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Canal News- 8th November 2014, Napton Open Day, National Waterways Museum,Gloucester Waterways Museum

Canal News- 8th November 2014


Napton open day

08 Nov 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Napton-on-the-Hill, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 8NZ

We’re holding an open day on the Oxford Canal so that you can pop down and meet our friendly maintenance team.
During November and December we’re going to replace three sets of lock gates on the Oxford Canal. While we’ve got the canal drained we’ll also repair a number of gates between lock 10 and lock 14. Lock 10, which needed an emergency stoppage over the summer after the pound wall collapsed, will have extensive brickwork repairs and a complete rebuild of the pound wall.
The Open Day will be on Saturday 8 November at Lock 8 between 10am and 4pm. You’ll be able to step down into the drained lock to inspect the works taking place, talk to our maintenance team and find out what it takes to keep our historic waterways in working order.
Why not bring the whole family? This is a rare chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at one of our most popular canals.
Parking will be at Folly Inn, Folly lane, Napton-on-the-Hill, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 8NZ

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Going Digital Photography Workshops at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

08 Nov 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. CH65 4FW
Explore Your Digital Camera Part 1- Get Off Auto
Suitable for complete beginners. If you’ve been using your camera on Auto and you’re ready to unlock its true potential, this workshop will give you all you need to know to get started.
We run small, friendly groups (usually no more than 8 students per tutor), a mixture of classroom theory and hands-on practice – and you can take home handouts and assignments to refine your skills – practice makes perfect!
£75 for more information, contact either Carol Gregory or Graham Nobles 07958 007004

Wartime women on the waterways at Gloucester Waterways Museum

Performance Poet Heather Wastie

Performance Poet Heather Wastie

08 Nov 2014
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Gloucester Waterways Museum
Llanthony Warehouse
Llanthony Road
Discover more about the lives of “Idle Women” working on the waterways during World War II.
Poet Heather Wastie is set to showcase the lives of women working on the waterways during World War II with a live performance of a poem written to celebrate “Idle Women”.
“Idle Women” was the name given to women who took over the working boats while the men went out to war.
Heather’s poem is based on the wartime memories of three “Idle Women”, Emma Smith, Nancy Ridgway and Daphne March (Daffy). The poem broadly tells the women’s story, from recruitment to redundancy, using their own descriptions. Because of the war, these women had “crossed a line” into a completely new world and the piece takes the listener into that world.
Heather will perform her poem in costume on the hour from 11am – 3pm on the second floor of the museum. Come along and discover more about the lives of these inspirational women.

Canal News, 1st & 2nd November 2014, Crofton and Gloucester

Canal News 1st & 2nd November 2014


Crofton winter work open days

Crofton Beam Engines
01 Nov 2014 – 07 Mar 2015
10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Crofton Pumping Station,

Come and see behind the scenes at the Historic Crofton Pumping Station this winter, when our teams of dedicated volunteers cosset and maintain the two historic beam engines.
The Pumping Station will be open free of charge on the following days from 10:30 to 15:30.
• Saturday 1 November 2014
• Saturday 13 December 2014
• Saturday 7 February 2015
• Saturday 7 March 2015
This winter we are giving visitors a rare chance to see maintenance works in progress,
when we dismantle parts of the engines normally hidden from view.
It’s cold inside the pumping station during the winter as the boiler is not in steam and drained down but tea, coffee and biscuits will be available for a small charge.

Halloween at Gloucester Waterways Museum

Halloween Witch
25 Oct – 02 Nov 2014
10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Gloucester Waterways Museum
Llanthony Warehouse
Gloucester Docks

Jeepers, creepers! Gloucester Waterways Museum is planning a halloween extravaganza with spine-tingling activities to keep the kids entertained this half-term.
The Museum’s education team have let their imaginations run wild to plan a spooky (but not too scary) Halloween trail around the museum.
Crafty children of all ages will enjoy making witches’ hats, frogs, bat mobiles and scary spiders in our craft room throughout half-term.

Canal News – July 19th onward

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Boat liftGraham Evans, Weaver Vale MP conducting a Top of the World Tour at Anderton Boat Lift

Anderton Boat Lift Top of the World Tours

Anderton Boat Lift
Lift Lane

19 Jul 2014
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Anderton Boat Lift Top of the World Tours
Ever wanted to get up close and personal to the Anderton Boat Lift?
Well now is your chance, on these unique behind the scenes walking tour! View the lift from this unique perspective.
Tickets are £10 per person
Top of the World Tours can also be combined our other lift & river trips.
Tour departure times are:
Due the the nature of this tour, persons must be able to walk at height, un-aided. Minimum age policy applies.
Places on these unique tours are limited and booking in advance is highly recommended.
Please contact the Bookings Team on 01606 786 777 for further information or to book a tour.

