Bonfire Rally

I think the Bonfire Rally went really well.

Barry Johnson has organised them for the last 23 years – so he has decided to take a break.  Thank you Barry.  A job really well done.

The good news is that the rallies will continue – Paddy Grice, (who is a key player in the Black Country Boating Festival, as well as the man who sorts a lot of the infrastructure supporting our rallies) will take over.

The weather was kinder than last year – only a little rain, and the wind much lighter than last year.

Some “thank you”s – and to the many who I have missed out – sorry.

Geoff Winslow and his team of volunteers collecting pallets and  – the biggest bonfire that I have seen.  Everyone present who converted the pallets in to a bonfire – and a special mention for the team who were on Atlas and Malus as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award.  They worked hard, and gave the impression that they were thoroughly enjoying their introduction to the canals.

Dot and her team, who sorted out the burger bar, Elaine and her team with the tea and cakes, Paul Cooksey who brewed the excellent beer from Ma Pardoe’s (aka The Old Swan at Netherton)

And finally to the team who cleared up afterwards, led again by Barrie.

If anyone has any photos, I’d really like to put them on the site.

Atlas & Malus at Alvecote Working Boats Gathering

Atlas and Malus are at the working boats gathering  at Alvecote Marina, along with a beer festival and, craft stalls and music this bank holiday weekend.

Come along and join in the fun.

They are heading back to Hawne Basin next weekend.  If you belong to either the BCN Society or Coombeswood Canal Trust, and would like to crew them, contact Paul Smith using the link on the page.

The Allen Register joins the BCNSociety at the Pelsall Rally

Alan Stevens “Les Allen” boat Caggy at “Caggies Boatyard”, Tipton.
I’m not sure of the copyright of this photo.
If the owner is unhappy, let me know & I will remove it.

The BCN Society continued its long standing association with the Allen Register at the Pelsall Canal Festival taking place from June 14-16.

The weekend saw the latest gathering of owners and friends of boats built by Les Allen and Sons (Bob and John) at Oldbury.

For further details on the Allen Register contact Annie Jenner via this link.

Pelsall Festival 2011

Gary Perry and his town crier open the festival

Gary Perry and his town crier open the festival

Gary Perry, Mayor of Walsall opened the Canal Festival organised by the Society at Pelsall Common on 11th & 12th June 2011.

After more than 10 years absence the Pelsall Canal festival was a great success.  Around 160 boats, including over a dozen heritage craft, lined the Wyrley and Essington Canal and the Cannock Extension. There were over 60 stalls, displays and entertainments.  Many letters of congratulation have been received including the following from Maureen Payton, Chair of Friends of Pelsall Commons:

“To see the narrowboats  moored along the canal is a sight to delight those of us who would love to see the canals in our area used on a more regular basis and we realise that it is through the hard work, dedication and vision which comes from your Society this dream may become a reality.”

Thanks to all those who made this event possible for their hard work and enthusiasm.

Meanwhile Pelsall 2013 is nearly here – join in the fun – download an entry form here!