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Canal News – 13-12-2012

Canal News – 13-12-2012

 Foxton Locks GUCFoxton Locks, Grand Union Canal

Foxton Lock 17, Grand Union Canal, 15-16 December 2012

Join us for our winter stoppage open day at Foxton Locks on the Grand Union Canal and find out what it takes to keep the country’s busiest staircase lock flight operating.

This historic lock flight will be drained while we reline the lock gates to prevent leaks and preserve water. While they’re empty we’re offering you the chance to descend into the lock chambers and see this famous British canal feature from an entirely new perspective.

We’re putting up scaffolding so that you can climb right down to the bottom of these locks. If the popularity of previous open days is repeated you’ll be joined by thousands of visitors who all want to say they’ve been to the bottom of the lock chamber. Make sure you don’t miss out on this scarce opportunity.

You’ll also be able to take advantage of the free access into the Foxton Canal Museum, which will tell you all about history of the locks, the inclined plane boat lift, the lives of canal workers and the Grand Union Canal.

No pre-booking necessary.

Time: 10am-4pm (last entry strictly 3:15pm; site closes 3:45pm)

Location: Foxton Lock Country Park, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7RA

Parking: Available in the Country Park’s car park

Narrow Boat in the Snow

Christmas evenings at the Black Country Living Museum

14 – 22 Dec 2012

18:30 pm – 22:00 pm

All the family can enjoy a traditional festive evening at the Black Country Living Museum.

The Black Country Living Museum will be aglow with festive spirit as cottages are illuminated by gas and candlelight, and the cobbled streets bustle with performers, brass bands and carol singers.

Horse chestnuts and mulled wine and a festive slant to the range of refreshments on offer.

And the festivities wouldn’t be complete without the chance to meet Santa.

Tickets are now on sale.

This is a pre purchase only event. Book your tickets online http://www.bclm.com/bookings or call 0121 520 8054


Canal News – November 3rd & 4th 2012

Canal news – Weekend November 3rd & 4th

Trent & Mersey Canal – Brindley Bank Aqueduct

Typical James Brindley designed brick aqueduct over the River Trent. The canal opened in 1777.  © Copyright John M and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 IWA work party at Rugeley

03 – 04 Nov 2012

09:30 am – 13:00 pm

Work party weekend at Brindley Bank, Rugeley. Organised by the Inland Waterways Association, Lichfield Branch in conjunction with the Canal & River Trust.

Installation of 20 mooring rings and signage to establish countryside visitor moorings on the Trent & Mersey Canal between Brindley Bank Aqueduct and the A51.

Meet at the bottom of the steps, accessed by the footpath between the Pumping Station and Albany Drive.

Work will include: digging holes, fixing and concreting in rings with brick paving, installing signs.

9.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday. 10 am to 1pm on Sunday to finish off and also clear the footpath between the road and steps. All help appreciated, even for only a few hours.

If you plan to attend on the Saturday, please let Margaret know, as we intend to provide sandwiches at lunchtime. All necessary equipment to be provided by the Canal & River Trust. Refreshments provided. Further information from Margaret Beardsmore on 07581 794111 or email margaret.beardsmore@waterways.org.uk

Montgomery Canal Restoration at Redwith

Looking north from the re-instated Redwith bridge as work nears completion on the restoration of the Montgomery Canal from the current head of navigation at Gronwen Wharf.  © Copyright David Stowell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

  Montgomery Canal volunteer work party

03 – 04 Nov 2012

10:00 am – 16:00 pm

Come and help restore the historic Montgomery Canal at Redwith Bridge with the Shropshire Union Canal Society.

Redwith Bridge is signposted from the B4396.

For more information, call Mike Friend on 01948 880723 or 07909 912611.

Black Country Museum

Canal boats moored up on the Birmingham Canal at The Black Country Museum  © Copyright Peter Latham and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

  Bonfire Night at the Black Country Living Museum

03 Nov 2012

18:30 pm – 22:00 pm

Enjoy traditional bonfire celebrations at the Black Country Living Museum.

Take the family to the Black Country Living Museum on the BCN for its traditional bonfire night.

It’s the perfect night out for children (and adults) who don’t like big bangs, as there will be no fireworks.

Roaring bonfires will be accompanied by traditional entertainment, hot roast chestnuts and a fairground.

The museum’s canal-side village will be lit up with candle and gas-light and visitors can enjoy chatting to period characters.

Pre-booking is essential. Call 0121 520 8054 or visit http://www.bclm.com/bookings

Canal News – Hallowe’en – what’s on and coming soon

Halloween Nights

Halloween in Shankhill  After dark on October 31st

Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved] © Copyright Sarah777 and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 26 October – 27 October 2012

This Halloween, visit the Museum’s eerie gas-lit village where little devils and mini ghosts and ghouls can trick or treat in SAFETY along the Museum’s cobbled streets, collecting sweets as they go.

