue that provides top quality boat insurance and access to the basic waterway rescue service for boat owners, with the added benefit that every policy taken out and subsequently renewed helps IWA, and thus furthers our charitable work for the waterways. 

See more information about the IWA insurance scheme for boaters


Waterway Events

IWA Membership Recruitment Workshop/Action Group on Saturday, 13th April 2013

An invitation to anyone interested in helping with IWA membership recruitment.

IWA's Promotions and Communications Committee is looking to improve the way in which IWA branches recruit members.

Despite the recession, IWA membership is holding up well and we know (from the recent CRT survey) that 27% of boat owners are IWA members – many more than are members of any other waterways-related organisation; but why aren’t the rest IWA members?  It seems that many waterway users do not understand the necessity for there to be a strong voice for the 'tenants' to negotiate with the 'landlords'. We need to find ways in which to spread the word to those people we meet along the waterways and at events.

The Committee hopes that by putting collective heads together the following questions and many similar can be answered:

  • How can IWA branches help?
  • How does one encourage one’s friends to join IWA?
  • How does one promote the Association to a boating acquaintance?
  • If a friend is allowing their membership to lapse for financial reasons, or because they have sold their boat, is there anything we can do to persuade them to re-join or even, is it right to do so?

The Committee has therefore arranged this get-together for anyone who would be interested in helping to solve these conundrums.

There will also be the opportunity (for anyone who wishes) to pick up some tips on recruiting in the formal setting of an IWA sales and recruiting stand. Some of IWA's most successful recruiters will be attending and they have agreed to share their expertise. They hope to learn something from you too.

The venue will be the Royal British Legion, 316 Station Road, Balsall Common, Warwickshire. CV7 7EF. The venue is 50 yards from Berkswell rail station on the line between Birmingham and Coventry with a regular train service.  The venue has been chosen as central and is within 1 hour’s travelling time of Birmingham, Coventry, Derby, Leicester, Lichfield, Oxford, Northampton, Stoke on Trent, Warwick and Worcester. Even London and Bristol are only 90 minutes away. If this workshop proves successful, the Committee may hold another one (elsewhere) later in the year to give different people a chance to attend.

Anyone who is interested to help, is encouraged to come along. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided free of charge. There is the possibility that those from further afield may be able to hitch a lift with a friendly local trustee or region chairman who will be attending the trustees meeting less than 11 miles away on the same day. The workshop will start at 10.00am and finish around 3.30pm.

If you have any questions about this or would like to book a place, please email helen.whitehouse@waterways.org.uk or telephone 01543 491161.

 

Tall Ships Return to the Thames

A fleet of tall ships will return to Greenwich this summer. The ships will berth on the Thames for the Sail Royal Greenwich weekend, taking place from 28th August until 1st September. Enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a two hour cruise up the river on one of the boats, sailing from Royal Arsenal Pier at Woolwich via Maritime Greenwich to Tower Bridge and then back. Trip Bookings open in May.

Chesterfield Canal Festival Trailboats

The Chesterfield Canal Festival will be held at Staveley Town Basin on 29th and 30th June.
There will be Music and Dance all day both in the huge Entertainment Marquee and outside. The Raptor Foundation will be doing flying displays and there will be a Fun Dog Show. Children can have a trip on a miniature train plus lots of other rides. You can expect dozens of stalls of every type, food and drink and a Real Ale bar. There will be a concert featuring the Swing Commanders on the Saturday night.

The Festival is combining with Open Days at Barrow Hill Roundhouse where you can have a ride behind a steam train and see the only surviving working turntable in the country. The two sites are only a mile apart and will be linked by a free vintage bus service.

However, more boats are needed at the Festival. The basin is on the isolated Derbyshire stretch of the Chesterfield Canal but there is a slipway which can be used for trailboats. A few have booked, but there will be space for lots more.

The Chesterfield Canal Trust will have all three of its tripboats in operation. Two of these boats will be brought by truck from the Nottinghamshire end of the canal and lowered in by crane. Enterprising narrowboat owners are welcome to use this crane to put their own boat on the canal and cruise a waterway which would otherwise be inaccessible.

