IWA Bulletin October 2011

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IWA ‘s Campaign Team Puts Funding Message Direct to Leading Politicians

IWA is once again representing the inland waterways movement at the Conservative and Labour party conferences this year, as part of the Boating Alliance.

Private meetings have been arranged by IWA with Key Labour MPs including Labour waterways shadow spokespersons in both the Commons and the Lords.

A 40-minute private meeting has also been scheduled by the current Waterways Minister Richard Benyon MP with IWA at the Conservative conference.

A full report will follow in the next bulletin.


IWA News

IWA's response to The House of Commons Communities and Local Government's Examination of the Draft National Planning Policy Framework

IWA has issued a response to The House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee's examination of the draft National Planning Policy Framework.

Read IWA's response to the National Planning Policy Framework Consultation



IWA's National AGM was held on 24th September, and included a review of IWA's activites in the last 12 months by Clive Henderson, IWA National Chairman and conformation of the appointment of trustees.  In the nationally elected trustees, there were two candidates for two places: Ray Carter was re-elected and Gordon Harrower elected.  Doug Beard retired and did not stand again.  Paul Strudwick was the sole candidate for London Region chairman and took office at the close of nominations in July as the position was vacant.  Paul Roper and Alastair Chambers, the sole nominess for postions of chairmen of South East and Eastern regions respectively, were re-elected.

Awards 2011 - The following national awards were handed out at the AGM where the recipients were present.

John Baylis - Cyril Styring Trophy (The Association's most prestigious trophy)

Colin & Sylvia Greenall - John Heap Salver (for fundraising)

John Nuttall - Christopher Power Prize.  There is a cash award with this prize, which will go to Chesterfield Canal Trust

Roger Hasdell - Richard Bird Medal
Ron & Mary Heritage - Richard Bird Medal
John Moss - Richard Bird Medal
Max Sinclair - Richard Bird Medal
Brian & Brenda Ward - Richard Bird Medal
Ray Carnell - Richard Bird Medal

Milton Keynes Branch - Branch Achievement Award

Read the full awards citations

2012 Membership Rates - The proposed new membership rates for 2012 were approved although there were suggestions at the morning meeting prior to the AGM, and at the AGM itself, to consider concession rates for long-serving members of the Association and for young people, and to look again at the comparative rates for overseas members and for senior citizens, in time for the next AGM. The new rates applicable from 1st January 2012 are:

Annual Monthly
Ordinary Member (UK) 
£30.00 £3.00
Family/Joint Adult Membership (UK) £37.50 £3.75
Overseas Members - (per single address outside the UK) £65.00 £6.50
Senior Citizen (UK) - aged over 65 £23.00 £2.30
Senior Citizen (UK) - two members aged over 65 £28.00 £2.80
Corporate - non-profit making bodies £52.00 £5.20
Corporate - profit making bodies - up to 20 employees £57.00 N/A
Corporate - profit making bodies - more than 20 employees £114.00 N/A
Single Life Membership (UK) £600.00 N/A
Joint Life Membership (UK) £750.00 N/A
Overseas Life Membership - (per single address outside the UK) £1,300.00 N/A

Montgomery Canal Restoration Update

IWA's Waterway Recovery Group has been trialling restoration techniques on the Montgomery Canal, as Alan Jervis explains...

"This year’s four Canal Camps on the Montgomery Canal in Shropshire have begun the construction of 100 metres of new channel south of Pryces Bridge. Together with the length being worked on by Shropshire Union Canal Society (Redwith Bridge to Pryces Bridge).  This aims to add 600 metres of canal to the existing navigable 6 miles of the Montgomery from its junction with the Llangollen Canal at Frankton to Redwith Bridge.
"The aim was to find new approaches to restoring rural waterways: something that will be applicable not just to the Montgomery but also to many other canals which are currently being restored.
"We set out to find a construction technique which is:

  • Fully watertight and durable
  • Physically flexible (to allow for ground movement) 
  • As cheap as possible consistent with quality 
  • Easy for volunteers to construct
  • More environmentally friendly than current approaches

