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March 25

Dorset Boat Jumble: Canford Park Arena, Magna Road, Poole, Dorset BH21 3AP. Entry £4, children/parking free. Chaddock & Fox Promotions boatjumbles@yahoo.com 02392 381405/07887 771451, www.boat-jumbles.co.uk

 

 

Craignish Boat Jumble:  Craignish Village Hall, Ardfern, Lochgilphead, Argyll PA31 8QN. Opens 10am, Entry £3.50, children/parking free. Contact Jan Brown 01852 500689, info@craignishcommunitycompany.org.uk

 

 

March 25-26

Day-Star Theatre: Roses & Castles workshop weekend at The Old Stables, Moss Hall Lane, Audlem, Cheshire, 10am-4pm each day. £75. Contact Jane Marshall on 01270 811330, jane@day-star-theatre.co.uk or visit www.day-star-theatre.co.uk

 

March 28

Derby & Sandiacre Canal Society:  Railway ticketing past, present and future by Tracy Dagley. The Wilmot Arms, 49 Derby Road, Borrowash, Derby, 7.30pm. Admission £2 members, £3 non-members.

 

March 30

IWA Lancashire & Cumbria: History and restoration of the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal by Paul Hindle, MBBCS chairman. St Chad’s Parish Centre, 235 Town Lane, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley PR 2 8AJ, 7 for 7.30pm. Non-members welcome.

 

April 2

Norfolk Boat Jumble: The Royal Norfolk Showground, Norwich NR5 0TT (on A47 Norwich southern bypass). Opens 10am, admission £3.50, accompanied children/parking free. Contact Roger Bell 01485 541566.

 

IWA Towpath Walks Society, London: Regent’s Canal: Little Venice-Camden. Starts  Warwick Avenue tube station at 2.30pm. Costs £10, £8 student/concs. Contact Roger Wilkinson 0203 612 9624.

 

April 6

Southampton Canal Society:  Eling Tide Mill, the past and the future by Ruth Keer. Chilworth Parish Hall, Chilworth, Southampton SO16 7JZ, 7.45pm. Visitors welcome. www.sotoncs.org.uk

 

April 8-9

River Canal Rescue: Boat and engine maintenance course with RCR engineers. RCR head office, Baswich, Stafford (by Bridge 101, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal). Two-day course £120. Contact 01785 785680, enquiries@rivercanalrescue.co.uk  or visit www.rivercanalrescue.co.uk/rcr-courses/

 

April 9

Irish Boat Jumble: Carrickfergus Sailing Club, Rodger’s Quay, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim BT38 8BE. Opens 10am, admission £4, €5 or IOM £4, accompanied children/parking free. Contact 07857 087469, www.irishboatjumble.org

 

April 11

Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal Society: Talk on the Bridgewater Canal by David Shimming. Whitefield Garrick Society Theatre, parking at Whitefield Metrolink car park, theatre is first building on right along unnamed Bank Street, behind Porada Restaurant. 7.30pm. Non-members welcome.

 

IWA Chester & Merseyside: Middlewich – its canal frontage, heritage and future plans by Kerry Fletcher.  Holiday Inn (Mercer Suite), Ellesmere Port CH65 2AL, 7.45pm. Bar and coffee making facilities.

 

April 12

IWA Warwickshire: Wendover Arm history and restoration by Ray Orth of the Wendover Arm Trust. Sports Connexion Leisure Centre, Leamington Road, Ryton-on-Dunsmore CV8 3FL, 7.30pm. info.warwickshire@waterways.org.uk

 

 

IWA South London: The canals of Venice by Dr Roger Squires. The Primary Room, the United Reform Church Hall, Addiscombe Grove, Croydon CR0 5LP, 7.30 for 8pm. All welcome, no admission but £2 donated asked towards costs. Contact Shea Richardson 07803 904803, shea.richardson@homecall.co.uk

 

 

April 13

IWA Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire: Developments along the Ashby Canal, illustrated talk by Geoff Pursglove of the Ashby Canal Trust. The Poppy & Pint, Pierrepont Road, Lady Bay, West Bridgford, Nottingham  NG2 5DX, about five minutes from the A6011/A52 (ring road) junction at Gamston, 7.45pm.  Contact  nottsandderbys@waterways.org.uk

 

April 14 (also April 17 and 23)

Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association: Open afternoon at Sandiacre Lock Cottages, Lock Lane, Sandiacre (off Longmoor Lane) NG10 5LA, 1.30-4.30pm. Admission free but donations towards costs of opening appreciated. Due to the historic nature of the cottages, access for disabled people is limited. Contact Glyn Stenson 07809 251441/0115 854 3306, glynstenson@hotmail.com

 

April 14-17

St Pancras Cruising Club: Easter cruise to Lea & Stort Cruising Club at Stanstead Abbotts on the River Lea. Advance booking not required. Cruise co-ordinator Andrew Phasey, contact via vicecommodore@stpancrascc.co.uk.  All boaters welcome, no charge for participation. www.stpancrasccco.uk

 

April 16

IWA Towpath Walks Society, London: Regent’s Canal: King’s Cross-Hitchcock’s Hackney. Starts  King’s Cross taxi rank at 2.30pm. Costs £10, £8 student/concs. Contact Roger Wilkinson 0203 612 9624.

