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BULLETIN June 2014

Photo: Chester Moorings (photo by Gillian Bolt)

IWA’s National Campaign Festival 2014 Programme Announced IWA is pleased to announce the programme for the National Campaign Festival being held in Chester. Over 125 traditional canal boats will gather in Tower Wharf on the Dee Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal for the festival, which takes place over the weekend of 6th - 8th June. The event, which is organised by IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch will include an RAF Hawker Hurricane flypast, free

angling taster sessions, pole dancing sessions, children’s activities such as model boat making with Wild over Waterways, free boat trips and guided walks as well as food and refreshment stands and live music from rhythm & blues and brass bands.

Trust, Canal & River Trust and Chester Renaissance to develop a waterway strategy to support the Chester One City Plan. This new Strategy, to be launched during the week of the Festival by Cheshire West and Chester Council, includes this “Vision”. The National Campaign Festival will highlight the benefits for The aim of IWA’s Chester Chester, such as an increase campaign is to restore the full in tourism and waterside use of the Dee Branch of the regeneration, that the Strategy Shropshire Union Canal, to allow will bring for the city. safe passage for boats on to the upper reaches of the River Dee via a new lock in the Old Mill Contents Race on the Handbridge side IWA News 2 of the river. From 2012 - 2014, Other News 6 IWA Chester & Merseyside IWA Work Parties 7 Branch worked in partnership Waterway Events 10 with Chester Canal Heritage

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IWA Bulletin - June 2014

IWA News IWA Submits HS2 Bill Petition

Photo: Proposed route of HS2 at Fradley Junction

On 19th May 2014, IWA formally submitted its Petition to the House of Commons against the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill. IWA’s Petition summarises the position the Association has taken on HS2 Phase 1 in its responses to previous consultations and at meetings with HS2 Ltd. IWA does not object to HS2 in principle but the current proposed HS2 route could have an extensive negative impact on the built heritage, tranquillity and amenity value of various wterways, their access and enjoyment by the public and their commercial interests.

• Waterway Design Principles, IWA wants to see good design, rather than ‘lowest cost’ design, used on canal crossings to ensure minimum negative impact at locations such as Curdworth and Colne Valley. • Clearances for boats and towpath users around permanent and temporary works to be maintained. • Redesign of the HS2 link line canal crossings at Fradley to avoid the canal. • Specific attention to the HS2 underbridge over the Grand Union Canal at Saltley Viaduct, to ensure a positive space is created rather than a dark ‘hole’ everyone avoids. • Careful design of the Curzon Street Station deck, which arches over Digbeth Branch & Ashted Lock, again to create a positive rather than negative space and to take the opportunity to put something attractive in this part of Birmingham’s inland waterway network.

The Petition submitted by IWA seeks assurance that appropriate IWA’s Petition specifically mentions steps will be taken to maintain the current character and environment the following issues that need to be improved because of the impact of and to minimise the impact on they could have on the waterways: waterways and their associated • Noise reduction wherever the structures where HS2 crosses and runs close to navigations. route crosses or approaches canals. CRT seeks similar assurance and • Vertical deviations on canal on 23rd May, submitted its Petition crossings, as the Bill currently allows the route to be lowered against the Bill. As in IWA’s Petition, CRT calls for consideration by any amount, and raised by of design quality of waterway up to three metres. crossings, the protection of

heritage assets and how to mitigate the affects of noise pollution on waterways. CRT is particularly concerned about how HS2 will affect waterways in a number of locations including the Scrubs Lane area of the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal, the Curzon Street area of Birmingham and Fradley Junction. IWA has been working with CRT to develop the Hyder Report, which proposes an alternative HS2 route that would avoid multiple crossings of the Trent & Mersey Canal near Fradley. IWA has and continues to follow a number of routes to object to the Bill. Submission of a formal Petition is just one of these. This is an agreed Parliamentary process that provides individuals, groups and organisations with an opportunity to oppose the Bill or to seek its amendment by appearing in person before a specially-convened Select Committee in either or both Houses of Parliament. The next step is for the Promoter’s representative, HS2 Ltd., to be provided with a copy of all the Petitions and to respond to petitioners with their counter proposals. Petitioners may then either withdraw, because they are satisfied that their concerns have been addressed, or continue with their Petition. Eventually the Select Committee will consider the specific Petition, and determine what it thinks should be done on the issues raised, before the Bill becomes law.

