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Weekends to February 23

Puppet Theatre Barge: The Water Babies at At 11am and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays; plus January 22 to 24 daily at 7.30pm; January 29 to 31 daily at 7.30pm; February 17 to 21 daily at 3pm. (Relaxed performance February 17.) Floating theatre moored in Little Venice, Blomfield Road, London, W9 2PF. Children £9, concessions £10, adults £13, booking on 020 7249 6876 or www.puppetbarge.com

 

 

 

 

January 25-26

River Canal Rescue: Boat and engine maintenance course at RCR’s Baswich head office (by bridge 101 on the Staffordshire & Worcester Canal). A two-day weekend boat & engine maintenance course costs £200 and is run by RCR engineers Dave Bull and Paul Greaves on a rotational basis. To find out more visit http://www.rivercanalrescue.co.uk/rcr-courses/ email enquiries@rivercanalrescue.co.uk  or call 01785 785680.

January 26

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

 

February 1

Droitwich Waterways (Pamela Mary) Trust: Third skittles challenge evening, DWT versus WBDCS. Bromsgrove Indoor Bowling Centre, Austin Road, Bromsgrove B60 3PT. Doors open 6.15pm, practice bowling 6.30-7pm, game from 7pm; supper 8.15pm (£8.50 – booking essential). Contact Geoff Briscoe by January 26 on 01905 863857 or email geoffreybriscoe@gmail.com

February 1-2

Open day, Stoke: Bedford Street Locks, Caldon Canal, 10am to 3.30pm.  This staircase flight of locks will be drained with visitors able to access the bottom of the lock where repairs are being undertaken at locks 1 and 2. In addition, CRT will be showcasing repairs to the lock’s 200-year old brickwork.

The 40th Carole Nash Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show: Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN. www.bristolclassicbikeshow.com

 

February 2

IWA Towpath Walks Society, London: Regent’s Canal: King’s Cross – Granary Square – Camden. Meet by the taxi queue at King’s Cross, 2.30pm. Costs £10, £8 student/concs. Contact Roger Wilkinson 0203 612 9624.

 

February 4

Worcester, Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society: Railway-Canal Interchange Basins by Ian Pell. In the meeting room behind The Weighbridge, Alvechurch, B487SQ, 7.45pm. Selectioin of brass plaques for sale on a first come, first served basis, shop@wbdcs.org.uk

 

February 8-9

Open day, Anderton Boat Lift: Northwich, Cheshire, Weaver Navigation, Trent & Mersey Canal, 10am to 3pm. Guided tours to the very top of the lift and visitors will have a chance to gain access into the dry well.

CANCELLED River Canal Rescue boat and engine maintenance course: RCR Baswich head office (by bridge 101 on the Staffordshire & Worcester Canal). £200 (two days).  Enquiries to enquiries@rivercanalrescue.co.uk or call 01785 785680.

The 11th Footman James Great Western Classic Car Show: Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN. www.bristolclassiccarshows.com

 

February 11

IWA Northampton Branch: Speaker Richard Thomas presents Story of the Panama. The Walnut Tree Inn, Blisworth, 8pm.

 

IWA Chester & Mersey Branch: Talk by Liam Cooper, Midlands Region, Canal & River Trust, boating and customer services manager. At the café Ellesmere Port Boat Museum, CH65 4FW, 7.45pm.

 

 

February 14

IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch: From Mayor’s Cruise to National Festival, a celebration of more than 30 years of Canalway Cavalcade at Little Venice, by Christine Smith. Stoke-on-Trent Boat Club, Endon Wharf, Post Lane, ST9 9DU, 7.45pm for 8pm. Enquiries to 01782 772295, socialsec.nssc@waterways.org.uk

 

February 15-16

Classic Dirt Bike Show (sponsored by Hagon Shocks): International Centre, Telford, Shropshire TF3 4JH. www.classicdirtbikeshow.co.uk

 

February 16

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

 

February 18

The Rochdale Canal – From Trade to Tourism: Talk with old photos by local historian Diana Monahan. Visitors welcome £3. Todmorden Town Hall Court Room, 7.30pm.

Crofton Beam Engines winter open day: Visitors can see behind the scenes of this unique site. Guided tours. Free entry. 11am to 3pm. More details on 07879 492540 or email crofton.press@katrust.org.uk

 

February 19

IWA Lichfield: The Ribble Link and Lancaster Canal, illustrated talk by Neil Barnett. Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), WS13 8AY, 7.15pm for 7.30pm.

Basingstoke Canal Society: Jo Gosney presents 100 Years Under the Flightpath. Farnborough and the impact of aviation on the people, workplace and economy for over a century. The Parish Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Chobham, near Woking, GU248AJ, 8pm.

 

February 20

IWA Milton Keynes branch: AGM followed by Athina Beckett with an update on the Buckingham Canal. Milton Keynes Irish Centre, Manor Fields, Watling Street, Fenny Stratford, MK2 2HX, 7.45pm.

 

February 21

IWA East Yorkshire Branch: 500 Miles with a Few Diversions, a presentation about a waterway journey by Iain Campbell. Methodist Church Hall, Cottingham, HU16 4BD. 8pm. For further information contact Roger Bromley, 01482 845099, Roger.bromley@waterways.org.uk

Trent & Mersey Canal Society: Bill Walker presents Women and Children Living and Working on Canal Boats. The Red Bull Hotel, Church Lawton, ST7 3AJ, next to lock 43 on the Trent & Mersey Canal. Room open 7.30pm, talk starts 8pm.

 

February 22-23

CANCELLED River Canal Rescue electrics course: RCR Baswich head office (by bridge 101 on the Staffordshire & Worcester Canal). £250 (two days).  Enquiries to enquiries@rivercanalrescue.co.uk or call 01785 785680.

 

February 25

Derby & Sandiacre Canal Society: Commonwealth War Graves Commission by Sarah Moody. The Coach and Horses, Victoria Road, Dracott DE72 3PS, 7.30pm.

 

February 26

IWA Chiltern Branch: Nick Grundy presents Family Boating in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. Starts 8pm at Little Chalfont Village Hall, Cokes Lane, Bucks HP8 4UD.

 

 

February 29

Open day, Stanley Locks: Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Liverpool.  Heritage tour of the Stanley Lock Flight with a heritage walk between Top Lock and Stanley Dock. Possible boat trips between Bottom Lock and Princes Lock.

 

 

 

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