BCNS Christmas Social at Crosswells Inn Langley on 1 December

We have decided this year on a change of location, to the Crosswells Inn, in Langley, near the pumphouse.  This offers a simpler festive menu and a very accessible location with ample parking in the surroundings and good public transport links.  Also real ale for those who prefer not live without it!

Friday Dec 1 st @ 7pm

Bus Route 120/120A from Birmingham to Dudley passes close to the Inn – last services to Birmingham are around 22:30 and 23:00.
Departures to Blackheath at 22:30 or Dudley at 23:00.

Langley Green Station is a short walk away – trains to Birmingham at 22:14, 22:42 and 23:16.

Starter
Tomato and Tarragon Soup with fresh bread
Breaded Mushrooms & Garlic Dip
Traditional Prawn Cocktail with Marie Rose Sauce

Main Course (All accompanied by seasonal vegetables)
Traditional 3 meat Carvery with all the trimmings
Fish with New Potatoes in Garlic and Herbs
Vegetarian Nut Roast

Desserts
Christmas pudding, Brandy sauce
Apple pie and Custard
Vanilla Ice Cream and Redberry Coulis

2 courses for £11.00
3 courses for £13.00
PLUS optional £1.00 extra for Coffee/Tea and Chocolates and Mince Pies at the end of the meal.

Download the booking form here and send it to Dave Dent by the 20th of November

Fast work by C&RT

C&RT team taking a well deserved lunch break after a very slick repair job.

I was heading down the Farmers Bridge flight with Brian and Brenda Ward on Colehurst, and we heard that the collar on the bottom of the Aston flight had failed.  C&RT had been informed, and were “on the case”

The new collar

By the time we got to Aston bottom lock, there was the C&RT team having a well deserved lunch break, and a new collar on the gate hinge.  Total closure time from collar failure to replacement being fitted was less than the time it took us to get down the Aston flight.  Pretty impressive – thank you!

Work party re-secures Titford Pump House moorings

There had been some thoroughly unpleasant incidents with vandals coming under Tat Bank bridge, crossing the canal on the bridging pontoon and vandalising

The first navigation of the Tat Bank feeder in many years! Photo Wayne Attwood.

some of the boats moored there.

It became apparent that the end of the fence blocking the access under the bridge had been removed.

A work party moved the pontoon that provided the access to the moorings, and found the missing piece of fence in the canal.

A subsequent work party re-attached the fence, (using the bolts from the bridging pontoon, and bending the bolts so they could not be removed again.)

With a bit of luck, the moorings should be secure again.  Certainly there have been no more incidents.

With the bridging pontoon moved, there is no definite end to the Tat Bank feeder, so Phoenix navigated down the cut for a hundred yards or so – the first navigation in many years.  Definitely not for the faint hearted – Phoenix unloaded draws very little water, and she was definitely pushing through the silt.

 

The Young and Old Mavericks at the Pump House

As a pre-empt to the Boonyeds Tour later in the year Billy Spake Mon and Bren Hawthorne will return to the Titford Pump House, Langley on Saturday April 22 to host the first evening of the year in collaboration with BCN Society.

They will showcase young and more mature performers from the Maverick acoustic night including James Broadfoot and John Langford. The audience will be entertained by the Boonyeds very special slant of life and a wonderful array of local talent.
Tickets are limited at this very special venue.

They can be reserved with Billy by e mailing either mail@feloniousmongoose.com or b.dakin@aston.ac.uk or just text name and number of tickets to 07514 824845.

The show starts at half seven, but the doors open at seven, with some of Pardoe’s real ale available.

Book tickets now and pay at the door – £5.

Work party success

On a stunningly successful work party in November, 12 volunteers filled Crowe and Phoenix from only three bridge holes.

Hooked from the bottom of three bridge holes on the Tame Valley Canal

The job was far from finished – so they had another go.

(Due to a communications glitch – this was originally posted as a workparty on Jan 19th – there is not one then)

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Progress restoring the Dudley No 2

In 2016 Lapal Canal Trust made some big strides towards restoring the Dudley No 2 canal.

There was substantial excavation of Harborne Wharf by Careys, a WRG work camp to restore the canal wall.  (There is another WRG camp starting on 29 July – see the Diary or the WRG website.)

 

The ground was laser scanned, so that they can take sections to help estimate the material to moved to restore canal as far as California.  (Near Barnes Hill Asda rather than Mexico, for those who don’t know the area)

 

 

 

 

This was done by Ken Pearson  of Laser Scans Ltd.

In addition they got a further £30000 funding for further work from the Headley fund.

Well Done Lapal Canal Trust!

Oil under Dudley

A little while ago I was asked about oil under Dudley, following an item in the Daily Mail.

The item bears a striking resemblance to an item by Cap’n Ahab

I contacted Charles Legge, who recognised that he had been had – and said that he would publish a correction.  Has anyone seen it?

The Coal Man

“The Coal Man” – an artwork by local artist Luke Perry, funded by a generous donation from the estate of our late friend Marie Smith, has been installed and opened up by Titford Pools, where it can also be seen from the Wolverhampton Road.

Pictures to follow