IWA Bulletin Mid November 2015

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Chelmer and Blackwater  -  Happy Anniversary

Photo: Hoe Mill Lock, Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation

Ten years of focus and investment can make an amazing difference to a waterway.  In the decade since the specially created IWA subsidiary Essex Waterways Ltd took over the running of the Chelmer & Blackwater, the once run down navigation has been transformed.

The Company of Proprietors of the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation was taken into administration in 2003 after running into serious financial difficulties.   IWA formed a subsidiary company, Essex Waterways Ltd and took over the management of the navigation on 14th November 2005 running the waterway exclusively for the public benefit.  Without IWA’s intervention it seemed inevitable the abandonment of the navigation would be the only outcome.  There is widespread acceptance of the fact that Essex Waterways not only saved the Chelmer & Blackwater from likely abandonment in 2005, but has since radically transformed its fortunes for the benefit of boaters, visitors and local residents.  

From day one IWA’s Essex Waterways, under the careful direction of Chairman Roy Chandler, began a rolling programme of works.  In the first four years Springfield, Sandford, Cuton, Stonham’s and Heybridge Basin Locks were all significantly improved.  Moorings and facilities have been upgraded all the way along the navigation.  Major works have included the replacement of the largest culvert on the navigation to avoid the risk of embankment collapse and serious local flooding as well as the installation of new landing facilities at one of the lock sites.  IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group played a major role in the rebuild of Hall Bridge, Heybridge whilst Heybridge Basin was the site of extensive improvements 4 years ago.  

Over the last few years Essex Waterways has upgraded its plant and tools such that the navigation now benefits from far more efficient and reliable equipment.  In this same timeframe new boater facilities have been constructed at Paper Mill and Sandford moorings and the waterway has benefited from regular weekday volunteer support as well as a large number of work party improvements carried out by enthusiastic volunteers from IWA Chelmsford Branch, IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group and Sandford Boating Club.
The Chelmer & Blackwater is described in Waterways magazine as an unsung gem – relished by the people of Essex but comparatively little known among the wider canal community.  The navigation runs through a largely unspoilt part of rural Essex and connects the county town of Chelmsford with the tidal estuary of the River Blackwater at Heybridge Basin.  At just over 13 miles in length it is ideal for a challenging all day walk and the waterway is becoming increasingly popular with day canoeists.  Paper Mill Lock and Heybridge Basin receive the lion’s share of visitors to the navigation.  Paper Mill is home to the locally popular Old Stables Tearoom where the cakes are legendary and Heybridge is a magical location where saltwater and freshwater boating collide.  

The waterway has become a cherished local amenity that deserves attention from farther afield as it is a truly beautiful spot.  The transformation of the waterway could easily be regarded as one of IWA’s finest recent achievements.
This article is a short version of a full article found in the Winter Edition of Waterways, IWA’s member magazine.  

IWA News

Bradley Locks Feasibility Study Launched

Photo: Bradley Canal (Photo taken by Angela Acott)

A feasibility study to consider the restoration of what will be known as the Bradley Canal was launched at a meeting of CRT’s West Midlands Partnership held on Wednesday 11th November.  

The feasibility study, which was funded by Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust, Birmingham Canal Navigation Society, Canal & River Trust and The Inland Waterways Association, concludes that the scheme is practical although significant funding will be required.

The restored canal would recreate a 1.5 mile link on the BCN between the Walsall Canal and the New Main Line, by restoring sections of 4 lost canals, including the Wednesday Oak Loop beyond Bradley Workshops, and the 9 Bradley Locks.  

IWA is pleased to have been able to support the study, financially, with advice and through the commitment of local branch members over a long period, which eventually brought the project to the attention of Neil Wyatt of Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust, who is also on Canal & River Trust’s West Midlands Partnership, which resulted in the current partnership between the four organisations.  There is also support for the restoration from a local residents association.  

The report will be available on the websites of the four funding bodies.

WRG’s Bonfire Bash is a Roaring Success

Photo: 2015 Bonfire Bash on the Uttoxeter Canal

On the 7th and 8th November, IWA's Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) held its annual Bonfire Bash Weekend on the Uttoxeter Canal. Over 80 WRG volunteers from across the country, joined by volunteers from Caldon and Uttoxeter Canals Trust carried out major vegetation clearance along the line of the old, but now very overgrown, towpath near to Alton and Crumpwood Weir.

