All events

A complete list of all BCNS events planned

We have revised our web presence, using the these pages for a diary of events, and http://bcnsociety.com for all other pages and news events.  All events have a Return to main site link to (surprisingly enough) return you to the main site.

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  • Thursday 04 May 2017

    My Early Boating Years

    A talk by Mike Rolfe BCNS Workparty Organiser on his early Hire boating experiences on various canals in the 60's and 70's

    Last Updated: 09 Nov 16

  • Saturday 06 May 2017

    Preparations for the Titford Rally

    Preparing the site for the summer rally, at Titford Pump House, Engine Street, Oldbury B69 4NL.

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    • Venue:Titford Pump House
    • Time:10:00
    • Contact:Mike Rolfe
    • Phone:07763171735

    Last Updated: 10 Jan 17

  • Saturday 06 May 2017

    Titford Canal Litter picking work party

    Join in with Langley Waterside Care on a regular programme of cleanups on the towpath of the Titford Canal, and round Titford Pools, on the first Saturday of each month, from 10:30am until 12:30 pm

    All equipment will be provided. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. It is essential that you wear sturdy footwear and under 16’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    Meet at Sandwell Irish Community Association, Langley Park Lodge Community Centre, on Langley High Street. 

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    Last Updated: 13 Feb 17

  • Friday 12 May 2017 - Friday 19 May 2017

    BCNS Explorer Cruise May 2017

    Experience the northern reaches of the Birmingham Canal Navigation system with fellow boaters and visit the CRT workshops at Bradley, including historical talk and presentation en route.

    There are still a few places left on this trip.

    Friday evening 12th May, meet at Tipton
    With the closure of Pinfold Bridge on the W&E until the end of May, this cruise is now starting in Tipton.

    Meet and moor on visitor moorings either side of Tipton moorings beside and opposite the Neptune Centre.

    After an informal evening gathering on the embankment side of the Neptune Centre (John the lock moorings) we plan an evening get together at the Fountain pub (By Owen Street bridge)

    Saturday 13th May, Tipton to Ocker Hill (5 miles 11 locks 5 hrs)
    Boats to leave Tipton on the Old Main Line and join the New Main Line via Factory or Brades Locks (3), turn on the New Main Line to Pudding Green Junction then left on the Wednesbury Old Canal to Ryders Green Junction, descend the Ryders Green (8) locks to Ocker Hill Junction. Here turn right on the Tame Valley Canal and moor on the right hand side before Golds Hill Bridge.

    Sunday 14th May, to Longwood(6.5 miles 9 locks 5 hrs)
    Leave moorings and continue on the Tame Valley canal to Rushall Junction, here turn left and join the Rushall Canal. Ascend the Rushall (9) locks to Longwood Junction. Moor at the Longwood Boatclub where a Chinese take-away meal and historical talk/presentation are planned in the clubhouse.

    Monday 15th May, to Pelsall Common (8 miles 0 locks 4 Hours)
    We leave moorings and continue on the Daw End Canal through Walsall Wood to Catshill Junction, (here boaters wishing to explore the Anglesey Reservoir can turn right on the Anglesey Branch) Turn or return at Catshill Junction, now on the Wyrley & Essington Canal continue through Brownhills to Pelsall Common. We moor on the spacious Pelsall Common.

    Tuesday 16th May, to Walsall (7 miles 8 locks 5 hrs)
    Continue on the W&E Canal through Bloxwitch to Birchills Junction, Turn left on the Walsall Canal and descend the Walsall (8) locks then turn left on the town arm and moor in the basin.

    Wednesday 17th May, to Moorcroft Junction (4 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)
    We leave Walsall town back to the junction then turn left on the Walsall Canal travelling through Pleck, Darlaston and Moxley to Moorcroft Junction. Boats to moor between Willingsworth Hall Bridge and Monway Bridge. An afternoon 1.5 mile leisurely walk to the Bradley workshops lock gate manufacturing facility. During this walk and visit we will be joined by a local canal historian. We plan to walk on a well-defined footpath up the remaining lock flight levels, then on the original canal embankment to the Bradley workshops where we will be met by CRT staff and allowed to tour the lock gate manufacturing facility. After the visit, an optional detour around the Wednesbury Oak Loop and Gospel Oak Branch will take us back to our moorings. Weather permitting this is good spot for DIY BBQ and our fundraising raffle.

