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Canal News – Five Attractions for Easter

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Five attractions for Easter

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Floating market at Alvecote

18 – 21 Apr 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Make your way to Alvecote on the Coventry Canal to and enjoy 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.

Meet the Easter Bunny Boat Trips

Hidden Depths Canal Cruises

19 – 21 Apr 2014
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Address
Kings Cross
Granary Square
Canalside steps
Regents Canal
London
N1C 4AA

Take a special boat trip to meet the Easter Bunny.
Children’s activities on board during the cruise.
Depart: on the hour, every hour from 11am – 5pm.
Pick up/drop off point: Kings Cross, Granary Square, Canalside steps, Regents Canal, London. N1C 4AA.
£10 adults, £8 child, senior. onboard activities include: decorate an egg, make an Easter chick and meet the Easter bunny!
Please email or ring to book.
http://www.hiddendepthscanalcruises.co.uk 07456084584

Ellesmere Port ‘Then and Now’ Exhibition at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

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05 Mar – 29 Apr 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address
National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. CH65 4FW

Rare images go on view at the National Waterways Museum.
A six week exhibition, commencing Wednesday, 5 March, on Ellesmere Port will include both old and new images of the town, hence its title ‘Then and Now’. It’s a major fringe event of the new and exciting Port Arts Festival and will give locals, and others with a knowledge of the town, a chance to reminisce. It’ll also help newcomers understand a bit more about this fascinating industrial town with its many phases of development.
The exhibition includes photos of the Beatles, Joe Mercer, Pat Phoenix, various pubs and clubs, stories of its development (e.g. why did the town centre keep moving?), industry and many other fascinating aspects. Alongside these rare images will be new ones taken by students from West Cheshire College and members of the Ellesmere Port Local and Family History Society plus a good selection of previously unseen images from the local community.
The exhibition will be open daily at the National Waterways Museum at no additional charge to the normal admission fee. Please contact 0151 355 1936 for further details or, for additional information about the exhibition, celiawebb@aol.com, on behalf of the Ellesmere Port Local and Family History Society, who are curating the exhibition.

Spot the bunnies during Gloucester Waterways Museum’s Easter tea cruise

King Arthur on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

King Arthur on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

19 Apr 2014
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Address
Gloucester Waterways Museum
Llanthony Warehouse
Gloucester Docks
Gloucester
GL1 2EH

Cruise along the canal and tuck into tea and cake this Easter
Relax on board Gloucester Waterways Museum’s pleasure boat the King Arthur this Easter. Seasonal tea cruises will be departing from the museum at 2pm on 19, 20 and 21 April. Delicious tea and cake will be served to passengers during the journey and our younger guests will be encouraged to “spot the bunnies” along the canal towpath en route.
A special way to celebrate Easter with family and friends. Tickets cost £10.50 for adults and £8.50 for children or £30 for a family of two adults and two children. To book tickets telephone 01452 318200.

Oxford Canal art exhibition

Jam Factory

02 – 27 Apr 2014
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Address
The Jam Factory Restaurant and Bar
Hollybush Row,
Oxford,
OX1 1HU

Enjoy an exhibition of art related to the Oxford Canal.
Visit Oxford’s Jam Factory to see the winning entries from the Oxford Canal Heritage project’s art competition. The entries will sit alongside professional artists work in the ‘Inspired by the Canal’ exhibition at the Jam Factory.
The Oxford Canal Heritage art competition attracted over 70 entries from retired people to children in Oxfordshire schools and include paintings, sketches, textiles, collages, pottery, photographs and models.

 

 

Canal News – Volunteers needed to help clean the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal

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Volunteers needed to help clean the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal

We’re asking people living in and around Gailey in Cannock to help us give the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal a much-needed spring clean.

715Volunteers after working on their adopted length of canal
The next clean-up is planned for Thursday 24 April 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 the 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.
Pride in local waterways
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 our car park next to the Roundhouse, Croft Lane, just off the A5, Gailey, Staffordshire, ST19 5PR.

More Canal News – PRESS RELEASE: 40 tonnes of rubbish cleared from the Birmingham Canal Navigations!

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PRESS RELEASE: 40 tonnes of rubbish cleared from the Birmingham Canal Navigations!

Issue Date: 7th April 2014

Over 100 volunteers from Waterway Recovery Group (WRG), The Inland Waterways Association, Birmingham Canal Navigations Society, Dudley Canal Trust and Canal & River Trust (CRT) joined together to carry out a massive canal clean-up on the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) on 5th and 6th April.

