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.

If you have come to this page from an external link to the BCN Society, if you can get the provider of the link to change it to http://bcnsociety.com we would be grateful. 

  • Thursday 04 January 2018

    Black Country Firsts

    A talk by Chris Smith local historian and author focusing on some of the more unusual "firsts" the Black Country can lay claim to over the years.

    Last Updated: 09 Dec 17

  • Saturday 06 January 2018

    Titford Canal Litter picking work party

    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: 06 Nov 17

  • Thursday 01 February 2018

    Last Days of Steel Making at Round Oak

    A talk by Keith Hodgkins local historian and author on a tour of Round Oak Steelworks in December 1982 during the last days of steelmaking. The Dudley Canal now a focus for the "The Waterfront" which is built on the site of the steelworks was once hidden away within this industrial complex.

    Last Updated: 09 Dec 17

  • Thursday 01 March 2018

    A Northerner on Northern Canals-Part 2

    Phil Clayton continues on his journey round our Northern Waterways in this second part of his talk.

    Last Updated: 09 Dec 17

  • Saturday 03 March 2018

    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: 06 Nov 17

  • Saturday 24 March 2018

    They Boonyeds at Titford Pumphouse (TBC)

    Contact Billy - b.dakin@aston.ac.uk - (phone below) or Charley - email below to reserve your place.  £5.00 payable at the door.

    Starts at half seven, doors open at seven.

    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 Pumphouse
    • Time:19:00
    • Contact:Charley Johnston
    • Phone:07825 816623
    • Email:info@bcnsociety.com

    Last Updated: 06 Nov 17

  • Saturday 24 March 2018 - Sunday 25 March 2018

    The Big BCN Cleanup

    The annual BCN Cleanup - join in for the weekend, working from Wednesfield towards Sneyd Junction.  

    See the IWA website for details of how to book for the weekend.  (Accommodation at the Malthouse stables, and all food provided)

    Or come along for the day - details later.

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    Last Updated: 06 Nov 17

  • Thursday 05 April 2018

    The IWA-Our New Vision and Brand

    A talk by Ivor Caplan IWA NationalChairman outlining the new long term vision for the Association and the key areas of work identified to help make this vision a reality.

    Last Updated: 09 Dec 17

  • Saturday 07 April 2018

    BCN Spring Cruise 2018

    BCNS SPRING CRUISE Saturday 7thApril 2018 at 10am
    from TIPTON to BUMBLE HOLE via locks & tunnel  

    We welcome boaters to join our cruise & to allow a couple of passengers, or more, to join them.

    This year we are taking our Spring Cruise from Tipton to Windmill End and back. We will take either the Factory Locks or Brades to take us from the Old Main Line at Tipton to the New Main Line then through Netherton Tunnel to moor around Windmill End & Bumble Hole.  There we will have a bring your own lunch stop and take a short walk and visit the Bumble Hole Visitor Centre. Then we shall return to Tipton via the tunnel & either Brades or Factory (take the other set of locks that you took on your way out).

    Many of our passengers will leave us at Tipton though those that wish may join us for the evening meal will be welcome.

    We will start at Tipton at around 10am, returning to Tipton around 5pm. An evening meal will be arranged – details later.
    There is no charge for this organised cruise but the whole point is to encourage non boaters to join us so please state how many passengers you are willing to take with you on your boat.  

    If you need further details email Brenda Ward - address below.
    Otherwise download either a boat or a passenger  from the main website

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    Last Updated: 17 Nov 17

  • Thursday 03 May 2018

    A Virtual Tour of Birmingham's Outer Circle

    An illustrated talk accompanied by sketch maps and boiled sweets from David and Pam Humphries covering some historical facts that can be seen from places on or nearby the route together with stories about well known people who either lived in or came from the areas through whish the Outer Circle passes.

    Last Updated: 09 Dec 17

  • Thursday 24 May 2018 - Friday 25 May 2018

    Allen Register meeting

    Allen Register meeting - the evening before the BCNSociety Titford Rally.

    The Les Allen Register. (An interest in the Les Allen boats or yard at Oldbury, is all the is required.)

    A Social Gathering will be held on Thursday 24th May at 7.30 pm at The Titford Pump House, Engine Street, Oldbury. West Midlands. B69 4NL and the Register will be joining the B.C.N.Society’s Boat Rally also at the Pump house from Friday 25thth to Monday 28th of May.

    Contact Annie Jenner 07952 792676 or Email onthecut@icloud.com

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    • Venue:Titford Pumphouse
    • Time:19:30
    • Contact:Annie Jenner
    • Phone:07952 792676
    • Email:onthecut@icloud.com

    Last Updated: 10 Oct 17

  • Friday 25 May 2018 - Monday 28 May 2018

    50 Years of the BCN Society - Titford Rally

    To celebrate 50 years of the BCN Society, we are combining our Marathon Challenge and our Spring Rally on the same weekend.

    The May Explorer Cruise will end at the rally.

    Come and join us.  More details soon.

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    Last Updated: 06 Nov 17

  • Saturday 26 May 2018 - Sunday 27 May 2018

    BCNS 24 hour Marathon Challenge 2018

    This year's challenge will celebrate 50 years since the start of the BCN Society

    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 26 May, wherever on the BCNS you want to start, and finishing at 14:00 on 27 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: 18 Oct 17

  • Friday 15 June 2018 - Saturday 23 June 2018

    BCNS June Explorer Cruise Wolverhampton to Titford

    Friday evening 1thJune, 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.

    Full details are on the main site.

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    Last Updated: 15 Oct 17

  • Saturday 30 June 2018

    Birmingham and Black Country Half Marathon

    Possible date for Birmingham & Black Country Half Marathon.

    Volunteers needed to man boats providing drink stations on the route.

    (Usually one boat at Caggy's and one boat at Bromford Junction)

    At present date not yet firm.  Likeliest date at present is 7 July.

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    Last Updated: 04 Jul 17

  • Saturday 07 July 2018

    Birmingham & Black Country Half Marathon

    Possible date for Birmingham & Black Country Half Marathon.

    Volunteers needed to man boats providing drink stations on the route.

    (Usually one boat at Caggy's and one boat at Bromford Junction)

    At present date not yet firm.  Likeliest date at present is 7 July.

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    Last Updated: 04 Jul 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

  • Thursday 06 September 2018

    "Iron Mad" Wilkinson- who put the Great in GB

    An illustrated talk by Richard Sells Local Historian and author on the life and achievements of "Iron Mad" Wilkinson a leading Ironmaster Entrepreneur and Inventor of his day.

    Last Updated: 09 Dec 17

  • Thursday 04 October 2018

    A Natural History of the Midlands Canals

    A talk by Paul Wilkinson  Senior Ecologist for CRT illustrating the range of flora and fauna to be found either alongside and in our Midlands canals. 

    Last Updated: 09 Dec 17

  • Monday 08 October 2018

    The Lost Canals of Shropshire

    A talk by Peter Brown Heritage and Planning Officer for IWA Shrewsbury & North Wales Branch on Shropshire's Lost Canals.

    Last Updated: 09 Dec 17

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