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 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 28 November 2015

    A welcome t'the winter - with Billy Spake Mon!


    Billy Spake Mon and John Langford

    for an evening of black country music and mirth - with real black country ale as well!

    The new White House Cancer Support CD will be launched this evening.  

    Tickets - £5 - can be reserved to pay at the door.

    Contact Billy - - (phone below) or Charley - email below

    How to get to Titford Pump House? - follow this link, for instructions to find it by boat, train, bus or car.

    After the sell out performance in June, we are having another show.

    This time we will have some real black country ale as well black country music and laughs!

    More details here

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    Last Updated: 06 Oct 15

  • Saturday 05 December 2015

    Work Party - Titford Pumphouse

    Work party sorting out at the pumphouse.

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    Last Updated: 11 Nov 15

  • 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!

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    Last Updated: 06 Oct 15

  • Saturday 16 January 2016

    Work party - Titford Branch

    Working on cleaning up the canal up to Titford Pools

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    Last Updated: 11 Nov 15

  • Monday 18 January 2016

    Walking Group using pumphouse

    Pumphouse in use

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    • Venue:Titford Pumphouse
    • Time:11:00
    • Contact:N/A

    Last Updated: 22 Oct 15

  • Thursday 04 February 2016

    Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Works-

    Simon Buteaux Director of Birmingham Conservation Trust describes the work of the Trust to preserve this historic coffin fitting works with its "time capsule " contents and the stories behind its 100 years of operation.

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    Last Updated: 06 Oct 15

  • Saturday 13 February 2016

    Workparty - location tbc

    Work party - location to be decided - come back later for details

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    Last Updated: 11 Nov 15

  • Thursday 03 March 2016

    The London and North Western Railway

    An illustrated talk by Ted Talbot author of a number of books regarding the London & North Western Railway and its locomotives.

    From 1885 until the railway groupings in 1923 the BCN was controlled by the LNWR and thus the railway very much influenced the operation of the canal in that period.


    Last Updated: 05 Nov 15

  • Saturday 12 March 2016

    Work Party - Location TBC

    Work party - location will appear later.

    As usual, come dressed to allow for bankside work being less than spotlessly clean!

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    Last Updated: 11 Nov 15

  • Saturday 02 April 2016

    BCN Spring Cruise 2016

    Tipton to Bradley Workshops - to celebrate the start of the plan to re-open the Bradley Locks

    Starting & finishing at Tipton, travelling up the Wednesbury Oak Loop to Bradley, lunch there (bring your own), and take a look around the workshops where they make lock gates then return, where a meal will be sorted - details later.  

    No charge for this cruise - but if you are interested in coming, please email Brenda - details below.

    An informal cruise, where we encourage boat owners to bring non boaters with them.

    Non boaters who would like to come, again, contact Brenda.

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    Last Updated: 13 Nov 15

  • Thursday 07 April 2016

    Restoration of the Stratford upon Avon Canal

    A Talk by Alasdair Lawrance Chair of the Stratford upon Avon Canal Society looking back at the Restoration of the Southern Section of the canal including some archive footage of an interview with David Hutchins


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    Last Updated: 10 Oct 15

  • Saturday 16 April 2016 - Sunday 17 April 2016

    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.) 

    Come along under the auspices of any of the groups.  If you want accommodation and food provided, book through the Waterways Recovery Group website.  If you are staying with them, accommodation is available from the night of 17th, at the malt house stables, Tipton.

    The cleanup location is not sorted yet - will be published as soon as decided.

    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: 02 Sep 15

  • Thursday 05 May 2016

    Made in Smethwick

    A Talk by Mary Bodfish Chair of Smethwick Local History Society covering all aspects of industrial outputfrom Smethwick from early metal making to the present day.

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    Last Updated: 06 Oct 15

  • Saturday 07 May 2016

    Preparations for the Titford Rally

    Preparing the site for the summer rally, at Titford Pump House, Engine Street, Oldbury B69 4NL.

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    • Venue:Titford Pump House
    • Time:10:00
    • Contact:Mike Rolfe
    • Phone:07763171735

    Last Updated: 11 Nov 15

  • Friday 13 May 2016 - Sunday 15 May 2016

    Titford Pumphouse Rally

    Come and join us at the Titford Rally.  There will be an entry form and contact details a little nearer the time.

    The Titford Pumphouse Rally is at the top of the Titford Locks at Tat Bank junction.

