APRIL DI­ARY

Canal Boat - - Restoration -

March-April

30-1 Easter Boat Gath­er­ing, Na­tional Wa­ter­ways Mu­seum Ellesmere Port on the Shrop­shire Union Canal. The 2018 Easter Boat Gath­er­ing prom­ises a richly var­ied and ex­cit­ing line up of mu­sic, fam­ily and boat ac­tiv­ity. The lively long week­end will in­clude a fine folk pro­gramme com­bined with in­spi­ra­tional work­shops and mu­seum ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages. On Fri­day evening, David Lowe, well known to us as Chair­man of the Com­mer­cial Boat Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (CBOA) will be speak­ing on Mod­ern Freight Car­ry­ing by Wa­ter. Dur­ing the week­end there will be op­por­tu­ni­ties for vis­i­tors to have behind the scenes ex­plo­rations of the boat store in Ross­field Road where the ves­sels raised from the top basin are be­ing stored and worked on. There will also be the usual tours of the Lime Shed and the wider site.

1-2 Pock­ling­ton Canal Easter Egg Trail. Visit the Mel­bourne Arm and com­plete all the Easter ac­tiv­i­ties to win a prize! Build a nest to sup­port your own egg, find the clues to solve the wildlife trail and take a boat trip aboard the New Hori­zons (do­na­tions for boat trip). No booking re­quired for this is a fam­ily friendly event.

Join us at Lit­tle Skip­pers for a 45 minute boat trip fol­lowed by things to make and do. Get crafty to cre­ate a flower for our Spring gar­den, make your­self some bunny ears then put on your ex­plorer’s pith hel­met and binoc­u­lars to tackle our Easter Egg themed wildlife hunt!

Tick­ets are just £5 each and in­clude the boat trip as well as ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren and a hot drink from The Gon­goo­zler for adults. The boat de­parts at 10am – vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to ar­rive by 9.50am to check-in be­fore their trip.

4-5 and 10-12 Dud­ley Canal and Tun­nel Trust. Visit Join Lit­tle Skip­pers for a 45 minute boat trip fol­lowed by things to make and do. Get crafty to cre­ate a flower for our Spring gar­den, make your­self some bunny ears then put on your ex­plorer’s pith hel­met and binoc­u­lars to tackle our Easter Egg themed wildlife hunt. Tick­ets are just £5.00 each and in­clude the boat trip as well as ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren and a hot drink from The Gon­goo­zler for adults. The boat de­parts at 10am – vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to ar­rive by 9.50am to check-in be­fore their trip.

6 An event at the Dud­ley Tun­nel branch es­pe­cially aimed at the un­der 7s (though ev­ery­one is wel­come of course!), Tun­nel Teds has ab­so­lutely loads on of­fer dur­ing the day, in­clud­ing get­ting hands-on with bear themed and sea­sonal craft ac­tiv­i­ties, spe­cial 20-minute un­der-7s boat trips at des­ig­nated times dur­ing the day, bear sto­ries aboard our cov­ered and moored nar­row boat, a bear hunt around the site to find clues and earn a re­ward and get­ting a paw-print painted on your cheek. Buy a Tun­nel Teds ticket for ac­cess to all of the above, all day! Just £6.50 per child – two adults are free with each pay­ing child on the boat trip. The fun starts at 11am and fin­ishes at 3pm. Your ticket time will be for your spe­cial Tun­nel Teds boat trip with sto­ries and songs, so please go to the ticket desk down­stairs in the Por­tal building no later than 10 min­utes be­fore your boat de­par­ture time. You’re en­cour­aged to en­joy our other ac­tiv­i­ties be­fore and af­ter your trip.

15 Drifters Water­way Hol­i­days and the Canal & River Trust are of­fer­ing peo­ple the chance to try canal boat­ing for free at 20 lo­ca­tions across Eng­land and Wales. The taster ses­sions will in­clude free short trips on skip­pered nar­row­boats, as well as boat tours and hol­i­day dis­counts. Peo­ple of all ages are en­cour­aged to take part and no ad­vanced booking is re­quired. Fur­ther de­tails can be found at www.drifters. co.uk/open­day For more in­for­ma­tion about vis­it­ing the canal net­work, go to www.canal­rivertrust.org.uk

21 Head along to the Stour­bridge Model Rail­way Ex­hi­bi­tion at the Bonded Warehouse. Events on the day in­clude, trade stands, mod­el­ling demon­stra­tions, model rail­way lay­outs and light re­freshe­ments.

20 The His­tory of the Hull & Barns­ley Rail­way. Pre­sented by Brian Crowther at East York­shire Branch So­cial Meet­ing at the Methodist Church Hall Cot­ting­ham at 8pm

21-22 RCR boat & en­gine main­te­nance course. To find out more visit http://www. river­canal­res­cue.co.uk/ rcr-cour­ses/ email en­quiries@river­canal­res­cue. co.uk or call 01785 785680.

WORK PAR­TIES

Sun­day 1 & 17 IWA Northamp­ton Branch – Fort­nightly work party on the Northamp­ton Arm to help main­tain the water­way fol­low­ing the Branch’s adop­tion of the nav­i­ga­tion. 10am-2pm. Work usu­ally in­cludes a va­ri­ety of tasks such as paint­ing, veg­e­ta­tion clear­ance and lit­ter pick­ing. Lo­ca­tion is de­pen­dent on work com­pleted at the pre­vi­ous work party so is still to be con­firmed. All vol­un­teers are wel­come and should wear sturdy shoes, old clothes, be pre­pared for the weather and bring a packed lunch. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Ge­off Wood: ge­off.wood@ wa­ter­ways.org.uk.