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IWA Bulletin - June 2014 The principle of HS2 has already been approved by Parliament, in its second reading of the Bill at the end of April this year. The length of time it may take for the Select Committee to consider all the Petitions is not clear. IWA’s Petition has been carefully drawn up in discussion with other interested inland waterway organisations to ensure the ‘waterways voice’ is heard clearly in this difficult debate. CRT’s Petition is available to read at www.publications.parliament.uk/ pa/cmhs2/petitions/1786.pdf. All Petitions are being published on www.publications.parliament.uk.

Olympic Waterways Inaugural Cruise On behalf of IWA, St Pancras Cruising Club (SPCC) organised an inaugural cruise around the Olympic Park waterways on Saturday 10th May 2014. Nearly forty boats took part in the cruise, which was organised in two parts to allow navigation of the entire park around the obstacles of Crossrail constructions and the un-restored Carpenters Road Lock, which currently split the navigation. SPCC Commodore, Andrew Phasey, devised a strategic plan for two flotillas separately, but simultaneously, to negotiate the two sections, crossing over seamlessly, to enable both groups to complete their transits of all the available waterways. At the appointed hour, the London

Photo: Participants of Olympic Waterways Cruise (photo by Roger Squires)

Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), which is responsible for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, temporarily removed the two booms that block access to the Olympic Park waterways, and the two flotillas began their cruises. The LLDC has indicated that, until all the works are completed, the waterways will not be on open access. However, it has indicated that similar organised group events will be considered in the immediate future. IWA wants to see the Olympic Waterways fully available to boaters as quickly as possible and in the short term is encouraging further organised cruises.

WRG Volunteer Selected as Volunteer’s Week Ambassador IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) is pleased to announce that volunteer George Rogers has been selected as one of thirty Volunteer’s Week Ambassadors. In 2014 Volunteer’s Week will

run from 1st - 7th June and is organised by NCVO (the National Council of Voluntary Organisations) in partnership with Volunteer Development Scotland, Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action. As part of celebrations marking the thirtieth anniversary of Volunteer’s Week, the organisers have chosen thirty volunteers from across the country to be Volunteer’s Week Ambassadors. George first volunteered with WRG in the summer between him leaving school and starting university. In just the few years since then he has been on over thirty Canal Camps and progressed to become a leader on the Camps. The full list of Ambassadors can be viewed at the NCVO website.

Photo: George Rogers brick laying on WRG Canal Camp

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IWA Bulletin - June 2014

New WRG Vehicle WRG has recently replaced its Beavertail lorry and Land Rover with a new Iveco van. The decision was made to replace these vehicles due to the strict regulations relating to the operation of Beavertail lorries and the age of the Land Rover. The replacement vehicle, an Iveco heavy-duty, twin-wheeled van

First Annual Restoration Workshop a Great Success On 10th May IWA held, in conjunction with CRT, the first of what is hoped to become an annual waterway restoration workshop. Over eighty delegates representing more than forty waterway restoration projects as well as a small number of key representatives from IWA and CRT attended the workshop. The principle objectives and purpose of this year’s conference were: • To advise the local restoration groups of what strategic support and help is available. • For the groups to let IWA and CRT know what further support they might need. • To further develop networking between the groups. • To share good practice and acknowledge success. • To launch a newly produced

with all terrain tyres and difflock, was chosen as it can meet the needs of WRG with greater reliability and less cost than the Beavertail lorry and Land Rover. The purchase of the van was largely funded by the sale of the Beavertail lorry and Land Rover with the difference coming from WRG restricted funds held by IWA.

waterways restoration video aimed at local authorities and principle funders. • To promote the results of recent research carried out by the University of Northampton that re-examined the benefits and the impacts of seven recent waterways restorations on the surrounding areas thus helping to demonstrate how similar schemes may benefit their local communities. Those at the workshop also heard from speakers from Cotswold Canals Trust, Wiltshire, Swindon & Oxfordshire Canal Partnership (covering the Wilts & Berks Canal) and the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust sharing some of their experiences. To give a different perspective Glyn Cornish from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway gave an interesting presentation on how other heritage sectors successfully develop and expand their business at a time when potential financial resources are diminishing. There were also sessions on the practical considerations facing restoration

Photo: New WRG Iveco van

groups such as securing funding and making the most of training opportunities. In conclusion, it was announced that there would be a progress review of all restoration projects based on the reports produced by The Inland Waterways Advisory Council before its abolition. Questionnaires designed to record the progress of waterway restorations are to be sent to all known waterway restoration projects shortly. The purpose of the survey would be to gather information to help potential funders make reasoned judgements when considering funding applications. The workshop was considered a success and the plans to run the event again next year are underway with a date to be announced shortly.

