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Canal News 2013 – Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation

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Canal News 2013

Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation

from footbridgeThe Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation

Taken from the footbridge, looking south east towards Ulting.  © Copyright Trevor Harris and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 Date: 16th-23rd February

 Location: Maldon, Essex

Leaders: Chris Byrne (leader)

Cost: £56 | Accommodation: Danbury Outdoor Centre | activites: towpath repairs, vegetation clearance


The Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation runs through a largely unspoilt part of rural Essex and connects Chelmsford with the tidal estuary of the River Blackwater at Heybridge Basin. In 2005 our sister organisation, Essex Waterways, took over the management of the navigation. To help maintain this beautiful waterway WRG is running more camps this year.

What’s going on in 2013 …

So why not join the Essex Waterways team as they have an array of tasks waiting for you! Get stuck into various improvement works including towpath maintenance, vegetation control and tree management along the Navigation.

Being maintenance work, camps on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation are different from our normal restoration projects but if you fancy helping us keep this active and vibrant waterway alive then this is the camp for you!

LockRushey Lock

Rushey Lock is on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation. The TL8 Northing passes through the lock behind the gates. The G.R is for the apex of the gates in the picture.   © Copyright Glyn Baker and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Canal News – Waterway Recovery Group

WRGie News May 2012

Wow – what a busy Easter! WRG volunteers spent two weeks on the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal digging, profiling, rollering and shovelling in order to create a new 275m length of canal from Over Basin. Further north on the Chesterfield Canal in Derbyshire over 20 volunteers started work on the new Staveley Town Lock – they will be returning at the end of August to carrying on block and bricklaying.

Construction of Staveley Town Lock on the Chesterfield Canal

The new lock (Staveley Town Lock, no. 5A) will enable the canal to get under a railway line a few hundred metres further on. There will be a twin lock (Railway Lock, no. 5B) on the other side of the railway line to raise the canal again. This section of the Chesterfield Canal is presently not connected to other waterways but the Chesterfield Canal Trust, in partnership with Derbyshire County Council, are working hard to complete the restoration project.  © Copyright Graham Hogg and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

WRG Training Weekend

Date: 23rd/24th June  Location: Lichfield Canal

Every year we run our training weekend with the main purpose of making sure that we train/refresh our volunteers for the summer work programme. We hope to run “Introduction to Bricklaying” and “Surveying” courses, along with training courses in operating items of plant such as excavators and dumpers.

Look the part on site!

The Canal Camp 2012 t-shirts are now on sale through IWA’s online shop for ONLY £8. WRG logo on the front with new 2012 design on the back.

T-shirts are available in small, medium, large, x-large, xx-large

Canal Camps 2012

The camps are filling up fast but we still have some spaces so don’t delay and book now! Each camp costs only £56 which includes food & accommodation.

CC201207 14th-21st July Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal

Leaders: Fred Towey & Loraine Hughes

C201212 28th July-4th August Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation

Leaders: tbc

CC201214 4th-11th August Cromford Canal Camp

Leaders: tbc

CC201215 4th-11th August Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation

Leaders: tbc

CC201217 11th-18th August Cromford Canal Camp

Leaders: Tom Rawlings & Gemma Bolton

CC201219 11th-18th August Montgomery Canal

Leaders: Martyn Worsley & Ju Davenport

CC201222 18th-25th August Montgomery Canal

Leaders: Mike Palmer & Harry Watts

CC201223 25th August – 1st Sept Chesterfield Canal

Leaders: Steve Baylis & George Rogers

CC201225 25th August – 1st Sept Montgomery Canal

Leader: Jonathan Smith