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A complete list of all BCNS events planned

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  • Thursday 04 August 2016

    Walk with Ray Shill

     This year he is talking us around Windmill End on the Dudley Canals. Meet at 7pm at the Bumble Hole Visitors Centre. Ray will take us in all directions around the junction to tell of the past & present. 
    Quote from Phil Clayton's Junction articles in a past copy of Boundary Post - "Two and a half straight miles from Dudley Port Junction takes the traveller through Netherton Tunnel to one of the best known junctions on the BCN. Windmill End was another location which became a junction as a result of improvements to the system. The Dudley No.2 Canal, incorporated into the BCN in 1846, meandered about through Netherton before heading south east to Gosty Hill and Lapal tunnels and a junction with the Worcester and Birmingham at Selly Oak."

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    Last Updated: 28 Jun 16

  • Saturday 06 August 2016

    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: 08 Jun 16

  • Saturday 13 August 2016

    Work party with The Challenge

    We will be having another work party with the young people from the National Citizen Service the Challenge .

    The plan is to have a work party starting at about 10:00.

    The location will be either based at Titford Pumphouse or around Smethwick - this will be decided a little nearer the time.

    Grappling hooks etc on the canal, and see what we hook.

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    • Venue:to be confirmed
    • Time:10:00

    Last Updated: 10 Mar 16

  • Friday 19 August 2016 - Friday 26 August 2016

    Explorer Cruise to the IWA Festival of Water

    Friday 19th August
    Meet at Titford Pumphouse - the BCN Society meeting room, and the high point of the BCN - 511 ft.
    There will be a gathering to discuss the cruise, followed by an informal social evening.

    If you arrive early, there is the opportunity to cruise to the Titford Pools, and advice on the best route will be available.  Give it a go, and get your boat a free plaque from the BCNS.

    Saturday 20th August, to Tipton (4 miles,6 locks, 3-4 hours)
    Leave moorings and descend the Titford locks (The Crow) We will be assisted by BCNS lockwheelers during the flight.
    Turn left on the Old Main Line at Oldbury Junction, through Tividale and moor at Tipton Green. Moor on visitor moorings on the ‘John the Lock’ moorings on the Neptune medical centre side adjacent to Owen St Bridge, or opposite. Historical talk and presentation at a local venue planned.

    Sunday 21st August, to Wednesfield Junction (7 miles 0 locks 4 hrs)
    Leave moorings and continue on the Old Main Line towards Wolverhampton, through Coseley, passing Deepfields Junction, with option to explore this arm to the Bradley workshop. On to Horseley Fields Junction and turn right on the Wireley & Essington Canal. Moor in or around the Bentley Arm at Wednesfield Junction. Social get together at the Nickelodeon pub.

    Monday 22nd August to Walsall town basin(9 miles 8 locks 6 hrs)
    Leave Wednesfield and continue on the Wyrley & Essington through Lane Head, Sneyd Junction and turn right at Birchills Junction. Now on the Walsall canal descend the Wallsall locks (8) then turn left into Walsall town arm and moor in the town basin.

    Tuesday 23rd August, to Moorcroft Junction (4 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)
    Leave Walsall town basin turning left on the Walsall canal through Pleck, Darlaston & Moxley and moor at Moorcroft Junction.
    At around noon we will take a 1.5 mile leisurely walk to the Bradley workshops lock gate manufacturing facility.
    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 workshops.
    After the visit, an optional detour around the Wednesbury Oak Loop and Gospel Oak. Bankside social get together planned.

    Wednesday 24th August, to Longwood Junction (7 miles 9 locks 4 hrs)
    Continue on the Walsall canal to Ocker Hill and turn left on the Tame valley canal passing the M5/M6 junction (where frequently canal boats travel fater than cars!) over many aqueducts to Newton Junction.
    Here turn left on the Rushall canal ascend the Rushall locks and moor at Longwood junction. Here we will be met by Longwood Boat Club members to assist in moorings. An evening fish & chips supper and fundraising raffle in the Club House is planned.

    Thursday 25th August to Anglesey basin (8 miles 0 locks 3 hrs)
    Leave the Longwood Boat Club to continue on the Daw End canal though Walsall Wood to Catshill Junction. Here turn right on the Anglesey Branch, passing Ogley Junction and moor in and around the Anglesey basin.
    There are excellent walks around the old colliery nature reserve and a visit of the Chasewater reservoir visitor attractions is strongly recommended.

    Friday 26th August, to Pelsall Common (5 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)
    Leave Anglesey Basin and return to Catshill Junction, turn right, go through Brownhills and continue on to Pelsall. On arrival, boaters will be directed where to moor at the Pelsall Common rally site.

    All moorings on the route have been tried and tested. In some locations, we will need to breast up in 2 or 3 deep.
    On all of the major lock flights we will be assisted by BCNS lockwheelers.

    Note: This explorer cruise is for boaters attending the IWA Festival of Water at Pelsall, however this must be booked separately.

    Application forms are available from the IWA Festival of Water website.

    Last Updated: 10 Mar 16

  • 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.

    We are running an Explorer Cruise for them, finishing at the Pelsall Rally.

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    Last Updated: 28 Feb 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

    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. 

    From, 11am until 5pm at

    Neptune Health Park
    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

    More details to follow 

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    • Venue:Marriott Hotel
    • Contact:Dave Dent

    Last Updated: 28 Jun 16