PRESS RELEASE: Caldon Canal 40 Celebration at IWA’s AGM Weekend

Issue date: 18th August 2014

IWA's 2014 Annual General Meeting will be held in the historic market town of Leek, Staffordshire, on Saturday 27th September.

A weekend of activities has been planned around the AGM including an archive film night hosted by the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust on Friday 26th September, a beer festival with  music and food on the evening of Saturday 27th September and the ‘Caldon Canal 40 Celebration’ in Cheddleton on Sunday 28th September.

Sunday’s celebration will mark the 40th anniversary of the reopening of the Caldon Canal by recreating the 1974 opening ceremony with speeches at Cheddleton Top Lock. The Waterway Community Day event will also see an open air service and canal-side beer festival, along with children’s activities, displays, stalls and boat trips.

The 17 mile (27km) Caldon Canal runs from the Trent and Mersey Canal at Etruria Junction, through the heart of the once-industrialised Potteries before heading up into the Staffordshire Moorlands, and terminating at the junction with the Uttoxeter Canal at Froghall. The Leek Branch of the Canal runs from Hazelhurst Junction to the outskirts of Leek.

Find out more about the AGM weekend programme of events.

IWA members are also encouraged to attend the Open Meeting prior to the AGM on Saturday 27th September. During the morning, groups will be discussing how to encourage youth engagement, to support the future of the waterways. There will be two table discussions under the perspectives of restoration and navigation. A buffet lunch is available and can be booked online here.

See full agenda for AGM.


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