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 27 May 2017 - Sunday 28 May 2017

    BCNS 24 hour Marathon Challenge 2017

    This year is the 50th year of the BCN Marathon Challenge - first run by the IWA in 1967!

    Start planning your routes now - start anywhere on the BCN that you wish, and finish at Titford Pump House.

    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 27 May, wherever on the BCNS you want to start, and finishing at 14:00 on 28 May at Titford Pumphouse with a compulsory 6 hours rest.

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

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

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    Last Updated: 21 Oct 16

  • Saturday 03 June 2017

    Titford Canal Towpath Cleanup

    Join in with Langley Waterside Care 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. 

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    Last Updated: 27 Mar 17

  • Friday 09 June 2017 - Saturday 17 June 2017

    BCNS Explorer Cruise June 2017

    This cruise is full, with a waiting list, so you are probably too late to experience the northern reaches of the Birmingham Canal Navigation system with fellow boaters and visit the CRT workshops at Bradley, including historical talk and presentation en route.

    Friday evening 9th June, meet at Wolverhampton visitor moorings either side of Broad Street bridge. An informal evening gathering on the embankment at side of moorings above the Wolverhampton top lock is planned. Evening get together at the Great Western pub in Sun Street.

    Day 1 Saturday 10th June, to Pelsall Junction
    (14 miles 0 locks 5 hrs)
    Leave Wolverhampton and turn on to the Wyrley & Essington canal, travel through Wednesfield, Sneyd, Goscote, Little Bloxwich and moor at Pelsall Common.

    Day 2 Sunday 11th June, to Anglesey basin
    (5 miles 0 locks 2 hrs)
    Leave Pelsall Junction and continue to Catshill Junction, Turn left on the Anglesey branch and moor in Anglesey Basin.

    Day 3 Monday 12th June, to Longwood Junction
    (8 miles 0 locks, 3 hours)
    Leave moorings and return to Catshill Junction to take the Daw End canal to Longwood Junction where a fish & chips evening and Historical talk/presentation is planned at the Longwood Boat Club.

    Day 4 Tuesday 13th June, to Moorcroft Junction
    (8 miles 9 locks 6 hrs) Leave the Longwood Boat Club and descend the Rushall locks (assisted by BCNS lock-wheelers), turn right at Rushall Junction onto the Tame Valley canal to Ocker Hill. Turn right on the Walsall canal and moor at Moorcroft Junction.

    Day 5 Wednesday 14th June, to Walsall
    (4 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)
    A morning 1.5 mile leisurely walk to the Bradley workshops lock gate manufacturing facility. During this walk and visit we will be joined by a 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 Thursday 15th June, to Wednesfield Junction
    (8 miles 8 locks 6-7 hrs)
    Leave Walsall town basin and ascend Walsall locks (here again we will be assisted by BCNS lock-wheelers), turn left at Birchills Junction and continue on the Wyrley & Essington canal. Moor in or around the Bentley Arm outside the Nickelodeon pub.

    Day 7 Friday 16th June, to Tipton
    (7 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)
    From Wednesfield Junction continue on to Horseley Fields Junction then turn left on the Birmingham Old Main Line and continue towards Tipton. Moor adjacent to the Neptune Centre at Tipton Green.

    Day 8 Saturday 17th June, to Titford
    (4 miles 6 locks 3-4 hrs)
    Morning historical talk to be held at the Tipton library. After the talk, leave Tipton Green and continue back towards Birmingham on the Old Main Line to Oldbury Junction. Turn right to ascend the Oldbury locks (aka The Crow) BCNS lock wheelers will assist on this flight and give advice on mooring. A final get together evening with a Chinese takeaway and bar at the Titford Pumphouse is planned.

    For those wishing to visit the Titford pools, advice on travelling there will be given.

    Last Updated: 28 Mar 17

  • Saturday 10 June 2017

    The Idle Women of the Waterways

    A double bill of theatre, poetry and music to whisk you back to the days of World War II when a shortage of crews to keep the working boats going brought a new breed of boater to the canal.

    Young women, later nicknamed ‘Idle Women’, took on the challenge of managing a pair of 72ft narrow boats and 50 tons of cargo.

    To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the start of the women’s training scheme, Kate Saffin and Heather Wastie will bring Isobel’s War and Idle Women and Judies to waterside (and nearby) venues, recreating the journey the women took (London-Birmingham-Coventry-London).

    Travelling with the show will be historic narrow boat Tench steered and crewed by women.

    Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

    Watch the video to learn more…The Idle Women: Recreating the Journey 

    Cost £5, pay at the door.  Reserve your tickets at Eventbrite or by phoning the number below.

