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February 24-25

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/

 

February 25

Essex Boat Jumble: Ardleigh Showground, Old Ipswich Road, Essex CO7 7QR (off A12). Opens 10am, adults £4, children/parking free. Contact Chaddock & Fox Promotions, 02392 381405/078987 771451, boatjumbles@yahoo.com, www.boat-jumbles.co.uk

Normous Newark Autojumble: Newark Showground, Newark NG24 2NY. Contact 01507 529430, exhibitions@mortons.co.uk

February 27

Derby & Sandiacre Canal Society:  Railway images around Long Eaton & East Midlands 1960-1990s by Richard Binding. The Wilmot Arms, 49 Derby Road, Borrowash, Derby, 7.30pm. Admission £2 members, £3 non-members.

February 28

IWA Chiltern:  An idle around Ironbridge with Clive and Sue Fennell. Little Chalfont Village Hall, Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont, Bucks HP8 4UD, 8pm. Contact John Brice, john.brice@waterways.org.uk

March 1

Southampton Canal Society: RNLI Saving Lives at Sea, raising awareness of beach and sea safety. Chilworth Village Hall, Chilworth, Southampton SO16 7JZ, 7.45-9.50pm. Visitors welcome. www.sotoncs.org.uk

 

March 4

Kent Boat Jumble: The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge TN12 6PY (Jct 4 M20 and Jct 5 M25). Opens 10am, adults £4, children/parking free. Contact Chaddock & Fox Promotions, 02392 381405/078987 771451, boatjumbles@yahoo.com, www.boat-jumbles.co.uk

 

IWA Towpath Walks Society, London: Regent’s Canal: King’s Cross – Granary Square – Camden. Starts King’s Cross tube station (taxi rank) at 2.30pm. Costs £10, £8 student/concs. Contact Roger Wilkinson 0203 612 9624.

 

 

March 6

Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal Society: Central Manchester Canals by Chris Makepeace. Whitefield Garrick Society Theatre, behind Porada restaurant in unnamed Bank Street. 7.30pm, non-members welcome.

 

March 7

Northern (Cheshire) Boat Jumble: Brookfield Farm, Sproston Green CW4 7LN (Jct 18 off M6). Gates open 10am, adults £3.50, children/parking free. www.compassevents.co.uk

March 8

IWA Lichfield: RAF Lichfield and canal walk. An easy five-mile walk on level ground with three stiles. Across the edge of aerodrome and joining the Coventry Canal before entering old village of Fradley. Meet 10.15am for 10.30am start at the Swan Inn, Fradley Junction DE13 7DN. Contact Clive Walker 07866 201873, clive.walker@waterways.org.uk

 

March 10

 

River Foss Society: Circular Walk from Farlington via Whenby. Meet 9.30am Blacksmith’s Arms, Farlington. Contact Bob Jowett 01904 764702, bob.jowett1@btopenworld.com

 

Kempton Park Motorcycle Autojumble: Kempton Park, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex TW16 5AQ. Opens 9.30am. Adults £6, concessions £5, under 12s free. Contact 01507 529430, exhibitions@mortons.co.uk

 

March 11

Friends of Cromford Canal: Mother’s Day boat trip from Cromford Wharf 2pm. Mothers travel free.

 

March 13

IWA Chester & Merseyside: AGM followed by Andrew Watts of the Etruria Boat Group talking about narrowboats Lindsay and Keppel. Holiday Inn (Mercer Suite), Ellesmere Port CH65 2AL, 7.45pm. 
www.waterways.org.uk/chester

 

IWA Northampton: AGM followed by speaker Dean Hawkey from Daventry Canal Association. Walnut Tree Inn, Blisworth, 8pm. www.waterways.org.uk/northampton

 

 

March 14

IWA Warwickshire: AGM followed by Taking ‘Mad Hatter’ – ‘Down the Drain’ by Richard Sanders. The Sports Connexion, Ryton-on-Dunsmore CV8 3FL, 7 for 7.30pm. Visitors welcome. www.waterways.org.uk/warwickshire

 

March 15

IWA Chester & Merseyside walks:  Trent & Mersey Canal, Budworth Mere and Neumann’s Flash. Canal walk with two lakes and acres of delightful woodland and a circuit of Marbury Country Park. Suitable for everyone with no stiles but a few kissing gates. Meet at 10am for 10.15am start at the Salt Barge pub, car park behind. Grid ref: SJ 670 755.  If you are using a SatNav, enter the post code CW9 6ES or the co-ordinates: 53.27519, 002.49582. Refreshments and toilets at the pub. Contact 07746 955931, derek.smith@waterways.org.uk

 

IWA Milton Keynes: The  Caledonian Canal with Tim Armstrong. Royal British Legion Hall, off Melrose Avenue, West Bletchley, MK3 6PU, opens 7.30pm.  www.waterways.org.uk

 

 

March 16

Trent & Mersey Canal Society: Cruising on Remote Waterways by trailboater Derek Smith.  The Big Lock, Webbs Lane, Middlewich, Cheshire  CW10 9DN, 7.30 for 8pm. Contact Gillian Watson 01606 835606

 

IWA Notts & Derby: Getting About by Bob Massey. Rushcliffe Arena, Rugby Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7HY, 7.45pm. Non-members welcome.