7 & 24 IWA North Stafford­shire & South Cheshire Branch sup­port­ing Burslem Port Trust – Twice monthly work party on the Burslem Arm, Stoke on Trent. 10am to 3pm. Meet at Luke St, Mid­dle­port, Stoke on Trent, ST6 3LY. Please wear old clothes, stout shoes and bring wa­ter­proofs and a packed lunch if stay­ing all day. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Steve Wood: steve.wood@ wa­ter­ways.org.uk or 07976 805858.

8 IWA Lin­colnshire Branch sup­port­ing Sleaford Nav­i­ga­tion Trust – Reg­u­lar work par­ties on the sec­ond Sun­day of the month. Vol­un­teers carry out a va­ri­ety of tasks to main­tain the nav­i­ga­ble sec­tion of the Sleaford Nav­i­ga­tion at th­ese work par­ties. Dates are sub­ject to change so con­tact Chris or Steve Hayes to con­firm date and lo­ca­tion: work­par­ties@ sleaford­nav­i­ga­tion.co.uk or 01522 689460.

11 & 25 IWA Peter­bor­ough Branch – Work par­ties clear­ing veg­e­ta­tion on Horse­ways Chan­nel and car­ry­ing out main­te­nance of Horse­ways Lock. 10am to 3pm. Personal Pro­tec­tive cloth­ing and tools are pro­vided but it is ad­vis­able to wear sturdy footwear and warm cloth­ing. Hot drinks are pro­vided in the branch gazebo. As there are no fa­cil­i­ties nearby you are ad­vised to bring a packed lunch. Ac­cess is via, and by per­mis­sion of, All­press Farms, Byall Fen Drove (B1093), PE16 6XQ. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please con­tact David Venn: david. venn@wa­ter­ways.org.uk or 01366 324 102.

12 IWA North Stafford­shire & South Cheshire Branch and Cal­don & Ut­tox­eter Canals Trust – Monthly work party on the Ut­tox­eter Canal. 10am to 3pm. Bridge 70, Crump­wood. No park­ing avail­able at site so please meet at 9.30am at Den­stone Vil­lage Hall, Col­lege Rd, Den­stone, Ut­tox­eter, Stafford­shire ST14 5HR for a lift, or meet on site at Bridge 70 at 10am hav­ing made your own way on foot. Please wear old clothes, stout shoes and bring wa­ter­proofs and a packed lunch if stay­ing all day. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Steve Wood: steve.wood@ wa­ter­ways.org.uk or 07976 805858.

17 & 24 IWA Ox­ford­shire Branch sup­port­ing Ban­bury Canal Part­ner­ship – Reg­u­lar work par­ties on the Ox­ford Canal near Ban­bury. 9am to 1pm. Tasks to be con­firmed. All tools will be pro­vided, please wear old clothes and stout shoes and take wa­ter­proofs in case of rain. For more de­tails please con­tact Colin Garn­hamEdge: bcpon­theox­ford@ gmail.com.

19 IWA North Stafford­shire & South Cheshire Branch and Trent & Mersey Canal So­ci­ety – Monthly work party on the Cheshire Locks, Trent & Mersey Canal. 10am to 3pm. Meet at Church Locks 47 & 48 ad­ja­cent to All Saints, Church Law­ton, ST7 3DD. Please wear stout shoes and old cloth­ing that you don’t mind get­ting some dirt or paint on and bring a wa­ter­proof in case of rain. If you are stay­ing all day you may also want to bring a packed lunch. Work TBA. This work party is held in part­ner­ship with the Trent & Mersey Canal So­ci­ety. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact John Brighouse: john. brighouse@wa­ter­ways.org.uk or 07808 878317.

21 IWA Manch­ester Branch – Monthly work party at a venue to be con­firmed in Greater Manch­ester. 10am to 4pm. Tasks will in­clude veg­e­ta­tion clear­ance, lit­ter pick­ing, paint­ing and pulling rub­bish out of the canal. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact: sec­re­tary@manch­ester-iwa. co.uk or 07710 554602.

21 IWA Ch­ester & Mersey­side Branch – Monthly work party in the Ch­ester area work­ing at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions along­side the Shrop­shire Union Canal. 10am to 4pm. Work will in­clude paint­ing and veg­e­ta­tion clear­ance. Please wear stout shoes and old clothes and bring wa­ter­proofs and a packed lunch if stay­ing all day. For fur­ther de­tails con­tact Jason Watts: jason.watts@ canal­rivertrust.org.uk.

WALKS

14 Apr Sat Re­gent’s C-King’s Cross-Gra­nary Square-Cam­den-King’s Cross (taxi rank) start­ing at 10.45am. Con­tact: Roger Wilkin­son: 020 3612 9624

15 Re­gent’s C-Lit­tle Venice – Cam­den-War­wick Av­enue, start­ing at 2:30pm. Con­tact: Roger Wilkin­son: 020 3612 9624

19 IWA Ch­ester & Mersey­side branch. Trent & Mersey Canal & River Weaver. If you will be us­ing a map first find Cheshire then North­wich, then Ac­ton Bridge which is about four miles to the north west. Find where War­ring­ton Road (A49), crosses the River Weaver and The Leigh Arms is lo­cated here. Grid ref: SJ 602 761. The 3½ mile walk starts at 10.00 am from their car park. If you are us­ing a Sat­Nav, en­ter the post code CW8 4QT or the co­or­di­nates: 53.28053, 002.60007. Toi­let fa­cil­i­ties should be avail­able.

29 Apr Sun Re­gents C-Kings Cross– Hitch­cock’s Hack­ney-Kings Cross(taxi rank), start­ing at 2:30pm. 15 Re­gent’s C-Lit­tle Venice – Cam­den-War­wick Av­enue, start­ing at 2:30pm. Con­tact: Roger Wilkin­son: 020 3612 9624

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