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The UK’s No 1 newspaper for all waterway users                                                                                                              Issue 28, January 2008

In this issue...
                                WHERE THERE’S A WILL...
Further cuts –
rumours dispelled?          6

National Treasure or National
Disgrace?                  10



                           11

Free-Ads                   26




                                                                                                       Manchester Bolton
Reeds Boats Boat Review 34                                                                                            & Bury Canal
Freedom                         The original entrance lock to the Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal was a staircase immediately after you left the river Irwell. Contractors are currently
                                excavating the intermediate cill of the staircase and digging into bedrock below the original lock 2. Foul air is removed from the working face using the
For the love of it         32   yellow fan seen centre top. Looking back at the camera is Dr Paul Hindle, Company Secretary of the MB&BCS.

                                OF course things are not easy, and if John
Fire safety on board      37    Fletcher is to keep a promise made to his dear               Heavy machinery is hard at work on the outskirts of Manchester




WIN
                                late wife Margaret, the MB&B project will still              and Salford and the good news is that canal restoration is alive
                                require a great deal of funding and no small
                                degree of goodwill before the hard working                      and well in those parts and thus, metaphorically at least,
                                society’s stated aims are achieved.                            currently bucking the cutback trend, reports Keith Langston.
                                  But the important thing is that a start is well and
                                truly underway. The good people of the Middlewood
                                area will see a new navigable ribbon of water               rise) over eight miles from Salford to Nob End        minimum length of locks is only 68ft.
                                developing as the line of the old ‘cut’ is restored and     where the summit pound continues in two                 It was the first canal company to turn itself into a
                                put back into use between that area and the city            directions. The Bury Arm continues along the          canal and railway company, and much of the track
 Ten pairs of tickets to be     of Manchester.                                              Irwell valley for 41/2 miles, with the main water     bed was to have been constructed on the infilled
 won for the National Boat,       The MB&B has, like most UK inland waterways, an           supply coming in at Elton – supplied from further     canal, but instead the railway was built beside
 Caravan and Outdoor Show,      interesting history. The canal was constructed by an        up the river Irwell. The Bolton arm continues up      the canal and the canal route altered to
 19-24 February       page 36
                                act of 1791 and completed by 1796 (apart from the           the Croal valley for 23/4 miles. Building commenced   accommodate this.
                                link to the river in Salford which followed in 1808).       as a narrow canal, but before completion was
                                  It parallels the river Irwell through 17 locks (187ft     widened to take boats 14ft wide, although the                                 Continued on page 2




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2 TOWPATH TALK 17 January 2008, issue 28                                                               www.towpathtalk.co.uk




welcome
FOLLOWING       rumours     that   British
Waterways had amended their policy of
reducing one linear mooring for every ten
new marina moorings created, a BW
spokesman had this to say to Towpath Talk.
  “There’s no change of policy but we are                                                                                                             The newly constructed wash wall of the circular basin above the new
implementing it differently. We’re still                       Piling under a redundant railway bridge and close to a live railway bridge –           entrance lock (1+2) being viewed by Dr Paul Hindle, Company Secretary of
committed to reducing online moorings across                   on the northern side of Manchester and Salford Inner Relief Route; note the            the Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal Society, and Fran Littlewood, Senior
the network, reducing the number of online                     Granada TV studios on the other side of the road. This will form the northern          Project Engineer. Manchester’s tallest building, the newly opened Hyatt
moorings in areas where offline marinas are                    end of the Margaret Fletcher tunnel.                                                   Tower, can be seen in the background beyond Granada Studios.
created.
  “The reduction policy requires the removal of




                                                               MANCHESTER BOLTON
one online mooring for every ten offline
moorings created, however, because of the
impact on established, long-term boaters at
certain sites we are, for the time being,
implementing the changes by not filling
vacancies (natural wastage) on our mooring                               Continued from page 1                            Many planning applications to build on the line of       new government planning guidance PPG13 to avoid
sites in key areas.”                                                                                                    the canal were turned down or altered to suit. The         a repetition of the Lichfield and Hatherton situation
  This shift to natural wastage will no doubt                    Almost all the canal is built on a hillside on the     involved local authorities (Bolton and Bury                with the M6 Toll Road. She worked with British
assist British Waterways in meeting their targets              side of the respective valleys and although well         Metropolitan Councils and Salford City Council)            Waterways’ Marcus Chaloner, who secured the cost
of reducing the number of linear moorings                      built, the combination of its hillside location and      were persuaded to give the line of the canal               of redesigning the road and providing piling for a
across the waterway system. Will it be perceived               the close proximity of many coalmines took their         increasingly stronger protection.                          tunnel under the road from Government Office
as a more tactful way to handle the tricky                     toll. Two breaches in 1936, one on the summit close        John Fletcher, who had been a founder member             North West, as the road itself was being constructed.
situations BW has come across in the past?                     to Nob End, and one on the Salford line below            alongside his wife, and who is believed to be a              The maintenance of a route to connect to the
  On the radio coming in to work the other day,                Rhodes Lock, were never repaired and they                descendant of the Matthew Fletcher who built the           national waterways network was seen as crucial to
I heard a listener take exception to a film the DJ             signalled the end of through traffic. Part of the        canal, turned the society into a charity and was its       the viability of restoring the canal. Marcus Chaloner
reviewed as fantastic. The DJ replied: ‘Everyone               waterway was legally abandoned in 1941, and the          first company secretary, but relinquished his role as      has recently become re-involved in the MB&B project.
is entitled to their opinion, it’s just yours is the           rest in 1961.                                            he took on more national responsibilities with the           The original entrance lock to the Manchester
wrong one.’                                                      A society (the Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal          Inland Waterways Association (of which he is               Bolton & Bury Canal was a staircase immediately
  In the past, perhaps this analogy would be our               Society) was formed in 1987, when Rochdale and           currently National Chairman).                              after you left the river Irwell. Much of the upper
standard reply to any implementation made by                   Huddersfield Narrow Canals’ restorations were              A large section of the summit is in water, albeit        lock was demolished when Manchester & Salford
British Waterways, who in some people’s eyes                   both taking off.                                         with some road crossing obstructions, but less than        Inner Relief Route was constructed before the
couldn’t do right for doing wrong. But now it is                 Within a few months Margaret Fletcher became           a mile remains of the Bolton Arm, which suffered           Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Originally, it
clear the company can only do what it is                       chairman of the society, a role that she occupied        three aqueduct demolitions with the terminal               was proposed to create a wider entrance to the new
financially constricted to do.                                 until her untimely death in 2006. She was                portion having a dual carriageway motorway link            Margaret Fletcher tunnel (the late Margaret Fletcher
  In light of the raft of BW’s deferred stoppages              determined that there would not be piecemeal             road (A666) constructed upon its route. The vast           facilitated £350,000 from Government Offices North
maybe we will see the stirrings of a ‘self-                    amateur restoration which needed re-restoration in       majority of the Salford line has been filled in,           West to provide a tunnel under the road which was
preservation’ society with a greater emphasis on               the longer term and set about changing political will.   although fortunately obstructions to the route are         then under construction).
people being more creative in obtaining funds                    What Margaret envisaged instead was a                  comparatively few.                                           The redesign proposes using the lock walls of the
from different sources – something our resilient               programme of major and permanent restoration, of           Margaret Fletcher began working closely with             original Lock 1 as walls of the new tunnel. This is
restorationists are well used to.                              course with volunteer involvement. Some dredging         British Waterways and looked to them for support           not the first time that a former lock on the MB&B
                                                               was done by volunteers, and towpath clearance was        when after proposals to build SnoWorld across the          Canal in Salford has been used as the walls of a
                                                               achieved from time to time, and now continues            entrance of the canal fell through, the design of the      tunnel. In the 1840s, due to railway construction,
                                                               under the guidance of the current company secretary      final section of Manchester and Salford’s Inner            greater headroom was needed and the original lock
                                                               Dr Paul Hindle, with the able assistance of the          Relief Road then looked set to obstruct the canal.         4 was moved ‘upstream’. The original lock 4 then
                                                               members of Waterway Recovery Group North West.             Undaunted, she heard through husband John of             became ‘Salford No 1 tunnel’.
                                                                                                                                                                                     British Waterways, to the surprise of many,
 Editor                                 Tony Hoyland                                                                                                                               announced they were supporting the restoration of
 Chief correspondent             Keith Langston                                                                                                                                    the canal as part of their Unlocked and Unlimited
 Advertising                       Donna Taylor                                                                                                                                    celebrations, and the canal society and The
                        dtaylor@mortons.co.uk                                                                                                                                      Waterways Trust, then heavily involved in
                                                                                                                                                                                   facilitating a number of restoration schemes,
 Direct sales executive            John Sharratt
                                                                                                                                                                                   including most notably the final stages of the
 Publisher                           Dan Savage
                                                                                                                                                                                   nearby Rochdale Canal, paid for an economic
 Editorial design                 Jayne Stevens                                                                                                                                    benefit study of the canal route. It demonstrated
 Advert planning                Catherine Smith                                                                                                                                    that even though it would be expensive, it had a
 Divisional advertising manager Lucy Deacon                                                                                                                                        greater cost benefit ratio than any other waterway
 Associate director            Malcolm Wheeler                                                                                                                                     restoration studied.
 Managing director                   Terry Clark                                                                                                                                     Shortly afterwards a formal partnership of
 Finance director                    Brian V Hill                                                                                                                                  restoration society, three local authorities and
 Marketing manager                Charlotte Park                                                                                                                                   British Waterways was launched, and after a year
 Distribution manager               Paul Deacon                                                                                                                                    Margaret took on the mantle of chairing that as well
                  Printed by                                                                                                                                                       – another role she held until her death in May 2006.
      Mortons Print Ltd – Tel. 01507 523456                                                                                                                                        Society vice-president, the late Fred Dibnah, also
                     Contact us                                                                                                                                                    raised the MB&B’s profile with his support.
     Customer services and subscriptions                                                                                                                                             Investigations were undertaken along the whole
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               News & editorial                                                                                                                                                    funding was beginning to subside and it was
     Tel: 01507 529279 Fax: 01507 529495                                                                                                                                           realised that however much goodwill there was,
          editorial@towpathtalk.co.uk                                                                                                                                              this was going to be another restoration that would
                  Advertising                                                                                                                                                      depend on innovative funding cocktails. The benefit
     Tel: 01507 524004 Fax: 01507 529499                                                                                                                                           study had demonstrated, however, that the
                  Published by                                 During the 1988 IWA National Waterways Rally, boats are moored at the entrance to the MB&B Canal.                   opportunities were excellent.
    Mortons Media Group Ltd, Media Centre,                     Above, with the turquoise name board, is the first appearance of the MB&BCS Sales Stand on the line of                A new developer had taken over what was to have
    Morton Way, Horncastle, Lincs, LN9 6JR
      Tel: 01507 523456 Fax: 01507 529301                      the MB&B Canal!                                                                                                     been the SnoWorld site, and rather than obstruct

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     returned. If your contribution features a                  The National Association of Boat             The petition claims the measures         'Continual           Cruisers'       and   throughout the full period of their
  special event, ensure it reaches us in lots of                Owners (NABO) has urged that               put forward would be a fairer solution     Continuous Moorers.                        licence and to moor alongside BW
   time for inclusion. Address your letters to:                 the contents of a petition, calling        to BW's funding needs than the               Boater owners, who purchase a            property 'ancillary to cruising'. These
   Mortons Media Group Ltd, Media Centre,                       for all private boat owners                proposals currently under formal           licence under the auspices of the          are rights that NABO defends.
   Morton Way, Horncastle, Lincs, LN9 6JR                       without a permanent mooring to             consultation. Unfortunately, claims        1995 BW Act (in particular section 17        NABO does not, however, condone
                                                                be charged the equivalent of a             NABO, it grossly over-estimates the        (3) c. ii), do not to have to satisfy BW   the abuse of these rights and urges
                                                                full mooring rental, be treated            number of boats without a permanent        that they have 'a mooring or place         all parties to abide by and enforce
                                                                with extreme caution.                      mooring and multiplies this by an          where the vessel can reasonably be         the laws and bylaws. It also fears
                                                                  NABO is disappointed that this           unrealistic level of charging, so such a   kept and may lawfully be left',            that the proposals made in the
         Independent publishers since 1885
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                                                                                                                                                                            newsinbrief
                                                                                                                                                                             Waterway TV
                                                                                                                                                                             THE popular inland waterways TV programme
                                                                                                                                                                             Locks & Quays began on Granada ITV1 on 3
                                                                                                                                                                             January at 7.30pm for a new ten week run.
                                                                                                                                                                               Good news for those not in the region is that
                                                                                                                                                                             the series is set to be broadcast in the Yorkshire
                                                                                                                                                                             region in the future and also nationally on
                                                                                                                                                                             Discovery Real Time in August. Meanwhile a
                                                                                                                                                                             new series of the programme Waterworld has
                                                                                                                                                                             begun on Central ITV at the same time.


                                                                                                                                                                             Team anounced
On the right sample brickwork shows the finish of the new washwalls                   Washwall construction of the pound below lock 3. Again Granada Studios
constructed above lock 3.                                                             can be seen.                                                                           AS British Waterways’ new national press office
                                                                                                                                                                             is established at 1 Sheldon Square Paddington,
                                                                                                                                                                             the body has announced the completion of the




& BURY CANAL
                                                                                                                                                                             manning for its external relations team. These
                                                                                                                                                                             are Ed Fox, head of communications; Gemma
                                                                                                                                                                             Ellwood, media & communications executive;
                                                                                                                                                                             Susan Duncan, consumer communications
                                                                                                                                                                             manager. Also making a welcome return will be


WHERE THERE’S A WILL...
                                                                                                                                                                             Jonathan Ludford as corporate communications
                                                                                                                                                                             manager. A new agency, Weber Shandwick, has
                                                                                                                                                                             also been appointed for British Waterways
                                                                                                                                                                             Scotland.
the canal, was delighted with the prospect of using      agencies is looking at restoring the next two
the canal restoration as a principal part of a new       sections in Salford. This includes diverting from the
development. That developer was Valley and Vale,         original line of the canal to derive better                                                                         Evasion update
and the whole development over the first approx          redevelopment potential alongside remodelling of
500m of canal is to be known as ‘Middlewood Locks’       the University of Salford entrance, work to Salford                                                                 DECEMBER saw initial enforcement actions
and has a real estate value in excess of £600-million.   Crescent railway station and further work on the A6                                                                 taken against 355 vessels bringing the total for
  The infrastructure problems caused both delays         gateway to the city.                                                                                                the year so far to 3234, report British Waterways.
and raised the already considerable expense                On the less deteriorated summit length, funding                                                                   During November 44 Section 8 notices were
associated with this key link. It was a very proud       opportunities are being explored to see whether this                                                                issued, the second highest number issued in one
Margaret Fletcher who presided over the nominal          can first be restored as an isolated section to link up                                                             month. Last month saw the highest number
first sod-cutting ceremony in late 2005. This short,     with the rest at a later date. The difficult task of                                                                with 59 S8 notices issued. One boat was
but important link to the rest of restoration will       finding an alternative route by which to return the                                                                 removed by British Waterways in November.
cost around £1-million per 100 metres!                   canal to the centre of Bolton is also
  Land assembly was a nightmare but nevertheless         being investigated.
the big kit moved ‘on site’ in spring 2007. Most of        Fran Littlewood is now Senior Engineer on the           John Fletcher and Fran Littlewood inspect work on         Tenders update
the work will be completed by late spring 2008           Middlewood site and Project Manager for the whole         the tunnel under the Manchester and Salford
apart from the removal of vast bundles of BT fibre-      restoration of the MB&B (Jason Leach having moved         Inner Relief Road. In the foreground are the              SINCE the start of the Moorings Tender trial in
optic cables at towing path level, which will have to    to the Cotswold Canals).                                  newly exposed walls of the original lock 1, which         late October, say BW, there have been 85
be carefully removed later in the year preceding the       Some of the images here show work in progress at        will form part of the walls of the new tunnel.            vacancies         posted          on        the
formal opening.                                          Middlewood and they and others were provided by           Above their heads are the girders of Prince’s             www.bwmooringvacancies.co.uk website for
  John Fletcher took over as society chairman two        the MB&B Canal Society and John Fletcher.                 Bridge over the navigable river Irwell. This is now       which 117 tenders have been submitted.
days after his wife’s death, and a few days later          The society is working with British Waterways,          towards the northern end of the Middlewood site             In the week commencing 6 December 2007,
chairmanship of the Steering Group, and now              Bolton and Bury Metropolitan Borough Councils             and has been opened out, but still forms a                20 new vacancies were added to the website
juggles these tasks in between the demanding role        and Salford City Council to restore the Manchester        narrowing of the restored canal, just short of the        which received 3371 visits – up from 1810 visits
of IWA national chairman.                                Bolton and Bury Canal and link it to the national         new winding hole.                                         the previous week.
  Meanwhile detail work involving a wide range of        cruising network.




John and Margaret Fletcher guiding Dutch visitors, the late Cor de Hoogt and his wife Conny, up the
River Irwell, passing the walled up entrance to the MB&B Canal.



  Mon & Brec repairs – Now a 2009 target!
 THIS is the latest news from British                    further winter works then phased in future years
 Waterways Wales & Border Counties in a                  to minimise disruption to businesses.
 statement issued on 2 January 2008.                       ‘British Waterways is planning to hold a series
   ‘A detailed geotechnical and engineering survey       of ongoing meetings with canal businesses, local
 of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal by British          community representatives, customers and
 Waterways has confirmed a series of essential           other stakeholders to provide updates on the
 repairs which need to be undertaken before the          canal works. In the meantime, work has started
 canal can be reopened. The works include relining       to repair the hillside at the site of the canal
 of some lengths of the canal, as well as repairs to     breach near Gilwern, along with repairs to the
 culverts and wash walls.                                properties affected. The damaged canal
   A full repair programme will be finalised in the      embankment is due to be re-established by the
 New Year, however funding for the works has yet         end of January 2008.’
 to be agreed and British Waterways will be                Note the breach took place on 16 October 2007.
 discussing options with key stakeholders over the       Although no costs are understandably available at
 coming weeks. Subject to funding being available        this stage, unsubstantiated local reports are
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 British Waterways will be able to re-open the           circulating which claim that the estimated cost
 closed stretch of canal by spring 2009, with            will be in excess of £20m.
4 TOWPATH TALK 17 January 2008, issue 28                                                         www.towpathtalk.co.uk




 Have your say
 on Daventry’s
 waterway
 PLANNERS of Daventry’s Waterspace are
 now calling on residents and businesses to
 take part in the consultation stage of
 the project.
   The proposals by Daventry District Council to
 link the nearby Grand Union Canal to the town
 centre have moved a step closer following the
 appointment of specialist design consultant
 Hyder Consulting (UK) Ltd.
   The      Birmingham-based         engineering,
 environmental, planning and management                  A possible location for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge at Banbury.
 consultancy will be drawing up designs of the



                                                         Connect2 collects the cash
 canal arm – part of the Daventry Town Centre
 Vision’s Waterspace project – and is inviting
 members of the public to join the
 consultation register.
   Coun Chris Over, Portfolio Holder for Economic
 and Regeneration at Daventry District Council,
 said: “This is the next step forward for an
 exciting and ambitious project, which will bring
 many benefits to Daventry.
                                                         SUSTRANS’ bid to get the nation moving has
                                                         received a massive boost with the winning of
                                                         the public vote in the Big Lottery Fund’s: The
                                                         People’s £50 Million contest.
                                                                                                                £50m to get the nation moving
   “The canal arm will act as a gateway for new            The result of the vote means that Sustrans now       The Banbury Canal Links Project involves                  “As a massive public consultation exercise
 visitors to the district and boost economic             has the funding to deliver 79 major cycling and        rebuilding the canal towpath from Castle Quay           Connect2 has engendered a huge amount of
 growth as well as providing an inspiring                walking schemes all over the UK.                       going south towards Bankside, and building a            goodwill from all sectors. It has confirmed our
 opportunity for new waterfront development.”              Nationally Sustrans Connect2 bid will build 54       pedestrian/cycle bridge over the canal to link          belief that people want to walk and cycle more
   To express an interest in the project and to be       new walking and cycling bridges, and renew and         Bankside to the towpath.                                when given the right surroundings. But the hard
 placed on the project consultation register             restore 58 more, enabling people to cross busy           Sustrans Area Manager, Mark Jarman, said: “It was     work starts now and there will be a huge amount
 please contact Owen Davies, Manager of                  roads, rivers and railways. It would also create new   great to hear that the Connect2 project has won the     to be done to make sure we fulfill all our
 Planning, Landscape & Urban Design, email               foot and cycle paths, and even reinstate a ferry       national public vote. We now have the funding to        obligations to the Big Lottery Fund. Ultimately
 UKDaventry.Waterspace@hyderconsulting.com               (the Blyth Ferry Northumberland), for 79               start work in Banbury on a new traffic free path,       the real winners will be those thousands of
 telephone 0870 000 3001, or write to Hyder              communities – giving people easier and healthier       which will mean that local people can walk, or cycle    people who will now be able to Connect2 their
 Consulting (UK) Ltd, Aston Cross Business               access to their schools, workplaces, shops, parks      to the railway station and the town centre.             shops, schools, workplaces and each other
 Village, 50 Rocky Lane, Aston, Birmingham               and countryside.                                         Sustrans’ John Grimshaw said: “We are                  every day!”
 B6 5RQ.                                                   A Connect2 scheme in Banbury is set to benefit       immensely grateful to everyone who got behind             For more information about the project visit
                                                         from an injection of £200,000 of the lottery cash.     Connect2 to make their votes count.                     www.sustransconnect2.org.uk




  Canal basin in the Dudley Caverns where up 15 narrowboats would have loaded up.




