January 2011 Bulletin

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Defra Funding Settlement for BW

The outcome for the waterways of the Government’s Spending Review is becoming clearer. Defra announced funding for Arms Length Bodies on Monday 20 December http://ww2.defra.gov.uk/news/2010/12/20/budget-allocations-101220/. This included the Grant-in-Aid for British Waterways. There is a 19% reduction in grant for 2011/12 compared to the current year. British Waterways has said that this cut means that it will have to take difficult decisions http://www.britishwaterways.co.uk/newsroom/all-press-releases/display/id/2934.

The charitable body which the Government wishes to establish to manage the network currently managed by British Waterways is intended to be in place by 1 April 2012. The proposed settlement envisages a cut of 24% in grant (£39m compared to £51.3m in 2010/11) for the remainder of the Spending Review period and the Government is understood to have committed that its contract with the charity would not be less than £39m per year through to 2022/23.
Whilst IWA welcomes the commitment to a long term government contract for the charity, it is both  surprised and deeply disappointed at the scale of the cuts. IWA intends to seek information from British Waterways about the practical implications for the waterways and subject to the outcome will want to talk to Ministers about those implications, not just for British Waterways, but also about the financial viability of the new waterways charity.

IWA News

New Years Honours for IWA Vice Presidents 

We are delighted to report that IWA Vice President David Suchet is made CBE and IWA Vice President Sonia Rolt is made OBE in the New Year's Honours list

British Waterways' former director Mark Bensted is also made OBE  

 Waterway Charity Update December 2010

Defra's consultation on the principles of British Waterways becoming a charitable body is expected early in 2011 and the intelligence is that it is planned for release in about the middle of February 2011. It is expected to cover all the major issues, such as structure, governance and finance. The period for comments to be made is likely to be 12 weeks.

The legislative authorisation for the transfer of British Waterways' responsibilities and obligations to the new waterways charity will be conveyed by the provisions of the Public Bodies Bill. This is an enabling Bill which provides for the technical changes to be made by a Statutory Instrument. The Government is required by law to consult on secondary legislation concerning each public body, and that is expected later in 2011.

The Public Bodies Bill is currently going through its Parliamentary scrutiny. The enabling powers are so wide ranging that they have been subject to critical debate in the Bill’s House of Lords stages. A concession made by Government is that orders under the Bill will be subject to the super-affirmative resolution procedure. This procedure was introduced by the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006. It is the most demanding from of Parliamentary scrutiny of secondary legislation. It makes orders subject to resolution by either House of Parliament (Lords and Commons) and the consideration of a Committee of either House charged with reporting on the order.

No decision has yet been made on whether the charity should also be responsible for the Environment Agency navigations. The consultation is likely to offer a preferred option for comment by consultees. The current Scottish Government has decided that the charity will not include the British Waterways navigations in Scotland. IWA fully accepts the decision of the Scottish Government, although there are elections in 2011 which could change the situation.  IWA would support any future option for British Waterways Scotland which encourages co-operation on navigational issues for Great Britain so that the waterways currently managed across Britain by British Waterways maintain consistency for users.

New IWA North Riding Branch

From January 1st 2011 there will be a new branch in IWA's North East & Yorkshire Region. The proposed new branch has an established committee that has been operating as a section within West Riding Branch, originally formed six years ago as the Ouse/Ure Section of that branch.
The initial membership of the new branch will comprise existing members of West Riding Branch living in YO and HG postcode areas, other than any members who wished to stay in West Riding Branch. Members of East Yorkshire currently living in YO postcode areas will remain in East Yorkshire Branch, unless they wish to move. Existing members of West Riding Branch living TS, NE, SR, DH and DL postcode areas will remain with that branch unless they express an interest to move, but new members living in these areas will be allocated to the new North Riding Branch.
North Riding Branch will take on waterway responsibilities for the Ouse/Ure corridor above Goole, Ripon Canal, the rivers Foss, Wharfe, Swale and the tidal Aire below Chapel Haddlesey, which is only accessible from the Ouse. Rivers flowing into the North Sea above this corridor, including the Tyne, Tees and Wear would also be part of the new branches responsibilities.  

