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

Canal News – ‘Keppel’

Help build a floating classroom




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


Canal News – The Proposed Redevelopment of Selly Oak Junction, Worcester Birmingham and Dudley No 2 Canals

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The Proposed Redevelopment of Selly Oak Junction, Worcester Birmingham and Dudley No 2 Canals

a-stretch-of-the-lapal-canal-in-selly-oak-park---ivor-caplanA stretch of the Lapal Canal in Selly Oak Park indicating how attractive the restored canal will be for residents and visitors.  Photo by Ivor Caplan.

To enable this site to be developed J Sainsbury’s and Land Securities have set up a joint development company known as Harvest.  During March Harvest submitted a planning application to develop the former Selly Oak Junction and the land surrounding it, primarily to create a superstore and a Life Sciences Park.

The scheme that has been submitted to the Planning Authority, Birmingham City Council, does not include the reinstatement, or provision of adequate suitable space there for, of the Dudley No 2 Canal. This, as well as being contrary to City planning policy, would permanently block the route of the former canal that Lapal Canal Trust has been working on to secure its restoration. Furthermore, the proposals do little to enhance the present unattractive rundown waterway corridor.

Waterways supporters are therefore encourage to object to the proposals, which can be found on the Birmingham Planning Website, click on Planning Application Number Search and key in reference  2013/02178/PA, pointing out that the application is flawed because it does not meet many of the criteria identified in the Selly Oak Local Action Plan (LAP) adopted in July 2001 as requirements for the regeneration of the Selly Oak area of Birmingham as follows:

The LAP states

  1. “Any new development in this area should also assist with the future reinstatement of the former Dudley No 2 (Lapal) Canal.  New development should also be designed so that it is well related to the existing Worcester & Birmingham Canal and the reinstated Dudley No 2 Canal

    The proposal clearly does not meet that since the ‘protected line’ of the Lapal Canal is proposed to be a green walkway.

  2. “British Waterways and the City Council are now committed to working together to ensure the continued renaissance of the canal network as an integral part of the City’s economic, social and environmental well-being.”  The LAP also states that Selly Oak is noted to be a stage 1 priority area for this

    The proposal clearly goes against that commitment since the un-restored Lapal Canal is not planned to be an integral part the ‘canal network’ and the canal side proposals for the Worcester Birmingham Canal corridor include a linear high rise student apartment block that blocks out much light will make the area unwelcoming.

  3. referring to the former PPG13 it includes the statement: that development proposals should not adversely affect inland waterways”

    Clearly, the submitted proposal does adversely affect inland waterways since it does not allow for an inland waterway to be restored and adversely affect the setting of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal

  4. With reference to the Lapal Canal it states that;  Meanwhile, development should restore the section between the Worcester and Birmingham Canal and Selly Oak Park, and the option of restoring the remainder of the canal kept open and Birmingham Canal and Selly Oak Park, and the option of restoring the remainder of the canal kept open

    Clearly the proposal does not allow for the restoration of the Lapal Canal

 volunteers-working-on-the-lapal-canal-in-selly-oak-park---ivor-caplanVolunteers working on the Lapal Canal in Selly Oak Park. The threatened section of the canal through the ‘Harvest’ development is just beyond the new bridge in the distance.  Photo by Ivor Caplan.

Additional Points

  1. The former PPG13 (now absorbed into the National Planning Policy Framework) also states: “local authorities should identify, and where appropriate protect, disused waterways (by allocating land in development plans and ensuring sites and routes are not severed by new development or transport infrastructure), where there is a reasonable degree of certainty of a restoration project proceeding in whole or in part within the plan period.”

    Clearly, the proposal does not protect the disused Lapal Canal

  2. J Sainsbury has declared that it operates to certain Values which include the following and which (superficially) run counter to the proposal that has been submitted:

    (a) For us, retailing is about more than quality products and great service. It’s     also about supporting and helping the communities where we work, and being a good neighbour. We aim for our stores to be at the heart of the communities they serve.

    (b) At Sainsbury’s, respecting the environment is about doing the right thing. We aim to be the UK’s greenest grocer, which is great for our business but even better for the environment.

  3. The National Planning Policy Framework, issued in March 2012 includes the following statements which are against the proposal that has been submitted:

    (a)    Proposed development that accords with an up-to-date Local Plan should be approved and proposed development that conflicts should be refused unless other material considerations indicate otherwise.

