Mid October 2014
Photo: IWA and EA visit to Elvington Lock, River Derwent (photo by Alison Smedley)
Elvington Lock Campaign Update The current closure of Elvington Lock on Yorkshire’s River Derwent was the main topic discussed at a meeting between representatives of the Environment Agency (EA) and IWA held on Monday 6th October. Elvington Lock, also known as Sutton Lock (being situated between two villages of those names), has been closed since February this year when EA
announced its temporary closure due to concerns about the structural integrity of the guillotine top gate at the lock. Closure of the lock means that there is a six-mile stretch of the inland waterway network currently not accessible from the rest of the system, and has left a number of boats stranded upstream. The meeting took place at EA’s offices in York, followed by a site visit to Elvington Lock, and was an opportunity for IWA to state
its position concerning the lock closure (for further information refer to IWA’s position paper). It was also an opportunity to hear from EA first hand the reasons for the closure. EA shared the early findings of a structural survey at the meeting, and IWA looks forward to receiving a copy of this report as
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IWA Bulletin - Mid October 2014 IWA’s presentation clearly stated IWA’s aspirations to see the lock brought back into use at the earliest possible opportunity, while EA expressed environmental and economic concerns that IWA accepts will need to be addressed.
now follow up issues surrounding the bottom gates of the lock, which are not owned by EA.
Both sides now have a better understanding of the complex issues and agreed that sharing background knowledge and ideas had been useful. IWA will
IWA looks forward to a further meeting with EA once progress on some of the issues has been made with a view to getting this lock back into use as soon as possible.
IWA News to the AP’s can be made by depositing a petition to the Select Committee on HS2, by 17th October 2014, and response to the Environmental Statement (ES) Consultation via the government website by Friday 14th November 2014.
Photo: Curdworth Locks, Birmigham & Fazeley Canal (photo by Phil Sharpe)
HS2 Ltd Publishes List of Additional Provisions HS2 Ltd has published on behalf of the Promoter a list of additional provisions to those already in the Hybrid Bill. These were published in national newspapers and on the internet via HS2 Ltd’s website in September, and comprise ‘55 generally minor amendments to the design of the original scheme’, identified as a result of: • Further discussions with landowners and occupiers; • Design refinements; and
• Changes to accommodate the requirements of utility undertakers. These amendments require the use of land outside the original limits of the Bill, additional access rights, or other extensions of the powers conferred by the Bill, making it necessary to submit an Additional Provision (AP) to the Bill. This group of Additional Provisions were submitted to Parliament on 10th September, with an Environmental Statement covering the environmental impact due to these changes. Challenges
The amendments to the design include: • Utilities requirements: the project affects a number of electricity, gas, fuel and fibre optic lines provided by utility companies either in, or above the ground. Since Bill deposit, a number of utility companies have refined their requirements and so changes to the design of these works are needed. • Access arrangements: amendments to the locations, alignments and/or width of some access tracks proposed by the original scheme. These tracks are required to provide private access to properties and agricultural holdings; access to undertake utility diversions; and to facilitate construction and/or maintenance of HS2 infrastructure (e.g. balancing ponds, areas where new
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IWA Bulletin - Mid October 2014 habitats will be created and auto-transformer stations); • Roads and Public Rights of Way: changes to the locations of temporary diversions or permanent realignments; • Balancing ponds: the relocation of one of the balancing ponds; and • Mitigation habitats: the relocation of one of the proposed habitat mitigation areas.
Within these CFAs, only two have amendments that affect inland waterways, neither change the impact of HS2 on the canal, therefore IWA does not plan to respond.
Find out more about these two amendments at www.waterways.org.uk/ news_campaigns/campaigns/hs2_ campaign/additional_provisions_ the_bill
These amendments affect Community Forum Areas (CFAs) 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, and 26.
Find out more about the Additional Provisions and how to petition at www.hs2.org.uk/developing-hs2/
A further HS2 update was recently announced. It is understood that Sir David Higgins plans to make an announcement on 27th October, about some of the options around the route of Phase 2. David Higgins, Chair of HS2 Ltd, suggested earlier this year that it made sense to accelerate Phase 2 generally, and to build the section from the end of Phase 1 (near Fradley) to Crewe
£100 Top Prize for IWA’s 2016 Calendar Competition
All entrants who have their photograph published in the calendar will receive three calendars as in previous years, but after the final images have been announced, there will be an online vote for the overall winner who will receive £100 top prize.
