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Canalway a v a l c a d e Little Venice 30 April - 2 May 2011

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Welcome to the 2011 Canalway Cavalcade, which has been organised annually by The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) volunteers since 1983. This festival weekend is the pinnacle of a week of London celebrations – Easter, St George’s Day, and the Royal Wedding – but just the beginning of the event calendar for the IWA. A charity formed more than 50 years ago, the IWA campaigns for the conservation, use, maintenance, restoration and development of the inland waterways. It believes that canals and rivers are everyone’s to enjoy and it works to preserve the heritage and ecology of the system. There are nearly 3000 miles of waterways in the British system – about 100 miles in London alone. ‘London – a waterways island’ is the theme of this year’s festival, which celebrates London as an island, a city which is surrounded by water on all sides with the River Thames in the south and the Grand Union and Regent’s Canals to the north: a blue ribbon encompassing the capital. And some 150 boats have travelled here from all over Britain using that intricate waterways system. They’ve brushed and burnished, painted, polished and hung out the bunting on their beautiful craft – just for you – making Cavalcade such a lively, colourful sight, right here in the heart of London. Whether you’ve travelled to Cavalcade from near or far, are a boater, a resident or a visitor you’ll find it’s chock full of fun stuff for everyone to enjoy. We’ve got trade stalls selling everything from boats to bric-abrac; lots of music and Morris men; activities for the kids like bubble-blowing and Punch and Judy; real ale, snacks and lots, lots more. We hope you too will want to find out more about our wonderful waterways and become a fan during this exciting festival – so have a great time! If you’d like to find out more about the work of the IWA, our waterway heritage, or how you can join in and help restore a waterway go to the IWA marquee on Warwick Crescent at this event, or visit the website:, phone our Membership hotline: 01494 783453 or write to us at IWA, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1WA. Christine Smith Publicity Manager, Canalway Cavalcade 2011 The IWA accepts no liability for any matter within this brochure, including adverts Canalway Cavalcade is organised by Inland Waterways Enterprises Ltd, a private limited company (Registered in England no. 4305322) wholly owned by The Inland Waterways Association (Registered as a charity no. 212342) to whom all profits are given. Registered Office: Island House, Moor Road, Chesham HP5 1WA Cover photo by C Smith


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Throughout the weekend we have a variety of entertainments for you. Many of the performances are given at a reduced fee in order to maximise the money we raise for the causes we support. Graham Nunn and The Church Army welcome visitors, children or adults, for a chat on their boat Narrow Escape on the Stone Wharf.

Throughout the weekend there will be an exhibition of children’s art at the management offices of PaddingtonCentral, Sheldon Square. This is from a competition run by PaddingtonCentral and Paddington Waterside Partnership with local schools on the theme Paddington Goes to the Carnival. We have organised a range of kids’ activities (including Punch & Judy and Bubble of Fun), details of which can be found on page 9. You can collect more information about these activities from our Information Points - one on the South Towpath in the Pool and the other on the Paddington Towpath, near the pedestrian bridge. There will also be music - of all genres - being played around the site: by the Horse Bridge, on the pontoon in the Pool and on the Stone Wharf. In addition, during the Festival, the Puppet Theatre Barge will be performing their Puppet Shows Brer Rabbit and The Tar Baby at 15:00 daily aboard May Brent on the North Towpath. Advance booking recommended: telephone 020 7249 6876, mobile 07836 202 745, email or via their website Prices: Children and concessions £8.50, adults £10, credit and debit cards accepted.

+ If wet, the events scheduled for the Amphitheatre will move to the Entertainments Marquee on The Stone Wharf $ If you need directions to the meeting points for the walks please ask at the Information Points

* For safety reasons please avoid the towpath around the Pool on Sunday evening. The best viewing positions are from the raised pavements of the roads around the Pool.

saturday highlights 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 13:00 14:00 14:15 14:30 14:30 15:00 15:00 15:30 16:00 17:30 18:00

Site opens Real Ale Bar opens Music by Tuxedo Junction Music by Tuxedo Junction Walk: Architectural Highlights of Paddington Opening Ceremony Steve Strickland’s Noyze Boyze Punch & Judy Pageant of boats Children’s workshop Walk: The Royal Family and Paddington Punch & Judy The Pageant returns...... Real Ale Bar closes Site Closes