Alternative tour dates are available throughout 2014

Queen Boadicea II meets a tall ship on the canalQueen Boadicea II meets a tall ship on the canal

Gloucester Quays Food Festival

Gloucester Quays

18 – 20 Jul 2014
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Celebrity chefs, cookery school, hundreds of stalls, don’t miss the feast for the eyes and stomach!
The Gloucester Quays Food Festival is an unmissable family event with live entertainment, demonstrations from top TV chefs, cookery school for the kids and music on the village green. There’s something for everyone throughout the weekend.

Dragonfly perched near the canalDragonfly perched near the canal

Water wildlife week at Gloucester Waterways Museum

Gloucester Waterways Museum
Llanthony Warehouse
Gloucester Docks

19 – 27 Jul 2014
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come and discover more about wildlife on the waterways at Gloucester Materways Museum
The British waterways are teeming with wildlife throughout the year, particularly during the summer months.
Visit Gloucester Waterways Museum during our Waterways Wildlife Week and discover more about life along the River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.
There will be free wildlife activities throughout the week and on Wicked Wednesday July 23 we’ll be encouraging visitors to take part in a spot of pond dipping!
You can pick up one of our free wildlife bingo cards and spot birds, insects and flowers along the nearby canal towpath, as well as making your own pretty dragonfly in our craft room to take home with you.
So whether you love pretty waterways insects, want to know more about newts and frogs or are inspired to get creative in our craft room, there’s something for everyone.
In addition our canal cruises will be running at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm, so you can spot wildlife as you relax on the water. See you then!

Foxton LocksFoxton Locks, Grand Union Canal

Be a Junior Lock Keeper at Foxton Locks

Foxton Locks

20 Jul 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Children aged between 7-14 can become a lock keeper for an hour – free event.
Become a junior lock keeper at the famous flight of Foxton Locks.
Booking is essential as spaces are limited.
Parent/Guardian consent is required and they must also be present throughout the activity.
To book your child’s place please contact Sarah.Cook@canalrivertrust.org.uk or text your interest to 07715 377788
This activity is run by the Canal & River Trust in partnership with the Foxton Inclined Plane Trust for the BiCentenary of the Grand Union Canal.


Waterways Craft Group at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65 4FW

20 Jul 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
This lively group meets the third Sunday of the month (with the odd exception) on the first floor of the Island Warehouse, to demonstrate the traditional crafts of the inland waterways.
Crafts demonstrated include boatman’s belt embroidery, bonnet making, cabin crochet, canal ware painting, rag rugging and patchwork.


Canal News – Attractions for Easter

Canal News

Attractions for Easter


Ellesmere Port ‘Then and Now’ Exhibition at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port


05 Mar – 29 Apr 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. CH65 4FW

Rare images go on view at the National Waterways Museum.
A six week exhibition, commencing Wednesday, 5 March, on Ellesmere Port will include both old and new images of the town, hence its title ‘Then and Now’. It’s a major fringe event of the new and exciting Port Arts Festival and will give locals, and others with a knowledge of the town, a chance to reminisce. It’ll also help newcomers understand a bit more about this fascinating industrial town with its many phases of development.
The exhibition includes photos of the Beatles, Joe Mercer, Pat Phoenix, various pubs and clubs, stories of its development (e.g. why did the town centre keep moving?), industry and many other fascinating aspects. Alongside these rare images will be new ones taken by students from West Cheshire College and members of the Ellesmere Port Local and Family History Society plus a good selection of previously unseen images from the local community.
The exhibition will be open daily at the National Waterways Museum at no additional charge to the normal admission fee. Please contact 0151 355 1936 for further details or, for additional information about the exhibition, celiawebb@aol.com, on behalf of the Ellesmere Port Local and Family History Society, who are curating the exhibition.


Oxford Canal art exhibition

Jam Factory

02 – 27 Apr 2014
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Jam Factory Restaurant and Bar
Hollybush Row,

Enjoy an exhibition of art related to the Oxford Canal.
Visit Oxford’s Jam Factory to see the winning entries from the Oxford Canal Heritage project’s art competition. The entries will sit alongside professional artists work in the ‘Inspired by the Canal’ exhibition at the Jam Factory.
The Oxford Canal Heritage art competition attracted over 70 entries from retired people to children in Oxfordshire schools and include paintings, sketches, textiles, collages, pottery, photographs and models.



