IWA Decides No Increase to Subscription Rates
IWA decided, at its Annual General Meeting on 28th September, to maintain all its subscription rates at the current levels for at least another year. The importance for the Association of maintaining membership levels, by both retaining existing members and attracting new recruits, was recognised at the meeting, and members present decided that one way to help this was to keep subscription rates at the present levels. With inflation running at near to 3%, the ‘no increase’ decision represents a reduction in real terms in the costs for members. In recent previous years, the Association has maintained a policy of simply increasing subscription amounts by the rate of inflation each year – so that in real terms the cost remained the same.
The Association had originally put forward a plan to do the same again this year, and apply another increase for 2014 level with inflation. Members, however, conscious of above-inflation rise in many other areas including costs of boating, determined that IWA should show a lead and do better. IWA’s subsidiary company Essex Waterways Ltd, which runs the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation, has also recently determined another below-inflation increase in mooring charges for the Navigation. There are no separate licences for using the waterway, other than for unpowered boats and canoes – and their fees are once again to remain at the same level, with no increase, in 2014.
Les Etheridge, IWA National Chairman, said “Whilst IWA’s trustees are deeply conscious of the need for the Association to maintain its income each year, it is important that we listen to what our members have to say, and the Annual General Meeting provides a good opportunity for this. The Association is a genuinely democratic organisation, and this is a great strength. The members’ decision on Saturday will, I am sure, be seen as a very positive reaction to the financial pressures facing many people including boaters, and it is good that IWA is taking a lead to keep costs down. IWA has done more for boaters over the years that any other organisation, and it was a pleasure on Saturday to chair a meeting where members’ passion both for the waterways and for the Association was so very evident.”
IWA Recognises Outstanding Contributions of its Members
The work of IWA volunteers was recognised at IWA’s Annual General Meeting on the 28th September. The premier award, the Cyril Styring Trophy for the member who has made an outstanding contribution in furthering the Association's campaign, went to Harry Arnold who started photographing traffic on the Bridgewater Canal over fifty years ago when he lived in Warrington, and became more involved with the waterways and IWA when he ran a hire boat firm at Norbury Junction. Harry was involved with IWA Festivals for a number of years, but his biggest contribution to IWA was his editing of Waterways magazine from 1992 to 2007 during which time he raised the profile and immediacy of the magazine. Harry is also a vice-president of the Association.
The Branch Achievement Award was presented to IWA Chiltern Branch for its consistent hard work, strong committee, programme of well-attended meetings and support for local restoration projects. The branch has carried out fundraising activities, work parties and been involved with local events, including work for the IWA National Festival at Cassiobury Park, Watford this year.
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 were awarded to Roy Cleverly, (Milton Keynes Branch), Mick and Carole Golds (Erewash Canal), John Stockland and Margaret Beardsmore (both of Lichfield Branch), John Brice (Chiltern Branch) and The Canal Cruising Company of Stone, which was founded in1948 by Randell Wyatt and has been run by the Wyatt family ever since.
In August 1948, IWA founder Robert Aickman hired the Ailsa Craig from R H Wyatt at Stone and was accompanied by Elizebeth Jane Howard. Also on part the trip were James and Anthea Sutherland and Angela and Tom Rolt. All six people undertook the trip on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the passage through Standedge Tunnel, which was probably the last complete passage of the canal before its re-opening in 2001. The Wyatt family continue to actively support the work of their local IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire branch today.
The John Heap Silver Salver for an outstanding contribution to fundraising was awarded to Roy Chandler for his work in arranging third party funding of more than £1 million for the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, managed by IWA’s subsidiary company Essex Waterways Ltd.
The Christopher Power Prize for the most significant contribution to the restoration of an inland waterway went to Bernie Jones who was elected chairman of the Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust in 2011, and since then has led this challenging restoration which covers former canals of about 40 miles length running through three local authorities. The Shrewsbury Canal and Newport Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal run from Norbury Junction through Newport and Wappenshall to Shrewsbury, and include the first cast iron aqueduct at Longden-on-Tern and pass alongside Shrewsbury Flax Mill, the world’s first iron-framed building.
