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

Canal News- 8th November 2014

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Napton open day

08 Nov 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address
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
Gloucester
GL1 2EH
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 August 30-31 – Over Canal Festival & Ellesmere Port Model Boat Club Regatta

Canal News August 30-31

Over Canal Festival & Ellesmere Port Model Boat Club Regatta

Over Canal Festival

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANarrowboats on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, with the River Severn in the background. Copyright Chris Handscombe

30 – 31 Aug 2014
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Address
Over Basin,
Gloucester,
GL2 8DB

A festival showcasing the restoration of the Hereford & Gloucester Canal. Entry is free and the attractions include a Beer and Cider Festival, Dancing, Craft Stalls and Boat Trips along the restored section of the canal.

 

Ellesmere Port Model Boat Club Regatta and fun day

Model BoatsModel Boats putting on a show.
31 Aug 2014
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Address
National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. CH65 4FW.

The 31 August presents a fascinating day out at the National Waterways Museum, come along and find out more about this wonderful hobby.
Come and see an exhibition of model boating skills or have a go yourself. This is really something for all the family.

 

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

Address
Anderton Boat Lift
Lift Lane
Northwich
Cheshire
CW9 6FW

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:
11:00
12:15
13:45
15:00
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

Address
Gloucester Quays
Gloucester

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.

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Water wildlife week at Gloucester Waterways Museum

Address
Gloucester Waterways Museum
Llanthony Warehouse
Gloucester Docks
Gloucester
GL1 2EH

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

Address
Foxton Locks
Foxton
Leicestershire

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.

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Waterways Craft Group at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

Address
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 – National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

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Russell Newbery Rally at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
13 – 15 Jun 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The rally provides an additional spectacle for the museum since visitors will be able to see a range of visiting boats, and particularly their engines with most running at some time through the day.
Russell Newbery was founded in Altrincham in 1909 by Frederick Russell and William Newbery following their apprenticeships at the factory of one Frederick Henry Royce at Trafford Park. Mr Royce was to become a partner with the Hon. Charles Stewart Rolls and the rest of that story needs no telling here!

Liverpool DocksIncluding music on the Waterfront

13 – 15 Jun 2014
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
A weekend of celebration on Liverpool’s waterfront.
This weekend not only sees Tall Ships, races and other nautical events as part of the Mersey River Festival, it is also the culmination of the Liverpool on the Waterfront programme.
Live music will be playing on the outdoor stage in front of the Royal Liver Building and the surrounding area will be brought to life with street theatre, stalls and entertainment.

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Waterways Craft Group at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
14 – 15 Jun 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

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05 Mar – 29 Apr 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address
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
Address
The Jam Factory Restaurant and Bar
Hollybush Row,
Oxford,
OX1 1HU

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 – Horses At Work at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

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Horses At Work at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

Horse at work

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

11 Aug 2013
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The early days of canals will be celebrated at the National Waterways Museum with the Horses At Work event on Sunday August 11.

Heavy horses will be visiting the museum to give a spectacular demonstration of horse-drawn canal boating – as well as old style horse and carts clip-clopping around the extensive museum grounds.

Visitors will also be able to see costumed performances, a harnessing demonstration, and join special tours of the site which highlight the horsepowered history of canals.

Horse drawn cart rides will be running on the day taking visitors on a loop of the waterfront and for youngsters there will be pony rides available from the Parkgate Pony Sanctuary.

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

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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.

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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.

More Canal News Waterway Museums and Attractions Celebrate Historic First Anniversary

  More Canal News

Waterway Museums and Attractions Celebrate Historic First Anniversary

Ellesmere Museum

Waterway Watch

To mark its first anniversary the Canal & River Trust is opening the doors to its three museums; National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port; Gloucester Waterways Museum and The Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne for free, and offering visitors to Standedge Visitor Centre in Yorkshire free 30-minute boat trips into Britain’s longest canal tunnel.

In July 2012 the Canal & River Trust took over responsibility for 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in England and Wales. The transfer of the waterways from state control to the voluntary sector was the largest of its kind ever to happen in this country.