Over the weekend WRG volunteers cleared quarter of a mile of towpath at Alton and it is hoped that this work will help the Trust establish a walking route along the length of the Uttoxeter Canal, utilising as much of the original towpath as possible. WRG’s specialist Forestry team also cleared larger trees at Alton and Crumpwood Weir, as well as removing debris from the weir itself.
George Rogers, Co-Leader for the weekend said “The 2015 Bonfire Bash was a roaring success, with over 80 eager volunteers working to clear stretches of the Uttoxeter Canal. It was a very enjoyable weekend catching up with friends old and new, and a huge thank you to all of the volunteers and the local trust for making the event so successful. I look forward to walking down the line of the canal without interference!”

Steve Wood, chair of CUCT’s Uttoxeter Canal Restoration Committee, is delighted with the outcome of the weekend, saying: “Thank you to all the WRG volunteers for doing such a great job; their enthusiasm and expert woodland management skills are amazing. More of the Uttoxeter Canal has been revealed and we can now assess how the original towpath can be used as part of our plans to create a walking route along the line of the canal through Churnet Valley. It will also help us look more closely at the parts of the canal that are still in water. We plan to talk to local communities and other groups in the Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership about how improving the canal environment for wildlife might also enable activities such as fishing or canoeing.”

The photos from the weekend can be viewed on the Bonfire Bash photo album.

IWA Gift Membership – A Perfect Present for People who Love the Waterways

Photo: Winter above Grindley-Brook, Llangollen-Canal. Photo by Alan-Wilding.

IWA is currently offering a 25% discount on gift memberships, if you pay by direct debit, so why not take advantage of this saving and give a friend or relative a Christmas gift to remember this year? An IWA gift membership subscription makes the perfect present for those who love the inland waterways.
Your membership gift also means that we can do more to make our waterways better for everyone to enjoy.

A gift that will last all year, membership of IWA includes: 4 issues of IWA's exclusive member magazine Waterways delivered, a welcome pack with details of how to make the most of IWA membership, special member discounts and offers including money off hire boat holidays plus the opportunity to attend talks, walks and social events organised by local IWA branches. All members receive these great benefits whilst helping keep our waterways alive.
To purchase a gift membership, either phone 01494 783453 or download the gift membership Direct Debit form and post it back to us.

Alternatively you can buy online. The following membership types are available: single, joint/family, over 65 single and over 65 joint (When both members are 65)

You can also order a gift of membership at the normal rate through iwashop.com.

For Christmas gifts to arrive on time, please get your orders to us by 17th December.


WRG’s Jude Palmer Chosen as a Finalist for ‘Towpath Talk Volunteer of the Year’

Photo: WRG’s Jude Palmer

Earlier this year, Towpath Talk asked readers to help them find the first ‘Towpath Talk Volunteer of the Year’ and IWA is delighted to report that WRG’s Jude Palmer is one of the four finalists. The winner of the competition will be announced early next year.

Many of you will know Jude, as she has been at the heart of Waterway Recovery Group for nearly 26 years. Her passion for volunteering and canal restoration has ensured hundreds, if not thousands of volunteers have had a fun, rewarding and memorable experience through WRG.

Jude first started canal ‘digging’ with Kent and East Sussex Canal Restoration Group (KESCRG) in 1989, but, through family connections, she was already an avid supporter of the waterways and waterway restoration (in fact her first swing was used to form the foundations of IWA Chelmsford’s Branch stand!). Since then she hasn’t looked back and has been involved in most of the big waterway restoration projects of the last 20 years. In the early 1990s Jude was heavily involved in the restoration efforts on the Montgomery Canal at Aston Nature Reserve; in 1995 she helped coordinate 750 volunteers on the Cotswolds ‘Big Dig’; as well as volunteering on other major project such as the Droitwich Canals (Hanbury Flight and Barge Lock) and helping run IWA’s waterway festivals.

In recent years Jude has focused much of her energy on publicising WRG and waterways restoration at festivals, on local radio and promotional videos, as well as dedicating much time and effort in the background as a member of the WRG Board ensuring WRG’s volunteering activities run smoothly and safely.
Jude is a role model for all WRG volunteers, her positive energy and passion has created a family like atmosphere within WRG and she plays a key role in ensuring WRG’s spirit continues to flow through all volunteers, young or old.

As well as a prestigious title, the winner of the competition will be awarded the prize of a free holiday, worth £1500, courtesy of ABC Boat Hire Holidays.  If you would like to choose Jude as the first ‘Towpath Talk Volunteer of the Year’ and are a reader of Towpath Talk, you can vote online on the Towpath Talk website or complete the form found in the November issue of the publication.  Readers' votes will represent 25% of the final ballot and votes need to reach Towpath Talk by December 31st 2015.