  BLACK COUNTRY PROJECT GOES ON DESPITE LOTTERY SETBACK
  LEADERS of the ‘A Million People:             entered the competition two years ago       network of canals and green spaces.      Walsall and West Bromwich town              not change the fact the Black Country
  Black Country as an Urban Park’               and to have gone right to the finishing       “Perhaps more importantly, it has      centres, an inspirational visitors centre   has a heritage of world importance and
  project have vowed that the                   line is a significant achievement.          brought so many people and diverse       at Barr Beacon and widespread               we and our partners remain firmly
  venture will still become a reality             “For the ambitions of the Black           groups together in pursuit of a          regeneration of Wolverhampton’s canal       committed to driving this programme
  despite losing out on the £50-                Country to be recognised alongside          common cause, something we hope to       network.                                    through with the support of the
  million Big Lottery Fund public               these other internationally prestigious     build on as we go forward.                 The partners are the Consortium,          community, to be enjoyed by people
  vote in December.                             projects is a signal of the great strides     “So we will take a quick breath and    Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton and          today and generations to come.”
    Although         the        £100-million    the region is making. We congratulate       move on. We will shortly be              Sandwell Councils and The Wildlife            He said each of the local authorities
  environmental ‘revolution’ across             Sustrans and wish them well.                announcing the next steps in achieving   Trust of Birmingham and the Black           is already committing significant
  Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton and              “This has been an extremely               Black Country as an Urban Park.”         Country.                                    resources to support the creation of the
  Sandwell will now take longer to come         worthwhile venture. The Black Country         The Urban Park will enrich the lives     The £50-million of Lottery funding        Urban Park, and the Consortium is
  to fruition.                                  has gained national recognition for its     of more than one million people and      would have supported the first five to      working closely with potential major
    Sarah Middleton, Chief Executive of         outstanding industrial heritage, its        includes the unveiling of forgotten      10 years of up to 30 years of activity.     funders including the Heritage Lottery
  the Black Country Consortium that led         world-leading       geology   and     the   underground caverns beneath Dudley,        Coun David Caunt, chairman of the         Fund and Advantage West Midlands,
  the joint bid, said: “Thirty-three projects   opportunities presented by its unrivalled   a 12-mile ‘green bridge’ park linking    Consortium, said: “This decision does       the regional development agency.
6 TOWPATH TALK 17 January 2008, issue 28                                                       www.towpathtalk.co.uk




  WEIR THREATENED BY BURNING BOATS
 A fire devastated two boats and damaged part of Shepperton                spread quickly to the weir structure itself, but once the Fire Service     implications to houses upstream of the weir, potentially causing
 Weir A, on the River Thames in Surrey.                                    arrived they were able to extinguish the flames.                           flooding to properties.
   EA resident lock keeper Steve Newman alerted the emergency                Ian Tomes, flood risk manager for the south east Thames region             “It is fortunate that we have been able to use this facility to control
 services to the fire when he was woken by a rising water alarm at         said: “We have used the newly finished radial gates on Shepperton          the rising water levels and that public access across the weir
 approximately 4.30am on Wednesday 5 December 2007.                        Weir B slightly ahead of schedule to cope with the Thames flows.           structure to the island has not been compromised.
   He immediately called the Fire Service after spotting two boats on      This has allowed us to remove the boats.                                     “The incident has been reported to Surrey Police, who
 fire, which had become trapped on the Shepperton Weir A. The fire           “This is a very serious incident which could have caused severe          are investigating.”


ON 11 December 2007, Will Chapman
representing Save our Waterways joined 30
representatives of other inland waterway
user groups at a meeting called by Waterway’s
                                                        Waterways Minister dispels
                                                        ‘further cuts’ rumour
Minister, Jonathan Shaw MP. This is Mr
Chapman’s report of that important
Westminster encounter.
   In reviewing the current situation, the Minister
set the tone of the meeting by announcing that the
expected BW share of the Comprehensive Spending
Review negotiation to be around Flat Cash. In true
governmental style he left himself a little leeway by
adding the caveat ‘maybe a little more or maybe a
little less’. He said that he anticipated the final
figure would be announced mid-February. At a
waterways Adjournment debate held earlier in the
day, he had neglected to answer a question about
the ‘broad sheet’ rumours concerning a further
£130 million being cut from DEFRA’s budget.
   Asked about this by John Fletcher (IWA National
Chairman) he commented “It just goes to show that
you can’t believe everything you read in the press.”
In response to further pressing from the floor, he
confirmed categorically that he expected the BW
settlement to be based roughly on Flat Cash. Was
that a denial of the rumours? Maybe!
   The minister confirmed that Defra has been
working on the idea put forth by the EFRA sub-
committee regarding the setting up of an
Interdepartmental Working Group. To that end, he
reported that he had been in touch with his
counterparts at the Treasury, Department of
Transport, Department of Culture, Media and Sport,
Department of Communities & Local Government
and the Department of Health.
   The Minister also said that his department was
looking at ways to allow BW to raise finance on the
open market; at the moment, BW’s charter restricts
them in this regard. The Minister confirmed that he
was aware of the need to gain more community
involvement and also ensure that BW took due care
in the preservation of our heritage. The Minister
noted that the well-being of the waterways were
vital to employment and trade in rural areas.           The regular maintenance of sluices and planned dredging operations on inland waterways are just two essential elements of flood control for which BW
   David Pearce (AWCC) raised the point that what       urgently need funding. KEITH LANGSTON
the Minster had said so far concerned only BW and
wondered what the Minister could say about EA           a Waterways Bill was needed. While the Minister         was nearer £125 million. The shortfall of £25 million     might look more closely at the issue of residential
navigations. Julia Simpson (EA) said that one of EA’s   thought this might be a good idea, he pointed out       would, he said, reduce the ‘spend’ on dredging,           boating. Residential boating was a fact of life but
main concerns was to unlock more commercial             that this would not be something that was likely        vegetation management and reducing the growing            current legislation was not clear and interpreted
opportunities. The Minister pointed out that the EA     to be achieved in this Parliament. John Edmonds         maintenance backlog. The ongoing review into ways         in different ways across the country. It was an
case was more complex in that there was a mix of        (IWAC) pointed out that secondary legislation was       that BW might best be structured was raised and a         issue that BW seemed to ignore and many
funding for flood control and navigation.               a quicker process and might be worth                    number of people pointed out that BW had not              marinas refused to even consider residential boats
   Julia Simpson said that legislation influencing      considering.                                            instructed the consultants to make contact with           because of unclear regulations. In conclusion, the
the waterways was outmoded and that a great               Jonathan Bryant (BW - Customer Services) pointed      stakeholders. Representatives called the omission a       Minister offered to call future meetings of the
deal of time and effort was wasted trying to find       out that BW spent around £100 million per annum on      mistake and urged the Minister to consider the issue.     current group to review progress made after each
ways around existing laws. It was suggested that        the upkeep of the waterways but the real requirement      Rex Walden (RBOA) suggested that the Minister           IWG session.




   Canal & Salt Town                                                            A new project from Middlewich Vision
                                                                                has just got underway.
                                                                                  The project ‘Tales of Wych & Water’ aims

   – the Middlewich Project                                                     to celebrate the canal and salt heritage of
                                                                                Middlewich, concentrating on the effect
                                                                                and relationship between those industries
                                                                                and the surrounding community.
                                                                                  To achieve this, ‘Tales of Wych & Water’
                                                                                comprises of different components, each
                                                                                carrying a common thread that links it all
                                                                                together, asking the questions how have
                                                                                the two industries shaped Middlewich?
                                                                                How important is the canal system?
                                                                                  There are many rises and falls in the
                                                                                history of the salt industry in the area, but
                                                                                that isn’t all. Middlewich has always been
                                                                                an important town in Cheshire and there
                                                                                are plenty of stories to tell, say the project
                                                                                organisers.
                                                                                  Recollections of life in Middlewich will
                                                                                be recorded on a continuous basis, keeping
                                                                                the town’s heritage archive alive. A ‘Tales      involved with regards to helping shape the       “Full historical research is being carried
                                                                                of Wych & Water’ CD will be made that will       project and support it.                        out with images, resources and activities
                                                                                include music by local musicians, poems,           Kerry Fletcher of Middlewich Vision said:    that will form the basis of a school
                                                                                stories and work by local schoolchildren.        “Tales of Wych & Water needs to be             education pack, which in turn will be part of
                                                                                  Schools will participate in workshops,         sustainable and helpful to the town’s          a wider heritage website, accessible to all.
                                                                                exhibitions and community projects,              people, tourists and boaters. In the long        “This town is rich in history,
                                                                                engaging children with local history to          run, we aim to do this via a New Town Trail    architecture and community spirit, and
                                                                                give more community awareness; not just          with interpretation boards, trail leaflets,    this project will certainly enhance that –
                                                                                how industry can shape a town but also           booklets and guides.                           watch this space.”
                                                                                their own place within it.                         “We will take people on a tour through the     A celebration of the ‘Tales of Wych &
                                                                                  The project aims to raise awareness of         town and along the canal side up to Croxton    Water’ the Canal & Salt Town Middlewich
                                                                                the history of Middlewich within the             Aqueduct, looking at and illustrating how      Project will take place at the 18th
   Narrowboats in Middlewich, with the old salt works in the                    community, bringing people’s stories and         industry, transport and influential people     Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival on 14-
   background (above and right).                                                memories alive and getting residents             shaped Middlewich.                             15 June 2008.
                                                                                              www.towpathtalk.co.uk                                                                17 January 2008, issue 28 TOWPATH TALK 7




Match day                                            Conservatives query                                                                                                              newsinbrief
service                                              canal funding                                                                                                                     £390,000 grant
                                                                                                                                                                                       HICKLING Parish Council, working with the


resumed
A match day fixture that was thought
                                                     ANNE McIntosh, Shadow Environment
                                                     Minister, has responded in the Westminster
                                                                                                                                                                                       Grantham Canal Partnership have received
                                                                                                                                                                                       approval for a £390,000 scheme to convert a
                                                                                                                                                                                       listed warehouse at Hickling Basin. The plans
                                                                                                                                                                                       include a café, waterway discovery centre,
might have to be abandoned has been                  Hall debate on the Funding of Canals called by                                                                                    regeneration manager’s office and a slipway.
rescued by the persistence of Richard                Michael Fabricant, MP for Lichfield.
Healey – a Baggies fan who wanted to                   Michael Fabricant, Conservative MP for Lichfield,
install a match day barge service to ferry
football fans to West Bromwich Albion’s
                                                     secured the adjournment debate in Parliament on
                                                     the future funding of canals in the UK on 11
                                                                                                                                                                                       Above and beyond
ground, the Hawthorns.
  Richard first tried to run the service last
                                                     December. Jonathan Shaw MP, the Waterways
                                                     Minister at the Department for Environment, Food,
                                                                                                                                                                                       the call of duty
                                                                                                                                                                                       AN ‘outstanding contribution above and beyond
October when he took 36 people from                  and Rural Affairs, answered the debate. The debate
                                                                                                                                                                                       the call of duty’ was the glowing description of
Brindleyplace in Birmingham to Smethwick             was well supported with 12 other MPs participating.
                                                                                                                                                                                       the Environment Agency’s Liz Chalk at a recent
Junction for a Baggies home match. But his             Anne McIntosh said: “I welcome this timely
                                                                                                                                                                                       awards ceremony.
plans ran aground when he encountered high           debate to discuss the future funding of canals. I
levels of silt in the canal. He feared that he       would like to praise all those who work for and                                                                                     Liz won the Association of River Trusts’ (ART)
would have to shelve the service until the canal     support the canal system in the UK. In July the                                                                                   Public Sector Award for her work over many
had been dredged.                                    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select                                                                                        years to improve the environment in the north
  Then he discovered by talking with other           committee voiced ‘extreme concern’ about the                                                                                      east, and particularly in the Yorkshire Dales.
boaters that the lock near Smethwick junction        scaling back in public finance for the maintenance                                                                                She has worked for the EA and its predecessors
was clear. So he hit on the idea of using the lock   of inland waterways, following cuts to the British                                                                                for over 27 years, and is a technical specialist in
and allowing passengers to disembark on the          Waterways budget.                                                                                                                 biodiversity. Her work has included several
landing stage at the top.                              “Due to a hole in the DEFRA budget last year, cuts                                                                              major land and water management projects in
  The scheme is proving popular and places for       of £7 million were made to the British Waterways                                                                                  Yorkshire over the last decade.
the recent home match with Charlton Athletic         budget, impacting on the maintenance and                                                                                            Her latest task was to lead a strategic
were quickly snapped up within hours of              upgrade work of 2200 miles of the UK waterways.                                                                                   partnership to produce a plan for the North
being advertised.                                    By cutting the BW budget, the Government is failing                                                                               Yorkshire Rivers Renaissance, which aims to
  Richard, himself the owner of the narrowboat       to show support for the canal system as an                                                                                        improve the biodiversity and leisure
Nathan La Franeer, said: “I am working with          important tourist attraction, welcoming 300 million                                                                               possibilities across a large area of the county.
British Waterways and WBA to consider visitor        visits last year, and as an important transport link.”
moorings for boaters wanting to go to games.           Anne McIntosh LLB, Conservative Member of
The canal is a great resource near the ground
and with minimal adaptation, secure visitor
                                                     Parliament for the Vale of York and Shadow
                                                     Minister for the Environment has much to say              Anne McIntosh LLB, Conservative Member of
                                                                                                                                                                                       Bottom Lock boost
moorings could be provided. This would allow         regarding our vital canal system. And following a         Parliament for the Vale of York and Shadow                              THE Lincolnshire Waterways Partnership (LWP)
visiting boats to moor up and go to matches.         visit to Doncaster, after last summer's floods, she       Minister for the Environment.                                           has secured £100k for the refurbishment of
  “As a boat owner myself, the beer barge is OK      expressed alarm when shown the Bentley Ings and
                                                                                                                                                                                       Bottom Lock, Chapel Hill nr Boston.
but I would much prefer to go to games in my         the adjoining canal, the Stainforth and Keadby            year’s maintenance has been deferred, a situation
                                                                                                                                                                                         LWP received the grant (£50k from EU, £50k
own boat.                                            Canal and the state of the flood defences there.          compounded due to the effects of last summer’s
                                                                                                                                                                                       from County Council) after increasing their
  “The story here is about using the waterways         The MP is aware of the fact that it costs £125m pa      flooding, Anne is also aware of the impact this may
                                                                                                                                                                                       existing bid to Europe, Waterways II, to include
for a practical purpose and hopefully allowing       to maintain the waterways and that BW only has 85         have on tourism for the canal system. The MP
owner boaters to have a safe mooring for             per cent of the funds required to fulfill that            points out the significance of this fact at a time                      the work.
watching sport. With over 50 cricket, football       obligation. In the light of this, she is concerned over   when the Government would like to see an                                  Now the Sleaford Navigation Trust will project
and rugby grounds within walking distance of         suggestions that boaters bear the brunt of this           encouragement of holiday opportunities in                               manage the works on new lock gates and
the connected inland waterways, WBA cannot           burden – with mooring fees set to rise dramatically       this country.                                                           improved gearing to the guillotine gate.
be the only club to agree to help.”                  and annual licence fees to rise by a third. The rising      Details of the December debate can be found in                          Also included in the package are floating
  * Would a service like this work at a football     cost of fuel is also set to have a detrimental effect     Hansard 11 Dec 2007. Follow the link                                    pontoon moorings, installation of stop plank
ground or public facility near you? Let us know      on waterway users with EU legislation of the costs        http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm2007                         grooves to help future de-watering of the lock
your views at editorial@towpathtalk.co.uk            of marine fuel set to triple from November 2008.          08/cmhansrd/cm071211/halltext/71211h0001.htm#                           and picnic tables on the Lock Island. All work
                                                       And with BW admitting that around £3.8m of this         07121143000001                                                          set to be complete by December 2008.




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                                                     5am. The blaze was so fierce that several mobile
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                                                           BW Marinas: Healthy Growth
                                                           LIKE so many things in these complicated             performing 30 marina operators. When you take         depreciation. For example, Mr Froomberg stated
                                                           times, the devil as the saying goes, is in the       into consideration that BW (under the terms of        that ‘Marinas’ added £650K to the turnover of
                                                           detail, reports Keith Langston. The last             their present constitution) are prohibited from       British Waterways by ‘its’ payments to the parent
                                                           published trading figures for British                borrowing money commercially, the fact that           company for rents and service charges. BWML
                                                           Waterways Marinas Limited show a profit              they have been able to invest amounts varying         maintain that in part, the ‘collective’ details may
                                                           which some may consider as being only                between £3.3m and £5m over the period is              be commercially sensitive, and thus it may not
                                                           modest. Indeed on the face of it, a pre tax          impressive (thus averaging a monthly invested         always be prudent to publish them in detail!
                                                           profit of £452k, against an audited turnover         total of £4m). What may have been achievable            In addition to his duties at BWML James
                                                           of £6.1 million, is unlikely to propel the           during the 2006/7 availability of ‘cheap money’       Froomberg MA is a main board British Waterways
                                                           subsidiaries parent company very far along           (say borrowings at six per cent) is an interesting    director with special responsibilities for
                                                           the road of self-sufficiency!                        quandary, a pointer hopefully not missed by           Commercial activities. He joined BW in March
                                                             But a review of all the facts is much more         those supposedly looking at ways of releasing         2003 and is currently the recipient of one of the
                                                           encouraging. The company which operated 16           BW from their out of date commercial shackles!        navigation authorities highest remuneration
                                                           marinas during the accounting period 2006/7            Some waterways watchers were concerned at           packages, stated in the last BW accounts as
                                                           listed 79 employees and reported income growth       what they considered to be the non-transparency       second only to the Chief Executive, at £208,315
                                                           of 7.7 per cent for the period. (2005/6 £5.7m and    in some published accounts of BWML, possibly          p/a.
                                                           2006/7 £6.1m) The growth in profit was by            prompted by the way they were presented. After          Just how transparent, or otherwise, varying
                                                           anyone’s standards encouraging, or should that       stating turnover, the figure of £5.7m is then given   analysts think the British Waterways Marinas Ltd
                                                           read phenomenal? The pre tax figure of £452K         and listed as a collective total of Administration    accounts are is a matter of conjecture and
                                                           represents a creditable increase of 124 per cent     Expenses, with the added comment ‘of which            something the interested observer may wish to
                                                           over the previous trading year’s declaration of      Salaries & Wages make up £1.9m’ begging the           investigate for themselves, view them at
                                                           £202K, undoubtedly positive movement in the          question, what constituted the seemingly                http://www.britishwaterways.co.uk/images/Brit
                                                           right direction. Indications are that the trend is   unexplained balance of £3.8m?                         ish_Waterways_Marinas_Ltd_2007_Accounts.pdf
                                                           ongoing with BWML expecting a higher profit            BWML director James Froomberg told TPT that           If you have any questions relating to the BWML
                                                           margin in 2007/8; perhaps say industry insiders      the figure is made up of rates, rents to BW and       accounts please address them directly to Mr
                                                           in excess of 10 per cent.                            other landlords, corporate service charges to BW,     Froomberg at British Waterways HQ, 64
   Investment is the key to success, James Froomberg         An independent survey of the marina industry       utilities, waste disposal, marketing, insurance,      Clarendon      Road, Watford, WD17              1DA
   BW Commercial Director and BWML director.               by Plimsoll lists BWML as number 18 in their top     upkeep and maintenance costs, office costs, and       www.britishwaterways.co.uk/headoffice




Remembering the                                                                                                                                                         Saul shortfall
‘Big Flood’                                                                                                                                                             reduced
                                                                                                                                                                        BIG-hearted gestures from sponsors,
                                                                                                                                                                        traders and ticket-holders have reduced
  One of the most memorable events of last year will                                                                                                                    the loss of cancelling the flooded-out Saul
   undoubtedly be the summer floods. Kathy and Vic                                                                                                                      Canal Festival & Folk on the Water
Longshaw of the narrowboat My Way recall in their own                                                                                                                   weekend last July.
                                                                                                                                                                          When finalising the cost of having to abandon
 words the dilemma they faced and pay tribute to those                                                                                                                  the event at four days’ notice, organisers
     who assisted them in their hour of great need.                                                                                                                     thought the net deficit would be around £30,000.
                                                                                                                                                                        But in the last few months, more ticket-holders
HELLO there, we live in Australia        constantly trying to take us off down                                                                                          have agreed to donate their payments, some
and return to our homeland,              river for a ‘close encounter’ with the                                                                                         traders have written off their costs, and
England, every summer and live           old Evesham Bridge!                                                                                                            sponsors generously stuck to their agreements.
and holiday on our narrowboat.             It needs to be said that without the                                                                                           This has cut the loss by just over £8000 – down
  We were on our boat My Way when        lock keeper, Chris, we might have – at                                                                                         to £22,000, says the Cotswold Canals Trust (CCT)
the flood suddenly hit Evesham in        the very least – lost our boat.                                                                                                treasurer, Jack Telling.
2007, ie we were at the epicentre of       We entered the lock on green, and it                                                                                           “We’re writing to the final 80 or so ticket-holders
the ‘Big Flood’!                         was on red when we came out at the        Kathy and Vic stranded in the floods at Evesham last year.                           who have not replied to our first letter by the
  Three days and nights we and           top.                                                                                                                           deadline, to make sure they wish to donate the
another narrowboat family struggled        If there hadn't been a lock keeper on   over the towpath. If Chris hadn't been    and so fast, but Chris knew.               money they’ve paid,” said Clive Field, the CCT
to hold on to a precarious mooring – a   site, we would have innocently, kept      there to assist and advise, there           God Bless Chris and all of the other     Festival director. “But it has been the most
Buddleia Shrub! We had no warning.       on cruising, and would have probably      surely would have been a disaster.        dedicated people who make the              magnificent response all-round, when you
The weir at the Top Lock Evesham         lost our boat – as did so many boaters      It was Chris who had us prepare         waterways of Great Britain a safer         consider the unavoidable costs the charity has had
flooded and within a few hours we        upriver of Evesham.                       enough long ropes; who checked on         place to cruise.                           to meet. We are enormously grateful to everyone.”
ended up in a riverside apartment car      We were in a very precarious            us day and night. We had no idea that       Here is hoping for a real summer           The 2008 festival at Saul will be 4-6 July,
park wth a 20-knot current/torrent       position once the river took us up and    the river would take us up so high        in 2008.                                   further details to be announced.