 

April 16-17

Friends of Cromford Canal: Horse days and Leawood Pumphouse. Depart 11am or 2pm from Cromford Wharf (single or return), 12.15pm or 3.15pm High Peak Junction (single only). Booking advisable 07552 055455, sales@birdswood.org

 

April 17

River Foss Society: Six-mile linear walk from Coxwold to Easingwold. Meet Easingwold free car park, 9.30am. Contact Bob Jowett 01904 764702, bob.jowett1@btopenworld.com

 

April 18

Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust: Mainly coasters – mainly local by Peter Evans. The Royal Oak, Much Marcle HR8 2ND, 7.30 for 8pm. Everyone welcome.

April 20

IWA Milton Keynes: Canals in the Landscape by Tony Conder, former curator, Gloucester Waterways Museum. The Bletchley Royal British Legion, Melrose Avenue, West Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6PU, 7.45pm.

 

April 21

Trent & Mersey Canal Society: The work of the Waterway Partnership by Ray Butler of the Manchester & Pennine Waterway Partnership. The Big Lock, Webbs Lane, Middlewich, Cheshire CW10 9DN, 7.30 for 8pm. Contact Gillian Watson 01606 835606, www.trentandmerseycanalsociety.co.uk

 

IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire:  The History and Restoration of the Droitwich Canal by Margaret Rowley, vice-chairman of the Droitwich Waterway (Pamela May) Trust.  Stoke- on-Trent Boat Club, Endon Wharf, Post Lane, Endon ST9 9DU, 7.45 for 8pm. Non-members welcome. Contact Barbara Wells 01782 911400.

 

IWA East Yorkshire: The North East Waterways by John Pomfret. Methodist Church Hall, Cottingham, East Yorkshire HU16 4BD, 8pm. Contact Roger Bromley 01482 845099, roger.bromley@waterways.org.uk

 

April 22-23

National Boat Share Show: Braunston Marina, opens 10am each day, closing at 5pm on the Saturday and 4pm on the Sunday.  Admission and car parking are free. boatshare4u.co.uk

 

April 23

IWA Warwickshire: Walk visiting Purton Hulks. Meet CRT Bridge house car park, Purton St John GL13 9HS. NGR: SO 695 045. 10am.

Beaulieu Boat Jumble: The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire SO42 7ZN (Jct 2/M27). Opens £10am, admission £8.70. Contact 01590 614614 (stands), 01590 612888 (advance tickets).

April 24

Friends of Cromford Canal: AGM including engineering update by George Rogers. Ironville Church Hall, 7.30pm. Free admission.

 

April 25

Derby & Sandiacre Canal Society:  Bees and beekeeping by Jim Parrish. The Wilmot Arms, 49 Derby Road, Borrowash, Derby, 7.30pm. Admission £2 members, £3 non-members.

 

April 26

IWA Chiltern: Fenland Waterways, an update by Alan Faulkner who previously talked to the branch 14 years ago. Little Chalfont Village Hall, Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire HP8 4UD, 8pm. All welcome. Contact John Brice, john.brice@waterways.org.uk

 

April 27

River Foss Society: AGM and talk by Anne Heathcote on the work of the Freshwater Habitat Trust. Strensall Village Hall, 7pm.

 

IWA Lancashire & Cumbria: A review of the 200th anniversary of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal by Mike Clarke, chairman of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society. St Chad’s Parish Centre, 235 Town Lane, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley PR 2 8AJ, 7 for 7.30pm. Non-members welcome.

 

 

April 28-29

Day-Star Theatre: Roses & Castles workshop weekend at The Old Stables, Moss Hall Lane, Audlem, Cheshire, 10am-4pm each day. £75. Contact Jane Marshall on 01270 811330, jane@day-star-theatre.co.uk or visit www.day-star-theatre.co.uk

 

April 29

River Foss Society: Litter pick around Foss Islands by boat and on foot – volunteers wanted. Meet Round Bridge, Foss Islands Road, 9.30am. Suitable work clothing advised. Contact Barry Thomas 01904 490081, barry1thomas@googlemail.com

 

Inverness Boat Jumble: RNLI Kessock Station, Point Road, Inverness IV1 3YQ, under Kessock Bridge. Opens 10am, admission £4. Contact Alison Marr 07746 394488, alisonboatjumble@gmail.com

 

April 29-30

River Canal Rescue: Electrics course with Howard Williams. RCR head office, Baswich, Stafford (by Bridge 101, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal).Two-day course £150. Contact 01785 785680, enquiries@rivercanalrescue.co.uk  or visit www.rivercanalrescue.co.uk/rcr-courses/

 

April 30

West of Scotland Boat Jumble: Irvine Water Sports Club, 66 Harbour Street, Irvine, Ayrshire KA12 8PY. Opens 10am, admission £4, accompanied children/parking free. Contact Bill Aitkin 07749 312159.

 

Friends of Cromford Canal: Horse days and Leawood Pumphouse. Depart 11am or 2pm from Cromford Wharf (single or return), 12.15pm or 3.15pm High Peak Junction (single only). Booking advisable 07552 055455, sales@birdswood.org

 

IWA Towpath Walks Society, London: Regent’s Canal: River Tyburn-Little Venice. Starts Baker Street tube station (North/Lords exit) at 2.30pm. Costs £10, £8 student/concs. Contact Roger Wilkinson 0203 612 9624.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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