IWA has launched its 2016 calendar competition and is offering £100 as the top prize.
Budding photographers are Last year over 600 photos encouraged to submit their snaps were submitted to the annual of waterway scenes to the annual competition. The final calendar competition. We are not just looking for sunny summer photos; photographs can feature different weather conditions and seasons as well as a range of waterway activities and subjects such as different types of waterways craft, cycling, angling, walking, wildlife and structures. The final thirteen photos for the calendar (12 months plus cover shot) will be selected by a panel of judges to demonstrate a balance and variety of waterway craft, activities and locations.
Read the full ES consultation at the Gov.uk website.
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which features IWA member photos is still available to buy online. Find out how to enter and more information at www.waterways.org.uk/support_ us/competitions/calendar/ calendar_competition
Photo: One of thirteen winning photographs chosen for IWA’s 2015 Calendar - Henley, River Thames is the September image in the 2015 calendar (photo by Emma Lambourne)
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IWA Bulletin - Mid October 2014 earlier to get a road/ rail transport intersection into operation quickly. The announcement may include reference to this, and other issues like the route around Sheffield, around Stoke on Trent and recent speculation about the location of the East Midlands station, currently close to the Erewash Canal.
due to a combination of more than 3,000 ticket sales and some generous donations.
The raffle aims to benefit waterways restoration projects across England and Wales by donating 100% of the profit towards projects run by IWA corporate members and an The definitive announcement IWA volunteer-led moorings about a confirmed ‘preferred route’ improvement project on the is not, however, expected until Cheshire Ring. 2015 after the general election. Friends of the Cromford Canal Waterways Restoration is in the lead, with 10% of the total nominations so far. Other Raffle Exceeds £6,500 restoration groups that are also doing well include Cotswold IWA’s Waterways Restoration Canals Trust, Ashby Canal Raffle has raised over £6,500 since Association and Shropshire Union its launch on 1st August. This is Canal Society.
If you would like to enter the raffle, tickets are £2 each and come in books of five. For further information or to purchase tickets visit the raffle pages on IWA’s website or contact Fundraising Officer, Toby Gomm at toby. firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01494 783 453 ext. 611. The raffle will be drawn on 16th January 2015 at IWA’s Head Office in Chesham.
Photo: IWA Waterways Restoration Raffle nominations
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IWA Bulletin - Mid October 2014 also an important part of local infrastructure that carried the busy A56 trunk road over the navigation had to be taken into consideration when sourcing funding. After the project went to consultations with DEFRA and the Department for Transport, the funding that BW/ CRT was expected to provide was reduced to £1million with further funding supplied by Cheshire West and Chester Council and the Department for Transport.
Photo: Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge opening, (from left), Cllr Mike Pusey (Sutton Weaver Parish Chairman), Cllr Allen Wales (Frodsham Mayor), Cllr Andrew Dawson (Cheshire West and Chester Council), Graham Evans MP, Cllr Mike Jones (Cheshire West and Chester Council Leader), George Ballinger (CRT Head of Engineering), Cllr Lynn Riley (Cheshire West and Chester Council), Richard Parry (CRT chief executive)
£4.5 Million Restoration of Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge Completed
of IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch’s involvement in the initial consultation. The Branch was keen to emphasise that IWA was happy with the restoration plans but reluctant to support a project that Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge over involved severely restricting road the River Weaver, near Frodsham, access on the A56 in and out of Cheshire, was reopened on Frodsham, a route taken by 20,000 Saturday 11th October after a £4.5 vehicles a day, for over twelve million restoration. months. Rowing boats and traditional narrowboats have been able to pass underneath throughout the project but the Weaver Navigation is expected to be open to all river traffic by the end of October. Work has also started to dismantle the temporary bridge which has kept road traffic moving while the restoration of the swing bridge took place. The successful temporary bridge was a later addition to the original plans, included partly because
IWA’s Navigation Committee was also involved with the project from early 2012, when IWA lobbied the All Party Parliamentary Waterways Group to support British Waterways’ case to ministers that it was unfair for British Waterways (BW), which was soon to become Canal & River Trust (CRT), to bear the full cost of the work at an estimated £4 million. The Committee believed that the fact that the bridge was not just a waterways feature but
The restoration of the 88-yearold bridge started in summer 2013 and is the first complete refurbishment in its history. The bridge now has a new deck and beneath the bridge extensive refurbishment of the unique buoyancy tank structure on which the bridge swings was carried out. The completion of this work will extend the bridge’s life by over fifty years. At a special ceremony to mark the project’s completion on Friday 10th October, a vintage Leyland Cub lorry and a modern day HGV, supplied by Huntapac Produce Ltd, drove across the bridge to highlight the vehicle weight changes the bridge has had to cope with since it opened in 1926. On the river, a flotilla of rowing boats from Runcorn Rowing Club and boats from the River Weaver Navigation Society also joined in the celebrations.
