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Sandfields Pumping Station – All hands to the pump!

Originally posted on BrownhillsBob's Brownhills Blog:

Sandfields Pumping Station

This is a remarkable, severe but beautiful building, now almost marooned in a sea of new development. Image from Dave Moore’s Flickr photo stream.

It’s really getting busy for top local history wonks Dave Moore, Chris Pattison and their  Freinds of Sandfields Pumping Station campaign group, who seem to be really getting somewhere with this fantastic Victorian edifice; not only has their attention prompted the fixing of the roof recently, but the listing status of the building is now under review too.

If you’d like to have a great morning out this Saturday (25th October 2014), the group are taking part in the Arts and Heritage procession through Lichfield taking place that morning from 10:30am. They’ll also have a manned stall in the Guildhall until 4pm where they’ll be talking to the public and explaining why this excellent and well-fought campaign is so important.

Dave Moore wrote:

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Canal News – October 25-26, Middlewich Floating Market, The Wartime Port – 1940s Event

Canal News – October 25-26

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Floating market in Middlewich

Floating Market
24 – 26 Oct 2014
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Address
Situated off Salinae Field/Lewin Street,
Town Bridge,
CW10 9AS
Find a unique christmas gift at Middlewich’s floating market this year – and why not enjoy some great food and drink as well?
Middlewich are playing host to an annual beer festival, artisan market and a floating market!
What better way to spend a weekend than finding yourself in the hub of delicious food, a beer festival and market packed full of hidden treasures and unique gifts.
Middlewich is a fantastic historic canal town, come and enjoy it in the autumn air. More information about the beer festival can be found here.

The Wartime Port – 1940s Event at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

NWM 40s
25 – 26 Oct 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address
National Waterways Museum,
South Pier Road,
Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW

The event will bring to life the key role that the canals, waterways and ports played during the days of the Second World War. Re-enactors will recreate scenes and activities of events that would have taken place during the wartime period with original and reproduction equipment and vehicles.
The Wartime Port – 1940s Event 25th-26th October
The event will bring to life the key role that the canals, waterways and ports played during the days of the Second World War. Re-enactors will recreate scenes and activities of events that would have taken place during the wartime period with original and reproduction equipment and vehicles.
Visitors can expect to see a variety of allied military personnel, as they transit through the port, civilians and civil defence workers, home guard, land army and many others. Alongside this, entertainment will be provided throughout the day by renowned singers, Paul and Natasha Harper, together with 40’s DJs, Cotton Town Hot Club. The entertainment will continue into the evening with a WWII Victory Party.

Canal News – October 19 & 23, 2014

Canal News

October 19 & 23 2014

Anglesey Branch, Wyrley & Essington Canal

Anglesey Branch, Wyrley & Essington Canal

Family fun event at Fradley Junction

Fradley Junction
19 Oct 2014
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Address
Fradley Junction
Staffordshire
DE13 7DN

Come and have a fun time with the family at Fradley Junction.
Free children’s activities in the scenic canalside setting of Fradley Junction.
Activities include:
• Hook a Duck
• Canal Art
• Bark Rubbing around the nature reserve

Additional info
Meet outside the Canal & River Trust offices in the café courtyard
The event/activities are run by CRT Education Volunteers and are part of a monthly events programme at Fradley Junction.
Pay and display parking
For more information about our lead visits please visit our website http://www.canalriverexplorers.org.uk or email us explorers@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Waterways Craft Group at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

Waterways Craft Group
19 Oct 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
This lively group meets the third Sunday of the month (with the odd exception) on the first floor of the Island Warehouse, to demonstrate the traditional crafts of the inland waterways.
Crafts demonstrated include boatman’s belt embroidery, bonnet making, cabin crochet, canal ware painting, rag rugging and patchwork.

