Chester to Host IWA National Campaign Festival in 2014

The Iris Abbott moving through the mooringsIssue date: 13th September 2013

IWA is to hold a National Campaign Festival on the Shropshire Union Canal in Chester over the weekend of 6th - 8th June 2014.
 
The Festival, hosted by IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch will be held in the Tower Wharf area, and the aim will be to promote the use of the neglected Dee Branch arm of the Shropshire Union Canal. The vision is to see a lock in the old mill race at the end of the weir, giving visiting boats access to the River Dee up to Farndon.
 
The Festival will be a colourful event with music, entertainment and children's activities.
 
Brian Phillips, IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch Chairman said "We are delighted with the national support for our waterways festival in Chester in 2014. The event will raise awareness about the neglected Dee Branch, raise funds, and demonstrate how a vibrant waterway can boost the local economy."
 
The last Rally held by the Branch in Chester was in 2010, at which there were over 100 visiting craft of all shapes, sizes and ages, as well as traders of all kinds.
 
Boat booking and trade stand forms will be available shortly, from the Festival Secretary, Lesley Taylor. Please email lesley.taylor@waterways.org.uk for more information and to register your interest. Space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

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.
 
See full article on A Vision for Chester's Waterways
 
Download the full Vision document (2 MB PDF download)