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Sunday 9 December

Today's news from the web

  • Protecting rare waterways plants waterscape.com

    British Waterways has agreed on a series of actions to promote the protection of the rare freshwater submerged plants, Grasswrack Pondweed and Floating Water Plantain. ...

Saturday 8 December

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  • Boatyard Scheme Set To Be Refused oxfordtimes.net

    British Waterways' bitterly-opposed waterside development in the heart of Jericho looks set to be rejected. Council officers are recommending that the scheme is rejected when it goes before the central, south and west area committee on Tuesday. ...

Friday 7 December

Today's news from the web

  • Residents Get Dog Mess Bins thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    Residents were celebrating yesterday in their campaign to get the Leeds-Liverpool Canal towpath cleaned up. ...

Thursday 6 December

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Wednesday 5 December

Today's news from the web

  • Consultation on Conservation 24dash.com

    A plan to protect one of the most nationally important inland waterways in the village of Stoke Bruerne has been launched this week, and South Northamptonshire Council and British Waterways are asking for residents to give us their views on it. ...

  • First results of the British Waterways mooring tender trial waterscape.com

    One month after the launch of the new mooring tenders website and British Waterways have revealed the results of the first 42 vacancies to have been advertised....

  • Vote for wheel of fortune crusade newhamrecorder.co.uk

    Forget the X Factor, Tower Hamlets needs your vote for a massive walking and cycling network. The council said: "If we win, a new pedestrian and cycling bridge over the Regent's Canal in Mile End Park will be the hub of a network of priority routes for walkers and cyclists connecting Bethnal Green to Bow and the Olympic Park.''...

  • Old Toll House to go under the hammer northamptonchron.co.uk

    A grade two listed building in Long Buckby Wharf is going under the hammer next Tuesday. ...

Tuesday 4 December

Today's news from the web

  • That's more like it! thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

    An £80,000 cash injection has lifted the spirits of disappointed campaigners. Just weeks after waterways enthusiasts failed to win £19 million of lottery money to restore the Stroudwater Canal, the Big Lottery Fund has stepped in. ...

  • Waterways Trust advertises for Montgomery Canal restorer jobs.thirdsector.co.uk

    The advert runs: "Working closely with our partners British Waterways, you'll help us secure funding for restoration work. It's estimated we'll need around £13 million to restore the Montgomery Canal - and it'll be your task to find this capital."...

  • Barrage Plans Abandoned prestoncitizen.co.uk

    Preston City Council have abandoned plans to build a controversial barrage across the River Ribble. The plan has been shelved in favour of concentrating on improving Preston docklands and canal links into the city....

  • Weak Bridge Closes For Refurbishment blackburncitizen.co.uk

    Work on the new Moorgate Street canal bridge crossing the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in Mill Hill, Blackburn, is due to start in January. ...

  • Carols On The Canal wiltshiretimes.co.uk

    Crowds defied the wet weather to turn out in force for the 10th annual canal carol service at Dundas Wharf near Bradford on Avon on Saturday....

  • Date set for Waterfront expressandstar.com

    The multi-million pound transformation of 17 acres of derelict wasteland alongside a Walsall canal into a thriving leisure, retail and business complex, creating hundreds of jobs, will officially begin next spring. ...

  • Towpath Gets Dog Waste Bins thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    Ten dog waste bins have been installed along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal towpath, thanks to £10,000 from British Waterways. ...

Monday 3 December

Today's news from the web

  • Get on your bike and support bid rochdaleobserver.co.uk

    Every vote counts - that’s the message as Rochdale bids for a slice of lottery funding to transform cycle paths across the town. If successful, Rochdale will receive £500,000 and the money will be used to open paths and build new crossings to connect all the four townships based around the Rochdale Canal. ...

  • Doughnut Day hits Manchester manchesterconfidential.co.uk

    Doughnut madness kicked off at 12.30pm last Friday. A narrow-boat travelled slowly up the Rochdale Canal laden with a cargo of five hundred boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. It moored in the Village, close to Spirit Bar and the New Union....

  • Historic puffer returns to canal news.bbc.co.uk

    One of the last remaining Clyde puffers will return to its birthplace later to mark the 150th anniversary of the iconic vessel. The Vital Spark - one of only five remaining puffers in Scotland - will moor on the Forth and Clyde canal. ...

Sunday 2 December

The Earls Court Boat Show - should you go?

This weekend has seen the start of the week-long Earls Court Boat Show, an all-new event which conveniently reprises the venue once home to the London Boat Show - itself now departed for the ExCeL centre and the windswept Docklands. The London Boat Show proper has a very mixed record in catering for the inland waterways. Does this one fare any better?

WW went along this weekend to find out. It's certainly an improvement over the dismal inland display at last year's "official" LBS. There's a modest selection of narrowboats, including some very interesting craft - notably Simpsons' tug & butty concept, where the cruiser stern can be detached from the 'unpowered' rest of the boat, and Maestermyn's novel 'love boat', designed for hirers seeking a romantic getaway!

The riverboat display also impresses more with its variety than its quantity. Alongside old favourites such as the Shetland Family Four (still only £9,999) and the Viking range are the elegant Interboat launches from Holland, rope edging and all, and some delightful Thames slipper launches. You can't help but contrast the fairly popular inland area with the coastal powerboat section, which is full of boats - notwithstanding the absence of big guys like Sunseeker and Fairline, whose dominance at ExCeL is rumoured to be one of the reasons for setting up this new show - but almost bereft of visitors.

The organisers say they are aiming to put the "show" back into boat shows, implicitly contrasting with the warehouse-like feel of ExCeL. Here they have succeeded. Features like a gallery of maritime art, a row of stands purporting to be Cowes High Street, and Royal Marines abseiling from the roof, give the show a sense of occasion. Sadly few of these are linked to the inland waterways, though there is the obligatory lock 'sculpture' that every show seems to have dragged out at one point, and the Guinness Bar is just across the way.

Should you go? With hand on heart, WW can't recommend that Midlands boaters make the trek down to see a small selection of inland boats. But if you're in London anyway, do pop in, maybe taking advantage of the reduced entry after 4pm. Attendance on Saturday was low, but had picked up on Sunday, and next weekend can be expected to be busier.

All in all, a respectable start - let's hope it encourages the organisers of the other London show to buck their ideas up.

Richard Fairhurst  | 8.43pm | add a comment

Friday 30 November

Today's news from the web

  • Businesses back £50m bid expressandstar.com

    Hotels, shops, schools and even buses are backing the bid to bring £50million to the Black Country. Plans include the unveiling of forgotten caverns beneath Dudley, a 12-mile “green bridge” park linking Walsall and West Bromwich and regeneration of Wolverhampton’s canal network. ...

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