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 02 March 2017

    Birmingham City Centre back in Time

    An illustrated Talk by Keith Clenton Local Historian and Author looking back at Birmingham using photographs from the Birmingham Lives Carl Chinn Archive

    Last Updated: 09 Nov 16

  • Saturday 04 March 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

  • Saturday 11 March 2017

    Work party

    Work party - clearing the canal somewhere around the BCN.  More details later.

     

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    • Venue:TBC
    • Time:09:00
    • Contact:Mike Rolfe

    Last Updated: 10 Jan 17

  • Saturday 11 March 2017

    Work Party

    Work party at Titford Pump House, Engine Street, Oldbury B69 4NL.

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    Last Updated: 19 Feb 17

  • Saturday 18 March 2017

    Scrub Clearance on the Dudley No 2, Leasowes Park

    Scrub Clearance at Leasowes Park, Halesowen

    This is clearing the Dudley No2 canal route through Leasowes Park, over the largest embankment in the Birmingham area, by a consortium of local groups and societyies.

    Support this work at the Coombeswood end of the Dudley No 2, to keep the canal bed clear for the eventual rejoining with the remainder at California.

    Saturday 18 March. (meet in car park off Mucklow Hill 10am).

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    Last Updated: 21 Jan 17

  • Thursday 23 March 2017

    SPICE evening at The Pumphouse

    SPICE evening at Titford Pumphouse

     

    If you enjoy unlocking the secrets of our industrial past, you will love this opportunity to spend an exclusive Spice evening as guests of Birmingham Canal Navigation Society and learn some of the incredible engineering that went into providing our inland waterways.

     

    Our evening is at Titford Pumphouse, which, at 512ft above sea level is at the highest point of our local canal network and so had the vital job of defying gravity by keeping the levels topped up. We will discover the Pumphouse itself and the canalside features outside as well as enjoying a talk, music and buffet supper together. 

     

    The evening will start with tea or coffee followed by a talk with musical accompaniment by Phil Clayton who is a well experienced, musically talented and knowledgeable speaker. He will explain how canals work, how and why they were built and share lots of interesting facts about the waterways. After a question and answer session, we'll enjoy a buffet supper together and if weather permits we will be shown the canal and locks outside. Phil will round off our evening with more photos, talk and questions.

    Booking through SPICE - see link above

     

    Parking is limited in the compound however you can park out on Engine Street which is a cul de sac and very quiet in the evening as the local businesses are closed.

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    • Venue:Titford Pump House
    • Contact:Brenda Ward

    Last Updated: 08 Dec 16

  • Friday 31 March 2017 - Sunday 02 April 2017

    Big BCN Cleanup

    This years Big BCN Cleanup will be on 1st and 2nd April 2017, meeting up on the 31st March, led by Chris Morgan.

    Working on the western BCN Main Line, the southern Wyrley and Essington, and the Wednesbury Oak Loop.

    Between Wolverhampton Top Lock and Bradley Workshops, and between Horsely Fields Junction and Bentley Junction.

    For those booking for a resident week with WRG, accommodation will be at the Malt House Stables in Tipton again.

    For those joining on a daily basis, the signing on point will be
    Minerva Wharf
    Minerva Lane
    Horseley Fields
    Wolverhampton
    WV1 3DT

    See some photos of last year's cleanup

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    • Venue:Main Line, & Wyrley Essington
    • Contact:Jenny Black
    • Phone:01494 783453 ex 604
    • Email:enquiries@wrg.org.uk

    Last Updated: 09 Jan 17

  • Thursday 06 April 2017

    Filmed Memories of the BCN

    Gordon Thompson presents Old cine footage of past cruises on the BCN including Ken Keay's boatyard the rally at Farmers Bridge and many familiar faces

    Last Updated: 09 Nov 16

  • Saturday 08 April 2017

    BCN Spring Cruise 2017

    An informal cruise from Ocker Hill to travel along the Walsall Canal to Walsall Town Basin.

    Some of us will be stopping on the way to "Walk the Line" up the Bradley Locks.  With a bit of luck and hard work it won't be too long before we can bring our boats up instead of walking up!

    After we arrive in Walsall, we will finish the day at The Black Country Arms on Walsall High Street, WS1 1QW

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    Last Updated: 09 Jan 17

  • Friday 28 April 2017

    St Richards Festival - Droitwich

    Worcester Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society rally

    Boat Festival and Vintage Car Rally

    Family entertainment with Music - Stalls & Raffles - Hot & Cold Food - Bar

    Worcester Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society

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    Last Updated: 24 Sep 16

  • 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

    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

  • 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

  • Friday 12 May 2017 - Friday 19 May 2017

    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.

    Friday evening 12th May, meet at Wolverhampton
    Boats to meet and moor on 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 13th May, to Pelsall Junction
    (12 miles 0 locks 5 hrs)
    Boats to leave Wolverhampton and turn on the Wyrley & Essington canal, travel through Sneyd, Goscote, Little Bloxwich and moor at Pelsall Common. 

    Day 2 Sunday 14th May, to Longwood, Daw End canal
    (11 miles 0 locks 6 hrs)
    Leave Pelsall Junction and continue to Catshill Junction, visit Anglesey Basin, return to Catshill Junction and take the Daw End canal. Moor at the Longwood Junction where a Chineese take away evening and Historical talk/presentation is planned at the Longwood Boat Club.

    Day 3 Monday 15th May, to Moorcroft Junction
    (8 miles 9 locks 6 hrs)
    Leave the Longwood Boat Club and descend the Rushall locks (assisted by BCNS lockwheelers), 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 4 Tuesday 16th May, 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 5 Wednesday 17th May, 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 6 Thursday 18th May, 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 7 Friday 19th May, to Titford
    (4 miles 6 locks 3-4 hrs)
    Morning historical talk to be held at the Tipton library.
    After 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 festival.
    For those wishing to visit the Titford pools, advice on travelling there will be given.

    Last Updated: 23 Oct 16

  • 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

  • Friday 09 June 2017 - Saturday 17 June 2017

    BCNS June 2017 Explorer Cruise

    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: 23 Oct 16

  • Saturday 10 June 2017

    The WW2 "Idle Women" of the Inland Waterways

    Make a note in your diary - Heather Wastie and Kate Saffin will be presenting their play based on "The Idle Women" (link is to a WWII movietone news clip)

    Now confirmed - details later.

     

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    • Venue:Titford Pumphouse
    • Time:18:30

    Last Updated: 21 Jan 17

  • Saturday 24 June 2017

    River & Canal Historical Society Conference

    The Ninth Waterways History Conference “Waterways Research?”

    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: 15 Feb 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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