All events

A complete list of all BCNS events planned

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

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  • 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 and entry forms are available via this link. 

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    Last Updated: 19 Jan 15

  • Friday 12 June 2015 - Saturday 13 June 2015

    Longwood Boat Club Canal Festival

    Longwood Boat Club are holding a rally at their moorings and clubhouse at Rushall Top Lock, Aldridge Road, Walsall WS4 2JS

    Entertainment - including live music and a real ale bar (starting on Friday evening finishing Sunday evening)

    As soon as I can I will provide a link to the entry form, however if you want to get one before that, contact Brenda Ward on the email above.

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    Last Updated: 04 Jan 15

  • Thursday 16 July 2015 - Sunday 19 July 2015

    Russell Newbery Register Rally

    This year we are pleased to host the annual register of the Russell Newbery Register members at Titford Pumphouse.

    The rally takes place in a different location each year, usually following a four year cycle of Midlands, South, Midlands, North.

    This will take place from Thursday 16th July to Sunday 19th July 2015. The venue is the Titford pumphouse, on the Titford Branch of the BCN. 

    The rally will have a Black Country and BCN theme. The entertainment for Saturday night is the famous Black Country comedy duo Dandy.

    A minor format change from previous rallies is that on Saturday afternoon there will be no scheduled workshops - and the rally bar will be open!

    For full details, contact the Russell Newbery Register.  Membership is not restricted to RN engine owners, but open to all with an interest in vintage diesels in general, (and especially, though not exclusively RN diesels in particular)  

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    Last Updated: 24 Nov 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

  • Saturday 08 August 2015 - Saturday 15 August 2015

    WRG Work Camp, Selly Oak Park

    There are two WRG Workcamp on the Dudley No 2, through Selly Oak Park this year.  

    The Dudley No. 2 Line Canal was authorised in 1793 and opened to traffic in 1798. It was built as a bypass canal to avoid the original Birmingham Canal (Now known as the Old Main Line).

    The western end of the canal is still in a good condition around to Hawne Basin, but the eastern half, known as the Lapal Canal, has been abandoned and slowly filled in since the mid 1950's.

    The long term aim of the restoration project is to restore the entire length of the canal, creating a valuable cruising ring on the Birmingham Canal Navigations.
    WRG's help is needed to restore 500 metres of canal in Selly Oak Park, where sections of the canal have been in-filled, the wharf wall has collapsed and vegetation has grown up.

    The early restoration of this section of the canal is very important as it will help to ensure that the canal will be navigable in the future and not just left as a greenway.

    Last Updated: 13 Mar 15

  • 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

  • Saturday 05 September 2015 - Tuesday 15 September 2015

    Tipton Festival - cleanup beforehand

    Helping clean up around the site of the Tipton festival.

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    Last Updated: 09 Jan 15

  • Friday 11 September 2015 - Saturday 19 September 2015

    BCN Explorer Cruise B start Birmingham City Centre

    This cruise is now fully booked.

    There will be some 20 boats Enjoing the northern reaches of the Birmingham Canal Navigation system with fellow boaters and visit the BW workshops at Bradley, and an historical talk en route.

    Friday 11th September.

    Boaters to meet in Birmingham City canal area. Starting with an Informal evening meeting outside the Sealife Centre (Old Turn Junction) to discuss cruise, and afterwards an evening get-together at one of the local CAMRA recommended pubs.

    Day 1 Saturday 12th September, to Titford (6 miles 9 locks 5 hrs)

    Boats to leave moorings continue on the Main Line to Smethwick. Here we have a choice of 3 lock rises to the Old Main Line to continue towards Oldbury Junction where we ascend the Titford locks (aka The Crow) to the Titford Pumphouse.

    A social evening is planned at the BCNS headquarters in the Pump-house.

    Day 2 Sunday 13th September, to Wednesfield(11 miles 6 locks 6 hrs)  

    Boats to leave Titford and descend the Titford locks. Turn left at Oldbury Junction, continue on the Old Main Line through Tipton, Coseley to Horseley Fields Junction. Turn right on the W & E canal and continue to Wednesfield.  Moor in and around the Bentley Arm outside the Nickelodeon pub. 

    Day3 Monday 14th September, to Pelsall Common (12 miles 0 locks 4 hrs)

    Leave Wednesfield and continue on the Wyrley & Essington canal through Lane Head, Sneyd, Birchills, Goscote and moor at Pelsall Common.

    Day 4 Tuessday 15th September, to Longwood (13 miles 0 locks 5 hrs)

    Leave Pelsall junction and continue to Catshill Junction. Visit of Anglesey Basin, return to Catshill and take the Daw End canal. Moor at Longwood Boat Club where a fish & chips evening is planned.

    Day 5 Wednesday 16th September, to Moorcroft Junction (7 miles 9 locks 6 hrs)

    Leave Longwood and descend the Rushall locks and travel to Rushall Junction, turn right on the Tame Valley Canal to Ocker Hill and then turn right on the Walsall canal to moor adjacent to Moorcroft Junction and Willingsworth Hall Bridge.

     Day 6 Thursday 17th September, to Walsall Town basin (4 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)

    Morning 1.5 mile leisurely walk to the Bradley workshops lock gate manufacturing facility. During this walk and visit we will be joined by local canal historian.

    We plan to walk on a well defined footpath up the remaining lock flight levels, then on the original canal embankment to the Bradley workshops where we will be met by CRT staff and allowed to tour the lock gate manufacturing facility.

    After the visit, an optional detour around the Wednesbury Oak Loop and Gospel Oak  Branch will take us back to our moorings.

    We plan to leave moorings early afternoon and travel to Walsall town basin.

    Day 6 Friday 18th September, to Tipton.(10 miles 11 locks 6 hrs)

    Leave Walsall town basin and return on the Walsall canal past the Tame Valley Junction and ascend the Ryders Green locks to the New Main Line. Here again we have a choice of 3 lock rises to the Old Main Line to moor at Tipton Green adjacent to the Neptune Centre. Here we will be directed by the Tipton Festival personnel where to moor for the festival.

    Day 7 Saturday 19th September

    Morning historical talk at the Tipton library.

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    Last Updated: 17 Feb 15

  • 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

  • Thursday 07 January 2016

    Walking in the Past - Ramblings through History

    A view of our past by Phil Clayton, from Stone Age Tracks, Roman Roads, Packhorse Routes, Turnpike Ways to the present through a walker's eyes - with several Snickets, Blind Alleys and Towpaths thrown in!

    Last Updated: 19 Jan 15

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