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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  • 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

    This years BCN clean up will see us return to an area not visited for many years, based at Ocker Hill on the Walsall Canal the teams of Volunteers will clean the lower Walsall, Tame Valley Canals and Ryders Green Locks.

    Day Volunteers can sign on at Ocker Hill Depot from 10am, or at the Malthouse Stables in Tipton at 9am, where you will be transported to Ocker Hill.

    Safety foot wear should be worn as well as water proof clothing. Bring your lunch if you do not with to purchase the lunch provided by Waterway Recovery Group.

    For further details please email or call Chris Morgan.

    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 15th, at the malt house stables, Tipton.

    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 buying it through the WRG.  (If you are doing this, check with Chris for details first)

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

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    Last Updated: 18 Jan 16

  • 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

  • Friday 06 May 2016 - Friday 13 May 2016

    BCNS May Explorer Cruise Wolverhampton to Titford

    Friday evening 6th May, meet at Wolverhampton

    Boats to meet and moor on 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 7th 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 8th May, to the Manor Arms, Daw End canal (11 miles 0 locks 3 hrs)

    Leave Pelsall Junction and continue to Catshill Junction, visit Anglesey Basin, return to Catshill Junction 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 9th May, to Moorcroft Junction  (8 miles 9 locks 6 hrs)

    Leave the Manor Arms pub and descend the Rushall locks (assisted by BCNS lockwheelers), 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 10th 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 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 5 Wednesday 11th 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 canal.  Moor in or around the Bentley Arm outside the Nickelodeon pub. 

    Day 6 Thursday 12th 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 Old Main Line and continue towards Tipton. Moor adjacent to the Neptune Centre at Tipton Green.

    Day 7 Friday 13th May, to Titford  (4 miles 6 locks 3-4 hrs)

    Morning historical talk to be held 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 Titford Pumphouse Rally.

    If you want to attend the pumphouse rally, you will need to book that separately - follow the link above.

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    Last Updated: 13 Jan 16

  • 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

  • Friday 10 June 2016 - Saturday 18 June 2016

    BCNS June Explorer Cruise Wolverhampton to Titford

    Friday evening 10th June, meet at Wolverhampton

    Boats to meet and moor on 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 11th June, 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 12th 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 13th 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 is planned at the Longwood Boat Club.

    Day 4 Tuesday 14th 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 15th 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 16th 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 17th 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 18th 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 beer at the Titford Pumphouse is planned.

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

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    Last Updated: 13 Jan 16

  • Thursday 04 August 2016

    Walk with Ray Shill -Details to be confirmed

     

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    Last Updated: 05 Nov 15

  • Saturday 27 August 2016 - Monday 29 August 2016

    IWA Festival of Water 2016

     The IWA festival is at Pelsall this year - details on this link.

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    Last Updated: 13 Jan 16

  • 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

  • Friday 02 September 2016 - Sunday 04 September 2016

    Witymoor Island Boat Gathering

    A Disney theme to this year's gathering.

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    Last Updated: 13 Jan 16

  • 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

  • Friday 09 September 2016 - Sunday 11 September 2016

    Black Country Boating Festival

    The Black Country Boating Festival - details on the link.

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    • Venue:Windmill End
    • Contact:Paddy Grice
    • Phone:0844 800 5076
    • Email:paddy@bcbf.com

    Last Updated: 13 Jan 16

  • Friday 16 September 2016 - Sunday 18 September 2016

    Tipton Canal & Community Festival 2016

    The Tipton Canal & Community Fesitval is now in its 9th year and has become very popular with the local community and visitors from far and wide. 

    It is held on and by the Birmingham Old Main Line Canal in Tipton. 

    This year's attractions include: working and trip boats, arts, crafts and bling fair, live entertainment, various trade, charity and carboot stalls, children's rides, canal crafts, real ales, a wide range of food and drink and much more. 

    www.tiptoncommunityassociation.com 

    From, 11am until 5pm at

    Neptune Health Park
    Tipton
    Sedgley Road West DY4 8PX

    Contact Steve Downing
    Tel 0121 557 0371 or 07958 684 716

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    Last Updated: 13 Jan 16

  • 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

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