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October 2019

Iron Mad Wilkinson, who put the “Great” into Great Britain

October 3 at 19:30
Titford Pump House, Engine Street
Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4NL United Kingdom
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A talk by Richard Sells, author and local historian, on the life and achievements of "Iron Mad" John Wilkinson (1728-1808), a leading Ironmaster, Entrepreneur, and Inventor of his day.

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Black Dust

October 5 at 08:00
Titford Pump House, Engine Street
Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4NL United Kingdom
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Black Dust - A Story of the Black Country, event poster

A contemporary look at The Black Country during the industrial revolution, in music, song, monologue and pictures by Pete Wain & Paul Garratt. Hosted by Billy Spakemon. Entry is free but there will be a donations bucket for Diabetes UK.

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Stourbridge Town Arm Work Party

October 12 at 10:00

The Stourbridge Town Arm, part of the Stourbridge Canal, is one of the under-used parts of the BCNS, and in need of a bit of TLC! More details to follow, please watch this space, or contact the organiser!

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“I Dig Canals” drop in event – bring your memories of the canals in the area!

October 26 at 14:00
Titford Pump House, Engine Street
Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4NL United Kingdom
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Logo of "I dig Cana;s" by Alarum Productions

An Alarum Theatre Productions event at Titford Pump House: The ‘I Dig Canals’ project is seeking the memories and stories of women who were boating in the 60s and 70s, or even the 50s or 80s! You might have been involved in one of the restoration projects, or taking holidays on the water, working on or near the canals, or walking along watching them deteriorate or be restored… We want to build a picture of what women were up to…

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November 2019

Birmingham Canal 250th anniversary

November 2

November 2019 will see the 250th anniversary of the canal reaching Birmingham. This was an important event in the making of the city as an industrial centre. To commemorate this landmark event the BCN Society is organising a cruise into Birmingham on Saturday, 2nd November, starting from Windmill End at 8am with the intention of arriving in the centre of Birmingham at midday. Boats can join in at intermediate points or if they are coming from other directions such as…

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Birmingham Canal 250th anniversary – Evening Entertainment

November 2 at 19:30
Crescent Theatre Studio, 20 Sheepcote Street, Brindleyplace
Birmingham, West Midlands B16 8AE United Kingdom
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£6.50

The band The Light Side, from left to right Cathy Holden, Jeni Hatton, Phil Clayton, and Danny Walker The first part of the evening will feature well known Black Country Radio Host, writer and performer, Billy Spakemon along with Brummie Tom Stanton.  Billy  and Tom, ' The Blue Granits. ' will present a short set of original songs  written together some of which relate to the cuts and folk who lived on them along with chatting about growing up in…

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Montgomery Canal Restoration Update

November 7 at 19:30
Titford Pump House, Engine Street
Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4NL United Kingdom
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A talk by John Carter, Project Manager of the Montgomery Canal Restoration Project

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December 2019

Work Party Hockley Port

December 14 at 08:00
Hockley Port Junction Bridge, the entrance to the Birmingham Heath Branch

Detail to be announced later

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January 2020

The Black Country and the Great War

January 2, 2020 at 19:30
Titford Pump House, Engine Street
Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4NL United Kingdom
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Talk by Andy Johnson, the man behind the Tipton Remembers website. Details to follow.

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March 2020

From Postman to Paediatrician & the formation of WASUP

March 5, 2020 at 19:30
Titford Pump House, Engine Street
Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4NL United Kingdom
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Talk by Prof. Abdul Rashid Gatrad OBE, founder of WASUP, Walsall Against Single Use plastic (WASUP) is about raising awareness through posters, videos talks etc and practically discussing with various groups how to decrease the use of plastic in their organisation in Walsall

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April 2020

South Staffs & the Hatherton Canal

April 2, 2020 at 19:30
Titford Pump House, Engine Street
Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4NL United Kingdom
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Accommodation Bridge, Hatherton Canal

Talk by Ian Pell about South Staffs and the Hatherton Canal. Below is a video from the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust website:

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May 2020

Chasing the Boats: Canal photography through the years

May 7, 2020 at 19:30
Titford Pump House, Engine Street
Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4NL United Kingdom
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A talk by Kevin Maslin about his photography work on the BCN.

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August 2020

A walk with CRT’s Senior Ecologist

August 6, 2020 at 08:00

A walk with Paul Wilkinson, CRT’s Senior Ecologist. (TBC)

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September 2020

Emma Purshouse & Brendan Hawthorne

September 3, 2020 at 19:30
Titford Pump House, Engine Street
Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4NL United Kingdom
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An evening with Emma & Brendan, Black Country wordsmiths

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October 2020

Canal Companion Q & A session

October 1, 2020 at 19:30
Titford Pump House, Engine Street
Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4NL United Kingdom
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Canal Companions cover page for the Cheshire Ring

Michael Pearson, of Pearson Canal Companions Canal Companion Questions  and Answers session with Michael Pearson, the man behind Pearson Canal Companions.

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