Volunteers needed in Cannock

Volunteer
We’re inviting local people living in and around Gailey in Cannock to help give the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal a much-needed tidy.
The next clean-up is planned for Thursday 23 October from 10am – 3pm and people of all ages and abilities are invited to lend a hand to spruce up their local waterway. All equipment will be provided and volunteers should wear old clothes that they don’t mind getting a bit muddy.
The work is part of our Towpath Taskforce volunteering project, which encourages people to come out, get their hands dirty and help protect some of Staffordshire’s most important wildlife habitats and public open space. The Taskforce provides regular volunteering opportunities for local communities which, as well as benefitting our canals and rivers also create memorable and rewarding experiences for everyone who takes part.
Community ownership
The teams meet regularly and are aimed at encouraging more community ownership of and pride in local waterways. Projects include painting lock gates, improving access to the towpath, clearing overgrown vegetation, cleaning up litter and graffiti and helping wildlife by building nest and bat boxes and planting reed beds.
Peter Mathews CMG, chair of the West Midlands waterways partnership for the Canal & River Trust, said: “Staffordshire’s waterways are a real hive of activity with a whole variety plants and animals living along them. There are some areas though that need a little work, from cutting back natural vegetation to clearing away some of the rubbish that gets left behind. The more that people living near the canal can spare a few hours and help us tidy it up the better it will be for the whole community.”
Meeting point is at the Trust’s car park next to the roundhouse, Croft Lane, just off the A5, Gailey, Staffordshire, ST19 5PR.

Volunteer for the Canal & River Trust

Pumping clear water

Originally posted on BrownhillsBob's Brownhills Blog:

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A remarkable, and beautifully scanned image from Ruth Penrhyn-Lowe. Click for a full-size version.

This… is remarkable. I’m just going to leave it here for those among us interested in Chasewater, and the arrangements with the steam pump that used to return water from Anglesey Basin into the reservoir.

There has been a lot of debate about this subject in the past, and courtesy of reader and contributor Ruth Penrhyn-Lowe, we have the clearest scan ever of a remarkable postcard, which gives far more detail than previously seen.

She kindly sent a whole bunch of new cards, which I’ll feature later today, but this one, in light of previous debate, is very special and deserves attention.

Background can be found in this article, and this one too. Readers may also like to gen up by reading this exploration as well.

Thanks to Ruth. This…

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Canal News – October 11 & 12

Canal News – October 11 & 12

Discovery day at Grantham Canal

Grantham Canal

Grantham Canal

12 Oct 2014
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Address
Grantham Canal
Dirty Duck Pub
NG32 1NY
The Grantham Canal Society are proud to present Discovery Day, at Woolsthorpe.
Head down to the Grantham Canal on Sunday 12th October for a fun-packed day. Located at Woolsthorpe by Belvoir Carpenters Shop (behind the Ruland Arms Pub).
Events include:
• our guest author Suzie Litton-Wood;
• The Dirty Duck Race- hosted by ‘Aye-up’
• Country dancing;
• Narrowboatrides; and
• Graham Wright, our MC for the day.
There will also be refreshments, cake stalls, tombola, raffle and short talks.
It’s also free – all proceeds towards the maintenance and restoration of the Grantham Canal.

Jumble sale at Hollingwood Hub

Hollingwood Hub

Hollingwood Hub

11 – 12 Oct 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address
Hollingwood Hub
Derbyshire
S43 2JP

Will you find a hidden treasure at the jumble sale at Hollingwood Hub this weekend?
Have a look at what’s on offer:
• Lots of books and CDs
• Canal related items
• Bric-à-brac
• Tombola and lucky dip
• Boat trips all day on Saturday

Beer Festival at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

NWM Beer

NWM Beer

10 – 12 Oct 2014
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Address
National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW
Three day festival of beer, banter and boats.
The National Waterways Museum annual beer festival, organised in conjunction with Liverpool Organic Brewery, will run from Friday 10th October to Sunday 12th October 2014.
Throughout the weekend a range of beers from breweries across the country will be available; from Cornwall’s Keltek through to Middlesborough’s Truefitt including creatively named beers from the Potbelly Brewery in Northampton who will be supplying ‘Captain Pigwash’ and ‘Pigs Do Fly’!
John Inch, National Waterways Museum general manager, Canal & River Trust said: “With 30 beers supplied by Liverpool Organic Brewery, including a few guest ales and five ciders from Lilley’s Cider, we’re set to have a fantastic weekend here at the museum.”
Prices
Tickets are £10 in exchange for £10 worth of beer vouchers and are available in advance or on the day.
How to get there
The Museum has good public transport links, being only a few minutes’ walk from the railway station and for groups who have organised a designated driver the museum is just off junction 9 of the M53. Moorings for the weekend are available – please contact the museum direct on 0151 355 5017.
Times
Friday 10 October 12:00 – 23:00
Saturday 11 October 12:00 – 23:00
Sunday 12 October 12:00 – 16:00

Oxford Canal Heritage Trail at Wolvercote Green

Walking by Canal - looks more like jogging to me!

Walking by Canal – looks more like jogging to me!

