Edition No: 1 February 2013
The Newsletter of the Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch, Inland Waterways Association
At the Helm This is the ﬁrst of our branch newsletters entitled “Worcester Bar”, perhaps not an original name but if you can suggest a more appropriate one let our editor know.
Contents Branch Annual General Meeting
IWA Welcomes High Court Decision 2 Crossword 3 (Answers in the next edition) Forthcoming Meetings in 2013 4 Winter Working Parties 4 Boat Rallies, 2013
2012 has had many accolades assigned to it but the waterways are our passion & the year marked a momentous milestone in the establishment of the new charitable body Canal & River Trust putting our navigable waters on a ﬁrmer footing. The founding members & their subsequent oﬃcers would be pleased that at last one of the principal aims of the IWA has been achieved. With the guarantee of funding from the government it should make planning & costing of work to be carried out a smoother & more cost eﬀective process. At least it will mean that plans can be made without the worry of where the funding will come from. We all remember the funding deﬁcits in 2006 caused by Defra being ﬁned over its failure to manage the administration of the Common Agriculture Policy funding. This doesn’t mean that everything we desire will be done instantly but signs are that things are beginning to improve, it will take at least two years for the new organisation to bed in & we will then hopefully begin to see some beneﬁts. This new year of 2013 will see much happening in our branch area. Some events are mentioned herewith. Our branch covers a fairly large area (see map) giving a great opportunity to enjoy the local canals & rivers. Whilst many people are aware of the waterways a lot are not, so whatever your interest please tell people so we can share our enjoyment. Most areas are readily accessible & beneﬁts from the support of the local authorities contributing to the cost of making them so. A lot of the branch eﬀort goes into monitoring planning applications to see that the water environment is not drastically altered. Currently we have three major developments proposed, including Sainsbury’s at Selly Oak and the Icknield Port Loop proposal & we will be commenting on each as appropriate. As well as local events this year sees the return of the National Rally, with the support of the local council, at Watford. Last year it was suspended as there were so many other national events being staged. The rally produces a lot of national publicity & hopefully will swell our funds. The branch is closely involved supplying key personnel & it would be nice to see you there. However you use our waterways enjoy your visits in 2012 Dave Pearson
Branch Annual General Meeting
Severn Navigation Restoration Trust
The branch AGM will be held on Monday, March 18th, starting at 7.15 for 7.30pm.
The long running, though intermittently heard campaign to extend the navigation of the Severn above Stourport, has oﬃcially closed; disbanding the company formed for the purpose, and passing remaining funds to the IWA.
The meeting will take place at the Coombeswood Canal Trust, Hawne Basin, Hereward Rise, Halesowen. B62 8AW. Accounts will be available for perusal in hard copy at the meeting. Updated notice for the branch AGM is available in the winter 2012 edition of Navigation Magazine. https://www.waterways.org.uk/branches_regions /west_midlands/navigation_magazine
The Severn Navigation Restoration Trust was formed after David Hutchings proposals of 1982, but had met with many disappointments and misunderstandings, in spite of changing designs and emphasis to more environmentally sensitive aspects such as the use of hydro-power and ecological advantages. The records, correspondence and reports commissioned over this period are held by the last Chairman of the trust David Struckett, who is now on our Branch Committee – but the intention is to pass them to somewhere suitable for archiving. Meanwhile anyone interested in the River Severn in particular, and possible future organisations for monitoring navigation interests should contact David who will keep them in touch with developments. David W Struckett
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Clearing the Cut at Coombeswood
Crossword (Thanks to John Butler) Across 1
A big cheese, in France
The other half
American estate agent
Lew’s rank or status
Less than three but not solo
Terminus of 1 and 5
The Shadow Chancellor?
The AIDS virus
HMRC’s old initials
Buddhism, or a Roman detective
Take the oath
19 & 24 The other terminus
Sounds like a girl, sadly
One of Kate’s in-laws
Mr Sneidjer or Mr Snipes
A crowd, possibly of Maﬁa members
Old boy takes 29 backwards
A sorrow suﬀered by Frankie Howerd thrice
Sedate and restrained
Three quarters of a sovereign for the family
Ms Derek or Ms Peep
Her Majesty hesitates
The Edinburgh Research Archive should last for a very long time!
Stainless steel Nazi steamship
The fourteenth letter of the alphabet is English, in short
The home of Galton Bridge
About the Royal Engineers
The Institute of Science and Technology takes the lead
43 & 44 Chief Executive sounds like a thieving Welshman
Bribery and corruption?
Turnover reduced, sounds like a pair
Not all there – or here!
A big cheese, in Greece
Caribbean red pepper
Forthcoming Meetings in 2013
Winter Working Parties
February 18th “Update of the Lapal Canal Trust” Peter Best, Chairman of the Lapal Canal Trust.
April 13 & 14, Stourbridge Canal. Clearing the pound from Delph bottom lock to Stourbridge top lock. Details from Dave Pearson.
March 18th AGM followed by members slides and quiz April 15th “An update on the Canal and River Trust” Clive Henderson, IWA. May 20th “Water Management” Adam Comerford, Group Hydrology Manager, Canal and River Trust. IWA Meetings are held at Coombeswood Canal Trust, Hawne Basin, Herewood Rise, Halesowen, B62 8AW Meetings start at 7.15 for 7.30. Non–members are very welcome.
February 16, IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch and the BCN Society, working in partnership with the Canal & River Trust, Canal Clean Up Work Party on the Soho Loop from 10am to 3pm. Meet at Hockley Port, All Saints Street, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 7RL
Boat Rallies, 2013 St Richards Festival, Droitwich, Worcester Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society. 3-6 May, details: Adrian.Smith12@virginmedia.com Pelsall Canal Festival, 15-16 June, see <www.bcnsociety.co.uk/> for details and entry form. IWA National Cassiobury Park on the Grand Union Canal in Watford over the weekend of 19th to 21st July. Further information from IWA website.
Dudley No.2 canal near Selly Oak. The next issue should show some photos with boats on this canal!
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BBC&W Branch Ofﬁcers & Committee:
Chair: Dave Pearson firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary: Becky Smith-Keary email@example.com Treasurer: Chris Neal firstname.lastname@example.org Members: John Taplin Deputy Chairman, Planning Ofﬁcer (Worcs) email@example.com Freddie Cooke Planning Ofﬁcer (Walsall, Wolverhampton & South Staffs) firstname.lastname@example.org Bob Fox Planning Ofﬁcer (Sandwell & Dudley), Newsletter Editor email@example.com Michael Payne Planning Ofﬁcer (Birmingham) firstname.lastname@example.org David W Struckett email@example.com Michael Smith-Keary Membership Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Osborn Meetings organiser email@example.com John Butler firstname.lastname@example.org Nicki Schiessel email@example.com
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Views expressed in Worcester Bar are those of individual contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch or the Inland Waterways Association. No responsibility can be accepted for errors or omissions.
IWA Birmingham Branch Newsletter, Worcester Bar, February 2013