IWA Bulletin Mid-May 2013

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IWA's Canalway Cavalcade Attracts Thousands of Visitors

The sun and spectacle attracted thousands of visitors to London's Little Venice for The Inland Waterways Association's 30th annual Canalway Cavalcade during the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

At the Opening Ceremony on Saturday afternoon Libby Bradshaw, Events Manager, read out a message to IWA Vice President Illtyd Harrington from HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, conveying his congratulations and best wishes to IWA members on the occasion of Cavalcade's 30th anniversary.

Councillor Angela Harvey, Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster, welcomed everybody and thanked IWA for putting on the event.  Jon Guest, London Waterway Manager, Canal & River Trust welcomed everyone to London's waterways. Les Etheridge, IWA National Chairman, described IWA's campaigning and restoration work nationally.

At the VIP reception on Saturday afternoon, IWA's Vivian Bulkely-Johnson Salt Award, presented each year to an individual or firm making a significant contribution to freight by water, was presented by Les Etheridge to S Walsh & Sons of Brentwood.

Over 160 boats attended from all parts of the 2000 mile waterway network and the pageant, after the opening ceremony, and procession of illuminated boats on Sunday evening were the best attended in recent memory. The atmosphere amongst the crowds who came to listen to the Blue Brothers play on the island in Brownings Pool and watch the illuminated boats was electric, and everyone cheered each of the 23 boats when they came through. 

The awards were presented by John Edmonds, Vice President of London Region IWA, on Monday afternoon:

The Marcus Boudier Trophy, for the best decorated privately entered boat in Saturday's Pageant went to Pearl Fishers, owned by Mr G Bishop.

Runner up was Moontiger, owned by Mr T Turner

The Ray Dunford Buckby Can, for the best decorated boat entered by a waterway or community group, went to the Pirate Castle and collected by Mr A Carpenter.

The Vic Trott Memorial Trophy, for the couple in the best 'Boaters Sunday Best' costume was awarded to Linda and Dennis Anfuso.

The Cruise Electric Trophy, for the best illuminated boat in Sunday evening's procession went to Moontiger, owned by Mr T Turner.

Runner up was Muttley, owned by Mr and Mrs M Birch.

The Graham Capelin Award, for the best entry by a boater who has not previously taken part in either the Saturday Pageant or Illuminated Procession of Boats, was awarded to Muttley, owned by Mr and Mrs M Birch.

The Westminster Trophy, sponsored by the City of Westminster for the winner of the Boat Handling Competition, which was sponsored by Porter & Co, was won by Tryst No. 2, owner Mr Tim Evans.

Runner up was Leo No. 2, owned by Ms Kathryn Dodington.

The Roger Squires Trophy, presented by St Pancras Cruising Club in recognition of Roger's ten years as their Commodore, for the best novice competitor in the Boat Handling Competition, sponsored by Porter & Co, was awarded to Samantha Jane, owner Mr D Storey.

The Mike Stevens Memorial Trophy, for the 'Best Boat' at Canalway Cavalcade, selected from all the boat entries at the event, awarded in recognition of Mike's outstanding contribution to the IWA and Canalway Cavalcade during his lifetime, went to Pacific, owner John Pattle.

Runner up was Aqua Vitae, owned by Mr & Mrs Wilson

Jerry Sanders, Chairman and Commercial Director of the Canalway Cavalcade organising committee said: 'We've had the biggest turnout ever - over 30,000 people attended. Amongst the 60 volunteers who organise and set up the event were young people from all parts of the UK and Europe. It was a resounding success'

Ian West, IWA deputy national chairman and Chairman of IWA Festivals, said 'Thank you to everyone who worked so hard during the year for such an excellent Cavalcade.'

See photo gallery on the IWA Facebook Page

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HS2 Parliamentary Process Update

The State Opening of Parliament earlier this month included two Bills in the timetable for HS2.

One was the anticipated phase 1 Hybrid Bill that will be accompanied by a lengthy Environmental Statement. It is expected that the First Reading will take place in December 2013 and followed by an eight week consultation period. 

Once the responses to that are consolidated and the reviewed, the Second Reading should then take place, probably in February or March 2014. The building of HS2 will be confirmed once the Bill has passed this stage.

