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Thursday 3 December

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  • Boat building drama in Northwich northwichguardian.co.uk

    A former British Waterways worker has shared his story of a boat launch that went wrong at Northwich shipyard Yarwoods. Roy Cotterill, also a former Northwich mayor and councillor, got in touch with the Guardian following a number of Remember When articles about the shipyard, which operated from 1840 to 1966. He worked as a shipwright at British Waterways, along the River Weaver from WJ Yarwood and Sons, from 1953 until 1963 and loved taking photographs of the boat launches....

Monday 30 November

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  • Major Birmingham canalside housing scheme given the green light google.com

    Proposals for a major canalside housing scheme in Birmingham have been given the green light. Soho Loop, on the old BCN Main Line canal, aims to transform 12 acres of land near City Hospital with 504 new homes, shops, a gym and a new cycle bridge. The proposals were warmly welcomed by Birmingham City Council’s planning committee as a housing boost which could kickstart other key schemes like nearby Icknield Port Loop....

Monday 16 November

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  • Harecastle Tunnel legend Brian takes his last trip on the canal stokesentinel.co.uk

    One of the last true narrowboat men of North Staffordshire has taken his final journey along the canal. Brian Curry was well known both as a boater and for his work for the British Waterways Trust – particularly as the gatekeeper at Harecastle Tunnel. Yesterday, family and friends assisted him on his final journey. His coffin was placed onto a narrowboat to take him along the canal and his former workmates even took him through the Harecastle Tunnel one last time....

Monday 9 November

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  • Bid to restore Barnsley, Dearne and Dove Canals put on ice southyorkshiretimes.co.uk

    Plans to restore one of South Yorkshire’s canals, which have been in 30 years in the making, may have to be abandoned due to a ‘lack of council and community support’. The Barnsley, Dearne and Dove Canals Trust, formally known as the Barnsley Canal Group, have been working to reinstate the disused Dearne and Dove canal since the 1980s....

Monday 2 November

Crick Boat Show tickets go on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the Crick Boat Show 2016, which will take place on 28th-30th May at Crick Marina, near Daventry, Northamptonshire.

Aspiring boat-owners are set to benefit from a slew of new attractions, including boat-handling classes, a free Getting Afloat guide and a designated hub offering a wealth of practical information.

The three-day event is the biggest of its kind on the inland waterways. Although it already attracts a large number of visitors without previous boat-ownership experience, organisers hope the new area will make the purchasing process even easier for them. In addition to the complimentary guide and taster sessions on the tiller, there will be maintenance advice, licensing, insurance and mooring information, plus more than 40 new boats to browse for design and lay-out inspiration.

Crick’s usual complement of chandlery and boating accessory stalls remains, as well as the chance to chat to boatbuilders, attend seminars and enjoy a beer festival, children’s attractions and great food.

Advance tickets for the show, mooring spaces and camping pitches went on sale today, with savings of up to 20%. Gift cards are also available, so you can now "give Crick for Christmas". Evening entertainment is included in the ticket price and headline acts will be announced soon.

For more information visit www.crickboatshow.com

Andrew Denny  | 2.46pm | add a comment

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  • Canal drainage leaves narrowboat high and dry eveshamjournal.co.uk

    Firefighters were called out in the early hours of Sunday morning after a narrowboat was left stranded in a drained canal. The call came at about 1.15am and firefighters found that the section of the Worcestershire and Birmingham Canal west of Tolladine Lock had lost its water....

Tuesday 20 October

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  • Wey & Arun Canal features in TV programme weyandarun.co.uk

    The Wey & Arun Canal features in the latest Timothy West and Prunella Scales TV programme on Sunday evening (October 25th). The first episode in the acting couple’s new series is titled London’s Lost Route to the Sea. Timothy and Prunella – avid canal fans and narrowboat owners – go in search of the 19th century canal route, from Teddington, through Surrey and Sussex, all the way to Littlehampton....

Thursday 15 October

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Thursday 8 October

Rufford Branch Reopens

Following a two month-long emergency stoppage and £550,000 repair bill, the Rufford Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal has reopened to boats. 

The waterway was closed in late July after a 200-year old culvert that passes underneath it collapsed. The affected section between locks 4 and 5 was immediately dammed and drained to allow the repairs to take place, which involved removing some 600 tonnes of peat to access the wooden culvert and replace it with two new modern 750mm plastic pipes.

At the time, Canal & River Trust promised boaters the breach would be fixed by 25th September, and it met the deadline with a day to spare. 