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Booking Forms Available for IWA National Trailboat Festival 2015 Boat and camping booking forms for the IWA National Trailboat Festival 2015 are now available to download at www.waterways.org.uk/ events_festivals/iwa_trailboat_ festival_2015. The IWA National Trailboat Festival 2015 will take place at the Westmorland Show Ground, Crooklands, Cumbria, on the northern reaches of the Lancaster Canal over the weekend 30th May to 1st June. The festival, which is to be hosted and organised by Lancaster Canal Trust, will be part of the ‘Country Fest’ show (see the Country Fest website), an annual canalside event. The Country Fest is a two day show and will take place over the weekend with activities for the whole family, as well as a variety of food and drink providers, exhibitors, food demonstrations, trade stalls, music and dance, crafts and a beer festival to entertain visitors. There will be a boaters day on the Monday with a visit to the Hincaster Tunnel, and hopefully an opening of the restored stretch.
IWA National Trailboat Festival 2017 Announced IWA is pleased to announce that the IWA National Trailboat Festival 2017 is to be hosted by Ashby Canal Trust. The Festival is planned to take place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017 with a tour of the canal restoration work for boaters attending the Festival on Monday 29th. IWA Trailboat Festivals are held on landlocked and isolated stretches of waterway, or waterways that are too shallow for narrow boats. The Festivals are usually organised by groups with a strong interest in restoring and developing a local waterway or a feature on it, or promoting an under-used waterway. Such organisations are invited by IWA to bid to organise one of these festivals as a means of increasing public support for their project and interest in the waterway. The IWA National Trailboat Festival 2014 was hosted by Devon County Council on the Grand Western Canal in Devon in 2014. The Festival played a large part in celebrations of the Canal’s bicentenary year.
Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation in Flood Heavy rain on 13th October lead to the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation being in flood for the first time this winter.
Photo: Flooding at Paper Mill Lock on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation
At Paper Mill Lock, the section of the Navigation most prone to flooding, water levels were high and parts of the towpath submerged. In addition, there is strong stream across the Navigation. If you have any concerns related to the flooding contact Navigation Manager, Graham Brown on 01245 226245 or 07966 375351 during business hours. For emergencies that cannot wait until normal business hours, use the out of hours number 07968 020554.
Maesbury Canal Festival Pulls in the Crowds Almost thirty narrowboats, including trading and historic boats, squeezed down the Montgomery Canal for the fourth Maesbury Canal Festival over the weekend of 6th and 7th September. Ashore, more that forty stalls treated visitors to a selection of produce, crafts, demonstrations and entertainment, including IWA’s programme of children’s activities, Wild over Waterways.
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Photo: Historic Shroppie fly-boat, Saturn, leaves Frankton Lock en route to Maesbury (photo by Harry Arnold, Waterway Images)
Councilor Arthur Walpole, chairman of the Local Joint Committee, opened the event, jointly organised by volunteers from the IWA Shrewsbury & North Wales Branch and the Friends of the Montgomery Canal. Speaking later, CRT Chief Executive Richard Parry reaffirmed CRT’s support for the restoration efforts under way on this part of the waterway network, before joining others on the trip boat Countess of Maesbury, pulled by strawberry roan cob Cracker, a familiar sight on the local canals hauling the historic Shroppie fly-boat Saturn. Visitors to the Festival were able to enjoy the largely forgotten experience of horse-drawn boat travel on a length rarely used by boats since it was restored a few years ago. Judith Richards, Chairman of the organising group, commented: “This year’s Maesbury Festival more than lived up to the standard of previous festivals and cemented the reputation of the Montgomery Canal for providing friendly and enjoyable events for visitors and local residents.