Chelmsford Branch Move to London Region

From 1st January 2011, Chelmsford Branch will move from Eastern Region to become part of London Region.

IWA Credit Card Poll

 IWA is looking at ways of increasing fundraising, and is investigating the opportunities that may be presented by the use of a charity credit card scheme.

 We would like to know if the likely uptake from members would justify the admin costs associated in setting it up and would liike to canvass members views.

Would you take out and use a  credit card that gave up to 1% cash back to IWA ? (12.9% APR typical var). Please let us know your view at :


Help Raise Funds for IWA if you Shop On-Line

If you buy goods online or participate in grocery home shopping, then please check out the easyfundraising scheme website below, as IWA can get a donation every time a purchase is made through it.

Simply register at:   http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/   & 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.                 

Its 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.

Whats 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.

Branch Officers' Workshop 2011

To: IWA Branches & Groups; Regions; National Committees and interested members

‘65 years on this Association is still working to secure a better future for our waterways with enthusiasts playing a major part in their strategies and operations. I urge you to come to this event to hear the details of how it might affect us all and to help us play our part in that future’
Clive Henderson – National Chairman

The IWA Promotions & Communications Committee will be holding a Workshop on 22nd January 2011 at The North Staffordshire Conference Centre, Stoke-on-Trent.

The full agenda can be found at http://www.waterways.org.uk/events_festivals/branch_officers__workshop_2011/agenda

We are asking those attending to pay £5.00 per head towards the catering costs which includes a full lunch. We can help with those faced with long journeys by arranging accommodation with other IWA members. You can either book online or download the booking form.

 For more information go to: http://www.waterways.org.uk/events_festivals/branch_officers__workshop_2011/branch_officers__workshop_2011

Inglesham Lock Restoration Appeal Update

A big thank you to those that have donated to the Inglesham Lock Restoration Appeal.

£23,873 has now been pledged. For more information about the appeal and works to be carried out please go to http://www.waterways.org.uk/campaigns/appeals/iwa_national__restoration_appeal___inglesham_lock_

IWA's Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) is running a specialist camp at Inglesham Lock over the new year to get the site ready for the work to be carried out in 2011. Work will include tree and vegetation clearance. To ensure that the cost of the site enabling works is covered, please donate now.

2011 will see WRG constructing the site compound, landing stage and dam. Volunteers will also start rebuilding the upper wing walls of the lock. More information on the camps can be found at http://www.waterways.org.uk/wrg/canal_camps/canal_camp_dates

IWA Awards

A reminder that nominations for IWA's annual awards to be presented at the 2011 AGM are now requested.

Cyril Styring Trophy - For an IWA member who has, in the opinion of trustees, made an outstanding contribution in further the Association's campaign

Richard Bird Medals - For members of the Association whose efforts and support are considered to have brought significant benefit to the Association over a sustained period.
 Christopher Power Prize - For a person, society or trust who has made the most significant contribution to the restoration of an inland waterway

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

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

Nominations must arrive no later than 31st January 2011 and must be sent to Head Office by post or by emailing awards@waterways.org.uk for consideration by the awards panel.

IWA Volunteering Opportunities

Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) 2011 Working Holidays

Fancy getting outdoors and dirty? Browse the 2011 WRG Working Holidays Brochure online http://issuu.com/waterwaysassoc/docs/camps2011highresnobleeds?viewMode=magazine&mode=embed

You can also find information and book onto the camps on the WRG website

NEC Boat & Caravan Show Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers to help man our stand at the NEC Boat & Caravan Show 22nd - 27th February 2011. If you can spare a few hours or day to help out please contact Helen Whitehouse helen.whitehouse@waterways.org.uk

For more information about the show please go to http://www.boatandcaravan.co.uk/

Canalway Cavalcade Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers to assist in running Cavalcade over the weekend 30th April to 2nd May 2011 to do jobs such as setting up equipment, erecting signs and fencing, bucket rattling, brochure distribution, stewarding and bar staff.

