Category Archives: Canal News

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.

Canal News – Banbury Floating Market, Linocut exhibition at Audlem Mill, IWA Shrewsbury District Lock Wind

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Banbury Floating Market

Banbury Floating Market

Banbury Floating Market

01 – 03 Aug 2014
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
There will be plenty to see and do (and buy) at the Banbury Floating Market.
Come along to see a number of canal boats trading in all sorts of canalware, arts and crafts, gifts, souvenirs and more.
To be held on the towpath between Tom Rolt Bridge and Museum Bridge, adjacent to Spiceball Park.

Linocut exhibition at Audlem Mill

14 Jul – 03 Aug 2014
11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Address
The Wharf
Audlem
Cheshire
CW3 0DX

An atmospheric exhibition of linocut art by celebrated canal artist Eric Gaskell will be held at Audlem Mill alongside the Shropshire Union Canal from 14 July to 3 August.
The show features works that look at a variety of canal-based motifs; the lock gates, the tumbling water, townscapes and landscape, the boats. All the prints are taken from limited edition sets, printed using either multi-block or reduction methods.
Eric Gaskell was born in Wigan, and studied painting/printmaking at Wigan and Sunderland. He left art college in 1980, winning two scholarships to New York and Istanbul. He has been creating art, illustration and design for more than 32 years and has exhibited widely in one-man and group shows in the UK, Europe and North America. His work has been published and is in many private collections. His small book “Canal Linocuts” (available from http://www.canalbookshop.co.uk) has become a cult book for collectors.
For two days during the linocut exhibition (26/27 July), Audlem Mill hosts the annual Gathering of Historic Boats. About 50 ex-working boats will be moored in the bottom three pounds of the Audlem flight of fifteen locks, and on the Sunday afternoon, 27 July, there is also a display of 300 vintage and classic vehicles on the village playing field, close to the canal wharf. All these events are free entry.

IWA Shrewsbury District Lock Wind

02 – 03 Aug 2014
Address
Bottom Lock
Hurlstone Junction
Llangollen/Shropshire Union Canal
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come and watch, or join in the fun, of this traditional lock wind.
In the beautiful setting of Hurlstone Junction on the Llangollen and Shropshire Union Canals, the IWA Shrewsbury District are holding a lock wind.

Hurleston_Junction

Hurleston_Junction

This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.  Attribution: Roger Kidd

Canal News – July 19th onward

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Boat liftGraham Evans, Weaver Vale MP conducting a Top of the World Tour at Anderton Boat Lift

Anderton Boat Lift Top of the World Tours

Address
Anderton Boat Lift
Lift Lane
Northwich
Cheshire
CW9 6FW

19 Jul 2014
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Anderton Boat Lift Top of the World Tours
Ever wanted to get up close and personal to the Anderton Boat Lift?
Well now is your chance, on these unique behind the scenes walking tour! View the lift from this unique perspective.
Tickets are £10 per person
Top of the World Tours can also be combined our other lift & river trips.
Tour departure times are:
11:00
12:15
13:45
15:00
Due the the nature of this tour, persons must be able to walk at height, un-aided. Minimum age policy applies.
Places on these unique tours are limited and booking in advance is highly recommended.
Please contact the Bookings Team on 01606 786 777 for further information or to book a tour.

Alternative tour dates are available throughout 2014

Queen Boadicea II meets a tall ship on the canalQueen Boadicea II meets a tall ship on the canal

Gloucester Quays Food Festival

Address
Gloucester Quays
Gloucester

18 – 20 Jul 2014
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Celebrity chefs, cookery school, hundreds of stalls, don’t miss the feast for the eyes and stomach!
The Gloucester Quays Food Festival is an unmissable family event with live entertainment, demonstrations from top TV chefs, cookery school for the kids and music on the village green. There’s something for everyone throughout the weekend.

Dragonfly perched near the canalDragonfly perched near the canal

Water wildlife week at Gloucester Waterways Museum

Address
Gloucester Waterways Museum
Llanthony Warehouse
Gloucester Docks
Gloucester
GL1 2EH

19 – 27 Jul 2014
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come and discover more about wildlife on the waterways at Gloucester Materways Museum
The British waterways are teeming with wildlife throughout the year, particularly during the summer months.
Visit Gloucester Waterways Museum during our Waterways Wildlife Week and discover more about life along the River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.
There will be free wildlife activities throughout the week and on Wicked Wednesday July 23 we’ll be encouraging visitors to take part in a spot of pond dipping!
You can pick up one of our free wildlife bingo cards and spot birds, insects and flowers along the nearby canal towpath, as well as making your own pretty dragonfly in our craft room to take home with you.
So whether you love pretty waterways insects, want to know more about newts and frogs or are inspired to get creative in our craft room, there’s something for everyone.
In addition our canal cruises will be running at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm, so you can spot wildlife as you relax on the water. See you then!

