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Canal News – October 25-26, Middlewich Floating Market, The Wartime Port – 1940s Event

Canal News – October 25-26


Floating market in Middlewich

Floating Market
24 – 26 Oct 2014
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Situated off Salinae Field/Lewin Street,
Town Bridge,
CW10 9AS
Find a unique christmas gift at Middlewich’s floating market this year – and why not enjoy some great food and drink as well?
Middlewich are playing host to an annual beer festival, artisan market and a floating market!
What better way to spend a weekend than finding yourself in the hub of delicious food, a beer festival and market packed full of hidden treasures and unique gifts.
Middlewich is a fantastic historic canal town, come and enjoy it in the autumn air. More information about the beer festival can be found here.

The Wartime Port – 1940s Event at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

NWM 40s
25 – 26 Oct 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
National Waterways Museum,
South Pier Road,
Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW

The event will bring to life the key role that the canals, waterways and ports played during the days of the Second World War. Re-enactors will recreate scenes and activities of events that would have taken place during the wartime period with original and reproduction equipment and vehicles.
The Wartime Port – 1940s Event 25th-26th October
The event will bring to life the key role that the canals, waterways and ports played during the days of the Second World War. Re-enactors will recreate scenes and activities of events that would have taken place during the wartime period with original and reproduction equipment and vehicles.
Visitors can expect to see a variety of allied military personnel, as they transit through the port, civilians and civil defence workers, home guard, land army and many others. Alongside this, entertainment will be provided throughout the day by renowned singers, Paul and Natasha Harper, together with 40’s DJs, Cotton Town Hot Club. The entertainment will continue into the evening with a WWII Victory Party.

Canal News – October 19 & 23, 2014

Canal News

October 19 & 23 2014

Anglesey Branch, Wyrley & Essington Canal

Anglesey Branch, Wyrley & Essington Canal

Family fun event at Fradley Junction

Fradley Junction
19 Oct 2014
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fradley Junction
DE13 7DN

Come and have a fun time with the family at Fradley Junction.
Free children’s activities in the scenic canalside setting of Fradley Junction.
Activities include:
• Hook a Duck
• Canal Art
• Bark Rubbing around the nature reserve

Additional info
Meet outside the Canal & River Trust offices in the café courtyard
The event/activities are run by CRT Education Volunteers and are part of a monthly events programme at Fradley Junction.
Pay and display parking
For more information about our lead visits please visit our website http://www.canalriverexplorers.org.uk or email us explorers@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Waterways Craft Group at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

Waterways Craft Group
19 Oct 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.

Volunteers needed in Cannock

We’re inviting local people living in and around Gailey in Cannock to help give the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal a much-needed tidy.
The next clean-up is planned for Thursday 23 October from 10am – 3pm and people of all ages and abilities are invited to lend a hand to spruce up their local waterway. All equipment will be provided and volunteers should wear old clothes that they don’t mind getting a bit muddy.
The work is part of our Towpath Taskforce volunteering project, which encourages people to come out, get their hands dirty and help protect some of Staffordshire’s most important wildlife habitats and public open space. The Taskforce provides regular volunteering opportunities for local communities which, as well as benefitting our canals and rivers also create memorable and rewarding experiences for everyone who takes part.
Community ownership
The teams meet regularly and are aimed at encouraging more community ownership of and pride in local waterways. Projects include painting lock gates, improving access to the towpath, clearing overgrown vegetation, cleaning up litter and graffiti and helping wildlife by building nest and bat boxes and planting reed beds.
Peter Mathews CMG, chair of the West Midlands waterways partnership for the Canal & River Trust, said: “Staffordshire’s waterways are a real hive of activity with a whole variety plants and animals living along them. There are some areas though that need a little work, from cutting back natural vegetation to clearing away some of the rubbish that gets left behind. The more that people living near the canal can spare a few hours and help us tidy it up the better it will be for the whole community.”
Meeting point is at the Trust’s car park next to the roundhouse, Croft Lane, just off the A5, Gailey, Staffordshire, ST19 5PR.