12 Oct 2014
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Address
Wolvercote Green, OX2 8AB
Ever wanted to know more about the Oxford Canal Trail?
Join us on Sunday 12 October at Wolvercote Green for a short presentation by the Oxford Canal Heritage project team.
To see the city’s historic canal past, take the 5k heritage trail, there are a variety of places to stop along the way, including pubs, shops and gardens; more notably you will come across Hythe Bridge, Isis Lock, Ball’s Bridge, Walton Well Bridge and many more.
There is an audio guide also available, please ask somebody from the heritage team for more information.
Getting there:
You can park in the Pear Tree Park and Ride and walk to Ball’s Bridge. You can also get the bus to Woodstock Road, cross the road to First Turn, following the road to Wolvercote Green.
If you don’t mind paying, feel free (!) to park in Worcester Street, Oxford for an even closer space.

Canal News – Early October – Final bat walk – Bugsworth Canal Basin: Then & Now Display – Banbury Canal Day

Canal News – Early October

Final bat walk

Common Pipistrelle Bat - Hugh Clark, Bat Conservation Trust

Common Pipistrelle Bat – Hugh Clark, Bat Conservation Trust

03 Oct 2014
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Address
Staffordshire & Worcester Canal (Wolverley)
DY103RL
Do you know how many bat species we have in the UK? Come along and find out how to spot these amazing mammals.
Bats will be travelling to their winter roosts soon so this is your last chance this year to join us and discover bats along the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal.
You’ll get the chance to find out all about bats and which bats live in your area, you’ll also be provided with detectors to assist your bat-spotting!
Bats are mysterious creatures with their night time expeditions – did you know they have also discovered the secret to cheating the ageing process!?
British bats are entirely harmless so don’t be shy, wrap up warm and wear suitable shoes for walking.
So we can manage numbers, please contact us to let us know you’re coming. Please email Paul Wilkinson.

Bugsworth Canal Basin: Then & Now Display

Bugsworth Basin, Peak Forest Canal

Bugsworth Basin, Peak Forest Canal

04 – 05 Oct 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address
Buxworth Primary School
Station Road
Buxworth
High Peak
Derbyshire
SK23 7NJ
On 4 and 5 October Bugsworth Basin Heritage Trust are hosting a then and now display.
Come and give you support to Bugsworth Basin Heritage Trust by joining the team at Buxworth Primary School where from 10 til 4 and as part of the Buxworth Steam Party Weekend, you’ll be able to see some before and after restoration work of the Bugsworth Canal Basin.
If you are interested in attending or would like to volunteer your services please contact Mark Lomas here.

Banbury Canal Day

05 Oct 2014
10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Address
Canalside
Banbury
Oxfordshire

Boat trips, crafts, demonstrations and musical entertainment promise to make Banbury Canal Day go with a swing.
The Mill Arts centre will be opening its doors for a day of entertainment, food and drink, and a free folk concert will be held by General Foods Garden adjacent to the towpath.
Boat trips will be taking plave from Sovereign Wharf, with barrel organs entertaining those waiting to board. Don’t forget to stop by Tooley’s historic boatyard for a display of engines and boats, with a chance to watch a blacksmith at work.
As well as all of the above, Banbury Canal Day offers falconry, fairground rides and enough food and drink outlets to keep hunger firmly at bay.

Marina on Oxford Canal at Banbury

Marina on Oxford Canal at Banbury

The Oxford Canal is a 78-mile-long (126 km) narrow canal linking Oxford with Coventry via Banbury and Rugby. It connects with the River Thames at Oxford, to the Grand Union Canal at the villages of Braunston and Napton-on-the-Hill, and to the Coventry Canal at Hawkesbury Junction in Bedworth just north of Coventry.  The canal was once an important artery of trade between the English Midlands and London, and is now highly popular among pleasure boaters.
  © Copyright Paul Gillett and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Canal News – Sept 20th & 21st

Canal News – Sept 20th & 21st

Tipton Canal Festival

Canal Festivities
20 – 21 Sep 2014
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Address
Tipton,
West Midlands,
DY4

A two day festival on the canal in Tipton.
A two day festival in Tipton with events such as:
• Static narrowboat parade
• Working boat interaction sessions
• Boat Trips
• Small animals from Dudley Zoo
• Birds of prey
• Model railway exhibition
• Car boot
• Black Country Classic Car Club exhibition
• Wolverhampton & Birmingham Triumph Club motorbike display
• Hog roast
• Live entertainment on and off stage
• Children’s rides
• Children’s interactive entertainers
• Trade & charity stalls/boats
• Local artists
• Tipton Camera Club photo display
• Water taxi service to Barge & Barrel

Tapton Lock celebration weekend

Tapton Lock
20 – 21 Sep 2014
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address
Lockoford Lane
Chesterfield
S41 7JB

The second Tapton Lock celebration weekend is taking place on the Chesterfield Canal on the 20 and 21 September.
Last year was so successful, they’re doing it all again this year!
Junction Arts and the Derbyshire Countryside Service are offering two days of free activities including art workshops, nature walks, adventure activities and music.
Free parking also.