Foxton LocksFoxton Locks, Grand Union Canal

Be a Junior Lock Keeper at Foxton Locks

Address
Foxton Locks
Foxton
Leicestershire

20 Jul 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Children aged between 7-14 can become a lock keeper for an hour – free event.
Become a junior lock keeper at the famous flight of Foxton Locks.
Booking is essential as spaces are limited.
Parent/Guardian consent is required and they must also be present throughout the activity.
To book your child’s place please contact Sarah.Cook@canalrivertrust.org.uk or text your interest to 07715 377788
This activity is run by the Canal & River Trust in partnership with the Foxton Inclined Plane Trust for the BiCentenary of the Grand Union Canal.

Ellesmere

Waterways Craft Group at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

Address
National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65 4FW

20 Jul 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.

 

Canal News – Five steps to living a calmer, healthier and happier life.

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Five steps to living a calmer, healthier and happier life.

New Charity Logo

As Dolly Parton told the crowds at Glastonbury, working 9 till 5 can ‘drive you crazy if you let it’. So don’t let it! Follow our five steps to living a calmer, healthier and happier life.

Family walking
1. Get in touch with nature

It’s an obvious one, and easily achieved. Go and feed the ducks in the park, pick fruit growing wild along the towpath or buy some pretty flowers and spruce up your front garden. Watch them grow and take pleasure in them year after year. If you really are stuck in the office from dusk till dawn, remember that nature doesn’t disappear after dark. An evening stroll is a great remedy for the stresses of the day. Look up at the stars and listen for the hoot of an owl. If you’re lucky you may even spot a bat.

Oak
2. Find your inner child

Nothing makes you forget your over-flowing inbox quicker than the feeling of sand between your toes. Skim some pebbles and watch them bounce over the waves. No beach nearby? No problem. Take off your shoes and socks and walk barefoot on the grass. It’s a great alternative. Buy a shrimping net and go pond-dipping. You never know what you might find. On a windy day, flying a kite will give you a great sense of achievement. Or for the ultimate kick of childlike freedom, find a big hill and run down it. Fling your arms out wide and feel invincible.

3. Learn something new

When we learn a new skill or accomplish something for the first time, we feel proud. When we feel proud, we feel less stressed. Most things are easy when you know how, and the internet is stuffed full of hints and tips for doing just about anything. Make a soufflé, mend that leaking tap or knit your friend a scarf. Or take an evening class and learn a new language. Need more of a challenge? Take up kayaking, or mountain biking or African drumming.

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4. Give something back

Helping others is a sure fire way to regain a sense of perspective about our own toils and troubles. All manner of charitable organisations are crying out for volunteers up and down the country. From providing companionship for the elderly to helping out at sports camps, there’s something for everyone. It’s always better to give than to receive. And if you’re not a people person, there’s a high demand for volunteers to help out with animals, with woodlands, with canals, with just about everything.
Check out our own volunteering pages for a wide variety of opportunities.

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5. Get away from it all

Sometimes we just need to get away, whether that’s a week in the Bahamas or a day trip somewhere more local. A change is as good as a rest, as they say. We’ve put together some free guides to the best days out on the canal and river network.
Find a place to visit near you.

http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit

Check out our own volunteering pages for a wide variety of opportunities.

http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteering

 

 

Canal News – ‘Keppel’ – Help build a floating classroom

Canal News – ‘Keppel’

Help build a floating classroom

etruriaboatgroupvolunteers.org.uk

etruriaboatgroupvolunteers.org.uk

 