Stone Wharf Entertainments Marquee on Stone Wharf Entertainments Marquee on Stone Wharf Meet: Brunel Statue, Platform 1, Paddington Station $ On the Horse Bridge over the Pool South Towpath (by the Horse Bridge) Rembrandt Gardens Through the Pool Entertainments Marquee, Stone Wharf Meet: Praed Street Post Office, 4 Praed Street W2 $ Rembrandt Gardens To the Pool, accompanied by the Noyze Boyze


appening sunday highlights

08:00 Communion Service Entertainments Marquee, Stone Wharf 10:00 Site opens 10:00 Church Army multi-denominational service Entertainments Marquee, Stone Wharf 11:00 Real Ale Bar opens The Stone Wharf 11:00 Boat Handling Competition (Part 1) Sponsored by Porter & Co In the Pool 12:00 Children’s workshop Entertainments Marquee, Stone Wharf 12:45 Blessing of the boats by Father Gary Bradley, Vicar of Little Venice On the Horse Bridge, over the Pool 13:00 Punch & Judy Rembrandt Gardens 14:00 Punch & Judy Rembrandt Gardens 14:00 Ukebox Jury - Ukulele Band Amphitheatre + 14:30 IWA with London Walks: Towpath walk - Kensal Green Cemetery to Little Venice Meet at Kensal Green station £8 (£6 conc.) 15:00 Teddy Bears’ Picnic Rembrandt Gardens 15:00 Walk: Paddington Central & Little Venice Meet: outside Starbucks, 15 Sheldon Square $ 15:30 Boat Handling Competition (Part 2) In the Pool 17:30 Real Ale Bar closes 18:00 Site closes 18:30 Walk: Paddington Central & Little Venice Meet: outside Starbucks, 15 Sheldon Square $ 20:00 The Rhythm & Blues Brothers Bandstand in the Pool * 21:30 Procession of illuminated boats In the Pool * 22:00 The Rhythm & Blues Brothers Bandstand in the Pool *

monday highlights 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:00 11:00 11:30 12:00 13:00 13:00 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:00 14:30 16:00 16:00 16:30 17:00

Site opens Boat Handling Competition (Part 3) Real Ale Bar opens Morris dancing Walk: Brunel – Designer, Engineer, Legend Children’s workshop Morris dancing Morris dancing Awards Ceremony Punch & Judy Walk: Brunel – Designer, Engineer, Legend Morris dancing Punch & Judy Parade of historic & working boats Grand Prize Draw – The Results! Walk: Brunel – Designer, Engineer, Legend Real Ale Bar closes Site closes -5-

In the Pool The Stone Wharf Various locations on site Meet: Brunel statue, Platform 1 Paddington Stn $ Entertainments marquee, Stone Wharf Various locations on site Various locations on site Horse Bridge over the Pool Rembrandt Gardens Meet: Brunel statue, Platform 1 Paddington Stn $ Various locations on site Rembrandt Gardens In the Pool Horse Bridge over the Pool Meet: Brunel statue, Platform 1 Paddington Stn $



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No cycling or pushing cycles anywhere on the Festival site

Art Exhibition


paddington towpath Beez-Neez Arts Boatshed Grand Union Brian Hood Canal Art by Julie Canal Experience Candy Camper Club La Costa Go Cruise Information Stand John Biddall Leisure Karma London Canal Museum

Jewellery, Clothes, Bags, Shoes Boat brokerage Handpainted narrowboat enamelware Painted Canalware, Canalia & jewellery RYA Boat Handling Courses Confectionery Holiday resorts & hotels worldwide Holiday ship cruising What’s where & when Children’s rides Clothing, ethnic, hats, bags, musical instruments Museum

Lymn Bank Farm Melton & Oakham Waterways Society Parks Police Service River Canal Rescue Ltd Simply Strawberries The Candy Man The Fudge Factory (Deeping St James) The Sandwich Barge Tideway Adventurers Volunteer Police Cadets Whotz Hot Ltd Yash Jani

Flavoured & smoked cheeses Waterway books, videos, tea towels

Kingfisher Fashions Riapagifts Wye Valley Cakes

Women’s & children’s fashion Gift ware Cakes & biscuits

National Marine Breakdown & Recovery Strawberries fresh & prepared Candy Floss Homemade fudge, Belgian chocolate-coated fruit Teas, cakes, sandwiches Low cost boating for young people Voluntary youth organisation Superwrench ex New Zealand Indian ethnic handmade crafts

south towpath Boaters’ Christian Fellowship Religious organisation Coventry Mobile Catering Ice cream Flossy Coffee Coffee, hot dogs and smoothies Janul Publications Books, photography, cards

stone wharf Catford Modellers Coventry Mobile Catering Real Meal Kitchen Relish the Thought Catering

