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. 

  • Saturday 01 October 2016

    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: 24 Sep 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

  • Tuesday 04 October 2016

    Worcester Birmingham & Droitwich Canal Soc Meeting

    Meetings at Alvechurch Boat Centre, Scarfield Wharf, Alvechurch, B48 7SQ.

    (Just behind Weighbridge Pub, adjacent to Alvechurch Station) 

    Worcester & Birmingham Victorian Murders by Vanessa Morgan.

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    • Venue:Scarfield Wharf, Alvechurch
    • Time:07:45
    • Contact:Denis Pike
    • Phone:07870 939121

    Last Updated: 24 Sep 16

  • 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

  • Saturday 15 October 2016 - Sunday 16 October 2016

    Stourbridge Open Weekend

    Bonded Warehouse Open Weekend.

    Email for entry form.

    Real Ale Bar.

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    Last Updated: 24 Sep 16

  • Monday 17 October 2016

    Lapal Canal Trust AGM

    NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Lapal Canal Trust will be held on Monday 17 October, 2016 commencing at 7.45 p.m. at The Scout Hut Selly Oak Park.

    The Lapal Canal Trust is a registered charity (no 1013845) and a non-profit distributing company limited by guarantee, registered in England (no 2721675) Registered office: Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1WA.

     Founded in 1990 for the conservation and restoration of the Dudley No. 2 Canal from Hawne Basin, Halesowen to Selly Oak

    www.lapal.org

     

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    • Venue:Scout Hut - Gibbins Road
    • Time:19:45
    • Contact:Tony Whateley
    • Phone:07751100810
    • Email:t.whateley@sky.com

    Last Updated: 24 Sep 16

  • Saturday 22 October 2016

    Chance Glass Works - The Story of the Lighthouse

    Chance Brothers Glass Works, Smethwick is world renowned for technical expertise in glass making, engineering and for its lighthouse installations that "lit the world".

    In this enthralling talk by Mark Lewis we discover the history of the lighthouse, how they operate, the life of the lighthouse keeper and its enduring presence on the coastline.

    Mark is a founder member of the World Lighthouse Society and a long standing member of the Association of Lighthouse Keepers.

    To book your free place contact Nita Newman - details below.  Registration, free coffee and biscuits at 10:45, talk starts at 11:00

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    Last Updated: 12 Sep 16

  • Saturday 22 October 2016

    Chance Glass Works - the story of the lighthouse.

    Chance Brothers Glass Works, Smethwick is world renowned for technical expertise in glass making, engineering and for its lighthouse installations that "lit the world".

    In this enthralling talk by Mark Lewis we discover the history of the lighthouse, how they operate, the life of the lighthouse keeper and its enduring presence on the coastline.

    Mark is a founder member of the World Lighthouse Society and a long standing member of the Association of Lighthouse Keepers.

    To book your free place contact Nita Newman - details below.  Registration, free coffee and biscuits at 14:30, talk starts at 15:00

    Durga Bhawan, 360 Spon Lane South, Smethwick, B66 1AB - about 500 yards west of Smethwick Galton Bridge station.

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    Last Updated: 12 Sep 16

  • Tuesday 01 November 2016

    Worcester Birmingham & Droitwich Canal Soc meeting

    Meetings at Alvechurch Boat Centre, Scarfield Wharf, Alvechurch, B48 7SQ.

    (Just behind Weighbridge Pub, adjacent to Alvechurch Station) 

    Society Film night - Harry Corbett, Ronnie Barker and Eric Sykes classic 1964 film "The Bargee

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    • Venue:Scarfield Wharf, Alvechurch
    • Time:19:45
    • Contact:Denis Pike
    • Phone:07870 939121

    Last Updated: 24 Sep 16

  • Friday 04 November 2016 - Sunday 06 November 2016

    End of Season Rally 2016

    This year we are having an end of season rally at Titford Pumphouse, rather than a bonfire rally. Real ale, live music and food - a good weekend out.

    The Society AGM will be on the Friday evening.