We need £10,000 to restore Keppel and transform her into a floating classroom by the end of August 2014
Will you help the Etruria Boat Group volunteers restore this historic work boat and transform her into a floating classroom?
Keppel is an admiral class boat, built by British Waterways in 1960. Used as a workboat until the mid-70s she’s been through a few owners before finding herself in the hands of the Etruria Boat Group. The group’s volunteers urgently need to raise £10,000 to keep her in the water.
Following 50 years of continuous service, Keppel now needs a new bottom, paint job and other repairs to keep her afloat. This work, much of which will be completed by volunteers, needs to be carried out before the end of August. If this doesn’t happen then Keppel will sink, restoration simply won’t be possible and she will be lost forever.
By making a donation today, she’ll be fitted out as a floating classroom and will travel to community events in and around Stoke-on-Trent, educating children and adults alike about the history of our waterways and the essential role they play in today’s society.
Our unique waterways connect people to their past, to nature and provide a much-needed place to escape to. Without them our lives would be poorer. However, unless we educate people about them they won’t be protected forever.
Boats like Keppel are an invaluable way of getting people to appreciate our waterways. There’s nothing like stepping onto a historic boat to get the feel for what our waterways were like in the past and what we’ll lose if our canals aren’t protected.
She started her life maintaining the canals of England and Wales. By restoring her she’ll be able to ensure their future by teaching a new generation about their importance.

Donate to this appeal

http://support.canalrivertrust.org.uk/get-involved/appeal/help-build-a-floating-classroom/home/donate/

 

Canal News – The re-opening of the Stratford Canal + Dudley Canal Trust

Canal News – July 2014

Celebrate the re-opening of the Stratford Canal

Stratford Canal
04 Jul 2014
2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Address
Bancroft Lock
Stratford Canal
Stratford-upon-Avon
Warwickshire

The Avon Navigation Trust and the Canal & River Trust will have a new handle on water music when, with Bancroft Cruisers’ help, they recreate the late Queen Mother’s two boat trips to relaunch the Avon and the Stratford Canal as navigable waterways.
Members of The Orchestra of the Swan’s wind and brass section will play aboard two floating pontoons at the July 4 event to mark the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the canal and the 40th year since the river was reopened from Evesham to Stratford-upon-Avon.
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother travelled by narrowboat to officially open the canal in 1964, and to celebrate the river relaunch in 1974.
VIP guests will include representatives of the Royal Engineers and Birmingham’s Winson Green Prison, who both sent many teams to help with the original work. There too will be Job Hutchings, whose father led the drive to save the canal, and Nicholas Barwell, whose pioneering dad is the Avon’s local hero. They will unveil commemorative plaques.
Jo Bell, canal laureate, Tony Hales, chair of the Canal & River Trust and other representatives from the Canal & River Trust will be in attendance.
The River Festival events then start, at approx 6:30 pm, with music and a barbeque at Stratford Marina.
There is an all-day exhibition of historic photos and footage close to the Basin

Dudley Canal Trust

Dudley Canal Trust

July
Real Ale Festival 2-5th July Wednesday 5pm-11pm Thurs- Sat 11am – 11pm
60 + Real Ales plus Ciders and wines Free entry to card carrying DCT & CAMRA members at all times
Non members £2.00 souvenir Glasses
Various types of hot and cold food available
Address
Dudley Canal Trust boat trips site, 501 Birmingham New Road, Dudley DY1 4SB

 

Canal News – Brownhills Canal Festival

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Brownhills Canal Festival

From Brownhills Bob and info from Brian Stringer

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Anyway I know we can rely on Our Bob so I just thought I’d fill you in on the programme we have arranged on the stage which will be sited near to the bridge.

  • 10:10  Dr Brian Dakin will be regailing us with tales and monologues for 40 minutes, and I’m told he is brilliant.
  • 10:55   The official opening speech.
  • 11:00   A performance by the Spotlite theatre.
  • 12:00  Trad Jazz with Barbara’s All Stars.
  • 12:45 Winners or the childrens Art Competition will be announced.
  • 1:15      Trad Jazz again with Barbara’s All Stars.
  • 2:15     Pelsall Ladies Choir.

Tesco have donated a trophy and prize money for the Canoe Club to organise a race which they hope will become an annual event, but Sutton Canoe Club are in charge of that so I’m not sure what form it will take.

The weather has been ordered and if delivered as promised we should have a good day.

Cheers Bob and bring your camera.
Brian

If you want to know more, help out or offer your services, contact the Brownhills Local Committee with the details below – alternatively, If you want to speak to Brian Stringer directly (he’s a lovely bloke) drop me a line and I’ll hook you up.

Contact Brownhills Local Committee on 01543 361144.