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WRG Exhibition at The London Canal Museum The London Canal Museum’s latest exhibition, Restored by London, showcases the work of IWA’s London WRG in around fifty photos by waterways photographer and WRG volunteer Tim Lewis.

Photo: Cyclists in the Montgomery Canal Triathlon (photo by David Aylwin)

The photos show the recent work of London WRG at sites across the country and will be at the museum until 17th August. More information is available at the London Canal Museum website.

Montgomery Canal Triathlon is Best Yet

entrants who had completed one, two or all three sections of the triathlon.

The 2014 Montgomery Canal Triathlon, organised by Friends of the Montgomery Canal and IWA Shrewsbury, District & North Wales Branch, was the biggest yet with nearly 300 people taking part.

The Triathlon is organised to support the Maesbury Canal Festival, planned for 6th and 7th September this year.

IWA at Braunston Historic Boat Rally

The participant who completed the thirty-five miles in the shortest time was Moses Tumukende, who ran the entire length in four hours and forty-eight minutes. The fastest triathlete was Jean Ashley, who completed the course in five hours and fifteen minutes, thirty minutes faster than the previous best time.

Essex Waterways Ltd., a subsidiary of IWA and navigation authority for the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, was pleased to support the fundraising efforts of Farleigh Hospice by allowing its Walk for Life route to include the waterway’s towpath.

More information is available at the Braunston Marina website.

CRT Chief Executive, Richard Parry also entered the event to raise money for CRT. After he had finished the thirty-five mile course, Mr Parry presented medallions to

£114,000 has been pledged in sponsorship from the event so far, money that will help to fund the free services that the hospice provides to those living with terminal illnesses in Mid-Essex.

More than twice as many people participated in the triathlon held on 10th May than in previous years. Entrants came from across the country and were supported throughout the event by a team of volunteers.

WRG and IWA’s Freight Group plan to attend Braunston Historic Essex Waterways Boat Rally on the 28th and 29th June. This is the 12th working Supports Local narrowboat rally at Braunston Fundraising Event and over eighty historic boats are On 11th May nearly 1,200 walkers expected. The event also features took to the Chelmer & Blackwater a real ale beer tent, exhibitors, Navigation towpath to raise money traders & waterways artists and live music from bands & groups. for a local hospice.

Heritage Lottery Funding Information Session CRT and IWA plan to host a Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) information session on Saturday 21st June at CRT’s Hatton Office in Warwickshire from 10 am to 12.00 noon. The session will be led by Catherine Kemp, an HLF

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IWA Bulletin - June 2014 Development Officer based in the West Midlands, and aims to inform participants about the current HLF grant programmes and what makes a good HLF application. For those who are interested, there will also be the opportunity to talk through a selection of HLF funded projects to give an insight into the processes involved.

IWA Restoration Comittee Vacancy IWA Restoration Committee seeks a person with accurate recording skills to take on the role of minutes secretary. The Committee meets six times a year throughout England &

To book a place on the event email jenny.black@waterways.org. uk. Please note that there are only twenty places available.

Wales and is looking for a volunteer to take the minutes at these meetings and to write them up afterwards. An interest in waterway restoration, a want to contribute to the work of IWA and a few hours of your time every other month is all that is needed.

About People Brian Macknish IWA is saddened to report the death of Brian Macknish who passed away peacefully at a hospice on Sunday 18th May. Until Brian fell ill last year, he was chairman of Thames & Medway Canal Association. If you are interested in being considered for this role please contact Vaughan Welch, IWA Restoration Committee chairman, on 0121 477 9782 or vaughan. welch@waterways.org.uk

Other News CRT Winter Stoppages 2014/15 Draft Programme Released

Next Phase of Ashby Canal Restoration Begins

This stage of restoration will focus on the stretch from Snarestone Pumping Station to Bridge 62, which will be constructed over a period of approximately twenty CRT has released its draft winter On 12th May contractors weeks and include the rebuilding of stoppages programme for 2014/15, employed by Leicestershire County Bridge 62. which can be viewed at the CRT Council started work on the next website. stage of restoration of the Ashby Ashby Canal Association has Canal. recently held work parties at the CRT has invited boaters to site of the old (demolished) bridge comment on the draft programme. Once CRT has received the first round of comments it has said its works planners will consider all the feedback, both online and from engineers, and will make amendments. Comments must be submitted via the CRT website by Friday 20 June. Photo: Recovered Bricks from Bridge 62, Ashby Canal (photo by Ashby Canal Trust)

