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December 11

IWA Chester & Mersey Branch: Christmas party, and Dan Cross will give a talk on the steam tug Daniel Adamson. At the café Ellesmere Port Boat Museum, CH65 4FW, 7.45pm.

 

December 12

IWA Chiltern Branch: Christmas party. Starts 8pm at Little Chalfont Village Hall, Cokes Lane, Bucks HP8 4UD.

 

December 13

IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch: A presentation on The History of Cromford Mills and Sir Richard Arkwright. Stoke-on-Trent Boat Club, Endon Wharf, Post Lane, ST9 9DU, 7.45pm for 8pm.

 

December 14

Santa Claus at Sandiacre Lock Cottages: Visit these historic 1779 cottages and meet Santa, 10.30am to 3.30pm. To make an appointment contact Molly at the Cottage, email cottagesanta@gmail.com  Erewash Canal, Lock Lane, Sandiacre NG10 5LA. Admission free. For details contact Glyn Stenson 0780 925 1441 or glynstenson@hotmail.com

 

December 14 and 15

Stourbridge Navigation Trust Santa Boat Trips: Bonded Warehouse, Canal Street, Stourbridge, DY8 4LU. Tickets £9.50 each. Booking essential on 01384 395216.

 

December 15

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

 

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

 

December 18

Basingstoke Canal Society: Film evening, from the BCS archives, about one of the last commercial voyages from the Wey Navigation into London’s Royal Docks. The Parish Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Chobham, near Woking, GU248AJ.

 

December 19

IWA Milton Keynes branch: Christmas social (pre-booked ticket event). Milton Keynes Irish Centre, Manor Fields, Watling Street, Fenny Stratford, MK2 2HX. 7.45pm.

 

December 21, 22 and 23

Stourbridge Navigation Trust Santa Boat Trips: Bonded Warehouse, Canal Street, Stourbridge, DY8 4LU. Tickets £9.50 each. Booking essential on 01384 395216.

December 22

Canal & River Trust: Winter warmer walk along the Grantham Canal. Meet outside the Anchor, Plungar, at 10.30am, wellies recommended. Members of the Grantham Canal Society will be joining to talk about their recent work to restore the canal for boats while preserving it as a space for nature. For information email danielduheame@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Weekends December 7 to January 6

Puppet Theatre Barge: Double bill of The Three Little Pigs plus Captain Grimey: At 11am and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays, plus Friday, December 20 at 5pm and Monday 23, Friday 27, Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 at 11am and 3pm. (Captioned performance December 7 at 3pm; relaxed performance December 22 at 11am.) 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 1

Somerset Waterways Volunteers: New Year’s Day walk. Meet at 1.30pm to commerce walking at 1.45pm prompt at the canal car park, Bull St, Creech St Michael, Taunton TA3 5PW. We plan to walk along the towpath to Cogload Junction and return which is around 4 miles in total. We were not able to book a venue for refreshments however not far from our starting point: The New Mill Inn 102, Bridgwater Rd, Bathpool, Taunton TA2 8BE which is located on the  (A38) main road will be open before and after the walk for those who may require food,hot and cold drinks, tel 01823 335258. For further information contact Mike: mdslade8@gmail.com mobile 07977263840

January 1

IWA Lichfield: New Year’s Day walk; Alrewas and the Trent & Mersey Canal. An easy 4.5-mile walk. Meet 10.30 for 10.45am start in the car park of the Crown Inn, 7 Post Office Road, Alrewas, DE13 7BS. Contact Clive Walker on 07866 201873 or clive.walker@waterways.org.uk

IWA Towpath Walks Society, London: Regent’s Canal: King’s Cross – Granary Square – St Pancras. Meet by the taxi queue at King’s Cross, 2pm. Costs £10, £8 student/concs. Contact Roger Wilkinson 0203 612 9624.

 

January 4

IWA Shrewsbury and North Wales: Winter Walk. Montgomery Canal towpath, approx 2.5 miles. Meet at  9.45am at Queen’s Head Hotel Car Park, SY11 4EB – just off the A5 and canalside in north Shropshire. Walkers: Arrange car share to Canal Central, Maesbury Marsh, SY10 8JG, leaving remaining cars at Queen’s Head. Park cars at Canal Central and have a drink. Set off at 10.30am to walk along canal towpath towards Queen’s Head. Lunch at Queen’s Head. Car-share to collect cars from Canal Central. Pre-book with Alan or Susan on 01743 359650 or email: susan.wilding@waterways.org.uk

 

January 5

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

 

January 11 and 12

The Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic: Newark Showground, NG24 2NY. www.newarkclassicbikeshow.com

 

January 14

IWA Chester & Mersey Branch: Colin Greenall on the restoration of the Sankey Canal. At the café Ellesmere Port Boat Museum, CH65 4FW, 7.45pm.

IWA Northampton Branch: Speaker Roger Butler presents A West Midland Circuit, 49 Years On. Meeting at The Walnut Tree Inn, Blisworth, 8pm.

 

January 15

IWA Lichfield: Raymond and Nutfield, an illustrated talk by Christopher Jones and Nick Lake of the Friends of Raymond charity. 7.15pm for 7.30pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane, Lichfield, WS13 8AY.

Basingstoke Canal Society: When London had an inland port, by Lester Hillman. The Parish Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Chobham, near Woking, GU248AJ.

 

January 16

IWA Milton Keynes branch: Grain Trade to Coxes Mill, with Di Murrell. Milton Keynes Irish Centre, Manor Fields, Watling Street, Fenny Stratford, MK2 2HX, 7.45pm.

 

January 17

IWA East Yorkshire: The Bridgewater Underground Canals, by Paul Waddington. At the Methodist Church Hall, Cottingham, HU16 4BD, 8pm. For further information contact Roger Bromley 01482 845099 roger.bromley@waterways.org.uk

Trent & Mersey Canal Society: Down South, by Phil Clayton. London, Lee and Stort, River Thames and River Wey. The Red Bull Hotel, Church Lawton, ST7 3AJ, next to lock 43 on the Trent & Mersey Canal. Room open 7.30pm, talk starts 8pm.

 

January 18

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

 

January 19

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

 

January 21

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

Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust: Strategy discussions. Hear the latest thinking and give your input. Royal Oak, Much Marcle, HR8 2ND, 7.30pm for 8pm.

 

January 22

IWA Chiltern Branch: South o’ the River, London’s Cradle of Power, by Jeremy Batch. Starts 8pm at Little Chalfont Village Hall, Cokes Lane, Bucks HP8 4UD.

 

January 26

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

 

 

Weekends January 15 to February 23

Puppet Theatre Barge: The Water Babies. At At 11am and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays; plus January 15 to 17 daily at 7.30pm; 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

 

 

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