22 November 2015
AS THE Canal & River Trust begins a £3.5 million restoration and repair programme this winter on historic canals across Yorkshire and the North East, the future of the region’s waterways comes under the spotlight at an event taking place in Castleford on Thursday (November 26).
The annual meeting of the Trust’s North East Waterway Partnership will enable people to discuss how, 200 years after they were built, the region’s canals and rivers can contribute to all areas of day-to-day life.
The public meeting will take place at The Wheatsheaf, Conference & Banqueting Centre, Altofts Lane, Whitwood, Castleford from 12noon until 2pm. To book a place at the North East Waterway Partnership Annual Meeting go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/meetings.
14 November 2015.
WORK has begun to repair a 200-year old embankment on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Calverley, Leeds.
The £650,000 project is being carried out by the Canal & River Trust to repair some unstable lengths of retaining wall alongside the canal towpath.
10 November 2015.
THE Waterways Ombudsman, Andrew Walker, has issued his Annual Report for 2014/15.
The Report shows that, while the number of complaints entering the Trust’s complaint process fell from 232 to 185, the number coming to the Ombudsman remained broadly stable. During the year the Ombudsman received 62 enquiries about the Trust (up from 54 the previous year). 16 new investigations were opened (up from 14) and 14 investigations were completed (down from 15).
21 October 2015.
DUDLEY Canal Trust’s new multi-million pound visitor centre, ‘The Portal’, opened to visitors this week.
The new centre features an interactive exhibition in the Biffa Award Gallery, a new restaurant, a large gift shop and space for school workshops, community events and wedding receptions.
7 October 2015.
DEVON County Council has invested over £60,000 in a new boat to help rangers deal with the increasing problem of weed growth in the Grand Western Canal.
The canal and country park, which is managed by the County Council, is surrounded by farmland, which means the water is nutrient rich and excessive amounts of water plants and algae grow.
Boat trips at Whitchurch
31 August 2015.
THE Small Tasks Team Volunteers will be operating free boat trips at the Whitchurch Waterway Rally over the weekend of September 5-6 on the Whitchurch Arm of the Llangollen Canal at Chemistry.
The free entry event is open from 10am-4pm each day and there will also be lots of stalls and entertainment as well as a dog show at 2pm on the Sunday afternoon.
31 July 2015.
THE Macclesfield Canal in Cheshire has become the first canal to be awarded Keep Britain Tidy’s coveted Green Flag Award - the mark of a quality green space.
The 26 mile canal is one of 239 parks and green spaces across the North West to fly the flag, after being judged to be some of the best in the country.
Canal Crafts Day at Hawne Basin
20 July 2015.
YOUNG people aged from 8 to 16 years can try their hands at traditional canal crafts at Hawne Basin at Halesowen on the BCN on Wednesday July 29.
Activities will include spider web embroidery, rose and castle painting, rag-rugging, fender making, rope work and scumbling from 10am-3pm.
Cost £5 per person, for more information contact Mick at email@example.com or call 07447 497765.
19 July 2015.
NEXT year's Shire Horse Society National Show will take place at a new venue - Bingley Hall in the centre of Staffordshire County Showground.
The move is being made to cater for increasing visitor numbers to the show, who are keen to support the iconic breed which a few decades ago was in danger of dying out.
18 July 2015.
CASTLE Marinas Ltd is inviting its dog-owning customers to enter a photo competition with the chance to win one of five Doggie Delight Hampers.
They are being asked to send in, by email, their best quality photographs of themselves with their dogs and their boats.
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