    Thursday 18th May, to Tipton (6 miles 11 locks 6-7 hrs)
    We leave moorings, continue on past Ocker Hiil to the Ryders Green Locks, here ascend the Ryders Green (8) Locks to Ryders Green Junction. Now on the Wednesbury Old Canal continue on towards Pudding Green Junction then turn right on the Birmingham New Main Line ascending any of the 3 rise locks to the Old Main Line and moor again at Tipton. Here we plan to hold a final get together at one of the local pubs.

    Friday 19th May, to Titford (4 miles 6 locks 3-4 hrs)
    Morning historical talk to be held at the Tipton library. After the talk, leave Tipton Green and continue back towards Birmingham on the Old Main Line to Oldbury Junction. Turn right to ascend the Oldbury locks (aka The Crow) BCNS lock wheelers will be on hand to assist on this flight and give advice on mooring for the rally. For those wishing to visit the Titford pools, advice on travelling there will be given.

    Last Updated: 31 Mar 17

  • Friday 19 May 2017 - Sunday 21 May 2017

    Titford Pumphouse Rally

    Come and join us at the Titford Rally.   

    Download an entry form from here.

    The Titford Pumphouse Rally is at the top of the Titford Locks at Tat Bank junction.

    We will be repeating last years successful Titford Pools cruises.

    There will be a real ale bar, (beer from “Ma Pardoe’s – aka the Old Swan at Netherton), with stalls, music and fun.

    The pumphouse address is  Engine Street, Oldbury, B69 4NL, off the Tat Bank Road.

    If you want to come by train, Langley Green Station is a few hundred yards away, on the line from Birmingham Moor Street to Stourbridge.  Turn right coming out of the station, on to Western Road.  Turn left at Tat Bank Road, and left again at Engine Street. 

    By buses number 128 (Birmingham to Blackheath),and 89 (Birmingham to Blackheath via Dudley Road) go down Tat Bank Road past Engine Street, bus 120 (Birmingham to Dudley) turns off  Tat Bank Road at Western Road, before Engine Street, passing Langley Green station.  

    This is probably the quickest bus from Birmingham, but the walk to the pumphouse is a little longer.

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    Last Updated: 15 Jan 17

  • Saturday 27 May 2017 - Sunday 28 May 2017

    BCNS 24 hour Marathon Challenge 2017

    This year is the 50th year of the BCN Marathon Challenge - first run by the IWA in 1967!

    Start planning your routes now - start anywhere on the BCN that you wish, and finish at Titford Pump House.

    The event is open to everyone with a boat licensed for use on British Waterways canals.  Historic working boats and pairs are welcome.

    A friendly competition, starting at 08:00 on 27 May, wherever on the BCNS you want to start, and finishing at 14:00 on 28 May at Titford Pumphouse with a compulsory 6 hours rest.

    The winner is determined by a point system, with extra points for full length boats, butties, small crews, cruising the lesser travelled parts of the BCN.  

    Links to the information, rules and the entry form will be added later.

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    Last Updated: 21 Oct 16

  • Saturday 03 June 2017

    Titford Canal Towpath Cleanup

    Join in with Langley Waterside Care on a regular programme of cleanups on the towpath of the Titford Canal, and round Titford Pools, on the first Saturday of each month, from 10:30am until 12:30 pm

    All equipment will be provided. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. It is essential that you wear sturdy footwear and under 16’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    Meet at Sandwell Irish Community Association, Langley Park Lodge Community Centre, on Langley High Street. 

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    Last Updated: 27 Mar 17

  • Friday 09 June 2017 - Saturday 17 June 2017

    BCNS Explorer Cruise June 2017

    This cruise is full, with a waiting list, so you are probably too late to experience the northern reaches of the Birmingham Canal Navigation system with fellow boaters and visit the CRT workshops at Bradley, including historical talk and presentation en route.

    Friday evening 9th June, meet at Wolverhampton visitor moorings either side of Broad Street bridge. An informal evening gathering on the embankment at side of moorings above the Wolverhampton top lock is planned. Evening get together at the Great Western pub in Sun Street.