 New Severn Bore SELF HELP – THE
 timetable       SHROPSHIRE UNION
 THE new 2008 Severn Bore timetable has been
 published by the Environment Agency.
                                                                    CANAL SOCIETY
   There are no 4 or 5-star bores predicted for 2008. Some 3-       DURING a pleasant walk along the well-maintained and
 star bores are expected during the spring and autumn               much used towpath of the Shroppie mainline in the
 months. But as the actual height of the bore is influenced by      vicinity of Nantwich, TPT came across Jan and John
 the tide, river and weather conditions at the time, even a 3-      Riley, and their trim craft Blue Pearl. The recently married
 star bore is capable of producing a spectacle.                     couple are keen boaters and more to the point are
   The Severn Bore is a tide wave that occurs in the lower          members of that active and well-established self-help
 reaches of the River Severn and is one of the nation’s most        group the Shropshire Union Canal Society. The society is
 interesting and unusual natural phenomena.                         of course one of many nationwide whose hard working
   For a bore to form, a considerable rise in tide is needed in a   members         are     the       very       lifeblood    of
 converging channel with a rising riverbed, forming a funnel        waterway restoration.
 shape. The size of the bore can be affected by wind direction,       The Shroppie Society was formed in 1968 to promote interest in
 height of the incoming tide and freshwater moving                  the past, present and future of 158 miles of canal. This embraces
 downstream. It has been known to reach two metres in               the Main Line of the Shropshire Union, from Ellesmere Port to
 height and its average speed is 16km per hour.                     Autherley Junction, the Llangollen Canal, the Middlewich Arm,
   The Severn Estuary receives the second highest tide              the Montgomery Canal and the line and remnants of the
 anywhere in the world and the differences between the              Shrewsbury and Newport Canal. Given the constant pressure on
 lowest and highest tide in one day can be more than 14.5           funding self-help groups will doubtless need to play an even
 metres. These high or spring tides occur on several days in        greater role in the future. If your group is looking for recruits or
 each lunar cycle throughout the spring and autumn.                 has a story to tell please let us know, we will be pleased to help
   The leaflet contains a map and advice on the best viewing        you spread the word.
 locations as well as important safety information as                 But the SUCS is not just a restoration group. They look at the
 spectators and river users need to be aware of the risks           overall needs of all users, in co-operation with British Waterways.
 associated with the bore. Occasionally, the rising waters have     For example over time they have funded a number of waterside
 cut-off spectators and their vehicles, leaving them in need of     picnic tables and seats for the weary walker and will consider
 police rescue.                                                     helping to maintain any facility which they see as an aid to
   For further information visit http://www.environment-            improving canal amenities. By joining the society you can be a
 agency.gov.uk/regions/midlands/434823/1251963/ or tel 08708        privileged participant in this work, through either your financial
 506506. Please note that the listed times are approximate and      or physical help. To find out more about the Shropshire Union
 can vary by as much as 30 minutes each way.                        Canal     Society      check      out    their    website         at   Enjoying the waterways and happy to help others, Jan and John Riley of the
                                                                    www.shropshireunion.org.uk                                             Shropshire Union Canal Society. KEITH LANGSTON
                                                                                               www.towpathtalk.co.uk                                                    17 January 2008, issue 28 TOWPATH TALK 9


  Boats on the road! This 69ft example is pictured
  leaving Enslow Wharf on the Southern Oxford
  Canal. EUGENE BASTON
                                                                                                                                                                           newsinbrief
                                                                                                                                                                            Catch this
                                                                                                                                                                            THE National Federation of Anglers is
                                                                                                                                                                            currently offering half-price fees for clubs who
                                                                                                                                                                            join their organisation. The NFA represents
                                                                                                                                                                            anglers at a local, regional, national and
                                                                                                                                                                            international level, liaising regularly with the
                                                                                                                                                                            Environment Agency, British Waterways, Defra
                                                                                                                                                                            and Sport England to ensure that angling’s
                                                                                                                                                                            voice is heard. For further information about
                                                                                                                                                                            the offer email: office@nfadirect.com or tel 0115
                                                                                                                                                                            981 3535.


                                                                                                                                                                            Final phase
                                                                                                                                                                            THE final phase of work is set to start on the

Collins Stewart London Boat Show
NARROWBOAT crane hauliers AB Tuckeys got                journey to ExCeL in Docklands.                          to see multi-million pound super yachts and every
                                                                                                                                                                            £3.2-million project to restore canal basins in
                                                                                                                                                                            Stourport.
                                                                                                                                                                              Work is due for completion by the end
                                                                                                                                                                            of March and includes a £600,000 landscaping
the New Year off to a rolling start with several          David said: “We hope the Show is going to be          type of other boat imaginable too.                          scheme      to   improve     access     to   the
boat lifts in just two short days at the start of       successful for us and for the other inland waterways      Towpath Talk readers can see the boats taking part        Tontine gardens.
January. The boats were heading to the                  exhibitors who are coming along. We’re pleased to       in the flotilla along with other new inland                   The restoration scheme has been funded by
London Boat Show to be part of an outdoor               be able to show three boats that we’ve built at Lower   waterways craft on display at the Collins Stewart           £1.7-million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £1-
floating exhibition area shared with the Royal          Heyford and look forward to welcoming visitors on       London Boat Show for £3 off the on the door price if        million from British Waterways and £256,000
Navy’s Type 42 Destroyer, HMS Exeter. Three of          board to see what it’s all about.”                      they take advantage of our ticket offer. You can take       from the regional development group
the boats were lifted on behalf of Oxfordshire            The London Boat Show, currently in its 54th year,     advantage of their special deal simply by calling           Advantage West Midlands through Stourport
Narrowboats’ MD, David Dare. He was on                  opened its doors on Friday 11 January until Sunday      0870 060 0246 and quoting ‘towpath’. Tickets are            Forward. A festival is being planned in July to
hand to help AB Tuckeys as they lifted the 24           20 January. Along with the floating inland              valid from 12-20 January, and two juniors (under 15)        celebrate the venture.
tonne boat onto the low loader for the 70-mile          waterways section, visitors to the Show can expect      go free with one paying adult.

                                                                                                                                                                            Latest moorings
 WATERSIDE SCHEME GATHERS PACE
 A £300-million scheme to                  activity will be a new canal basin       fundamentally change the face of         design work and competition, we are
                                                                                                                                                                            BRITISH Waterways have announced the
                                                                                                                                                                            following mooring vacancies in the trial of their
                                                                                                                                                                            proposed new method of allocation by
 revitalise a 40-acre site in              located close to the railway station.    Chesterfield, helping to expand the      able to confirm that residential               online tendering.
 Chesterfield has taken another              The project is being assembled by      town and boost the local economy. It     developers Countryside Properties                A mooring at Bathpool (8m berth) on the
 major step forward following the          the      Chesterfield      Waterside     will    create    a   high    quality    have been selected as preferred                Bridgwater     &      Taunton     Canal      has
 conclusion     of   a     design          Partnership, a collaboration between     environment where people can live,       partners for the first phase of                become vacant.
 competition, and the selection of         local     development       company      work and enjoy leisure activities.       delivery. Countryside will now work              Moorings on the Kennet & Avon Canal have
 proposed development partners.            Bolsterstone PLC, Arnold Laver and       Bolsterstone/Lavers       have     an    closely with Urbo and the council in           become vacant: Devizes Flight (19m berth);
   The Chesterfield Waterside project,     Chesterfield     Borough     Council.    established regeneration company,        turning our vision into reality.”              Great Bedwyn, above Church Lock (17m berth);
 which runs along the River Rother         Detailed plans are now being             Urbo, and the resources and                Arnold Laver and Bolsterstone                IDR Bridge, Reading (18m berth); Kintbury (20m
 corridor and the A61, is set to create    prepared and it is hoped that these      experience of this operation will be     already have ownership of the phase            berth).
 a new urban village of high quality       will be unveiled early next summer.      fully utilised in order to create and    one sites and it is hoped that                   A mooring at Sellars Bridge (17m berth) on the
 residential, office, retail and leisure     Partnership     Chairman       Peter   deliver, with our selected partners, a   remaining parcels within the                   Gloucester    &     Sharpness     Canal      has
 space in an attractive river and          Swallow said: “This is a flagship        quality project.                         masterplan area can be acquired                become vacant.
 canal-side setting. The focus for         regeneration project which will            “Following several months of           by negotiation.                                  People have 28 days from the 3 January 2008
                                                                                                                                                                            to submit a bid, state BW.
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                                                      The Nantwich Aqueduct viewed from Chester Road looking towards the town.




                                                      National Treasure or
A local resident telephoned TPT to ask us to
investigate this large damp patch on the Nantwich
side of the Grade II listed structure. Note the new
dwellings well below the level of the canal.




                                                      National Disgrace?
                                                         Telford built it, now British Waterways seem currently unable to financially justify the work that
                                                          could halt the serious decay of its fabric! The Nantwich Aqueduct carrying the main line of the
                                                                   Shropshire Union Canal is certainly well short of TLC, reports Keith Langston.
                                                      THE aqueduct carries the Shroppie over the               a definite cause for concern, and an insult to the          assets are un-graded and must therefore be
                                                      A534 Chester Road just on the outskirts of               memory of a great British engineer!                         categorised as either D or E. There are 28
                                                      Nantwich and is Grade II listed; seemingly                 British Waterways are the custodians of 2739              Aqueducts on the navigation of which three are
                                                      such a title does not carry with it a                    listed buildings and structures; this particular piece      listed as B-Good, 19 as C-Fair, five as poor and one
                                                      guaranteed duty of care on the part of the               of inland waterway history would surely be in the           Barbridge Aqueduct (Bridge 100A) listed as D-Bad.
                                                      owners. On the current asset list the                    running for the title of ‘Least Cared For’. Is this         BW has announced that works deferred because of
                                                      historically important structure is graded as            example of creeping dereliction a tangible indicator        cash shortages will now include almost all
                                                      being in C – Fair condition. The date of the             of things to come? If so perhaps the ownership of           inspections of culverts. The Shropshire Union
                                                      last Principal Inspection is listed as                   some of the listed structures which British                 currently has 46 culverts described as being in
                                                      01/10/2002. Perchance BW would be happy to               Waterways are at this time unable to maintain               worse than C condition!
                                                      instruct contractors to put this classic                 should be transferred free of charge to others, who           On 18 December 2007 British Waterways issued
                                                      structure back in good order, if only they had           in return would pledge to care for them?                    the following statement. ‘Our asset management
                                                      the funds to do so.                                        Understandably, BW must use their shrinking               team recently took another look at Nantwich
                                                        The Nantwich Aqueduct images accompanying              finances to keep the network fit for navigation and         Aqueduct and confirmed its C-rating on our
                                                      this article were taken on Sunday 9 December 2007;       that task may not include the niceties of looking           principal asset list. This does not mean that the
                                                      things have not got better since and the pending         after all the listed structures in their care, especially   structure is in ‘good’ condition or that no works are
                                                      forecast of severe winter weather will perhaps           their many non-operationally sensitive assets. The          needed on it, but it does mean that it has been
                                                      make matters worse.                                      huge BW stock of listed structures cannot just be           assessed by qualified engineers as structurally
                                                        It is not possible to say with certainty whether, or   allowed to fall into disrepair. Can they?                   sound. We have a long list of works needed across
                                                      indeed how quickly, the obvious visual evidence of         The British Waterways current Principal Asset             the network but have to prioritise those structures
                                                      decay will translate into serious physical               list has 500 entries for the Shroppie (excluding the        (Ds and Es) in urgent need of repair due to
Not the best advertisement for BW!                    deterioration. There is currently no obvious             Middlewich Branch) of which two assets are rated            likelihood of failure. As ever there are no easy
                                                      impediment to the integrity of the navigation            A-Very Good, 80 assets B-Good, 248 assets C-Fair,           decisions about how we allocate finite funds, which
                                                      channel. However, what the pictures do highlight is      94 assets D-Poor, 27 assets E-Bad; in addition 49           is why we have to prioritise urgent works’.




The town side of the Telford built aqueduct           Another damp patch on the Chester Road side of                                                                       There appears to be the beginning of a ‘belly’
viewed from the towpath.                              the structure.                                           Another section of time expired brickwork.                  forming on this Chester Road facing retaining wall.
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FOG and frost with ice on the canal and gate fittings does not deter some hardy boaters from December cruising, this scene pictures Thaxted, a 1937 built large Northwich motor and Gilbert a 1929 Yarwood built
LMS Station boat both with under cloth conversions crewed by Robb and Jackie Earl and family moving on the Arm from the River Nene on to the Grand Union main line. JIM PAYLER


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                                                                                                                     Switched Worklight / Tunnel Light................................................................................................................ £13.50
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                                                                                                                     Rubber roller fenders £7.25 each or 4 FOR ONLY ........................................................................................ £25.00
                                                                                                                     Fenders in Plastic, Rubber and Rope IN STOCK
                                                                                                                     Lighting - try it before you buy it - see our display
                                                                                                                     LED BULBS TO FIT A VARIETY OF LIGHTS IN STOCK
                                                                                                                     Batteries, Cable. Battery Boxes, Panels all in stock
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• Run your washing machine or dishwasher on board                                                                    Cast Brass Grill - for underneath mushroom vent- ......................................................................................... £6.50
• Automatically charge and condition your                                                                            Solid Brass Plank and Pole racks...............................................................................................still just £40.50 pair
  batteries                                        See us at                                                         Ecofans large and small in stock at last years prices
• Continuous power when disconnecting from        Crick Show                                                         Cookers - we have a fast changing range at prices to please
  shore mains power or generator                  Stand C51                                                           Of course we stock & sell goods from all the Major Wholesalers but rather than fill our
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• Connect your solar panels directly                                                                                 and WE carry large stocks not just catalogues. Prices are correct at time of going to Press
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• Install your full display remote control        or 24V with 70Amp charger               £1499                                  BESIDE THE LEEDS-LIVERPOOL CANAL near BRIDGE 197A
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                                                                                         Sterling Specials - every item 15% off - full List of Sterling products
                                          Upgrade your                                   available - please call for details

                                          Webasto timer                                  All the prices below are the prices including discounts


                                          Only £80                                        POWER MANAGEMENT PANEL PLUS AMP/HOUR COUNTER
                                                                                          PMP              Power Management Panel                             £169.92
                                                                                          S200A            200a Shunt (max 4 per unit)                         £34.96
                                        Stoves DIT                           STAR         CROSSOVER SWITCH A/C MANUAL
                                         500 and                           OFFE           SC20A            230v 20 amp 3 way manual switch                      £34.96
                                                                                RS
                                         stainless                                        SC32A            230v 32 amp 3 way manual switch                      £49.94
   Is it time to service your Vetus
   engine? M2, M3 and M4 fuel
                                        steel effect                                      ALTERNATOR-BATTERY DIGITAL SPLIT CHARGE SYSTEM
   and oil fiter only £22.50 for           fridge                                         AB12210          12v 210 amp                                        £289.64
                  both.                Ranger 12v                                         AB12160          12v 160 amp                                        £249.69
                                       with Sharp                                         AB1290           12v 90amp                                          £209.74
     Electric lift pump filter only
   £6.30 or 2 for £12.00 or let          stainless                                        ABRC             Remote Control plus shunts etc.                    £149.81
      us service your engine -         steel 800w                                         COMBINED INVERTER/CHARGER (P.F.C.) SINE WAVE INVERTER
   bookings may not be required        microwave                                          CU121700         12v 1500w inverter/charger                        £721.65
    or have it serviced while you                                                         CU123500         12v 3000w inverter/charger                       £1198.50
    wait appointments not always           only
               necessary.                £850                                             230v QUASI SINE WAVE INVERTERS
                                                                                          I121800          12v 1800w Inverter (inc. remote)                   £254.15
   Kings Lock is now a Mastervolt Energy Shop - call for prices and availability!         SI121500U        12v 1500w with UPS                                 £679.15
                                                                                          ACCESSORIES
                                                                                          PP12V            Pulse Battery De Suphation                           £32.95
                        Auto inflate Life Jackets - adult
                        £49.99 each                                                       PRO-DIGITAL BATTERY CHARGER 3 OUTPUT
                                                                                          1230CED          12v 30a Digital   International                    £229.71
                                                                                          1240CED          12v 40a Digital   International                    £279.65
                        Rubber side fenders with rope and steel washer on base            1250CED          12v 50a Digital   International                    £342.58
                                              £7.50 each or £14.00 a pair                 2425CED          24v 25a Digital   International                    £339.58
                                                                                          CEDRC            Remote Control                                      £84.92
   2 litre stainless steel whistling kettles only £8.99
                                                                 ✁                        - Prices correct at time of printing but subject to change
                                                                                                                                                                  ✁
       All offers available on production
          of this voucher or telephone
         orders welcome quoting “JAN”
                                                                                                                                                                            KI330389L




                                                PART OF THE WEDGWOOD NARROWBOATS LTD GROUP
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MORE THAN JUST A BOAT                                                                                             THE WORKSHOP
      BUILDER                                                                                  CHANDLERY AND SELF FIT-OUT SUPPLIES
                                                                                                  Visit our NEW chandlery, where we have everything for
      A ONE STOP SHOP                                                                             day-to-day requirements of the canal and river boater.
                                                                                                              If we haven’t got it we’ll get it.

                  THE WORKSHOP                                                                               Elsan Blue 4ltr 2 for £16 ... 4 for £31
                                                                                                        Taybrite 1 for £6.95 ... 2 for £13.50 ... 3 for £20
   Wilnecote Lane, Belgrave, Tamworth, Staffs B77 2LE                                                                Shurflo Pumps £57.99
           Tel 01827 250900 Fax 01827 288101                                                                     Whale Gulper Pumps £68.99
   Email: harveysjoinery@btconnect.com                                                                                Thetford Toilets £195
     Web: harveysboatbuilders.co.uk




SLOTS AVAILABLE 2008                                                                                    Mr
FULL FIT-OUTS 6-8 WEEKS
We specialise in helping the self fit out customer with all you need from ply                        Bojangles
to custom made furniture and doors. Advice on hand from experienced and
professional boat builders and joiners.                                                           Harveys Showboat is
                                                                                                      up for Sale
                                        WE ARE NOW                                         70ft Colecraft shell, Trad 8 berth, Back Cabin with

                                        DISTRIBUTORS FOR                                   en-suite, with Flip down TV with Radio and DVD,
                                                                                           Engine room with Beta Tug, also State of the art
                                                                                           Electric System with Generator, Large Bedroom, Solid Elm Flooring,Wardrobe,Flip down
                                        FLEXIMATIC                                         TV with Radio and DVD , Walk Thru Bathroom with Full Size Bath with Power Shower
                                                                                           Over, Thetford Toilet and Vanity Unit, Kitchen having Gas Cooker, 12v Freezer and Fridge,

                                        MANUFACTURED                                       Microwave,Washing Machine, Swan Doors, Pullman Diner with under Foot Storage. Also
                                                                                           Bench Storage is Airing Cupboard, Lounge having Corner Bubble Multifuel Stove with
                                                                                           Back Boiler, TV with Surround Sound ,Tuner and DVD, Solid Elm Flooring, many many
                                        BEDS!                                              more features. Viewing Highly Recommended.
                                                                                           CONTACT PAUL 01827 250900.




                                 BARTON TURNS MARINA
  Barton Turns Marina is                      The Marina                               Facilities
  situated in the heart of the
  Inland Waterway network on                  We have over 230 berths                  At Barton Turns Marina you will
  the Trent & Mersey canal                    available for permanent and              find a full range of services to
  between Burton on Trent and                 temporary moorings and as a              meet your needs. Our facilities
  Lichfield    close     to   the             privately owned marina we                include:
  Staffordshire village of Barton             can offer our customers com-
  under Needwood.                             petitive rates.                          ●     Secure Long Term Car Park
                                                                                       ●     Security Gates with Pin
  It is a privately owned, pur-                                                              Code Access
  pose built marina which                                                              ●     Electricity to each berth
  stands on a 65 acre site and                                                               and water to all jetties
  includes two lakes, new forest                                                       ●     Full Disabled & Baby
  plantations, pleasant parkland                                                             Facilities
  style walks with a wide range                                                        ●     Hot and Cold Showers
                                                                                       ●     Well stocked Chandlery and                   If we can be of any further
  of wildlife to watch and enjoy.                                                                                                         help to you, please do not
                                                                                             Shop
                                                                                       ●     Elsan / Refuse / Waste                       hesitate to contact us........
                                                                                             Oil Disposal
                                               Our Marina has a happy, car-            ●     Diesel / Gas / Coal                           Barton Under Needwood
                                                                                       ●     Pump Out                                         Burton upon Trent
                                               ing atmosphere in order to
                                                                                       ●     Laundry with Washer / Dryer                         Staffordshire
                                               make you and your family feel           ●     Brokerage                                             DE13 8DZ
                                               right at home when visiting or          ●     Marine Insurance                                  Te: 01283 711666
                                               mooring with us. Our friendly           ●     Full Docking-Repair and                          Fax: 01283 711555
                                               team are always here to help.                 Boat Yard Services                            www.bartonturnsmarina.co.uk

         MOORING RATE ALL INC. BASED ON JETTY LENGTH                                                                                                                        BA331101L
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        FETTLERS
      WHARF MARINA
        MOORINGS
        AVAILABLE
      AND NEW BOATS
         FOR SALE
   • Fettlers Wharf is set in tranquil Lancashire Countryside on a branch of the Leeds Liverpool
     Canal, between Ormskirk and Preston, good access to the Millennium ribble link - linking the
     Lancaster with the Leeds Liverpool.
   • Within easy reach of M6, M61 and M62 motorways, 100 yards from Preston to Liverpool rail
     link and 200 yards from the A59.
   • WEST LANCASHIRE DESIGN AWARD FOR 2005.
   • Fettlers Wharf offers a wide range of facilities including a secure site with moorings for 100
     boats all with water and electrical hook-ups, laundrette and shower facilities, gas, diesel and
     pump outs, boat sales, high specification fit outs and servicing etc. and ample parking for all.
   • Fettlers Wharf also accommodates the Thowd Boatman’s Cabin a traditional family run coffee
     shop serving home cooked traditional food, cakes and an excellent range of speciality ice cream.
   20 STATION ROAD, RUFFORD, NR ORMSKIRK, LANCASHIRE L40 1TB
           Tel: 01704 822888 Mobile: 07768 352214 Fax: 01704 821197
                     email: info@fettlerswharfmarina.co.uk


    OPENING SUMMER 2008
                     New Marina at Scarisbrick Moorings available call
                       01704 821197 / 07768 352214 / 07801 701582
                              for reservations and enquiries
       The new marina is located to the west of Scarisbrick Bridge 27a on Southport Road in
       Scarisbrick set in beautiful countryside between the Seaside town of Southport and the
                                       market town of Ormskirk.
   The Marina will boast moorings for 200 boats including exclusive moorings and long term lease
   moorings, the facilites on the marina will be those found on a modern marina today as well as a
                            traditional family run caffee shop and tea room
     Boaters from the Marina will be able to enjoy access to the canal with over 20 miles of lock
                     free cruising on a beautiful part of the leeds liverpool canal.
                                       For further details contact the above numbers.
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      WELCOME to the beautiful setting of Norbury Junction in the heart of the Shropshire Union Canal, where you will find a warm and friendly welcome.
      FULL BOATYARD FACILITIES AVAILABLE INCLUDING: All hull repairs including welding, fabrication and plating work undertaken
 • Brokerage Boats new/secondhand                                                              • Off licence
 • New Chandlery                                                                               • All engineering work and mechanical work
 • Fishing Tackle                                                                              • Plumbing, gas and electrical work
 • Laundry service washes                                                                      • New engine installations
 • Slipway                                                                                     • Safety and compliance work
 • Gifts & Grocery shop                                                                        • Diesel/solid fuel stove fitting                                                                        Rear View                            Front View                               Inside
              Bottom blacking in our covered dry dock • Brand new boats built and fitted to any stage
                                   • Vintage engine specialist • Full and part refits                                                                             NEW                                    BRAND NEW BESPOKE BOATS
 We can offer an excellent paint job by our experienced boat painter and decorative artist in our fully covered and
                                                  heated wet dock
                                                                                                                                                                INTERNET                                      BUILT TO ORDER
Or why not pop into our old fashioned fully licensed tearoom, hire one of our two day boats, enjoy the hospitality of                                           CAFE WITH                                     We only build bespoke boats to your specification or
               our bed and breakfast or our holiday cottage and browse over our fleet of hire boats.
                               Winter and summer moorings and long term available.
                                                                                                                                                                  WI-FI                                                   we can design one with you.
               We are a boat yard for boaters run by boaters, all facilities are available even on our                                                         CONNECTION                                     We only build two boats a year so don’t miss the slot!
                       turn round days, gas, diesel and pump-outs. Coal and smokeless fuel.