“It was hard to look at the crowded and colourful festival site and to remember that fifteen years ago this was an empty field next to a canal that had been abandoned decades before. With Maesbury benefiting from so many visitors, it shows what the return of boats can bring to other places when, like Maesbury, they are reconnected to the national canal network”.
Braunston Marina Makes Generous Donation to IWA
Jerry Sanders said “Quite apart from the pleasure in attending an extremely well managed show is the amount of business we achieved at our stand and the delightful spectacle of so many historic boats attending the event.” The annual rally organised by the Marina, features well over eighty historic working narrowboats. All profits go to canal and local causes.
IWA West Country Branch Benefits from Town Council Grant IWA West Country Branch projects is to benefit over the next year from financial support from Bridgwater Town Council.
Photo: IWA National Chairman, Les Etheridge, presents cheque to IWA Promotion & Communication Committee Chairman, Jerry Sanders
At IWA’s AGM on 27th September, IWA National Chairman, Les Etheridge presented a cheque on behalf of Tim Coghlan, Chief Executive of Braunston Marina, to Jerry Sanders, Chairman IWA’s Promotions & Communications committee. The cheque was presented to IWA’s Promotions & Communications Committee as a donation to IWA for supporting Braunston Historic Narrowboat Rally over a period of some years.
In Bridgwater, each Town ward has £1,000 a year to allocate to target areas within their community. This year Westover Ward councillors chose to support IWA West Country Branch in its work on the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal.
Grant Opportunities Many organisations and charities offer free funding opportunities in the form of grants, which can be applied for by going through their specific application process. To view the list of all the grants currently on the website please visit www.waterways.org.uk/ information/guidance_for_ iwa_officers/fundraising/grants/ available_grants.
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IWA Bulletin - Mid October 2014 This month the following grants have been added to the website: • The Leche Trust • Asda Foundation Community Grants Programme • Green Hall Foundation
Broads Forum and Broads Navigation Committee Vacancies IWA’s Navigation Committee is seeking a suitable candidate with an interest in the East Anglian area to represent IWA on the Broads Forum. The Broads Forum acts as a reference group to offer advice and comment on the Broads Authority’s strategic aims and objectives. IWA’s current representative, Brian Holt, is stepping down in February and a replacement is sought. More information about the Broads Forum can be found at the Broads Authority website.
The ideal candidate will have a good practical knowledge of the Norfolk Broads. It will not be necessary to become a member of IWA’s Navigation Committee or to attend IWA’s Navigation Committee meetings provided regular reports are submitted. Anybody interested should contact Alison Smedley, Branch Campaign Officer, at alison.smedley@ waterways.org.uk. In addition to this opportunity, the Broads Authority has invited IWA to nominate suitable individuals to sit on its Navigation Committee. The Broads Navigation Committee has identified IWA as one of the bodies appearing to the Broads Authority to represent a group of users of the Broads navigation area and as such, the Broads Authority is inviting IWA to put forward nominations for membership of the Committee. Applicants, amongst other skills and qualities, should have a good knowledge of: The individual will need to fit the following criteria:
IWA’s Navigation Committee is looking for a volunteer to review website pages associated with boating, to provide feedback on the quality and quantity of currently available information, as well as identifying potential gaps in content. The volunteer will be recruited for a year to work with IWA’s Navigation Committee and the website team.
• IWA member • Access to internet and emails • Ability to write content where gaps are idenitified • Knowledge of boating and navigation issues • Not currently connected with the website (eg. not a website editor)
• The Broads and its special qualities • The navigation area and current relevant issues • The varied recreational uses of the Broads • The boating industry and the current issues the companies face It should also be noted that Broads Navigation Committee members are required to attend at least 75% of committee meetings. Applicants are required to complete an application form to be submitted alongside a nomination form completed by IWA. For further information regarding the Broads Navigation Committee vacancy, including a full job description, or to register your interest in applying for the position please contact Alison Smedley, Branch Campaign Officer, at alison. email@example.com. Any interest in this position should be registered by Friday 14th November. a member of Navigation Committee or to attend Navigation Committee meetings as all communication could take place electronically. If you are interested in this role, please contact Gemma Bolton by emailing gemma.bolton@ waterways.org.uk.
