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.

 

  • Monday 21 April 2014

    Taking the IWA forward - Les Etheridge

    A talk by the national chairman of the IWA for the Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch.

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    Last Updated: 15 Oct 13

  • Thursday 01 May 2014

    BCN - a view of the past - Martin O'Keefe

    BCN a view of the past - an illustrated tour of the BCN looking at the places and the boats, some familiar and some not so familiar - from pictures collected by Martin O'Keeffe, former chairman of the BCNS.

    (The meeting is only on the Thursday night - the extension to Friday is to ensure that this diary entry does not vanish at midnight on Wed 30 April)

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    • Venue:Titford Pumphouse
    • Time:19:30

    Last Updated: 10 Mar 14

  • Friday 09 May 2014 - Friday 16 May 2014

    BCN Explorer Cruise A starts Birmingham & Fazeley

    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 evening 9th May.

    Meet up on the Birmingham and Fazeley canal at Wigginshill Road Bridge, Curdworth.  Moor adjacent to the previous Kingsley Arms.
    Informal evening gathering to hand out itinerary and discuss the cruise.

    Day 1 Saturday 10th May. To Top Perry Bar (16 Locks)

    Boats to travel up Minworth locks (3) then on to Salford Junction,(with Spaghetti Junction overhead), join the Tame Valley Canal, travel up Perry Barr locks (13) and moor above lock 1.

    Day 2 Sunday 11th May. To The Manor Arms, Daw End canal (9 Locks)

    Leave from the top of Perry Barr and continue on the Tame Valley canal to Newton/ Rushall Junction.   Turn right on to the Rushall canal.  Ascend the Rushall locks (9) and moor at the Manor Arms pub, 1 mile north of Longwood Junction.  A social evening at the pub is planned.

    Day 3 Monday 12th May. To Pelsall Common, (0 Locks)

    Leave the Manor Arms pub on the Daw End canal and travel to Catshill Junction, through Brownhills and moor on Pelsall Common.
    Optional trips on this section are a visit to Anglesey Basin, and the Cannock Extension Canal.  
    Overnight mooring on Pelsall Common.

    Day 4 Tuesday 13thMay To Walsall Town Arm (8 Locks)

    Boats to leave Pelsall, continue on the Wyrley & Essington canal to Birchills Junction, turn left on to the Walsall canal, decend the Walsall locks (8) and moor in Walsall town basin.

    Day 5 Wednesday 14th May. To Moorcroft Junction (No Locks)

    Leave Walsall town basin and continue on the Walsall Canal to Moorcroft Junction via Pleck, Moxley and Darlaston and moor adjacent to Moorcroft Junction and Willingsworth Hall Bridge.

     We have arranged a tour of the CRT Bradeley workshops - see how lock gates are made.  A a leisurely one mile leisurely walk here up the original “Bradley branch” past the first 2 still visible lock chambers then climbing on a well defined footpath up the remaining 7 lock levels, turning right on the original canal embankment to the Bradley workshops

    Day 6 Thursday 15th May To Tipton (11 Locks)

    From Moorcroft Junction continue on to Ocker Hill Junction then ascend Ryders Green locks (8) to Pudding Green Junction.  From here there 4 options to ascend to the Birmingham “Old Line” - all three locks. Spon Lane locks, Smethwick Locks Factory Locks or Brades Locks (a staircase plus 1 lock)

    Continue towards Dudley and moor at adjacent to the Neptune Center at Tipton Green.

    Day 7 Friday 16th May To Titford (6 Locks)

    In the morning there is a talk by local historian and raconteur Keith Hodgkins at Tipton library.

    After Keith's talk, leave Tipton Green and continue back towards Birmingham on the Old Main Line to Oldbury Junction, turn right to ascend the Oldbury Locks (The Crow), where you are welcome to the BCN Titford Pumphouse rally.  

    (Note that you need to make a separate entry to the Pumphouse Rally - see the next diary event)

    BCNS lock wheelers will be on hand to assist during on this flight and give advice on mooring for the festival.

    This cruise is now full - if you would like to join a cruise, there are still places available on the second one.  Contact Stuart for details.

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    Last Updated: 20 Mar 14

  • Saturday 10 May 2014

    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 Dec 13

  • Saturday 10 May 2014 - Sunday 11 May 2014

    Allen Boat Gathering

    This year's Allen Boat Gathering is at the Pumphouse - probably the nearest site to the place they were made.

    Contact Martin O'Keefe - email address below.

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    Last Updated: 22 Mar 14

  • Saturday 17 May 2014 - Sunday 18 May 2014

    Titford Pumphouse Rally

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

    Application forms can be found at this link, on the main website. 

    • Venue:Titford Pumphouse
    • Contact:Barrie Johnson

    Last Updated: 20 Jan 14

  • Sunday 18 May 2014 - Monday 26 May 2014

    BCN Explorer Cruise B - Starts Titford Pumphouse

    Experience the northern reaches of the Birmingham Canal Navigation system with fellow boaters and visit the BW workshops at Bradley, as well as an historical talk en route.