                                                                                         SECOND HAND BOATS FOR SALE                                                                                                                                                                        SECOND HAND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NARROWBOATS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WANTED ON
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BROKERAGE TO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FULFILL OUR
                         REF 10148                                         REF 10149                                      REF 10150                                     REF 10151                                     REF 10144                                REF 10143                  GREAT DEMAND
    George                                         Alaw                                            Arthur                                        Lady Lydia                                      Paladin                                    Ragtime Dancer                               DURING THE LAST
    39 foot late 70s all steel traditional style
    narrowboat. BMC 1.8 four cylinder water-
                                                   26 foot all steel cruiser style narrowboat
                                                   built by Dale Leisure in 1999. Powered by a
                                                                                                   49 foot traditional style narrowboat built
                                                                                                   by Dartline in 1990 and powered by a
                                                                                                                                                 35 foot traditional style narrowboat built by
                                                                                                                                                 Braunston Boats Limited, Braunston,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 54 foot semi-traditional style narrow
                                                                                                                                                                                                 boat built by Marque in 1994 and fitted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            45 foot cruiser style narrow boat with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ìpram-hoodî and cratch cover. Built by        FEW MONTHS.
                                                                                                                                                 Northamptonshire and known as a Barney
    cooled engine. Blacked 2006, New shower,
    new water heater, new solid fuel stove, new
                                                   modern water cooled Vetus engine. 1 make-
                                                   up double in saloon. Shower and toilet
                                                                                                   Lister LPW4 water cooled diesel engine.
                                                                                                   Engine room with easy access to engine,       Boat. Renown for their excellent handling.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 out by JD Boat Services. Powered by a
                                                                                                                                                                                                 modern Beta water-cooled diesel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hamilton Fabrications in 1980 and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fitted out by Countrywide Cruisers of        WE CHARGE JUST
    batteries last year, professional paint job    compartment to the rear complete with                                                         Powered by a single cylinder Sabb diesel
    completed 2 years ago. Shower                  Thetford toilet cassette. Galley area with
                                                                                                   double berth cabin, bathroom, galley and
                                                                                                   forward saloon with solid fuel stove. This    engine with mechanical gearbox.Steel hull
                                                                                                                                                                                                 engine. Semi-trad deck at the rear, twin
                                                                                                                                                                                                 bunks, bathroom, double bedroom,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brewood and Whisky Boat Fitters of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Market Drayton. Powered by a Perkins             4% + VAT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           CALL US ON
    room/bathroom, then open plan, good            Hob, grill and oven. Boatmans solid fuel        boat has been looked after and is in a        with wooden superstructure. Currently                                                      marine diesel engine. Large cruiser
                                                                                                                                                 undergoing upgrade here at Norbury, but is      galley and sitting area. Cratch cover
    basis to make a really nice boat.              stove in saloon area. Remarkably spacious       tidy condition and deserves a good                                                            and cover to the rear.                     style rear deck, galley, sitting area,
                                                                                                                                                 offered for sale at any stage of completion.
    REDUCED TO £17,950                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   01785 284292
                                                   boat for itís length. An ideal first time, in   home. A comfortable boat ready, ready                                                                                                    bathroom and two forward bunks.
                                                   good condition and ready to cruise.             and waiting for the 2008 cruising             Low license fees &d cheap to moor due to        REDUCED TO £42,500                         Benefits from a professional paint job
                                                                                                                                                 length.
                                                   £16,900                                         season.
                                                                                                   £16,900                                       PRICE UPON APPLICATION
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            that was completed just 12 months ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            £29,950
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               NOW
                  FULL BROKERAGE SERVICE AVAILABLE, FOR MORE DETAILS CALL
              01785 284292 or EMAIL jenkins@norbury990.fsnet.co.uk website: www.norburywharfltd.co.uk                                                                                                                                                                                                  NO300841L




                 canalboatstorage



        Church Minshull Boat Storage
        Call Robert 01270 522284 or 07973 817893

        Church Minshull Canal Boat Storage is a DIY boat hard standing yard next to
        the Shropshire Union Canal (Middlewich branch) with shed available for short
        term rent. The following businesses are set up here on the yard:

        S & S Boat                                                                                     Scenic Boat Builders
        Painting Services                                                                              Call Chris 07971 880350
        Call Steve 07792 364282
        Email s.sboatpainting@yahoo.co.uk                                                              Edgley Hull Repairs
                                                                                                       Repairs, mobile welding, plating
        J & J Boatfitting Ltd                                                                          and sandblasting available
        Fitting out new builds or alterations                                                          Call Steve 07747 441241
        Call Jim 01270 567211                                                                                     or 01270 501047
                 or 07979 431698                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Edgley Hull Repairs




        www.churchminshullstorage.co.uk
        Church Minshull Boat Storage | The Outlanes | Church Minshull | Nantwich | Cheshire | CW5 6DX
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                                                        THE                                                                                                                                                                                    Bredon Road, Tewkesbury,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gloucestershire GL20 5BY

   TEWKESBURY                                                                                                                                                                                                  Our brokerage service is very comprehensive and very successful.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   If we can help you to sell your existing boat,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      or look for a new one, please let us know.


                                                           MARINA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Moorings available. Enquiries welcome.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Tel (01684) 293737 or visit our website for more details
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     www.tewkesbury-marina.co.uk




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     New Viking - Seamaster Cruisers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     We are very pleased to announce that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Tewkesbury Marina have been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     appointed the Midlands, Wales and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     South West distributor for Viking and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Seamaster Inland Cruisers.
     Amore                                      £99,950            Flying Visit                     £95,000                        Lady Patricia Ann                £74,950                         Time Out                        £59,950                         We are now able to offer the full range
               Birchwood 340 Crusader                                     Broom 33, twin Volvo diesels                                 Pikmeer Dutch Steel Cruiser 38 ft                                  Renaissance 3. Nanni diesel                                  of boats from 20 feet to 32 feet.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Emerald



     Rainbow Chaser                 £46,500                        Petit Paradis                     £39,950                       Amber                           £38,000                          Misty Isle                     £37,500                           Nairn                                        £32,500
         53ft Colecraft Trad narrowboat                                  Four Winns Vista 268. Volvo GXI                            50 ft Trad narrowboat. BMC 2.2 diesel                               Sealine 260. Volvo KAD 44 diesel                                         45ft Cruiser narrowboat




     C’est La Vie                                   SOLD           Moonshadow                     £32,000                          Lovely Lady                        £28,000                        Leobel                        £24,500                            Lady Vee                     £17,950
          Viking 20 Jubilee. 15hp Honda                              Moonraker 36. Twin Perkins T6354                                   Colvic Traveller 28. Twin diesels                               Freeman 27. Twin Ford Watermota                                 Viking 32 Narrowbeam. Honda 15hp




    Searay                           £22,500                       Merengi                          £21,950                        Calypso                       £21,950                            Winnimast                                     £18,000             Scotts Smile                     £17,950
       Colvic Traveller 28. BMW 150 Diesel                          Fairline Carrera.Twin Volvo151 Petrols                           Sun Ray Mirage Volvo AQ231A Petrol                             Project 31. Twin Volvo diesels                                         Reflection 23. Volvo 130 petrol




    Alison K                         £14,950                        New Viking 20                  £14,475                         Leah Grace                       £14,000                          Fidjet                              £6,950                       Foxy Lady                         £6,950
         Freeman 26. Perkins 4107 diesel                                 To Order. Choice of engines                                 Viking 26 Centre cockpit. Honda 15 hp                                    Shetland Saker. Yamaha 15hp                                 Fairline Vixen. Volvo 151 petrol
                                                                                                                                           Inspection: BY APPOINTMENT WITH BROKER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TE331142L




     Offered subject to being unsold. Particulars given are subject to confirmation by buyer. In this case we are acting as brokers only. The Vendor is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The particulars
    are intended only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars. Where appropriate at his own expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey, and/or to have an engine trial conducted, which if conducted by
                                                                                                                                   us shall not imply any liability for such engines on our part.
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                                       We offer:                           • Alterations and
                                       • Sailaways to any stage              Additions
                                       • Fully fitted Boats                • Help & Advice

We offer all boat yard facilities:
Diesel • Maintenance • Launching • Chandlery • Slipway • Pump Out
• Boat Building • Craneage • Boat Painting • Bottom Blacking
  We now operate from Swallow                                     Coming Soon: Short Courses in
 Cruisers, Wharf Lane, Lapworth                                     all aspects of boat building,
 on the Stratford Canal, Bridge 27                                       safety and handling

 HULL BLACKING            £6 per foot plus vat (DIY)
                          £9 per foot plus vat (work carried out by us)                DIESEL.....60p per ltr
                                                                                       COAL...£6.25 per bag
                    Boatyard: 01564 783442                                             ECO FAN.............£75
                      M: 07970 059 199
                                                                                             NOW
                                                                                         AVAI
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NEW 30-40ft BOATS COMING 2008 MADE AND FITTED OUT IN ENGLAND - PHONE FOR DETAILS         CRU IS    E
                                                                                          BOAT ER DAY
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Swallow Cruisers Boatyard,Wharf Lane, Lapworth,West Midlands B94 5NR                           42
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NOW OPEN AT:

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Great Haywood Marina                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Main Office


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tel 01564 778210
                                                                            VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT

 BOATS WANTED                                                                                                    Douglas                                                          Wychwood                                           BOATS WANTED
                                                                                                                Dragonfly                                                           No 2
                                          The Boat                                                              57ft Trad                                                         54ft Trad                                                   Sea
                                          60ft Trad                                                             £84,750                                                           £62,995                                                  Otter 32ft
                                                               Built 2002, Johnathon Wilson Hull, extensive interior work done by       Built 2003, 4 berth, 2ltr Yamnar diesel, 3.5 kw
                                          £86,950              Stephen GoldsbroughBoats, Beta B43 engine, Whisper generator, 4          inverter/charger, fixed double, central heating, solid fuel                                        £52,995
                                                               birth, fully fitted galley, bathroom, very high quality fitout, 4 KVA    stove, microwave, washing machine, Thetford cassette
                                                               inverter, satalite tracking, leather chairs, computer, surround sound,   toilet, cratch cover, fitted to a very high standard, hull     Aluminium boat, 4 berth, Nanni 21hp engine,
  Built 2000 and fitted out by Stephen                         DVD player, CD, too much to list, with wireless connection.              blacked 2007.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       bow thruster, hydraulic steering, hot air
  Goldsbrough Boats, Beta 50hp engine, 4 birth,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       central heating, Corrain work surfaces, fully
  7kw generator, very high spec, maintained to                                                                   Dog Rose                                                                              fitted galley, bathroom, as new condition, cost
  the highest standard.                                                                                                                                                          Chlairghostry
                                                                                                                   49ft                                                                                over £70,000 new.
                                                                                                                  Cruiser                                                         40ft Trad
                                            Dora                                                                 £34,995                                                          £24,950
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           59ft Trad
                                                                                                                                        Wooden top and aluminium sleeve, Peter PH2W
                                          54ft Trad            Built 1994 Colecraft Hull, 4 berth, Nanni engine fitted                  engine, 2 berth, shower, Portapoti, fitted galley,                                                 £66,850
                                          £44,995              2006 (600hrs) excellent paint work, Alde Central                         available with mooring.                                                                            Built 2005
                                                               heating, pump out toilet, fully fitted galley.
  Built by Pat Buckle 2005, Shire 45hp                                                                                                                                                                 By Adam Groom, fitout by P. Ward, 4 berth,

                                   D                                                                            The Duchess                                                  55ft Cruiser              Isuzu 35hp engine (250hours), Prm gearbox,

                    SOL
  engine, 150 PRM gearbox, fixed double,
                                                                                                                45ft Semi                                                                              2000 watt inverter, Moroso Squirel stove, fully
  Squirel stove, fully fitted galley, large                                                                                                                                      With                  fitted galley, bathroom, Thetford cassette
  lounge, inverter, 240/12v, t&g fitout.                                                                           Trad                                                       Wheelchair               toilet, fixed double, central heating.
                                                                                                                 £25,725                                                     Lift £58,950
                                          LLangattock          Well maintained, well mannered old lady of                               Specially built in 2002, 55ft narrowboat with large cruiser                                           Suki Sue
                                                               character - 4/5 berth steel narrowboat. 14hp Petter                      stern and a wheelchair lift. Built and fitted out to our                                             57ft Cruiser
                                           52ft Semi           PHW2 engine in separate engine room. Large                               specificatios by Heron boatbuilders, with no expence spared
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10,6,5,4,
                                            Trad Ex            capacity diesel and water tanks, Eberspacher diesel                      in it’s construction. Wheelchair access throughout the boat
                                                                                                                                        including a large bathroom with level shower, twin bedroom                                              Steel
                                          Show Boat            central/water heating and gas cooker and fridge.                         with one fixed and one folding berth ( to give room for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              £64,250
                                                               Built in 1967 by Malcolm Braine and owned by just                        wheelchair ). Satellite TV with automatic dish, multi fuel
  Piper Hull built by Scenic Boats,        £69,995                                                                                      fire, gas central heating, fully fitted kitchen, double        Built 2005, Piper hull, Beta 35 engine, PRM 80 gearbox,

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                                                               two connected families, she has been variously


                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SOL
  Beta 35 engine (only covered 14hrs) PRM 80 gearbox,                                                                                   bed/settee in the lounge. Little used, only done 1000 hours,   Villager solid fuel stove, Eberspacher central heating,
                                                               rebottomed, retopped (steel over solid mahogany                          oil and filters changed each year, twin alternators, new aux   fixed double, washing machine, fully fitted galley,
  fixed double, Webasto central heating, Aarrow diesel
  stove, fully fitted galley, bathroom, ash lined, Victron     panelling), engine overhauled and repainted                              batteries this year. Bottom blacked 2005, BSSC until           microwave, Stirling 3000w inverter, Thetford cassette
  inverter, available with mooring.                            last year.                                                               Dec 2010.                                                      toilet, high quality fitout, available with mooring.




                                      WHY LET S.G. BOATS SELL YOUR BOAT
     •   Professional sales team                                                                                    •     Dry dock facility available
     •   Qualified technicians / engineers                                                                          •     Qualified surveyor available
     •   We will take a p/x against your boat                                                                       •     Expert market value
     •   We can offer finance to a potential buyer                                                                  •     Boat tuition
     •   Video tour presentation                                                                                    •     Mooring available with every boat sold. Subject to availability

          Stephen Goldsbrough Boat Sales are proud to announce that
         they are now operating at Great Haywood Marina and will be at
                Tattenhall Marina when it opens in Summer 2008
   GREAT HAYWOOD MARINA STAFFORDSHIRE                                                                                                                                              TATTENHALL MARINA CHESHIRE




                                                                                                                                                                                  - to open here in Summer 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                  The marina will be situated in this attractive
                                                                                                                                                                                  landscape with views of Beeston Castle and
                                                                                                                                                                                  easy cruising to some of the most beautiful
                                                                                                                                                                                  stretches of the canal network just seven
                                                                                                                                                                                  miles from the centre of the historic
                                                                                                                                                                                  City of Chester

       • Secure jetties                                                                  • Laundry                                           • Members lounge                                                • Sewage
       • Electricity to each berth                                                       • Workshop &                                        • Secure car parking                                              pump-out
       • High quality showers                                                              chandlery                                         • Fuel and bottle gas                                           • Internet access

                                                      For information of moorings at Great Haywood and Tattenhall -
                                                         Tel: 01889 883713 E-mail: julie.martin3@btconnect.com
 BOATS WANTED                                    Great Haywood Marina, Mill Lane, Great Haywood, Staffordshire ST18 0RQ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     BOATS WANTED
  • Part exchange                                              • Mooring available with every boat                                                                                          • We can offer finance to a
    welcome                                                      sold. Subject to availability.                                                                                               potential buyer
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                                                                                                      MEL DAVIS
                                                                                                    BOATBUILDERS
                                                                                                   Quality, Craftsmanship and Individuality
DREAM NARROWBOATS
Contact us:                  FOR A HIGH CLASS BOAT FIT-OUT
Dream
Narrowboats                  FOR SALE 65’TRAD READY NOW
Kingslock                    We are a live-aboard specialist and cater to your every
Boatyard                     need. Our boats are finished and equipped to an
Booth Lane                   extremely high standard. So why not make your dream
                             narrowboat come true.
Middlewich
CW10 OJJ                     Our basic spec
Tel: 07817 935639            • Vetus 4.17 engine with 3.5kw travel pack
Email:                       • Vetus flush toilet with 215 waste tank
dream_narrowboats            • Vetus accumulator tank
@hotmail.co.uk
                             • Galvanic isolator • 12v fridge
                             • Full size washer/dryer
                             • Caprice 2040 cooker
                             • 18mm solid oak floor on 18mm ply
                             • 20mm ash roof & sides above gunnels
                             • Fully tiled bathroom with full size shower
                             • Fully tiled galley
Hull Repairs                 • 12V freezer
and Replating                • Morso Squirrel stove with fully tiled surround
                             • Oak trim throughout
Tel:
                             • Victron 3000 inverter charger
07747 441241
                                                                                       DR331385L




e-mail:                         THESE BOATS ARE COMPLETELY EQUIPPED
hull_repairs@hotmail.co.uk              AND READY TO CRUISE

                                                                                                   Norwood Farm, Langwith, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG20 9JA
                                                                                                   Email: mel@meldavis.com Website www.meldavis.com
                                                                                                   Telephone 01623 748592 Fax 01623 748592




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                   Venetian Brokerage
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                   work by Paul Barber of Long Eaton. Large living area, cross                       fitted out by Venetian in 1996. 4 berth layout and good                                  with the current owner for 20 years, all steel hull and
                   double berth, engine room with Ruston Hornsby 2YWA                                wardrobe space, Beta engine. BSC until Oct 2008.
                   engine. Whisper Gen and Combi inverter/charger. Boatman’s                                                                                                                  superstructure, hull rebottomed in December 2006. Very clean
                   cabin. This would make an ideal liveaboard. £76,500                               £33,000                                                                                  and tidy and ready to sail. BSC until 2009. £22,OOO


                                                                                                     FOXTON                                                                                   RHEIDOL
                   NORTH CHESHIRE
                                                                                                     A 49ft Cruiser style Narrowboat built in 1991 by Charlie Fox,                            55ft Trad style Narrowboat launched in 2002, repainted in
                   A 57ft Trad style Narrowboat, newly built on Price Fallows
                                                                                                     fitted with 5 berths, lots of storage, pump out WC, central                              2006, well equipped with 3.5kw travel pack, Victron 1600
                   hull, fixed double, L-shaped dinette. Large open plan living
                                                                                                     heating. An ideal family boat.                                                           combi inverter/charger, Mikuni central heating and diesel
                   area, high gloss exterior coachwork. Ideal liveboard layout.
                   £61,950                                                                                                                                                                    stove, 4 berth.
                                                                                                     £32,000
                                                                                                                                                                                              £59,950

                                                                                                     TRIFFIC                                                                                  ELIZABETH
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                                                                                                     A 45ft cruiser style Narrowboat built in 1990 by Liverpool                               A 32ft GRP Cruiser Centre Cockpit craft, built by Creighton
                   A 57ft Cruiser style Narrowboat built in 2003 by Liverpool
                                                                                                     boats and fitted by Bridgewater Boats. Fixed double berth,
                   Boats with a professional fit out, a good liveaboard craft with                                                                                                            circa 1978. Perkins 100 series onboard diesel engine, 4
                                                                                                     solid fuel stove. Walk through galley. Vetus 414 diesel engine,
                   large living area.                                                                                                                                                         berths. BSC until March 2009. Surveyed last year.
                                                                                                     very strict maintenance by the owner including an oil change
                   £59,950                                                                                                                                                                    £10,000
                                                                                                     every 80 hours. £29,950