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Other News CRT Consultation on Mooring Sales Canal & River Trust (CRT) is inviting people to take part in a consultation about how it sells its long-term moorings. The consultation will focus on the way the CRT prices, allocates and sells its long-term moorings. Proposed changes aim to give customers a greater range of mooring options including flexible permit lengths. Currently, the majority of CRT’s mooring vacancies are publicised and sold by auction via a mooring sales website. The All Party Parliamentary Waterways Group published a report in September 2014, which highlighted concerns over the socio-economic inclusiveness of auctioning moorings off to the highest bidder. The Group recommended that the policy should be reviewed to encourage more diversity on the Waterways. See full APPWG Report as well as a summary of APPWG Report. The Trust is not proposing to go back to a waiting list arrangement for allocating moorings, nor to remove the auction system completely. The consultation runs from Monday 6th October through to Monday 3rd November and the document can be viewed on CRT’s website. Comments and views should be submitted by email to mooring.updates@canalrivertrust. org.uk.
Calor Gas Ltd Recalls 6kg Calor Lite® Cylinders Calor Gas Ltd has issued an immediate product recall on all 6kg Calor Lite® cylinders manufactured between 2008 - 2011 inclusively, following concerns regarding the potential deterioration of the cylinder. A small number of 6kg Calor Lite® cylinders have been found to be showing signs of premature internal deterioration which over time could potentially lead to a gas escape. Any 6kg Calor Lite® cylinders manufactured in 2008, 2009, 2010 or 2011 should be returned to a 6kg Calor Lite® retail outlet immediately. Cylinders manufactured outside of this date range are unaffected and safe to use as are cylinders from 2008-11 that have already been checked. These are marked with a hole punched into the flat metal tare disc that sits on top of the cylinder just below the valve. The date of manufacture of the cylinder can be found in two places on the cylinder base ring: • Firstly adjacent to the words ‘Property of Calor Gas Ltd’ there is a box in which there are two letters, then two numbers which denote the year of manufacture i.e. 08, 09, 10, or 11, followed by one letter.
• In addition, at the very bottom of the base ring the third row of text shows the date of manufacture i.e. 2008, 2009, 2010 or 2011. Boaters can find the nearest 6kg Calor Lite® retail outlet by using the ‘Find-a-Stockist’ facilities at the Calor Gas Ltd website. Boaters returning a cylinder from the critical period, will be given for free, a full replacement 6kg Calor Lite ®cylinder. Further information about the recall can be found at the Calor Gas Ltd website. Alternatively, there is a dedicated 6kg Calor Lite® team that can be contacted on 0800 783 4141.
Grantham Canal Discovery Day Raises £1600 Dirty Duck Race at Grantham Canal Discovery Day (photo by The Grantham Canal Society) Photo: Dirty Duck Race at Grantham Canal Discovery Day (photo by The Grantham Canal Society) The Grantham Canal Society’s Grantham Canal Discovery Day was a great success on Sunday 13th October. Despite a misty start the weather soon cleared and the event attracted many visitors and raised over £1600 for the Society. The Mayor & Mayoress of Grantham, Cllr Ian and Mrs Anita
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IWA Bulletin - Mid October 2014 This year is YBS Group’s 150th Anniversary. To celebrate this YBS Group is looking to give fifteen charities a donation of £10,000 each from the YBS Group Lasting Legacy Fund. The donation is to be used in a specific project that will make a lasting difference to the community the charity operates in. The public have been invited to choose which fifteen charities receive the money by voting for their favourites from the short list at YBS Group’s website. Photo: Dirty Duck Race at Grantham Canal Discovery Day (photo by The Grantham Canal Society)
Selby, opened the Discover Day and spent several hours at the event. There was plenty to see and do for everyone, with lots of entertainment on offer and information to browse. Children’s entertainer, Julia Damassa, kept the kids happy whilst parents browsed books, canalware, handicrafts and honey farm produce, to name but a few, whilst others took a short trip on The Grantham Canal Society’s narrowboat, The Three Shires. Live entertainment included singer Suzie Litton-Wood and dancers Maids of Clifton alongside the Dirty Duck race, sponsored by Towpath Talk. IWA also had a presence with IWA Lincolnshire Branch running a stall and children’s WOW activities, and IWA Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Branch providing various support. The event attracted the attention and support of a number of local radio stations as Graham Wright from BBC local radio acted as MC for the day, BBC Radio Lincolnshire
included the Discovery Day as one of its destinations in its regular Pirate Gold feature and Gravity FM broadcast its afternoon show from the event. Such a success could only be attributed to a stalwart amount of hard work put in by both Tony & Rosemary and a heap of keen volunteers on the day, raising over £1600 towards the maintenance and restoration of the Grantham Canal.