Gloucester Museum

The Canal & River Trust’s, Head of Museums and Attractions, Debbie Lumb, said: “The creation of the Canal & River Trust was an historic event in the life of the waterways and we are opening the museum doors for free so people can come and find out more about the important, but often hidden story, of our canals and rivers.

“The canals are wonderful working pieces of our nation’s heritage. It’s amazing to think that when we walk along the towpath we are still enjoying the hard work of thousands of men and women who created the canals over 250 years ago.”

Stoke Bruerne Museum

Special Events include:

Gloucester Waterways Museum will be offering free entry to visitors on Sunday 30th June.

The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port will be offering free entry to visitors on Tuesday 2 July

The Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne will be offering free entry to visitors on Tuesday 2 July

Free 30-minute boat trips will be available from Standedge Visitor Centre on Tuesday 2 July

On 2 Julyvisitors to Anderton Boat Liftwho purchase a hot drink will be offered a slice of birthday cake

to help celebrate the first birthday of the charity.

The doors at Ellesmere Port will reopen to visitors on the 9 July, when the Trust’s Annual Meeting will be hosted by the National Waterways Museum.

To make 9 July an extra special day, entry to the museum will again be free so visitors can take advantage of seeing the museum putting on a real show – with special art workshops, archives open, engines running in the Power Hall, guided tours of the museum and a rare chance to take a behind the scenes tour of the Heritage Boatyard.

Standedge Visitor centre

 

Canal News – Waterways Beer Festival – Real Ale

I know that it’s ‘Canal news’ posts two days running but i couldn’t miss this one!!

Waterways Beer Festival

12 – 14 Oct 2012

Fans of real ale will be welcomed to the National Waterways Museum in October when it hosts a three day beer festival.

The festival, organised in conjunction with Titanic Brewery, will run from Friday October 12 to Sunday October 14 and will showcase a range of real ales with canal and waterways connections from across the country.

Our first beer festival last year was a great event and we’re looking forwards to repeating it. We’re busy putting together a list of great ale from the canal network, using brewers from canalside locations and classic canal towns.

Roses and Castles

The cabin of a narrowboat at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. It shows the traditional paintwork feature (Roses and Castles) of canal narrow boats. Nobody knows the origins of the tradition but such motifs were used to decorate almost everything on the narrowboats.  © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

  The Museum has good public transport links, being only a few minutes signposted walk from the railway station and for groups who have organised a designated driver the museum is just off junction 9 of the M53. Moorings for the weekend are available.

Tickets are now on sale at the Museum at just £10 – which gets visitors to the festival entry to the museum, a programme and enough tokens for four pints of real ale.

The festival will be open on Friday 12 from 2pm to 11pm, Saturday 13 from 2pm to 11pm and on Sunday 14 from 2pm to 5pm.

And an added bonus on Sunday 14 October will be the homecoming ceremony of the narrowboat Ilkeston which has been on display at the London Canal Museum since August. She has been showcasing the skills and work of the museum’s Heritage Boatyard.

The Boat Museum at Ellesmere Port

As well as the collection of full-sized preserved canal boats, there were many, detailed working models being demonstrated by enthusiasts on the island between the two sets of Grade II listed locks at the National Waterways Museum.

The National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

The National Waterways Museum is based in the historic canal docks at Ellesmere Port at the northern extremity of the Shropshire Union Canal where it enters the Manchester Ship Canal at Ellesmere Port.

 The museum site consists of the former canal port which initially linked the Shropshire Union Canal with the River Mersey (before the Ship Canal was built). The canal port consisted of a system of locks, docks and warehouses, together with a pump and engine room all of which have been preserved and used within the museum. The port was designed by Thomas Telford under the direction of William Jessop and continued to function as a working canal port until the 1950s after which it gradually became derelict until it was taken over as “the North West Museum of Inland Navigation”, later “The Boat Museum” in the 1970s. In the 1990s The Waterways Trust took on the management of the National Waterways Museum. Funding from Heritage Lottery Fund helped create new displays and improve visitor facilities.  The museum contains the largest collection of canal boats in the world.  © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Canal News Waterscape – Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal celebrates 200 years

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Waterscape

Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal celebrates 200 yearsWater lilies, Five Locks Basin At the Cwmbran end of the Monmouth & Brecon Canal. © Copyright Eirian Evans and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

1st Feb 2012

In 2012 the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its opening. A series of events will be held throughout the year, launching on 10 February.