Paint ‘n’ Take ceramics Ice cream Roast potatoes, stews & wraps Burgers & chips

Relish the Thought Catering Hog roast & chips Thai & Chai Thai Curries & Snacks The Dudley Arms BBQ Portuguese Chicken Worcester Beverage Co Ltd Real Ale Bar

warwick crescent Anna Coventry Mobile Catering Crazy Carrot Craft Daisy Chain Baby Flossy Coffee Fun Fingers Herbal Haven IWA Marquee IWA Middlesex Branch

Silver jewellery Ice cream Glass painting, handbags, cards Organic & ethical children’s clothes Coffee, hot dogs and smoothies Finger puppets Live herbs in pots Inland Waterways Association Information & Sales Inland Waterways Association Branch Sales -8-

John Hill Foods Ltd Fudge Lancoo Jewellery Little Venice Cards Prints & greetings cards Nick Hooper Design & Print Unique hand screen printed clothing Runamanta Bolivian hats, shawls, bags, puppets, earrings Silvermoon Jewellery Sunrise Press London guidebooks Zena Rudder Usborne books Wigwam, KGM Trading South American knitwear

where food & drink

paddington towpath The Candy Man The Sandwich Barge

stone wharf Coventry Mobile Catering Ice Cream Real Ale Bar (sponsored by Boatshed Grand Union) Real Meal Kitchen Roast potatoes, stews & wraps Relish the Thought Catering Burgers & chips Relish the Thought Catering Hog roast & chips Thai & Chai Thai Curries & Snacks The Dudley Arms Barbecued chicken

Candy floss & sweets Teas, cakes & sandwiches

south towpath & warwick crescent Coventry Mobile Catering Ice cream Flossy Coffee Coffees, hot dogs & smoothies

kids’ stuff

There are plenty of activities for children during the Festival starting with a display from an art competition that took place in Edward Wilson School, Westminster prior to the weekend. This was on the theme ‘Paddington Goes to the Carnival’. The display of the children’s contributions can be found facing outwards from the PaddingtonCentral office throughout the weekend. This is marked on the site plan with a Paddington Bear. Other activities will be situated around the site and will include games, craft activities, Punch and Judy, kayaking, pirates, trails, water safety and, on the Sunday afternoon, a Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Information can be collected from either of our two Information Points, one on the South Towpath and the other on the Paddington Towpath near the pedestrian bridge (see also pages 6 and 7).

The Stone Wharf and Rembrandt Gardens

There will be some children’s workshops in the Entertainments Marquee on all three days (see pages 4 and 5 for timings) and the Church Army are organising children’s activities by their boat ‘Narrow Escape’ on the Stone Wharf. They will also be running the Teddy Bears’ Picnic at 3:00 pm on Sunday in Rembrandt Gardens (if wet, in the Entertainments Marquee on the Stone Wharf). Punch and Judy Shows and ‘Bubble of Fun’ walking on water can also be found in Rembrandt Gardens.

Paddington Towpath ‘Beauchamp’ Floating Classroom

The Floating Classroom is moored under the Westway, by Sheldon Square. There will be a selection of fun, hands-on activities for children to do including workshops in giant bubble-making and arts and crafts as well as reptile and amphibian shows.


Children will have the chance to try kayaking on the arm of the canal beside the Paddington Towpath, near Bishop’s Bridge, thanks to the Pirate Club of the Pirate Castle in Camden. Life jackets and full instruction will be provided. You can also go on board their narrowboat ‘Pirate Viscount’ and learn more about the activities at the Pirate Castle.

