All events

A complete list of all BCNS events planned

(with the bonus of the some non BCNS events.)

We have revised our web presence, using the bcnsociety.co.uk pages for a diary of events, and http://bcnsociety.com for static pages and news events.  All events have a Return to main site link to (surprisingly enough) return you to the main site.

 

  • Saturday 25 October 2014

    Clearing the area for the Bonfire Rally

    Join at Smethwick Top Lock and the Engine Arm us to clear and prepare the site for the bonfire rally.

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    Last Updated: 14 Oct 14

  • Friday 31 October 2014 - Saturday 01 November 2014

    Bonfire Rally 2014

    Bonfire Rally at the Engine Arm Junction, at the top of Smethwick locks.  

    If you are not coming by boat, head to Smethwick Enterprise Centre, Rolfe Street, Smethwick B66 2AR.  It is only a hundred yards or so from Smethwick Rolfe Street station. 

    Click this link to see where it is on Google Maps 

    Real ale, fireworks, live music and a barbeque - a good weekend out.

    Everyone welcome, - boaters, local residents and everyone else who would like to see a cracking good firework display.

    The Society AGM will be on the Friday evening, with a sausage casserole afterwords (booking on on the entry form). 

    Unlike earlier years, we are not running a barbeque on the Saturday.

    Get an application form here.


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    • Venue:Smethwick Top Lock / Engine Arm

    Last Updated: 12 Oct 14

  • Saturday 01 November 2014

    Titford Canal Litter picking work party

    Join in with Langley WatersideCare on a regular programme of cleanups on the towpath of the Titford Canal, and round Titford Pools, on the first Saturday of each month, from 10:30am until 12:30 pm

    All equipment will be provided. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. It is essential that you wear sturdy footwear and under 16’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    Meet at Sandwell Irish Community Association, Langley Park Lodge Community Centre, on Langley High Street. 

    Last Updated: 23 Oct 14

  • Thursday 06 November 2014

    Hydrogen - a Future Fuel for the Canals

    Prof Rex Harris talks about the development and changes in hydrogen fuel for boats (and cars) - the ultimate clean fuel.

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    Last Updated: 10 Mar 14

  • Saturday 08 November 2014

    Site clear up after Bonfire Rally

    To clear up the nails etc left after the bonfire.

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    • Venue:Engine Arm
    • Time:10:00

    Last Updated: 12 Oct 14

  • Monday 17 November 2014

    Leominster Canal

    IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch meeting.  

    Mike Woodgate and Martin Hudson are talking on the Leominster Canal

    Meetings are held at Coombeswood Canal Trust clubhouse 

    Meetings start at 7.15 for 7.30.

    Non–members are very welcome.

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    Last Updated: 13 Oct 14

  • Friday 05 December 2014

    Christmas Social at the Court of Requests, Oldbury

    Last year’s dinner was a success, with the larger venue allowing us to accommodate everyone. This year we are aiming to improve, responding to concerns about disabled access,parking and public transport access, and cost.  

    Meanwhile the presence of good food and good beer remains vital.

    So we have chosen The Court of Requests at Oldbury – the old court house, which will allow us a little more space.

    Buses pass the door, Sandwell Station is 5 minutes away, the Albert Street car park is just behind it, (with no charges at the time we are eating), and Oldbury Sainsbury’s car park is only a few minutes away.

    It is in the CAMRA good beer guide, and still has the lockup cells to deal with rowdies!!

    Download an application form - either as a word document or a PDF Document, to complete and return with a cheque, - address on the form.

    Last Updated: 12 Oct 14

  • Saturday 06 December 2014

    Titford Canal Towpath Cleanup

    Join in with Langley WatersideCare on a regular programme of cleanups on the towpath of the Titford Canal, and round Titford Pools, on the first Saturday of each month, from 10:30am until 12:30 pm

    All equipment will be provided. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. It is essential that you wear sturdy footwear and under 16’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    Meet at Sandwell Irish Community Association, Langley Park Lodge Community Centre, on Langley High Street. 