    (b) Plans should conserve heritage assets in a manner appropriate to their significance, so that they can be enjoyed for their contribution to the quality of life of this and future generations

The closing date for objections is the 2nd May 2013 and they should be addressed to Birmingham City Council, Planning and Regeneration, PO Box 28, Birmingham , B1 1TU.

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Sale of craft to societies and Trusts

14th Mar 2012

British Waterways is planning to offer a number of ex-working boats for sale to waterway societies, partnerships and Trusts.

This follows a review of BW floating plant requirements, which identified a number of vessels which are no longer needed by their waterway or department. BW are currently considering if any of the craft can be used elsewhere in the organisation, or by our national contractors.

Once this has been determined, and before a public auction takes place, BW would like to offer the remaining vessels for sale to waterway societies, partnerships or Trusts.

Interested parties can view the full list of craft here and more information can be obtained by emailing mick.carrington@britishwaterways.co.uk

An expression of interest for any items needs to be made by email to Michael Carrington by 5pm on Wednesday 4th April. All expressions of interest will be treated on a first come first served basis.

Once an expression of interest has been agreed (subject to availability and acceptance), the item will be removed from the auction and the process of selling them to the purchaser will begin.

Any organisation purchasing craft will need to take over ownership of the vessel and should note that some of the craft are regarded as ‘life expired’ by BW for routine waterway maintenance works. Consequently, maintenance of these craft can run into several thousands of pounds each year.

BW will provide the information we have, but purchasers should also make their own enquiries.

Terms and conditions of sale

Any group expressing an interest must ensure they can comply with the following terms and conditions of sale;

• All craft are sold as seen with no guarantee.

• Craft may/will require works to bring them up to current Merchant Shipping regulations. The new owner will be responsible for its upkeep and compliance.

• The craft will require registering and licensing, at the new owners’ expense.

• The owner will be required to provide British Waterways with evidence of registered moorings for the craft.

• The craft must have all British Waterways identification marking removed. Re-painted in none BW corporate colours, and have all existing identification markers replaced with new ones, following completion of sale.

• All craft to be removed from British Waterways sites within 14 days, unless by written agreement.

IWA walk on the Trent & Mersey Canal

22 March 2012

Tunnel Top,  Northwich Road,  Dutton,  Runcorn,  Cheshire,  WA4 4JY

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Trent & Mersey Canal

Join the Inland Waterways Association for a walk along the Trent & Mersey Canal from Dutton.

The walk takes you over the top of Preston Brook Tunnel, along the canal towpath, through Longacre Wood and back via footpaths, bridle paths and lanes. The distance is about 3 miles.


Meet at Preston Brook Tunnel Top. Members and non-members welcome.Trent & Mersey Canal

This cross-country canal through the North Midlands offers excellent views over the Cheshire Plain and impressive engineering feats – including Harecastle Tunnel, the first of its kind.

The Trent & Mersey Canal was the most ambitious part of canal pioneer James Brindley’s plan to connect the principal rivers of England. Its importance was recognised by its early name of the ‘Grand Trunk’ Canal.

The canal was promoted by pottery producers such as Josiah Wedgwood, eager to abandon the rutted roads of the area for this new, smooth form of transport. Consequently, it runs through the heart of the Potteries, but also offers rural cruising through Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire.

The canal has also achieved fame through the Inspector Morse story, The Wench is Dead, reputedly based on the true story of a murder committed by 19th century boatmen working out of Preston Brook.

Big spawn count and crayfish survey

26 March 2012

Fens Pool Nature Reserve,  off Pensnett Road,  Dudley,  West Midlands,  DY5 4NE

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Stourbridge Canal

Volunteers needed to help with the annual survey of frogs and toads at Fens Pools, near the Stourbridge Canal. The day will also involve checking for invasive narrow-clawed crayfish.

Evening. To book and get details of meeting times, contact paul.wilkinson@britishwaterways.co.uk.Stourbridge Canal

Although short, the five-mile Stourbridge Canal from Stourton Junction to the Dudley No. 1 Canal provides an essential line of access to the Birmingham Canal Navigations and offers a fascinating journey through the area’s glassmaking heritage.