    If you are coming by boat, you will need an entry form, which you can download on this link. 

    If you are coming by any other means, just turn up.

    If you need more information, contact Dave Dent by email from this link or by phoning him on 07774 605336.

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    Last Updated: 06 Sep 16

  • 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

  • Saturday 12 November 2016

    Pumphouse in use for private function

    Afternoon function

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    • Venue:Titford Pumphouse
    • Time:12:00

    Last Updated: 21 Sep 16

  • Friday 02 December 2016

    Christmas Social 2016

    The BCNS Christmas Dinner for 2016 will return to the Marriott Hotel at Fiveways on Friday December 2nd

    Download the menu and booking form from this link.

    The hotel has offered an excellent choice of courses and has held the price the same as last year. 

    Please see the booking form as attached or contact Dave Dent on dentdave@hotmail.com.

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    Last Updated: 05 Sep 16

  • Tuesday 06 December 2016

    Worcester Birmingham & Droitwich Canal Soc meeting

    Meetings at Alvechurch Boat Centre, Scarfield Wharf, Alvechurch, B48 7SQ.

    Meetings on first Tuesday of the month (except for summer months)

    Just behind Weighbridge Pub, adjacent to Alvechurch Station  

    Natter, Noggin, Family Quiz & "Musical Bingo"

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    • Venue:Scarfield Wharf
    • Time:19:45
    • Contact:Denis Pike
    • Phone:07870939121

    Last Updated: 24 Sep 16

  • Tuesday 03 January 2017

    Worcester Birmingham & Droitwich Canal Soc Meeting

    Meetings at Alvechurch Boat Centre, Scarfield Wharf, Alvechurch, B48 7SQ.

    Meetings on first Tuesday of the month (except for summer months)

    Just behind Weighbridge Pub, adjacent to Alvechurch Station  

    "Nothing like a good conspiract theory" by Mike Watkins and Wilma Hayes

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    • Venue:Scarfield Wharf
    • Time:19:45
    • Contact:Denis Pike
    • Phone:07870 939121

    Last Updated: 24 Sep 16

  • Tuesday 07 February 2017

    Worcester Birmingham & Droitwich Canal Soc meeting

    Meetings at Alvechurch Boat Centre, Scarfield Wharf, Alvechurch, B48 7SQ.

    Meetings on first Tuesday of the month (except for summer months)

    Just behind Weighbridge Pub, adjacent to Alvechurch Station  

    Extreme Narrowboating by Jennie Gash

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    • Venue:Scarfield Wharf, Alvechurch
    • Time:19:45
    • Contact:Denis Pike
    • Phone:07870 939121

    Last Updated: 24 Sep 16

  • Friday 31 March 2017 - Sunday 02 April 2017

    Big BCN Cleanup

    The plan is that this years Big BCN Cleanup will be on 1st and 2nd April 2017, meeting up on the 31st March.  

    Location yet to be sorted - but the Wyrley and Essington is being considered.

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    • Venue:Possibly Wyrley and Essington
    • Contact:Jenny Black
    • Phone:01494 783453 ex 604
    • Email:enquiries@wrg.org.uk

    Last Updated: 12 Sep 16

  • Friday 28 April 2017

    St Richards Festival - Droitwich

    Worcester Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society rally

    Boat Festival and Vintage Car Rally

    Family entertainment with Music - Stalls & Raffles - Hot & Cold Food - Bar

    Worcester Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society

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    Last Updated: 24 Sep 16

  • Saturday 27 May 2017 - Sunday 28 May 2017

    BCNS 24 hour Marathon Challenge 2017

    This year is the 50th year of the BCN Marathon Challenge - first run by the IWA in 1967!

    Start planning your routes now - start anywhere on the BCN that you wish, and finish at Titford Pump House 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, 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: 25 Aug 16

  • Friday 08 September 2017 - Sunday 10 September 2017

    Black Country Boating Festival

    Details will be on the The Black Country Boating Festival website 

    and BCBF Facebook Page.facebook. 

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

    Last Updated: 24 Sep 16

  • 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

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