Photo courtesy of Waterway Images: Some of the AGM award winners (l-r Dave Chapman - Chairman of IWA Chiltern Branch which won the Branch Achievement Award, Mick and Carole Golds awarded a Richard Bird Medal, Les Etheridge - IWA National Chairman, Harry Arnold MBE - winner of the Cyril Styring Trophy and John Stockland awarded a Richard Bird Medal).
Annual General Meeting Report
IWA’s 2013 Annual General Meeting was held at Ettington, Warwickshire, on 28th September. The formal resolutions to approve the accounts, appoint auditors and trustees were all dealt with swiftly, allowing national chairman Les Etheridge to make a presentation and answer member’s questions. Les Etheridge briefed members on the financial loss made at the 2013 National Festival at Watford, and this prompted a number of questions from the floor. There was also a discussion on proposals to increase membership fees, and in the end it was decided to keep the present levels of subscriptions for the coming year (see lead story above). The afternoon’s proceedings were concluded with the presentation of the Association’s National Awards for 2013 (see above). Full minutes of the meeting will be available shortly.
As there were insufficient nominations, there were was no ballot for either nationally elected trustees or region chairmen. The nominations for Ivor Caplan, Gren Messham and Jim Shead (nationally elected) and Peter Scott (North East Region) were therefore approved. Retiring trustees Alasdair Lawrance, John Pomfret and Ian West were thanked for their work during their terms of office, John and Ian in particular having served for 13 and 10 years respectively.
IWA Website Update
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Weekend of IWA Clean-Ups in October
The weekend of 19th and 20th October 2013 is a particularly good weekend for getting involved in cleaning up the canals of England, with three IWA branches holding large scale canal clean-ups. The clean-ups are located in the South East, the Midlands and the North West, so many IWA members will be within easy distance of one of them (and if you are not, WRG style accommodation is available for one of the events meaning volunteers from anywhere in the country can make a weekend of it).
On Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October you can join IWA Milton Keynes Branch for their bi-annual event where they will be cleaning up the Grand Union Canal through Milton Keynes. The work will be starting at Fenny Stratford on Friday lunchtime and will head north to Old Wolverton, finishing up at The Galleon, Bridge 68, around lunchtime on Sunday. Start times and locations for each day are: Friday - Fenny Stratford at 11.00 am, Saturday - Woolstone, Bridge 83 at 09.30 am and Sunday - Black Horse, Great Linford at 09.15. For further details contact David King firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October you can join IWA Manchester Branch at Operation Starburst in Greater Manchester, where work will involve pulling rubbish out of the canal, vegetation clearance and litter picking, with volunteers working in five different locations based on a central meeting point of Portland Basin, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL7 0QA. Overnight accommodation is available for those travelling from a distance can be booked via the Waterway Recovery Group website. For further information contact Alison Smedley, IWA Branch Campaign Officer email@example.com
On Sunday 20th October you can join IWA Warwickshire Branch in Warwick. Work will take place between 10am and 1pm and will include removing rubbish from the canal, litter picking, vegetation clearance and removing graffiti from bridges. Meet at the Tesco moorings by Emscote Road Bridge (No 46), Warwick. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Whichever event you are thinking about joining, volunteers are advised to wear old clothes, stout footwear and bring waterproofs in case of rain.
Temporary Mooring Restrictions Ahead of Milton Keynes Clean Up
Canal & River Trust has put out signs for requested mooring reservations at four locations on the Grand Union Canal near Milton Keynes, ahead of IWA’s Milton Keynes Clean-up event, taking place between 17th and 20th October. 2013.
The locations are:
The co-operation of boaters mooring in that area would be greatly appreciated while these temporary restrictions are in place, to ensure a safe and successful canal clean up.