Donate to IWA through Online Shopping

With Christmas shopping in mind, if you buy goods online or participate in grocery home shopping, then please check out the easyfundraising scheme website, as IWA gets a donation every time a purchase is made through it.

It’s absolutely free to you and IWA can gain donations from the participating retailers of up to 2.5% or more of the value of your shopping when you use it.

What’s more, they will send you a confirmatory email once the participating retailer has processed your transaction, letting you know how much has been donated to IWA on your behalf.

Simply register on the Easy Fundraising website and then select Inland Waterways Association as your chosen charity and carry on shopping online as normal using this site as your portal. Participating stores include; John Lewis, Tesco, Sainsburys, Amazon etc.

Wendover Arm Trust – Heritage Lottery Fund bid

Canal & River Trust has recently submitted proposals to restore a further section of the Wendover Arm Canal, in partnership with Wendover Arm Trust.
On 3rd November, Dave Chapman, chairman of IWA Chiltern Branch attended a presentation outlining the Heritage Lottery Fund bid for funding for completion by contractors of the next section of the Wendover restoration, which together with the continuing work by volunteers, would see the Arm open to navigation to the old A41 bridge at Aston Clinton.

At the meeting, several local people also spoke of the benefits, other than those obvious to boaters that restoration would bring to the area, it became clear this would also resolve a long-standing concern over marginal flooding when heavy rain causes the water level at Wendover to be higher than the Grand Union summit that it feeds.

Lottery bids are influenced by the volume of support, particularly from the affected locality.  If you would like to support the bid, Chiltern Branch invite you to download a Microsoft Word copy of the sample letter which can easily be modified with your own comments. Please send as an email attachment to Chris Sargeant at Chairman@wendoverarmtrust.co.uk.

About People

Introducing Emma Matthars

Photo: Emma Matthars, IWA’s new Assistant Volunteers Co-ordinator

IWA welcomes Emma Matthars as Assistant Volunteers Co-ordinator.  Based at IWA head office in Chesham, Emma is responsible for looking after volunteering across the association, as well as being involved with IWA branch activities and work parties.

An enthusiastic member of the team, only three days after joining IWA, Emma took part in WRG’s annual Bonfire Bash on the Uttoxeter Canal.

Geoff Setchfield

IWA is sad to hear of the death, on 3rd November, of Geoff Setchfield at the age of 82. He had worked (alongside his sister and brother in law Olive & George Andrews) for over 50 years to raise the profile of midlands canals, was a founder member of both the Staffs & Worcs Canal Society and Wolverhampton Boat Club (serving as both Chairman and Commodore) and was a chairman at Coombeswood Canal Trust as well as supporting many IWA activities in the West Midlands.

Other News

Voting Opens for CRT Council Elections

Boaters and boating businesses are being called on to cast their votes for their six representatives on Canal & River Trust’s Council as voting opens.  Volunteers and employees of the Trust will also be voting for one candidate to fill each of the volunteer and employee places.  A further place will be held by a Friend of the Trust, who this time round will be co-opted by the Trust’s Appointments Committee.
Electoral Reform Services (ERS), which is managing the process independently of the Trust, will email a login to everyone eligible to vote (and send a login code by post to people without email).  Voters have four weeks until midnight on Friday 11 December to login to cast their vote online.  The results will be announced on Monday 14 December and the elected candidates will take up their voluntary posts on the Council for four years starting in March 2016.


Nature Viewing Platform Officially Opened

Photo: Guildford MP Anne Milton and the Wey & Arun Canal Trust's Bramley Link manager, Philip Oliver, with the plaque commemorating the official opening of the Hunt Park viewing platform

A picnic area where people will eventually be able to watch a canal being restored has been officially opened. Guildford MP Anne Milton launched the outdoor dining site – on a viewing platform in Hunt Nature Park, alongside the A281 Horsham Road at Shalford.  Mrs Milton unveiled a commemorative plaque in the centre of the unusual hexagonal decking, which is in a wildlife park created by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT).

The platform, on the route of the waterway being restored by the trust, currently offers views across the Cranleigh Waters stream to veteran oak trees, meadowland and shallow ponds.
Philip Oliver, manager of WACT’s Bramley Link project, explained that it would be an ideal place to watch the canal being re-created when the time comes.  He also said the park demonstrated the commitment to creating a ‘green corridor’ along the length of the waterway.
Restoration of the first stretch of the canal’s Bramley Link recently received a major boost with the signing of a lease to use farmland owned by Susan and Malcolm Brenton.