                   HOOTIE                                                                            AMADEUS                                                                                  HARMONY
                   A 58ft Liverpool Narrowboats Cruiser stern Narrowboat built                       A 35ft Cruiser style Narrowboat from Liverpool Boats and                                 A 23ft GRP Cruiser with 4 berths, aft steer, built by Norman in
                   in 2001. Fitted out by the extremely competent owner to
                                                                                                     fitted by Venetian in 1997. 4 berths, BSC until 2009. Super                              the mid 1970s, this craft benefits from a BMC 1.5 diesel
                   accommodate 2 teenagers, and has therefore two separate
                   single cabins. Photos are from the vendors holiday on the                         head room inside                                                                         onboard engine and a BSC until 2010.
                   Coventry Canal. £46,000                                                           £26,950                                                                                  £7,500

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Build slots for 2008 and 2009 still available -
                   VENETIAN 38                                                                       THE ARCHES                                                                                              check out our online reviews at
                   New to order, a 38ft squared deck cruiser style Narrowboat,                       A 40ft Cruiser style Narrowboat, the builder is unknown but
                                                                                                                                                                                                     www.kingslockchandlery.co.uk and then simply
                   with 4 berths including fixed double, solid fuel stove, Vetus                     nice looking shell none the less. Clean, bright, modern interior
                   engine, good storage. Ask for full details of specification.                      with sleeping for four. BSC until 2010. Solid fuel stove and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     call us to order...
                   £43,500                                                                           central heating. £25,950                                           Whether you want a bespoke 57’ Semi Trad or a spec 38’ Cruiser our
                                                                                                                                                                        dedicated team of boat builders and fitters can deliver your dream, in
                   WEEZEES                                                                           SUE MARTIN                                                         addition we are happy to offer our services to purchasers of sailaways or
                   A 38ft Cruiser style Narrowboat from Liverpool Boats and                          A 50ft Cruiser style Narrowboat built approx 1980 by Rugby         used boats. At Wedgwood Narrowboats we can build them, broker them,
                   fitted out by Classic in 2001 and upgraded and well                               Boatbuilders, 5 berths, Lister air cooled engine, Narrow T&G       service and repair them, in short, we have all the facilities in place to
                   maintained by the one owner. Fitted with 4 berths including
                                                                                                     lined, BSC until 2009.                                             make your life afloat plain sailing...
                   fixed double. Alde gas central heating and solid fuel stove.
                                                                                                     £24,950
                   Beta engine. BSC until 2009. £35,950                                                                                                                 *Terms & conditions apply

                   LIVERPOOL EDITION
                   A 57ft Cruiser, built in 2007 by Liverpool Boats. The boat is     Contact Us...                                             Venetian Brokerage & Chandlery,
                   fully lined with a fitted bathroom, galley units, worktops and                                                              Venetian Marina Village, Cholmondeston, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 6DD
                   sink, calorifier and an Isuzu 35 engine. This is a great
                   opportunity to add your personal touch to the finish of this
                                                                                     T: 01270 528538 F: 01270 528537                           Boats arriving daily. Contact us for boat sales and helpful chandlery advice.
                   boat with most of the hard work completed. £34,950                E: sales@venetianbrokerage.co.uk                          Now open 7 days 9am-5pm (Sunday 10-4pm)
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                                                                                                                           Wharf House
Boats Broad and Narrow                                                                                                        Narrowboats
              at Fairies Hill Marina                                                                                                  Boat Builders and Chandlers
                                                                                                                                           Winners of ‘Favourite Boat’ at
 Whitwood, Castleford, West Yorkshire                                                                                            Chandlery
                                                                                                                                              Crick Show 2003 & 2005
                                                                                                                            The C h a n d l e r y stocks a wide range of products which we
        • Easy reach from Midlands and South                                                                                are constantly expanding, and as boat builders ourselves, we
                                                                                                                            particularly specialise in help and advice for those fitting out
           (A1, M1 to Junction 31, M62)                                                                                                               their own boats.
                                                                                                                            Specialising in Advanced Electrical Systems for boats
                                                                                                     For more details ring
      Why not a BRAND NEW BOAT?                                                             Phill or Sue Abbott on 01788 899041
                                                                                                     or Fax 01788 891535
     We build narrowbeam, broadbeam &                                                                or come and see us at
     Dutch Barge style shells to Sailaway,                                                         Bottom Lock, Dark Lane,
                                                                                              Braunston, Northants NN11 7HJ
     part/full fitted to suit your budget.




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        • Based on a 10:6:5:4mm quality shell
             • Beta Marine Diesel Engine
                    • Stainless tank
             • Individual to each customer
                                                                                           Calder Valley Marine Ltd
         • Full contract protection & insurance
                                                                                                 Non-Residential Moorings
               PRICE GUIDE:
     Narrowbeam 40ft sailaway £22,000                                                                Now Available
      Broadbeam 40ft sailaway £30,000                                                                       at Gallows Bridge, Shipley,
     Dutch Barge 50ft sailaway £55,000
                                                                                                                  West Yorkshire
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                                Priory Marina, Bedford
 FACILITIES
  INCLUDE

Visitors Berths
                                                               Honeysuckle Rose
 Launderette                                                       £55,000
                      England £49,950                          Built and fitted out by the very well       Katherine Explorer                            Aquarius £40,000
   Showers                                                         regarded Stowe Hill Marine,
                    Built by Hixon’s in 2004, this 50’
                   narrowboat has a good self fit out           Honeysuckle Rose is an attractive               £60,000                                Built by Ward Marine in 1990,
  Workshop            offering a light spacious feel.          boat in excellent condition. 60’ long     70ft all steel trad stern narrowboat by        60’ trad NB with 10Kva Beta
                                                                    trad stern all steel tug style        Clubline on EA-approved residential             Marine genset, washing
                  Lounge at bow with solid fuel stove
  Cycle Hire        through to open plan galley with
                                                              narrowboat offering a large front well
                                                               deck, long open plan lounge with a
                                                                                                          mooring on River Great Ouse near
                                                                                                           Bedford. Has added benefit of two         machine, U-shaped kitchen with
                     side hatch. Good sized loo with         solid fuel stove, leading to a U-shaped     additional moorings which can be let.        twin sink, full size cooker, solid
  Chandlery          Thetford cassette, vanity basin,          galley. The bathroom has a shower         Equipped as a liveaboard and comes          fuel stove with back boiler, bath
                     shower over the hip bath. Fixed            over the hip bath, vanity sink and       complete with all furniture as owners’
  Restaurant       double berth near the trad stern.          pumpout loo. At the stern is the fixed      emigrating. 6.5kva diesel generator         with shower over, vanity basin,
                       Halogen lighting throughout,            double berth with storage over and          (on land), water purifying system,        double berth at stern, scope for
     Hotel        calorifier and oil filled radiators. All     under. Additional heating is from an
                                                             Alde via skirting radiators. The engine
                                                                                                          diesel central heating plus solid fuel
                                                                                                         stove, 1600w inverter, two bedrooms,
                                                                                                                                                       second bedroom, side hatch,
                    electric - no gas onboard. Isuzu                                                                                                   very good head height at 6’8”!
                                                              is a Lister STW3 (with calorifier) and        washer/drier and car parking. An
  Pump Out          38hp engine. Mooring available.               there is an impressive battery             attractive proposition in a rural             Blacked August 2007.
                                                               management system with inverter.              location but still close to town.
    Slipway                                                                                                                                                   Mooring available.

     Crane                           Priory Marina, Priory Country Park, Barkers Lane, Bedford MK41 9DJ
     CCTV                                                     Tel. 01234 351931
     Diesel                                      www.bwml.co.uk              priorymarina@bwml.co.uk
      Gas               Moorings Available, Chandlery, Workshop, Secure Pontoons, Good Transport Links
 New & Used
  Boat Sales                             We would like to wish all customers old and new
                                                     a very Happy New Year
                                                                                           OPEN 7 DAYS WEEK                                                                              PR331099L
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classified
                                           need of some TLC, “I’m a                     boat, SABB 2HSP, docked,              Ashwood fitout, sleeps 4, all mod     replate, available Christmas.       reconditioned BMC, 2800 watt
     Boats for Sale                        Narrowboat, get me outa here!”               engine rebuilt, 2004, new galley,     cons. 07790 180952.                   £23,000. Tel. 07773651249.          inverter, great storage, many
                                           Reduced £9,000,500. Tel. 07779               shower, brunel stove, inverter,       23FT GRP CRUISER. Beta                60FT STEEL HULL with cabin,         extras, £40,000. Tel. 0790
                                           971678 Llangollen Canal.                     new BSC, residential last 16          diesel engine, BSC 2009,              windows fitted, cruiser stern,      3171811. G. Manchester.
                                                                                        years, £16,950. Tel. 07792            licenced, sea toilet, needs tidy,     recent blacked engine gear ob +     47FT SEMI TRADITIONAL,
                                                                                        497116. Milton Keynes.                moored Northants, £3,000. Tel.        prop, ready for fitting out,        2004, 550hrs! high specification,
                                                                                                                              0787 174 9336.                        £12,000. Tel. 01543 432231.         extras,      inventory,     luxury
                                                                                                                              57FT       STERN         CRUISER      Midlands.                           cruising/liveaboard, 2 berth, just
                                                                                                                              NARROWBOAT, liveaboard, 4                                                 blacked, new certificate, must
                                                                                                                              berth, solid fuel/electric heating,                                       sell, £49950. Tel. 07798 683557
45X10FT BROADBEAM 2002                                                                                                        built 2005, self fit-out, £50,000.                                        or 01934 750557, moorings
Perkins Diesel P4M multi-fuel                                                                                                 Lying Salterhebble W.Yorks. Tel.                                          available, Worcester or Norbury.
stove, fixed double gas cooker, 2                                                                                             01422 316947.                                                             69FT CRUISER, 1991, ideal
generators, inverter 1800 watt             34FT X 6FT 11 INC PETER                                                                                                                                      liveaboard BSC, 2011 Isuzu Alde
bathroom shower, porta loo,                NICHOLLS          INSPECTION                                                                                                                                 CH, 4 berth, recent partial refit,
BWSC 2011 includes all fittings,           LAUNCH, 1977, 4 berths C.O.C,                DAWNCRAFT 27FT, 6.10 canal                                                                                      12 & 240 v, 3k inverter charger,
£38,750 ono. Tel. 07754 893798             2010 Beta 3 cyl hydraulic front              boat, refit to finish, S/F stove,                                                                               licensed 02/08, 10/6/4 spec, vgc,
L&L Lancs.                                 steering, usual facilities, much             rear steering Morris Pet 1,000cc                                            GARRY GORTON, 60ft trad oak         consider p/x, £47,950. Tel. 07786
                                           admired boat on canals and                   BSC     2011,      £4,500.   Tel.                                           fitout, full liveaboard spec,       182082. Cheshire.
                                           rivers, £35,000. Tel. 01483                  0771716424. East mid.                                                       mooring on Trent and Mersey
                                           476215. South.                                                                                                           phone for more details. Tel.             Boats Wanted
                                                                                                                                                                    07970884898.
                                                                                                                              25FT STEEL NARROWBOAT, 3                                                  EXCHANGE TIME on your canal
                                                                                                                              berth, 10hp Vetus inboard                                                 boat for time on my motorhome
                                                                                                                              engine, shower room, Portapotti,                                          in Canada. drjohncocker@gmail.
                                                                                                                              gas fridge and cooker, multifuel                                          com.
23FT DAWNCRAFT HONDA 7-5                                                                                                      stove, BSC2011, recent service,
outboard safety certificate 2010,                                                                                             well maintained throughout,                                                         Engines
on Bridgewater Canal, Stretford                                                                                               £16,500. Tel. 07773 218378.
M/C, £3500 ono. Tel. 07981                                                              45’ NARROWBOAT, 12 month                                                                                        BUKH DV20 ENGINE, no
824882 Manchester.                         27FT CRUISER, 1800 BMC                       licence, newly painted, 4 berth,                                                                                gearbox, good condition, £275
                                           diesel, 4 berth, fridge, cooker,             refurbished inside, 12 volt tv, dvd                                         58FT SEMI-TRAD, virtually           ono. Tel. 077760962528. Tel.
                                           port potti, licensed, moored,                & stereo, fridge, gas oven,                                                 unused, live aboard, light,         07776092528.
                                           DMBC Long Eaton, £8,500 ono.                 traditional coalburner, pump-out                                            modern, quality fit out, great      LISTER TS2 ENGINE, gearbox,
                                           Tel. 0116 2368783.                           toilet, shower, new cratch &                                                price @ £59,000. Situated           exhaust plus all fittings, good
                                                                                        cover,      recently     blacked,                                           Cheshire. Tel. Harral 01270         runner, £450. Tel. Paul 0161
                                                                                        beautifully presented, £30,000.                                             524855. Ref. 4937 Perry.            4454846. North West.
                                                                                        Tel. 07961 729571 or email for                                              www.harralbrokerage.co.uk
                                                                                        pics rahrah95@hotmail.com             BEAUTIFUL DUTCH TJALK,                ‘TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS’ 40ft                   Equipment
1990     50FT     B.C.N. TUG                                                                                                  44ft x 10ft, recent survey,           narrowboat, laying Eynsham. 4
PETTERPJ3W, rear engine                                                                                                       Mercedes 110 hp, spacious             berth, fully equipped inc multi-    INVERTER, Waeco pure sine
room fixed double safety cert.                                                                                                luxurious fully kitted out live-      fuel stove, shower, recent hull     wave inverter, 12 volt, 600 watt,
until May 2011, dry docked,                                                                                                   aboard, clean, neat & tidy, solar     repaint, full survey report         boxed, as new, £35 ono. Tel.
Bi-annually, solid fuel stove,                                                                                                panel, recon gear box, £59,000.       available, 12/240v, tv aerial,      07786014994. Nottingham.
£53,000 ono. Tel. 07787 308788             55FT KINGFISHER SEMI-TRAD                                                          Tel. 07926 933150.                    £22,500. Tel. 01865 552471.         HAIER, 12 volt, freestanding
Bridgewater Canal.                         NARROWBOAT, 2003, fully fitted                                                                                           Oxford.                             fridge freezer, approx 44 inches
61FT LIVERPOOL HULL built as               for liveaboard or long term                                                                                                                                  tall, 20x20 inches, vgc, £120 ono.
liveaboard, moored River Great             cruising, long stay mooring may                                                                                                                              Tel. 07936194624.
Ouse £37,500 Tel. 01799 524567             be available, £50,000. Tel.                  BIRCHWOOD INTERCEPTOR
or 07708 335987                            07779184438. Loughborough.                   23FT CRUISER, 4 berth, Volvo                                                                                         Parts & Spares
DAWNCRAFT DANNY GRP,                                                                    Penta engine, recent full service,
boat safety certificate 20/10/09,                                                       fridge, cooker, Portapotti, BSC to                                                                              NARROWBOAT PROPELLER
new cockpit folding cover, two                                                          2010, river licence, on mooring at                                                                              16” x 10 deg, 30mm shaft, had
berth, £750. Optional 9.9hp                                                             Newark, £6250 ovno. Tel. 07811                                                                                  little use, £75; collect Apsley
Honda 4 stroke, £600, optional                                                          459473.                               48FT     CRUISER      STERN                                               Marina. Tel. 07946 730521 after
trailer £400, delivery possible.                                                        LUXURY LIVEABOARD 1998                H A R B O R O U G H                                                       8.30pm       please.     Hemel
Tel. 01691 659280 Shropshire.                                                           TRAD NARROWBOAT. Also                 NARROWBOAT, licence 12/07,            58FT              TRADITIONAL       Hempstead.
43’ NARROWBOAT CRUISER                                                                  with sale is mooring at much          BSC 07/2010, Squirrel stove,          LIVEBOARD, bright interior, tidy    WANTED        Thinsulate    3m
stern 1.5 B.M.C. diesel engine,                                                         sought after private marina in        fridge, solar panel, inverter.        exterior, gas/solid fuel heating,   insulation, 25mm part roll. Tel.
hydralic drive, wooden top in              ELKHOUND, 44ft trad “Barney”                 Shardlow near Derby. Beautiful        Currently in drydock for hull         BSC        2010,      reblacked,    07866 904411. Midlands.




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                  Boat Building                                                          Engines                                                      Heating                                      Holidays/Hire

             D.T.MARINE                                                                                                                                                                    PUFFER
Galley and Bathroom re-fits. Part fit-outs. All aspects
 of plumbing and 12v/24v electrics. All narrowboat
   building/repair/maintenance work undertaken
                                                                                                                                                                                      STEAMBOAT HOLIDAY
                                                                                                                                                                                            cruise the sea lochs and canals of
 Tel: Drew on 07742339657 or Jo on 07738359263                                                                                                                                             Scotland’s West Coast in an original
                                                                                                                                                                                                  coal fired steam Puffer.
                     Find us on the                                                                                                                                                          Nick Walker, The Change House,
           Staffordshire and Worcester Canal                                                                                                                                              Crinan Ferry, Lochgilphead, PA31 8QH
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tel: 01546 510232        PU330404L
                     Kidderminster
                     Worcestershire
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           Boat Handling Courses                                                     Engineering

                                                                 ABLE ENGINEERING (Midlands) LIMITED
            T.R Boat                                             Work undertaken includes:
                                                                 • All types of Welding including Aluminium and Stainless
                                                                                                                                                                                              TEL: 01785 813982
                                                                                                                                                                                              FAX: 01785 819041
            Handling
Training                                            Training
 Centre                                              Centre      • Aluminium/Stainless water and waste tanks made to order
                                                                 • On board repairs to Prop Shafts, Gearboxes and Engines
                                                                  PROP SHAFTS MADE TO ORDER • ENGINE INSTALLATION                                                                            Email: kwyatt5745@aol.com
RYA Recognised Teaching Establishment                            We are East Midlands based, on the             WE HAVE BOTH
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 “I would recommend your course to anyone,                       Nottinghamshire/Leicestershire                  WORKSHOP &
                                                                                                               MOBILE FACILITIES
            a fantastic experience”                              border, 2 minutes from the River Soar slipway   East and West
                                                                                                                Midlands covered
                                                                 at Zouch
John - Preston                                                                                                                                                                                               Superb fleet of 23 boats from
                                                                 PLEASE CONTACT US FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
            The ideal present that lasts forever.                OR TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS                                                                                                              2 to 10 berth and day boats.
     1, 2 and 3 days RYA courses aboard our own                  Tel/Fax 01509 646491 Mobile 07786 510685/07786 510687                                                                                            Send now for colour
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  Narrowboat Sales Ltd.
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The power to cope
FITTING out Freedom reached a stage this
month whereby the bones of the interior were
in place and while this does not seem to be a
landmark in the life of this project, it turns
                                                          Freedom – for the love of it
out to be a time when the initial design needs                Nigel Beckett considers the mysteries of power
to be re-considered. As I sit here I can make
judgements as to the efficiency of the use of              supplies in part 6 of his restoration of the Westhaven                                  Part 6
space and the ergonomics of the fittings. And                               32 cruiser, Freedom
talking about space, that cavernous interior
that came with an empty boat doesn’t seem                 the shore supply pillar on the pontoon rated at          be connected to either a generator or inverter at
so big anymore.                                           16amps. Now this raises two points:                      the other.
  The galley has grown in size due to my                    1. With all of the equipment being fitted to             The benefits of such a system are that there are so
requirements for a good food preparation area. The        liveaboard boats shouldn’t shore supply pillars be       few devices in the system that potential fault
headliners have reduced the headroom in the main          rated at 32 amps per boat, after all that is what is     occurrences are reduced and the devices which are
cabin to 5ft 8in and in the forward cabin/toilet it’s     required by the latest update of the electrical wiring   part of the system are robust, again reducing fault
sitting room only. It all works though with the           regulations, and...                                      potential. With this system there is no chance of
exception of the seating area which was to be built         2. Boats are moveable and will during the course       having more than one supply connected at a time
on a raised floor on the port side. Unfortunately the     of a season use many different electrical supplies,      which reduces the potential for accidental damage
depth of the gunwhale meant that the seating              some supply pillars being rated at just 6 amps,          of equipment. There are several other benefits to be
capacity at a table on this raised area would have        surely boaters cannot be expected to change the          had from this system, because you have to
been just two, a limited proposition and so the           circuit breakers for different marinas dependent         physically plug and unplug devices you tend to be
seating area has been changed to resemble a couch         upon how the marina is wired.                            more aware of your power source ie you are less
which converts into a double bed. This coupled with                                                                likely to discharge your battery bank because you
lowering the seat height has enabled the space                        Modify accordingly                           forgot to flick a switch from inverter to shore supply
under the gunwhales to be used as headroom and              In my humble opinion a boat should be built and        when you reconnected your shore supply lead. A
allowed comfortable seating for four adults.              wired for the equipment it has on board and should       second advantage is that it’s an easy system to
  Again boat electrics have raised their ugly head        a shore supply be rated lower than the amount of         understand and lastly and it’s an inexpensive
this month, not so much on Freedom but on other           power that the boat requires all that will happen is     system to install.
boats around the marina. A friend of mine enlisted        that at some point, when demand exceeds the                So if the AC system is that simple, I wonder how
my help in trying to understand the reason for his        supply available the shore supply circuit breaker        simple I can make the DC system, find out in the
batteries failing to charge; well this tale fits easily   will operate and cut power to the boat.                  next issue.
into the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) category.             Think of it like this. If the sockets on a boat are
When I arrived at the boat I found that my friend         protected by a 16 amp circuit breaker, typically, the
had a drawing of the electrical system which              only time this current capacity will be approached
incorporated a split charging system and three            is when an electric kettle or a fire is switched on.
                                                                                                                   Nigel’s project has come a long way in the few
separate battery banks ie engine start, domestic          Now people aren’t stupid, a boater who hooks up to
                                                                                                                   months he has been restoring Freedom. He now
and bow thruster batteries. Unfortunately the             a 6 amp supply pillar will either know or find in a
                                                                                                                   hopes to have the boat in water by the middle of
drawing wasn’t complete and none of the                   short space of time that he cannot operate high          the year (top right).
components in the cramped electrical cupboard             current devices and will modify his use accordingly.
had been labelled, this made fault finding the              Anyway back to Freedom’s 240Vac system.                Freedom’s 240Vac supply connections (right).
system much more difficult than it need have been.          With a modern person’s requirements in mind as
Then there was the 240Vac system which required           well as the fact that I will be spending extended
no less than three switches to be in the correct          periods on board it important to the design that I
position before the battery charger would work.           have access to modern home comforts TV, stereo,
                                                          microwave etc. So I need a 240Vac electrical system
             Keeping it simple                            that can power such items whether moored up
On Freedom I have only partly installed the 240Vac        with a shore supply or anchored in a sheltered bay.
system so far but I have sketched it out for you to       Therefore I have devised the simplest system of
show just how simple a highly versatile system can        supply that I could to allow for this.
be.                                                         Essentially there are two parts to the system, the
  One of the great advantages of keeping it simple        fixed part which from the input plug, through the
is that when you are cruising down river, should a        consumer unit and out to the circuits, such as a
problem occur the crew could well be able to effect       small ring main of sockets or a fixed spur powering
a repair without recourse to an engineer or               a battery charger, once installed remains
breakdown service.                                        unchanged.
  The second tale is of another friend who recently
had a boat safety examination. The examiner                          Flexibility of supply
insisted that a 16amp circuit breaker in his                Then there is the flexible side of the system
consumer unit was changed for a 10amp one. The            which allows either a shore supply to be connected,
examiner’s reasoning being that each successive           or that the 240Vac system is supplied from an
circuit breaker in a supply chain should be               onboard generator or inverter. This flexibility of
progressively smaller than the last and that              supply is achieved through the use of a link cable
previous circuit breaker in this system was that of       which replaces the shore supply at one end and can




