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Canal News – Waterscape – Feb 11 2012

Canal News


 Bradley Workshop, 16 February

Bradley Arm Canal

The canal leads from the ‘New Main Line’ to the British Waterways workshops. Once part of Brindley’s ‘Old Main Line’ and latterly the ‘Wednesbury Oak Loop’. © Copyright John M and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

  Visitors will be able to take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the lock gate workshops on the Bradley Arm of the Birmingham Canal Old Main Line, for the second time, following a popular first year. So, if you missed out here’s your chance to check out the impressive woodworking workshop where thousands of lock gates have been put together over the years.

Bradley Workshop, near Tipton, is one of the hubs of the nation’s waterways, the place where lock gates are carefully refurbished and new ones crafted. Inside its doors, more than 90 lock gates are built every year, which are then taken and used across the nation’s network of canals.

Janet Carter, workshop manager commented: “Last year’s event went really well and we felt we should open up the workshop again in order to give more people the chance to come and take a peek into the workshops. It’s satisfying to give people a chance to see the scale of the work we do to ensure that the waterways are preserved for today’s users and future generations, as well as gain an appreciation for the magnificent industrial heritage in their local area.”

In addition to exploring the workshop, visitors will be able to look round the heritage working boat Scorpio. Volunteers will be on hand to take visitors on a tour of the boat and talk about its history. The education team will also be there with lots of fun activities and information for the whole family.

Time: 9am-3pm. The workshops will be open to the public for self-guided tours.

Location: Bradley Workshop, WV14 8DW.

Booking: Not required.

Volunteer day: National Nest Box Week

19 February 2012

Lock House



DY10 3RL

Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal

Volunteers wanted to help install bird and mammal boxes along the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, as part of National Nest Box Week.


Meet in the Lock House car park. Booking essential. Please contact paul.wilkinson@britishwaterways.co.uk.

Hazelstrine Bridge on the Staffs & Worcs Canal at Wildwood, Stafford

An old working narrow boat from London moors up in the picturesque setting by Hazelstrine Bridge, which carries Hazelstrine Lane over the Staffs & Worcs Canal at Wildwood, Stafford.  © Copyright Mari Buckley and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

   The Staffs & Worcs Canal, as it is commonly known, was built as one of the trunk routes of the canal age – but is now justifiably popular with pleasure boats. Leaving the Trent & Mersey Canal at Great Haywood, and rising over the Compton Summit before dropping to meet the River Severn at Stourport, it runs for 46 miles through almost entirely rural surroundings.

Cutting through mostly soft undulating landscape fashioned by geological events of over 400 million years ago, the Staffs & Worcs is an essential link between major waterways as well as being an enjoyable cruise in its own right. Once full of coal boats, it now forms part of two separate cruising rings. The canal skirts the Birmingham and Black Country conurbation without ever becoming truly urban, making a delightful route through scarce West Midlands countryside.


Crick Boat Show tickets on sale

Crick Marina

The entrance to the Marina from the Grand Union Canal (Leicester Line).  © Copyright Ian Rob and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

9th Feb 2012

Tickets have gone on sale for this year’s Crick Boat Show and Waterways Festival, one of the biggest events in the waterways calendar. This year, the festival will be on 2-5 June, meaning it will fall across the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend.

The festival is a great family day out, with attractions including boat trips, live music, children’s entertainment, food and drink stalls, competitions, food demonstrations, evening ghost tours and seminars. More than 200 waterway businesses will be exhibiting, including boat builders, waterway accessories and services, arts and crafts, holiday companies and gourmet food specialists.

Boats and entertainment

The event is expected to attract more than 25,000 visitors, arriving by boat and over land. Moorings and campsites are available for those wanting to make the most of the festival by staying for more than one day.

Crick Boat Show is held at Crick Marina, on the Grand Union Canal Leicester Line in Northamptonshire. It is organised by Waterways World, in partnership with British Waterways and Crick Marina.

Visitors can save up to 25 percent by buying tickets in advance rather than on the gate. For tickets, visit http://www.crickboatshow.com http://www.crickboatshow.com.

Businesses interested in exhibiting should contact Ian Sharpe on 01283 742977 or ian.sharpe@wwonline.co.uk.