WRG Bonfire Bash - Cotswolds
Over the weekend of 9th and 10th November IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group will be holding its annual get-together for 100+ volunteers. This year the event will be hosted by the Cotswold Canals Trust with volunteers working along the line of the canal carrying out tasks such as scrub-bashing at Gough's Orchard Lock to lock clearance and scaffolding work at Ham Mill and Bowbridge Locks. Volunteers may even carry out some concrete work at Griffin Mill Lock.
The weekend costs £13 (includes food and accommodation). For more details visit the Waterway Recovery Group Website
Barbara Hodgson, treasurer of IWA Lichfield branch presented a cheque for £300 to Brian Kingshott, chairman of Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, at the Huddlesford Heritage Gathering. The gathering was held 21st-22nd September organised by Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Retoration Trust and Lichfield Cruising Club.
We are saddened to report that Glenn Millar died on Sunday 29th September. Glenn was the Research Manager at British Waterways and Canal & River Trust for many years and undertook all the cost/benefit studies that supported many restoration projects over the past twenty years. His funeral is due to take place at 3.20 pm on 11th October at West Herts Crematorium.
The following IWA region and branch magazines have been added to the website since the last edition of the Bulletin:
The following IWA region and branch magazines have been added in recent weeks:
With the IWA National Campaign Rally coming to Chester in June 2014, volunteers from IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch were joined by Scouts from the 1st Willaston group, Canal & River Trust volunteers and other local community group members with the aim of sprucing up the neglected arm of the Shropshire Union Canal, which goes down into the River Dee at Chester.
Locally known as the Dee Branch, the canal is little used at present and the lock itself has fallen into disrepair so the whole area was in need of some attention.
On Saturday, 21st September, Scouts from the 1st Willaston group undertook painting of the Dee Branch lock railings, litter clearance and weeding around the Wharf square. Other volunteers cut back vegetation opposite the flats and re-discovered the flight of steps that leads up to the road. Prior to their efforts the whole flight was hidden amongst the long grass and brambles, so this was a huge improvement. Yet more volunteers repainted the lock gates in the Shropshire Union colours of grey and white.
This was the first of several work parties that will be held over the next few months to improve the whole aspect of the Dee Branch prior to the Campaign Rally which takes place over the weekend of 6th, 7th & 8th June 2014 in Tower Wharf, Chester and the surrounding area.
Cheshire Locks Work Party
On Saturday 21st September, a small but hard working group of volunteers returned to the Cheshire Locks for another work party painting locks. Volunteers spent the day finishing the work started last month on Lock 49 (Lawton Locks) on the Trent & Mersey Canal.
After another day of hard work and effort, the end result again showed a much improved sets of locks. Many thanks once again to the returning volunteers and the new volunteers who came along for the day and also to CRT for usual support in terms of materials.
Next month, Tuesday 15th October, we will be working on the locks at Malkins Bank. It is very encouraging that this location has been decided as a result of a request from local residents following favourable comments made about the work carried out by our work parties over recent months at Rode Heath. As usual, we will meet at 10am and continue until about 4pm. Further work parties will take place on a monthly basis, alternating between the third Tuesday and Saturday in the month. Anyone who would like to volunteer for all or part of these days is very welcome. All tools and materials are provided, however you need to wear old clothes and stout shoes or boots and bring waterproofs, just in case! All welcome for either the full day (10am – 4pm) or join us for part of the day.
If you have any questions regarding future working parties then please contact Bob Luscombe, Work Party Organiser, IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch.
Nottingham Canal Clean Up
IWA Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Branch, working in partnership with Canal & River Trust, held a very successful canal clean up along the canals of Nottingham on Saturday 21st September 2013.
19 volunteers gathered at Beeston Lock, where after a health and safety briefing they were split into two groups. One group, with lifejackets and grappling hooks at the ready, set off on CRT’s work boat, The Bollin (complete with CRT crew) for the bridges further along the Beeston Cut where it was known the larger rubbish was lurking. Other volunteers set off to do litter picking both in the vicinity of Beeston Lock itself, and between there and Nottingham city centre, including one family group on bicycles, with at least 10 full bags of rubbish being collected.