    Last Updated: 23 Oct 14

  • Monday 15 December 2014

    Christmas Supper and Slides

    IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch meeting.  

    Christmas supper and Slides

    Meetings are held at Coombeswood Canal Trust clubhouse 

    Meetings start at 7.15 for 7.30.

    Non–members are very welcome.

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    Last Updated: 13 Oct 14

  • Thursday 08 January 2015

    Care on the Cut - Sister Mary and boaters health

    Dr Della Sadler-Moore - Research Fellow on "Care on the Cut" and the nursing programme director for Wolverhampton University, will tell us about care as it was for boaters.  

    Lorna York the canal boat families historian & trustee from the Stoke Bruerne museum will be with her -  a mine of information on boaters from BCN to London via the Grand Union.

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    Last Updated: 12 Oct 14

  • Monday 19 January 2015

    50th Anniversary of the Stratford Restoration

    IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch meeting.  

    Clive Henderson talking on the 50th Anniversary of the restoration of the Stratford Canal.

    Meetings are held at Coombeswood Canal Trust clubhouse 

    Meetings start at 7.15 for 7.30.

    Non–members are very welcome.

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    Last Updated: 13 Oct 14

  • Thursday 05 February 2015

    A History Lesson ?

    Keith Eley will be raising (and answering) questions on the history of the canals - not perhaps the answers that you expect!

    He was involved in the BCN Society at the outset (present at the meeting that started the society), and has been (twice) the editor of Boundary Post.

    His knowledge of canals and the BCN is complemented by his widespread worldwide travels.

    Prepare to have some of your preconceptions altered!

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    Last Updated: 12 Oct 14

  • Monday 16 February 2015

    Derby and Sandiacre Canal Restoration

    IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch meeting.  

    Derby and Sandiacre Canal Restoration.

    A talk by Chris Madge, the Chairman of the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Society

    Meetings are held at Coombeswood Canal Trust clubhouse 

    Meetings start at 7.15 for 7.30.

    Non–members are very welcome.

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    Last Updated: 13 Oct 14

  • Thursday 05 March 2015

    From the Coal'ole

    Black country life through the eyes and sounds of Billy Spake Mon (occasionally known as Dr Brian Dakin), a seriously multitalented raconteur, singer, professional footballer, author, poet, university academic .......!!

    Guaranteed no slides - just entertainment for all.

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    Last Updated: 12 Oct 14

  • Monday 16 March 2015

    AGM, IWA Birmingham & Black Country Branch

    IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch

    Annual General Meeting.  

    to be held at the Coombeswood Canal Trust clubhouse

    Starting at 7.15 for 7.30.

    Non–members are very welcome.

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    Last Updated: 13 Oct 14

  • Thursday 02 April 2015

    Steam Pumping Engines with a Side-order of Canals

    Chris Allen is the editor of the Journal of the International Stationary Steam Engine Society and Chairman of the Claymills Pumping Engines Trust and has been interested in steam and matters industrial since 1976.

    His talk covers the application of steam power to the pumping of water (and other liquids) from the earliest efforts until the end of the steam era when the steam turbines at Hampton waterworks were retired in 1984.

    Dovetailed into the history is the use of steam pumps on the canal system from the earliest Watt engines up to the modern engines and centrifugal pumps that replaced them.

    The talk is very largely illustrated with the Chris's own photographs

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    Last Updated: 12 Oct 14

  • Friday 17 April 2015 - Sunday 19 April 2015

    Annual BCN Cleanup

    The big annual BCN Cleanup, with the BCN Society working alongside Coombeswood Canal TrustDudley Canal Trust, the Canal & River Trust and the IWA (Birmingham, Black Country and Worcester branch Waterways Recovery Group.) 

    The location details will be added as soon as we know them.

    You are welcome to come and join us - wear stout footwear and old clothes.  Waterproofs could be a good move.  