For further information, ring 01246 477569 or email festival@chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk

Major IWA Festivals and Boat Rallies

IWA Canalway Cavalcade - Little Venice, London 4th - 6th May
IWA National Trailboat Festival - Bodiam Castle, East Sussex 25th - 27th May
IWA National Festival - Cassiobury Park, Watford, Hertfordshire  19th - 21st July
Other Festivals and Boat Rallies
Easter Cruise along the full length of the Basingstoke Canal 29th - 29th March
Northampton Branch Boat Gathering 3rd - 6th May
St. Richards Festival 3rd - 6th May
IWA Canalway Cavalcade 2013 - Festival of London Waterways 4th - 6th May
Norbury Canal Festival 4th - 6th May
Rickmansworth Festival - Festival of London Waterways 18th - 19th May
Moira Canal Festival 18th - 19th May
Erewash Canal Boat Gathering 24th - 27th May
IWA Trailboat Festival 2013 - Bodiam Castle 25th - 27th May
BCN 24 Hour Challenge 25th - 26th May
Crick Boat Show 25th - 27th May
Etruria Canals Festival 1st - 2nd June
Leicester Riverside Festival 1st - 2nd June
Beale Park Boat Show 7th - 9th June
BCN Explorer Cruise A 7th - 14th June
BCNS Pelsall Canal Festival 14th - 16th June
Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival 14th - 16th June
BCN Explorer Cruise B 17th - 24th June
Lymm Historic Transport Day 20th - 23rd June
Newbury Waterways Festival 21st - 23rd June
Thwaite Mills Boat Gathering 28th - 30th June
Chesterfield Canal Festival 29th - 30th June
Ware Boat Festival 2013 - Festival of London Waterways 5th - 7th July
Stratford River Festival 5th - 7th July
Evesham Festival 12th - 13th July
IWA National Festival - Festival of London Waterways 19th - 21st July
Pershore Town River Festival 20th - 21st July
Preston Riversway Festival 20th - 21st July
Outdoor Leisure Show 24th - 26th August
Angel Canal Festival - Festival of London Waterways 1st September
Slough Canal Festival - Festival of London Waterways 7th - 8th September
Mayors River Thames Festival 14th - 15th September
Whitchurch Gathering of Boats 21st - 22nd September

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 and 2013 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


16th March Work Party - Cheshire Locks (IWA Stoke on Trent Branch)
Details: Monthly work party organised by IWA Stoke-on-Trent Branch and supported by Trent & Mersey Canal Society and the Canal & River Trust as part of the Cheshire Locks Project.Tasks will include vegetation management, clearing cobble setts, painting fences, balance beams and bollards. No experience necessary, all tools provided. Bring waterproofs and a packed lunch, and wear stout shoes.
Contact: bob.luscombe@waterways.org.uk

16th March Canal Clean Up - Ellesmere Port, Shropshire Union Canal (IWA Chester & District Branch)
Details: Canal Clean Up on the Shropshire Union Canal, starting at Ellesmere Port.  Meet at 10am at the car park of the National Waterways Museum for litter picking the towpath between the museum and Bridge 140.  Volunteers advised to wear stout shoes, old clothes and gardening gloves.
Contact: gillian.bolt@waterways.org.uk

16th March Work Party - Lapworth (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
Details: Regular twice monthly work party at Lapworth. Tasks vary each time but include lock painting, litter picking, veg clearance and path work. Work parties take place on the third Thursday and the third Saturday of each month.  IWA Warwickshire Branch supporting CRT Towpath Taskforce.
Contact: alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk

16th March The Deep Clean - cleaning up the Thames Foreshore (Thames 21)
Details: All equipment will be provided by Thames21, including special safety wellington boots - you just need to come along in old clothes that you don't mind getting dirty! Please note: our smallest wellington boots are an adult size 3 - children will need to bring their own. All ages and abilities welcome, though under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. If you are coming with a group of 10 people or more, please let us know in advance.
Contact: alice.hall@thames21.org.uk