The group on board The Bollin meanwhile were pulling out some large objects from the bridge holes along the Beeston Cut, and along the Nottingham Canal towards the city centre.
Among the items pulled out of the canal during the course of the day were: numerous bicycles, several shopping trolleys, various types and models of chairs, a skateboard, a mattress, various bits of metal pipework, some fabric, a few road cones, one tv set, a cigarette vending machine, a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, numerous tyres and one ladies thigh-high leather boot.
Caldon Canal Work Party – 12th September 2013
Thursday 12th September saw a group of seven volunteers at Hazlehurst Junction Bridge on a warm September day for a work party to paint the historic bridge structure. The bridge had not received attention for some years and so the paintwork was in a poor state. The volunteers spent most of the day rubbing down the old paintwork and clearing vegetation on and around the bridge in order to start restoring it. After a lot of hard work, the team started late in the day painting the top rails. Next month’s work party (Sunday 13th October) will return to the bridge to hopefully finish off the painting of the bridge.
In order to ensure we restore the listed structure to something resembling it former self, the team consulted old pictures of the bridge which shows the bridge at one time painted white before in latter years, the black and white that currently exists.
As mentioned above, we continue our monthly work parties with a further visit to Hazlehurst bridge on Sunday 13th October. There is a significant amount of work still to be done, so all are welcome for either the full day (10am to 3pm) or join us for part of the day.
If you cannot make the next work party, just a reminder that our work parties on the Caldon Canal continue on a monthly basis alternating the second Thursday or Sunday in the month.
If you have any questions regarding future working parties or indeed suggestions as to where we should work then please contact Bob Luscombe, Working Party Organiser, IWA North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Branch.
IWA West Riding Branch Work Parties
IWA West Riding Branch held a successful series of five work parties over the summer. They concentrated on two different locations in the Branch’s area - the first mile of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Leeds City Centre and Salterhebble Locks on the Calder & Hebble Navigation. At Salterhebble they chose two Saturdays, hoping to attract passers by, and in Leeds, Friday evenings with a hope to attract some who normally attend Branch social meetings.
After a first very wet Saturday at Salterhebble, the second work party towards the end of July saw much better weather and most of the day was spent attacking Himalayan Balsam, which was greatly enjoyed by younger participants, as well as more cobble clearing. Shire Cruisers’ NB Oxford was again on hand to provide tea and coffee.
The first wettish evening in Leeds was followed by two dry ones in July and August. There was more litter picking, cobble clearing, garden weeding, and painting a fence, half a rudder, and a mile's worth of mileposts, which on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal includes quarter and half mile posts. The volunteers started at Office Lock and spread out towards River Lock and Oddy Lock. The work attracted many positive comments from passers-by and some of the volunteers were attracted from the nearby residential and office accommodation.
Thank you to all the volunteers who came along, and thanks also to Claire, Lucy, Matt and Katie of CRT for their assistance and for providing the equipment needed.
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.
European Regional Funding
The EU has allocated 6.2 billion Euros to Britain in order to help create jobs and boost local growth in the economy. The money is to be used for projects during the period 2014 to 2020. The fund, which is similar to the old Regional Development Funds, will be allocated regionally by 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).
The scheme is designed so that where projects cover more than one LEP, adjacent Partnerships could work together.
This provides a funding opportunity for local canal restoration trusts and societies, who are advised to approach their LEP, to discuss how their projects can aid local growth and jobs through tourism.
In order to be considered it is recommended that contact is made with local officers as soon as possible. A list of LEPs is to be found on the Government website. See guidance on the regional funding.
CRT Trials New Options for Winter Mooring Permits
During winter many Continuous Cruisers choose to keep their boat in one place by purchasing a winter mooring permit between November and March. This year, Canal & River Trust is trialling a range of new options.
As in previous years, the Trust is offering winter moorings at some visitor mooring sites. In addition, the Trust offers a cheaper general towpath mooring permit, which will allow boaters the flexibility of mooring anywhere on the towpath for a month or more, with the exception of visitor moorings and a few other local sites. Additionally, in London, four central mooring sites have been developed that the Trust hopes will work better for boaters in the region.