"None of this proved easy. We profiled the canal to its original cross-section dimensions, using excavators and our volunteers digging skills. Volunteers then installed a complex liner system, which consisted of a layer of cushioning geotextiles; a three-layer bentonite clay-based liner; a layer of soil; and finally a layer of thick concrete blocks. The majority of our canal camp volunteers are new to canal restoration so it was a great learning experience for everyone involved… even our old hands!
"By using about one third of the concrete of other methods and recycling the excavated soil (so there’s no need to transport it away to landfill), we think we met the requirement of improved environmental friendliness. Our volunteers worked very hard and coped with some challenging problems. Rain could have reduced all this to a quagmire, but fortunately, there was virtually none during the month.
"After four weeks of work our volunteers completed 18 metres of lined channel and 60 metres of profiled bed is also ready for liner to be laid.This will now be left for almost a year to see how the liner system copes with winter and rising groundwater, but we’re confident that it will prove durable and effective.
"We learned a great deal during over August and we’ll now reflect on this and discuss possible modifications to our design with British Waterways. We like the end result, but we think that we now need to consider ways of speeding up the construction and perhaps further reducing the amounts of concrete (ideally to none!) ready for next year’s camps which will aim to complete the target 100 metres and, if funding can be found, extend the new channel towards the vital winding hole 500 metres south of our work site."

See photos of the restoration work at: www.waterways.org.uk/wrg/canal_camps/montgomery_canal_restoration_photos_2011

Watch videos of the restoration work, courtesy of Alan Wilding, Shrewsbury & North Wales Branch at: www.waterways.org.uk/wrg/canal_camps/wrg_videos/mont_canal_camp_video_2011


Events Calendar

Find out what waterways events are going on in your area with our new events calendar. www.waterways.org.uk/iwa_calendar/

Events can be searched by month, using a map, or by searching the type of event.

Add your waterway events - we would like to see the calendar used as a resource listing all upcoming waterways events into 2012. Events can be uploaded by simply filling in an online form www.waterways.org.uk/iwa_calendar/upload


BW Urges Boaters to Plan Ahead to Enjoy London's Waterways During the Olympics

British Waterways is urging boaters to plan ahead to make sure they can continue to enjoy London’s waterways during next summer, when restrictions to navigation and use of the waterways will be put in place during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The restrictions are part of measures put in place by the Metropolitan Police Service, the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and other security partners to support the wider safety and security operation for the Games.

Boaters who want to use the waterways during the Games should ensure they are aware of the following restrictions and plan accordingly:

  • From 3rd July to 10th September 2012 a mooring control zone will be in place on: The Regent’s Canal, from Little Venice to Limehouse Basin; Hertford Union Canal; Limehouse Cut; River Lee Navigation from Bow Locks to above Hackney Marshes (Lea Bridge Road). Anyone who doesn’t have a home mooring or hasn’t pre-booked a visitor mooring will be asked to leave these zones for the duration of this period.
  • From 24th June to 10th September 2012 moorings will also be temporarily suspended along a short section of the River Lee Navigation between the A12 and the A11 road bridge in Bromley-by-Bow, and a short section of the eastern end of the Hertford Union Canal, in Hackney Wick.
  • In addition to temporary mooring restrictions, there will also be restrictions to boat movements in this area, from the 3rd July to 10th September 2012. Boaters wishing to travel along the River Lee Navigation through the area will be required to pre-book passage during two daily navigation windows, from 6-9am and then from 7-9pm.
  • From 3rd July to 10th September 2012 both the Hertford Union Bottom Lock and Commercial Road Lock on the Regent’s Canal will also be closed.

Boat owners wishing to pre-book a passage through the restricted area on the River Lee Navigation should email olymoorings@britishwaterways.co.uk or call 0207 985 7200. Boaters should book at least one week in advance of their intended travel date.

For information about mooring in and around central London during summer 2012, boaters should visit www.waterscape.com/londonboats2012.

IWA is unhappy with the proposed closure of Commercial Road Lock, as it is the key access to the Thames for boaters in central London; IWA believes this is excessive and is continuing to make representations.


