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August 24-25

Weedon Weekender 6: Jubilee Field, Bridge Street, Weedon Bec, NN7 4PW.  Lots happening: Fete, attractions, stalls, real ale and cider tent, outdoor church service, fun dog show, live music and entertainment.  Starts 1pm Saturday and 11am Sunday. For more information visit the Weedon Sports Association website www.weedonsa.btck.co.uk/WeedonWeekender2019  or email weedonsa@aol.co.uk

August 24-26

Glass artist Kathryn Webley: Exhibiting her hand-made canal-inspired fused glass at: IWA Festival of Water, Waltham Abbey, Lee Navigation.

August 25

Anchor Inn, Hartshill: “The Speech” live from 4pm. For more information call 02476 393444.

August 26

Sandiacre Lock Cottages: Visit these historic 1779 cottages, 11am to 3pm. Erewash Canal, Lock Lane, Sandiacre NG10 5LA. Admission free. For details contact Glyn Stenson 0780 925 1441 or glynstenson@hotmail.com (also May 19, 1.30pm to 4.30pm and May 27, 11am to 3pm).

August 31

IWA Towpath Walks Society, London: Regent’s Canal: Little Venice – Camden. Starts 10.45am from Warwick Avenue tube station. Costs £10, £8 student/concs. Contact Roger Wilkinson 0203 612 9624.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays unti August 31

Chesterfield Canal Trust: Hollingwood Hub Bazaar, new and nearly new itemsand tombola 10am-4pm. Madeline will be running trips on some days. Profits will go to Chesterfield Canal Trust. 22 Works Road, Hollingwood S43 2PF.

Weekends

Pocklington Canal: Guided walks throughout the year on the first Sunday of every month (Canal Head, 3 miles) and boat trips every Sunday and bank holiday until the end of October.

September 1
IWA Towpath Walks Society, London: Regent’s Canal: Little Venice – Camden. Starts 2.30pm from Warwick Avenue tube station. Costs £10, £8 student/concs. Contact Roger Wilkinson 0203 612 9624.

September 5
Shuttington and the Coventry Canal walk: This is an easy five-mile walk with two stiles across farmland, on pavements and along a towpath. Meet 10.15am for a 10.30am start in the car park of The Wolferstan Arms, Main Road, Shuttington, Warks B79 0DP. Contact clive.walker@waterways.org.uk

September 7

Birmingham Canal Navigations Society: Adnan Saif, Regional Director of CRT, will speak about recent changes to the CRT structure, new personnel, new initiatives and a host of other relevant news. Titford Pump House, Engine Street, Oldbury B69 4NL at 7.30pm.
River Foss Society: Nine-mile circular Selby Horseshoe canal walk. Shorter linear version also possible. Meet 10am car park of Bayton Lane YO8 9DU. Contact Bob Jowett, bob.jowett1@btopenworld.com

September 7 and 8
Glass artist Kathryn Webley: Exhibiting her handmade 
canal-inspired fused glass at: Art in the Gardens, Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Slough Canal Festival: Two days of fantastic fun for all the family with free entry, free parking, free displays and performances in the main arena and much more. At Bloom Park, Middlegreen Road, Langley. 11am to 5pm both days.

Roving Canal Traders Association: Floating market on the towpath of the Birmingham Mainline Canal alongside arena on both sides of the canal, Birmingham B1 2AA, 10am to 4pm. See website for more details https://www.rcta.org.uk

River Canal Rescue: Boat and engine maintenance course, RCR Baswich head office (by bridge 101 on the Staffordshire & Worcester Canal). £120 (two days). Enquiries to enquiries@rivercanalrescue.co.uk or call 01785 785680.

September 13 to 15
Strawberry Island Boat Club rally and festival: See www.sibc.club. For a free visitor mooring call John Foster on 07776 205250. The club is based on the South Yorkshire Navigation at Doncaster.

September 14
Retford Heritage Day: The focus this year will be on the canal. Present will be the James Brindley, Seth Ellis, Dawn Rose and Python, plus several stalls.