Winter mooring permits will be available for periods of five months, three months or one month, starting on the first day of the month. Continuous Cruisers were able to book five month winter mooring permits from 3rd October. Three month and one month permits will be available from 15th October and 1st November respectively. Other boaters will be able to secure winter moorings at selected visitor sites from 1st November. The number of visitor moorings sites used as winter moorings is fewer than in previous years, as the Trust has focused on the most popular sites and reduced the number of less well-used sites.
CRT winter mooring permits are available from the moorings section of CRT's website and more information, including prices, can be found on the CRT winter moorings page.
Support for Thames Tideway Tunnel
The examination of the planning application to build the Thames Tideway Tunnel has begun, with a preliminary hearing which took place at London’s Barbican Centre on 12th September 2013.
Representatives from Thames Tunnel Now (TTN), which has been campaigning to clean up the tidal Thames, attended. TTN has been encouraged by recent commitments from government ministers and the Mayor of London. TTN believes that the Planning Inspectorate can now concentrate on the merits of the application and how to minimise disruption during the construction process, rather than disputing the principle of building a tunnel to help remove the millions of tonnes of untreated sewage that enter London’s river each year.
In addition to political leaders Londoners themselves have been shown to be overwhelmingly supportive of the principle of building the Tideway Tunnel with 85 percent in favour of the project as a whole in last years’ Com Res poll. Other world cities such as Stockholm, Paris, Helsinki, Washington and the Rhine/Ruhr conurbation in Germany are implementing similar solutions.
Wendover Arm Trust Restoration Open Day
The Wendover Arm Trust held a second Restoration Open Day on Sunday 8th September, which attracted considerable interest. Guided parties walked along the canal to the present restoration site and were given details of the work by Trust members, including the Restoration Director, Roger Leishman. The weather was kind and the restoration volunteers were seen lining the canal.
Over £1000 was collected on the day including new memberships and donations. Re-watering of the present section under restoration is planned for 2014.
Regent's Canal Information Centre To Reopen
The Regent's Canal Information Centre is about to reopen in the Lock Keeper's Cottage in Camden Town.
This project has been funded by Starbucks (the ongoing tenant of the Lock Keeper's Cottage) and the majority of the canal information has been supplied via The Friends of Regent's Canal.
Camden Council has been instrumental in restructuring the interior layout of the building, and over the past few months a handful of canal enthusiasts have been engaged with Starbucks designers to arrive at a series of information display boards and murals.
See the Friends of Regent's Canal website for a preview of the displays.
Consultation Launched for Merchant Shipping Regulations
A consultation regarding the Merchant Shipping (Boatmasters' Qualifications, Crew and Hours of Work) Regulations 2014 is to be held between mid-October and late November 2013. The proposed regulations to be considered would:
The consultation package should be available by mid to late October on the Government website (www.gov.uk>Departments and Policy>Consultations)
The following special offers are now available exclusively for IWA members:
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
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
Major IWA events in 2014
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6th October Hatton Locks Working Party (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
13th October Bugsworth Basin Work Party (The Inland Waterways Protection Society)
13th October Work Party - Caldon Canal (IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
13th October Work Party - Northampton (IWA Northampton Branch)
15th October Work Party - Cheshire Locks, Trent & Mersey Canal (IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
18th October Work Party at Brindley Bank, Rugeley (IWA Lichfield Branch)
18th - 20th October Milton Keynes Bi-annual Canal Clean-up (IWA Milton Keynes Branch)
19th - 20th October Operation Starburst - cleaning up the canals of Greater Manchester (IWA Manchester Branch)
19th October Work Party - Lapworth (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
20th October Canal Cleanup - Warwick (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
26th October Work Party - Greater Manchester (IWA Manchester Branch)
27th October Bugsworth Basin Work Party (The Inland Waterways Protection Society)
27th October Work Party at St Augustine's, Rugeley (IWA Lichfield Branch)
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