Canal News – Round the MIdlands, March 2013

Canal News round the Midlands, March 2013

Canal Br 66Trent and Mersey Canal in Rugeley, Staffordshire

Approaching Leather Lane Bridge, No 66. Visitor moorings here are good for a visit to Morrison’s supermarket nearby off to the left.  © Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.



Boating MontgomeryBoating on the Montgomery Canal

Discovery and invention at Gloucester Waterways Museum as part of National Science and Engineering Week

15 – 24 Mar 2013
10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Science and engineering is at the heart of Britain‘s waterways and what better time to celebrate the inventions that have contributed to our canals and rivers than National Science and Engineering Week (15-24 March).

Families will be able to follow a specially created science trail around the museum and learn more about the science and engineering behind some of the museum’s mechanical exhibits, including the Fielding Engine, steam crane and the museum’s famous SND No4 steam dredger, restored recently thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding.

Visitors can put their problem-solving skills to good use when they learn how to build a bridge to get a tall ship through as well as understanding more about the intricacies of dredging Gloucester Docks.

Steam Dredger GlosSND No4 Steam dredger at Gloucester Waterways Museum

Canal News – Half-term fun at Gloucester Waterways Museum

Canal News

Half-term fun at Gloucester Waterways Museum

Falcon PicPeregrine falcon

11 – 16 Feb 2013
10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Get up close and personal with birds of prey and pygmy goats at Gloucester Waterways Museum this half-term.

Birds of prey and pygmy goats will be making star appearances at Gloucester Waterways  Museum this half-term. The Museum has also teamed up with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to help youngsters learn more about wildlife found around the UK’s canals and rivers.

For crafty families there will also be opportunities to make a posy of paper flowers to present to your Valentine, create a brass rubbing sensation or try your hand at Roses and Castles painting. All half-term activities are included in the normal admission price at the museum.

Schedule of half-term activities:

February 11 Valentine’s day crafts, brass rubbing and paper boatmaking (all day).

February 12 A selection of birds of prey will be on display at the museum. Youngsters will be able to learn more about the birds during family-centred talks being staged between 11am – 2pm.

February 13 Wicked Wednesday will see pygmy goats from St James City Farm, Gloucester make a visit to the museum. The steam crane will be in operation and youngsters will be encouraged to try their hand at various paper-based crafts. Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust will be staging an illustrated talk between 11am – 12 noon to introduce museum visitors to the range of wildlife living near our canal and rivers.

February 14 – 15 Valentine’s day crafts, brass rubbing and paper boatmaking (all day).

February 16 Canalware artist Tony Watkins will be in residence at the museum teaching youngsters the ancient art of roses and castles painting.

Gloucester Museum


Canal News – For the Weekend of October 20th & 21st

Canal News

Stourbridge Navigation Trust open weekend

Stourbridge canal, pound between locks 14 and 13

Short, but fairly wide. The bollards are for boats using lock 14.  © Copyright Christine Johnstone and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.


Bonded Warehouse, Canal Street, Stourbridge, DY8 4LU

 20 – 21 Oct 2012

10:00 am – 17:00 pm

Come and enjoy the Stourbridge Navigation Trust’s 29th annual open weekend.

As well as around a hundred visiting boats, the open weekend features a craft fair, amusements, boat trips, classic cars, demonstrations and canal boat trips.

Free admission for all.

Canalware art course

Example of Roses & Castles decorative folk art

Gloucester Waterways Museum, Llanthony Warehouse, Gloucester Docks


 20 – 21 Oct 2012

10:00 am – 16:00 pm

Try your hand at the traditional art of roses and castles painting at Gloucester Waterways Museum

Canalware artist Tony Watkins is leading a two-day course for people keen to master the art of roses and castles painting. Rose and castles is the traditional folk art of painting canal boats and canalware, which adds colour and creativity to our waterways. There have been plenty of suggestions and speculation about where the narrowboat art comes from, but no real evidence.

The all day sessions, which run from 10am – 4pm, includes all materials and costs £40 a day or £70 for the whole weekend. To book telephone 01452 318200.    The Barge Arm, Gloucester Docks

The “Barge Arm” was an early development for use of canal barges and narrowboats to keep them out of way of big ships using the main basin.