    Day 1 Saturday 10th June, to Pelsall Junction
    (14 miles 0 locks 5 hrs)
    Leave Wolverhampton and turn on to the Wyrley & Essington canal, travel through Wednesfield, Sneyd, Goscote, Little Bloxwich and moor at Pelsall Common.

    Day 2 Sunday 11th June, to Anglesey basin
    (5 miles 0 locks 2 hrs)
    Leave Pelsall Junction and continue to Catshill Junction, Turn left on the Anglesey branch and moor in Anglesey Basin.

    Day 3 Monday 12th June, to Longwood Junction
    (8 miles 0 locks, 3 hours)
    Leave moorings and return to Catshill Junction to take the Daw End canal to Longwood Junction where a fish & chips evening and Historical talk/presentation is planned at the Longwood Boat Club.

    Day 4 Tuesday 13th June, to Moorcroft Junction
    (8 miles 9 locks 6 hrs) Leave the Longwood Boat Club and descend the Rushall locks (assisted by BCNS lock-wheelers), turn right at Rushall Junction onto the Tame Valley canal to Ocker Hill. Turn right on the Walsall canal and moor at Moorcroft Junction.

    Day 5 Wednesday 14th June, to Walsall
    (4 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)
    A morning 1.5 mile leisurely walk to the Bradley workshops lock gate manufacturing facility. During this walk and visit we will be joined by a local canal historian. We plan to walk on a well defined footpath up the remaining lock flight levels, then on the original canal embankment to the Bradley workshops where we will be met by CRT staff and allowed to tour the lock gate manufacturing facility. After the visit, an optional detour around the Wednesbury Oak Loop and Gospel Oak Branch will take us back to our moorings. We plan to leave moorings early afternoon and travel to Walsall town basin.
    Day 6 Thursday 15th June, to Wednesfield Junction
    (8 miles 8 locks 6-7 hrs)
    Leave Walsall town basin and ascend Walsall locks (here again we will be assisted by BCNS lock-wheelers), turn left at Birchills Junction and continue on the Wyrley & Essington canal. Moor in or around the Bentley Arm outside the Nickelodeon pub.

    Day 7 Friday 16th June, to Tipton
    (7 miles 0 locks 2-3 hrs)
    From Wednesfield Junction continue on to Horseley Fields Junction then turn left on the Birmingham Old Main Line and continue towards Tipton. Moor adjacent to the Neptune Centre at Tipton Green.

    Day 8 Saturday 17th June, to Titford
    (4 miles 6 locks 3-4 hrs)
    Morning historical talk to be held at the Tipton library. After the talk, leave Tipton Green and continue back towards Birmingham on the Old Main Line to Oldbury Junction. Turn right to ascend the Oldbury locks (aka The Crow) BCNS lock wheelers will assist on this flight and give advice on mooring. A final get together evening with a Chinese takeaway and bar at the Titford Pumphouse is planned.

    For those wishing to visit the Titford pools, advice on travelling there will be given.

    Last Updated: 28 Mar 17

  • Saturday 10 June 2017

    The Idle Women of the Waterways

    A double bill of theatre, poetry and music to whisk you back to the days of World War II when a shortage of crews to keep the working boats going brought a new breed of boater to the canal.

    Young women, later nicknamed ‘Idle Women’, took on the challenge of managing a pair of 72ft narrow boats and 50 tons of cargo.

    To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the start of the women’s training scheme, Kate Saffin and Heather Wastie will bring Isobel’s War and Idle Women and Judies to waterside (and nearby) venues, recreating the journey the women took (London-Birmingham-Coventry-London).

    Travelling with the show will be historic narrow boat Tench steered and crewed by women.

    Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

    Watch the video to learn more…The Idle Women: Recreating the Journey 

    Cost £5, pay at the door.  Reserve your tickets at Eventbrite or by phoning the number below.

