Work Parties

BCNS Work Parties

  • Narrowboat, loaded with rubbish, on it way home with tired crew.
    Return from a successful clean-up.
    Graham Whorton, 2010

    The BCNS work-boat Phoenix and her crew on the return trip back to the Engine House after a successful clean-up event on the Birmingham Main Line.

The BCNS works closely with the Canal & River Trust to ensure the ongoing maintenance of the local system.

The BCNS has C&RT recognised self supervising work party status.

Regular work parties take place throughout the year using the societies purpose built 38ft workboat Phoenix paired with open butty Crow.

In September 2009, in recognition of its work, the BCNS was one of ten national recipients of British Waterways Volunteer Awards.

Come and Join Us, volunteers always welcome!

If you see things on the BCN that need attention, but are not urgent, please let us know (info@bcnsociety.com), and we will add them to the list that we are making, following agreement with Ian Lane (our local C&RT area manager).  

Obviously urgent issues should continue to be passed to C&RT in the normal manner.  The idea is to help C&RT ensure that non urgent defects are not overlooked.

The list of works that we will provide will be included in our future work parties programme, or included in works scheduled for inclusion C&RT stoppage programme.

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  • Saturday 25 February 2017

    Friends of Tipton Cut workparty
    Friends of the Tipton Cut
     
    Regular work parties on the 4th Saturday of every month in the Tipton canals area. Location TBA

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    Last Updated: 13 Feb 17

  • Saturday 04 March 2017

    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: 13 Feb 17

  • Saturday 11 March 2017

    Work Party

    Work party at Titford Pump House, Engine Street, Oldbury B69 4NL.

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    Last Updated: 19 Feb 17

  • Saturday 11 March 2017

    Work party

    Work party - clearing the canal somewhere around the BCN.  More details later.

     

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    • Venue:TBC
    • Time:09:00
    • Contact:Mike Rolfe

    Last Updated: 10 Jan 17

  • Saturday 18 March 2017

    Scrub Clearance on the Dudley No 2, Leasowes Park

    Scrub Clearance at Leasowes Park, Halesowen

    This is clearing the Dudley No2 canal route through Leasowes Park, over the largest embankment in the Birmingham area, by a consortium of local groups and societyies.

    Support this work at the Coombeswood end of the Dudley No 2, to keep the canal bed clear for the eventual rejoining with the remainder at California.

    Saturday 18 March. (meet in car park off Mucklow Hill 10am).

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    Last Updated: 21 Jan 17

  • Friday 31 March 2017 - Sunday 02 April 2017

    Big BCN Cleanup

    This years Big BCN Cleanup will be on 1st and 2nd April 2017, meeting up on the 31st March, led by Chris Morgan.

    Working on the western BCN Main Line, the southern Wyrley and Essington, and the Wednesbury Oak Loop.

    Between Wolverhampton Top Lock and Bradley Workshops, and between Horsely Fields Junction and Bentley Junction.

    For those booking for a resident week with WRG, accommodation will be at the Malt House Stables in Tipton again.

    For those joining on a daily basis, the signing on point will be
    Minerva Wharf
    Minerva Lane
    Horseley Fields
    Wolverhampton
    WV1 3DT

    See some photos of last year's cleanup

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    • Venue:Main Line, & Wyrley Essington
    • Contact:Jenny Black
    • Phone:01494 783453 ex 604
    • Email:enquiries@wrg.org.uk

    Last Updated: 09 Jan 17

  • Saturday 06 May 2017

    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: 13 Feb 17

  • Saturday 06 May 2017

    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: 10 Jan 17

  • Saturday 29 July 2017 - Saturday 05 August 2017

    WRG work camp at Selly Oak

    Last summer WRG volunteers started work to repair the towpath wall at Harborne Wharf.

    Over the years the wall has deteriorated significantly with brickwork missing and several sections being undermined.In 2017 they will continue repair work, strengthen existing foundations and repair damaged brickwork.

    Volunteers will also clear vegetation around the Selly Oak Park Bridge, one of the oldest surviving original canal bridges in Birmingham, in preparation for archaeological investigations.

    Led by Ian Gaston, with accommodation at Stonehouse Gang Youth Club.  
    (Cost £70)

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    Last Updated: 02 Jan 17

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