 The building behind, and to the left, is Llanthony Warehouse. Built in 1873, this was the last, and biggest, warehouse built at the docks. It now houses the National Waterways Museum.  © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Canal News – Parliamentary Waterways Group on Future Of The Inland Waterways

Canal News

Posted by Waterway Watcher on January 20th, 2012

Caldon Canal – David Jackson

 Parliamentary Waterways Group on Future Of The Inland Waterways


The All Party Parliamentary Waterways Group held a hearing on 8 December to provide the Waterways Minister, Richard Benyon MP, with the opportunity to respond to the Group’s Memorandum – “The Future of the Waterways”.

This was published and submitted to the Government in July, focussing on appropriate governance and financing for the Canal & River Trust which is planned to come fully into being in April 2012, inheriting responsibility for British Waterways’ inland waterways network.

The Memorandum was prepared after two hearings into these issues in order to provide a Parliamentary response to Defra’s consultation “A New Era for the Waterways” on the Government’s proposals for moving inland waterways into a new charity in England & Wales.

The hearing also gave the Minister and the charity’s Transition Trustees the opportunity to provide a broader report on progress to deliver a fully operational charity in 2012.

The hearing was chaired by the Rt Hon Alun Michael MP and attended by a number of MPs and representatives of a wide range of organisations which play important roles in relation to our canals and other waterways.

This communiqué has been approved by the All Party Group as an accurate summary of the discussion and the Group also approves its publication and distribution to waterways stakeholders and other interested parties.

Anglesey Basin, Chasewater – Wyrley & Essington Canal

Government Statement

Key issues covered in Richard Benyon’s statement, as a response to the All Party Group Memorandum, were Canal & River Trust governance and financing, and waterways classification.

Governance: the Minister reported that progress had been made on what both Government and the Trust’s Transition Trustees believed was the right model on governance for the Trust to begin life.

There was now a target for 50% of the Council to be elected over time. On membership, the Trustees had decided that the charity should not have a membership for fund-raising purposes, believing that other means of raising funds and stimulating voluntary giving were more effective for fundraising than a formal membership.

Funding: Richard Benyon could not say what government funding was going to be for the Trust since negotiations had not yet concluded. But he acknowledged that the negotiations were complex, including the issues of adequate maintenance of the canal network, mitigation of possible future liabilities arising from environmental or other legislative requirements and the staff’s pension arrangements.

He stressed that the Government was committed to a sustainable and prosperous future for the waterways, and that it wanted to give the Trust the best possible start that it could. He expected to be able to make announcements in the New Year.

Waterways classification: this had become an issue. The Inland Waterways Association had raised concerns about the proposed amendments to the system for classifying waterways in the Transport Act 1968 because it was concerned that the Trust would seek to reclassify “cruising” waterways to “remainder” waterways.

He gave an assurance that any application from the Trust to reclassify a waterway would be subject to a full cost benefit analysis and wide consultation with those likely to be affected as required by the Transport Act. In addition, he was sure that the Trustees would consult the charity’s Council and the relevant Waterways Partnership before embarking on such a significant course of action that would impact on a large number of its users. These mechanisms would help to ensure a robust and transparent process on a re-classification of any of the charity’s waterways.

In answer to specific questions from Members of the All Party Group present, Richard Benyon added:

  • He did not want or expect to see closures of any waterways, as that would not be constructive. The Government wanted to ensure that in the medium term there was scope for a reduction in the percentage of assets that were in poor and very poor condition. He added that the Government wanted the existing network to be both maintained and enhanced.
  • On ownership, in response to the suggestion that part ownership of a charity under for example, co-operative arrangements, delivered local ownership and commitment, Richard Benyon commented that he could see that possibility, locally and as a part of natural evolution.

CRT Transition Trustees

Some Transition Trustees were present, including the chairman, Tony Hales and Lynne Berry who chairs the governance committee of the Shadow Board.  The Chief Executive of British Waterways, Robin Evans, was also present. The All Party Group invited them to comment.

Tony Hales said that that the Trust would be reviewing it’s governance in 3 years and that would be the time to reflect on the suggestions made with regard to ownership.

On finance, he said that commercial activity would be the most significant contributor, and that the Trustees were comfortable about the future prospects for this commercial activity.