Wilts & Berks Canal Trust On Short List to Receive £10,000 Donation Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is one of thirty charities to be included on the Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) Group’s Lasting Legacy Fund shortlist. If the Trust is one of the fifteen most voted for charities from the list, it could win £10,000.
Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is the only waterways charity to appear on the short list and if successful plans to use the £10,000 to repair the 200 year collapsed old brick culvert under the restored canal at Pewsham. For more information or to take part in the vote and help decide which charities receive £10,000 visit the YBS Group website. Voting will remain open until 31st October 2014 and YBS Group plans to announce the results in November.
Pennine Canal Festival Over 2,000 people are expected to take part in the 2014 Pennine Canal Festival, which takes place on the South Pennine Ring and is aimed at building stronger links with communities along the canal corridors. The Festival includes a number of events planned for October and early November, with activities for all ages. It is organised by CRT, with the support of local authorities, the Rochdale Canal Society and
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IWA Bulletin - Mid October 2014 Huddersfield Canal Society. The autumn events have received sponsorship from the Rochdale and Pennine Townships and Todmorden Town Council. Full details of all the activities are available at the My Rochdale Canal website. The Festival programme includes an autumn canalside seed gathering walk, canalside nature discovery and craft sessions, the Todmorden illuminated boat and lantern parade, lantern making workshops, kayaking taster sessions and a family fun fishing day.
The South Pennine Ring is a 70 mile circular route including most of the Rochdale Canal, Ashton Canal, Huddersfield Broad Canal, Huddersfield Narrow Canal and part of the Calder & Hebble Navigation. The ring provides a variety of canal scenery, including probably the most dramatic upland landscape on the canal system as the route passes over the Pennines.
River Stour Due to adverse conditions on the River Stour following heavy rain, it has not been possible for contractors to complete the installation of the new gates at Flatford Lock. It has therfore been necessary to postpone the reopening of Flatford Lock that was scheduled to take place on Sunday 19th October. The re-opening of Flatford Lock will be re-scheduled once the lock has been completed.
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.
Off-side Vegetation on the Macclesfield Canal Macclesfield Canal Society led a successful week of volunteer work from 14th to 19th September, removing dangerous and nuisance hard vegetation from the Macclesfield Canal Summit, principally on the off-side of the canal. Twenty-two volunteers drawn from the Macclesfield Canal Society, IWA Manchester
Photo: Macclesfield Canal offside vegetation project (photo by Bob Luscombe)
Branch, WRG North West, North Cheshire Cruising Club, Furness Vale Boat Club, Historic Narrowboat Club and the local boaters’ community put in a total of thirty-eight volunteer days to clear about 11 miles of canal bank and ten bridge-holes and narrows. Original plans were to cover the Upper Peak Forest Canal as well as the Macclesfield Canal. However,
two days’ work were lost due to mechanical problems with the CRT workboat and another half day dealing with the aftermath of the discovery of a wasps’ nest on the towpath, which did not appreciate being disturbed. It was thanks to a partnership that this event went ahead, CRT provided tools, a chipper, a boat, seven workdays of staff time and
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IWA Bulletin - Mid October 2014 chipper training for a number of volunteers; the Macclesfield Canal Society recruited the volunteers, planned the work and did the admin; and a CRT lead volunteer operated the workboat, dealt with health & safety and supervised the volunteers. Then of course there were the volunteers who came from a number of organisations. This was an important event not just because of what was achieved, but because it was the first time volunteers have been deployed in this way, and it has proved that volunteers can be a force multiplier for this type of work. A further useful outcome is a “How to do this right” paper to help CRT and volunteers make future exercises even more successful in Manchester & Pennine and other CRT regions. Subject to CRT resources, it is intended that vegetation on the Peak Forest Canal summit will be dealt with in a similar manner in 2015.