CRT project manager Graham Ramsden said: "Our staff and contractors have been working hard to make sure we re-opened the canal as quickly as we possibly could to ensure boaters could use it and enjoy their onward journeys."

Andrew Denny  | 11.15am

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  • Birmingham canal muggers "preying on cyclists" birminghammail.co.uk

    A children’s eye doctor has told how he was beaten up by muggers who are targeting cyclists on Birmingham’s canal towpaths. John Ainsworth, 55, was cycling along the Ackers Trust basin when he was set upon by thugs who tried to push him into the water to steal his bike....

Tuesday 6 October

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  • The Kirk on the Union Canal churchofscotland.org.uk

    For years the land behind Edinburgh's Polwarth Parish Church had been weed strewn and covered with head-height nettles, hiding both the old wall which ran behind the impressive red sandstone building, making the place look, from the towpath at least, a little neglected. But after months of back-breaking work by Army volunteers and veterans, a fundraising campaign by parishioners and a little heavenly intervention, Polwarth Parish Church has now become the Kirk on the Union Canal....

  • Uri Geller unveils Thames-side Sonning artwork getreading.co.uk

    Uri Geller is preparing to unveil a giant spoon artwork in Sonning. The artwork will be his gift to the village before he moves out after living there for 35 years. Geller, 68, commissioned the spoon statue by British artist blacksmith Paul Wells...

Tuesday 29 September

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  • First ever World Barge Pulling Championships at Beverley Beck hailed a success hulldailymail.co.uk

    Organisers of the first World Barge Pulling Championships have vowed to make it an annual event after it proved a success. The event took place at the beck in Beverley on Sunday and was organised by Beverley Barge Preservation Society. Six teams of four took part in the challenge to pull the historic 64-tonne barge Syntan some 200 metres to the roar of crowds lined along the beck. ...

  • Chirk narrowboat recording sessions a hit with musicians leaderlive.co.uk

    The waterways have played host to an array of talented musicians, who were recording songs in support of a cancer charity. The ‘Narrowboat Sessions’ are hosted aboard the ‘Cariad IV’ boat, owned by organiser Mark Holdsworth, at Chirk Marina. Mark offers talented and unsigned musicians the opportunity to come aboard the narrowboat and record a selection of tracks in new surroundings....

Thursday 17 September

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  • Chesterfield Canal gets crime money derbyshiretimes.co.uk

    The Chesterfield Canal will benefit to the tune of £20,850 as a result of a scheme which ploughs criminals’ ill-gotten gain into community projects. The canal is one of five projects focused on improving the environment to have won grants that inject illegally-generated income back into crime prevention. The NICE Fund (Neighbourhoods Investing Criminal Earnings) was launched last year to provide funds projects which will leave a lasting legacy for their communities....

Wednesday 16 September

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  • National Grid in court over Burnley boy’s canal death burnleyexpress.net

    The prosecution of National Grid over the death of Burnley boy Robbie Williamson will take place in Preston in October. Shuttleworth College pupil Robbie Williamson (11) died on April 22nd last year after falling from a pipe while playing with friends on a canal bridge. He slipped from a gas pipe attached to Dugdale Bridge along the Leeds Liverpool Canal in Lowerhouse Lane and hit his head on the bank before falling into the water....

Monday 14 September

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  • Boy catches unexploded grenade whilst fishing on Grand Union canal itv.com

    An-eight-year-old boy pulled out an unexploded grenade during a fishing trip on Grand Union canal. Schoolboy Brando Smith, was fishing along with his twin brother Jacopo and best friend Nour, from a canal boat with their nanny James Bolton. The trio were fishing with a magnet, and after pulling out an assortment of spanner and wrenches pullout out a rusty, muddy lump of iron. Suspecting what it was they immediately passed it to James, who carefully took it in his hands and placed in on an empty stretch of towpath before calling the police. The police then brought in army experts who took it away for disposal....

Sunday 13 September

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Friday 4 September

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  • B&B on narrowboat at Hebden Bridge halifaxcourier.co.uk

    Imagine spending the night gazing at the picturesque beauty of the Rochdale Canal from the cosy haven of a narrowboat. That dream could soon be a reality if plans to offer bed and breakfast accomodation on the canal are passed. Business owners are hoping to capitalise on Hebden Bridge’s unique character with their new venture. Sean Louram and Mary Keady, owners of Hebden Bridge Cruises, currently offer a range of dining cruises on their narrowboat, but hope the expansion of their business will provide another boost to Hebden Bridge’s tourism industry....

Tuesday 1 September

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