The Trustees were also confident about the forecasts for the contribution for voluntary income and donations, which were expected to reach £6-8m after 10 years. There were also potential contributions to be made by other government departments, local government and bodies such as Transport for London and the Olympic Delivery Authority.

It was a question of determining the benefits they receive from the network so that they recognised that a contribution was justified.

However, he reiterated the view of the Trustees that the £39m per annum offered initially by central government was not enough. The finance package overall needed to be enough to secure the network’s assets in the long term and ensure that day to day maintenance was carried out together with network dredging; and to ensure that pensions were safeguarded.

He recognised the duty of  Trustees to be in a position to satisfy the Charity Commission that the Trust was sustainable.

Lynne Berry reported on public benefit. It had been evaluated at around £500 million but that didn’t fully reflect issues such as the social return and the well being benefit etc. Trustees were currently developing the public benefit model to embrace these wider issues.

Specific issues raised were:

  • What mechanism there was to secure heritage with the new charity? The Heritage Lottery Fund needed to become engaged so that grants could be explored for heritage issues. There were serious challenges for the museum’s archives which were under pressure from both users and historians whose needs might be different.
  •  Had potential new income streams been identified for the Trust?
  • Was the valuation of the British Waterways property portfolio [£450 million] realistic?
  • What incentive was there for the Trust to change its governance in the future?

Gloucester Museum

The responses were as follows.

Heritage: there was a museums representative on the Council, who would report on developments for museums and visitor attractions. The archives were regarded as a serious issue. They represented a major cost and storage and accessibility of paper archives was a problem but no less so for electronic archives which were still a significant cost. The Trust would continue to aim to make the archives available and it was an issue that needed to be settled for the future.

Income: at this stage the Trust’s long term commercial plans had to be subject to an element of confidentiality. But there was future potential for water cooling for buildings sited near the network, especially as many now had to make a 20% renewable energy contribution. In addition there were opportunities from micro power generation at weirs and locks.

Property Valuation: the property values were assessed annually according to the “Red Book” and this assessment is reviewed by Grant Thornton (the British Waterways auditors). It was regarded as a robust valuation.

Trust Governance: it was thought that the volunteer-led Trust would lend itself open to future evolution as necessary.


The hearing closed with an offer from Richard Benyon to return to the Group to give a further report when the financial negotiations were concluded.

The offer was welcomed by the Group and it was thought that this future hearing was likely to take place early in the New Year.

Alun Michael closed the proceedings commenting that it was not unheard of for charities to go wrong, volunteer led or otherwise. It would not be an easy transition. It was going to be very challenging and there was profound interest from MPs on all sides of the House, and there was general support for the proposed model. The transition would be scrutinised with great interest.

Canal News – Not much time left for Santa Fun on the canals

Canal News


Santa cruises at the Anderton Boat Lift

21 December 2011 – 24 December 2011

Anderton Boat Lift
Lift Lane

River Weaver »

Trent & Mersey Canal »

Boat trips with Santa at the Anderton Boat Lift.

The Anderton Boat Lift lifts boats from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal. The Santa cruises include presents for the children.


£5. To book, call 01606 786777. Anderton Boat Lift – oakparkrunner

 Santa’s grotto boat cruise

21 December 2011 – 24 December 2011

Gloucester Waterways Museum
Llanthony Warehouse

Gloucester & Sharpness Canal »

River Severn »

Meet Santa in his onboard grotto on a one-hour boat cruise from the Gloucester Waterways Museum.

Sail with Santa cruises on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. Join Santa in his on-board grotto for a memorable 45-minute Christmas cruise on the beautiful King Arthur pleasure boat. And everyone gets FREE access to the museum with their ticket.

£7, including children’s presents, and a hot drink and mince pie for grown-ups. Four sailings per day.

Early booking recommended. Tel 01452 318200 or 318201.

Santa at the Falkirk Wheel

23 December 2011 – 24 December 2011Santa at the Falkirk Wheel

Lime Road

Forth & Clyde Canal »

Union Canal »

Visit Santa in his floating grotto at the Falkirk Wheel boat lift.

There will be singing and dancing with Santa’s elves, face painting in the Christmas village, a reindeer hunt and goody bags for the children.

Site entry: Adults £1 (including non-alcoholic mulled wine). Children £2.50 (ages 1-15)
Floating grotto visit: Children £10. 2 adults free per party, £4 per adult thereafter.

23 December: Hourly, 11.30am-6.30pm
24 December: Hourly,

To book, call 08700 500 208. Early booking recommended.