Anchor Lane View

The junction of the Bradley Canal Arm with the Birmingham Canal viewed from the Anchor Lane bridge, the Black Country Route bridge in the background.  © Copyright Gordon Griffiths and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Walsall Canal View

The Canal near the Black Country New Road at Great Bridge

© Copyright Gordon Griffiths and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 Restriction: Walsall Canal

Bradley & Forsters Bridge to Forsters Bridge

Tuesday 29 November 2011 – Friday 9 December 2011
A 50 metre stretch of towpath between Bradley and Forsters and Forsters Bridge will be affected by boundary wall demolition works being carried out.

The towpath will remain open at all times and towpath users will be escorted through the works.

British Waterways apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Enquiries: 01827 252000

  Muddy Waters Santa Cruises

03 December 2011 – 04 December 2011
Annie’s Tearoom
Canal Road

Oxford Canal

Oxford Canal at Aynho Weir – © Copyright Shaun Ferguson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

A festive canal boat ride from the peaceful village of Thrupp, with Oxfordshire Narrowboats and the child-friendly narrowboat Muddy Waters.

Visit Santa in his floating grotto. Price includes gifts for the children and tea and a mince pie at Annie’s Tearoom for the grown-ups.


£7. To book, call 01865 356140 in office hours, or email muddy.waters@live.co.uk.

Christmas music at Foxton Canal Museum

04 December 2011

Foxton Canal Museum
Middle Lock
Gumley Road
LE16 7RA

Grand Union Canal Leicester Line

Bridge 53 Grand Union Canal Leicester Section.  The summit level of the Leicester Line is at 412ft, runs 20.5 miles between Watford locks to the south and Foxton locks to the north going through practically nowhere, and does it very well.  © Copyright Maurice Pullin and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Christmas music at Foxton Canal Museum. Plus, the Foxton Inclined Plane Trust’s grand prize draw.

For more details, or to volunteer to help out, call 0116 279 2657.

Wharf Inn Christmas Fayre on the Oxford Canal

03 December 2011 – 04 December 2011

Wharf Inn
Wharf Lane
Fenny Compton
CV47 2FE

Oxford Canal »

Unusual and handmade Christmas gifts will be on sale at the Wharf Inn on the Oxford Canal.

There will be stalls in the pub and in a heated marquee, selling gifts, spices, cakes and homemade Christmas puddings, hamper orders, bird boxes, sticks and turned items. Stalls will include Cartia handmade fashion jewellery, Crafts in Wood and the Cheese Boat with a selection of yummy cheeses and chutneys. Plus learn how to make a Christmas wreath on Sunday at 4pm.


Historic fly-boat is an education

18th Nov 2011

A historic Shropshire Union fly-boat will be used to teach children about canal heritage, thanks to a £4,000 grant from the Waterways Trust.

The Saturn is a cheese fly-boat, which used to deliver cheese to Manchester, via the Llangollen Canal and Shropshire Union Canal. The Shropshire Union Fly-Boat Restoration Society (SUFBRS) will use the money towards an educational programme, including visual age, future plans for more horse-boating, and for on-going maintenance of the boat. The society is also installing traditional white cloth coverings on the boat, which will have the added benefit of providing wet weather shelter.

Keeping canal traditions alive

The Waterways Trust chief executive Roger Hanbury said: “We are delighted to be able to provide this support to Saturn. This project helps open up the story of our waterways, keeping alive the traditions and culture of the canals for future generations to enjoy and learn from. This grant has been made possible due to the generous support of Tony Hales CBE.”

SUFBRS chairperson Sue Cawson said: “The Saturn Project would like to say a very big thank you to Tony Hales and The Waterways Trust for this grant. It will make a real difference to our work with schools to improve the activities we provide. It is a real delight spending time with all our visitors, young and old, passing on our knowledge of the canals and boats of the past – especially Saturn.”

The overhaul of Saturn on Ellesmere Dock has just been completed and SUFBRS would like the thank Craftmaster Paints for providing the paint and BW North Wales & Borders Waterways for the use of the dock. Boatbuilder Adrian Polglase and the Project’s boat manager, artist Tony Lewery, worked with and directed the volunteers.