6.30pm – 10.00pm

There is plenty for the family to see and do with activities including; street theatre performances, circus skill games, magic tricks, balloon animal making, face painting, fire juggling and meeting birds of prey.

Enjoy a sing along with the pianist in the Bottle & Glass Inn or for a more spiritual experience visit the mystics and psychics.

Come along in fancy dress and join the musical parade through the Museum’s village and you could win a prize for best dressed adult or child.

*This is a pre purchase only event.

Tickets are now on sale

Book your tickets online http://www.bclm.com/bookings or call 0121 520 8054


Adults £14.95

Senior £11.95

Young People £7.95

Carer £7.45

 Halloween children’s boat trips through Dudley Tunnel

The northern entrance to Dudley Tunnel on the Dudley No. 1 Canal, next to the Black Country Museum.  © Copyright Martin Clark and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

31 Oct 2012

16:30 pm – 20:30 pm

Have a Hallowen to remember with a spooky boat trip through Dudley’s spooktacular underground caverns.

You’ll meet the wonderful Groovy UV Entertainments Company and their amazing ‘glow in the dark’ Halloween puppets. There’ll be incredible lightshows, great family entertainment and the kids are guaranteed lots of fun.

Prizes for the best fancy dress.

Please book early to avoid disappoinment.

Shugborough October 2012 – Valerie Daft

Art and walking in Birmingham

28 Oct 2012

10:30 am – 14:00 pm

Celebrate the art of walking with a day of walks, talks and feasting in Birmingham.

This unique event has been organised in collaboration with the National Trust, the Canal & River Trust, IKON Gallery and The Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

It’s a unique and exciting opportunity for the public to experience a relaxed walk through Birmingham whilst appreciating great art.

The day starts at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, where people can discover how walking inspired many Romantic artists including the enchanted wanderer Thomas Fearnley in the exhibition In Front of Nature: The European Landscapes of Thomas Fearnley. This will be followed by an autumnal stroll along a scenic stretch of the Birmingham canal to the popular cultural haven, Brindley Place.

The next stop is the Ikon Gallery (Birmingham’s leading contemporary art gallery) for Sunday lunch followed by a tour of the fascinating exhibitions, Yael Bartana: And Europe Will Be Stunned and Arefin & Arefin: The graphic design of Tony Arefin.

Date: Sunday 28th October 2012

Start times: 10.30am or 11.30am

Price: £20 per person includes lunch at Ikon Gallery’s award winning café/ £5 per person without lunch. Booking is essential.

Further Information/ Bookings:

Telephone: 0121 414 2261

E-mail: education@barber.org.uk

Brindley Wharf, Birmingham

Located between the rear of the International Convention Centre and Brindley Place. A beautifully restored section of the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN).  Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved] © Copyright Graham Taylor and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Canal News – Olympic Torch Relay

From Waterscape.com


Olympic honour for Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

7th Nov 2011

Thomas Telford’s magnificent Pontcysyllte Aqueduct has been named as one of the alternative modes of transport that will be used during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. The aqueduct is one of just a few landmarks on the route of the Olympic Flame announced today by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). The Olympic Flame will travel over the aqueduct on 30 May 2012.Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Llangollen Canal – 1984

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a 38 m high and 307 m long navigable aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal over the valley of the River Dee in Wrexham in north east Wales. Completed in 1805, it is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain, a Grade I Listed Building and a World Heritage Site.

  © Copyright Helmut Zozmann and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Vince Moran, British Waterways’ operations director, said: “We are delighted that the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal World Heritage Site is to form part of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Route. It is great to see that such a unique part of the UK’s heritage will be involved in this momentous occasion in the same year that the canals and rivers in England and Wales are set to be put into trust for the nation.”

Unique canal landmark

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: “We have worked hard to devise a route that achieves proximity to people while taking in the diversity of the UK’s landscape and landmarks. By taking in this area and Telford’s alternative mode of transport we are doing just that. This is the UK’s moment to shine and I want to encourage people across Wrexham to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational torchbearers.”Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Llangollen Canal (1997)

Completed in 1805, it is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain, a Grade I Listed Building and a World Heritage Site.

  © Copyright Graham Hogg and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The 70-day Olympic Torch Relay will start at Land’s End, Cornwall on the morning of 19 May 2012. The Olympic Flame will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK, giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine. It will end by travelling down the River Thames to the Olympic Stadium, arriving on 27 July 2012 for the Opening Ceremony of the Games.

It has also been confirmed that the torch will travel by canal boat through the Black Country Living Museum on the Dudley Tunnel Branch on 30 June 2012.Narrowboat emerging from Dudley Tunnel

Dudley Tunnel on the Birmingham canal is not open to craft powered by internal combustion engines. This electrically powered tour boat is emerging stern first.
The narrow tunnel was completed in 1792 and is 3154 yards in length.

  © Copyright Stuart Logan and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Canal boat fender making course

19 November 2011 – 20 November 2011

National Waterways Museum
South Pier Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 4FW

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