In 2012 the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its opening. A series of events will be held throughout the year, launching on 10 February. The celebrations will begin with the ‘ringing of the bells’, recreating the Mon & Brec’s opening ceremony 200 years ago.

Peal of church bells

A single bell will be rung by Cllr Bob Wellington, Leader of Torfaen County Borough Council and Robin Herbert, the Great, Great Grandson of Sir Benjamin Hall who gave the name of ‘Big Ben’ to the bell of the clock installed in the tower of the Houses of Parliament in 1857.

The opening ceremony will form part of a celebratory event at Pontymoile Basin between 11am and 2pm, which is open to the public. The event will include performances by pupils from West Monmouthshire School, Pontymoile Primary School, Accord Singers and St Cadocs Millennium Chimes.

The initial bell strike at 12 noon will start the Peal of Church Bells from Pontymoile Basin to Brecon in one direction and Newport and Cwmcarn in the other. hurch bells will also peal from Hay-on-Wye to Brecon. Project co-ordinator David Morgan said almost 30 churches will be creating the rippling effect between 12 noon and 7pm.

“It is fantastic to see such great community engagement and involvement to help mark this historic occasion,” David said.Skew railway bridge over Monmouth and Brecon canal.  This railway bridge carried the Abergavenny to Merthyr Tydfil railway line and is now part on National cycle route 46.  © Copyright nantcoly and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Cycle ride

Members of the public are also invited to join a cycle ride along the canal from Pontymoile to Llanfoist, listening to the bells. The group will meet at 9.30am on Friday 10 February at Llanfoist car park at the start of the railway cycle path. The ride will reach Pontymoile Canal Basin by 11.30am, and return about 3pm. Soup and hot drinks available for a donation. Please bring a helmet and appropriate clothing.

News

National Waterways Museum announces 2012 eventsEnd of the Shropshire Union canal.  The Shropshire Union canal ends at Ellesmere Port. Extensive restoration and regeneration has taken place. Part of the docks now houses the National Waterways Museum. New offices , apartments , and a hotel have also been built on the site.  © Copyright Galatas and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

31st Jan 2012

The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port has announced details of its 2012 programme of events. As usual, the museum, located on the Shropshire Union Canal, will be hosting the popular Easter Boat Gathering, along with a host of other events throughout the year.

This is the second year that the Easter Gathering will be joined by a Sea Shanty Festival, with performances by traditional musicians.

Canal open day

The first event of the year is the ever-popular Model Boat Fair, on March 3-4. This year there will also be the chance to see one of the museum’s historic locks from the inside. British Waterways will be on site replacing a lock gate and will be holding an Open Day, where visitors can see the work being carried out.Canal boats within Ellesmere Port Boat Museum.  Museum Buildings in the background.  © Copyright David Anstiss and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Warriors and Washerwomen is a new event for May 12 -13, which will see the museum becoming home for the weekend to historical re-enactors from the Roman era to WWII. Visitors will be able to see demonstrations and learn about several periods of Cheshire’s past.June 16-17 will see a fascinating Craft and Classic Car Fair.

Beer festival

October’s Beer Festival (October 12-14), organised in conjunction with Titanic Brewery, is a chance to real ale fans to try some of the finest craft beers in the museum’s unique surroundings.

Marketing Manager Oliver Briscoe said: “We’re excited about our programme for this year; there is really something for everyone. We’ve got some successful events taking their place on the calendar for us, some new events which we hope will establish themselves and some which are finding their feet.

“The museum itself is a unique site which is well worth a visit but coming to see us on one of our special event days just gives you something extra.”

For a full list of events at the National Waterways Museum, visit waterscape’s event pages and search for ‘Ellesmere Port’.

National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.  The closest funnel is on the steam tug Kerne – preserved and workable.  The red “woodbine” is on the dredger Mannin 2 – last heard of on her side at Weston Point Dock, Runcorn and will possibly be a total loss.  The blue and white banded funnel is on steam tug and directors’ vessel Daniel Adamson – currently undergoing a full scale restoration in Liverpool.  © Copyright Chris Allen and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.