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IWA Bulletin - June 2014 to recover the original bricks for use by WRG volunteers this autumn. The bricks recovered are oversize “Wilkes Gobs”, a local brick made by Joseph Wilkes, one of the original promoters of the Ashby Canal.

Five CRT Partnership Chairs Come to the End of their Volunteering Term This autumn, the chairmen of four of CRT’s Waterway Partnerships (Manchester & Pennine, North Wales & Borders, South Wales & Severn and West Midlands, plusits Museums & Attractions Partnership), are coming to the end of their first volunteering term. Each is eligible to apply for reappointment for a second term as part of an open recruitment process. The Partnership chairmen, who have a seat on CRT’s governing Council, lead a group of local volunteers that help shape plans for their waterway, or museums, and guide the Trust’s decisions. The Partnerships include people with relevant business experience and expertise in areas such as boating, local government, volunteering, fundraising, environment, heritage and community engagement,

as well as core waterways and museums experience.

West Midland Waterborne Taskforces

CRT plans to advertise each of the positions in July with shortlisted candidates invited for interview in early September. Appointments will be effective from November 2014.

CRT West Midlands volunteer team plans to set up a waterborne taskforce to carry out regular rubbish sweeps from work boats.

Re-watering Begins on the Buckingham Arm After over twenty-two years of work, re-watering of the Buckingham Arm of the Grand Union Canal began at Cosgrove on Saturday 17th May 2014. Water is being taken from the Grand Union Canal via two siphon pipes to fill the arm, which is a slow process. Volunteers with Buckingham Canal Society have been working on the Buckingham Arm at Cosgrove for many years carrying out a variety of tasks that have included vegetation clearance, fencing and preparing the canal for re-watering.

CRT plans to base the volunteer taskforces at Icknield Port Yard in Birmingham, Dunns Bridge Yard at Wind Mill End in Dudley, Henwood tip at Catherine de Barnes in Solihull and Broad Street in Wolverhampton. The taskforces’ aim would be to keep the canals clean of floating debris. More information is available from CRT Volunteer Coordinator Murray Woodward at murray. woodward@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

ABC Boat Management and BCBM Following a review by ABC Boat Management Ltd. of its operations within the company alongside the company’s Managed Sydicate Operations Manager’s decision to pursue his career elsewhere, ABC Boat Management has decided to link with BCBM Boat Share Ltd.. BCBM has taken this opportunity to take on the administration of ABC Boat Management’s managed syndicates.

IWA & WRG Work Party Reports This section contains volunteer reports from IWA branches and IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group (WRG). IWA branch

reports contain information from their latest work parties where volunteers have worked to help maintain their local canals. WRG

reports on its Canal Camps and weekend digs to keep readers up to date with the restoration work the group has been undertaking.

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IWA Bulletin - June 2014 Shaw lived in the former lock cottage acting for many years as unofficial lock keeper.

Photo: 1st Wargrave Guides at Garston Lock (photo by 1st Wargrave Guides)

IWA Guildford & Reading Branch Volunteer Helps 1st Wargrave Guides

work that was being completed.

Second Wardle Lock Work Party Continues Good Work

On Sunday 11th May, IWA Guildford & Reading Branch volunteer, Verna Smith, joined 1st Wargrave Guides to help at their first work part at Garston Lock on the Kennet & Avon Canal. 1st Wargrave Guides have adopted both Sheffield & Garston Locks on the K&A Canal, which are both near Theale. Garston Lock, is one of only two surviving turf-sided locks in Britain. This early lock design was most often used on river navigations in the early 1700s, before the advent of canals. The sides of the turf-lock are sloping so, when full, the lock is quite wide. Consequently, this type of lock needs more water to operate than the now more common brick or stone-sided variety. 1st Wargrave Guides’ first work party since their adoption was spent cleaning, weeding, removing graffiti, putting up bird boxes and painting Garston Lock. Passing boaters were impressed to see the