This Second Reading will be followed by a four-week petition period before it goes in front of a Select Committee who will review the petitions.  The Bill is unlikely to receive Royal Assent until  2015.  

During the Parliamentary process little work can be done on the project, however a separate Paving Bill has also been announced. The Paving Bill, which wasn't expected until sometime later, will allow funding to be released so that the detailed design can proceed in parallel with the Parliamentary process.

Meanwhile, phase 2 of the scheme is still being developed and it is expected that there will be a public consultation later this year. The Working Group established by IWA is currently gathering information from various sources so that a detailed response can be submitted. All local IWA branches have been asked to contribute to this initative and submit their views by the end of May.

Boaters Rally to the Lapal Canal Project

The campaign towards restoration of the Dudley No 2 Canal in Selly Oak, received additional impetus when a selection of traditional and modern narrow boats rallied together along the Worcester & Birmingham Canal on Saturday 11th May.

Hosted by Lapal Canal Trust, the event had been called at short notice to highlight a range of omissions and contradictions in the Plans which Harvest (for Sainsbury's and Land Securities) had recently submitted to the Planning Committee of Birmingham City Council.

Amongst the many failings identified by Lapal Canal Trust, working in close conjunction with the local residents' liaison group CP4SO, is their reversion to a green walkway around the southern edge of their site at Battery Park with the loose intention that it might be converted into a canal at a later date.

In small groups, boaters and local residents were taken along the adjoining Selly Oak Park section of the former canal channel to see for themselves the huge potential for restoration and rejuvenation of this splendid parkland section.

IWA is supporting the campaign and opposes the move by Harvest. See more information about the campaign.

Himalayan Balsam Season

Himalayan Balsam is an invasive plant (botanical name impatiens glandulifera) which was introduced to Britain in the mid 19th Century by Victorian gardeners. It is the tallest annual plant in the UK, growing to a height of over three metres. Himalayan Balsam crowds out native plants and can take over whole areas of river and canal bank.

The best time to tackle the problem is in June and July, before the plants flower and release seeds. 

In the spring the hollow stems are pinky red with green shiny leaves. The flowers appear in June and continue until October. These are purplish pink to very pale pink (almost white) and are slipper shaped on long stalks.

Boaters and Walkers can help contain the problem by pulling up the plants before the seed pods have developed (if safe to do so) and leave them on the side of the towpath to rot down. It's important to report any locations of Himalayan Balsam to your local waterway office and ensure you don’t accidentally carry the seeds to a new area (eg on the bottom of your shoes or on the deck of a boat).

On certain waterways volunteering events are being organised by IWA branches and other local groups to tackle the problem. 

Photos by Erica Martin and Alison Smedley

Boat Engines Survey – Research on Emissions
In today’s more environmentally conscious world everyone is being scrutinised for their emissions of greenhouse gases and other atmospheric pollutants. In recent years the shipping and boating industry as a whole has come under scrutiny for its emissions of pollutants that affect both human health and the climate. This has led to a range of regulations (UK and European) that, at present, apply predominantly to the large-scale commercial shipping sector, but have already started to filter through to parts of the recreational and small commercial watercraft sectors.
Researchers at the University of Southampton are working to develop a detailed picture of the real levels of atmospheric pollution caused by the recreational and small commercial watercraft of the UK. In doing so, they hope to provide an insight to the carbon-efficiency of these boats, and this in turn will help with accurate information as to how much existing and future regulations are justified. IWA, British Marine Federation and the Royal Yachting Association are therefore working with the University of Southampton to support the gathering of accurate data.  This in turn will help us campaign for effective, fair and affordable environmental regulations, rather than what European bureaucrats might think best.
The inland waterways of the UK are important for both recreation and freight transport, and their inclusion in this research is vital. It will be necessary to collect some key information from inland waterway users like you, about the boats currently in use on the UK’s inland waterways. If you have a boat, please help with this project by clicking on the link below and taking the University of Southampton’s short online survey. The questionnaire should take around 10 to 15 minutes at most to complete and will make a huge contribution to this project.  The results are being fully shared with IWA.

Economic Benefits of Waterways Restoration

Following a suggestion from Southern Canals Association, a page has been provided on IWA's web site for waterway restoration groups to put forward Economic Case Studies and other related documents that may be of use to other restoration groups.