Kempton Park Motorcycle Autojumble: Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ. www.kemptonparkautojumble.co.uk

September 14 and 15
Etruria Industrial Museum: Vintage Stationary Engine Rally (Saturday); Classic Vehicle Rally (Sunday): At Etruria Industrial Museum, Stoke-on-Trent. Also, Jesse Shirley’s Bone and Flint Mill will be in steam, guided tours, museum, visitor centre and tea room. At the junction of the Trent & Mersey and Caldon canals. Further details from www.etruriamuseum.org.uk or 07900 267711.

Roving Canal Traders Association: Floating market on the canal towpath of Aylesbury Basin, Aylesbury, Berkshire HP20 1AL, 10am to 4pm. See website for more details https://www.rcta.org.uk

Tapton Lock Festival: Family weekend of activities including magic and puppet shows, climbing wall and canoes. Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield S41 7JB, 11am-4pm each day. Contact 01629 533020.

September 14 to 22
Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival: Guided walks along the Chesterfield Canal in Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. Organised by Chesterfield Canal Trust. See www.chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk

September 15
IWA Towpath Walks Society, London: Limehouse – Thames – Docklands. Starts 2.30pm. Meet Westferry (DLR) by cycle hire point. Costs £10, £8 student/concs. Contact Roger Wilkinson 0203 612 9624.

Hayes Canal Festival: Water activities, boats, fishing, face paint, stalls, food, live music and entertainment. At Highpoint Village, Grand Union Canal, Station Road, Hayes UB3 4FN. Noon to 5pm.

Sandiacre Lock Cottages: Visit these historic 1779 cottages, 1.30pm to 4.30pm. Erewash Canal, Lock Lane, Sandiacre NG10 5LA. Admission free. For details contact Glyn Stenson 0780 925 1441 or glynstenson@hotmail.com

September 17
Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust: Speaker to be confirmed. Royal Oak, Much Marcle, HR8 2ND, 7.30pm for 8pm.

River Foss Society: The Mark Gladwin Memorial Lecture by Dr James Comerford, University of York, on Plastic Pollution. 7pm Merchant Adventurer’s Hall.

September 18
A Narrowboat on the Trent: An illustrated talk by John Lower. 7.15pm for 7.30pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield WS13 8AY.
Roses and Castles workshop: Audlem (Shropshire Union Canal). One day, 10am to 4pm. Lunch and refreshments provided. £45. Contact jane@day-star-theatre.co.uk 01270 811330.

September 19
IWA Milton Keynes branch: Waterway videos: The Huddersfield Narrow Canal, with David Tucker. Bletchley Royal British Legion, Melrose Avenue, Bletchley MK3 6PU. 7.45pm.

September 20
IWA East Yorkshire Branch: Shipyards and Barges of the Humber. Part one, Paull, New Holland and Hull. Presented by George Robinson. Methodist Church Hall, Cottingham, HU16 4BD. 8pm. For further information contact Roger Bromley, 01482 845099, Roger.bromley@waterways.org.uk

September 21 and 22
Huddlesford Heritage Gathering: Historic narrowboats and much more. 10am to 5pm both days. Admission £5, under-12s free, free parking. At Lichfield Cruising Club, Huddlesford Junction on the Coventry Canal WS13 8PY. See heritagegathering.uk

Roses and Castles workshop: Audlem (Shropshire Union Canal). Weekend, 10am to 4pm both days. Lunch and refreshments provided. £75. Contact jane@day-star-theatre.co.uk 01270 811330.

River Canal Rescue: Electrics course. RCR Baswich head office (by bridge 101 on the Staffordshire & Worcester Canal). £150 (two days). Enquiries to enquiries@rivercanalrescue.co.uk or call 01785 785680.

September 22
’Normous Newark Autojumble: The Showground, Drove Lane, Winthorpe, Newark, NG24 2NY. www.newarkautojumble.co.uk

September 24
Derby & Sandiacre Canal Society: James Scott presents The Clan Line. The Coach and Horses, Victoria Road, Dracott DE72 3PS. 7.30pm.

September 25
IWA Chiltern Branch: David Wells presents ‘The Thames River Police, Forefathers of Modern Policing’. Starts 8pm at Little Chalfont Village Hall, Cokes Lane, Bucks HP8 4UD.

Weekends

Pocklington Canal: Guided walks throughout the year on the first Sunday of every month (Canal Head, 3 miles) and boat trips every Sunday and bank holiday until the end of October.

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