Photo: Volunteers painting railings at Wardle Lock (photo by Bob Luscombe)

Wednesday 14th May brought a bright sunny day as sixteen willing volunteers gathered for the second Wardle Lock work party in Middlewich. Volunteers from IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire and IWA Shrewsbury and North Wales Branches, together with members of the Trent & Mersey Canal Society continued the work started two weeks earlier at their first Wardle Lock work party. The aim of this series of work parties was to work on the lock and surrounding area so that they once again resembled the days when the late Maureen

On this second work party, the lock gates were finished off with a fresh coat of paint and with the use of a CRT work boat, the team were able to make significant impact on the offside vegetation that had become very overgrown over the years restricting navigation below the lock entrance. So much vegetation was removed that the work boat was left full at the end of the day. In addition, volunteers collected and removed over ten bags of rubbish that had been deposited under the road bridge at the junction of the Trent & Mersey Canal and Wardle Canal. Boaters approaching the locks from the Trent & Mersey at the end of the day commented that it was like arriving at somewhere totally different from what they were used to. A great example of IWA branches working together with both local canal societies and CRT.

Work Party at Falling Sands IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch’s monthly work party on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canalon Wednesday 14th May saw a good turnout of volunteers returning to Falling Sands Lock, just south of Kidderminster, to finish the painting on the footbridge across the tail of the lock. As well as completing the footbridge, one volunteer litter picked along the towpath between Falling Sands Lock and the railway viaduct above Falling Sands Bridge, collecting four bags of litter. On

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IWA Bulletin - June 2014 IWA work party at Congleton alongside the Macclesfield Canal near Congleton Station. However as the start time approached, the clouds broke and the sun shone through and sixteen volunteers, mainly from the local area turned up to undertake, litter picking, step clearance, cutting back overhanging vegetation on the towpath and other vegetation work around the area.

Photo: Volunteer Chris Osborn painting at Falling Sands

discovering that the Himalayan Balsam growth was well advanced in this area, other volunteers decided to make a start on clearing that and made a good start around the lock. Himalayan Balsam will form the focus for the next two monthly work parties in this area, meeting at Falling Sands Bridge on 11th June and 9th July.

Work Party at Brindley Bank, Rugeley

Photo Volunteer painting the aqueduct railings at Brindley Bank (photo by Margaret Beardsmore)

On 16th May fourteen volunteers joined IWA Lichfield Branch’s work party at Brindley Bank on the Trent & Mersey Canal in Rugeley. CRT’s Barry Keight was there to support the work party with a welfare van, supply truck, cement mixer and the rest of the gear

from the branch’s extensive ‘wish list’. Lots of work was completed over the day. The bricklaying team built the canal wall to within one brick height of the level needed, the aqueduct and ‘Bloody Steps’ railings were painted by a second team, one of the steps which has been wonky for years was straightened, undergrowth was cleared, grass cut and litter picked. At the next work party the volunteers should be ready to complete the wall with blue heritage bricks to match up to the existing heritage wharf, and give the railings a second coat of paint.

This was the first work party planned as a new venture between IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch, CRT, Congleton Town Council, Congleton Sustainability Group, Cheshire East Council and Northern Rail as part of a broader project to enhance the whole area around Congleton Station and the canal. It is hoped that this will encourage use of the canal as it becomes a more attractive destination for boaters, cyclists and walkers, visiting the local town or using the railway station.

The initiative was originally started up following a meeting with the As ever there was plenty of home- local MP Fiona Bruce, a local IWA member who presented her ideas made cake for the volunteers, to a small group some months one of which, a passing boater, ago. IWA North Staffordshire & was attending his first work party. South Cheshire Branch, working Other boaters put the kettle on closely with a number of local for the branch and stayed for a chat. The day turned out to be very Town Councilors, responded to the challenge by setting up a first productive and sociable. ‘tester’ work party to gauge local interest in such a project and the First IWA Work Party number of local residents who at Congleton turned up showed that there was indeed great local support for such an initiative. Friday 23rd May started as a very wet morning and the weather did At the end of the first work not look promising for the first

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IWA Bulletin - June 2014 The camp was led by George Rogers who has been selected as one of thirty Volunteer Ambassadors for Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1st – 7th June. WRG volunteers will be back working on the Chesterfield Canal in the summer, with two week long Canal Camps running from 2nd -9th August and 9th -16th August.

