West Country Branch

IWA West Country Branch is very active thanks to its enthusiastic committee. With so much going on from running regular work parties to leading local waterways campaigns, help is always welcome.  Can you help?


Events

IWA West Country Branch has regular work parties - details are updated here on a regular basis.

Work parties take place in Bridgwater on Tuesdays and Saturdays, also on most Saturdays in Taunton.

Please see below our forthcoming volunteer activities.

Depending on the weather conditions it may be necessary to carry out different tasks than those listed below:

Vacancy - Key Volunteering Role

Bridgwater Based
Duties for the role are: regular data input and any necessary updating of our website pages and social media accounts, flexible times - not linked to work party days or dates.
If you or someone who you know would be interested in this vitally important volunteer role, please get in touch with Mike Slade, either by email or telephone for more details.

Social  Events
Thanks to those who responded to last weeks message.  We only received a very small number of positive replies for the proposed Xmas Meal, so we will not proceed this year.
We are continuing with our plans for a Social Evening early in 2018- more details will follow in due course.


Work Party in Bridgwater on Saturday 21st October

Volunteers meet at the IWA Cabin at Bridgwater Docks, TA6 3EX.  10am start and we aim to finish around 1.00pm.
We plan to carry out rubbish removal from the canal using the paint flat boats aswell as our boats.  Depending on numbers we will carry out a litter pick along the canal towpath.  Volunteers are advised to wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions and sturdy boots or shoes.  You may wish to bring a bottle of drinking water with you.
Please let Mike know if you plan to attend before 6pm on Friday 20th and include your latest contact phone number so we can let you know of any necessary changes to our plans.  Mike's contact details are: Mike Slade Mobile 07977263840 or email mike.slade@waterways.org.uk

Work Party in Taunton on Saturday 21st October

Volunteers meet at Canal Car Park near Canal Swing Bridge, off Dyers Green Lane, Bathpool, TA2 8BZ. Volunteers meet at 10.00am working through to around 1.30pm.
We plan to use the paint flat boat to assist us in removing rubbish and other items from the canal and carry out a litter pick the towpath working towards Firepool Lock.
Volunteers are advised to wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions and sturdy boots or shoes.  You may wish to bring a bottle of drinking water with you.
Please let Steve know if you plan to attend before 6pm on Friday 20th and include your latest contact phone number so we can let you know of any necessary changes to our plans.
Steve's contact details are: steveb.215@hotmail.com  Mobile  07855794256

Work Party in Bridgwater on Tuesday 24th October

Volunteers meet at the IWA Cabin at Bridgwater Docks, TA6 3EX.  10am start and we aim to finish around 1.00pm.
We are planning to continue with our major cut back of vegetation on the Piggy Hill side of the canal using the paint flat and our power tools. We will also tidy back vegetation along the canal at various locations.  Volunteers are advised to wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions and sturdy boots or shoes.  We would suggest you bring a bottle of drinking water with you.

Other News

Members Meeting in Dorchester on Thursday 26th October

IWA West Country Branch invites you to a Members Meeting in Dorchester on Thursday 26th October.

The evening will commence with a West Country Branch Committee welcome at 7pm for a 7.15pm start. Following this, our Salisbury members Ron & Myra Glover, will give an interesting presentation describing their personal experiences whilst visiting Trail Boat Festivals on Isolated Waterways around Britain.

Entry is free to members, with a small charge of £3 for guests towards room hire.  Light refreshments available.

The meeting is to be held in the ‘Roger Thomas’ meeting room at the Age UK Rowan Cottage Offices which are situated at: 4 Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester, DT1 1PW (this is the parallel road behind the Hospital on the Main Road).

Free on-site parking (which is very close to the high boiler room chimney).

Bob Abbott
Chairman
IWA West Country Branch

The Friends of the Grand Western Canal (See www.parknglide.org ) have come up with a new local project. Their Silk Mills "Park 'n Glide" project aims to recreate a short stretch of the historic Grand Western Canal linking French Weir Park and Norton Fitzwarren. Ecologically-friendly electric boats will shuttle between the car park and the town centre. A new vertical boat lift and visitor centre at Silk Mills will offer opportunities to experience 19th century life on Somerset's wetlands and canals and will form a lasting tribute to the engineers who built the world's first commercial boat lifts here in Somerset.
Please help the Friends of the Grand Western Canal get this innovative proposal going.

Should you have any questions or need more information about any of the activities listed above Please contact Mike Slade who will be very happy to help. Mobile 07977263840 or email mike.slade@waterways.org.uk

Search for more waterway events in your area using our online events calendar.


Can you help?

Join our team! IWA West Country Branch is looking for people to assist with the following roles:


Contact the Branch

Peter Kelly, Honorary Branch Secretary
westcountry@waterways.org.uk