Volunteer for the Canal & River Trust

Canal News Street Organ Festival at the National Waterways Musuem 03 – 11 Aug 2013 And Gloucester Waterways Museum’s 25th Anniversary – Aug 4th

Street OrgansCanal News

Street Organ Festival at the National Waterways Musuem

03 – 11 Aug 2013
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Street organs will be on display – and playing – all around the Ellesmere Port museum.

The museum will be echoing to the sound of evocative street organs as they are played in the nooks and crannies of the site – bringing a real flavour of the streets of days gone by.


GlocsGloucester Waterways Museum team get set to celebrate 25th anniversary

Join Gloucester Waterways Museum‘s 25th anniversary celebrations

04 Aug 2013
10:30 am – 5:00 pm

It’s 25 years since HRH Prince Charles officially opened Gloucester Waterways Museum. Join the museum team as they celebrate the ongoing success of the museum with an anniversary party to remember.

There will be traditional waterways music, waterways craft demonstrations, children’s activities, boat trips and much more when Gloucester Waterways Museum celebrates its 25th anniversary.

The museum’s famous steam dredger will be in operation and visitors will be asked to share their favourite memories of the museum over the years.

Canal News – Montgomery Canal & The National Museum at Ellesmere Port

Canal News

Montgomery Canal

Montgomery Canal Restoration Work Party

20 – 21 Jul 2013
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Help the Shropshire Union Canal Society to complete the restoration of a further stretch of the Montgomery Canal.

The Shropshire Union Canal Society holds monthly work parties to return ‘the Monty’ to water.

New volunteers with any level of experience are welcome. The work parties are an opportunity to learn new skills under the guidance of experienced people.

This year the SUCS need a big push to lay blocks in the channel bed, so please come along and help to complete this section of the restoration. Tea and coffee are provided three times per day, just bring your own lunch.

Redwith_pre_resto_cRedwith – February 2007

2012and October 2012

The Society has been actively engaged in the restoration of the Montgomery Canal since 1968. We restored 10 locks between 1970 and 2006. With all the locks on the canal restored, we became a channel restoration group and moved to the Redwith site in 2008. This stretch will extend the length of the Montgomery linked with the national canal network by 430 metres – towards Crickheath, the next winding hole, and ultimately to Llanymynech, from where the watered but isolated section extends beyond Welshpool.

Can You Help?

Our needs are simple; volunteers, money, cake.

If you are interested in joining the restoration work parties, please contact Mike Friend on Mike@canalcottage.co.uk or 01948 880723 or 07909 912611
New volunteers with any level of experience are welcome, our work parties are an opportunity to learn new skills under the guidance of experienced people. This year we need a big push to lay blocks in the channel bed, so please come along and help us to complete this section of the restoration. Tea and coffee are provided three times per day, just bring your own lunch. And maybe a cake.

As a volunteer group our progress is slow, but we are extremely good value for money so please consider a donation to our restoration fund.
Using commercial contractors is much quicker but much more expensive; we’d like to see Llanymynech connected to Liverpool, Leeds and London in our lifetimes, so if you have a few million to spare, we’d love to hear from you!

Thanks to all the lovely people who have given us cakes. If you are in the area, don’t be shy!

Restoration Work Party Dates for 2013

February 02 + 03
March 16 + 17
April 20 + 21
May 18 + 19
June 15 + 16
July 20 + 21
August 17 + 18
September 21 + 22
October 19 + 20
November 16 + 17

To read this year’s work party reports, please click on the links above

For reports from previous years at Redwith, please see the Redwith Restoration Archive page.


The worksite runs between Bridges 83 and 84 at Redwith. The site entrance is just west of Redwith Bridge, on the B4396 between Knockin and Llynclys, about 300 yards east of Lloyds Animal Feeds.

Map reference SJ 300 240

Lloyds’ Post Code SY10 8BH

Google Maps link

The towpath remains open during restoration work.

Warriors and Washerwomen at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

RedcoatsThe Redcoats are here!