Planning boost for Pendle project                                                                                                                      Medway winter lock
COUNCILLORS in Lancashire have
approved plans for a £1-million
                                                 and have worked closely with both local
                                                 councils and the New Marinas Unit of British
                                                                                                  Marina open by summer 2008,” added Jason.
                                                                                                   Berths will cost £1750 plus VAT per
                                                                                                                                                       closure schedule
marina in the shadow of Pendle Hill.             Waterways to reach this stage. We are now        annum. For further information tel                  THE Environment Agency has announced that Hampstead
  Work on the 102-berth Reedley Marina in        focussing all our efforts on getting Reedley     01282 420333.                                       Lock, on the River Medway, will be closed for a £400,000
Pendle on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal was                                                                                                               refurbishment from 7 January until 14 March.
scheduled to start in the first week of the                                                                                                             Southern Waterways Engineer Phil Munslow said: “We’re all set to
new year.                                                                                                                                             give Hampstead Lock a new lease of life with a major facelift. The lock
  The Reedley Marina site lies between                                                                                                                chamber will undergo a thorough refurbishment and stability works
marinas in Skipton to the east and Chorley                                                                                                            will be carried out on the lock walls.
to the west. The plans include a marina                                                                                                                 “The lock will be drained for the duration of the works and a temporary
office, a members’ room, washrooms and                                                                                                                dam put in place 50 metres upstream of the structure. A boom will also
a laundry.                                                                                                                                            be installed upstream to ensure craft do not enter the works area.”
  Marina developer Jason Fildes said: “This                                                                                                             Hampstead Lock is just one of 15 essential projects, totalling £2-million,
facility will be a fantastic gateway to the                                                                                                           that are being carried out on Kent’s leading boating river this winter.
region on one of the most historic canals in                                                                                                            Other key works include £400,000-worth of improvements at
the country as well as being a safe and                                                                                                               Allington. This will involve stabilisation works on an eroding bank,
secure environment.                                                                                                                                   better facilities for the boats currently moored there and the creation
  “It will be Pennine Lancashire’s only                                                                                                               of a new slipway, canoe portage and car park for river users. The old,
marina and provide users of the Leeds-                                                                                                                dilapidated gate timbers at Oak Weir Lock will also be removed and
Liverpool with a much-needed facility. It’s a                                                                                                         replaced by new ones to give the lock gates a further 15 years of life.
long cruise between Chorley and Skipton                                                                                                                 To allow all the works to go ahead, and boaters to plan their
on a narrowboat.                                                                                                                                      journeys, the EA’s Southern Navigation Team has announced the
  “But the real beauty of this location is the                                                                                                        following lock closure programme for early 2008:
wonderful scenery. The marina has
uninterrupted views across the valley up to                                                                                                           • Anchor              11-15 February
Pendle Hill and across the Ribble Valley.”                                                                                                            • Sluice Weir         7 January-14 March
  Plans for Reedley Marina had to go before                                                                                                           • Oak Weir            7 January-14 March
both Pendle Borough Council and Burnley                                                                                                               • East Lock           18-25 February
Borough Council as the land borders both                                                                                                              • Porters Lock        25 February-3 March
local authorities, while the project has also                                                                                                         • Eldridges Lock      3-10 March
been assessed by British Waterways.                                                                                                                   • Town Lock           10-14 March
  “We started this process 14 months ago         An artist’s impression of the marina.
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ireland’s INLAND WATERWAYS                                                                                                                                                                       Keith Langston’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                  regular look
                                                                                                                                                                                                ‘over the water’


Ulster Canal – £23.8 million restoration plans confirmed
RECOGNISING the important role of a vibrant              Waterways         Ireland,       the      North/South     consortium to design and construct the restoration    targeted      marketing      programme      during
inland waterway system in the overall                    Implementation Body, will be responsible for the          of the Clones to Upper Lough Erne section of the      construction to highlight the attractions and
expansion of tourism the Irish Government                restoration of this section of the Canal and, following   Ulster Canal.                                         uniqueness of the Clones to Upper Lough Erne
are firmly backing plans to commence the                 restoration, for its management maintenance and             In addition, it was agreed that Waterways Ireland   stretch of the Ulster Canal.
restoration of a large section of the out of use         development principally for recreational purposes.        will establish a project team for the day-to-day        Representatives from Waterways Ireland recently
Ulster Canal. In the mid summer of 2007 at                 The full capital cost (estimated at €35m/£23.8m) is     management of the project which will report           met with groups from Clones including the Clones
the North/South Ministerial Council (NSMC)               to be met by the Irish Exchequer with annual              monthly on progress to a Monitoring Committee         Erne East Partnership, Clones Regeneration
plenary meeting the full council agreed to               maintenance costs on the completion of the project,       chaired jointly by the Department of Community,       Partnership, Clones Town Council and Clones
proceed with the restoration of the section of           estimated to be in the order of €300,000/£201,000, to     Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Department of     Development Society, to discuss what had been
that waterway between Clones in County                   be met by the Northern Ireland Executive and the          Culture, Arts and Leisure.                            agreed by the NSMC. Waterways Ireland confirmed
Monahan and Upper Lough Erne in County                   Irish Government. At a NSMC Inland Waterways                At the Ballyconnell meeting, Ministers stressed     that it will appoint a project manager and that it
Fermanagh. This exciting decision was only               Sectoral meeting in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan in             that good local liaison will be key to the smooth     will be a single design and construct contract. It is
made possible by the Irish Government’s offer            October, Edwin Poots, MLA, Minister of Culture, Arts      running of the project and noted that Waterways       intended that the project manager will be located
to cover the full capital costs of the project.          and Leisure and Éamon Ó Cuív, TD, Minister for            Ireland will engage with all key stakeholders in      in Monaghan for part of the contract. In addition,
 Over the past months more detailed plans have           Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs agreed that        taking forward the project. And they welcomed         Waterways Ireland confirmed that it will shortly
been formulated and further it has been agreed that      Waterways Ireland should appoint a single entity          Waterway Ireland’s intention to put in place a        begin consulting with landowners along the route.



  Coming soon: Fish ‘O’
  Mania 2008                                                      The Maid
  ENTRIES for Fish ‘O’ Mania 2008 will be open from
  14 January until 12 February, say the National
  Federation of Anglers.
    The application process will work in the same way as
                                                                  returns!
                                                                  THE graceful Maid of Antrim, once a
  the 2007 competition with entrants being required to            permanent fixture on Lough Neagh for over
  visit the NFA website, www.nfadirect.com and follow             30 years came back into service in the
  the Fish ‘O’ Mania links to the entry page.                     summer of 2007, thanks to Portlenone man
    Anglers who entered in 2007 will be able to use their         Con Law. And it was a triumphant return.
  log in details obtained previously to enter, however first        The ‘Maid’ featured as a huge crowd-puller
  time entrants will need to fully register on the site.          during the Lough Neagh Festival in August
                                                                  ferrying passengers from Antrim and Ballyronan
                                                                  Marina to Toome, Antrim Bay and on to Ram’s
                                                                  and Coney islands.
                                                                    In spite of poor weather conditions over the
                                                                  summer, passengers were extremely impressed
                                                                  by the sheer beauty of the trim craft and they       The eye catching ‘Maid of Antrim’ on Lough
                                                                  marvelled at the meticulous manner in which it       Neagh.
                                                                  has been restored to its former glory. The ‘Maid’
    Once again, there are 16 qualifiers with the winner of        is the pride and joy of owner Con Law who has        visitors to Lough Neagh with a pleasant way of
  each going through to the Grand Final. Ticket prices will       been working on the restoration of the vessel for    exploring the unique area in real style.
  remain at the same level of £20 per venue.                      the past six years.                                    The Maid of Antrim was built on the Clyde in 1963
    Paul Baggaley, Chief Executive of the NFA said: “Fish ‘O’       Mr Law purchased the boat from auction in          and ran for two years out of Queensborough up
  Mania is one of the biggest competitions in angling and         2001. He jumped at the chance to buy the boat        the Gareloch and Holy Loch; she was then called
  we will once again be expecting a large demand for              and admits he first set his eyes upon being that     the Scots Guard, all that as they say ‘is another
  tickets. As such I would advise all entrants to read the        particular ship’s captain when growing up locally    story’….
  Competition Rules which detail new guidelines on ticket         as a young boy. Now Con’s dream has become a           For more information on the ‘Maid’ email:           Traditional music often figures prominently on
  returns and reallocations, these can be found on                reality and furthermore he can now provide           conlaw@btinternet.com or tel: (028) 2582 2159         the Maid’s cruises.
   our website.”



                                                                                                                         A place by the water
                                                                  BAGENALSTOWN in County Carlow is also
  £16.5-million kick-start                                        known by its Irish name of Muine Bheag; it
                                                                  is sited on a pleasant reach of the River

  to canalside dream                                              Barrow and derives its name from Walter
                                                                  Bagenal, who founded the town in the

  A £1.8-million programme of demolition work
                                                                  18th century.
                                                                    Had Bagenal's vision for the town materialised,
                                                                                                                        Bagenalstown aka Muine Bheag, on the Barrow
  financed by Advantage West Midlands is clearing
  the way for the Edgbaston Reservoir and Icknield
                                                                  we might today be looking at a mirror image of a
                                                                  town in northern France. His original plan was
                                                                                                                        River and Navigation
  Port Loop canalside redevelopment in                            based on Versailles, which had its origin in the      fine neo-classical railway station is almost as      lock on the northern outskirts of the town.
  Birmingham.                                                     palace of Louis XIV, with fine streetscapes and       impressive as the Courthouse; although a fair          Both the Barrow River and the Barrow
    Sixty-five acres of derelict and underused land in the        traditional buildings.                                walk from the navigation it is a building            Navigation are hugely popular with anglers, with
  Wiggin Street and Freeth Street area of Edgbaston will            Shortly after he had made an impressive             worth seeing.                                        game fish in the fast waters of the river, while
  be transformed into a high quality, residential-led,            start by building an imposing courthouse,               There are plenty of services and the town has      the navigation holds a big stock of course fish
  mixed-use scheme.                                               modelled on the Parthenon in Athens, his              no shortage of pleasant watering holes and shops     with bream, roach and hybrids predominating.
    Advantage West Midlands has appointed Connell                 efforts became frustrated and his building            including a good angling centre. The navigation is   Waterways Ireland has recently built a new
  Brothers Ltd of Manchester to carry out an eight-month          fervour abated. However, the arrival of the           on a higher level than the river ‘proper’            slipway to the south of the town, which has good
  programme clearing two sites, one off Wiggin Street and         railway in 1846 rejuvenated the town, and its         hereabouts, being accessed from an interesting       road access.
  one off Freeth Street.
    The regional development agency has invested a total
  of £16-million in the development to pay for an
  extensive land assembly programme, demolition and
  remediation work and developing a masterplan with
  key partners, Birmingham City Council, British
  Waterways and English Partnerships.
    Tim Davies, Development Team Leader at Advantage
  West Midlands, said: “This site is just a mile from
  Birmingham city centre and a 10-minute walk from
  Brindleyplace. It is without doubt one of the most
  exciting development opportunities in the entire West
  Midlands region.
    “The sites have great potential to contribute to the
  creation of an excellently designed, sustainable
  development of homes and high-quality work space,
  which will attract new investment to an area full of
  canalside character.
    “We have now assembled a significant site which
  effectively joins the city’s land with that of Isis (British
  Waterways’ waterside regeneration arm). It will now be
  comprehensively masterplanned.”
    This concludes more than five years of preparatory
                                                                  Parts of the ‘navigation’ are pleasantly surrounded by
  work by AWM, working with Atkins, FPCR, Colliers CRE,           trees; in this picture the ‘river’ can be seen below the      The Barrow Navigation looking north past the old mill buildings towards the town. The
  Eversheds, British Waterways, Birmingham City Council           canal between the bushes in front of the                     slipway is on the left adjacent to the mill and the ‘river’ tumbles over the weir to the right
  and English Partnerships.                                        pleasure craft.                                             between the trees. This is a popular spot with anglers.
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                                                         A time for Unwindin
NO ONE can deny that Bob Smith and partner
Rozlyn Chadbourne are due some R&R after
retiring from the high-octane environments
of the fire service and nursing with 23 and 24
years’ service under their belts respectively.
After two years of research they decided to
take the plunge in to a more laidback lifestyle
aided by Reeds Boats.                                       Traditionally one of the best places to do a spot of unwinding is at the local pub – a fitting place
  Reeds Boats is a family run business whose
attitude with each project is to build a friendship
                                                            then to meet the proud new owners of the latest narrowboat from Reeds Boats, Unwindin, doing
and work with each customer talking through each                                         some of the same, writes Tony Hoyland.
stage to ensure best results. Caroline Scott, who
along with husband Glyn is proprietor of the             the boat along with the ash flooring – and              tiled. The room is naturally lit by two 18in port      large windows allowing plenty of natural light into
company, said: “We are proud that we never build         comprises overhead storage and twin wardrobes           holes and a nice touch here is the concealed LED       the area as well as the ceiling lights. The shaped
two boats the same as they are hand built to our         with drawers built into the steps leading on to the     lighting at floor level.                               Geta-core worktop follows the flowing theme of the
customers’ needs.                                        bow, also incorporated is a linen cupboard. It has        Another arched doorway leads to the 13ft saloon.     boat’s design and incorporates the draining board
  “The layout for Unwindin called for a modern feel      two 18in port holes, hard wood glazed doors, bulk       The shaped storage unit, which houses the 17in         and sink. Beneath this there is adequate cupboard
and an attention to detail. And in discussions with      head windows and a Houdini hatch.                       LCD TV/DVD incorporates a neat space-saving idea       space in the units and also a concealed washing
Bob and Rozlyn it soon became clear that a design          A 17in LCD TV is also included in the design with     in the form of sliding shutter doors made by John      machine and full size fridge and freezer. The
that curved and flowed its way throughout the boat       built in DVD and freeview. As well as the ceiling       Jackson of Waivis. Above this is a wall unit with      housing for all the controls and a wet cupboard for
would be the best way forward.”                          lights, LED lighting is incorporated at gunwale level   concealed lighting, there is also more concealed       coats are situated either side of the steps leading
  A ‘walkthrough’ of Unwindin not only reveals the       and reading lights are installed under the              lighting at gunwale level in addition to the           out on to the stern. The use of cupboards with
extent to which this is true but is also testimony to    overhead storage.                                       ceiling lights.                                        sliding shutter doors by the side of these steps offer
Caroline’s previous occupations in soft furnishing         An arched doorway leads to the 6ft wet room             A Morso squirrel stove with slate fire surround is   still more storage space.
and interior design. Glyn’s skill as cabinetmaker        where floor to ceiling storage shelves are set on       mounted on a shaped hearth following the theme           Though yet unused, Bob and Rozlyn look forward
and joiner was also well in evidence or as he puts it:   each side of the shower and there is a Jabasco vacu-    of the other shaped units throughout the boat.         to throwing open the two side doors and hatches
“I like the challenge of creating something new just     flush toilet and heated towel rail. A feature in this   Heating is also supplied by a radiator with cover to   here to take full benefit of any warmer weather.
from a customer’s idea.”                                 room is the wash basin sat on a vanity unit which       blend in with the ash theme. Here there is also a        Still waiting to be completed however is the
  Unwindin is 58ft semi-trad with josher style bow       is finished with a shaped Geta-core worktop –           Houdini hatch and two 18in port holes made by          cratch, which is due early this year. But the only
built by Paul Widdowson and fitted out by Reeds          another example of customer and designer working        Wesley Windows Ltd.                                    problem that may be encountered here is actually
Boats. It is of a reversed layout from bow to stern.     closely together.                                         The saloon leads through to the 12ft galley area     tracking down Bob and Rozlyn as they begin their
The 11ft bedroom has cross over double bed. All            The wet room is tiled in off-white with a green       where the hand-built ash units have been designed      mission to explore the network and do some
storage is hand built in ash – a theme throughout        border, the floor has a detailed pattern, again fully   to maximise the use of available space with two        serious ‘Unwindin’.




                                                                                                                                                                 MORE THAN JUST
                                                                                                                                                                 A BOAT BUILDER
                                                                                                                                                        A ONE STOP SHOP
                                                                                                                                            THE WORKSHOP
                                                                                                                    Wilnecote Lane, Belgrave, Tamworth, Staffs B77 2LE
                                                                                                                            Tel 01827 250900 Fax 01827 288101
                                                                                                                           Email: harveysjoinery@btconnect.com
                                                                                                                             Web: harveysboatbuilders.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                         Made in Britain                                            HA331465L
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                                                                                                          The galley area – its simplicity belies the thought that went into its construction.




The 11ft bedroom has cross over double bed with
all storage hand-built in ash.
                                                                                                          The saloon area makes the most of available space with this shaped unit and sliding shutter doors made
                                                                                                          by John Jackson of Waivis.
  TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
 Length: 58ft
 Berths: Two
 Shell: Paul Widdowson
 Internal finish: Ash with ash floor throughout
 Engine: 42hp Isuzu engine
 Webasto heating
 Bow thrusters
 Paintwork: Rylard navy and magnolia with
 handrails picked out in red.
 Supplier: Reeds Boats Ltd, Unit 4, Kiveton Park
 Industrial Estate, Manor Road, Kiveton Park,
 Sheffield S26 6PB
 Tel: 01909 515555
 Email: enquiries@reedsboats.com
 Website: www.reedsboats.com
 Suppliers:
 Jabasco
 Geta-core
 Waivis
 Morso
 Wesley Windows Ltd                                A feature in the wet room is the washbasin set on
                                                   a shaped Geta-core worktop.



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what’son
1 Dec-25 Jan
Solo Art Exhibition By Michele Field – John Radcliffe
                                                        Current Developments by Steve Hayes – Notts &
                                                        Derbys IWA. Tel 01949 860867.
                                                                                                                                     Advertise your event free in our What’s On diary.
                                                                                                                                      Send your details to news@towpathtalk.co.uk

                                                                                                               Starts 1pm. Tel 07833 143 231.                                                              16 Feb
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Daffodil Cruise to Grand Union Pub, Little Venice –
Hospital, Level 2, Headley Way, Headington, Oxford.                                                            4 Feb                                                                                       St Pancras Cruising Club www.stpancrascc.co.uk
Tel 01865 371188.                                       20 Jan                                                 Open Meeting – Barnsley Dearne & Dove Canals
                                                        Fore & Aft – Lost Memories of the River Severn. A      Trust. Market Hotel, Wentworth Road, Elsecar,                                               17 Feb
8-21 Jan                                                programme of guided tours through the remains of       Barnsley. Starts 8pm. Tel 01226 743383.                                                     Notts & Lincs Boat Jumble – Newark on Trent
Royal Docks Cruise for the London Boat Show – St        the Purton Hulks with LP Barnett, Marine Historian.                                                                                                Showground. Notts NG24 2NY. Opens 10am. Tel
Pancras Cruising Club www.stpancrascc.co.uk             Starts 1pm. Tel 07833 143 231.                         7 Feb                                                                                       Roger Bell 01485 54156.
                                                                                                               Working on the Boats, John Blunt & Horace Foster –
16 Jan                                                  24 Jan                                                 BCNS. Titford Pump House, Oldbury B69 4NL. Starts
The Lowland Canals of Scotland by Richard               January Walk – IWA Chester & District Branch.          7.30pm.                                                                                     20 Feb
Thomas – Surrey and Hampshire Canal Society. The        From the Ring O’Bells, Christleton (Map reference                                                                                                  Basingstoke Canal Boating and Working Parties in
Pavilion, Recreations Ground, Station Road,             442 655). Email jimhelen@jimhelen.fsnet.co.uk          8 Feb                                                                                       the early 1960s by Tim Dodwell – Surrey and
Chobham, nr Woking. Starts 8pm. Tel 01252 617364.                                                              AGM – Ipswich Branch IWA followed by a talk from                                            Hampshire Canal Society. The Pavilion, Recreations
                                                        30 Jan                                                 branch members Brian and Doug about their                                                   Ground, Station Road, Chobham, nr Woking. Starts
The Caledonian canal by Tim Boddington – IWA            Have Boat: Will Travel III by David Saady – Kennet     ‘Ironing Board’ model railway. Needham Market                                               8pm. Tel 01252 617364.
Peterborough Branch. The Peterborough & District        & Avon Canal Trust. Starts 7.45pm. Tel 01380 721279.   Community Centre. Starts 8pm. Tel 01502 741345.
Indoor Bowls Centre, 19 Burton Street,                                                                                                                                                                     A Fen Family Tale by Peter Carter – IWA
Peterborough, PE1 5HA. Starts 7.30pm.                   3 & 17 Feb                                             12 Feb                                                                                      Peterborough Branch.
                                                        Fore & Aft – Lost Memories of the River Severn. A      Union Canal, Richard Thomas – Northampton                                                   The Peterborough & District Indoor Bowls Centre,
18 Jan                                                  programme of guided tours through the remains of       Branch IWA. The Walnut Tree Inn, Blisworth. Starts                                          19 Burton Street, Peterborough, PE1 5HA. Starts
Illustrated talk on Lincolnshire’s Waterways and        the Purton Hulks with LP Barnett, Marine Historian.    8pm.                                                                                        7.30pm.