Footpath Installation on Track

Following on from the granting of planning approval in early October, Willow Wren Training has excavated enough of the derelict canal arm at Nelson’s Wharf on the Grand Union Canal, to allow the installation of a new footbridge.

The bridge is of a similar design and made by the same company as the one fitted at Constitution Hill on the Chesterfield Canal last year. It will carry a public footpath over the arm. The bridge straddles blue brick walls which originally supported a rail bridge that carried the L&NWR railway line from Leamington Spa to Weedon. Along with the canal, the railway was used to carry goods into and out of the works with extensive sidings.

This is just one element of the reopening of the historic canal arm on the Grand Union Canal at Stockton which was the site of the old Nelson’s Cement works.

Altogether, some 16,000 cubic metres of concrete, bricks and soil needs to be removed before the basin can be fully re-watered. From the excavations to date, much of the arm’s brick infrastructure is still in good or easily repairable condition thereby reducing the amount of modern piling required. The clay bed is also intact and holding water.

The excavation will continue all the way to the original winding which is expected to be around 250m from the junction with the GU Canal. When the basin has been fully restored, services installed and ground landscaped, Willow Wren Training will offer quiet rural moorings for up to eight boats, (subject to CRT approval), as well as a maintenance base for its training fleet.

Restoration of Harborne Wharf Begins

Photo:  Work begins on the the restoration of Harborne Wharf in Selly Oak Park. Birmingham City Council Planning Committee unanimously approved this important stage of the Lapal Canal restoration from Selly Oak to Halesowen.(Photograph taken by Vaughan Welch)

Work has now started and digging commenced on the restoration of Harborne Wharf in Selly Oak Park. Birmingham City Council Planning Committee unanimously approved this important stage of the Lapal Canal restoration from Selly Oak to Halesowen.

The Planning Permission allows the Lapal Canal Trust to remove up to 2000 cubic metres (100 lorry loads) of rubble and subsoil which has accumulated in the Harborne Wharf canal basin since the mid 1950’s when the canal was closed. Completion of the link to the Warwickshire and Birmingham canal will allow the canal basin to be filled with water.  The basin will be 100 metres long and 20 metres wide at its widest point and will also be used as a temporary mooring and turning point for canal boats.

The headquarters of the 113th Ariel Scout Group in Selly Oak is located next to the canal and the scouts will help to build the slipway for safe access for canoes.

The work has only been made possible by the generous help of contractors P.J Carey, part of the Carey Group and The Carey Foundation. Careys is the main contractor on the adjoining Battery site being developed by The Harvest Partnership, a joint venture between Sainsbury’s and Land Securities. Careys has agreed to move the soil without charge using the canal tunnel under the road bridge opened in 2008, as this will avoid disruption to the park and there will be no additional road traffic.
The Lapal Canal forms part of the Dudley No 2 Canal opened in 1798, this was mainly to carry coal from Dudley to London. The link was closed in 1917 following the collapse of the Lapal Tunnel and competition from the railways. The Lapal Canal when reopened will be a significant tourist attraction and complete what will be a popular circular route around Birmingham.

CRT Launches Water Resource Strategy

Canal & River Trust has launched a long-term water resource strategy aimed at maintaining a reliable supply of water for the nation’s canal network.  The Trust has developed the strategy to ensure that the nation’s waterway network continues to have the water it needs to meet the demands of boaters, support businesses and sustain important wildlife.  The ‘Putting the water into waterways 2015-2020’ strategy details how the Trust will plan successfully for the future, giving a reliable supply of water to meet the growing demands on the waterway network.  Part of this planning will include an assessment of how the Trust will deal with a range of future challenges up to 2050. These future challenges include climate change, the increasing popularity of boating, changing environmental legislation and the impact of exciting canal restoration projects on the demand for water.
The strategy also commits to providing clearer definitions of key water management concepts and explains the Trust’s position on a number of issues that are commonly raised by boaters, including lock leakage, side ponds and dredging. It has been published following an eight week consultation period which received 169 responses from a range of individuals and organisations including canal societies, local authorities, waterway associations, water companies as well as the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management.
Progress against the actions detailed in the strategy will be published in an annual report which will be available on the Canal & River Trust website. To find out more about how the Trust manages water resources and read a copy of the strategy go to Canal and River Trust's blog about introducing the Water Resources Strategy.