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Whitchurch Waterway Trust Boat Rally

Whitchurch Arm of the Llangollen Canal, photo by Adrian and Gillian Padfield

Whitchurch Arm of the Llangollen Canal, photo by Adrian and Gillian Padfield

20 – 21 Sep 2014
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Address
Whitchurch,
Shropshire

A boat rally on the Llangollen canal in Whitchurch.
A boat rally on the Whitchurch Arm of the Llangollen Canal. The theme for boat decorating this year is ‘The Horse’. Entertainment includes stalls, food, trading boats, a dog show, second-hand book stalls and more. You will need to book if you want to tie your boat in the Whitchurch Arm, otherwise the event is free.
For more information visit: http://www.whitchurchwaterway.org.uk/boatrally2014

Learn the traditional craft of Roses & Castles painting at The Canal Museum

Example of Roses & Castles decorative folk art

Example of Roses & Castles decorative folk art

20 – 21 Sep 2014
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address
The Canal Museum
Stoke Bruerne
nr Towcester
Northamptonshire
NN12 7SE

For more information, prices and availability please contact Louise.Stockwin@canalrivertrust.org.uk
Take part in this 2-day painting course to learn the traditional craft of Roses & Castles – the decorative art used to decorate working narrowboats.
For more information, prices and availability please contact Louise.Stockwin@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Canal News August 30-31 – Over Canal Festival & Ellesmere Port Model Boat Club Regatta

Canal News August 30-31

Over Canal Festival & Ellesmere Port Model Boat Club Regatta

Over Canal Festival

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30 – 31 Aug 2014
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Address
Over Basin,
Gloucester,
GL2 8DB

A festival showcasing the restoration of the Hereford & Gloucester Canal. Entry is free and the attractions include a Beer and Cider Festival, Dancing, Craft Stalls and Boat Trips along the restored section of the canal.

 

Ellesmere Port Model Boat Club Regatta and fun day

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31 Aug 2014
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Address
National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. CH65 4FW.

The 31 August presents a fascinating day out at the National Waterways Museum, come along and find out more about this wonderful hobby.
Come and see an exhibition of model boating skills or have a go yourself. This is really something for all the family.

 

Canal News – Alvecote, Market Drayton & Alrewas

Canal News

Annual Alvecote Working Boat gathering

A Boat Trip on the Coventry Canal

A Boat Trip on the Coventry Canal

23 Aug 2014
1100 am – 8:00 pm
Address
Samuel Barlow
Robeys Lane
Alvecote
Near Tamworth
Staffs
B78 1AS

Head to the boat gathering at Alvecote Marina on the Coventry Canal, with stalls and entertainment galore.
Attractions will include historic working boats from the Narrowboat Trust, live music, a beer festival, craft stalls and lots more.

Floating market at Market Drayton

Floating Market

Floating Market

22 – 25 Aug 2014
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Address
Market Drayton, Cheshire
Make your way to Market Drayton on the Shropshire Union Canal and enjoy a few hours browsing around a market with a difference.
Come and browse at this floating market where colourful narrowboats will be selling everything from tiller pins to take-aways.
Why not take your family along and take a walk along the picturesque towpath while you’re there?
Trading boats
The RCTA is still taking bookings from trading boats. For more information and to book your place at one of these events visit http://www.canaltraders.org.uk/markets.html.
If you’ve got any questions about the upcoming markets please contact michael@canaltraders.org.uk.