20 – 21 Jul 2013
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Soldiers, sailors, merchants and housewives from 1000 years of Cheshire history and beyond will be bringing the National Waterways Museum to life at the Warriors and Washerwomen Living History Fair on July 20 and 21.

This colourful weekend will see the museum taken over by re-enactors from many different periods giving a living, walking and talking exhibition of the history of Cheshire.

Visitors are invited to take a walk around the site and meet fearsome Vikings, Medieval artists, English Civil War soldiers, Redcoats and Cavalrymen from the colourful Napoleonic era, American Civil War soldiers to find out about the North-Wests links to that conflict, and even families inhabiting the historic row of cottages in the museum.

” Firing demonstrations, drills and other shows of old skills will be taking place around the museum’s seven acres during the day – visitors should listen out for announcement or just follow their ears to make sure they don’t miss anything. In addition to the historical enactors, there will be children’s activities, trails and boat trips.

Ellesmere Museum

Forthcoming Canal Attractions – Canal News 4-12-2012

Canal News 4-12-2012


IWA morning walk near Atherstone

06 Dec 2012

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join the IWA Lichfield Branch for a morning walk near Atherstone.

A circular walk of about 5½ miles including Baddesley Common, countryside and the Coventry Canal towpath at Atherstone Locks. Rising to the common, then gradual descent to canal and return uphill. There are 3 stiles en route so this walk may not be suitable for larger dogs.

Meet at 10am for a 10.15am start at St Nicholas Church Hall car park. Turn off A5 at the Black Swan roundabout at Grendon (between Tamworth and Atherstone) and follow road up Boot Hill to the church hall. Free parking.

Optional lunch on return at Rose Inn, Baxterley (a short car journey).

Leader: Ed Rule.

Organised by the Inland Waterways Association, Lichfield Branch; non-members welcome. Further information from Margaret Beardsmore on 07581 794111 or email margaret.beardsmore@waterways.org.uk

Coventry Canal Basin, Coventry Canal


Christmas concert at the National Waterways Museum

Father Christmas at the National Waterways Museum Father Christmas at the National Waterways Museum

07 Dec 2012

19:30 pm – 22:00 pm

Join the Wirral Singers in our lovely waterside café for a traditional choral concert of Christmas favourites.

What better way to celebrate the start of the festive season than with a good old sing song in beautiful surroundings?

Book your ticket for the Chistmas Concert at the National Waterways Museum from mid-November.

Visit Santa in Dudley Caverns


Completed in 1792, the Dudley No 1 Canal provided one link between the Stourbridge Canal & the Birmingham Main Line. The tunnel is 2888 metres long, extremely low and narrow, and contains a network of natural caverns, basins and branch lines, serving the old quarries and mines. There are believed to be some 4500 metres of waterways which were at one time connected inside the tunnel, some of which are still accessible. Picture taken from SO 93267 89233.  Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved] © Copyright Martyn B and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

08 – 09 Dec 2012

10:00 am – 17:00 pm

Take a magical illuminated boat trip through Dudley Caverns and meet Santa in his underground grotto.

Carols, mince pies and hot drinks will help everyone get into the Christmas spirit and of course there will be a gift for every child.

Trips depart every half an hour from 10am to 5pm.

Early booking is recommended as places are limited. Contact Dudley Canal Trust for more information. Tel 01384 236 275.

Why take the kids to Lapland to see Santa this Christmas when they can visit him by boat in his underground grotto deep in the Dudley Caverns?

Just imagine your children’s faces as they visit Santa on a magical illuminated journey that truly brings the festive season to life with fun and excitement. It’s a dramatically different way to get into the festive spirit. There’ll be carols, hot drinks, mince pies, seasonal entertainment and, of course………gifts for all the kiddies.

These trips last an hour, and they will run at weekends throughout December.

These events are always very popular and places are limited, so early booking is strongly advised.