16th March Work Party - City Road Basin, London (CRT Towpath Taskforce)
Details: City Road Basin make-over - spring clean of City Road Basin in Islington. Blitzing litter, cutting back vegetation, cleaning pathways and planting to spruce up this popular spot on the Regent's Canal. Meet on the towpath at 10am or 1.30pm by City Road Lock which is located between Danbury Street Bridge and Wharf Road Bridge, N1 8JY. The event will run from 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm, join us for either session or bring a packed lunch and stay all day.
Contact: rebecca.williams@canalrivertrust.org.uk

16th - 17th March Cotswold Canals (WRG BITM)
Details: Demolition in preparation for repair of brickwork on locks in Stroud.
Contact: dave.wedd@wrgbitm.org.uk

17th March Canal Litter Pick at Rugeley (IWA Lichfield Branch)
Details: Big Spring Canal Litter Pick at Rugeley.  From Leathermill Lane to The Mossley.  Meet at Leathermill Lane canal bridge 66, Rugeley, Staffs. WS15 2HN (near Morrisons).  9.45 am to 12 noon.  Children welcome but need to be with a responsible adult.  We are clearing litter from the canal towpath and removing graffiti.  All equipment provided by Canal & River Trust, with tea and cake from IWA. 
Contact: margaret.beardsmore@waterways.org.uk

18th - 22nd March Footpath Renovation Work Parties at Rugeley (IWA Lichfield Branch)
Details: Footpath Renovation from Wolseley Road to Brindley Bank, Rugeley.  Each day from 9.30 am to mid/late afternoon.  Meet at the junction of the path with Wolseley Road, Rugeley, WS15 2HP (between Albany Drive and the pumping station). We need to level the path, line with weed control membrane, and re-surface with gravel.  We have funding for a mini excavator, dumper, gravel etc., and a volunteer qualified to drive the excavator, but we are short of helpers to do the hard graft! If you can come along for just one day or one morning it would be very much appreciated. Please let Margaret Beardsmore know if and when you can come.  Lunch will be provided if you are coming for a full day.
Contact: margaret.beardsmore@waterways.org.uk

19th March Work Party - Hanwell, West London (CRT Towpath Taskforce)
Details: Help install ladders and clear a path to guide local water voles to their new nesting rafts; funded thanks to People's Postcode Lottery and supported by Friends of Hanwell Flight. Wear old clothes with long sleeves for brambles & hard-soled footwear for digging. Bring a packed lunch.
Contact: rebecca.williams@canalrivertrust.org.uk

20th March Work Party - Northern Shropshire Union Canal and Weaver Navigation (CRT supported by IWA and SUCS)
Details: From wildlife surveys to weed control, hedge-laying to heritage structure preservation we have a full schedule of volunteering tasks on both the northern section of the Shropshire Union Canal and also the Weaver Navigation every fortnight. The task days will be at a different location on either of the northern section of the Shropshire Union Canal from Ellesmere Port down to Nantwich including the Middlewich branch and also the Weaver Navigation from Frodsham through Northwich to Winsford each fortnight, so please do call to find out where we will be and what we are doing.
Contact: glenn.young@canalrivertrust.org.uk

21st March Work Party - Enfield Lock (CRT Towpath Taskforce)
Details: Help refurbish some  floating rafts around Enfield Lock on the River Lee. Floating rafts provide an important habitat for the wildlife which makes it home on our waterways. Meet at 10am at Enfield Lock, South Ordnance Road, Enfield, EN3 6JQ. The event will run from 10am-3.30pm, hot drinks will be provided, please bring a packed lunch.
Contact: rebecca.williams@canalrivertrust.org.uk

21st March Work Party - Lapworth (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
Details: Regular twice monthly work party at Lapworth. Tasks vary each time but include lock painting, litter picking, veg clearance and path work. Work parties take place on the third Thursday and the third Saturday of each month.
Contact: alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk

22nd March Work Party - Montgomery and Llangollen Canal (CRT supported by IWA, SUCS and FOMC)
Details: From wildlife surveys to weed control, hedge-laying to heritage structure preservation we have a full schedule of volunteering tasks on both the Montgomery Canal and Llangollen Canal every fortnight. The task days will be at a different location on either of the Montgomery canal from near Ellesmere through Welshpool down to Newtown, and the Llangollen canal from Llangollen to Hurleston Junction each fortnight, so please do call to find out where we will be and what we are doing.
Contact: glenn.young@canalrivertrust.org.uk

