IWA AGM September 2019 - Weekend Activities on the Caldon Canal

A weekend of activities on the Caldon Canal to promote IWA’s Silver Propeller Challenge and to mark the 45th anniversary of the restoration of the Caldon Canal

Saturday 28th September

Morning - IWA AGM at St Thomas More Catholic Academy, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. 

Afternoon – optional visits to Burslem Port and Middleport Pottery

Evening – illustrated talk about the Uttoxeter Canal and pie and peas supper, Longsdon, near Leek

Booking arrangements for the weekend can be found here

Sunday 29th September

12 noon to 4pm - a garden fete/fundraising event at Denford.  People are encouraged to visit by boat, on foot or by car.  Games, sales and activities.  Refreshments will be available.   Enquiries to:  alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk.  More details here

Boating to the Silver Propeller locations

Over the weekend, and the days either side, boaters are encouraged to visit the two IWA Silver Propeller Challenge locations in our branch area – Froghall and Leek.  To avoid congestion there is no specific timetable for this, but the boating can be done to peoples’ own timing around the events on the Saturday and Sunday. 

Denford is at the junction of the Leek Arm and the main line and so moorings are available on both canals for those wishing to visit the Sunday garden fete. 

More details, including boating times and local information, can be found on the IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch pages of the IWA website

IWA’s Silver Propeller Challenge

Each terminus of the Caldon Canal, Leek and Froghall, has been included in the Silver Propeller Challenge (and this event) as both have campaigning issues: 

  • At Froghall the campaign is about the headroom through the tunnel, and whether something can be done about this in order to enable more boats to reach the top lock and basin of the Uttoxeter Canal the other side of the tunnel.  Both the branch and Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust are keen to explore potential solutions with CRT and there is some funding ringfenced for a survey of the tunnel. 

  • Meanwhile at the end of the Leek Arm….  Following on from the dredging carried out by CRT over the winter, the plan is to find out how effective this dredging has been in terms of allowing boats to now turn at the very end of the Leek Arm by the aqueduct over the Churnet, as well as campaigning for improved moorings and facilities to encourage people to stop and visit the market town of Leek.  

More details about IWA’s Silver Propeller Challenge (to visit at least 20 locations out of a list of over 40) can be found on the IWA website at www.waterways.org.uk/silverpropeller.

To register your interest in taking part in the event in the Caldon Canal September 2019 event, or to get involved in the planning of the weekend, please contact Alison Smedley by emailing alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk.