BCN Explorer Cruise

Walsall Town Basin

The second of this year’s BCN Explorer Cruises – at Walsall Town Basin

This year’s second BCN Explorer Cruise started in Wolverhampton, and finished at the BCN Society clubhouse at Titford Pumphouse, taking a relaxed and leisurely trip via Pelsall Common, Anglesey Basin, Longwood Boat Club (at the top of the Rushall locks), Ocker Hill junction, Walsall Town Arm, and Tipton Green.

Aside from a great time being had by all, there were a series of highlights.

At Ocker Hill,  Andy Tidy  took us for a walk around the now defunct Ridgeacre Branch,showing us the remains of the dead canal.  Fascinating meeting someone else fascinated by this aspect of the history of the BCN – especially someone who knows so much more about it than I do.  (I think Felonious Mongoose must have been one of the last boats down the Ridgeacre – and the difficulty and pollution were such that I think that British Waterways (as was) request that boats do not attempt to navigate it is entirely reasonable.)  To dredge it would be a toxic waste nightmare.

Thence on to Walsall Town Arm, with its outstanding New Art Gallery from where this photo was taken.

From Walsall most of us went up the Walsall locks to Tipton Green. There most, if not all of us did a quality control check of the beer and pies at Tipton’s historic Pie Factory. The link takes you to see the historic place this renowned factory has in British military history !! (??)

The cruise finished at Titford Pump House, where the Old Swan brewery / pub provided yet more beer to provide quality control on.  Passed with flying colours.

Thanks to Stuart and Marie Sherrat for organising an outstanding event.

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!