Using grappling hooks and other tools volunteers removed over 40 tonnes from the canal around Ashted Flight, Typhoo Wharf and Camp Hill Locks – filling four skips in the process! Work boats, provided by CRT, were also on hand to take away rubbish. It is hoped this annual effort on the BCN will help keep the less well used parts of the BCN & Black Country Network from getting choked up with rubbish and becoming impassable for boats.

The usual assortment of shopping trolleys, bicycles and tyres were pulled out of the canal, along with some more unusual items including three goal posts, a safe and a Lancashire boiler shovel!

WRG Leader Chris Morgan said ‘I am very proud of all the volunteers who got involved and travelled from across the UK to help clean up the canals of Birmingham this weekend. Thanks to their enthusiasm and efforts we cleared a massive amount of rubbish from the canal. It was great to see WRG and other volunteers of all ages working together to clean-up the BCN.’

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Canal News – Great Nature Watch

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Great Nature Watch

Welcome to the Canal & River Trust’s Great Nature Watch. This year we’re asking you to take a trip to your local towpath and tell us all about the creatures you see there.

Damsel Fly
Damselfly
This year we’re paying particular attention to damselflies and dragonflies as we think that the wet winter could have a lasting impact on them. Fluctuating river levels and fast currents are known to wash away dragonfly larva (or nymphs) and as larva live underwater for up to three years, our unprecedented floods may have a long-term effect on their populations.
Peter Birch, group environment manager for the Canal & River Trust, explains: “Dragonflies, and their sister damselflies, flourish in clean water which is rich in bankside vegetation, such as reeds. This makes them a fantastic indicator of the health of a canal or river.
Impact on invertabrates
“While this year’s floods have had an obvious impact on larger animals, birds and fish, we are also particularly concerned with the impact on invertabrates, which form the foundation stones of a healthy water environment. We would expect to see an increase in numbers of mosquitoes and midges which prefer stagnant and isolated water, but we may also see a drop in the numbers of dragonflies emerging this spring.
“By taking part in the Great Nature Watch, you can help us monitor numbers of dragonflies, damselflies, and in fact, all species living on our canals and rivers over the coming years.”
• Take the survey today

http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/great-nature-watch/survey

 

Canal News – Audlem Mill and Foxton Locks

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Canal art at Audlem Mill
Address
Audlem Mill
The Wharf
Audlem
Cheshire
CW3 0DX

PaintingsCanal paintings at Audlem Mill

06 Apr – 04 May 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Every year, Audlem Mill in Cheshire hosts an exhibition of what is probably now the largest number of canal paintings assembled anywhere.
The 2014 Canal Art Exhibition from 6 April to 4 May, organised in conjunction with the Guild of Waterway Artists, will include paintings, and some photographs, by many of the best canal artists in the country.
The 2013 exhibition featured at least 160 works. Most of the Guild members were represented, including painters Sarah Pressland, Dusty Miller, Helen Harding, Sylvia Hankin, Lesley Pearson, Penny Taylor-Beardow and Louise Moore (also photographs), linoprint arist Eric Gaskell, and photographer Chris Nugent, as well as paintings by others such as Tony Lewery (perhaps better known for being an expert on Rose & Castles painting), Dave Holloway, and Malcom Davies and local artists including Sheila M Webster.
The exhibition always attracts many hundreds of visitors from all across the country.
The Canal Art Exhibition is just one of many events at Audlem Mill during 2014 which will be of interest to boaters. There will be exhibitions of needlework and canal related items, and there is also the gathering of about 40 historic narrow boats on 26/27 July, organised by Audlem Mill as part of the village’s Festival of Transport, which also has around 300 old vehicles on the second day – completely free days out.
Audlem Mill, one of the oldest and best known canal shops, is at Audlem Wharf, close to bridge 78 on the Shropshire Union Canal. For visitors by boat, there are moorings right outside the Mill.

Folk in the Museum at Foxton Locks Canal Museum
Address
Middle Lock
Gumley Road
Foxton
Market Harborough
Leicestershire
LE16 7RT

FoxtonFoxton Locks open day

06 Apr 2014
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Free event
Folk in the Museum on Sunday 6th April
Free event, please take part or sit back and enjoy

For more information please call Tel: 0116 2792 657

Canal News – Restoration Top Of The Agenda At New Annual Conference

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PRESS RELEASE: Restoration Top Of The Agenda At New Annual Conference Pic restoration

Photo: IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group ‘Canal Camp’ volunteer holiday held in 2013 to restore part of the Monmouthshire Canal.