    We will be repeating last years successful Titford Pools cruises.

    There will be a real ale bar, (beer from “Ma Pardoe’s – aka the Old Swan at Netherton), with stalls, music and fun.

    The pumphouse address is  Engine Street, Oldbury, B69 4NL, off the Tat Bank Road.

    If you want to come by train, Langley Green Station is a few hundred yards away, on the line from Birmingham Moor Street to Stourbridge.  Turn right coming out of the station, on to Western Road.  Turn left at Tat Bank Road, and left again at Engine Street. 

    By buses number 128 (Birmingham to Blackheath),and 89 (Birmingham to Blackheath via Dudley Road) go down Tat Bank Road past Engine Street, bus 120 (Birmingham to Dudley) turns off  Tat Bank Road at Western Road, before Engine Street, passing Langley Green station.  

    This is probably the quickest bus from Birmingham, but the walk to the pumphouse is a little longer.

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    • Venue:Titford Pumphouse

    Last Updated: 08 Sep 15

  • Saturday 28 May 2016 - Sunday 29 May 2016

    BCNS 24 hour Marathon Challenge 2016

    Start planning your routes now - start anywhere on the BCN that you wish, and finish at Hawne Basin 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 28 May, wherever on the BCNS you want to start, and finishing at 14:00 on 29 May at Hawne Basin 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.  

    Links to the information, rules and the entry form will be added later.

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    Last Updated: 27 Aug 15

  • Thursday 04 August 2016

    Walk with Ray Shill -Details to be confirmed


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    Last Updated: 05 Nov 15

  • Friday 26 August 2016 - Monday 29 August 2016

    IWA Rally on the BCN

    The IWA will be running a rally on Pelsall Common next year.

    Put the weekend in your diary - more details will follow.

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    • Venue:Pelsall Common

    Last Updated: 15 Oct 15

  • Thursday 01 September 2016

    The Story of English Pub Signs

    A talk by Dorothy Nicolle Author and Blue Badge Tourist Guide for the Heart of England about the history of many of our favourite pub signs and which also explores the important part that pubs have played in our history generally.

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    Last Updated: 05 Nov 15

  • Saturday 03 September 2016

    Tipton Festival - cleanup beforehand

    Helping clean up around the site of the Tipton festival.

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    Last Updated: 11 Nov 15

  • Sunday 02 October 2016

    Not the Festival of Water and Light

    A totally informal gathering of boats to cover themselves with lights and do a parade of lights around the waterfront at Merry Hill.

    Meet up in the afternoon, on the moorings between the waterfront and the Delph, and put up lights etc.  (Come anyway, even if you don't have lights - someone can probably lend you some)

    After dark a parade of sail (sail ??) between the north end of the waterfront and the winding point just above the Delph.  

    Then a barbeque (done rather informally - bring and share), with the near certainty that Paddy will just happen to have a couple of firkins of ale on his boat.

    This is the successor to The Festival of Water and Light, run by Dudley Council, that fell victim to council funding cuts.

    (Note that most canal guides do not mark a winding hole above the Delph.  There is a point where boats up to 60' - and perhaps a foot or so longer - can wind.  The nearest proper winding hole in this direction is the spur between locks one and two, that was the start of the orighinal lock flight.  Ask others for the exact location.

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    • Venue:Waterfront, Merry Hill
    • Time:19:00
    • Contact:Paddy Grice

    Last Updated: 06 Oct 15

  • Thursday 06 October 2016

    The Canal at Coombswood

    A Talk by Black Country historian and author Keith Hodgkins detailing a history of the Dudley No 2 canal from Coombswood to Hawne Basin looking at the tube works and tube traffic to the interchange basin

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    Last Updated: 06 Oct 15

  • Friday 04 November 2016 - Sunday 06 November 2016

    Bonfire Rally 2016

    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 food available.

    Entry form available later.

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    • Venue:Bonfire Rally 2016

    Last Updated: 15 Oct 15

  • Thursday 10 November 2016

    Mon & Brec Canal

    A talk by Ken Turner giving a brief overview of the Canals of South Wales and in particular the history, present day condition and ongoing restoration of the Mon & Brec including a photographic journey along the 35 miles from Pontnewydd to Brecon.

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    Last Updated: 08 Oct 15

  • Friday 02 December 2016

    Christmas Social= Details to be confirmed


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    Last Updated: 05 Nov 15