Photo: Volunteer Jane Homer painting Lock 29 on Oxford Canal, Banbury at IWA Oxfordshire Branch work party (photo by Stefanie Preston)
gates had been painted only the year before but were already well worn and looked significantly better following the lick of paint they received. By the end of the session the area looked much better and ready for Banbury Canal Festival.
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IWA Oxfordshire Branch Helps to Prepare For Banbury Canal Day On Thursday 25th September, volunteers joined IWA Oxfordshire Branch on a chilly morning at Banbury Town Lock on the Oxford Canal. The task was to prepare the canalside area for the upcoming Banbury Canal Day on 4th October. This included painting the lock gates and furniture, putting up signs and cutting vegetation back from the towpath. The lock
Photo: Volunteers at IWA Leicestershire Branch’s Lime Kiln Lock Clean-up (photo by Alison Smedley)
IWA Leicestershire Branch held a canal clean up on the Soar Navigation in Leicester on Saturday 4th October. The event was well supported by Leicester City Council who provided three
workboats for the event, and by CRT. A wet and windy weather forecast meant for a small number of volunteers but those who braved the morning rain enjoyed themselves and dried out in the afternoon when the sun came out. By lunchtime, the volunteers had collected seventeen bags of rubbish and assorted larger items out of the canal. By the end of the day, this had increased to a full trailer load of rubbish including a bicycle and an almost serviceable office chair. The Leicester City Council workboat was used to collect floating rubbish and access rubbish on the offside. They also went a short way up the Willow Brook where rubbish makes its way down into the canal where it joins the navigation below Lime Kiln Lock. Other volunteers grappled rubbish out from the bank whilst others litter picked along the towpath and around the lock, and carried out a bit of vegetation clearance around the lock.
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IWA Bulletin - Mid October 2014 Julie Mayer from BBC Radio Leicester also braved the wet weather and came along with a radio car and interviewed four of the volunteers live on the “Tony and Julie” Saturday morning radio show. The CRT welfare van unfortunately arrived with a full toilet tank and had to be taken to Loughborough to be emptied, thus highlighting the relevance of one of IWA Leicestershire Branch’s campaigns Photo: Fence panels successfully removed from the canal for getting boaters’ facilities a lamp post, a 4.5 metre ladder, IWA Volunteering installed in Leicester. a big red child’s car, a double Opportunities mattress and numerous shopping IWA Manchester trollies and bicycles were pulled IWA Branch Volunteer Vacancies: Clean-up from the canalbed. Have a look at the list of volunteer opportunities within local IWA Volunteers who attended Part of the team that pulled all committees. There is a full list of Operation Manchester, a canal of the rubbish out were twelve volunteer opportunities within clean-up organised by IWA Officer Cadets from Manchester IWA branches. and CRT in Manchester over & Salford Universities Royal the weekend of 4th and 5th of Naval Unit who were there on October, were extremely busy the Sunday. They were a great pulling rubbish from the Ashton help in getting the heavy stuff out and Rochdale Canals, litter picking and were not afraid to get their and cutting back vegetation. uniforms very muddy! The first weekend of October was IWA’s annual big clean-up in Manchester. Following on from successful events in 2013 and 2014, volunteers returned to the canals of Manchester to improve the waterways. This year, work focused on the Ashton and Rochdale Canals. Over the weekend fifty-two volunteers turned out, braving very wet weather on the Saturday, and filled two skips with rubbish pulled from the canals. On top of this nineteen solid fence panels, two heras fence panels, over thirteen long (up to 5 metres in length) pieces of scrap metal, a stop plank,
It was not just canal rubbish that was tackled with volunteers litter picking up to Lock 3 on the Ashton Canal and Lock 81 on the Rochdale Canal. Vegetation was also tackled and cut back at Lock 82 on the Rochdale Canal and around the first two bridges from Ducie Street Junction on the Ashton Canal. Overall, the weekend was a great success especially considering Saturday’s weather.