  From strength to strength                                                                                       19-20 Jan
                                                                                                                                Waterway Recovery Group work parties
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Thames & Severn Canal: Dig Deep project –
  - the National Boat, Caravan and Outdoor Show 19-24 February                                                    Cotswold Canals: Towpath clearance near Stroud
                                                                                                                  – wrgBITM. Tel 01252 874437.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           NWPG. Tel 0118 9410586.

  THIS year’s National Boat,                                                                                                                                                                               16-17 Feb
  Caravan and Outdoor Show                                                                                        19 Jan                                                                                   Hollinwood Canal – wrgNW. Tel 0161 7402179.
  (19-24 February) boasts a                                                                                       'Paper Chase' waste paper collection – wrgNW. Tel                                        Grand Western Canal – wrgSW. Tel 07768 525469.
  fresh layout spanning six                                                                                       0161 7402179.
  halls of the Birmingham                                                                                                                                                                                  23-24 Feb
  NEC – including one hall                                                                                        9-10 Feb                                                                                 Wilts & Berks Canal: Dig Deep project – Tel 07802
  dedicated to Boat and                                                                                           Lichfield Canal – KESCRG. Tel 0845 2268589.                                              518094.
  Marine.


                                                                                                               stoppages
    The show, now in its 47th year
  is 30 per cent bigger than last                                                                                                                                                                          Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal
  year’s event and claims to be                                                                                                                                                                            Brynich Lock..............................................................7 Jan-1 Feb
  the UK’s biggest outdoor leisure
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Montgomery Canal
  show.                                                                                                                                                                                                    Frankton Lock No1....................................................7 Jan-8 Feb
                                                                                                               Birmingham & Fazeley Canal
    The dedicated boat hall will                                                                               Lock 11 Aston Flight........................................................4-8 Feb         Cabin Lock................................................................4 Feb-7 Mar
  offer a large choice of boats,                                                                               Lock 8 Farmers Bridge Flight.........................................4-8 Feb
                                                                                                               Top Lock Farmers Bridge....................................................8 Feb            River Lee
  chandlery and accessories and                                                                                                                                                                            Waltham Common Lock......................................11 Feb-7 Mar
  includes offshore cruisers,                                                                                  Birmingham Canal Main Line
  power boats, river boats, sport                                                                              Lock 11 Wolverhampton Locks..................................14-18 Jan                      River Soar
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Lock 49, Sileby................................................................7-18 Jan
  boats, canoes, kayaks, jet bikes,
                                                                                                               Bridgwater & Taunton Canal
  RIBs, dinghies and inflatables.                                                                              Durleigh Brook Culvert.........................................4 Feb-28 Mar                 River Stort
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Brick Lock........................................................................7-25 Jan
  Visitors will be able to browse     With one hall dedicated to boating, this year’s National Boat,
  on board luxury motoryachts         Caravan and Outdoor Show promises more for visitors interested           Caldon Canal
                                                                                                               Engine Lock No4.....................................................7 Jan-15 Feb            River Weaver
  from     Sunseeker,     Fairline,   in the inland waterways.                                                 Top Lock No 9......................................................11 Feb-14 Mar            Anderton Boat Lift....................................................7 Jan-1 Feb
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Vale Royal Large Lock...........................................14 Jan-22 Feb
  Cranchi, Hanse and many
                                                                                                               Chesterfield Canal
  others in the Marina.               inland luxury custom built six      dinghies and ribs, will be           Drakeholes Tunnel..................................................2 Jan-15 Feb             Rochdale Canal
    In the hall will also be the      berth HAINES 350 Aft Cabin          launching a rigid inflatable, the                                                                                                Library Lock 19...............................................................7-18 Jan
                                                                                                               Erewash Canal                                                                               Locks 37 to 48...........................................................7 Jan-7 Mar
  Inland Waterways Village - the      Cruiser. The company known for      Eagle 340. As part of the canoe                                                                                                  Locks 9 to 10...........................................................14 Jan-7 Mar
                                                                                                               EA Flood Gates.............................................................21-25 Jan
  show’s largest ever display of      their bespoke luxury river          village feature, Act will be         Lock 73, Eastwood...................................................21 Jan-1 Feb
  narrowboats and inland craft        estuary cruisers have been          displaying their range of            Lock 66, Hallam Field Lock..................................21 Jan-28 Feb                   Rochdale Canal
                                                                                                               Lock 14, Langley Mill.............................................11 Feb-7 Mar              Rochdale 9 Flight Locks 84 to 92..................................4-29 Feb
  from many of the big-name           increasingly asked by their         dagger kayaks, islander sit-on-
  boat builders including Sea         customers to produce a larger       tops, and palm clothing              Forth & Clyde Canal                                                                         Shropshire Union Canal
  Otter, Midland Canal Centre,        coastal craft, one that could be    and apparel.                         Bainsford Lock 5 to Merers Lock 8..........................until 8 Feb                      Wheaton Aston Lock..............................................7 Jan-29 Feb
                                                                                                               Camelon Lock 15 to Lock 16....................................7 Jan-1 Feb                   Dee Lock No1...........................................................7 Jan-15 Feb
  The New Boat Co, Liverpool          fitted with either single or twin     Tickets are on sale from the                                                                                                   Audlem Lock No5.....................................................7 Jan-8 Feb
  Boats, Severn Valley Boats and      engines and a Category B boat       ticket hotline on 0870 730 0963      Gloucester & Sharpness Canal                                                                Bunbury Lock Flight....................................................21-25 Jan
  Amber Boats.                        capable of speeds up to 16 knots.   at the below prices. Visitors can    Parkend Bridge 14.................................................28 Jan-15 Feb
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Shropshire Union Canal
    Amber Boats (UK) Ltd, will be       Among other exhibitors will       collect a Free show guide (RRP                                                                                                   Tilstone Lock..........................................................28 Jan-7 Mar
                                                                                                               Grand Union Canal
  showing their 2008 models of        be Aquaglide with their new         £4) at the show when they book       Common Moor Lock 79.................................................7-25 Jan                Audlem Lock No15................................................11 Feb-7 Mar
  their current range of Paris,       inflatable that can convert into    their tickets in advance of 18       Milton Keynes Bridge 90C.....................................7 Jan-15 Feb
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal
  Venice and Amsterdam boats.         a windsurfer, dinghy or             February 2008 and parking is         Lock 95 Hanwell Flight..................................................7-25 Jan
                                                                                                               Grafton Regis Bridge 57..........................................7 Jan-7 Mar                Lock 18 Swindon Lock...................................................7-18 Jan
  They will be exhibiting a Paris     waterski toy. Brig, producers of    free for visitors (normally £8).     Stoke Bruerne Locks 14 to 20..................................7 Jan-1 Feb                   Lock 26 Awbridge.........................................................14-18 Jan
                                                                                                               Bushes Lock 50.............................................................14-25 Jan        Hinksford Lock 19........................................................21-25 Jan
  Narrow      boat     and      the                                                                                                                                                                        Wightwick Lock...........................................................21-25 Jan
  Amsterdam Wide Beam. These                Advance Tickets *              On the Door Tickets                 Locks 1 – 17, Northampton Arm................................14-25 Jan
  proved very popular at the last     Adults                   £11.50            £14                           Grand Union Canal                                                                           Stratford-upon-Avon Canal
                                                                                                               Lock 97 Hanwell Flight...........................................25 Jan-1 Feb               Lock 56 Bancroft Basin.............................................until 1 Feb
  NEC and indeed sold 10 boats at     Seniors                   £8.50            £11
                                                                                                               Cassiobridge Lock 78..............................................28 Jan-8 Feb
  the show.                           Children                     £4            £5                            Lock 51 Knowle Flight.................................................18-29 Feb             Union Canal
    Heritage Boat Builders Ltd will   Family (2 adults 3 kids)    £30            £35                           Lock 49 Knowle Flight.................................................18-29 Feb             Brightons Bridge 54 to Blairlodge Bridge 55........7 Jan-29 Feb
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Falkirk Wheel............................................................7 Jan-1 Feb
  be launching the 2008 model of      Group ticket (10+ adults)                  n/a                                                                                                                       Viewforth Bridge 1 to Leamington Lift Bridge....21 Jan-8 Feb
                                                                                                               Huddersfield Narrow Canal
  their highly successful French                          £10.50 each                                          Locks 1W to 4W.......................................................7 Jan-15 Feb
  Classic Cruiser range, this will    * A £1 transaction fee applies                                           Frenches Marina Lock 19W to 20W.......................7 Jan-7 Mar                           Worcester & Birmingham Canal
                                                                                                               Locks 15W to 19W..................................................28 Jan-7 Mar              Lock 56 Tardebigge Flight..............................................7-11 Jan
  be a 49ft 6in x 10ft 6in version.                                                                                                                                                                        Lock 52 Tardebigge Flight..............................................7-18 Jan
  These were first designed and                                              WIN F                             Kennet & Avon Canal                                                                         Lock 45 Tardebigge Flight............................................14-25 Jan

                                                                          TICKETS REE
  produced over 10 years ago for       Towpath Talk has TEN                                                    Devizes & Caen Hill Locks 44 to Lock 22............7 Jan -7 Mar                             Lock 47 Tardebigge Flight............................................14-18 Jan
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Lock 40 Tardebigge Flight......................................28 Jan-1 Feb
  Burgundy Cruisers and France
  Afloat, but due to a full order
                                       pairs of tickets to give
                                       away for this year’s National
                                                                                  TO THE                       Lancaster Canal                                                                             Lock 39 Tardebigge Flight.......................................28 Jan-1 Feb
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Lock 35 Tardebigge Flight.............................................4-15 Feb
  book over the past few years for     Boat, Caravan and Outdoor              SHOW                             Glasson Lock Flight7................................................. Jan-7 Mar
                                                                                                                                                                                                           River Thames
  their Narrow and Wide beam           Show. For a chance to win a pair                                        Leeds & Liverpool Canal
                                                                                                               Brunswick River Entrance.....................................until 28 Mar                   Pinkhill Lock.............................................................until 29 Feb
  canal boats they last produced       of these tickets, simply answer the following                           Bridge 224, Redcote Bridge...........................................2-18 Jan               Sonning Lock..............................................................until 8 Feb
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Old Windsor Lock....................................................7 Jan-7 Mar
  them over six years ago. Now,        question.                                                               Bridge 134 Lodge Bridge to Bridge 136 Hawks House
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Iffley Lock...............................................................14 Jan-15 Feb
  with their sister company              How many halls will this year’s National Boat, Caravan and            Bridge........................................................................2 Jan-7 Mar
                                                                                                               Blackburn Locks 52 to 57........................................7 Jan-7 Mar                 Shepperton Lock...........................................................4-22 Feb
  Amber Boats, fulfilling the vast     Outdoor Show occupy at Birmingham’s NEC?                                                                                                                            Marsh Lock..................................................................11-29 Feb
                                                                                                               Leeds & Liverpool Canal                                                                     Culham Lock........................................................18 Feb-14 Mar
  majority of Evesham's UK canal       A 10          B6           C 12
                                                                                                               Wigan Flight Locks 65 to 87..................................14 Jan-9 Mar
  boat sales, Heritage has turned        Send your answer along with your address details to Towpath           Crabtree Swing Bridge 32...............................................1-7 Feb
  it attention back to the French
  Classic Range.
                                       Talk Show Competition, Mortons Media, Media House, Morton
                                       Way, Horncastle, Lincolnshire LN9 6JR. The first ten correct
                                                                                                               Lock 2, Office Lock.......................................................11-22 Feb
                                                                                                               Lock 3, St Ann Ings Lock to Lock 2, Office Lock
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Stoppage information
                                                                                                               ..............................................................................11Feb-7 Mar     This information is correct at time of going to press, but
    The Norfolk Company Haines         entries drawn by the editor will be sent their free tickets after                                                                                                     stoppages may be subject to change. For the latest information on
  Marine will be launching             the closing date for the competition of 1 February 2008.                Macclesfield Canal                                                                            stoppages   and     restrictions,    go     to     the   website
                                                                                                                                                                                                             www.waterscape.com which can also be accessed via our own
  their     new    coastal     and                                                                             Bosley Lock No10......................................................7 Jan-8 Feb
                                                                                                                                                                                                             website www.towpathtalk.co.uk or telephone 01923 201401.
                                                                                                               Bosley Lock No11.....................................................8 Feb-7 Mar
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  In the event of fire...
    Continuing our theme of fire safety information for boaters, Nigel Grant
     this month focuses on what to do if a fire breaks out, the chances of
            which are extremely unlikely but cannot be ruled out!
  KNOWING what to do using a carefully
  rehearsed plan could save valuable time,
                                                          a fire blanket to smother the flames.
                                                          ■ It is important to always know the location of
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  enabling you and other crew members to                  the boat; it will be essential information in the
  escape from the boat to a place of safety.
  Preparing a plan could one day save your
                                                          event of an emergency. Continually refer to, and
                                                          log, the position of your boat on the waterways
                                                                                                               ‘Nothing like a bit of length’
  life!                                                   map.                                                 I enjoyed reading Roger              view of the canal. I have, with
    A fire can occur at any time, therefore when          ■ Make sure you know how to isolate the              Murray’s article ‘Nothing            the addition of a Honda 20hp
  preparing a plan make sure it caters for daytime        mains/battery supply in the event of an              like a bit of length’ and            engine, ‘done’ the River
  and night-time periods. Many fires occur during         emergency.                                           would like to follow it up           Thames (under Tower Bridge),
  sleeping hours when boaters are semi-conscious          ■ On your way to a place of safety, alert other      with nothing like a ‘bit’ of         the River Ribble (Lancaster
  through sleep. A smoke alarm will alert                 boaters to the fire, it could affect them!           length.                              Canal), Standedge tunnel
  occupants to the early stages of a fire, allowing                                                              I have a Wilderness Beaver         (without a scratch) and the
  more time to make an escape. Make sure that                       Night-time routines                        (23ft), which is over 20 years old   River Weaver (using the
  you install at least one smoke alarm as                 A considerable number of fires in domestic           and have completely refitted it      Anderton lift) and many other
  recommended by Boat Safety Scheme                       settings occur at night-time. By following a         in a three-berth layout. As I am     canals. There is an ample back
  (www.boatsafetyscheme.com)                              simple routine before going to bed, the likelihood   quite tall I raised the bow bed      deck for sitting out and being
    Finally may I wish all Towpath Talk readers a         of a fire breaking out will be substantially         and seats by about 10 inches         made of GRP does not go rusty.        two planters on the specially
  happy and safe 2008.                                    reduced.                                             (cutting a new bow timber) and       It has never used a winding           designed space on the bow.
                                                          ■ Smokers should ensure that all cigarette ends      lengthening the stern bed by         hole and is economical to run.        This wonderful boat does
                                                          are extinguished in ashtrays.                        over 1ft further into the cabin        Any cheeky comments from            everything you big guys do and
                                                          ■ Do not dispose of ashtray contents in              rather than under the back           boaters about its length,             with a fair amount of comfort.
                                                          something which could catch fire.                    deck. This still left plenty of      usually gets the reply ‘it’s not      So while we are talking of
                                                          ■ Isolate the gas supply to cooking appliances       room for the galley, larder          fully grown yet’. I have lost         nothing like a ‘bit’ of length,
                                                          when not in use.                                     cupboard and loo. The original       count of the amount of                you are right, all 23ft of it!
                                                          ■ Switch off and unplug all electrical appliances    galley and stern windows were        compliments of how pretty the           I was so pleased to read
                                                          unless they are designed to be left on.              replaced by larger ones, giving      boat is, and how many                 recently that Wilderness boats
                                                          ■ Make sure that all candles are completely          the boat a nice and airy feel        photographs have been taken           are back in production.
                                                          extinguished.                                        and for passengers an excellent      of my little boat complete with                    Penny Taylor, Lincoln
                                                          ■ Close solid fuel/oil room heater doors to
                                                          prevent fumes/sparks from entering the
                                                          accommodation space. Put up fire/spark guards.
                                                          ■ A torch will prove invaluable in the event of a
                                                                                                               Refunds and revolutions
                                                          night-time emergency. Check the torch is in          REF TPT issue 25 October 2007. On page 5,               when they themselves are so short of cash?
                                                          working order and is within easy reach.              you report on how the powerboat Earthrace               Has this then set a precedent for anyone to
                                                          ■ Make sure your mobile telephone is within          was first of all charged £600 for passage               ask for a refund?
                                                          easy reach and the battery is fully charged.         through the Caledonian Canal. This was                    On a lighter note – has Christina Ruth tried
                                                                                                               obviously a figure calculated according to              making her key fobs using granny knots? The
                                                           Calling the emergency services                      the size of the vessel, and therefore the               result is a spiralled fob. You would need about 12
                                                          In the event of an emergency, it is crucial that     correct fee to navigate the canal. So who at            grannies per revolution.
                                                          you provide the emergency services with              BW had the authority to refund the fee,                                          J Arthurs, Swindon, Wiltshire
                                                          accurate information, particularly with regard to
                                                          the location of the incident and the type of
  Escape routes should be clear from obstruction
  and trip or slip hazards.
                                                          emergency. Due to the remote locations of boats,
                                                          access for the emergency services is often
                                                                                                               That ‘continual’ question
                                                          difficult and can lead to lengthy delays in          FIRST of all, although I am          power in Acts of Parliament to        you are still charged more than
                  Escape plans                            locating and dealing with incidents.                 NABO chairman for my                 levy a boat licence. Note that        you are for a licence that
  The following information will assist you in                                                                 sins, what I say here is not         the holder’s entitlement is to        entitles you to the use of
  preparing for an emergency:                               The following information will assist you in       approved NABO policy.                ‘keep’ rather than navigate and       waterspace anyway. As far as
  ■ Escape routes should be clear from obstruction        making an emergency call:                            There comes a time during            implies that the holder’s boat is     other users of the waterway are
  and trip or slip hazards.                               ■ When making a 999 call you will be asked for       the term of office of many           permitted to occupy a ‘parcel’        concerned you are doing them
  ■ Consider an alternative escape route in case          certain information, such as                         chairmen         or      chief       of     water     space      within    a favour and paying for it.
  the normal route becomes blocked.                       – Name of caller                                     representatives when the             BW’s jurisdiction.                      Solution – abolish ‘end of
  ■ All doors or windows, which may be required           – Which service is required – police, ambulance,     official policy of the                 Although BW’s obligation in         garden’ mooring charges,
  for escape purposes, should open easily in the          fire or coastguard                                   organisation they represent          the terms and conditions of           reduce all BW mooring fees by
  event of a fire. Keep keys to door and window           – Nature of emergency – fire or medical              differs from their personal          said licence is for it to ‘do its     the equivalent amount and add
  locks handy.                                            – Location of incident – canal/river/bridge – plus   views. I am not saying there         best’ to keep the network open        that amount to all licences.
  ■ If a window needs to be broken, use a heavy           other helpful information such as marker posts       is conflict in this case but I       for navigation, there is no right       What about marina boats?
  object to break the glass in the bottom corner.         and landmarks                                        want to make it absolutely           imparted to the holder to             This will depend on an
  Cover jagged edges of glass with a towel to avoid       – If anyone is trapped and if so, where they are     clear that the blame for the         navigate and no rebates               arrangement between marina
  injury.                                                 ■ Be aware, if using a mobile telephone, there       opinions expressed here              allowed if navigation is              owners and BW to pass the
  ■ Plan ahead together. Prepare and agree an             could be a problem with poor signal strengths        should not be attributed             impossible.      So,     although     same benefit on to owners of
  escape plan with those on board, including any            Ensure that your battery is fully charged,         to NABO.                             holders can, and mostly do,           boats through a reduction in
  visitors.                                               particularly if your mobile telephone is your only     The vexed question of              benefit from navigation and           their mooring fees, at BW’s
  ■ In the event of a fire, stay calm. Alert all on       means of communication.                              ‘Continual       Cruisers’     has   basic boating facilities, one         expense. Simple to say but
  board and get everyone off the boat as quickly as                                                            bubbled up again, mainly in the      must conclude that the licence        maybe      not     so    simple
  possible.                                                                                                    south-east, where there are          only entitles them to the use of      to implement.
  ■ Keep low down where the air is clearer.                 Do not go back on the boat                         seemingly       many       boaters   an area of ‘waterspace’ the             What about ‘continuous
  ■ If clothing catches fire ‘stop, drop and roll’. Use   GET OUT, STAY OUT and dial 999!                      flouting      the    rules    and    same size as their boat but at        cruisers’? They will be paying
                                                                                                               becoming continuous moorers          an unspecified location within        BW the same as everyone else
                                                                                                               instead. At the same time, BW        BW’s waters.                          who doesn’t benefit from BW

                                                                             Five to                           is consulting on a sharp licence       But without the right to            managed moorings.