Scenery varies from rural to industrial, though much of the latter is now gone. A short canal arm links the waterway with Stourbridge Town Centre. A glass-making cone, one of only a handful left in the world, lies alongside the flight of 16 locks leading to Brierley Hill.

Canal News Waterscape – Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal celebrates 200 years

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Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal celebrates 200 yearsWater lilies, Five Locks Basin At the Cwmbran end of the Monmouth & Brecon Canal. © Copyright Eirian Evans and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

1st Feb 2012

In 2012 the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its opening. A series of events will be held throughout the year, launching on 10 February.

In 2012 the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its opening. A series of events will be held throughout the year, launching on 10 February. The celebrations will begin with the ‘ringing of the bells’, recreating the Mon & Brec’s opening ceremony 200 years ago.

Peal of church bells

A single bell will be rung by Cllr Bob Wellington, Leader of Torfaen County Borough Council and Robin Herbert, the Great, Great Grandson of Sir Benjamin Hall who gave the name of ‘Big Ben’ to the bell of the clock installed in the tower of the Houses of Parliament in 1857.

The opening ceremony will form part of a celebratory event at Pontymoile Basin between 11am and 2pm, which is open to the public. The event will include performances by pupils from West Monmouthshire School, Pontymoile Primary School, Accord Singers and St Cadocs Millennium Chimes.

The initial bell strike at 12 noon will start the Peal of Church Bells from Pontymoile Basin to Brecon in one direction and Newport and Cwmcarn in the other. hurch bells will also peal from Hay-on-Wye to Brecon. Project co-ordinator David Morgan said almost 30 churches will be creating the rippling effect between 12 noon and 7pm.

“It is fantastic to see such great community engagement and involvement to help mark this historic occasion,” David said.Skew railway bridge over Monmouth and Brecon canal.  This railway bridge carried the Abergavenny to Merthyr Tydfil railway line and is now part on National cycle route 46.  © Copyright nantcoly and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Cycle ride

Members of the public are also invited to join a cycle ride along the canal from Pontymoile to Llanfoist, listening to the bells. The group will meet at 9.30am on Friday 10 February at Llanfoist car park at the start of the railway cycle path. The ride will reach Pontymoile Canal Basin by 11.30am, and return about 3pm. Soup and hot drinks available for a donation. Please bring a helmet and appropriate clothing.


National Waterways Museum announces 2012 eventsEnd of the Shropshire Union canal.  The Shropshire Union canal ends at Ellesmere Port. Extensive restoration and regeneration has taken place. Part of the docks now houses the National Waterways Museum. New offices , apartments , and a hotel have also been built on the site.  © Copyright Galatas and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

31st Jan 2012

The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port has announced details of its 2012 programme of events. As usual, the museum, located on the Shropshire Union Canal, will be hosting the popular Easter Boat Gathering, along with a host of other events throughout the year.

This is the second year that the Easter Gathering will be joined by a Sea Shanty Festival, with performances by traditional musicians.

Canal open day

The first event of the year is the ever-popular Model Boat Fair, on March 3-4. This year there will also be the chance to see one of the museum’s historic locks from the inside. British Waterways will be on site replacing a lock gate and will be holding an Open Day, where visitors can see the work being carried out.Canal boats within Ellesmere Port Boat Museum.  Museum Buildings in the background.  © Copyright David Anstiss and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Warriors and Washerwomen is a new event for May 12 -13, which will see the museum becoming home for the weekend to historical re-enactors from the Roman era to WWII. Visitors will be able to see demonstrations and learn about several periods of Cheshire’s past.June 16-17 will see a fascinating Craft and Classic Car Fair.

Beer festival

October’s Beer Festival (October 12-14), organised in conjunction with Titanic Brewery, is a chance to real ale fans to try some of the finest craft beers in the museum’s unique surroundings.

Marketing Manager Oliver Briscoe said: “We’re excited about our programme for this year; there is really something for everyone. We’ve got some successful events taking their place on the calendar for us, some new events which we hope will establish themselves and some which are finding their feet.

“The museum itself is a unique site which is well worth a visit but coming to see us on one of our special event days just gives you something extra.”

For a full list of events at the National Waterways Museum, visit waterscape’s event pages and search for ‘Ellesmere Port’.

