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, and here is the current timetable  – trains to Birmingham at 22:14, 22:42 and 23:16.

We have closed bookings as the restaurant is now full.  If you wish to come, contact Dave Dent to enquire about any cancellations.  The booking form is here.

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 or 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.

BCN Society annual walk with Ray Shill – August 7th 2014

The walk will be from Deakin’s Avenue to Rocky Lane.  

Pump outlet on the Perry Bar lock flight

Water outlet in the Perry Bar flight

Come and join author and historian Ray Shill to learn more about the BCN.

 The meeting point of this walk is Deakins Avenue and Lock 12 on the Tame Valley Canal at 19:00

Aqueduct over the River Tame

Aqueduct over the River Tame, built by Thomas Sheasby

It is our purpose to follow the Tame Valley Canal the canal to Salford Junction and then across the Tame Aqueduct to Aston and following the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal to Rocky Lane.

This is a walk of converging histories. The Birmingham & Fazeley was completed in 1790 and this section built by the contractor Thomas Sheasby.

It was a canal of the age that generated a host of canal building.

It formed part of an early carriers route where fly boats provided swift passage to the major cities in the North West, East Midlands and London.





BCN Lock cottage 70, at the bottom of the Aston Flight, Birmingham and Fazesley

BCN Lock cottage 70, at the bottom of the Aston Flight, Birmingham and Fazesley

The Tame Valley was constructed in a different age finished in the railway age, built to the standards of an early railway but equally importantly assisting the iron industry that had been established in South Staffordshire.

2014 Programme – out now.

Next years programme is out.

The monthly meetings start on the 9th of January with Tony Gregory telling us about the Wolverhampton canals over 60 years.

(NOTE – this meeting is on the SECOND Thursday, rather than the the usual First Thursday of the month, to keep it clear of the New Year / Christmas goings on)

The rest of the meeting are, as usual, on the first Thursday of the month.  Follow the link to the Meetings tab for the full programme.

Next years rallies (and the like) start with the first of this years BCNS Explorer Cruises – 9th May – 16th May, finishing at Titford Pumphouse, in time for the BCN Society Summer Rally at Titford Pump House on the 16th-18th May. May – 26th May, followed by the BCN Society Marathon Challenge, on the 24 – 25th May.  Two very different ways of exploring the BCN!  The explorer cruises are a delightfully relaxed way of exploring the BCN in company.  The Marathon Challenge does what it says on the tin – challenges you to see how much of the BCN you can do in 24 hours!  Both are great fun, but in very different ways.  (I know – I have done both)  Stuart and Marie (the organisers of the Explorer Cruises) have organised the second cruise so that they will not interfere with those on the Marathon Challenge going through locks.

Details and contacts for these events are on the Rallies tab of the diary.
This year, waterway photographer Kevin Maslin is running the first BCN Society Photography Workshop at Titford Pumphouse on 24 May.  Places on this are limited – contact Kevin on for details.  (The clash with the Marathon Challenge is deliberate – so that boats on the challenge can be photographed coming up the Crow)
The last rally is the Bonfire Rally, on 1st November.

BCN Society 2014 Programme now out.

The pumphouse and the top lock of the Titford flight ("The Crow")

The pumphouse and the top lock of the Titford flight (“The Crow”)

Next years programme is now out – the full detail is in the diary section

We have a treasure of speakers for the meetings on the first Thursday of the month (and let’s ignore the fact that these meetings look as if they are two day events – this oddity is a “work round” to deal with the idiosyncrasy whereby one day events are automatically deleted at midnight of the day before).

Then we have our rallies – the first Explorer Cruise opens this years boating events,   These cruises are a great way to get to know the BCN in the company of other boaters.  Relaxed, and friendly, with plenty of time to explore the area.

Our major rally this year is at the pumphouse  (and I hope the weather is as good as it was on last year’s Marathon Challenge when Harald Jorgens took the photo)

The second Explorer cruise leaves from the pumphouse after the rally, – finishing on the weekend of the Marathon Challenge.

The Marathon Challenge is altogether more energetic – how much of the BCN can you cruise in 24 hours cruising.  A fun competition – where enjoyment is as important as winning.

And again, the Bonfire Rally closes the years boating events – however more of that later, as we have yet to have this years.  Download the BCNS Bonfire booking form 2013 here.