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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
Address
Fradley Junction
Staffordshire
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

Volunteer
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 – Early October – Final bat walk – Bugsworth Canal Basin: Then & Now Display – Banbury Canal Day

Canal News – Early October

Final bat walk

Common Pipistrelle Bat - Hugh Clark, Bat Conservation Trust

Common Pipistrelle Bat – Hugh Clark, Bat Conservation Trust

03 Oct 2014
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Address
Staffordshire & Worcester Canal (Wolverley)
DY103RL
Do you know how many bat species we have in the UK? Come along and find out how to spot these amazing mammals.
Bats will be travelling to their winter roosts soon so this is your last chance this year to join us and discover bats along the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal.
You’ll get the chance to find out all about bats and which bats live in your area, you’ll also be provided with detectors to assist your bat-spotting!
Bats are mysterious creatures with their night time expeditions – did you know they have also discovered the secret to cheating the ageing process!?
British bats are entirely harmless so don’t be shy, wrap up warm and wear suitable shoes for walking.
So we can manage numbers, please contact us to let us know you’re coming. Please email Paul Wilkinson.

Bugsworth Canal Basin: Then & Now Display

Bugsworth Basin, Peak Forest Canal

Bugsworth Basin, Peak Forest Canal

04 – 05 Oct 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address
Buxworth Primary School
Station Road
Buxworth
High Peak
Derbyshire
SK23 7NJ
On 4 and 5 October Bugsworth Basin Heritage Trust are hosting a then and now display.
Come and give you support to Bugsworth Basin Heritage Trust by joining the team at Buxworth Primary School where from 10 til 4 and as part of the Buxworth Steam Party Weekend, you’ll be able to see some before and after restoration work of the Bugsworth Canal Basin.
If you are interested in attending or would like to volunteer your services please contact Mark Lomas here.

Banbury Canal Day

05 Oct 2014
10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Address
Canalside
Banbury
Oxfordshire

Boat trips, crafts, demonstrations and musical entertainment promise to make Banbury Canal Day go with a swing.
The Mill Arts centre will be opening its doors for a day of entertainment, food and drink, and a free folk concert will be held by General Foods Garden adjacent to the towpath.
Boat trips will be taking plave from Sovereign Wharf, with barrel organs entertaining those waiting to board. Don’t forget to stop by Tooley’s historic boatyard for a display of engines and boats, with a chance to watch a blacksmith at work.
As well as all of the above, Banbury Canal Day offers falconry, fairground rides and enough food and drink outlets to keep hunger firmly at bay.

Marina on Oxford Canal at Banbury

Marina on Oxford Canal at Banbury

The Oxford Canal is a 78-mile-long (126 km) narrow canal linking Oxford with Coventry via Banbury and Rugby. It connects with the River Thames at Oxford, to the Grand Union Canal at the villages of Braunston and Napton-on-the-Hill, and to the Coventry Canal at Hawkesbury Junction in Bedworth just north of Coventry.  The canal was once an important artery of trade between the English Midlands and London, and is now highly popular among pleasure boaters.
  © Copyright Paul Gillett and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Canal News – Volunteers needed to help clean the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal

Canal News

Volunteers needed to help clean the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal

We’re asking people living in and around Gailey in Cannock to help us give the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal a much-needed spring clean.

715Volunteers after working on their adopted length of canal
The next clean-up is planned for Thursday 24 April 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 the 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.
Pride in local waterways
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 our car park next to the Roundhouse, Croft Lane, just off the A5, Gailey, Staffordshire, ST19 5PR.