National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.  The closest funnel is on the steam tug Kerne – preserved and workable.  The red “woodbine” is on the dredger Mannin 2 – last heard of on her side at Weston Point Dock, Runcorn and will possibly be a total loss.  The blue and white banded funnel is on steam tug and directors’ vessel Daniel Adamson – currently undergoing a full scale restoration in Liverpool.  © Copyright Chris Allen and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Canal News – Update from Canal & River Trustees by Water Watcher

Update from Canal & River Trustees, Dec 2011

Posted by Waterway Watcher on December 22nd, 2011

22 December 2011

The Transitional Trustees of the Canal & River Trust report:

1. Introduction

Since our last update in October we have continued to make good progress in forming the Canal & River Trust and, as 2011 draws to a close, we thought it would be useful to bring you up to date. A huge amount has been achieved over recent months towards transforming British Waterways in England & Wales into the Canal & River Trust. While the Parliamentary process looks as if it will now take longer than we had previously been advised, putting pressure on an April launch date, all the building blocks needed to establish the new Trust next year are falling into place.

Our knowledge and understanding of the waterways continues to grow apace, and we are grateful to all those inside and outside BW for their willingness to discuss openly the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. We have been hugely encouraged by the growing support and commitment to the Trust amongst stakeholders and the public and passionately believe that this enormous goodwill will be the bedrock on which we can all build a better and more stable future for our waterways.

2. Government Funding

We said in our October statement that we needed to persuade Government to increase their offer of £39m a year for 10 years. This remains one of the most important unresolved pieces of the Trust’s jigsaw. It is all taking a lot longer than either party would wish but given the challenge this is perhaps not surprising. We are still in detailed discussions with Defra that we hope to be able to bring to a conclusion early next year. We are pleased to report that all the meetings with Defra have been constructive and understanding.

At a recent All Party Parliamentary Waterways Group meeting the Waterways Minister, Richard Benyon, confirmed that the discussions were ongoing and being conducted in a professional and cooperative atmosphere. He expressed confidence that an agreement would be reached and reiterated his commitment to give the Canal & River Trust “the best possible start within the current funding restraints of government”. The Chair of the APPWG and MPs present were all positive about the creation of the Trust and expressed their encouragement for a fair and reasonable settlement to the funding discussions.

To read the full article go to :  http://www.waterwaywatch.org/

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Why is canal tunnel on the move?

Netherton Tunnel

The last tunnel built at a cost of over £300,000 it opened on the 20th of August 1858. It was built with two tow paths and wide enough for two boats. Thus is eased congestion in the narrow Dudley tunnel that had to be legged through. Its over 2.5km long, straight and now unlit. Take a torch!

  © Copyright Ashley Dace and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

29th Nov 2011

Engineers from British Waterways are investigating after some sections of the Netherton Tunnel near Dudley were found to be moving.

The tunnel, on the Birmingham Canal Navigations, is 150 years old. Monitoring over the past few years has shown that the lining of the centre sections is moving, causing some of the bricks to bulge and crack.

Over the next two weeks, tunnel experts will be carrying out detailed ground investigations to find the cause of the movement. They will take samples of the earth and rock surrounding the canal tunnel by drilling bore holes at various intervals along the crown (roof) and the side wall sections. These samples will allow specialists to test what material surrounds the tunnel. This, together with other detailed surveys, will help them determine the nature of the movement and the possible cause.

Expert investigation

British Waterways’ senior manager Dean Davies said: “The Netherton Tunnel is well known to suffer from ground movement, and we do monitor this on weekly basis. We are currently concerned about the amount of movement happening in the centre section of the tunnel, which is a common weak spot in tunnel design. We need to carry out further investigations to find out exactly what may be causing the ground above and below the tunnel to move.

“The tunnel is still structurally sound. However, we need to start looking into this problem now and also decide how best to stop the movement getting any worse. Ultimately, we want to ensure the tunnel lasts another 150 years”

During the works, the canal will restricted to boat traffic at various intervals and the west side towpath will remain closed. For details of restrictions, check the waterscape stoppage pages or sign up for email alerts.

Netherton Tunnel and Tividale Aqueduct

Coming out of the northern end of Netherton Tunnel, Dudley, looking towards Tividale Aqueduct, which carries the Wolverhampton Canal Level over the Netherton Tunnel Branch.