    Sunday 18th May

    Meet after the Titford rally on Sunday evening to hand out itinerary and to discuss cruise.

    Day 1 Monday 19th May To Wolverhamton. (6 Locks)

    Boats to leave Titford and descend the Titford locks (“the Crow”) to Oldbury Junction , turn left on the Old main line though Tipton & Coseley to Wolverhampton and to moor either side of Broad St bridge. 

    A social evening at the Great Western pub is planned.

    Day 2 Tuesday 20th May  To Walsall (8 locks) 

    Boats to leave Wolverhampton, turn left at Horseley Fields Junction, and continue on the Wyrley & Essington canal through Wednesfield, Sneyd to Birchills Junction turning right and descending the Walsall locks and turn left and moor in Walsall town basin.

    Day 3 Wednesday 21st  May To Moorcroft Juncion. (No locks)

    Leave Walsall town basin and continue on the Walsall Canal to Moorcroft Junction via Pleck, Moxley and Darlaston and moor adjacent to Moorcroft Junction and Willingsworth Hall Bridge.

     1-mile leisurely walk to the Bradley workshops lock gate manufacturing facility.

    Plan to walk to the Bradley workshops up the original “Bradley branch” past the first 2 still visible lock chambers then climbing on a well defined footpath up the remaining 7 lock levels, turn right 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.

    Day 4 Thursday 22nd May To Longwood (9 locks)

    Leave Moorcroft to Ocker Hill junction, here turn left on the Tame valley canal to Rushall Junction turning right onto the Rushall canal ascend the Rushall locks (9) to Longwood Junction where we will be welcomed by the Longwood Boat Club. A Fish and chip evening is planned.

    Day 5 Friday 23rd  May To Anglesey basin (No locks)

    Boats to leave Longwood and continue on the Daw End Branch to Catshill junction, turning right on the Anglesey  branch for Anglesey basin overnight mooring.

    Day 6 Saturday 24th  May To Pelsall Common.(No locks)

    Return back to Catshill Junction. turn right through Brownhills and moor at Pelsall common.

    Day 7 Sunday 25th  May To Tipton Green (No locks)

    Boats to leave Pelsall and continue on the Wyrley and Essington canal through Little Bloxwich, Leamore, Sneyd Junction, Wednesfield to Horselley Field Junction.

    Here turn left on the Wolverhampon to Birmingham Main Line through Coseley and moor at Tipton Green adjacent to the Neptune Centre.

    Day 8 Monday 26thMay

    On the final morning, there is a talk by local historian, raconteur and author, Keith Hodgkins  at the Tipton Library, then depart.

    Note: Entry to the Titford Rally is before the cruise on Saturday 17th May and Sunday 18this not included in the Explorer Cruise.  See the separate entry in this diary.

     

    Last Updated: 06 Nov 13

  • Monday 19 May 2014

    Taking a narrow boat to France - Chris Clegg

    IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch meeting

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    Last Updated: 15 Oct 13

  • Saturday 24 May 2014

    The First BCN Society Photographic Workshop

    Workshop by BCN Waterways Photographer Kevin Maslin  

    The number of places is limited - contact Kevin for details.

    Last Updated: 19 Nov 13

  • Saturday 24 May 2014 - Sunday 25 May 2014

    BCNS 24 hour Marathon Challenge 2014

    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 24 May, wherever on the BCNS you want to start, and finishing at 14:00 on 25 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.  

    The detailed information & rules are on this link, and an the entry form is here.

    Last Updated: 21 Jan 14

  • Thursday 04 September 2014

    Freight by water - an underutilised resource?

    A talk by David Lowe - chairman of the Commercial Boat Operators Association and the owner of the historic boats "Swallow" and "Apollo".

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    • Venue:Titford Pump House
    • Time:19:30

    Last Updated: 10 Mar 14

  • Thursday 02 October 2014

    The Beers and Brewers of the Black Country

    Black country historian,author, and raconteur Keith Hodgkins will whet our apetites for the local brews, past and present.

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    • Venue:Titford Pump House
    • Time:19:30

    Last Updated: 18 Mar 14

  • Saturday 25 October 2014

    Clearing the area for the Bonfire Rally

    Keep your diary clear for preparation for the bonfire night.

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    • Venue:Engine Arm, Old Main Line
    • Time:10:00

    Last Updated: 10 Dec 13

  • Friday 31 October 2014 - Saturday 01 November 2014

    Bonfire Rally 2014

    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.

    Application forms will be added a little nearer the time.


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    • Venue:Smethwick Top Lock / Engine Arm

    Last Updated: 21 Jan 14

  • Thursday 06 November 2014

    Hydrogen - a Future Fuel for the Canals

    Prof Rex Harris talks about the development and changes in hydrogen fuel for boats (and cars) - the ultimate clean fuel.

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    Last Updated: 10 Mar 14

  • Saturday 08 November 2014

    Site clear up after Bonfire Rally

    To clear up the nails etc left after the bonfire.

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    • Venue:Engine Arm

    Last Updated: 10 Dec 13

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