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    • Venue:Titford Pumphouse
    • Time:18:30
    • Contact:Kate Saffin
    • Phone:07465238063

    Last Updated: 14 Apr 17

  • Saturday 24 June 2017

    River & Canal Historical Society Conference

    The Ninth Waterways History Conference “Waterways Research?”

    Saturday 24th June 2017 1000 – 1630
    The Noble Room, The Staff House University of Birmingham
    (Adjacent to University Station)
    Cost £22, including Coffee and Lunch.

    Contact Fabian Hiscock for a booking form - or follow this link.

    The provisional programme is:-
    0930 Registration 
    1000 Opening Admin, welcome and Introduction
    Chairman, Tony Hirst OBE

    Session 1 - Waterways History Research
    Dr Paul Sillitoe
    Mike Clarke, President, RCHS
    Dr Jodie Matthews, Honorary Research Fellow, NWM

    Session 2 - Researching the People
    Prof Timothy Peters, Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham
    Lorna York, NWM Stoke Bruerne

    Buffet Lunch.

    Session 3 – Researching the Waterways
    Ray Shill & Brian Goggin

    Session 4 Outlines of on-going research-related topics.

    General Discussion – A Way Ahead for Waterways History Research.

    16.30 Closing Remarks – Chairman.

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    Last Updated: 11 Apr 17

  • Saturday 01 July 2017

    Clean and tidy up Titford Canal and Pools

    We join Langley Waterside Care to help clean up Titford Canal and towpath.

    Meet at Langley Park Lodge Community Centre on Langley High Street.

    Wear sturdy footware.  Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.  All kit needed is provided.

    Join us on the first Saturday of every month, from 10:30 to 12:30

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    Last Updated: 27 Mar 17

  • Friday 21 July 2017 - Monday 24 July 2017

    Pump House booked for JMRI course

    Pumphouse in use for JMRI Course. 

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    Last Updated: 15 Apr 17

  • Saturday 29 July 2017 - Saturday 05 August 2017

    WRG work camp at Selly Oak

    Last summer WRG volunteers started work to repair the towpath wall at Harborne Wharf.

    Over the years the wall has deteriorated significantly with brickwork missing and several sections being undermined.In 2017 they will continue repair work, strengthen existing foundations and repair damaged brickwork.

    Volunteers will also clear vegetation around the Selly Oak Park Bridge, one of the oldest surviving original canal bridges in Birmingham, in preparation for archaeological investigations.

    Led by Ian Gaston, with accommodation at Stonehouse Gang Youth Club.  
    (Cost £70)

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    Last Updated: 02 Jan 17

  • Thursday 03 August 2017

    A Walk with Ray Shill

    Details in a future Boundary Post

    Last Updated: 09 Nov 16

  • Thursday 07 September 2017

    The Work of an Urban Wildlife Trust

    James Astley from the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust describes the ways in which the Trust works to create a Living Landscape in Birmingham and the Black Country for the benefit of wildlife and people.

    Last Updated: 09 Nov 16

  • Friday 08 September 2017 - Sunday 10 September 2017

    Black Country Boating Festival

    Details will be on the The Black Country Boating Festival website 

    and BCBF Facebook Page.facebook. 


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    • Venue:Windmill End
    • Contact:Paddy Grice
    • Phone:0844 800 5076

    Last Updated: 24 Sep 16

  • Saturday 30 September 2017

    Billy Spake Mon at the Pumphouse


    Billy Spake Mon and John Langford

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

    We will put full details out a bit nearer the time.

    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.

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    • Venue:Titford Pump House - Oldbury
    • Time:19:00
    • Contact:Charley Johnston
    • Phone:07514 824845

    Last Updated: 15 May 17

  • Thursday 05 October 2017

    A Northerner on Northern Waters

    Phil Clayton shares with us his experiences on some of our northern waterways including a trip from Liverpool to Leeds. 

    Last Updated: 09 Nov 16

  • Thursday 09 November 2017

    More BCN in Pictures

    A further look at familiar and not so familiar places and the boats around the BCN from Martin O'Keeffe's photographic collection.

    Last Updated: 09 Nov 16

  • Friday 01 December 2017

    Christmas Social 2017

    The BCNS Christmas Dinner for 2017 will be on Friday December 1st. 

    More details later.

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    Last Updated: 09 Jan 17

  • Saturday 28 July 2018

    Fifty years since the BCN Society was formed

    It is fifty years to the day since the BCN Society was formed, at a meeting in a pub in Walsall.

    We will be celebrating this anniversary - more details to follow.

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    • Venue:Walsall

    Last Updated: 24 Sep 16