  © Copyright Martin Clark and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 Lock Keeper of the Year


British Waterways’ employee is top of the locks

Saltersford Locks on the River Weaver

The River Weaver here divides as the original course of the river crosses the canalised Barnton Cut, more or less at the locks. The Trent & Mersey canal runs close and parallel near the top of the wooded bank in the background. Public footpaths run between the river and the canal towpath and along the river bank upstream to the Winnington swing bridge and (the North Cheshire Way) Dutton Locks downstream.

  © Copyright Mike Harris and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

1st Dec 2011

The Hotel Boat section of the Association of Pleasure Craft Operators (APCO) has awarded Bryn Jones, a British Waterways’ lock keeper on the River Weaver with its annual Lock Keeper of the Year award.

Bryn has worked for British Waterways for almost 30 years and has over 20 years’ experience as a lock keeper. He is familiar with the whole of the River Weaver navigation, working as relief lock and bridge keeper before taking responsibility for Saltersford Locks.

Recipients are nominated and voted for by all APCO Hotel Boat operators so that they can recognise the support and assistance they receive as they take holidaymakers around Britain’s inland waterways. The award was presented at the Association’s recent national AGM, held this year in Llangollen at a hotel beside the River Dee.

Neil Thomsett and Gill Cookson, joint chairs of the Hotel Boat section of APCO, presented the award to Bryn, who was joined by British Waterways North Wales & Borders colleagues Wendy Capelle and Stephen Maguire.

Fantastic ambassador for the River Weaver

The River Weaver near Anderton, Cheshire

The deciduous woodland is part of the Anderton Nature Park east of the famous boat lift. The narrowboats will use the lift to join the Trent and Mersey Canal fifty feet higher in level.

The River Weaver is navigable in its lower reaches, and flows in a curving route anti-clockwise across west Cheshire and into the Manchester Ship Canal. Before that canal was built the river flowed into the River Mersey at Weston Marsh.

  © Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Neil thanked Bryn for all his hard work, great humour and invaluable information, saying: “The Weaver navigation is such a lovely river – beautiful Cheshire countryside, fascinating industry and the drama of descending the Anderton Boat Lift and entering the vastness of Saltersford Lock. Bryn is always on hand to answer holidaymakers’ questions and help hotel boat crews as he works us through.

“Saltersford is a big deep lock and our safety is paramount for Bryn, whilst he imparts amazing statistics and history to our clients marvelling at the 1.4 million gallons of water the lock holds. Meanwhile he is a fantastic ambassador for the area around the Weaver, showering holidaymakers with tourism information and guiding us to local amenities. Plus anything he doesn’t already know he will find out and pass on as we return up river.”

Bryn was delighted to receive the award and adds: “I am honoured to win the award on behalf of the Weaver team, it is a first for the river and it is wonderful to hear how the experience of boating the River Weaver and the service that British Waterways gives is so appreciated by the hotel boat holidaymakers and crews.”


Chairs appointed for Canal & River Trust Waterway Partnerships29th Nov 2011

The Canal & River Trust has appointed chairs to a number of the Waterway Partnerships that will play a role in the management of canals and rivers across the network.

Chairs have been appointed in Manchester & Pennine, North Wales & Borders, South Wales & Severn and Kennet & Avon. The chairs for the Partnerships in the West Midlands and North West, who have, to date, been trials, have been asked to and have agreed to continue.

A chair has also been recruited for the Museums Partnership, which will be the successor to The Waterways Trust Museums Management Board.

Supporting local waterways

Tony Hales, chair of The Canal & River Trust said: “I am delighted that such a high calibre of people have come forward to chair these important positions of governance within the Canal & River Trust.

“Each will prove to be well placed to champion the interests of their local waterways. The Waterways Partnerships are integral to the stewardship and development of the network, providing new perspectives and insights, opening up new resources and ideas, and giving local people a greater opportunity to support their local canals and rivers: something that is integral to the success of the Canal & River Trust.”

Chairs are now being sought for the remaining Waterway Partnerships in the North East, Central Shires, East Midlands, South East and London and recruitment for the All Wales Partnership is continuing.

Calling on volunteers

The Canal & River Trust is also calling on volunteers who want to actively support the two-century old canal network to join their local Partnership and get involved and advise on how the waterways are used and looked after. Each Partnership will consist of at least eight volunteers who will be drawn from the local community and who will collectively have a broad spectrum of expertise relevant to the development of the waterways.