 

IWA East Yorkshire: Branch AGM followed by Waterways Extremities, the ends of things by Peter Scott. Methodist Church Hall, Cottingham HU16 4BD, 8pm. Contact Roger Bromley 01482 845099, roger.bromley@waterways.org.uk

 March 17

Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust: Fun quiz night with question mistress Jayne Preston at Boley Park Community Centre, 7 Ryknild Street, Lichfield WS14 9XU with doors opening at 7pm ready for a prompt start at 7.30pm, non-members welcome. Bring your own drinks and nibbles, tickets £5, must be booked by March 5, contact Sue Williams 01543 671427/07968 168728, suzi_williams@hotmail.com  or team bookings can be made online at www.LHCRT.org.uk/quiz.htm

March 17-18

UK Spring Motorhome & Caravan Show: Newark Showground, Newark NG24 2NY. Contact 01507 529430, exhibitions@mortons.co.uk

 

River Canal Rescue: Electrics course with electrical specialist 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/

 

 

 

March 18

Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association: Sandiacre Lock Cottage open, 1.30-4.30pm. Admission and refreshments free, donations appreciated towards costs of opening cottages. Due to historic nature of cottages disabled access is limited. Special openings can be arranged, contact Glyn Stenson 0780 925 1441, glynstenson@hotmail.com

IWA Towpath Walks Society, London: Grand Union Canal: Little Venice and Paddington Green. Starts Paddington Bakerloo tube station (Praed Street exit) at 2.30pm. Costs £10, £8 student/concs. Contact Roger Wilkinson 0203 612 9624.

 

March 19

IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcester: AGM followed by presentation from Phil Clayton. Coombeswood Canal Trust, Hawne Basin, Hereward Rise, Halesowen B62 8AWk, 7.15 for 7.30pm. Visitors welcome. Contact Dave Pearson 01299 404273/07527 197842, dave@daveapearson.com

 

Friends of Cromford Canal: Roses and Castles by Suzzie Litton-Wood. Ironville Church Hall, Casson Street, Ironville NG16 5NN, 7.30pm. Admission £2, bar, raffle, tea and coffee available. All welcome.

 

March 20

Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust: Boaters’ Craft Group from Gloucester Waterways Museum demonstrating some of their craft. Royal Oak, Much Marcle HR8 2ND, 7.30 for 8pm. Visitors welcome.

 

 

IWA Lichfield: AGM and social evening followed by IWA national chairman Ivor Caplan talking on rebranding and IWA’s future direction with chance to ask questions. Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane, Lichfield WS13 8AY. 7.15 for 7.30pm. www.waterways.org.uk

 

Basingstoke Canal Society: Whitchurch Silk Mill by Deborah Wheeler. Parish Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Station Road, Chobham, Woking, Surrey GU24 8AJ, 8pm. Coffee/tea and biscuits available in the interval, raffle and retiring collection. Non-members very welcome.

 

 

March 22

IWA Kent & Sussex: Narrowboating in tidal waters by Nick Grundy. Christ Church United Reform Church, High Street, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1SG, 7.30 for 8pm. www.waterways.org.uk

 

 

 

March 24

Dorset Boat Jumble: Canford Park Arena, Magna Road, Poole BH21 3AP. Opens 10am, adults £4, children/parking free. Contact Chaddock & Fox Promotions, 02392 381405/078987 771451, boatjumbles@yahoo.com, www.boat-jumbles.co.uk

 

March 24-25

Day-Star Theatre: Roses & Castles workshop weekend at The Old Stables, Bottom Lock, Audlem, Cheshire CW3 0HA, 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: 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/

 

March 27

Derby & Sandiacre Canal Society:  My Derbyshire Life by Ashley Franklin. The Wilmot Arms, 49 Derby Road, Borrowash, Derby, 7.30pm. Admission £2 members, £3 non-members.

 

March 28

IWA Chiltern:  AGM followed by ploughman’s supper and social evening. Little Chalfont Village Hall, Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont, Bucks HP8 4UD, 8pm. Contact John Brice, john.brice@waterways.org.uk

 

March 29

IWA Lancashire & Cumbria: Ampere in Ireland or ‘Mummy is that a submarine?’ by Malcolm and Barbara Bridge. St Chads Parish Centre, 235 Town Lane, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley PR6 8AJ, 7 for 7.30pm. Parking and bar available. Contact: 01257 274440, lancsandcumbria@waterways.org.uk

 

March 30-April 2

St Pancras Cruising Club: Easter Cruise. The London Ring via the beer festival in The Fox at Hanwell. Details: Andrew Phasey 07850 753633, vicecommodore@stpancrascc.co.uk

April 1

Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association: Sandiacre Lock Cottage open, 1.30-4.30pm. Admission and refreshments free, donations appreciated towards costs of opening cottages. Due to historic nature of cottages disabled access is limited. Special openings can be arranged, contact Glyn Stenson 0780 925 1441, glynstenson@hotmail.com

 

 

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