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February 2020

Work Party

Saturday, February 29, from 09:30 to around 17:00
Richards Close, Richards Close
Rowley Regis, West Midlands B65 0PZ United Kingdom
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Canal clean-up, work boat full of scrap metal

We are going to assist CRT in scrub work and pathway reinstatement. A work Boat will be in attendance for facilities and wood collection, leaving Titford Pump House 0830 hrs. To find the location without SatNav: It's opposite the "Fox Tavern" pub in Titford Lane. Preferable parking/access: Birchfield Lane (B69 2AZ) - walk through 'Steel Work' to prevent vehicle dumping Nearest Public Transport: Langley Green Station (Trains to New Street, change at Galton Bridge/Snow Hill & Moore Street). Walk along…

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March 2020

From Postman to Paediatrician & the formation of WASUP

Thursday, March 5, from 19:30 to around 21:30
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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March BCN Cleanup

Saturday, March 14, from 08:00 to around Sunday, March 15, from 17:00
Titford Pump House, Engine Street
Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4NL United Kingdom
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Canal clean-up, volunteers pulling a tyre from the canal

Another weekend dedicated to cleaning up a part of the BCN, any help, from anyone interested in the BCN, would be greatly appreciated. You don't have to be a member to join!   The Waterway Recovery Group event is supported by Canal and River Trust, BCNS, Friends of Tipton Cut Dudley Canal Trust Withymoor Island Trust IWA West Midlands Branch Coombeswood Canal Trust Details to follow as soon as they are available.

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Canal History Workshop: Developments of Internal Combustion Transport

Saturday, March 28, from 09:30 to around 17:00
Titford Pump House, Engine Street
Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4NL United Kingdom
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£10.00
Historic Bolinder engine

The Developments of Internal Combustion Transport on British Navigations Synopsis With canal and river navigations, the use of the internal combustion engine proved to be an immense asset in keeping trade on the waterways in the face of railway competition and a growing use of road transport. The waterways offered a new challenge for the engineers and the means of translating the technology already available in stationary engines into a compact size small enough for use to power a narrow…

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April 2020

South Staffs & the Hatherton Canal

Thursday, April 2, from 19:30 to around 21:30
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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Work Party – Coal Chutes

Saturday, April 25, from 08:00 to around 17:00
Titford Pump House, Engine Street
Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4NL United Kingdom
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BCN Society clearing the site of the former Sandwell Colliery on the BCN Old Main Line

Our working boat was down on the originally planned date, but the work still needs to be done: The undergrowth at the historic coal chutes, and Sandwell Colliery, needs to be cleared! A great old black and white photo of the site in operation can be found here, really worth having a look! We'll meet at Titford Pump House, further details TBA!

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May 2020

1st BCN Explorer Cruise 2020 – NOW FULLY BOOKED!

Tuesday, May 5 to around Wednesday, May 13

After the success of our many previous cruises, it is the intention of the BCN Society to hold two cruises in 2020 to encourage boaters to explore the Birmingham Canal Navigations. We have found that many boaters like the additional security of cruising in company with other boaters and particularly enjoy the social side of informal gatherings and organised activities at the designated mooring locations.  Priority will be given to boaters who have not been on a BCNS Explorer Cruise before.…

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Chasing the Boats: Canal photography through the years

Thursday, May 7, from 19:30 to around 21:30
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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2020 BCNS Boat Rally (Bradley Canal)

Saturday, May 16
Bradley Workshops, Bradley Lane
Bilston, West Midlands WV14 8DW
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BCNS Brownhills Rally 2019 - photo by Bob Fox

The Birmingham Canal Navigations Society (BCNS) celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018 marking a significant milestone in seeking to conserve, improve and encourage a wide range of interests in the 100 mile network of Birmingham and Black Country waterways known as the Birmingham Canal Navigations The Birmingham Canal Navigations now make up 100 miles of canals across the West Midlands. BCNS Brownhills Rally 2019 - photo by Bob Fox The hub of the Birmingham Canal Navigations, which last year celebrated…

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2nd BCN Explorer Cruise 2020 – waiting list now open!

Monday, May 18 to around Monday, May 25

As of January 22, the 2nd Explorer Cruise is fully booked. But we opened a waiting list - should anyone have to cancel, or be unable o attend, then there's still a chance, so please register for the waiting list! After the success of our many previous cruises, it is the intention of the BCN Society to hold two cruises in 2020 to encourage boaters to explore the Birmingham Canal Navigations. We have found that many boaters like the additional…

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BCNS 24-hour Marathon Challenge

Saturday, May 23, from 08:00 to around Sunday, May 24, from 14:00
Narrowboat Governor on the BCN

The BCNS Challenge will take place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May 2020, starting at 8am on Saturday and finishing at 2pm on Sunday. The event is open to everyone with a boat licensed for use on Canal and River Trust canals. Historic working boats and pairs are especially welcome. We also welcome walking teams, so if you don’t have a boat but want to explore the BCN please feel free to join us. Boats may start at any…

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August 2020

A walk with CRT’s Senior Ecologist

Thursday, August 6, from 08:00 to around 17:00

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

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September 2020

Emma Purshouse & Brendan Hawthorne

Thursday, September 3, from 19:30 to around 21:30
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

Thursday, October 1, from 19:30 to around 21:30
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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