Wilts & Berks Canal Trust has provided a document, which gives a summary and some detail of case studies for the following:

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Kennet & Avon Canal
  • Wilts & Berks Canal (Swindon area)
  • Droitwich Canals

Maidenhead Waterways Restoration Group has also provided a range of documents on a slightly different topic. The group has been told by the Environment Agency that its project was the first in the UK to seek and be granted an exemption under Article 4.7 of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) since this EU legislation came into force in the UK in 2003, and the documents comprising the Group's submission have been made available.

A Vision for Chester’s Waterways

Over the last 12 months, IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch has been working in partnership with the Chester Canal Heritage Trust and Canal & River Trust to develop a waterway strategy which would be a key element in the Chester One City Plan. A suggested vision document has been presented to Chester Renaissance.
The vision will be a key element in safeguarding the Dee Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal and improving access to the upper reaches of the river Dee.  A drop in session for the public was held on Tuesday 14th May.

The strategy is as follows:
For centuries, people have gravitated to water for their survival and more recently their recreation.  Many local authorities have undertaken waterside and waterway regeneration schemes in recent years. These schemes increase visitors, maximise marketing and economic potential and create vibrant ‘must go – must see’ areas for recreation and tourism.  Examples are Brindley Place in Birmingham, Meadow Lane Lock in Nottingham, the Liverpool Link of course and even the waterside areas in Stratford upon Avon.
Chester has a unique linked system of waterways – canal, tidal and non-tidal river - but, compared with other cities, Chester has been left behind in realising their regeneration potential.
* The canal is under-used
* The Dee Branch is becoming derelict and unkempt
* The tidal Dee is all but deserted
* The upper Dee is inaccessible to visiting craft.
* The riverside walks are blighted by rampant and neglected vegetation.
Above all, Chester’s waterways are not exploited as an inter-linked system. Yet, with a little imagination, the waterspace and its surroundings could be the focus for major regeneration around water-based activities as has been done elsewhere in the UK and Europe.
The One City Plan offers Chester a golden opportunity to maximise the regeneration potential of its waterspace. The prime need is to connect the upper reaches of the Dee with the tidal Dee and the Shropshire Union Canal so that Chester becomes a worthwhile boating destination. The first imperative is an improved and safe passage between the canal and the upstream Dee. This could be achieved by:
i)   building a lock adjacent to the weir on the Handbridge side of the river
ii)  improving facilities around the Dee lock itself
iii) making the Dee Branch navigable again.
These improvements will promote wider multi-use of the waterways (both boating and pedestrian), which in turn will be the catalyst for stronger regeneration of Chester’s neglected waterside areas.
This paper has been developed following discussions between IWA, Chester Canal HeritageTrust and Canal & River Trust. As part of the wider remit of the Trust to enable greater access for all to the waterway network, CRT is in broad agreement with the proposals as outlined in the paper.
The time is now right to ‘make a difference’ by exploiting the regeneration opportunities offered by Chester’s unique and historic system of waterways. The first step could be to determine the navigation opportunities for visiting boaters. This could then be followed by a financial and technical feasibility study of the options, possibilities and challenges involved in bringing these ideas to fruition and making the best of the waterways of Chester and West Cheshire.

Canal & River Trust Present IWA Past Chairman Clive Henderson with a Portrait Painting

On Friday 26th April Tony Hales, Canal & River Trust chairman, presented to Clive Henderson a portrait that the Trust had commissioned to mark Clive’s retirement as IWA Chairman last October, and in gratitude for his period as observer on the board of British Waterways whilst the Trust was conceived. In presenting the portrait to Clive during the opening night of artist Rob Pointon’s ‘Year of the Boat’ exhibition at Number Nine The Gallery in Brindley Place in Birmingham, Tony Hales said ‘Clive and IWA’s involvement and commitment during the vital period of developing the structure and purpose of the Canal & River Trust that was launched last July, was vital in helping us shape ourselves for the future good of the waterways and all their supporters. This wonderful painting will act as a lasting memento of our appreciation for his contribution of his time and knowledge’. 

‘Year of the Boat’ exhibition at Number Nine The Gallery in Brindley Place runs until 18th May. Rob’s next exhibition will be in Gloucester Waterways Museum 1st to 22nd June.

See painting of Clive Henderson by Rob Pointon

Photo by Page Seven photography.