    Tea and coffee are provided for everyone but bring your own pack lunch, unless you are making a weekend of it through the WRG.  

     Chris Morgan will be leading the group, and can be contacted by email on the link, or below.

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    Last Updated: 12 Oct 14

  • Monday 20 April 2015

    Idle Women

    IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch meeting.  

    Idle Women - Wartime canal workers - a talk by Vince Williams.  

    Meetings are held at Coombeswood Canal Trust clubhouse 

    Meetings start at 7.15 for 7.30.

    Non–members are very welcome.

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    Last Updated: 13 Oct 14

  • Thursday 07 May 2015

    Chainmaking in the Black Country

    Possibly Canal Art - Luke runs the chainmaking workshop at Mushroom Green, and did the iron artworks around the Dudley No 2 canal

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    Last Updated: 12 Oct 14

  • Monday 18 May 2015

    Worcestershire Carriers Before the Railways

    IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch meeting.  

    Richard Churchley is giving a talk on  Worcestershire Carriers Before the Railways

    Meetings are held at Coombeswood Canal Trust clubhouse 

    Meetings start at 7.15 for 7.30.

    Non–members are very welcome.

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    Last Updated: 13 Oct 14

  • Saturday 23 May 2015 - Sunday 24 May 2015

    BCNS 24 hour Marathon Challenge 2015

    Start planning your routes now - start anywhere on the BCN that you wish, and finish at the C&RT Bradley Workshop at 14:00 on the Sunday.

    The event is open to everyone with a boat licensed for use on British Waterways canals.  Historic working boats and pairs are welcome.

    A friendly competition, starting at 08:00 on 24 May, wherever on the BCNS you want to start, and finishing at 14:00 on 25 May at Bradley Workshops with a compulsory 6 hours rest.

    The winner is determined by a point system, with extra points for full length boats, buttes, small crews, cruising the lesser traveled parts of the BCN.  

    The information & rules for 2014 are on this link, and will be updated soon.  (The rules change slightly between years, but the broad principles remain unaltered).  An entry form will be available at the same time.

    Last Updated: 12 Oct 14

  • Thursday 06 August 2015

    A walk with Ray Shill

    Investigate a section of the BCN with local expert on canal-side industries, Ray Shill.

    The location and nature of the walk will be anounced nearer the time - keep your eye on the website and Boundary Post.

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    • Venue:Will be announced
    • Time:19:00
    • Contact:Ray Shill

    Last Updated: 12 Oct 14

  • Thursday 03 September 2015

    BCN Canals from the air

    Martin couples his profound knowledge of the BCN with the Aerofilms historic aerial photography of the UK to provide an outstanding, but very different view of the BCN. 

    For those fortunate enough to listen to Martin's talk on this in the new Birmingham library in the summer of 2014, this is not the same talk - but I'm sure will be as good, or better.

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    Last Updated: 12 Oct 14

  • Thursday 01 October 2015

    Managing water - too little, too much, just right

    How is the water for our canals managed.  Dr Adam Comerford is the man responsible for C&RT water management, and reveals it in fascinating detail.

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    Last Updated: 12 Oct 14

  • Thursday 05 November 2015

    Industry and Canals in the Stourbridge Area

    Ned Williams is a well known local historian with expertise in the Stourport area. His website shows some of his range of interest and talent.

    He has produced many books about the Brierley Hill and the Black Country - his most recent, in March 2014 is The Earl of Dudley’s Railway - a history of the Pensnett railway.

    This evening he will take a revised look at the town from a canal-based perspective. This isn't the perspective that he adopted in his books so it will involve him taking a fresh look at the Brierley Hill area!

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    Last Updated: 12 Oct 14

  • Friday 04 December 2015

    Christmas Social

    We haven't decided where we will have the 2015 social - we will update the site, and let you know (if you are a BCN Society Member) by email around October 2015.

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    Last Updated: 12 Oct 14

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