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Waterway Events Major IWA events in 2015 2nd - 4th May 2015 - IWA Canalway Cavalcade, London 30th - 31st May 2015 - IWA Trailboat Festival, Cumbria 29th - 31st August 2015 - Festival of Water, Northampton
26th October Work Party - Tinsley Marina (IWA South Yorkshire & Dukeries Branch) 28th October Work Party - Northampton Arm (IWA Northampton Branch) 29th October Work Party - River Gipping (Supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
Upcoming Volunteer/ Clean-up Events
November 1st November Work Party - Chester (IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch)
October 16th October Work Party Lapworth (Supported by IWA Warwickshire Branch)
1st November Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
17th-18th October Work Party Milton Keynes (IWA Milton Keynes Branch)
2nd November Big Canal Cleanup Warwick (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
18th October Work Party Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal (supported by IWA Manchester Branch)
3rd November Work Party Hatton Locks (supported by IWA Warwickshire Branch)
18th October Work Party Lapworth (Supported by IWA Warwickshire Branch) 21st October Work Party - Trent & Mersey Canal (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch) 22nd October Work Party - River Gipping (Supported by IWA Ipswich Branch) 24th October Work Party - Congleton (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
5th November Work Party - River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch) 5th November Work Party Hatton Locks (supported by IWA Warwickshire Branch) 9th November Work Party Northampton (IWA Northampton Branch) 12th November Work Party River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch)
13th November Work Party - Caldon Canal (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch) 15th November Work Party - Lapworth (supported IWA Warwickshire Branch) 15th November Work Party Newton Heath, Rochdale Canal (IWA Manchester Branch) 15th November Work Party Trent & Mersey Canal (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch) 19th November Work Party River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch) 20th November Work Party Lapworth (supported by IWA Warwickshire Branch) 22nd November Canal Clean-up London (IWA London Region) 22nd-23rd November Canal Clean-up - Bournville (IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch) 25th November Work Party Northampton (IWA Northampton Branch) 26th November Work Party River Gipping (supported by IWA Ipswich Branch) 28th November Work Party - Congleton (IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch)
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IWA Bulletin - Mid October 2014 To advertise your restoration/ cleanup events in the bulletin please add details to IWA’s events calendar
IWA Member Discounts and Special Offers
Upcoming Towpath Walks
The following special offers are now available exclusively for IWA members:
October 19th October Waterside Walk - Braunston (IWA Warwickshire Branch) 19th October Waterside Walk - Little Venice to Camden (IWA Towpath Walks Society) 23rd October Waterside Walk Higher Walton (IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch) November 2nd November Waterside Walk - Regent’s Canal (IWA Towpath Walks Society) 16th November Waterside Walk - Newbold on Avon (IWA Warwickshire Branch) 16th November Waterside Walk - Regent’s Canal (IWA Towpath Walks Society) 27th November Waterside Walk - Northwich (IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch) To advertise your towpath walks in the Bulletin, please add details to IWA’s events calendar
ABC Boat Hire - 15% discount Airedale Cruising - 10% Discount off skippered day cruises Boatshed Grand Union - 10% discount on brokerage Calcutt Boats - 5% Discount Canal Boat Magazine - up to 67% off magazine subscription until January 2015 CanalCruising.co.uk - 10% discount Channel Glaze - 10% discount on double glazing for boats Cotswold Outdoor - 10% discount Europcar - Special hire rates to IWA members Frangipani SUP Ltd - 10% discount Forge Studio - 10% discount Grand Union Diesel Services - 5% discount IceGripper - 20% discount King’s Lock Chandlery - 5% discount Lee Sanitation Ltd. - 10% on orders over £100 Marine Megastore Ltd. - 15% discount Midland Chandlers - 5% discount Paper Wizard - 15% discount River Canal Rescue - up to 15% discount RoadPro - 5% discount UltimateBerths.com - Free Listing Willowbridge Marina - 10% discount on chandlery purchases and services in the yard Worcester Marine Windows Ltd 5% discount Wyvern Shipping Co. Ltd - 10%
discount on published prices Zead - Free postage and accessories Please note: All discounts and offers are entirely at the organisers’ discretion. To see details of how to take advantage of these offers, please go to www.waterways.org.uk/ support_us/members_area/ member_discounts_special_offers_ public For IWA members who receive a printed copy of this bulletin in the post, please contact the membership team on 01494 783453 for the details of the offers. Members can also support IWA with a Narrow Boat magazine subscription
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.
Contact Us IWA Head Office, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1WA 01494 783 453 Bulletin is edited by Stefanie Preston
Published by: The Inland Waterways Association. Registered Office: Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1WA. Tel: 01494 783453.The Inland Waterways Association is a non-profit distributing company limited by guarantee. Registered in England no. 612245. Registered as a charity no. 212342 www.waterways.org.uk
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