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    • Venue:Titford Pumphouse
    • Time:18:30
    • Contact:Kate Saffin
    • Phone:07465238063

    Last Updated: 14 Apr 17

  • Saturday 24 June 2017

    River & Canal Historical Society Conference

    The Ninth Waterways History Conference “Waterways Research?”

    http://www.rchs.org.uk/events/9th-waterways-history-conference/

    Saturday 24th June 2017 1000 – 1630
    The Noble Room, The Staff House University of Birmingham
    (Adjacent to University Station)
    Cost £22, including Coffee and Lunch.

    Contact Fabian Hiscock for a booking form - or follow this link.

    The provisional programme is:-
    0930 Registration 
    1000 Opening Admin, welcome and Introduction
    Chairman, Tony Hirst OBE

    Session 1 - Waterways History Research
    Dr Paul Sillitoe
    Mike Clarke, President, RCHS
    Dr Jodie Matthews, Honorary Research Fellow, NWM

    Session 2 - Researching the People
    Prof Timothy Peters, Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham
    Lorna York, NWM Stoke Bruerne

    Buffet Lunch.

    Session 3 – Researching the Waterways
    Ray Shill & Brian Goggin

    Session 4 Outlines of on-going research-related topics.

    General Discussion – A Way Ahead for Waterways History Research.

    16.30 Closing Remarks – Chairman.

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    Last Updated: 11 Apr 17

  • Saturday 01 July 2017

    Clean and tidy up Titford Canal and Pools

    We join Langley Waterside Care to help clean up Titford Canal and towpath.

    Meet at Langley Park Lodge Community Centre on Langley High Street.

    Wear sturdy footware.  Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.  All kit needed is provided.

    Join us on the first Saturday of every month, from 10:30 to 12:30

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    Last Updated: 27 Mar 17

  • Friday 21 July 2017 - Monday 24 July 2017

    Pump House booked for JMRI course

    Pumphouse in use for JMRI Course. 

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    Last Updated: 15 Apr 17

  • Saturday 29 July 2017 - Saturday 05 August 2017

    WRG work camp at Selly Oak

    Last summer WRG volunteers started work to repair the towpath wall at Harborne Wharf.

    Over the years the wall has deteriorated significantly with brickwork missing and several sections being undermined.In 2017 they will continue repair work, strengthen existing foundations and repair damaged brickwork.

    Volunteers will also clear vegetation around the Selly Oak Park Bridge, one of the oldest surviving original canal bridges in Birmingham, in preparation for archaeological investigations.

    Led by Ian Gaston, with accommodation at Stonehouse Gang Youth Club.  
    (Cost £70)

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    Last Updated: 02 Jan 17

  • Thursday 03 August 2017

    A Walk with Ray Shill

    Details in a future Boundary Post

    Last Updated: 09 Nov 16

  • Thursday 07 September 2017

    The Work of an Urban Wildlife Trust

    James Astley from the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust describes the ways in which the Trust works to create a Living Landscape in Birmingham and the Black Country for the benefit of wildlife and people.

    Last Updated: 09 Nov 16

  • Friday 08 September 2017 - Sunday 10 September 2017

    Black Country Boating Festival

    Details will be on the The Black Country Boating Festival website 

    and BCBF Facebook Page.facebook. 

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    • Venue:Windmill End
    • Contact:Paddy Grice
    • Phone:0844 800 5076
    • Email:paddy@bcbf.com

    Last Updated: 24 Sep 16

  • Thursday 05 October 2017

    A Northerner on Northern Waters

    Phil Clayton shares with us his experiences on some of our northern waterways including a trip from Liverpool to Leeds. 

    Last Updated: 09 Nov 16

  • Thursday 09 November 2017

    More BCN in Pictures

    A further look at familiar and not so familiar places and the boats around the BCN from Martin O'Keeffe's photographic collection.

    Last Updated: 09 Nov 16

  • Friday 01 December 2017

    Christmas Social 2017

    The BCNS Christmas Dinner for 2017 will be on Friday December 1st. 

    More details later.

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    Last Updated: 09 Jan 17

  • Saturday 28 July 2018

    Fifty years since the BCN Society was formed

    It is fifty years to the day since the BCN Society was formed, at a meeting in a pub in Walsall.

    We will be celebrating this anniversary - more details to follow.

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    • Venue:Walsall

    Last Updated: 24 Sep 16

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