 Issue date: 27th March 2014

Waterway restoration will be at the top of the agenda during a special workshop taking place in May aimed at starting to overcome some of the big challenges facing restoration groups across the country.

The workshop, being hosted by the Canal & River Trust and The Inland Waterways Association, is intended to become an annual event aimed at addressing some of the big restoration challenges of the time. It will bring members of waterway restoration groups, local authorities and other interested bodies together in one room to discuss a range of issues.

Those present will have the chance to share best practice and celebrate the progress on restoration schemes across the country. The event is also intended to help groups foster new relationships and highlight areas where more support might be needed to progress restoration schemes even further.

Taking place on 10th May 2014 at The Bond Warehouse, Digbeth, the workshop will also see the launch of a University of Northampton report into the benefits of canal restoration. The report re-examines the economic benefits arising from six specific canal restoration schemes (Kennet & Avon Canal , Liverpool Link, Rochdale Canal, Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Millennium Link and Chesterfield Canal) helping to demonstrate how similar schemes may benefit their local communities.

Richard Parry, chief executive of the Trust said; “This promises to be an interesting event and one which I hope will prove really useful to those coming along. There’s a vast amount of knowledge and experience out there and this is just one way of helping to strengthen those links and encourage groups to help each other on their respective journeys.”

“We’re also launching a report which we hope will demonstrate to a wider audience the benefits that canal restoration schemes can bring and help make the case for schemes elsewhere which might not be as far along the road.”

“With so much knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for the waterways in one room it should be a really fascinating day.”

Les Etheridge, IWA’s national chairman said; “There is a long and proud history of successfully restoring waterways in which IWA has played a very significant role. Sharing ideas and best practice benefits everybody. One of the challenges facing all restoration schemes is ensuring that once restored the waterway has a financially viable future. This area is one which I particularly look forward to discussing.”

Canal News – Experts sought to help steer future of canals and rivers in the Midlands

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Experts sought to help steer future of canals and rivers in the Midlands
People living in the Midlands are being called on to help guide the future development of the waterways at the very heart of the nation’s historic canal and river network.

Lock 6, Atherstone, Coventry Canal

Lock 6, Atherstone, Coventry Canal

This is a tremendous opportunity for people with ideas and energy to play a leading role in bringing others together to embrace their local canal or river”
Charlotte Atkins, chair of the
We are calling for people in Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and north Warwickshire to come forward and help shape the future of their local waterways.
The Trust is recruiting three new members for its Central Shires Waterway Partnership, which plays a key role in getting more people involved in these vital green spaces and ensuring they boost tourism and employment.
Nine people currently sit on the Partnership, drawn from different interests such as boating, canoeing and angling, as well as wider regeneration, media and community engagement backgrounds. The three new members being sought will ideally have experience and expertise in the areas of health and well-being, local authority, social enterprise, volunteering and the natural environment.
Charlotte Atkins, chair of the Central Shires Waterways Partnership, said: “Our waterways are at the very heart of the nation’s historic canal network and as a result they’ve been instrumental in shaping our towns and cities and they remain an enduring reminder of our thriving industrial past.
“As a partnership we believe that it’s now time to put the waterways back at the heart of our communities and use them as a means of tackling some of the great challenges that our region faces. Our waterways have huge potential to boost the Midlands’ economy and to help people lead healthier lifestyles, to gain new skills and simply just to feel a sense of pride in where they live.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for people with ideas and energy to play a leading role in bringing others together to embrace their local canal or river and help create better waterways and closer, healthier, communities.”
The roles are voluntary with agreed expenses reimbursed, and will involve approximately two days a month. Appointments are for three years. For more information please contact waterway manager Darren Green on 0303 040 4040 or darren.green@canalrivertrust.org.uk
Find out more about these partnership vacancies

We want your views on our towpaths
We’re currently consulting on how towpaths are shared to make visiting waterways more enjoyable for everyone.