IWA Volunteering Opportunities

Canalway Cavalcade, Little Venice, London 5th—7th May 2012

Applications are invited for the following vacancies on the organising committee:

Entertainments Manager & Assistant - Source entertainers, schedule performances and provide logistics support during the event.
Public Address Manager - Make public information announcements during the event, co-ordinate a team of announcers and create a rota in preparation for the event.
Waterspace Manager & Assistant - Book in boats attending the event, organise moorings, co-ordinate two pageants. Support and learn alongside the current manager to assume the role in 2013.

All roles are committee posts and require attendance at monthly meetings at a venue near Kings Cross, London.

Applications for full job specifications should be made to:

Jerry Sanders
3 Wharf House
Barton under Needwood
Staffs DE13 8DZ
Telephone: 07788 204442
Mobile: 07970835523
Email: jerry.sanders@waterways.org.uk


IWA Events Volunteering

Find out about volunteering opportunities at our 2012 IWA events www.waterways.org.uk/support_us/volunteer/event_volunteers

Office Volunteers Required

IWA is looking for an additional volunteer to help out at our Head Office in Chesham. Work hours are flexible and full training will be provided. For further information please email gemma.bolton@waterways.org.uk.


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

Chairs Sought for Waterways Partnerships

The new waterways charity that will become the guardian of the nearly half of all canals and river navigations in England and Wales from April next year is recruiting people to chair the Waterways Partnerships that will help shape the future of the waterways in each of the partnership areas. The role of each Partnership is to give local people a greater say and role in how their canals and rivers are run, working with local managers to develop strategies and plans and to build local involvement and participation in the waterways.

Each of the eleven administrative areas of the waterways network will have a Chair and Partnership Board recruited and up and running by April 2012. There will be two further Partnerships, one for the waterways museums and one for All-Wales issues.

Chairs are currently being recruited, to be appointed before Christmas, covering BW's current management areas: Manchester & Pennine, North Wales & Borders, South Wales & Severn, and Kennet & Avon, and the All Wales Partnership. The Kennet and Avon Partnership is included in this first round to confirm the position of the existing Trial Partnership and bring this appointment into the recruitment process agreed by the Transition Appointments Committee. This round will also include a review of the Trial Partnerships in the West Midlands and North West with a view to releasing them from their “Trial” status, and arrangements will be made to set up the Museums Partnership as the successor to The Waterways Trust Museums Management Board.

Chairs for Local Partnerships covering BW's areas in the North East, Central Shires, East Midlands, South East and London will be recruited in a second round starting in January.

The Transition Appointments Committee is to appoint the Chairs on behalf of the New Waterways Charity. The Committee comprises Roger Clarke and Dinah Nichols, who are members of the Defra Advisory Panel on First Appointments and Transition, and two transition trustees, Lynne Berry and Tom Franklin. They will be working with Roger Hanbury, Chief Executive of The Waterways Trust, and local waterway managers to recruit Chairs for the Local Partnerships.

A written record of all meetings is to be made publically available on BW's / the new Charity's website. All positions on the Partnerships will be un-remunerated, but with out-of-pocket expenses reimbursed.

There are role descriptions and application details at: www.britishwaterways.co.uk/working-for-us and www.thewaterwaystrust.org.uk/about-us/jobs.


Free Moorings for Charity and Community Boats During the Paralympics

British Waterways is inviting registered charity and community boats from across Britain to join in with the spirit of the Paralympic Games by mooring close to the Olympic Park for free.

Free moorings for charity and community boats are available for the duration of the Paralympic Games (27 August to 10 September 2012). To secure a free mooring for the Paralympic Games or for more information please email olymoorings@britishwaterways.co.uk or contact 0207 985 7200.

Details on other moorings and restrictions to navigation during the summer of 2012 are available at www.waterscape.com/londonboats2012.


New six-part TV Series about Irish Waterways

In the early 1990s, naturalist, poet and broadcaster Dick Warner, made a journey by barge through the canals of Ireland which was documented in the Irish television series ‘Waterways’. In this new series, Dick Warner returns to the inland waterways of Ireland, this time to the Royal Canal, fully reopened earlier this year. He will be taking 'Rambler', a 70ft Royal Canal tug barge built in 1878 and which last travelled on the canal in 1923, from Dublin to Lough Ree. Dick meets both experts and ordinary people who live along the banks, learning from them about its heritage, history and wildlife.