22nd - 24th March Canal Clean Up - Milton Keynes (IWA Milton Keynes Branch)
Details: Over three days the Grand Union Canal from Fenny Lock at Fenny Stratford through to Galleon Wharf, Wolverton, will be cleaned up. Friday start will be at 12 noon at Fenny Lock, Fenny Stratford, working north to end at Bridge 83, Woolstone (with a meal in The Barge Inn on Friday evening).  Saturday starts at 09.30 and continues through to Bridge 72, New Bradwell (with a meal in The New Inn, New Bradwell). Sunday starts at 09.15 and ends around lunchtime at Wolverton.
Contact: david.king@waterways.org.uk

23rd March Canal Clean Up - Slough Arm (Friends of Slough Canal/IWA Middlesex)
Details: Canal clean up day on the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal.  Organised by Friends of Slough Canal and supported by IWA Middlesex Branch.
Contact: Friendsofsloughcanal@hotmail.co.uk

23rd March Work Party - Manchester (IWA Manchester Branch)
Details: IWA Manchester Branch supporting Canal & River Trust Towpath Taskforce. Various locations in the Greater Manchester area, tasks will include pulling rubbish out of the canal, litter picking, painting and vegetation clearance.
Contact: chairman@manchester-iwa.co.uk

24th March Bugsworth Basin Work Party - (The Inland Waterways Protection Society)
Details: All volunteers must wear stout footwear, preferably with toe protection, good quality work gloves, high-viz jackets and safety helmets as appropriate.  The society can loan you a hard-hat and high-viz jacket if you do not have one of your own. 
Contact: ian@theedgars.co.uk

24th March Warwick - Canal Clean Up (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
Details: Following the successful clean up of the Grand Union Canal centred around Clemens Street Bridge in Leamington, the Warwickshire branch is going to continue the good work to Emscote Road Bridge (Tescos) in Warwick. Work will include removing rubbish from the canal, litter picking, vegetation clearance and removing graffiti from bridges, so come in suitable attire.
The cleanup will commence at 10am and continue till lunchtime. Meet at the Tesco moorings by Emscote Road Bridge (Br 46) where CRT will provide grappling hooks, litter picking tools and black bags.
Contact: info.warwickshire@waterways.org.uk

27th March Work Party - Southern Shropshire Union Canal (CRT supported by IWA and SUCS)
Details: From wildlife surveys to weed control, hedge-laying to heritage structure preservation we have a full schedule of volunteering tasks on the southern section of the Shropshire Union Canal every fortnight. The task days will be at a different location on the southern section of the Shropshire Union Canal from Audlem down to Wolverhampton each fortnight, so please do call to find out where we will be and what we are doing.
Contact: glenn.young@canalrivertrust.org.uk

3rd April Work Party - Northern Shropshire Union Canal and Weaver Navigation (CRT supported by IWA and SUCS)
Details: From wildlife surveys to weed control, hedge-laying to heritage structure preservation we have a full schedule of volunteering tasks on both the northern section of the Shropshire Union Canal and also the Weaver Navigation every fortnight. The task days will be at a different location on either of the northern section of the Shropshire Union Canal from Ellesmere Port down to Nantwich including the Middlewich branch and also the Weaver Navigation from Frodsham through Northwich to Winsford each fortnight, so please do call to find out where we will be and what we are doing.
Contact: glenn.young@canalrivertrust.org.uk

5th April Work Party - Montgomery and Llangollen Canal  (CRT supported by IWA, SUCS and FOMC)
Details: From wildlife surveys to weed control, hedge-laying to heritage structure preservation we have a full schedule of volunteering tasks on both the Montgomery Canal and Llangollen Canal every fortnight. The task days will be at a different location on either of the Montgomery canal from near Ellesmere through Welshpool down to Newtown, and the Llangollen canal from Llangollen to Hurleston Junction each fortnight, so please do call to find out where we will be and what we are doing.
Contact: glenn.young@canalrivertrust.org.uk

