IWA Northampton Branch Events

Monthly Branch Meetings 2020

Start time 8pm on second Tuesday of every month at the Walnut Tree, Blisworth unless otherwise stated.

Good news - some autumn branch meetings have now been arranged:

October 13th 8pm: Speaker - John Pomfret — River waterways of NE England
November 10th 8pm: Speaker - Neil Owen, Regional Engineer CRT
December 1st 8pm: Christmas Quiz with John Pomfret

Also we have now been able to arrange our Annual Branch Dinner, it will be on Saturday 14th November 2020, at the Boat Inn, Stoke Bruerne, and the menu looks fantastic, for details and to reserve your place(s) download this form - Dinner Booking Form


Branch Task Party Dates on the Northampton Arm 2020

Tasks carried out include everything from vegetation clearance and painting to litter picking. Something for all abilities and fitness levels. All task parties normally start at 10am unless otherwise specified, through to around 2pm, but if you can just spare as little as an hour you will still be very welcome. Please bring a packed lunch and wear suitable clothing. Start points vary depending on work to be carried out and full PPE & life jackets will be provided depending on scope of work being carried out. Please contact Geoff Wood (email below) for details of start points and parking. 

Task Party Dates for 2020

It has been confirmed that task parties can re-start on 21st July! There will be a number of changes for safety reasons, please check the volunteering page for details.

Tuesday 21st July
Tuesday 4th August (rescheduled from Sun)
Tuesday 18th August

Sunday 6th September
Tuesday 15th September
Sunday 4th October
Tuesday 20th October


Sunday 1st November
Tuesday 17th November
Sunday 6th December
Tuesday 15th December

For details, and latest info, contact geoff.wood@waterways.org.uk

Other Work Parties

As well as Branch organised task parties on the Northampton Arm, there are a number of Canal Societies and Adoption Groups actively assisting the Canal & River Trust in maintaining and conserving our inland waterways throughout Northamptonshire. They all welcome volunteers and full training will be given. There will probably be a group near you who will be delighted to hear from you.

Blisworth Canal Partnership

Contact via their website

Buckingham Canal Society

Further details can be obtained from Athina Beckett on 01908 661217 or see BCS website.

Braunston Canal Society

Further details contact Dave Weller or Clive Joynson at braunstoncanalsociety@gmail.com

Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership

Further details see SBCP website

Whilton and Buckby Locks Association

Further details contact Rod Wyles at wbla@wbla.org.uk or see WBLA website

Please Note

Northampton IWA Branch Meetings are held Autumn through to Spring at The Walnut Tree PH, Blisworth. Food and drink is available.  There are no meetings during Summer since most of us are out enjoying boating!  Refreshments and parking are available at The Walnut Tree PH and the meeting room is fully accessible. There is no charge for attending monthly meetings but we hold a raffle to offset room hire costs and speakers expenses.


2020 Boat Gathering - 12 -13th September

Sorry cancelled - please see full statement here