Product of the month                                                                 giv                       rise, which has lifted many          navigate, isn’t this a mooring          BW gains from the extra

                                                                                away e
                                                                                                               more      boaters      over    the   fee? It certainly goes a long way     income from boats with no
                                                                                                               threshold of indifference and        towards that – the only extra         permanent mooring, and saves
FROST Marine has added a                  continuously updated and                                             made them speak out. As a            benefit of a mooring fee is the       the administration costs of
new product to their range to             strives to bring a comprehensive                                     NABO colleague puts it, the          right to a specific location, and     end-of-garden moorings.
combat    that    perennial               range of products to the boater.                                     ‘politics of envy’ is abroad.        even then on BW’s moorings              Continuous Cruisers are seen
problem of moisture and                     RRP £10.50, Frost Marine Ref No                                      In spite of the very limited       this is only within a ‘site’ rather   to pay their way and even
condensation.                             V420. Tel 01706 758 258 or visit                                     scope of BW’s consultation           than a specific berth. What           though ‘continuous moorers’
  Air Dry helps ensure that the           www.frostmarine.co.uk for further                                    document, it has sparked yet         does that mean anyway? For a          remain a problem, at least if
interior of the boat is kept dry, with    information.                                                         another       round     of    soul   towpath mooring what it boils         they are licensed they are also
no rust, electrical damage, mildew,         Towpath Talk is giving away five                                   searching. One thing that both       down to is that if you find           sponging less.
mould stains or mouldy smells. It         Air Dry products. To enter our                                       BW       and      the      boating   another boat on your spot               It may be simplistic but
will also prevent windows from            competition simply write in to                                       community as a whole have            when you return you can               doesn’t it make some sense?
steaming up. Air Dry lasts                Towpath Talk Air Dry Competition,                                    studiously avoided is a ‘holistic’   justifiably complain, and you           As an aside, one might also
approximately three months before         Media House, Morton Way,                                             look at boating fees and what is     are no longer obliged to move         ask the question whether
needing regeneration on a radiator.       Horncastle, Lincs LN9 6JR or                                         paid for what benefits.              your boat after a fortnight. Is       moving boats on will solve
Suitable for other applications such      enter via the website link at                                          Licences and mooring fees          this extra benefit really worth       much apart from complying
as saddle rooms, gun safes, storage       www.towpathtalk.co.uk                                                are seen as totally separate         three times the licence fee?          with the 1995 Act. Surely they
spaces etc.                                 The first five entrants drawn at                                   issues, but are they?                  The argument comes into a           will just end up clogging up
  Frost Marine is a rapidly               random will each receive a Free                                        BW’s pleasure craft licence        different plane of focus when         public moorings somewhere
expanding web-based company,              Air Dry product. Closing date for                                    entitles the holder to keep a        you consider ‘end of garden’          else? Now there’s one to keep
which is always on the lookout to         entries 31 January 2008.                                             boat on BW’s waters. Although        moorings. For the privilege of        the NIMBYs arguing in the
bring to you the most useful and          Standard terms and conditions                                        such waters and the land they        removing your boat from the           canalside pub!
innovative aids for restoration           apply and are available                                              cover is public property, BW is      towpath edge when not
projects.     Their     website      is   on request.                                                          the custodian and is given           moored ‘ancillary to cruising’,              Stuart Sampson, via email.
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newsinbrief                                                                                                                                                                At your service
Green gauge                                                                                                                                                                VENETIAN Marina at Cholmondeston near
                                                                                                                                                                           Nantwich has seen a multitude of changes since
THE Broads Hire Boat Federation has just come to                                                                                                                           the 1970s and moving forward into 2008 the area
the end of a two-year trial period to assess the                                                                                                                           looks set to rejuvenate.
viability of converting cruisers to a biodiesel fuel.                                                                                                                        At the start of the boating season the gift shop,
  Twenty various cruisers were involved in the                                                                                                                             previously operated by Ron and Val Blackburn, will be
tests, which proved successful with the 100 per                                                                                                                            fully functioning via the Chandlery, giving the moorers
cent biodiesel used. A team from Newcastle                                                                                                                                 and all who sail by services such as gas, diesel, coal
University was involved in measuring                                                                                                                                       and pump out seven days a week.
emissions from the launches.                                                                                                                                                 In addition, it is their intention to improve and
  Although tests were successful, a spokesman                                                                                                                              introduce new services including wireless internet
said, the cost of biodiesel compared to the fuel                                                                                                                           access (WiFi) to the marina extending to those who are
was prohibitive to the plans proceeding any                                                                                                                                waiting for Cholmondeston lock.
further at this point in time.                                                                                                                                               The chandlery carries an extensive range of
                                                                                                                                                                           products – as well as a forthcoming log-burning
                                                                                                                                                                           showroom. The brokerage has good used and new
Gamston footbridge                                                                                                                                                         boats for sale on berths at the marina and off site. If
                                                                                                                                                                           it’s a new boat for the new year then they still have
A new footbridge has been opened over the                                                                                                                                  slots available in 2008/9 for Venetian 38’ and
Grantham Canal at Gamston to provide a safe                                                                                                                                bespoke boats.
traffic-free route for schoolchildren and the                                                                                                                                For further information on what’s on offer at the
local community.                                                                                                                                                           marina visit www.venetianbrokerage.co.uk or
  The footbridge is part of a £50,000 long-term                                                                                                                            www.venetianchandlery.co.uk
towpath and access improvement programme
between Rushcliffe Borough Council and BW                                                                                                                                  Venetian Marina support the canal coal carrying
  Other improvements carried out include                                                                                                                                   trade as all their coal is delivered by ‘Jacksons’
repairs to the lock chamber there and                                                                                                                                      carrying company.
resurfacing of a stretch of towpath linking West
Bridgford with new housing developments at
Gamston. An interpretation panel detailing the
heritage of the lock is scheduled to be installed
early in the new year.                                  Boost for Broads conservation
                                                        DEFRA has announced that the Broads                      provide £500,000 in year 1 and £400,000 in each of         estimated increase of £120,000 in income and a total
Book early for Crick                                    Authority will receive £4.3-million in National          years 2 and 3.”                                            budget for the maintenance of the navigation of
                                                        Park Grant next year. This is the Authority’s              For the first time the announcement gives a              £2.21-million. As the Additional National Park Grant
THE dates for this year’s Crick Boat Show have          share of the £46.2-million allocated to national         three-year horizon for national park funding. The          cannot be used for navigation expenditure, the
been confirmed for the May bank holiday                 parks, England’s finest landscapes, which                grant will increase by 2.9 per cent in 2009/10 and         increase in tolls is still necessary to support the level
weekend, 24-26 May 2008.                                account for 10 per cent of the country.                  2.75 per cent in 2010/11.                                  of maintenance that users are seeking.
  The show will once again take place on the              The Grant maintains the existing level of                Over half of the extra £1.5-million Additional             Some of the Additional NPG is likely to be used on
Grand Union Canal at Crick Marina, home to the          Government support at a time when there were             National Park Grant spent in the last three years          broads not connected to the navigation. However,
boat show since 2000. The recent expansion at           concerns that there might be a reduction because         has been used to support the maintenance of the            the Authority has consistently argued that some
the marina will mean there will be more floating        of the pressures on Defra’s budget.                      navigation, principally through dredging.                  dredging in particular has multiple benefits. The
exhibition space available than in previous years.        The Additional National Park Grant for the Broads        However, Defra Ministers earlier this year decided       Authority will look for projects that not only
  Exhibition guides and booking forms have              Authority, first introduced in 2005/06 for an initial    that the costs of maintaining the navigation should        improve the natural environment for wildlife and
already been distributed and are already                period of three years, recognises the special            be funded entirely from navigation income,                 plants, but also provide better conditions for those
generating a huge amount of interest, with              pressures on the Broads system.                          principally from the income from boat owners               who enjoy the broads, such as anglers, bird
organisers expecting all space to be fully                The Minister, Jonathan Shaw, specified that the        through their tolls, and this announcement                 watchers, boaters and walkers.
booked by mid-February. For further                     extra money should be used for restoring the             reinforces that decision.                                    £200,000 is also allocated for the Authority’s
information visit www.crickboatshow.co.uk or            fragile Broads ecosystems. He said: “For the Broads,       Last month the Authority decided on an 11 per cent       Sustainable Development Fund in each of the
tel 01908 302552.                                       implementation of the Sediment Management                increase for private toll payers and seven per cent for    coming three years. This has been used to promote
                                                        Strategy will bring many benefits, and so for the        the hire boat industry to continue the increased           and encourage a range of innovative projects
                                                        restoration of the Broads ecosystems I will again        maintenance of the navigation. This will generate an       around the Broads.
Plain sailing on Caldon

                                                                        Canal campaign
THREE sets of life expired lock gates on the
Caldon Canal are being replaced as part of a
multi-million pound investment programme
across the network.
  Julie Sharman, general manager British
                                                        Thumbs up for                                                                       A Black Country community is campaigning to have its section of the
Waterways’ Wales & Border Counties, said: “The
bulk of the work involves installing and
renewing time expired lock gates on all eight of
our waterways, making navigation easier for our
                                                        £64m waterfront                                                                     Wyrley & Essington Canal designated as a Nature Reserve now that the
                                                                                                                                            first stage of towpath improvements have been completed.
                                                                                                                                               For years the stretch of canal at Wednesfield has been a notorious hotspot for
                                                                                                                                            litter and fly tipping and has been the scene of many organised litter picks.
boating customers and reducing water loss.”
  Work began in November, with completion
scheduled for mid-March 2008. The lock gates
being replaced are:
                                                        scheme                                                                                 Local Councillor, Phil Bateman, said: “These are exciting times if you value the
                                                                                                                                            Wyrley & Essington Canal. Part of the towpath work is nearing completion and the
                                                                                                                                            results will make this a much safer walking area and a much more attractive
                                                                                                                                            development for everyone using it.” Other improvements in the coming months
• Lock One at Bedford Street, 5 Nov-14 Dec 2007.        THE      £64-million     Walsall         scheme, which will be delivered by         include new towpath access points.
Winding (turning) available downstream at               Waterfront Scheme was given a            Urban Splash and promoted by the
Etruria Junction, upstream between bridges 16A          vote of confidence by Minister           Walsall Regeneration Company
and 18.
• Engine Lock Number Four, 7 Jan-15 Feb. Winding
available downstream between bridges 16A and
                                                        for the West Midlands Liam
                                                        Byrne during a fact-finding visit
                                                        to see plans for new jobs and
                                                                                                 (WRC). Advantage West Midlands
                                                                                                 has provided £13.8-million of gap
                                                                                                 funding       to    kick-start      the
                                                                                                                                            BWAF elects new chairman
18, upstream between bridges 21 and 22.                 new homes in the Black                   flagship project.                          THE British Waterways Advisory
• Top Lock Number Nine, 11 Feb-18 March.                Country.                                   Liam Byrne, who had a bird’s-eye         Forum (BWAF) has elected Nigel
Winding available downstream between bridges              Advantage West Midlands officially     view of Walsall from the rooftop of        Stevens as new chairman.
21 and 22, upstream between bridges 27 and 28           handed over 1.2 hectares (2.9 acres)     the New Art Gallery, said: “Funding          Nigel, who has represented the
                                                        of derelict land to the property         from the Regional Development              British Marine Federation on BWAF
                                                        developers Urban Splash – and a          Agency will trigger another £50-           since 2005, owns and runs Shire
New BW workboat                                         four-year programme of building
                                                        work will start in the New Year.
                                                                                                 million of future investment from the
                                                                                                 private sector. This will create a first
                                                                                                                                            Cruisers with his wife and is a director
                                                                                                                                            of Drifters, the marketing group. He is a
ALEXANDER, aged three from South Kensington,                                                     class, high quality development that       past leader of the London Waterway
took part in a ceremony to name a new British                         Iconic                     will bring new jobs for local people."     Recovery Group, and past chairman of
Waterways workboat on 18 December.                        With the iconic New Art Gallery as       Mick Laverty, Chief Executive            IWA London branch, Calder Navigation
  Alexander’s big day was the result of winning         its anchor, first phase work at          Designate at Advantage West                Society and APCO. He is a member of
a BW competition, held at Little Venice’s annual        Walsall Waterfront will see the          Midlands, said: “Agency funding of         the       Waterways        Ombudsman
Canalway Cavalcade in early May, to come up             development of a 50,000sq m office       nearly £14-million has been the            committee. Mr Stevens, a former City
with a name for the boat – Samson.                      building, 76 apartments and ground       trigger for this exciting high quality     banker, is a Cranfield MBA.
  After the naming ceremony, Alexander and his          floor bars and restaurants.              scheme at the heart of Walsall.              He succeeds Howard Pridding who
mother took a trip on Samson down the canal to            In total, the Waterfront project                                                  had been chairman since 2005.
Paddington Basin.                                       covers 17 acres of brownfield land                      Superb                        Commenting on his election, Nigel
  Louise Fishleigh, Leisure Development                 that originally housed a collection        “The      partnership      working       said: “BWAF is an opportunity for
Manager for BW said: "We chose Alexander's              of old industrial buildings and car      between the public and private             organisations representing all users of
suggestion of Samson for the new workboat               dealerships. In total 154 homes will     sector has been superb. Thanks to          the waterways to bring their
because it's original and memorable and                 be created, along with new offices,      the efforts of Walsall Council, the        experience to bear on strategic issues
because the boat will need to be as strong and          ground floor retail and leisure          WRC and Advantage West Midlands,           facing     British Waterways. The              Nigel Stevens, new chairman of the
powerful as its biblical namesake in its job            space, parking for 630 cars, two new     developers Urban Splash are now in         waterways are under stress, so the             British Waterways Advisory Forum.
performing essential maintenance work on                public spaces and, potentially, a        a position to start construction work      members of BWAF are keen to
London's waterways."                                    hotel. It is expected to create around   in the New Year on a scheme that           contribute to the debate on how the            and British Waterways will affect us all,
  Samson will join the team of 16 workboats             965 jobs.                                will raise the profile of Walsall, the     management and financing of the                so I hope as many users as possible will
that BW London uses to complete essential                 Walsall Council has already            Black Country and the West                 waterways should be changed to                 join the debate through their
maintenance work, including clearing over 3300          granted planning permission to the       Midlands region.”                          ensure their long-term sustainability.         associations – and in the press and on
tonnes of rubbish each year.                                                                                                                Decisions taken by the Government              the towpath!”
                                                                                                 www.towpathtalk.co.uk                                                         17 January 2008, issue 28 TOWPATH TALK 39




Turning waterways green
THE Waterways Trust has launched a new
                                                                                                                                                                                       newsinbrief
                                                                                                                                                                                        Nominated for
fund in a bid to help reduce the nation’s                                                                                                                                               bravery
carbon emissions and make the use of our                                                                                                                                                A 30-year-old mother of four is to be nominated
waterways even greener.                                                                                                                                                                 by West Midland Police for a bravery award after
   Fronted by Countryfile presenter, John Craven, the                                                                                                                                   jumping into the Wyrley & Essington Canal at
Green Fund has been established by The Waterways                                                                                                                                        Bloxwich to rescue two children and a dog from
Trust specifically to invest in low carbon                                                                                                                                              a car that was sinking into five feet of water.
technologies and other environmental projects to                                                                                                                                          The woman, Jodey Owen, jumped into the
help lessen the carbon emissions caused by boats                                                                                                                                        canal off Hollands Bridge after the car had
travelling along our canals and rivers.                                                                                                                                                 collided with hers, smashed through a metal
   Roger Hanbury, Chief Executive of The Waterways                                                                                                                                      fence and then slid down an embankment into
Trust, said: “From ecological developments to water                                                                                                                                     the canal.
treatment and renewable energy sources, through                                                                                                                                           The children’s parents managed to get out of
contributions to our Green Fund we, along with                                                                                                                                          the car as Mrs Owen was pulling the children
British Waterways and other partners, will be able                                                                                                                                      and dog clear.
to develop a wide range of projects to benefit the
environment of our canals and rivers.”
   Each year, over 6000 families and groups of friends                                                                                                                                  An attractive package
get closer to nature and experience a slower pace of                                                                                                                                    A project to encourage otters back to the fens
life by holidaying aboard one of UK Boat Hire’s                                                                                                                                         has received a £52,000 funding boost.
narrowboats. By joining forces with the Green Fund,                                                                                                                                       The Middle Level Commissioners have
UK Boat Hire will offer a truly green alternative to                                                                                                                                    received the funding package from the Sita Trust
holidays abroad and all 2008 holidaymakers hiring a                                                                                                                                     for their project that aims to make the area a
craft through the company will be able to enjoy their                                                                                                                                   regular breeding ground for otters.
trip secure in the knowledge that a percentage of        (L-R) Roger Hanbury, Chief Executive The Waterways Trust; John Craven; Edward Helps, MD UK Boat                                  During the three-year project, a network of
their hire fee will be used to benefit the               Hire; Leela O’Dea, British Waterways Ecologist; Tony Hales, Chairman British Waterways.                                        breeding and resting holts will be constructed
environment through which they are sailing.                                                                                                                                             along with areas created especially to attract the
   Edward Helps, Managing Director of UK Boat Hire,      rewarding holidays as well as one of the greenest.             Tony Hales, Chairman of British Waterways, said:                otters along the length of the Middle Level
said: “A week’s cruise along our waterways               We care passionately about the well-being of our             “It is important to find new ways we can contribute               waterways.
generates just one twentieth of the carbon               boaters and our waterway environment with the                to a greener and more sustainable future, be it                     Natural England, the Environment Agency and
emissions produced by a return flight to a               precious wildlife that help to make waterways                through renewable energy sources, wildlife habitat                the    Cambridgeshire      and    Peterborough
Mediterranean hotspot. Our reliable, quiet, smooth       holidays so special.                                         improvements or reducing waste. British                           Biodiversity Partnership have offered additional
running       diesel    engines     make     modern        “That’s why a percentage of every holiday goes to          Waterways is determined to play its part in creating              support and funding. A total of £61,000 has
narrowboating one of the most relaxing and               ‘The Waterways Trust Green Fund’.”                           a better future for our children.”                                been donated.


                                                                                                                                                                                        SCARS restructure
  PLANS TO PROTECT RARE PLANTS
 PLANS      to    conserve     two         the action plan steering group, said:    canal network in the last 200 years.             Grantham Canal SSSI; River Soar;
                                                                                                                                                                                        THE Sankey Canal Restoration Society has
                                                                                                                                                                                        announced a restructuring of the society’s
                                                                                                                                                                                        activities to refocus on its goals of canal
                                                                                                                                                                                        restoration.
 important rare plant species,             “British Waterways is responsible        Historic changes in river and land               Erewash Canal and River Severn.                      The SCARS Executive has decided to
 listed as priority species on the         for     co-ordinating       the    UK    management practices and poor                    Other sites include the River Sow,                 restructure the Society’s activities into five
 UK Biodiversity Action Plan, have         Biodiversity Action Plans (BAPs) for     water quality meant canals and                   drainage      ditches      and   the               distinct Interest Groups:
 taken a step forward with the             both these plant species, which are      lakes provided safe havens for these             Norfolk Broads.                                      Political Group – Leader: Andy Screen; Finance
 launch of revised species action          rare in Britain and now limited to       plants and now contain some of the                 Floating Water Plantain (Luronium                Group – Leader: Cynthia Greenall; Restoration
 plans at a gathering of UK                only a handful of sites. With the        healthiest populations, making them              natans) is native only to Europe and               Group – Leader: Colin Greenall; Heritage Group
 agencies     and     experts    at        threat posed by climate change, the      important for the survival of these              is found in various parts of the UK,               – Leader: Peter Keen and Communications –
 Chester Zoo.                              conservation of all our national         rare species.”                                   including Wales, the West Midlands                 Leader: Dave Smallshaw.
   The meeting included experts from       species is important to safeguard          Grasswrack              Pondweed               and northern England, and is legally                 These groups will be led by members of the
 British Waterways, Natural England,       the character of the UK’s                (Potamogeton      compressus)       is           protected throughout Europe due to                 Executive say the Society, but other members,
 Countryside Council for Wales, the        biodiversity – it’s not just about the   normally found in still or slow                  its scarcity. British Waterways’                   and indeed non-members of the Society, are
 Environment Agency and the                cuddly ones.                             flowing unpolluted water courses,                managed       sites   include:   the               being encouraged to participate in one or more
 University of Liverpool and Chester         “These plants have long been in        such as rivers, canals, ox-bows,                 Huddersfield Narrow Canal SSSI;                    of the groups.
 Zoo, who agreed to a series of actions    decline in Britain, probably as a        drainage ditches and lowland lakes,              Rochdale Canal; Peak Forest Canal;                   Meanwhile, David Long has decided that it
 to promote the protection of two rare     result of the changes in farming         mainly in central England, the Welsh             Ashton Canal; Cannock Extension                    was an appropriate time to hand over the reins,
 freshwater     submerged       plants,    methods and to water courses.            borders and the Norfolk coast. It can            Canal; Rushall Canal; Montgomery                   and resigned as Chairman of the Society but
 Grasswrack Pondweed and Floating          Originally, they were found in rivers    also be found in a number of British             Canal and Brunclough Reservoir.                    will continue to produce the Society’s
 Water Plantain.                           and lakes, so canals are not their       Waterways managed navigations                    Other sites include the Welsh lakes,               newsletter, Cuttings.
   Chris John, national ecologist for      natural habitat, but they have           including: the Ashton Canal;                     some heathland pools in Wales and                    Andy Screen has been appointed by the
 British Waterways and chairman of         managed to colonise parts of the         Rochdale Canal; Montgomery Canal;                parts of the Lake District.                        Executive as Acting Chairman until the
                                                                                                                                                                                        2008 AGM.




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As part of the £50-million Lotto election victory the Sustrans inspired Connect2 scheme which includes the creation of new foot and cyclepaths
throughout Cheshire beat other national schemes in a huge phone vote. That means that within the overall plan the dilapidated and out of use
Riversdale footbridge over the 'old river' Weaver near to Hunts Locks, Northwich will shortly be replaced with a state of the art modern structure.
Accordingly, the popular walking route between the Leftwich and Hartford banks of the Weaver will be put back into use. The new bridge will
reconnect walkers with Hunts Lock on the 'Navigation'. The double lock is rated on the BW Principal Asset list thus: Hunts Large Lock D – Poor,
Hunts Small Lock C – Fair. The original British Waterways owned bridge has been out of use for four years due to the lack of available funding.
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