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.

 

  • 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

  • Sunday 22 February 2015

    WRG Sponsored Walk - North Stratford & GU canals

    Get your boots on and take part in an 8 mile sponsored IWAlk along the Stratford-upon-Avon and Grand Union canals to raise money for the Waterways Recovery Group (aka WRG).

    The walk taking place on Sunday 22nd February 2015, with the support of IWA Warwickshire Branch, aims to raise money towards the cost of two new minibuses for IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group in summer 2015.  The vans will cost approximately £25,000 each and the walk aims to raise at least £1,000 towards the total.

     The eight-mile circular walk, (starting at Lapworth Village Hall at 11:00), will take you along idyllic stretches of the Stratford-upon-Avon and Grand Union canals towpaths as well as through country lanes and fields, with country pubs to stop at for lunch, before arriving back at the village hall for tea, something to eat and a well-deserved rest.  The estimated length of the walk is three or four hours.  You can see the route here.

    If you would like to play your part in assisting WRG and waterways restoration you can register quickly and easily online using their  booking form or phone 01494 783453 ext. 611. See Book your Place.  If do not book your place online, you can join in on the day and pay your entry fee at the start.  (Registration opens at 10:00)

    Places are £5 per person and under 16s go free, after which it is over to you to raise sponsorship to support WRG.  Young people under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult.

     For help raising sponsorship you can download a sponsorship form template here or visit the IWA Raising Sponsorship page for more methods and tips to help reach your goal.

    Support WRG's Canal Restoration Work

    WRG’s small fleet of minibuses are a vital part of WRG’s operation, transporting tools, equipment and volunteers across the country to carry out waterway restoration work. Some of the existing vehicles show signs of ageing and the WRG Board has concluded that replacements are needed. By participating in this walk, not only will it be a great day out but you will be playing your part in assisting canal restoration projects (including the BCN Cleanup) for the coming years. 

    Find out more about WRG Minibuses.

    • Venue:Lapworth Village Hall
    • Time:11:00
    • Phone:01494 783453 ext. 611

    Last Updated: 15 Dec 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

  • Saturday 18 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.) 

    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 on the night of 17th.

    This year the cleanup will be on the old mainline around Smethwick Locks, Smethwick Junction and the bonfire site.

    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: 15 Dec 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

  • Friday 08 May 2015 - Friday 15 May 2015

    BCN Explorer Cruise - Starts Wolverhampton

    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 8th May, meet at Wolverhampton

    Boats meet and moor on visitor moorings either side of Broad St 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 St.

    Day 1 Saturday 9th May, to Pelsall Junction  (14 miles 0 locks 5 hrs)

    Boats to 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 10th May, to the Manor Arms, Daw End Canal(11 miles 0 locks 3 hrs)

    Leave Pelsall Junction and continue to Catshill Junction, visit of Anglesey Basin, return to Catshill and take the Daw End canal.  Moor at the Manor Arms pub, 1 mile north of Longwood Junction.

    Social evening at the pub.

    Day 3 Monday 11th May, to Moorcroft Junction  (8 miles 9 locks 6 hrs)

    Leave the Manor Arms pub and descend the Rushall locks (here we will be 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 4 Tuesday 12th May, 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 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 5 Wednesday 13th May, 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.  Moor in or around the Bentley Arm outside the Nickelodeon pub. 

    Day 6 Thursday 14th May, to Tipton (7 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)

    From Wednesfield Junction continue on to Horseley Fields Junction then turn left on the Birmingham Main Line  and continue towards Tipton. Moor adjacent to the Neptune Centre at Tipton Green.

    Day 7 Friday 15th May, to Titford  (4 miles 6 locks 3-4 hrs)

    Morning historical talk by local historian, raconteur and author, Keith Hodgkins  at the Tipton Library,

    After 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 be on hand to assist on this flight and give advice on mooring for the festival.

    Note: Entry to the Titford Rally is not included in the Explorer Cruise.  See the separate entry in this diary.

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    Last Updated: 24 Nov 14

  • Saturday 09 May 2015 - Sunday 10 May 2015

    Coombeswood Canal Trust Open Weekend

    The Event Offers Boat Trips, Charity Stalls, Craft Stalls, 
    Collectables, A Designer Jean Stall, Canalia And Much More.
    Real Ale, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Sandwiches Etc. 
    Plus An Opportunity To Learn More About The Work Of The Trust On The Dudley No 2 Canal For The Benefit Of All.

    Plus an opportunity to learn more about the work of the Trust on the Dudley No 2 Canal for the benefit of all.

    FREE admission & FREE parking

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    • Venue:Hawne Basin

    Last Updated: 24 Nov 14

  • Friday 15 May 2015 - Sunday 17 May 2015

    Titford Pumphouse Rally

    Our annual rally, centred around the historic Titford Pumphouse - our clubhouse.

    Full details to follow.

    • Venue:Titford Pumphouse
    • Contact:Barrie Johnson

    Last Updated: 03 Nov 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.

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    Last Updated: 24 Nov 14

  • 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

  • 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

  • Friday 11 September 2015 - Saturday 19 September 2015

    BCN Explorer Cruise B start Birmingham City Centre

    Enjoy 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: 03 Nov 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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