6th April Litter Pick - Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Nelson to Brierfield (IWA North Lancs & Cumbria Branch)
Details: Litter pick along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in the Nelson to Brierfield area, 10am to 3pm. Meet at B&Q car park, Churchill Way, Nelson, (near Junction 12 M65). Canal & River Trust will provide black sacks and gloves. Volunteers are advised to wear stout shoes, old clothes and bring waterproofs and a packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.
Contact: lancsandcumbria@waterways.org.uk

7th April Canal Clean Up - Sheffield (IWA South Yorkshire & Dukeries Branch)
Details: Canal Clean Up at Tinsley, Sheffield. 10am to 1pm. All volunteers advised to wear suitable footwear and have waterproofs with them. Gloves, litter pickers and bags are provided by the Canal and River Trust. Pie and peas available at the end (approx. 1pm) if pre-ordered by 15th October by calling Mavis Paul, landline 0114 2683927, mobile 07725 464611 or by email mavis.brian_paul@btinternet.com
Contact: mavis.brian_paul@btinternet.com

10th April Work Party - Southern Shropshire Union Canal  (CRT supported by IWA and SUCS)
Details: From wildlife surveys to weed control, hedge-laying to heritage structure preservation we have a full schedule of volunteering tasks on the southern section of the Shropshire Union Canal every fortnight. The task days will be at a different location on the southern section of the Shropshire Union Canal from Audlem down to Wolverhampton each fortnight, so please do call to find out where we will be and what we are doing.
Contact: glenn.young@canalrivertrust.org.uk

11th April Work Party - Caldon Canal (IWA Stoke-on-Trent Branch)
Details: Milepost painting on the Caldon Canal.  Painting mileposts between Etruria and Milton. Wear old clothes, stout shoes and bring waterproofs and a packed lunch. This work party is being organised jointly between IWA Stoke-on-Trent Branch and the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust, working in Partnership with the Canal & River Trust.
Contact: bobluscombe@btinternet.com

13th April Work Party - Tardebigge Lime Kilns (WBDCS supported by IWA Birmingham Branch)
Details: Continuing the work recently started clearing vegetation and rubbish at the lime kilns at Tardebigge, there will now be a monthly work party on the second Saturday of each month. The work on these days will be to continue ground clearance, removal of waste and to recover materials for future use.
Contact: w.lambert@ntlworld.com

14th April Bugsworth Basin Work Party (The Inland Waterways Protection Society)
Details: All volunteers must wear stout footwear, preferably with toe protection, good quality work gloves, high-viz jackets and safety helmets as appropriate.  The society can loan you a hard-hat and high-viz jacket if you do not have one of your own.  Check your anti-tetanus jabs and boosters are still valid and please make sure your name is registered for insurance purposes.
Contact: ian@theedgars.co.uk

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Upcoming Towpath Walks

17th March London Towpath Walk (IWA London Region)
Details: The Olympics, Three Mills & Bow Back Rivers. Meet at Bromley-by-Bow Underground Station.  
Contact: roger.wilkinson@waterways.org.uk

29th March - 1st April Easter Walk - Wilts & Berks Canal (Wilts & Berks Canal Trust)
Details: Guided walk over 4 days of Easter of as much of the restored canal towpath as possible (approx. 40%). Backup support provided
Contact: tim.pyatt@wbct.org.uk

4th April Alrewas & Fradley Walk (IWA Lichfield Branch)
Details: An easy circular walk from Alrewas taking in the Coventry and Trent & Mersey Canals near Fradley.  About 2 hours.  Meet at 10.15 for a 10.30 am start from the George & Dragon, Main Street, Alrewas, Staffs. DE13 7AE. Optional lunch afterwards at the George & Dragon.
Contact: kaye.harrison@waterways.org.uk

7th April London Towpath Walk (IWA London Region)
Details: Towpath Walk : Regent's Canal : King's Cross - Central Saint Martins - Camden
Contact: roger.wilkinson@waterways.org.uk

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Bulletin is edited by Gemma Bolton