NCS workgroup on the Titford Canal during the July 2019 BCNS and National Citizen Service weekend

Report: BCNS and National Citizen Service weekends

BCNS hosted an induction and a work party for eleven 16 year olds from the National Citizen Service over the last 2 weekends. They were all from the Smethwick area but had little or no knowledge of the canals around them. The induction takes place at the Pump House and is an introduction for the teenagers about the canals and …

Brownshill Canalside Festival 2019

The BCN society has its first rally in Brownhills over the weekend of the 18/19th May 2019. The event was based along the extensive canal frontage to Silver Street with stalls and trading boats plus historic craft and over 40 visiting narrowboats. The location was not without its challenges with double yellow lines and a new fence making access to the …

New webmaster

BCNS are delighted to announce that we have a new webmaster who has taken control of both the BCNS websites and now merged them into one – bcnsociety.com. For a limited time only any search of bcnsociety.co.uk will auto divert to the .com site and eventually the link will die and the .co.uk site will cease to exist. Work on the site is continuing …

Work Party December 2nd

Talk about ‘up with thee lark’ off down ‘Jimmy Crow; flight by 07.05am, into the dark grey raining morning, tunnel light picking out strange characters staring out of the shadows of trees and bushes, as they peruse use down the flight. Well not really, just my imagination after getting 5 hours sleep on and off attending the BCNS Christmas do …

National Citizen Service – The Challenge

The young people from “The Challenge” worked with us again this summer. As usual, it was good fun – and hopefully and introduction to the canals for the young people. Thank you guys for joining us for a work party. (By the way – we don’t claim to be the Birmingham Canal Navigations – the certificate simply didn’t have the …

BCN Society Spring Cruise 2018

on Saturday 7th April 2018 at 10am from TIPTON to BUMBLE HOLE via locks & Netherton tunnel We welcome boaters to join our cruise & to allow some passengers to join them. This year we are taking our Spring Cruise from Tipton to Windmill End and back. We will take either the Factory Locks or Brades to take us from …

Fast work by C&RT

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” By the time we got to Aston bottom lock, there was the C&RT team having a well deserved lunch break, and …

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 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, …

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 …