About People

Alan Eggby

We are saddened to report the death of IWA South London Branch Chairman, Alan Eggby, on 8th May. Before becoming branch chairman, Alan was branch sales officer and has continued to run the sales operation as his main work within the branch. Alan organised the Waterways Game at many events including National Festivals. His other great interest was the Norbury and South London Transport Club and he organised trips on Kingswear Castle paddle steamer for South London Branch.  Alan's funeral will be held at 3.15pm on Thursday 23rd May at Croydon Crematorium, Thornton Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey  -  East Chapel. 

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 - Summer 2013

South East Region - Cargoes - Summer 2013

Chiltern Branch - Grapevine - Spring 2013
Ipswich Branch - Anglian Cuttings - Summer 2013

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

Lichfield Branch - Lichfield Lines - Spring 2013
Milton Keynes Branch - Towpath Telegraph - May 2013
Lancashire & Cumbria Branch - Towing Path Topics - April 2013
Warwickshire Branch - Bear Essentials - April 2013

IWA Work Parties

IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch - Caldon Canal Work Parties
Volunteers from IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch, supported by members of the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust, held two work parties this month in order to paint the mileposts on the Caldon Canal between Etruria Junction and Hazelhurst Junction.  The task was chosen in order to spruce up the appearance of the mileposts ahead of next year’s anniversary celebrations which will see 40 years since the re-opening of the Caldon Canal in 1974.  Some of the mileposts are the original Trent & Mersey Canal Company (original proprietors of the Caldon Canal) mileposts, whilst the others are the replacement replicas which were installed in the late 1970s and early 1980s by the then Caldon Canal Society.
On the first session on Thursday 2nd May, the volunteers split into 3 teams and worked their way from both ends of the canal, meeting in the middle, by which time all ten mileposts had been wire-brushed and painted with black paint.
A week later, Thursday 9th May, two teams carried out a similar exercise to paint the white surfaces. Unfortunately rain in the afternoon prevented all the mileposts from being completed, but within the next week or so volunteers will return to finish the job leaving the mileposts looking clean and bright for all the visitors to the canal this summer and next.

Photos by Alison Smedley and Bob Luscombe.

IWA Manchester Branch Clean up - 27th April 2013

The Towpath Taskforce/IWA Manchester Branch clean up of the 27th April was carried out on the Rochdale Nine commencing at Lock 92. About a dozen people met up with the aim of cleaning as far along the Nine as possible.

As usual people were able to choose between painting, litter picking or grappling and teams were set up on that basis.

The litter picking team pitched in to remove broken glass from beneath the veranda’s of the bars and clubs between locks 91 and 90, whilst the grappling team removed various items including a security fence. On moving up to lock 89 the grapplers were given dire warning regarding the canal drain plug situated just below lock 89.

A large island of debris was netted below lock 88 whilst further fencing and signs were recovered from above the same lock. A reluctant halt was called at 3.45 pm followed by a warm sense of achievement as volunteers walked back down a pristine towpath and passed the spotless paintwork. 

Photo by Steve Connolly

IWA Avon & Wiltshire Branch Clean Up Bank of the River Avon

Members of IWA Avon & Wiltshire Branch have cleaned the bank of the Bristol Avon on both sides from Swineford weir stream upstream for about quarter of a mile. 

Most of the rubbish was poly bags and sewage related debris caused by the combined sewer overflows from Bath in this winter’s floods. Two large bags of rubbish were cut off the trees and brambles.

The work was carried out from a dinghy and several walkers and boaters cheered when they saw the efforts being undertaken.

Photos by Jeanne Aldous

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 at: www.waterways.org.uk/about/vacancies/vacancies

Other News

Canal & River Trust Appoints New Chief Executive
Richard Parry is to swap trains for boats as he takes up the role of chief executive of Canal & River Trust starting this summer.
Currently at FirstGroup, Richard headed up First's bid in 2012 for the InterCity West Coast line and more recently has been leading First's Hull Trains company as well as other wider development programmes across First's rail businesses.  Before that he spent 19 years at London Underground and Transport for London where he had a range of senior roles.
Richard is also a trustee of People 1st – the sector skills council for hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism – which works to transform skills in the sector, particularly in the areas of management and leadership, customer service and craft and technical skills.
Richard, 46, married with two teenage daughters, lives in the West Midlands.

