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!
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.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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)
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!
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” – 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
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Hereford and Gloucester canal society’s hopper “Tow” – an ex River class butty converted in to a mud skip, had rested for a few years on Icknield Port Loop. They had an offer to lift it out of the water at Alvechurch – but when they went to collect it, it wasn’t there!
It was found at the top of Camp Hill locks – it had probably been assumed by CRT contractors that it was one of their hoppers. The problem was to get it down to Alvechurch. A team from H&G, supplemented by BCN society stalwarts bow hauled it down Camp Hill, and up Digbeth and Farmers Bridge flight, with the assistance of Muskrat. (Muskrat is well known to Marathon Challenge afficionados – owned by John Hammond of H&G)
Brought to Farmers Bridge, then towed down to Alvechurch.
Well done all for retrieving Tow.
Billy Spake Mon
As with every year, the Tipton Festival was great fun. When a vibrant community festival meets the canal, there is a good time to be had – especially when the sun shines all weekend.
Music, glamour and boats – Phoenix as band and trip boat. Atlas and Malus, Scorpio and many other working boats.
Bernard and his Glamorous Assistant – with the badge to prove it!
Blackwell Concert Band on Phoenix
Particularly good to see Caggy and her new owners.
Caggy and new owners from Atlas