Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Branch

Welcome to The IWA Notts & Derbyshire Branch Web Pages.

The Branch area covers the River Trent from Cromwell Lock (where it ceases to be tidal) to Derwentmouth, all of the Erewash Canal, and the Trent & Mersey Canal from Derwentmouth to the Dove Aqueduct.

Within the Branch area, there are also groups working towards preserving aspects of our waterway heritage, they are described on our links page.

The Branch holds monthly social meetings between October and April, and evening walks or visits in May and June. Meetings are held at the Rushcliffe Arena in West Bridgford on the third Friday of the month, starting at 7:45pm. Details of each meeting can be found listed below. Directions to our regular venue can be found here.

Our social meetings and walks are not restricted to IWA members, we would be delighted to welcome anyone with an interest in the inland waterways.

We also organise other events as the opportunity arises, such as Canal Cleanup days. We try to attend local canal festivals and events with our sales & information stall to promote the branch and the Association.

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The Autumn / Winter Socials

We are heading back to our old venue of the Rushcliffe Arena for the new season of talks, arranged by Anne Madge, our new Social Secretary. We are also returning to our old slot in the monthly calendar, with meetings on the 3rd Friday of each month.

Friday 16th February 7:45pm, The Rushcliffe Arena

As usual we shall hold our AGM at this meeting, with the second half of the evening being taken up by a talk from our Region Chair, David Pullen, on  'A Cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg'. The AGM is particularly important this year, so a good attendance would be useful.

Friday 16th March 7:45pm, The Rushcliffe Arena

Our March meeting will be a talk by Bob Massey entitled 'Getting About' which will describe the history of the transport of people and goods from place to place, something which we give little thought to these days.

Friday 20th April 7:45pm, The Rushcliffe Arena

For our last 'indoor' meeting of the season, we will hear a talk by Mike Kelley of the Friends of the Cromford Canal entitled 'Be careful What You Wish For'. This will describe efforts to restore the Cromford Canal, and at the same time set up a trip boat operation at Cromford.

26th-28th May Great Northern Basin, Langley Mill

Herewith early warning that the Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association, to give it it's full title, will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary over this weekend (the Spring Bank Holiday). Further details from the Association website here.

Contact the Branch

Please contact Chairman, Mike Snaith