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December 2019

Tree pruning, feeder arm, + pub + Indian!

Saturday, December 14, from 10:00 to around 17:00
Titford Pump House, Engine Street
Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4NL United Kingdom
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Hockley Port Junction Bridge, the entrance to the Birmingham Heath Branch

Meeting 10 am at Titford Pump House, we are planning to prune the trees on the feeder arm. After all the hard graft - time for refreshments at the Croswells Inn, Whyley Walk, Oldbury, B69 4SB, tel 0121 552, 2629. After the drinks - time for good food at Little Bangla, 29 Langley High Street, Oldbury B69 4SN, Tel 0121 439 8163

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January 2020

The Black Country and the Great War

Thursday, January 2, 2020, 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 Andy Johnson, the man behind the Tipton Remembers website. Details to follow.

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Work Party – Coal Chutes

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 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

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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Lapal Canal/Leasowes Park Scrub Bash work party

Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 10:00 to around 17:00
Work on the Lapal Canal bed

This is a Lapal Canal Trust event. Peter Fisher, Lapal Canal Trust, warmly invites you to come and help with a "Scrub Bash" by Leasowes Park. We could do with your help clearing scrub grown over the summer along the route of the canal in Leasowes Park. The work involves cutting back brambles, saplings and tree growth. Tree growth can be 4" diameter from previously cut saplings. Work is in the bed of the canal so may be wet with…

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March 2020

From Postman to Paediatrician & the formation of WASUP

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 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, 2020, from 08:00 to around Sunday, March 15, 2020, 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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April 2020

South Staffs & the Hatherton Canal

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 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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May 2020

1st BCN Explorer Cruise 2020

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 to around Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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, 2020, 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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2nd BCN Explorer Cruise 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020 to around Monday, May 25, 2020

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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BCNS 24-hour Marathon Challenge

Saturday, May 23, 2020, from 08:00 to around Sunday, May 24, 2020, from 14:00
Narrowboat Governor on the BCN

Details to follow as soon as they are available. The dates might still change!  

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August 2020

A walk with CRT’s Senior Ecologist

Thursday, August 6, 2020, 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, 2020, 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, 2020, 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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