Brownhills Local Committee
The Parkview Centre
Chester Road North
Brownhills
Ws8 7JB

Canal News – PRESS RELEASE: IWA & HNBC Launch Winding Hole Survey

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PRESS RELEASE: IWA & HNBC Launch Winding Hole Survey

Issue date: 17th June 2014

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) and the Historic Narrow Boat Club (HNBC) have launched a joint project to gather information about winding holes on the inland waterways.

Winding hole at ConsallWinding hole above Flint Mill Lock at Consall on the Caldon Canal
 ( Alison Smedley)

Winding holes, otherwise known as ‘swinging areas’ on rivers and commercial navigations, are purpose built widenings in a waterway to allow boats to turn in order to change direction of travel along the waterway.

In the original canal era, winding holes evolved at places where working boats needed to turn (other than at canal junctions and arm entrances), usually in the vicinity of factories or wharves. Now, in the ‘leisure’ canal era, traffic flows – in both pattern and total volume – bear little or no resemblance to the more predictable flows for which the original winding holes were created and located.

The project asks boaters to report, via a survey, on winding holes in the areas they know, or have boated recently, in order to identify where winding holes have been lost (or the size of boat that can use them has been reduced) as a result of siltation, overhanging vegetation, prohibiting notices or chains, or permanently moored boats. It also asks for suggestions for new winding hole locations.

The joint initiative came about because both organisations had started to look at issues relating to winding holes around the same time. IWA’s initial concern was centred around a number of locations where winding had previously been allowed, but where signs or chains had been put up preventing boats from turning. HNBC’s concern was loss of traditional winding holes following instances of them being given over to long term moorings.

The information gathered through the results of this survey will allow a greater understanding of the geographical spread of any problems relating to winding holes, and will enable both organisations to lobby navigation authorities about these issues.

A link to the survey can be found at the IWA website, the survey closes on Friday 14th November.

Canal News – National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

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Russell Newbery Register Ltd annual rallyRussell Newbery Register Ltd. annual rally

Russell Newbery Rally at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
13 – 15 Jun 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The rally provides an additional spectacle for the museum since visitors will be able to see a range of visiting boats, and particularly their engines with most running at some time through the day.
Russell Newbery was founded in Altrincham in 1909 by Frederick Russell and William Newbery following their apprenticeships at the factory of one Frederick Henry Royce at Trafford Park. Mr Royce was to become a partner with the Hon. Charles Stewart Rolls and the rest of that story needs no telling here!

Liverpool DocksIncluding music on the Waterfront

13 – 15 Jun 2014
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
A weekend of celebration on Liverpool’s waterfront.
This weekend not only sees Tall Ships, races and other nautical events as part of the Mersey River Festival, it is also the culmination of the Liverpool on the Waterfront programme.
Live music will be playing on the outdoor stage in front of the Royal Liver Building and the surrounding area will be brought to life with street theatre, stalls and entertainment.

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Waterways Craft Group at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
14 – 15 Jun 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.

Canal News – IWA’s National Campaign Festival in Chester

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PRESS RELEASE: Over 120 boats at IWA’s National Campaign Festival in Chester

14196381569_ff9535629f IWA Campaign Festival 2014, moorings in Chester (photo credit to Dave Chapman)

Issue date: 9th June 2014

With over 120 gaily decorated craft and thousands of people enjoying the sunshine, The Inland Waterways Association’s (IWA) National Campaign Festival in Chester, which took place 6th – 8th June, was a spectacular event. Never before had so many boats, from all over the country, been assembled in the basin at Tower Wharf to support IWA Chester and Merseyside Branch’s campaign to re-pair and re-open the River Lock leading onto the River Dee.

The festival was opened by the Lord Mayor of Chester, Cllr Bob Rudd, who acknowledged that Chester had been left behind in making the most of its local waterways, and promised that the newly launched Chester Waterways Strategy would be acted upon.

Both IWA and Chester Canal Heritage Trust members have worked with Canal & River Trust, Cheshire West and Chester Council to develop a vision for Chester’s canal and river connection which they believe would be the catalyst for growth and regeneration in the area.

The event featured live music, entertainment, guided tours, free boat trips and children’s activities from IWA’s Wild Over Waterways. The Lyceum Brass Band featured WW1 and WW2 music as part of a D-Day commemoration and an RAF Spitfire delighted crowds with five flypasts and a wing wobble.

IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch also organises regular work parties in the basin at Tower Wharf to carry out work such as painting, weeding and litter-picking. The branch has amassed over 200 volunteer hours since they started work in September 2013 and has made a visible difference to the area.