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Canal News – Updated, June 8th

First ever head of fundraising appointed for new waterways charity

Posted by Waterway Watcher on June 1st, 2011

1st Jun 2011

Ruth Ruderham has been appointed as the first ever head of fundraising for the New Waterways Charity, which will manage the canals and rivers in England and Wales.

This latest announcement follows last week’s news that transition trustees have been selected for the charity, which is expected to launch in 2012.Ruth has more than a decade of fundraising experience and will come to the new waterways charity from Christian Aid, where she has helped the organisation to grow income beyond £100m for the first time in its history.

She has also previously worked at Friends of the Earth and Crisis.

In 2005 Ruth was named Professional Fundraiser of the Year.

Simon Salem, director of marketing at British Waterways, says: “The nation’s 200-year-old canals need a sustainable plan for their future, which is why we have been championing the move to charitable status for some time. Voluntary fundraising will be an important part of this and I extend a very warm welcome to Ruth, who joins the team with an outstanding record in fundraising growth, strategy and, most importantly, income. Ruth will lead the waterways charity into a new era of voluntary giving. It’s one of the most exciting fundraising challenges around right now.”

Exciting plans

Ruth says: “I am delighted to join British Waterways at this critical stage in the history of the waterways and it is an incredible privilege to be the first fundraiser the new charity will ever employ.

The plans that British Waterways have already developed are really exciting and I can’t wait to start recruiting supporters of this unique and important cause.”

Ruth will further develop the voluntary fundraising strategy for the new charity which has been put together by British Waterways and specialist Think Consulting.

Weed love your help on the Wyrley & Essington Canal

Weed love your help on the Wyrley & Essington Canal

Posted by Waterway Watcher on May 25th, 2011

24th May 2011

British Waterways have put out an appeal for help to clear weeds on the Wyrley & Essington Canal part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations.

People who are passionate about helping their local environment can get involved in a major new two-year project to improve the biodiversity of a West Midlands canal.

British Waterways has secured a £100,000 grant from the SITA Trust to tackle the problem of aggressive invasive plant species on the Wyrley & Essington Canal and is now looking for local people to get involved.

Species such as Floating Pennywort need to be managed in order to promote the growth of native plant species such as Floating Water Plantain. It is anticipated that the works will also benefit species such as water voles, great crested newts, white clawed crayfish and red eyed damselflies.

British Waterways is working with the Black Country Living Landscape Community Involvement Programme funded by Natural England and the BIG Lottery Fund to recruit local community volunteers who will work alongside specialist contractors to carry out a number of works to limit the spread of invasive species. This will include physical removal and limiting run-off from adjacent land by installing natural filters such as reed beds.

Help your local waterway

The project will be led by British Waterways and supported by the Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council, Wolverhampton City Council, the Environment Agency and the Birmingham and Black Country Biodiversity Partnership.

Volunteers are needed at various locations along the Wryley and Essington Canal between May and September this year and throughout 2012, working two to three days a month including weekends where necessary.

Volunteers need to be physically fit as they will be required to walk sections of the canal as part of the monitoring. In return they will enjoy the opportunity to gain skills and experience in ecological surveying and the satisfaction of helping their local canal.

Further training and volunteer opportunities may also be available to competent and enthusiastic volunteers.

British Waterways’ volunteer co-ordinator Steve Bicknell said: “This project provides a great opportunity for people to assist us in controlling invasive non-native plants, learn about the problems they cause and help us spread the message to others. For anyone who wants to help their local waterway this is a fantastic opportunity to get ‘hands-on’ right now and to also have a role in monitoring the canal in future years.”

If you would like to find out more, contact British Waterways’ Sarah French on 01827 252097 or email volunteer@britishwaterways.co.uk.

Canal Events – 2011

Saturday 11th June – Sunday 12th June 2011 Event:


Location: Pelsall Wood Common, off Wood Lane, Pelsall. Link: Birmingham Canal Navigations Society The Festival will include stalls, entertainment, displays and refreshments for the public as well as being a gathering of boats from all over the country. Entry for the public will be free. Boaters and exhibitors are welcome to attend, for details email: Barrie Johnson or Brenda Ward, tel. 0121 355 6351 email: boundarypost@googlemail.com
For general enquiries please contact; Ivor Caplan, mobile 07778 685674 email: ihcaplan@msn.com

  Sunday 26th June 2011 (10.00am – 4.00pm) Event:


Location: Silver Street, Brownhills Stalls, tombolas, children’s entertainment and boat trips.

29th – 31st July 2011 (10.00am – 4.00pm) Event:


Location: Shobnall Fields, Burton-on-Trent (Trent and Mersey Canal) Link: IWA Festivals Please note the date – a change from the normal practice in recent years of holding the Festival over the August Bank Holiday

Saturday 17th September 2011 (10.00am – 4.00pm) Event: HUDDLESFORD BOAT GATHERING Location:

Lichfield Cruising Club, Huddlesford Junction on the Coventry Canal

Link: Huddlesford Gathering 2011 A Boat Gathering & Canal Festival jointly organised by L&H and Lichfield Cruising Club.
Historic Narrowboats, Trade & Craft stalls, Cake stall, Book stall, Bric-a-brac, Games
All-day Barbecue. Coffee / tea and licensed bar available in the cruising club