8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd & 23rd December 2012


Dudley Canal TunnelDudley Canal Tunnel

Run by the Dudley canal trust, there are/were many caverns created when mining limestone. The trust run daily boat tours.  Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved] © Copyright Ashley Dace and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

   Bedford Street Staircase, Caldon Canal, 8 December

Bedford Street Staircase Lock, Caldon CanalBedford Street Staircase Lock, Caldon Canal

We’re draining three locks on the Bedford Street Staircase on the Caldon Canal and inviting you to take a look around.

We’re draining three of the 17 locks on the Caldon Canal, so that we can carry out a full inspection of the lock chambers and replace the 26 year-old gates at lock 3.

Due to extensive coal mining over the years, the depth of Lock 1 and 2 has increased by a few feet due to mining subsidence, making it essential to keep an eye on the structure of the locks with regular inspections. Engineers will check the brickwork, timber work, lock gates and lock gate furniture such as paddles and gearing.

Once the lock has been drained the team will also be using their heritage skills to carry out other repairs to the brickwork in the lock chamber.

Visit us

On Saturday 8 December we’re inviting you to venture into the deep lock, walk along the lock bottom and ask our experts about their work. You’ll also get the chance to meet the Etruria Boat Group Volunteers, who are bringing along one of their heritage boats.

No pre-booking required.

Location: Bedford Street Staircase Locks 1 & 2, Caldon Canal, Off Lower Bedford Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4BT

Time: 10am – 4pm, last entrance into the lock at 3:30pm

Parking: Etruria Vale Road at Etruria Locks, ST1 4RB. Follow the signs for the Etruria Industrial Museum (over the white bridge)


Canal News, Waterscape, Feb 24th 2012

Canal News


 Fradley Junction

Burton upon Trent


DE13 7DN

T: 01827 252000Fradley Junction, Trent and Mersey Canal, Staffordshire

This is the junction of the Coventry Canal with the Trent and Mersey. The famous Swan Inn is the white painted section in the 200 year old (listed) brick building.

Some refer to it as the “Mucky Duck”.

© Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 Boaters, walkers and families alike find much to interest them at Fradley Junction – the spot where the Trent & Mersey and Coventry canals meet.

The junction is particularly busy during the summer months, with guided walks taking place along the towpath and boaters having a well-earned break at the café or nearby pub. Children are kept busy at the Fradley Pool Nature Reserve, with pond-dipping, bird-watching and various other nature-related activities on offer.

Services offered:

• Leisure attraction

• Nature reserve

• Visitor centre

• Restaurant

• Cafe

• Pubs + bars

• Boat hire

• Food

• Family friendly

 Model boat fair

03 March 2012 – 04 March 2012Model Boats Pelsall

 National Waterways Museum

South Pier Road

Ellesmere Port


CH65 4FW

Related Waterways

Shropshire Union Canal »

Model boat fair at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. See model boats being demonstrated in the docks, view them up close on display and shop for the latest in model boat parts.

For more details, call the museum on 0151 355 5017 .

National Waterways Museum, 4 March

The bottom lock at The National Waterways Museum is being drained so our team can carry out lock gate replacement.

Come and join British Waterways on Sunday 4 March for a unique behind the scenes look at the locks. British Waterways teams will lead tours around the works, answering your questions about how lock gates are hand-crafted.

The team will also be able to tell you about how we care for and maintain the historic lock structures and the local area.

Unlocking the history

The locks at the museum site are designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed structure and point of the Shropshire Union Canal. The locks open into the Manchester Ship Canal, which leads onwards to the River Mersey. The site was a working port until the 1950s and is made up of a system of locks, docks and warehouses, together with a pump and engine room.

 Shropshire Union Canal at Barbridge, Cheshire

Seen from beneath the arch of Bridge No 100 (Bremilow’s Bridge) across the Shropshire Union Canal (originally the Chester Canal), which carries Stokehall Lane. Note the width of the bridge hole – far more than bridges further south on Telford’s narrow Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal. From here northwards, locks are fourteen feet wide, and boats up to a beam of ten feet are still able to navigate the canal to Ellesmere Port.  © Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 The canal was designed and engineered by William Jessop and Thomas Telford as part of an ambitious project aiming to connect to three nearby major rivers – Severn, Mersey and Dee. The section from Whitby Locks to Chester opened in 1795, linking two of the rivers. The connection to the River Severn was never completed.

