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April 28-May 1

Sleaford Navigation Trust:
South Kyme gathering with decorated boats, a duck race, village scarecrow competition and mediaeval banquet. There will also be a family fete, quiz, 60s-80s disco and Sunday church service. Contact 01522 856810, publicity@sleafordnavigation.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

 

Barrow Hill Roundhouse: Past, Present and Future – walk and talk open day. Free talks and tours throughout the day 10am-4pm. Refreshments at Barrow Hill Memorial Hall. Boat rides from Hollingwood Hub. Information and for talk and tour timetables contact: 01246 475554, learning.barrowhill@gmail.com
April 29-30

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

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.

May 1

Preston Boat Jumble: Hamilton House Farm, St Michael on Wyre, Preston  PR3 0TB. Opens 10am, admission £3.50, accompanied children/parking free. Compass Events 01803 835915/07831 337951, www.compassevents.co.uk

 

 

Friends of Cromford Canal: Horse day 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

 

Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association (also May 21 and 29): 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

 

May 2

River Foss Society:  Three-mile evening circular walk around Beningborough with optional meal at the Blacksmith’s Arms. Meet 6pm at the Newton-on-House entrance to the hall. Contact Carol Carr 01904 760894.

 

 

May 3

NBTA London: Meeting in the Studio Room, upstairs at the Star of Kings, 126 York Way, London N1 0AX, 7pm.

 

May 6

Friends of Slough Canal: AGM followed by Wild flowers of the Slough Canal, presentation by plant and travel photographer Chris Chadwell.  The lounge at St Paul’s Church, Slough (just south of the canal basin),10.30am. Contact 07542 168444, sloughcanalgroup@hotmail.com or visit Facebook page Friends of Slough Canal

 

May 6-7

 

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/

 

May 7

IWA Towpath Walks Society, London: Grand Union Canal: Uxbridge-Denham. Starts  Uxbridge (High Street exit) tube station at 2.30pm. Costs £10, £8 student/concs. Contact Roger Wilkinson 0203 612 9624.

 

May 9

River Foss Society: Five-mile linear walk Yearsley Cross Roads to Coxwold. Meet 9.30am Coxwold car park. Contact John Millett 01904 491290, johnmillett1@talktalk.net

 

Sleaford Navigation Trust: AGM followed by Tank Production in Lincoln during the Great War by Richard Pullen. Sleaford Rugby Club, Ruskington Road, Sleaford, 7.30pm. Open to everyone (members only can vote at AGM), free admission. Contact 01522 689460, www.sleafordnavigation.co.uk

 

 

IWA Chester & Merseyside: The Titanic – correcting the myths by Ken Pye.  Holiday Inn (Mercer Suite), Ellesmere Port CH65 2AL, 7.45pm. Bar and coffee making facilities.

 

May 10

IWA Warwickshire: Hire fleet and marina by Matt Preen, Calcutt Boats. Sports Connexion Leisure Centre, Leamington Road, Ryton-on-Dunsmore CV8 3FL, 7.30pm. info.warwickshire@waterways.org.uk

 

 

IWA South London: Waterways Recovery Group talk, speaker TBC. 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

 May 12

IWA Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire: Guided walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve, Barton Lane, Attenborough, Nottingham NG9 6DY. Meet at the Nature Reserve car park at 7.30 pm. Small charge applies.  Contact nottsandderbys@waterways.org.uk

IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire:  The Caledonian Canal by Phil Clayton.  Stoke- on-Trent Boat Club, Endon Wharf, Post Lane, Endon ST9 9DU, 7.45 for 8pm. Non-members welcome. Contact Barbara Wells 01782 911400.

May 13

St Pancras Cruising Club: Thames Tideway cruise, Limehouse to Brentford and Teddington via the Thames Barrier and Margaretness. Booking form available on website. Cruise co-ordinator Andrew Phasey, contact via vicecommodore@stpancrascc.co.uk.  All boaters welcome, no charge for participation. www.stpancrasccco.uk

May 15

Friends of Cromford Canal: The Chesterfield Canal and Dawn Rose by John Lower. Ironville Church Hall, 7.30pm. Free admission.

 

May 16

Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust: Making the Severn navigable to Worcester by Steve Goodchild. The Royal Oak, Much Marcle HR8 2ND, 7.30 for 8pm. Everyone welcome.

 

May 19

IWA East Yorkshire: The Coast and Waterways of Western Australia by Andrew Brett. Methodist Church Hall, Cottingham, East Yorkshire HU16 4BD, 8pm. Contact Roger Bromley 01482 845099, roger.bromley@waterways.org.uk

 

May 19-21

IWA Northampton: Annual boat gathering on the Grand Union Canal at Stoke Bruerne. Boats, caravans and non-members all welcome. Further details and booking form in the Northampton section at www.waterways.org.uk click on IWA local.

 

May 20-21

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

 

 

May 21

IWA Towpath Walks Society, London: Limehouse-Thames-Docklands. Starts Westferry DLR (by cycle hire point) at 2.30pm. Costs £10, £8 student/concs. Contact Roger Wilkinson 0203 612 9624.

 

May 23

IWA Towpath Walks Society, London: Grand Union Canal: Uxbridge-Denham. Starts  Uxbridge (High Street exit) tube station at 2.30pm. Costs £10, £8 student/concs. Contact Roger Wilkinson 0203 612 9624.

 

Derby & Sandiacre Canal Society:  Stanton Ironworks, gone but not forgotten by Stephen Flinders. The Wilmot Arms, 49 Derby Road, Borrowash, Derby, 7.30pm. Admission £2 members, £3 non-members.

 

May 28

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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