Experience in fundraising, volunteering, finance, planning and regeneration, boating, environment, heritage, engineering, community engagement, and working with partners in local government are all relevant.

All positions on the Partnerships will be unpaid, but agreed expenses will be reimbursed.

Those interested in joining a newly appointed chair on their local Waterway Partnership or in applying for one of the remaining positions of chair will be able to find role descriptions and application details at www.waterscape.com/trust from Thursday 1 December.

Applications for membership open on Friday 9 December 2011.

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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Canal News – Christmas Fair at Church Minshull and dredging works from Audlem Lock 15

Aqueduct Marina Christmas Fair

Saturday 12th November, 2011

Chrch Minshull Aqueduct Marina

The Outlanes,

Church Minshull



A craft fair with a chance to do some early Christmas shopping and view craft demonstrations.  Located on the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal.  Cafe on site.

10.00am – 4.00pm

For more details, contact 01270 525041 or



Pic. – Leonard Marks

Dredging Works from Audlem Lock 15 to Adderley Bridge 69

Monday 21 November 2011 – Wednesday 22 February 2012
The works are to bring the canal up to Minimum Open Channel Compliance and dredge moorings.
Boaters should approach the dredger with caution and await a signal from the dredger driver or banksmen to pass. Users may be delayed up to 30mins max. Users should note, restrictions to the towpath are only in force while offloading takes place but in most cases no delays will occur.
British Waterways apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Enquiries: 01606 723800

Canal News – Volunteers needed to ‘make a difference’ on Coventry Canal

Volunteers needed to ‘make a difference’ on Coventry Canal

Posted by Waterway Watcher on October 20th, 2011

19 October 2011

Local volunteers are being called upon to help make the Coventry Canal a cleaner, greener place to visit by taking part in a canal clean-up.

Potential volunteers are being encouraged to give up just a few hours on Make a Difference Day on 29th October to help make the canal a more welcoming place for people and wildlife.

The activity, organised by Voluntary Action Coventry and British Waterways (BW), will see volunteers clearing litter from the towpath and even taking to a BW workboat to clear litter from the water and areas not accessible by foot.

Make a Difference Day is organised by CSV, the UK’s leading volunteering and training charity, and provides thousands of people across the country with the opportunity to try out volunteering. More than three quarters of a million people have taken part since the launch of CSV Make a Difference Day in 1996, and thousands more are expected to give time rather than money to improve their local community this year.

Stuart Collins, volunteer leader for British Waterways, said; “We’re looking forward to taking part in Make a Difference Day. We’re keen for local communities to play a more active role in caring for their local canal and hopefully this event will give them a taste of the great sense of achievement at improving their local environment as well as the opportunity to meet new people and hopefully have some fun”.

Chris Clough, Volunteer Centre Support Officer, said; “This is a great way to get involved and ‘make a difference’ in Coventry. We are hoping that this event will lead to more regular events, especially in the run-up to the Olympics coming to Coventry next year. We’re hoping that volunteers can play a big part in making the towpaths more accessible for cyclists and walkers”.The canal clean-up will be taking place between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 29th October at the Canal Basin, Coventry and Swan Lane. Anyone wishing to take part in the clean-up can do so by contacting The Volunteer Centre Coventry who are located at 26 City Arcade, Coventry, CV1 3HW (opposite Argos) on 024 7622 0381 or volunteering@vacoventry.org.uk or register online at http://www.do-it.org.uk.

Via Newsroom – British Waterways.

Netherton Tunnel Closure – Waterscape

Waterscape.com              Netherton Tunnel, South Portal – Martin Cordon

 Netherton Tunnel

Monday 28 November 2011 – Friday 9 December 2011
Closure of the tunnel and both towpaths is required on the following dates and times: 28th November to 9th December 2011, 09:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 17:00, Monday to Friday only.

As such, the tunnel will be open for navigation before 9am, after 5pm and for 1 hour during the day (12:30 – 13:30). The tunnel will be entirely reopened across the weekend of 3rd and 4th December.

The stoppage is required to undertake intrusive, noisy investigation works, which are likely to create dust and cause disruption, all as part of survey work looking in to the condition of the tunnel which will aid the design of future repair works.
Signage will be in place at both tunnel portals to warn of the works being undertaken.
British Waterways apologises for any inconvenience caused.

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