Time: 11am-4pm

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

Can you help British Waterways look after Gloucester’s waterways?

The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal

The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal at Frampton on Severn viewed from the swing bridge. Frampton on Severn church is on the right.  © Copyright Philip Halling and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 22nd Feb 2012

British Waterways is looking for people who can dedicate some of their time to helping them care for Gloucester’s canals, river and dock. There are ten different roles available, all based in the Gloucester Dock office, which range from fundraising and heritage, to environment and even film making.

Lucy Bowles, British Waterways’ volunteer coordinator, says: “We’re in the midst of a really exciting time on the waterways. This summer the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, River Severn and Gloucester Docks will all be handed over to a brand new charity, the Canal & River Trust. This means we have new opportunities to work with the people who love their local waterway and have time or skills they can offer to help these 200-year-old treasures.”

The opportunities available are:

– Environment assistant

– Orchard creation volunteers

– Environment library assistant

– Film creator for internal communications

– GIS research volunteer

– Fundraising assistant

– Gloucester Docks and Saul lock keepers and rangers

– Volunteering development officer

– Heritage team assistant (to cover Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and South Wales)

There will be an informal drop-in session at The Dock Office, Commercial Road, Gloucester GL1 2EB anytime between 2pm and 5.30pm on Wednesday 22 February where you can find out more about the positions advertised.

Alternatively, you can visit http://www.waterscape.com/volunteering or call Lucy on 07824 327 274.

Guy Douglassv, who volunteered with the environment team last year, says: “By volunteering with British Waterways I noticeably improved my job prospects, through gaining valuable experience in the water management industry. After graduating, I joined the environment team at Gloucester and contributed towards many challenging and interesting projects. The team were really enthusiastic and helpful, constantly sharing their specialist knowledge and encouraging me to get involved. It also me more confidence and material when attending interviews, and it lead to me getting two job offers which I had never anticipated before the placement took place.”

Canal News – More Christmas stuff on the canals.

Canal News


 Santa cruises

17 December 2011 – 18 December 2011

National Waterways Museum
South Pier Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 4FW

Shropshire Union Canal »

Join Santa for a boat trip at the National Waterways Museum.

National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port  © Copyright Steve Fareham and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Children can visit Santa’s enchanting grotto, experience the Victorian Teddy Bears Christmas, hear a story and get a gift from Santa himself. Tea, coffee, juice, mince pies and biscuits will be available.

11am, 12.45pm and 2.30pm

Prices: Children £8, adults £4.

Visit the museum or call 0151 355 5017 to book your places – booking is recommended. The museum can only reserve places which have been paid for in advance.

Santa’s grotto in the Dudley Caverns

17 December 2011 – 18 December 2011

Dudley Tunnel
Birmingham New Road
West Midlands

Dudley No 1 Canal »

Dudley canal tunnel  Entrance to the Dudley Tunnel.  © Copyright Malc McDonald and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Take an illuminated canal boat trip into the Dudley Tunnel to Santa’s grotto deep in the limestone caverns. There will be carols, hot drinks, mince pies, seasonal entertainment and gifts for the children.

10am-5pm. Every 30 mins, trips last 45 mins.

Booking advised. To book, visit the Dudley Canal Trust website.

Santa Special boat trips

17 December 2011 – 18 December 2011

Tapton Lock
S41 7JB

Chesterfield Canal »

Tapton Lock Visitor Centre  Chesterfield Canal.   © Copyright Peter Barr and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Meet Santa on a boat trip on the Chesterfield Canal.

Take a trip on the Chesterfield Canal Trust’s trip boat John Varley. With presents for the children and mince pies and drinks for the adults. Departing from Tapton Lock on the A61 at the Tesco roundabout, S41 7JB.

First trip 10am

£6. For bookings, ring 01246 551035.