Alrewas Arts Festival

Alrewas
23 – 30 Aug 2014
11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Address
Alrewas, near Lichfield
Staffordshire

The picturesque village of Alrewas is staging a week-long arts festival, kicking off with an arts and crafts street market on the opening Saturday followed by a ceilidh at the village hall in the evening.
Bank Holiday Monday, August 25, will be Music Monday with a variety of bands and musicians playing at pubs and clubs throughout the village from noon until midnight. Art and photographic exhibitions will be open to the public throughout the week and it will be a good opportunity for canal boats, displaying and selling crafts, to moor up in the village.
A graffiti art project involving local youngsters will be on display under one of the canal bridges, so watch out for it as you pass.
There will also be a variety of entertainment on offer, including a folk breakfast, lunchtime concerts, drama, dance, comedy, storytelling, poetry performances and daily morning movies for youngsters. There will be big art events and some patchwork surprises.
The festival will end with a twilight lantern parade, firework display and a grand finale open-air concert on the village playing field, featuring some great bands, ranging from jazz to hard rock.
There is no charge and all are welcome. Bring chairs, blankets, wine and nibbles and enjoy. To find out more and view pictures and video clips from previous festivals, go to the festival website: http://www.alrewas-artsfest.co.uk

Canal News – 8-9-10 August 2014

Canal News – 8-9-10 August 2014

Crick Boat Show - Kevin MarriottCrick Boat Show, courtesy of Kevin Marriott

Old Grand Union Canal Bicentennial Celebrations
09 Aug 2014
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address
West Haddon Rd
Crick
Northamptonshire
NN6 7SQ

Crick History Society and The Moorings are celebrating the bicentenary of the official opening (9th August 1814) of the Old Grand Union canal from Foxton to Norton Junction, near Long Buckby wharf.
The Crick festivities will focus on the Wharf and the Tunnel. Most activities take place canal-side in and around the marquee on The Moorings car park.
Entry is free as is car parking, which will be in the field on the opposite side of the A428 by the entrance to Crick Marina.

Foxton Locks, Grand Union Canal

Foxton Locks, Grand Union Canal

Celebrate 200 years at Foxton Locks
08 – 10 Aug 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address
Foxton
Leicestershire
LE16 7RA

This weekend the famous Foxton Lock Flight in Leicestershire, one of the most iconic and best-known set of canal locks in the country, is celebrating its 200th birthday.
Join us for three days of celebrations to mark this bicentenary.
The first 200 visitors on Friday will be treated to free ice-creams from the Top Lock Café, while on Saturday and Sunday people will be able to enjoy stalls selling local goodies, a local folk band playing traditional canal music and, on Sunday, a parade of historic boats which will have made the day-long journey from Crick in Northamptonshire.

Cropredy, Oxford Canal

Cropredy, Oxford Canal

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2014
07 – 09 Aug 2014
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Address
Cropredy
Near Banbury
Oxfordshire

A popular and long-running music festival in the canal town of Cropredy.
Billed as Britain’s friendliest music festival, the Cropredy Convention will be hosting the following artists:
Thursday: The Waterboys, Steve Hackett – Genesis extended, CaperCaillie, Joe Broughtons – Conservatoire folk ensemble, Fairport acoustic set
Friday: The Australian pink Floyd show, Chas & Dave, The Wonder Stuff, The Travelling Band, The Churchfitters, Benjamin Folke Thomas, Edwina Hayes, Deborah Rose, BBC R2 Young Folk Award Winner TBA.
Saturday: Fairport Convention & Guests, Al Stewart, Marillion, Cara Dillon, Tree Top Flyers, Reg Meuross, Black Beards Tea Party, Richard Digance
To order tickets visit http://www.fairportconvention.com/ or telephone: 0900 6371644.

Blisworth Canal Festival

Blisworth Canal Festival

Blisworth Canal Festival
09 – 10 Aug 2014
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Address
Blisworth
Northamptonshire

Come along the the Blisworth Canal Festival 2014 for a weekend of music, boats, great food and fun-filled activities.
More than 25,000 visitors had a ball at Blisworth Canal Festival 2013 and this year’s extravanza looks set to be just as successful.
As well as live music, visiting boats, stalls and children’s activities, the Festival Field will also host vintage vehicles, a dog show, World War II re-enactments and much more.
There will also be pony rides, a rare breed farmyard, rural craft demonstrations, a have-a-go bell tower, Art Gallery, traction engine, Open Gardens (Sunday only), antiques, parrots, owls, coffee house with scrummy food – the list just goes on!!
The festival is organised by Blisworth Canal Partnership. This is a non-profit making organisation. All of the proceeds from the festival go directly into projects to enhance the local canal environment.
For more information please visit the website.

Harnessing

A horse harnessing demonstration at the museum’s annual Horses at Work event

‘Horses at Work’ at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
10 Aug 2014
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Address
National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. CH65 4FW

The early days of canals will be celebrated at the National Waterways Museum with the Horses At Work event.
Heavy horses will be visiting the museum to give a spectacular demonstration of horse-drawn canal boating – as well as old style horse and carts clip-clopping around the extensive museum grounds.