As well as all the dates listed below, our local IWA Branch holds many varied and interesting events, most of which raise funds to help us to restore our canals. They are a great bunch and deserve our support. You might also like to consider joining the IWA, as this too helps fund our restoration. For more information and to see our local upcoming IWA events, click here to go to the IWA website.
Saturday 14th April 2018
FREE RESTORATION WORKSHOP RUN JOINTLY BY IWA AND CRT
This year's theme is "Restoring Confidence" and will take place at South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy
For full details: click here (external link) If you are interested in going please contact your Work Party Leader to arrange a booking.
Saturday 21st April 2018
IWA DUDLEY TUNNEL TRIP
We need to have at least 25 confirmed bookings for this trip to be viable, so please reserve your places as soon as possible. This is a great opportunity to join us on a spectacular tour of the limestone mines and caverns exploring 428 million years of history along 2,888 metres of the Dudley Tunnel.
Also included: explanations of how the limestone was originally formed and emerged from the earth's crust, how the fossilised remains of small creatures and plants which are now clearly visible in Castle Mill's coral reef once lay under the sea bed, and how miners worked in the tunnels in the 18th century. Plus, a music and light show in the Singing Cavern.
Please make your own way to Dudley and meet promptly at 10.45am in the visitor car park, where a coach will take us to the boat for an 11am departure. After the two-hour boat trip, we will return to the Visitor Centre, where the Gongoozler Restaurant provides refreshments or where you can buy a ticket to visit the Open Air museum.
The Centre is located at 501 Birmingham New Road, Dudley DY1 4SB. By car it's just ten minutes from Junction 2 of the M5 where brown signs will direct you to 'Dudley Canal Tunnel and Limestone Mines'. The nearest train stations are Tipton or Dudley Port (both approximately a 30-minute walk away).
As mentioned, the organisation of this group tour is a little tricky due to limitations on the minimum and maximum booking numbers, so please help us by booking right away. Simply send a cheque for the special concessionary price of £12.50 per person, payable to The Inland Waterways Association, to Wyndcliff, Pen-y-Garreg Lane, Pant, Oswestry SY10 8JS with your name and email address.
Bookings are on a first come, first served basis and must close by Friday 6th April.
Contact: Dawn Aylwin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 29th April 2018
NEWPORT PADDLE DAY
Black Shed 09:30 - Boats meet and unload
10:00 - Paddle West (Downhill) for litter picking (a little towpath help required)
11:00 - Paddle east form black shed, more towpath help required for more litter
12:30 - Meretown lock, alight from boats. (Boat sitter needed) - walk to inspect the latest work at Forton, to be met with
13:30 - Soup and hot dogs.
14:30 - head back
For further information or to let us know you are interested/coming to this event please email Barry Witts
Saturday 5th May to Bank Holiday Monday, 7th May 2018
NORBURY CANAL FESTIVAL
at Norbury Junction, The Shropshire Union Canal, Staffordshire ST20 0PN
Stall holders Booking Form available here
All boat moorings are now fully booked. If you wish to be added to a waiting list please fill in the Boat Booking Form and return it with your cheque which will be returned if your booking is unsuccessful. Boat booking Form available here
Further details will be posted here as we get them.
Saturday and Sunday 12th and 13th May 2018
WRG SHREWSBURY WEEKEND CAMP
Saturday 2nd June 2018
Sunday 3rd June 2018
SHREWSBURY RIVER FESTIVAL
SNCT to share a stand/gazebo with IWA.
Saturday 9th June 2018
Saturday and Sunday, 11th and 12th August 2018
Tern Valley Vintage Machine Show
Saturday 18 August 2018
Newport Nocturne Cycle Race
SNCT may well be having a "bucket" collection at this event. If you would like to volunteer for this please contact Bernie Jones.
Sunday 9th September 2018
Tickethouse Garden Event
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October 2018
IWA SHOWCASE EVENT
at Liverpool Dock aboard "Danny". Volunteers are needed to man the stand please. If you can help, please contact Bernie Jones