IWA & WRG Work Party Reports

This section contains volunteer reports from IWA branches and IWA's Waterway Recovery Group. IWA branch reports contain information from their latest work parties where volunteers have worked to help maintain their local canals. WRG reports on its Canal Camps and weekend digs to keep readers up to date with the restoration work the group has been undertaking.

Uttoxeter Work Party Volunteers Prepare for WRG’s Bonfire Bash

Photo: Volunteers at the Uttoxeter Canal clean up, continue with the ongoing task of cutting back the regrowth on the stumps from Bridge 70 upstream towards Alton.

At the Uttoxeter Canal work party on 8th October, organised by IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch, volunteers were able to take advantage of the ‘Indian Summer’. The prolonged good weather had seen the canal bed dry up, allowing the group easy access to the tree stumps both in the canal bed and on the offside and volunteers were able to use this advantage to continue with the ongoing task of cutting back the regrowth on the stumps from Bridge 70 upstream towards Alton.

Following this, in early November, Waterway Recovery Group held its annual reunion camp on the Uttoxeter Canal (See IWA News).  One of the volunteer tasks at the Bonfire Bash was to remove fallen trees from Crumpwood Weir. The WRGies needed to access the trees by boat, so in preparation for their visit, the Uttoxeter Canal task party on 24th October, cleared a route to launch the boat. The ‘Indian Summer’ appreciated on the previous work party was definitely over, as on a particularly rainy day volunteers cleared scrub, crown-lifted some trees and did quite a bit of strimming, getting very wet in the process.

70 Volunteers Take Part in Clean up on the Grand Union Canal

On 25th October, IWA Warwickshire Branch held its latest clean up on the Grand Union Canal and the adjoining towpath between Gullimans Bridge, Sydenham and the ladder Bridge, Althorpe Street, Leamington.

The clean up was extremely well supported and as the day got under way a group of 70 volunteers got to work, using grappling hooks to haul a variety of items from the canal bed. These included the usual selection of shopping trolleys and bicycles, a motorcycle, tyres, girders, fencing panels, road work signs and barriers, lots of pipe, and a sundry mixture of metal and plastic. In addition a litter pick produced over 30 black sacks of rubbish and a large quantity of needles, which were collected by authorised CRT staff and disposed of in special receptacles.

With an excellent turn-out, IWA volunteers were joined by St Mary’s Road Residents, the Love Leamington Group, canal enthusiasts, some of whom had travelled from outside the area, Warwick University volunteers plus local residents. CRT offered excellent support by proving a large hopper and push tug, gloves, litter pickers, grapples and coordination through volunteer leader, Steve Lambert.

There was almost a show stopping moment when a rope became entangled on the propeller of the tug and it came to a complete halt under Sydenham Road Bridge. After an hour’s struggle, up to the shoulders in cold canal water, the offending length was cut away and the tug restarted to catch up with the hopper which had been bow hauled into Leamington to collect the aforementioned debris.

These clean ups are held twice a year and if you would like to help or enquire about similar events please email info.warwickshire@waterways.org.uk

Successful Mini Clean up on the Staffs & Worcs Canal

Photo: Volunteers from IWA’s Birmingham, Black Country & Worcs Branch take a break from their clean up on the Staffs & Worcs Canal

On 11th November, IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch held a small but successful work party in the northern half of Kidderminster, on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal.  Volunteers assisted John Foal of CRT with a mini clean up and scrub bash between Limekiln Bridge and Tesco.  A dinghy was provided, which allowed volunteers to access the off-side for removal of rubbish and clearing overhanging branches etc.  Others collected six bags of rubbish and more scrub along the towpath, returning it to Kidderminster lock where they met with the CRT truck.  Being the 11th of November, the group listened out for the clock chime at 11 o'clock and stood silent for a minute or two remembering.  The volunteers resumed their activities and were complimented by several passers by during the rest of the morning.  Four shopping trolleys were removed from the canal - one of which had been 'crunched' by a boat, but as the others were in good condition, they were returned to the 'goods inwards' entrance to Tesco, where the staff were appreciative.  The crunched ones were used to transport the bags of rubbish back to base.

Volunteers Given a Warm Welcome

Photo:  Volunteers with IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch, clear vegetation by the  Eldonian Village Hall.

IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch recently held a work party on 3rd November at Eldonian Village in Liverpool.  A great day was had by all and volunteers very much appreciated the mugs of warming hot tea and biscuits unexpectedly provided by some local ladies.

The group successfully cleared the vegetation along the wall, from just by the Eldonion Village Hall all the way to the Vauxhall Bridge, which was very pleasing.  CRT expressed satisfaction at the result, the two wheel barrows being used could not keep up with the rate of weed clearance.

