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Canal News – March 9th

Canal news – March 9th

Saturday 10th March 2012 – Jumble Sale at Peace Memorial Hall, Pinfold Lane, Penkridge. 10am – noon. Set-up and jumble donations from 8.30am. Clothes, household goods, books, CDs, games, toys, small furniture, crockery, glassware, etc. Refreshments available. Admission 30p. (Held jointly with Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust). Donations of jumble can be brought to Branch meetings or to Penkridge early on the day, or it may be possible to arrange prior collection – contact the Chairman as below. An offer of temporary storage facilities, e.g. a shed or garage, would be appreciated.

 Saturday 17th March 2012 – Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust are holding a Quiz Night with Fish & Chip Supper at Boley Park in Lichfield and have invited members of IWA Lichfield Branch to join them. Tickets £8 including supper (vegetarian option available). Tea/coffee provided or bring your own drinks. Start time 7.30 pm at Boley Park Community Hall, 7 Ryknild Street, Lichfield, WS14 9XU (next to the Co-op store – plenty of free parking). More details and tickets from Sue Williams on 01543 671427 or book online at http://www.lhcrt.org.uk

 Cannock Extension Canal & Woodland Walk – Thursday 8th March 2012

21 walkers and several dogs assembled at the Turf Lodge for this enjoyable stroll in the early spring sunshine. Crossing the busy A5 to the truncated end of the Cannock Extension Canal, we passed two active boatyards and colourful moored boats, and noted the remains of several former colliery basins. Leaving the canal at Wyrley Grove Bridge we spotted a herd of deer in the nearby fields (I saw them but missed the photo!). From Lime Lane, well trodden paths through the woodland edge of Wyrley Common led us to Engine Lane where the remains of the Slough Arm Canal were visible, still holding some water. Heading north along an old mineral railway (the Norton Branch, LNWR) brought us back to the A5 but a pleasant route across the fields avoided the traffic and returned us to the canal at Pelsall Road Bridge for a short stroll back to the pub.

Can you help manage fruit trees on the River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal?

6th Mar 2012

British Waterways is looking for people who can dedicate some of their time to helping them care for fruit trees alongside the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and on River Severn lock islands from Stourport to Sharpness.

Danielle Jackson, from British Waterways’ environment team, says: “This region is renowned for its variety of fruit trees and traditional orchards. We all know that the canal and river are symbols of our industrial past but they are also important keepers of our natural heritage too.”

There are two training sessions taking place at Holt Lock Island, near Holt Fleet in Worcestershire for interested volunteers:

• Pruning for apple and pear trees, Thursday 22 March

• Pruning for plum trees, Saturday 12 May

Danielle continues: “We are hoping that interested people will help us to manage our existing fruit trees to ensure they are producing a good crop for the community to enjoy. We are also hoping that in the future we will be able to plant new trees to add to our local larder! People don’t need any previous training as we will provide a full initiation and we would ideally like people who can provide a few days a year to help out.”

To register your interest or find out more, including the timings of the sessions contact Danielle Jackson on 01452 318095, or email danielle.jackson@britishwaterways.co.uk

Grove Colliery BasinsThe Slough Arm from an old bridge.

Canal News, Waterscape.com – March 3rd

Canal News – March 3rd 2012


Cannock Extension Canal and Woodland Walk

08 March 2012

The Turf Lodge,  Watling Street,  Norton Canes,  Cannock,  Staffordshire.

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Join the IWA Lichfield Branch for a group walk along canal towpath and through woodland near Brownhills. About three miles. No stiles. Dogs on leads welcome.

Meet at 10.30 am for a 10.45 start at The Toby Carvery (The Turf Lodge).

Non-members welcome. No charge but donations of £1 to Branch funds appreciated, to support canal restoration projects. Further information from Margaret Beardsmore on 07581 794111 or margaret.beardsmore@waterways.org.uk.

The Wyrley & Essington Canal is aptly nicknamed the Curley Wyrley, due to its twisting course.

Constructed entirely on the level, this canal was once busy with boats carrying coal from the Cannock pits. Most of the main line has survived as a charming, part-rural waterway. It is not often cruised by pleasure boats, but is a deservedly popular waterway with walkers, cyclists and anglers.

It runs for almost 17 miles from Wolverhampton to Brownhills, skirting the northern Birmingham Canal Navigations. The canal runs close by many local attractions: Pelsall Common, once the site of Pelsall Iron Works but now popular with walkers and nature lovers; Chasewater Leisure Park, a popular tourist destination; Wolverhampton city centre, Walsall town centre, and many more.

Does Birmingham really have more miles of canal than Venice?