Nine Year Old Navigates the Lee to Raise Money for Cody Dock Bridge

Nine year old Tom Myers is undertaking the navigation of the River Lee to raise money for a new pedestrian bridge at Cody Dock (on the Lower tidal Lee) that will open up pedestrian access to the section of tow path that runs from Three Mills to Canning Town.

Over the past year Tom has fixed up his boat, saved enough money to buy an electric outboard motor and solar panel in preparation for exploring some of the UK’s rivers.

Tom and his boat the Kingfisher intend to leave from the Old Barge Inn in Hertford on Monday the 27th of May and will motor and paddle his way down the Lee, posting a daily record of his 26 mile long journey on his Facebook page until they reach the Thames.
Tom's father, Simon Myers, is a trained community boat skipper and he will be acting as his crew for the entire journey.

Tom is a keen bird watcher and environmentalist, keeping regular logs of the birds living around Cody Dock and helping out the Charity Thames 21 with their Eel monitoring at Bow Locks. Tom has also recently completed Thames 21's water quality monitoring training and will be keeping a log of the wildlife he sees and taking samples during his trip.

Tom has often commented how he feels really free on the water and whilst being a city kid this environment helps him feel close to nature and hopes to inspire others to get out there too.

Tom's boat is a two man rowing boat with a small electric outboard motor.  He has his own windlass, maps, life jacket and first aid kit. All proceeds are going to the registered charity Gasworks Dock Partnership.

Cromwell Lock Stoppage
Following on from the advice notice concerning the presence of sand bars at points on the River Trent, Canal & River Trust took the decision to close the River Trent at Cromwell Lock from Friday 10th May.
These sand bars arose from the floods of last winter and have recently developed to such an extent that CRT is now unable to guarantee safe passage for boats exiting or entering Cromwell Lock.
Although dredging works were planned to take place later this month at Cromwell, CRT is diverting resources from other works to the lock with the intention of commencing dredging as soon as possible.
Although the speed of resolving this issue is somewhat tide dependant, and exacerbated by low rainfall, CRT is hoping to allow passage through the lock from 18th May.
Enquiries: Newark – 0303 040 4040.  See all stoppages on CRT's website

Farmer's Bridge Locks Plaque

CRT has agreed to erect a commemorative plaque to the work of the boating people during two world wars. The plaque is to be erected in Birmingham, beside the toll office at the top of Farmer's Bridge locks. The plaque is to be unveiled on 30th May. The ceremony begins at 11am. 

It is planned that Alice Lapworth, one of the few remaining working boat people, will perform the unveiling. Anyone with a historic boat is encouraged to attend the event.

SMK Campaigner Awards

The SMK Campaigner Awards recognise the contribution that campaigners are making towards achieving social, environmental and economic justice here in the UK and abroad. They run awards in seven different categories, including: Environment, Global Action, Social and Economic Justice and Take Action (for campaigners aged 60 and over).
Winners of an SMK Campaigner Award will receive help with his/her campaign in a variety of ways: notably he/she will receive one-to-one coaching from someone especially chosen with experience in the campaigner’s field; participation in an interactive residential skills building weekend; and attendance at a high-profile awards ceremony, hosted by Jon Snow, Channel 4 Newscaster and Patron of SMK.
If you know someone who is campaigning and who would benefit from some additional support, please nominate them. Visit their website to nominate a campaigner.
Applications close on 10th June 2013.

IWA Member Discounts and Special Offers

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

  • Airedale Cruising - 10% Discount off skippered day cruises
  • Boatshed Grand Union - 10% discount on brokerage
  • Calcutt Boats - 5% Discount
  • 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

Trailboat Festival 2013 - Bodiam Castle, East Sussex - 25th - 27th May 2013

Arrangements are now well advanced for the Trailboat Festival and we are looking forward to seeing boats on the River Rother at Bodiam Castle.

A highlight of the event will be the Saturday afternoon and evening.  The National Trust are extending the opening hours of the castle until 8.00 pm, so why not make the most of this opportunity to visit the castle for free from 5.30 pm.  Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy this castle of wonder, one of Britain's most picturesque and evocative, set in the heart of 1066 country. With spiral staircases, battlements and a portcullis, 14th-century Bodiam Castle is the real thing. Windows where arrows were once fired, a tower that was once a look-out and ruins that were once walked upon by knights; this is a place where you can relive your childhood memories and let your imagination run riot.

