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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Thursday 13th September 9:30am Nottingham Canal Cleanup

Our annual day grappling bicycles and the like from the Nottingham Canal will take place on this Thursday. We will meet at 9:30am on the towpath behind the Sainsburys store on Castle Boulevard, and after the safety briefing, set off towards Beeston. We will have at least one CRT workboat, and there will be opportunities for volunteers to work from a boat (steel toecap boots required for this). There will be the aforementioned grappling and litter picking. We will aim to finish by 4pm at Beeston Lock, with travel back to Sainsburys by 5pm. However nobody should feel obliged to stay all day so long as we know you have left. It would be helpful but not essential to email us to say you are coming. Please bring lunch, and something to drink, there are few shops accessible from the towpath. Please come along and make this event the huge success it has been in previous years.

See here for photos of last year

Sunday 14th October, 10am - 4pm, Woolsthorpe Depot NG32 1NY

This year's Grantham Canal Society 'Discovery Day', which, along with all the usual activities of a canalside festival, will provide an opportunity for visitors to see the newly completed restoration of Lock 15.

Social Programme Autumn - Winter 2018 / 9

The majority of our 'indoor' events for the autumn / winter season have come together and are listed below.

Friday October 19th,  7:45pm, Rushcliffe Arena
Cruising on Remote Waterways - Jeanne and Derek Smith from the National Trailboat Association.

Friday November 16th,   7:45pm, Rushcliffe Arena
Adam Comerford - National Hydrology Manager, CRT.

Friday January 18th,   7:45pm, Rushcliffe Arena
Jerry Sanders  - IWA Canalway Cavalcade.

Friday February 15th,   7:45pm, Rushcliffe Arena
AGM and David Pullen - The Boston to Peterborough Waterway, part of the Fens Waterway Link.

Friday March 15th,   7:45pm, Rushcliffe Arena
Philip Mulligan, the new CRT East Midlads Region Manager.

Friday  April 12th,   7:45pm, Rushcliffe Arena
Speaker to be arranged.

Contact the Branch

Please contact Chairman, Mike Snaith