IWA Volunteering Opportunities

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.

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:
Middlesex Branch – Middlesex Matters - November 2015
Lichfield Branch – Lichfield Lines - November 2015
Chiltern Branch – Chiltern Grapevine - November 2015
Shrewsbury & North Wales Branch – Shropie Flyer - November 2015
Ipswich Branch – Anglian Cuttings

Waterway Events

Major IWA events in 2015

30th April - 2nd May 2016 - IWA Canalway Cavalcade, London
28th May - 29th May 2016 - IWA Trailboat Festival, Staveley
27th August - 29th August 2016 - IWA Festival of Water, Pelsall

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 a full list of 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/Cleanup Events

18th November Work Party - River Gipping (Supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
19th November Work Party - Trent & Mersey Canal, Cheshire Locks (Supported by IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
20th November Work Party - Mossley Bridge, Rugeley (Supported by IWA Lichfield Branch)
21st November Work Party - Uttoxeter Canal (Supported by IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
21st November Work Party - Greater Manchester (Supported by IWA Manchester Branch)
24th November Work Party - Trent & Mersey Canal, Burslem Port (Supported by IWA N.Staffs & S.Cheshire Branch)
25th November Work Party - River Gipping (Supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
28th November Work Party - Congleton  (Supported by IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
28th November Work Party – Chester (Supported by IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch)
29th November Work Party - Northampton (Supported by IWA Northampton Branch)

2nd December Work Party - River Gipping (Supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
5th December Work Party -  River Gipping (Supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
5th December Work Party -  Burslem (Supported by IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
9th December Work Party -  Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal (Supported by IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcs Branch)
9th December Work Party -  River Gipping (Supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
10th December Work Party - Uttoxeter Canal (Supported by IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
12th December Work Party - Tardebigge Lime Kilns (Supported by IWA Birmingham Branch)
13th December Work Party - Sleaford Navigation (Supported by IWA Lincolnshire Branch)
15th December Work Party - Northampton (Supported by IWA Northampton Branch)
16th December Work Party - River Gipping (Supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
19th December Work Party -  Uttoxeter Canal (Supported by IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
19th December Work Party - Greater Manchester (Supported by IWA Manchester Branch)
22nd December Work Party - Burslem (Supported by IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
23rd December Work Party - River Gipping (Supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
30th December Work Party - River Gipping (Supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)

To advertise your restoration/cleanup events in the bulletin please add details to IWA's events calendar

Upcoming Towpath Walks

6th December Waterside Walk - Little Venice to Camden (IWA Towpath Walks Society)
20th December Waterside Walk - Regent’s Canal (IWA Towpath Walks Society)
27th December Waterside Walk - Regent’s Canal (IWA Towpath Walks Society)

To advertise your towpath walks in the Bulletin, please add details to IWA's events calendar

IWA Member Discounts and Special Offers

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

  • ABC Boat Hire - 15% discount
  • Airedale Cruising - 10% discount off skippered day cruises
  • Boat Windows Ltd - 5% discount
  • Boatshed Grand Union - 10% discount on brokerage
  • Calcutt Boats - 5% Discount
  • Canal Boat Magazine - Annual subscription for just £15
  • CanalCruising.co.uk - 10% discount
  • Channel Glaze - 10% discount on double glazing for boats
  • Cotswold Outdoor - 10% discount
  • Europcar - Special hire rates to IWA members
  • Frangipani SUP Ltd - 10% discount
  • Forge Studio - 10% discount
  • IceGripper - 20% discount
  • I Love Meet and Greet Ltd - 15% discount
  • King's Lock Chandlery - 5% discount
  • Lee Sanitation Ltd. - 10% on orders over £100
  • Marine Megastore Ltd. - 15% discount
  • Midland Chandlers - 5% discount
  • Middlewich Narrowboats - 25% discount on hire of classic boat Willow
  • Paper Wizard - 15% discount
  • River Canal Rescue - Up to 15% discount
  • RoadPro - 5% discount
  • The Three Locks Pub, Grand Union Canal nr. Milton Keynes - 10% discount on food
  • UltimateBerths.com - Free Listing
  • Wavetrain Marine - 5% discount on 1 day VHF SCR training courses
  • Willowbridge Marina - 10% discount on chandlery purchases and services in the yard 
  • Wyvern Shipping Co. Ltd - 10% discount on published prices
  • 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 Narrow Boat magazine 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

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