The exact numbers depend on where you draw the city boundaries, but the whole Birmingham Canal Navigations system extends for 100 miles in total. It is one of the most intricate canal networks in the world.

These waterways converge at the city centre bustle of Gas Street Basin, where historic boats and canal architecture mingle with modern-day restaurants, cafes and pubs. But elsewhere on the ‘BCN’, you can really get away from it all on winding suburban canals and a series of surprisingly rural branches.

Raised towpath, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal

The Birmingham and Fazeley Canal is part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations. It forms a link between the Coventry Canal and Birmingham and thereby connects Birmingham to London via the Oxford Canal.  John Smeaton was the builder and it was completed in 1789.   © Copyright Nigel Chadwick and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The canals were the life-blood of Victorian Birmingham and the Black Country. At their height, they were so busy that gas lighting was installed beside the locks to permit round-the-clock operation. Boats were built without cabins for maximum carrying capacity, and a near-tidal effect was produced as swarms of narrowboats converged on the Black Country collieries at the same time every day.

The BCN has survived remarkably intact, with 100 miles still navigable from a peak of 160. The main lines and city centre canals are well patronised, but the waterways of the Northern BCN remain truly off the beaten track. But should you decide to tackle some of these rarely cruised waters, beware – boating the BCN can become addictive.

Bridge over the Birmingham Canal

The Birmingham Canal, was built from 1768 to 1772 by James Brindley from the, then, edge of Birmingham, at Paradise Wharf (also known as Old Wharf) near to Gas Street Basin to meet the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal at Aldersley, near Wolverhampton. The canal was upgraded and straightened by Thomas Telford between 1824-7.  The canal forms part of the Birmingham Canals Navigation, a network of canals in and around the city.  © Copyright Nigel Chadwick and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

News from Waterscape Boaters needed for Canal & River Trust Council

News from Waterscape Boaters needed for Canal & River Trust Council

21st Nov 2011

Boaters are being asked to stand for election for the Canal & River Trust Council and get involved in shaping the future of Britain’s waterways. The nominations for boaters’ positions on the Council open on 12 December 2011.

Seven positions on the 35-strong council are to be filled by boaters or boating businesses. Four positions are to be elected by boat licence holders and two positions elected by boating businesses. The British Canoe Union, which holds a collective licence for around 60,000 individual and club members, will be asked to nominate a person to fill a further position representing all those who use the waterways for waterborne sport and recreation without holding individual licences. A Canal & River Trust employee will also be elected by all employees at this time to serve on the Council.

The Council is the guardian of the long-term values and purposes of the Canal & River Trust. While the trustees are responsible for determining policy and strategy, the Council will have an important role in helping to shape policy, raising and debating issues, and providing guidance, perspective and a sounding board for the trustees. It will also have the power to appoint or dismiss trustees.

Voice for boaters

Members of the Canal & River Trust Council will be expected to bring the experience and perspective of the constituency they represent and to provide a voice for their interests. In exercising this role they will have to at all times act in the interests of the charitable purposes of the Trust. Members will serve for a term of four years.

Tony Hales, chair of the Canal & River Trust, said: “The boating community has a wealth of hands-on experience of the waterways, and having boaters on board is essential to the success of the Canal & River Trust. I am writing to all licence holders and I encourage them to put themselves forward and add their voices to those shaping the Canal & River Trust’s future.”

Boaters wanting to stand for election in any of these groups will need to complete a simple nomination form which will be available for download from www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/councilnomination from 12 December 2011 until 18 January 2012. To be eligible to stand for election and vote in the election, boaters must hold a 12-month boat licence on 18 January 2012. Nominations must be supported by ten sponsors who each also hold a valid 12-month boat licence on this date.

Voting will take place between 8 February and 9 March 2012 via a designated website or by SMS text. Voting by post will also be possible, but only for this first set of Council elections. The election is being managed by Electoral Reform Services

Pelsall Boat Festival – June 2011

Pelsall Boat Festival – June, 2011

Today I paid my first ever visit to a Canal Festival.  I’d blogged it so I thought that I’d go and have a look for myself.  I can’t imagine a better all round venue for a show of this kind – lots of water, with the Cannock Extension junction with the Wyrley & Essington Canal being at hand and a lot more parking than I expected – and all free!  The parking arrangements were well organised too – the first person I saw on my arrival, guiding me into the site, was our railway friend Keith – how could I go wrong?!Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay very long, and to confirm that my sell-by-date is well past, I forgot to take my spare camera batteries, so not really enough photos to chose from.  My apologies!  There is a set of 14 photos on flickr – click on the blogroll.Looking back towards Brownhills.