For more information please see http://www.waterways.org.uk/events_festivals/canalway_cavalcade_2011_/volunteer_opportunities

IWA Branch & Region Volunteer Opportunities

New volunteer vacancies:

South East Region Secretary - To prepare agendas and collate reports for meetings,  take minutes at the committee meetings,  liaise with the chairman and committee members regarding arrangements for meetings, committee papers etc,  arrange and take minutes at the AGM,  submit minutes, committee details, etc, to IWA Head Office.
Shrewsbury & North Wales Branch Publicity Officer - A member willing to arrange temporary venues for  branch publicity material in libraries, museums and marinas. We need someone with good public relations skills, publicity awareness and personal initiative.

For a full list of volunteer opportunities go to: http://www.waterways.org.uk/about/vacancies

IWA Member Discounts & Special Offers

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

  • 20% Discount on Liverpool Boat Show tickets (29 April – 8 May 2011) 
  • 5% Discount at Midland Chandlers
  • Special Hire rates to IWA members with Europcar

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

To see details of how to take advantage of these offers you will need to be registered for the IWA website.

If you are already registered please log in http://www.waterways.org.uk/account/login and then go to http://www.waterways.org.uk/support_us/member_services/member_discounts_special_offers

To register please go to http://www.waterways.org.uk/account/register/ make sure you tick the 'existing member' box and select your membership type (you will not be asked for payment). Click continue and fill in your details. When your registration is complete it will be submitted to the membership team for approval. Once the registration has been approved (usually within 24 hours) you will receive an email. You will then be able to log in and view http://www.waterways.org.uk/support_us/member_services/member_discounts_special_offers

You will also be able to update your email newsletter preferences.

If there are any problems please email gemma.bolton@waterways.org.uk

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 Events

Please see below for a list of canal restoration events.

8th - 9th January - Chelmer and Blackwater (Essex WRG)
Contact: John Gale 01376 334 896 or email essex@wrg.org.uk

8th January - Titford Locks, Birmingham (BCN Society)
Details: Removing rubbish and bricks from a pound and lock chamber. 
Contact: Graham Whorton 01384 373298 or email candgwhorton@btinternet.com

15th - 16th January - Hollinwood Canal (wrgNW)
Contact: David McCarthy MBE 0161 7402179 or email nw@wrg.org.uk

15th - 16th January - Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation (London WRG)
Contact: Tim Lewis 07802 518094 or email london@wrg.org.uk

22nd - 23rd January - Basingstoke Canal (WRG BITM)
Details: Cutting back off-side overhanging trees on the summit pound in Hampshire. Access by boat.
Contact: Dave Wedd 01252 874437 or email bookings@wrgBITM.org.uk

22nd January - Titford Locks, Birmingham (BCN Society)
Details: Removing rubbish and bricks from a pound and lock chamber. 
Contact: Graham Whorton 01384 373298 or email candgwhorton@btinternet.com

19th - 26th February - Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation (WRG)
Details: Work includes bank protection, painting, towpath clearance and repairs. Accommodation for the week is on a barge moored in the tidal estuary, converted for residential use.
Contact: WRG Enquiries 01494 783453 or email enquiries@wrg.org.uk www.wrg.org.uk

About People

New Years Honours for IWA Vice Presidents 

We are delighted to report that IWA Vice President David Suchet is made CBE and IWA Vice President Sonia Rolt is made OBE in the New Year's Honours list

British Waterways' former director Mark Bensted is also made OBE 

Contact Us

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

01494 783 453


Bulletin is edited by Jo Gilbertson & Gemma Bolton