Apsley, Grand Union Canal

Apsley, Grand Union Canal

Our aim is to improve people’s experience of using towpaths in England and Wales by gaining a more detailed understanding of the ways towpaths are used – whether by boaters, walkers, joggers, cyclists or anglers – and to attract more visitors to regularly use and enjoy the waterways.
We’re inviting people to share their views through an online survey, on anything from signage and behaviour to suggestions for access and surface improvements.
Sharing
The National Towpath Use Policy will set out our approach to managing safer sharing of towpaths including what we will do and what visitors can do. For example, it will balance the needs of people with the need to conserve and protect heritage and the environment; also how to encourage visitors to better understand the range of towpath activities, be considerate of others and make a difference to these shared spaces.
To find out more about our proposals and give your feedback please visit http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/consultations/current-consultations

 

Canal News – Free guided walk to Harecastle Tunnel

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 Walking the towpath

Walking the towpath

Free guided walk to Harecastle Tunnel

Address

Red Bull Wharf,
Congleton Road South,
ST7 3AP
(opposite the Red Bull pub)

23 Mar 2014
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us and explore the Trent & Mersey and Macclesfield canals with Andrew Watts from Etruria Boat Group.

We will walk from Red Bull Wharf along the Trent & Mersey Canal to the entrance of Harecastle Tunnel, and return via the Macclesfield Canal. This is a walk into a past age when the canal was busy with cargo, horses, and boats.

The walk is leisurely and suitable for anyone able to cope with walking the distance of about two miles (3 km). It will last about 90 minutes and finishes with tea and cake at the new Welcome Station at Red Bull Wharf.

Canal News – Over 80 Volunteers at IWA Warwickshire Branch Work Party

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PRESS RELEASE: Over 80 Volunteers at IWA Warwickshire Branch Work Party

On Sunday 9th March IWA Warwickshire Branch held a work party on the Grand Union Canal. The day was the warmest of the year to date and over 80 volunteers joined the branch to clean-up up the stretch of canal between Clements Street, Leamington Spa, and the Aqueduct over the River Avon in Warwick.

The day had not started well as the tug and hopper had been cast adrift from its moorings by thieves who had stolen the securing ropes. This did not deter the volunteers as once the craft had been retrieved everyone got to work with grappling hooks and litter pickers and collected enough rubbish from the canal and towpath to fill a hopper and car trailer. This was the biggest haul of rubbish IWA Warwickshire Branch has secured from a large clean-up event, which was largely due to the hard work of IWA members, Leamington Spa Army Cadets, students from The University of Warwick, a Warwick youth group and local residents.

The predominant items dragged from the canal were shopping trolleys, around fifty were recovered, and a selection of over twenty bicycles. Other more unusual items collected included, a ladder, a Heras fencing panel, traffic cones, a supermarket advertising banner, a gas bottle and mattresses. The litter pickers produced over thirty bags of rubbish.

The hopper hold was quickly filled to its full capacity with the debris collected. As the hopper was taken back to Hatton, walkers on the towpath stopped to photograph the unusual sight and struggled to believe all the rubbish had come from the canal in one morning.

Overall, the clean-up was a great success due in no small part to the incredible response from the local community and the support from Canal & River Trust, in particular Steve Lambert who operated the tug and hopper.

IWA works party March 2014

Canal News – Lock 74 Middlewich, Trent & Mersey Canal

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Lock 74 Middlewich, Trent & Mersey Canal

When:

23 Feb 2014   10:00 – 16:00

Where:

Brooks Lane Middlewich CW10 9PJ On street parking available next to the lock

 Join us to find out how we’re keeping this lock in good working order.

 4476Lock 74 Middlewich, Trent & Mersey Canal

 4477 Lock 74 no boatLock 74 Middlewich, Trent & Mersey Canal

 4478Lock 74 Middlewich, Trent & Mersey Canal

We’re draining a section of the Trent & Mersey Canal to allow us to refurbish a section of the Lock Flight at Middlewich. While it’s empty we’re giving you a rare chance to walk along the bottom of the canal and find out what it takes to keep everything in working order.

We need to repair a quoin (the slot in the lock chamber wall where the gates fit), which started to fail during the summer months. We’ll also carry out a range of masonry repairs. At the two neighbouring locks we’ll refit a bumper board and carry out the excavation and replacement of a failed culvert (enclosed drain under the canal).

This free event is one of many open days taking place around the country and promises to be a fun and informative day out for the whole family.

Everyone’s welcome and there’s no need to book in advance. Please make sure that you’re wearing suitable footwear for trudging about in the bottom of a lock. Please note last entry is at 3.15pm.