Tideway Adventurers

This a voluntary organisation providing low cost opportunities for children, young people and community groups to go afloat. They have one of their narrowboats ‘Merlin’ here and a stand on the Paddington Towpath. -9-


The Inland Waterways Association is a registered charity and has no money available to subsidise Canalway Cavalcade, which is organised and run entirely by volunteers. We are therefore very much indebted to those listed below who help us to make the weekend possible: Linda & Dennis Anfuso; Beauchamp Floating Classroom; Boatshed Grand Union; British Waterways; Cavendish Rowe; Clifton Nurseries; Dacorum Narrowboat Project; Derwent London; DJC Sound Systems; Laburnum Boat Club; Lee Rogers and his team from ISG InteriorExterior; Leighton Printing; Life & Times; Lightfactor Sales; London Waterbus Company; Narrowboat Ceramics; Network Rail; PaddingtonCentral; Paddington Waterside Partnership; Pilcher Herschman; Porter & Co; River Canal Rescue; TfL; The Camden Lock Market Ltd; The Church Army; The Floating Boater; The London Canal Museum; The Pirate Club; The Volunteer Police Cadets; The Wyvern Shipping Co. Ltd; Tideway Adventurers; Waterway Recovery Group Volunteers; Waterways World Magazine; Westminster City Council Highways, Parks Service and Special Events Teams and Wood, Hall & Heward

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At each Canalway Cavalcade we award various prizes, mainly for participating boats. The following will be presented this year: The Roger Squires Trophy: Presented by St Pancras Cruising Club in recognition of Roger’s 10 years as their Commodore, it is awarded to the best novice competitor in the Boat Handling Competition which, this year, is sponsored by Porter & Co.

The Marcus Boudier Trophy: For the best decorated privately entered boat in Saturday’s Pageant. The Ray Dunford Buckby Can Trophy: For the best decorated boat entered by a waterway or community group. The Cruise Electric Trophy: For the best illuminated boat in Sunday evening’s Procession. The Graham Capelin Award: For the best entry by a boater who has not previously taken part in either the Saturday Pageant or Illuminated Boats. The Westminster Trophy:Sponsored by the City of Westminster for the winner of the Boat Handling Competition.

The Vic Trott Memorial Trophy: Is open to boaters and non-boaters, awarded to the couple in the best ‘Boaters’ Sunday Best’ costume. The Mike Stevens Memorial Trophy: Goes to the ‘Best Boat’ at Canalway Cavalcade, selected from all the boat entries at the event. It is awarded in recognition of Mike’s outstanding contribution to the IWA and Canalway Cavalcade during his lifetime.

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more events 15th May

Ruislip Woods Festival: 12:00 noon to 16:30. Free admission. Willow Lawn, Ruislip Lido, Reservoir Road, Ruislip HA4 7TY. Walk starts from Northwood War Memorial, Green Lane (near Northwood Metropolitan Line Station). Please see for more information.

21st & 22nd May

Rickmansworth Canal Festival. 10:30 until 22:30 Saturday and until 17:30 Sunday Rickmansworth Aquadrome and along the canal between Batchworth and Stockers Locks. Waterspace & boat entries For more information go to: or telephone: 01923 778382; Office Mobile 07875 393703; Email:

28th, 29th & 30th May

Wendover Arm Trust Canal Festival returns, but to a different location at Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead. Contact: or visit:

1st to 3rd July

Ware Boat Festival on the River Lee at Ware. Parade of decorated boats, boat handling competition, the Town’s Carnival Procession and Town Fair. Contact: 01279 860507 or email:

9th & 10th July

Kingston Regatta & River Festival. For more information contact: Shanta Bhagwandin Tel: 020 8547 1221; email:;

16th & 17th July

Lambeth Country Show, Brockwell Park, London, SE24 0NG. 11:00 till 19:00. General enquiries: 020 7926 7085; Traders’ enquiries: 020 7926 0759; Sponsorship enquiries: 020 7926 7708 or visit

29th to 31st July

IWA National Waterways Festival, Shobnall Fields, Burton-upon-Trent For more information, tickets, boat entry forms please visit the IWA website at:

17th and 18th July

Colne Valley Festival: Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre, Denham Country Park, Denham UB9 5PG. Tel: 01895 839855 or email:

4th September Angel Canal Festival: Regents Canal, Islington, London N1. Tel: General enquiries: 07973 504212 or Stalls:1 07932 944792 P&CO A6 ADVERT.pdf 05/04/2011 11:24 10th & 11th September Mayor’s Thames Festival: Thames Embankment - near Tower Bridge.

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It was with great sadness that we all said goodbye to Farrand, as he was known in IWA circles, at the beginning of November 2010. He had reached the magnificent age of 94 and died following a short illness with Laura his wife beside him.