Having toured the castle you will then be able to enjoy a barbecue and music before the traditional display of illuminated boats that the trailboaters put so much enthusiasm into.

So what better way to enjoy a Bank Holiday Saturday evening than in such beautiful surroundings?

Throughout the weekend there will be table based Wild over Waterways (WOW) activities for younger children.

Standard  National Trust charges apply to enter the castle and car parking costs £2 (free to National Trust members) but both will be free after 5:30 pm on the Saturday.

We look forward to seeing you at Bodiam.

Major IWA Festivals and Boat Rallies

25th - 27th May IWA National Trailboat Festival - Bodiam Castle, East Sussex
19th - 21st July IWA National Festival - Cassiobury Park, Watford, Hertfordshire 

Other Festivals and Boat Rallies


18th - 19th May Rickmansworth Festival - Festival of London Waterways
18th - 19th May Moira Canal Festival
24th - 27th May Erewash Canal Boat Gathering
24th - 27th May Tall Ships
25th - 26th May BCN 24 Hour Challenge
25th - 27th May Crick Boat Show


1st - 2nd June Etruria Canals Festival
1st - 2nd June Audlem RNLI Festival
1st - 2nd June Leicester Riverside Festival
6th - 9th June Russell Newbery Register Rally
7th - 9th June Beale Park Boat Show
7th - 14th June BCN Explorer Cruise A
14th - 16th June BCNS Pelsall Canal Festival
14th - 16th June Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival
15th - 16th June Stoke Bruerne Gala Weekend
17th - 24th June
BCN Explorer Cruise B
20th - 23rd June Lymm Historic Transport Day
21st - 23rd June Newbury Waterways Festival
28th - 30th June Thwaite Mills Boat Gathering
29th - 30th June Chesterfield Canal Festival


5th - 7th July  Ware Boat Festival 2013 - Festival of London Waterways
5th - 7th July Stratford River Festival
12th - 13th July Evesham Festival
13th - 14th July Cosgrove Canal Festival
20th - 21st July Pershore Town River Festival
20th - 21st July Preston Riversway Festival
27th July Linslade Canal Festival
28th July Audlem Festival of Transport


10th - 11th August Blisworth Canal Festival
24th - 26th August
Outdoor Leisure Show


1st September Angel Canal Festival - Festival of London Waterways
7th - 8th September Slough Canal Festival - Festival of London Waterways
14th - 15th September Mayor's River Thames Festival
14th - 15th September Village at War Weekend
21st - 22nd September Whitchurch Gathering of Boats
21st - 22nd September Huddlesford Heritage Gathering

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/Clean-up Events

16th May Work Party - Lapworth (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
17th - 19th May Rickmansworth Festival (WRG BITM)
18th May Work Party - Lapworth (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
18th May Work Party - Ware, River Lee (IWA Lee & Stort Branch)
18th May Work Party - Salterhebble Locks near Halifax (IWA West Riding Branch)
19th May Bugsworth Basin Work Party (The Inland Waterways Protection Society)
25th May Work Party - Greater Manchester (IWA Manchester Branch)
30th May Work Party - Cheshire Locks - Trent & Mersey Canal (IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire Branch)
1st June Paddington Arm clean up, Southall (IWA Middlesex Branch)
2nd June Bugsworth Basin Work Party (The Inland Waterways Protection Society)
8th June Work Party - Tardebigge Lime Kilns (WBDCS supported by IWA Birmingham Branch)
9th June Work Party - Caldon Canal (IWA N Staffordshire & S Cheshire Branch)
14th June Work Party - Leeds and Liverpool Canal (IWA West Riding Branch)
15th June Towpath Taskforce - Lapworth (Canal and River Trust)
15th - 16th June Wey & Arun Canal (WRG BITM)

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

Upcoming Towpath Walks

19th May London Towpath Walk (IWA Towpath Walks Society)
21st May Grand Union Canal, Cheddington (Railway & Canal Historical Society)
23rd May Walk - West Kirby, Wirral (IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch)
2nd June London Towpath Walk (IWA London Region)

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

Contact Us

IWA Head Office, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1WA

01494 783 453


Bulletin is edited by Gemma Bolton