Photo: Volunteers at IWA’s first Congleton work party (photo by Bob Luscombe)

party that focused on clearing the somewhat overgrown steps between the canal and the station and also cutting back overhanging branches along the towpath, the results spoke for themselves. With endorsement from those volunteers who supported the idea of further work parties, further dates are planned in what is expected to become a new series of regular work parties working along the Macclesfield Canal between Congleton Wharf and Buglawton.

London WRG Volunteers on the Chesterfield Canal Fourteen volunteers from IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group

London Regional group spent two days, from the 31st May -1st June, working on the Chesterfield Canal at Staveley. The aim of the weekend was to build part of a retaining wall, on the section of canal below the Staveley Town Lock using concrete blocks. Volunteers laid over 100 blocks during the weekend as well as adding brickwork sections for drainage. The dig was a great opportunity for London WRG’s experienced volunteers to refresh their bricklaying skills whilst other volunteers got the chance to learn new skills.

Photo: London WRG volunteers on the Chesterfield Canal dig

IWA Volunteering Opportunities IWA Branch Volunteer Vacancies: Have a look at the list of volunteer opportunities within local IWA committees. There is a full list of volunteer opportunities within IWA branches.

London WRG volunteers also assisted Chesterfield Canal Trust with earthworks, using excavators and dumpers to create a path over the bund in preparation for the Chesterfield Canal Festival on the 28th and 29th June.

Waterway Events Major IWA events in 2014 6th - 8th June 2014 - IWA Campaign Festival, Chester 23rd - 25th August 2014 - Saul Waterways Pageant Branch Boating Events in 2014

27th - 29th June 2014 - Thwaite Mills Boat Gathering (IWA West Riding Branch) 4th - 6th July 2014 - Ware Boat Festival (IWA Lee & Stort Branch) 6th July 2014 - Rochdale Canal

Boat Gathering (IWA West Riding Branch) 6th - 7th September 2014 Maesbury Canal Festival (joint arranged by IWA Shrewsbury, District & North Wales Branch

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IWA Bulletin - June 2014 along with Friends of the Montgomery Canal)

Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal (supported by IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Have you got a waterway event Worcestershire Branch) or activity to promote? - Anyone 12th June Himalayan Balsam Work can add details of a waterways Party - Caldon Canal, Cheddleton event or activity to this area on (IWA North Staffordshire & South the website. You don’t even need Cheshire Branch) to register with the website or 17th June Work Party - Trent provide any sort of password. & Mersey Canal (IWA North Simply use the upload event form. Staffordshire & South Cheshire See IWA’s Events Calendar for a Branch) full list of waterway events. You can 17th June Work Party also search by event type or find Northampton Arm (IWA out what’s going in on your area Northampton Branch) with the map search. 18th June Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch) Upcoming Volunteer/ 19th June Work Party - Lapworth Clean-up Events (supported by IWA Warwickshire Branch) June 21st June Work Party - River Lee 4th June Work Party - River at Ware (IWA Lee & Stort Branch) Gipping (supported by IWA 21st June Work Party - Lapworth Ipswich Branch) (supported by IWA Warwickshire 4th June Work Party - Hatton Branch) Locks (supported by IWA 21st June Work Party - Greater Warwickshire Branch) Manchester (supported by IWA 7th June Work Party - River Manchester Branch) Gipping (supported by IWA 22nd June Himalayan Balsam Work Ipswich Branch) Party - Caldon Canal (IWA North 7th June Work Party - Dee Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch, Chester (IWA Chester & Branch) Merseyside Branch) 24th June Himalayan Balsam 7th June Work Party - Bridgwater Work Party - Leicester (IWA & Taunton Canal (IWA West Leicestershire Branch) Country Branch) 25th June Himalayan Balsam 7th-8th June Work Party Weekend Evening Work Party - Caldon - Tardebigge Lime Kilns (supported Canal (IWA North Staffordshire & by IWA Birmingham, Black Country South Cheshire Branch) & Worcestershire Branch) 25th June Work Party - River 7th-8th June Work Party Weekend Gipping (supported by IWA - Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation Ipswich Branch) (IWA Chelmsford Branch and Essex WRG) July 11th June Work Party - River 1st July Work Party - Northampton Gipping (supported by IWA Arm (IWA Northampton Branch) Ipswich Branch) 2nd July Work Party - River 11th June Work Party -

Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch) 2nd July Work Party - Hatton Locks (supported by IWA Warwickshire Branch) 5th July Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch) 5th July Work Party - Dee Branch, Chester (IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch) 7th July Work Party - Hatton Locks (supported by IWA Warwickshire Branch) 9th July Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch) 9th July Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal (IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch) 10th July Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Caldon Canal ( IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch) 12th July Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Shrewsbury & Newport Canal (supported by IWA Shrewsbury & North Wales Branch) 13th July Work Party Northampton Arm (IWA Northampton Branch) 16th July Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch) 17th July Work Party - Lapworth (supported by IWA Warwickshire Branch) 19th July Work Party - Lapworth (supported by IWA Warwickshire Branch) 19th July Work Party - Trent & Mersey Canal (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch) 19th July Work Party - Greater

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IWA Bulletin - June 2014 Manchester (supported by IWA Manchester Branch) 21st July Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Caldon Canal (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch) 22nd July Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Leicester (IWA Leicestershire Branch) 23rd July Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch) 24th July Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Caldon Canal (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch) 24th July Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Marsworth (IWA Chiltern Branch) 28th July Himalayan Balsam Work Party - Rickmansworth (IWA Chiltern Branch) 29th July Work Party Northampton Arm (IWA Northampton Branch) 30th July Work Party - River Gipping (IWA Ipswich Branch)

15th June Waterside Walk - Little Venice to Camden (IWA Towpath Walks Society) 19th June Waterside Walk - Wey & Arun Canal (Wey & Arun Canal Trust)

double glazing for boats Cotswold Outdoor - 10% discount Europcar - Special hire rates to IWA members Frangipani SUP Ltd - 10% discount Grand Union Diesel Services - 5% discount July IceGripper - 20% discount 1st July Waterside Walk Lee Sanitation Ltd. - 10% on orders Basingstoke Canal (Railway & Canal over £100 Historical Society) Marine Megastore Ltd. - 15% 6th July Waterside Walk - King’s discount Cross to Camden (IWA Towpath Midland Chandlers - 5% discount Walks Society) Paper Wizard - 15% discount 9th July Waterside Walk River Canal Rescue - up to 15% Lapworth (IWA Warwickshire discount Branch) RoadPro - 5% discount 20th July Waterside Walk - Little UltimateBerths.com - Free Listing Venice to Camden (IWA Towpath Willowbridge Marina - 10% Walks Society) discount on chandlery purchases 24th July Waterside Walk - Wey & and services in the yard Arun Canal (Wey & Arun Canal Worcester Marine Windows Ltd Trust) 5% discount 29th July Waterside Walk Wyvern Shipping Co. Ltd - 10% Basingstoke Canal (Railway & Canal discount on published prices Historical Society) Zead - Free postage and accessories To advertise your towpath walks in To advertise your restoration/ the Bulletin, please add details to Please note: All discounts and cleanup events in the bulletin IWA’s events calendar offers are entirely at the organisers’ please add details to IWA’s events discretion. calendar. To see details of how to take IWA Member advantage of these offers, please Discounts and Special go to www.waterways.org.uk/ Upcoming Towpath Offers support_us/members_area/ Walks member_discounts_special_offers_ The following special offers are public June now available exclusively for IWA 3rd June Waterside Walk members: For IWA members who receive Basingstoke Canal (Railway & Canal ABC Boat Hire - 15% discount a printed copy of this bulletin Historical Society) Airedale Cruising - 10% Discount in the post, please contact the 8th June Waterside Walk - Ashby off skippered day cruises membership team on 01494 Canal (IWA Lichfield Branch) Boatshed Grand Union - 10% 783453 for the details of the offers. 11th June Waterside Walk discount on brokerage Members can also support IWA Warwick (IWA Warwickshire Calcutt Boats - 5% Discount with a Narrow Boat magazine Branch) Canal Boat Magazine - 6 Issues for subscription. 14th June Walk - IWA £6 Warwickshire Branch (IWA Avon Channel Glaze - 10% discount on & Wilts Branch)

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Boat Insurance IWA has an arrangement with insurers Navigators & General and River Canal Rescue that provides top quality boat insurance and access to the basic waterway rescue service for boat owners, with the added benefit that every policy taken out and subsequently renewed helps IWA, and thus furthers our charitable work for the waterways. See more information about the IWA insurance scheme for boaters

Contact Us IWA Head Office, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1WA 01494 783 453 Bulletin is edited by Stefanie Preston

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