I first met Farrand in 1982 when he was chairman of the London branch of IWA, He was an impressive figure, immensely knowledgeable with great attention to detail, a good sense of humour and a genuine interest in all his volunteers. Farrand was London branch chairman during National Waterways Fortnight in 1983 and started Canalway Cavalcade at Little Venice as part of this campaign. He originally got me involved for the Westminster 400 celebrations in 1985 which we worked on together. He was an excellent communicator at all levels. As well as dealing with the ‘great and the good’ he always had time for the children. Over the years he was a regular judge of teddy bear drawings and ‘furthest travelled’ bears at the Teddy Bears’ Picnic. He showed a great interest in each child and talked to them about all the places they had seen on the canal. In 1996 Farrand was presented with the Cyril Styring award by the Inland Waterways Association. This is awarded ‘For an IWA member who has, in the opinion of the Trustees, made an outstanding contribution in furthering the Association’s campaign’. Farrand had been one of our Region vice-presidents and a very active one too until a stroke eight years ago left him less able to take an active part. However, he made a remarkable recovery and, despite a further stroke and many other medical problems, his determination and the love of his wife Laura - who he married when he was 81 years old - had kept him going. In recent years Farrand has loyally attended Canalway Cavalcade every year except the one when he was in Austria celebrating a friend’s 90th birthday! As London Region vice-president he continued to take part in the opening ceremony, introducing speakers and speaking himself until he had the stroke and was no longer able to do this. He had continued to attend the reception and opening ceremony and we will greatly miss him this Saturday. We plan to have some appropriate event or award at Canalway Cavalcade to acknowledge Farrand’s very special contribution to the event both in its beginnings and throughout its history. Libby Bradshaw - 13 - Telephone: 07875 841 423 Email: Tideway Adventurers’ Narrowboatand Project is aCR voluntary organisation charityon thatWhite was originally Wordmark and Logo BG formed 25 years CR Grey Wordmark Logo onGrey White BG and registered White ago. The aim of the organisation is to provide low cost opportunities for children, young people and community groups to go afloat on England’s historic inland waterways and to learn the many skills associated with boat handling and canal navigation. As well as gaining knowledge and understanding of the environmental value of our canals and rivers, it’s also great fun!


We have two 70 ft long steel narrowboats, the 12 berth Theo and the 10 berth Merlin, which are both moored at Mile End, East London, on the Regent’s Canal. There is a skipper’s cabin at the stern of each boat with an extra berth in each. Both vessels are self-catering with a fully stocked galley. An extra daily fee will be charged if we provide the skipper. The boats are booked by youth clubs, community groups, projects, school parties, uniformed groups and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants. Both boats are available for day/weekly journeys and residential weekends. Groups wishing to operate the boat themselves will need to hold the Certificate in Community Boat Management. The project does not supply bedding, tea towels or waterproofs. Both boats carry the relevant number of life jackets.

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£2.00 for children aged 5 - 15). There’s an exciting programme of events from monthly illustrated talks to theatre, painting, workshops and children’s activities - something for everyone with an interest in London’s waterways - here’s a sample: 8th May

Tunnel boat trips from the Museum through Islington Tunnel

31st May

Children’s Activity Day. Sessions 10:30 and 13:30. Suitable for ages 6-12 approx. Museum trail, making things, painting things and a short boat trip.

19th June

Mikron Theatre Company - ‘Beer Street’ - an old favourite brought up to date. Starts 19:30. Tickets £10 on the day, £9 in advance. £2 off for concessions.

For more details of these and the rest of the year’s programme visit the museum’s stand on the Paddington towpath or the web site at

towpath walks If Cavalcade has excited your interest in London’s canals then you might want to explore further. IWA volunteer guides support The Towpath Walks Society, which arranges a regular series of guided walks along the city’s canals in association with London Walks. They last just over two hours and take place on two Sunday afternoons each month, and some Tuesday evenings in summer. The walks start and finish at a tube or DLR station and cost £8 with concessions £6. You can even join one during the Festival Sunday which leaves Kensal Green Station at 2:30 pm. Or, if you’d like to get closer to the new Olympic stadium, turn up at Bromley by Bow tube station on Sunday 29th May at 2:30 pm. The walks have been going since 1977 and have so far raised more than £23,000 towards the IWA’s work. The guides give their services free and the IWA benefits financially. More information is available from Peter Finch, telephone 020 8969 9941 or visit these websites: or - 15 -

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