For more information please see www.rte.ie/tv/programmes/waterways.html


IWA Member Discounts and Special Offers

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

  • Blacks/Millets - 15% 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
  • *NEW* 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.


Upcoming Work Parties

Please see below for a list of canal restoration and clean-up events.

7th - 9th October - Pete Redway Memorial Dig - Basingstoke Canal (WRG)
Details: Cost: £13. Work may include filling in holes in a lock; laying courses of brickwork; replacing the Lock ladders on several lock; scrub bashing and general maintenance work.
Contact: enquiries@wrg.org.uk or visit www.waterways.org.uk/wrg/canal_camps/bonfire_bash_2011

14th - 16th October - Grand Union Canal Clean-Up, Milton Keynes (Milton Keynes Branch)
Details: The 3 day clean-up will cover 10 miles of the GU from Fenny Stratford to Wolverton It starts at 12.00 at Fenny Stratford Visitor Moorings on Friday 14th October and finishes on Sunday 16th October around 13.00 at The Galleon, Wolverton.
Contact: David King david.king@waterways.org.uk

15th - 16th October - Grantham Canal (wrgBITM)
Details: Work is probably clearing fallen trees and winching out stumps near Cropwell Bishop.
Contact: bookings@wrgBITM.org.uk

21st - 29th October - Grand Western Canal, Nynehead Historic Lift (WRG Forestry Camp)
Details: This year's WRG Forestry camp will continue working on preserving the structure with plenty of scrub bashing, tree felling and restoration work along the course of the canal. The camp costs £64 for the whole time or £8 per day.    
Contact: enquiries@wrg.org.uk or visit www.waterways.org.uk/wrg/regional_groups/wrg_forestry/wrg_forestry_canal_camp

22nd - 29th October - Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation (WRG)
Details: Cost: £56. Get stuck into various improvement works including bank protection, painting, towpath clearance and repairs. Accommodation for the week is on a barge moored in the tidal estuary, converted for residential use. Some spaces available for experienced volunteers - contact Jenny Black for more details.
Contact: enquiries@wrg.org.uk

22nd - 23rd October - Somerset Coal Canal (London WRG)
Details: London WRG volunteers will be spending the weekend working on the Somerset Coal Canal. www.coalcanal.org. New volunteers welcome.
Contact: london@wrg.org.uk

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


Upcoming Towpath Walks

6th October - Walk around Chasewater Lake (IWA Lichfield Branch)
Details: Walk around Chasewater Lake.  Meet at the Uxbridge Arms, 2 Church Street, Chasetown, WS7 3QL.  10.30 for 10.45 am start.  Walk about 4 miles. 
Contact: Mike Moorse on 07799 140068 or email lichfield@waterways.org.uk

16th October – Regent’s Canal (London Walks)
Details: Meet 2.30pm Kings Cross Station taxi rank. Costs £8 or £6 senior citizens/full-time students, children under 15 free. Proceeds shared between IWA and London Walks.
Contact: Peter Finch 020 8969 9941, sailor1057@aol.com or Roger Wilkinson 020 8458 9476, rogerw9796@yahoo.co.uk.

22nd October - Sussex Ouse Navigation (Kent & East Sussex Branch)
Details: Meet 10:30 at ‘The Sloop Inn’, Sloop Lane, Freshfield, West Sussex RH17 7NP (north of Scaynes Hill). LR TQ385243. (Park in the main Sloop car-park adjacent to and south of the pub, not the one on the opposite side of the road; please park as far away from the pub building as you can). Return approximately 12:30. The Sloop serves good meals. Sussex Ouse Restoration Trust event to which all are welcome.
Contact: RoyDavidSutton@Yahoo.co.uk.

23rd October – Bow Back Rivers & Olympic London (London Walks)
Details: Meet 2.30pm Bromley-by-Bow Station. Costs £8 or £6 senior citizens/full-time students, children under 15 free. Proceeds shared between IWA and London Walks.
Contact: Peter Finch 020 8969 9941, sailor1057@aol.com or Roger Wilkinson 020 8458 9476, rogerw9796@yahoo.co.uk.

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


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Bulletin is edited by Gemma Bolton