Progress restoring the Dudley No 2

In 2016 Lapal Canal Trust made some big strides towards restoring the Dudley No 2 canal.

There was substantial excavation of Harborne Wharf by Careys, a WRG work camp to restore the canal wall.  (There is another WRG camp starting on 29 July – see the Diary or the WRG website.)


The ground was laser scanned, so that they can take sections to help estimate the material to moved to restore canal as far as California.  (Near Barnes Hill Asda rather than Mexico, for those who don’t know the area)





This was done by Ken Pearson  of Laser Scans Ltd.

In addition they got a further £30000 funding for further work from the Headley fund.

Well Done Lapal Canal Trust!

Oil under Dudley

A little while ago I was asked about oil under Dudley, following an item in the Daily Mail.

The item bears a striking resemblance to an item by Cap’n Ahab

I contacted Charles Legge, who recognised that he had been had – and said that he would publish a correction.  Has anyone seen it?

The Coal Man

“The Coal Man” – an artwork by local artist Luke Perry, funded by a generous donation from the estate of our late friend Marie Smith, has been installed and opened up by Titford Pools, where it can also be seen from the Wolverhampton Road.

Pictures to follow

“Stolen” mud hopper found

Jeff relaxing before bow hauling up Farmers BridgeHereford and Gloucester canal society’s hopper “Tow” – an ex River class butty converted in to a mud skip, had rested for a few years on Icknield Port Loop.  They had an offer to lift it out of the water at Alvechurch – but when they went to collect it, it wasn’t there!

Jeff Carter ducks while Paul Smith looks on.It was found at the top of Camp Hill locks – it had probably been assumed by CRT contractors that it was one of their hoppers.  The problem was to get it down to Alvechurch.  A team from H&G, supplemented by BCN society stalwarts bow hauled it down Camp Hill, and up Digbeth and Farmers Bridge flight, with the assistance of Muskrat.  (Muskrat is well known to Marathon Challenge afficionados – owned by John Hammond of H&G)




Brought to Farmers Bridge, then towed down to Alvechurch.  Mudhopper Tow about to be craned out

Well done all for retrieving Tow.


Tipton Festival


Billy Spake Mon

As with every year, the Tipton Festival was great fun.  When a vibrant community festival meets the canal, there is a good time to be had – especially when the sun shines all weekend.

Music, glamour and boats – Phoenix as band and trip boat.  Atlas and Malus, Scorpio and many other working boats.


Bernard and his Glamorous Assistant - with the badge to prove it

Bernard and his Glamorous Assistant – with the badge to prove it!



Blackwell Concert Band on Phoenix

Blackwell Concert Band on Phoenix





Particularly good to see Caggy and her new owners.

Caggy and new owners from Atlas

Caggy and new owners from Atlas


Booking for BCNS End of Season rally at Titford opens

Booking for our end of season rally has now opened.  (We are having an end of season rally at Titford Pumphouse, rather than a bonfire rally.)

Titford Pump Housex

Titford Pump House

Real ale, live music and food – a good weekend out.

The Society AGM will be on the Friday evening.

If you are coming by boat, you will need an entry form, that you can download on this link..  If you are coming by any other means, just turn up.

If you need more information, contact Dave Dent by email from this link or by phoning him on 07774 605336.

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Birmingham Heritage Week – canal walks

Discover Birmingham’s
Waterway Wonders

Meet outside the Round House, canal side, by the Fiddle and Bone public house,  Sheepcote Street B16 8EB, at 11:00 on 13, 15 and 17 September.
Visitors to the canal side will be offered guided walking tours from the Round House.

Expert volunteers (from the BCNS) will help people to enjoy the historic fabric and features spanning the two hundred year history of Birmingham’s Canal Network.

Find out how important the canals were to the growth of Birmingham, learn about the Old Turn Island, the Worcester Bar, the Horseley Bridges, the Brindley Loops and much more during our easy one hour walk.

Part of Birmingham Heritage Week

Bookings now open for Christmas Social.

Holly2Our 2016 Christmas Social will be at the Birmingham Marriott Hotel at Five Ways, in the centre of Birmingham on 2 December.

19:00 for 19:30

Meal choices from £18:50 for two courses and £22.50 for three (same prices as last year).

Transport is dead easy – you can use the hotel car park (free), come by train (Fiveways station is five minutes walk away) or by any number of buses, going down the Hagley Road, Ladywood Middleway or via Harborne.

If you want to come by boat, it is under fifteen minutes walk from the moorings on the main line by the NIA – even less you moor on Oozells Street Loop.

Download the menu and booking form here.  (It is an Excel spreadsheet – if you have an old version, and can only download xls files, download an xls file here.)

The Marriott is at 12 Hagley Road, Five Ways, Birmingham, B16 8SJ.

Contact Dave Dent by email from this link or by phoning him on 07774 605336.

The hotel has asked diners not to wear jeans or trainers.

The Big BCN Cleanup

This years BCN clean up will see us return to an area not visited for many years, based at Ocker Hill on the Walsall Canal the teams of Volunteers will clean the lower Walsall, Tame Valley Canals and Ryders Green Locks.

Day Volunteers can sign on at Ocker Hill Depot from 10am, or at the Malthouse Stables in Tipton at 9am, where you will be transported to Ocker Hill.

Safety foot wear should be worn as well as water proof clothing. Bring your lunch if you do not with to purchase the lunch provided by Waterway Recovery Group.

For further details please email or call Chris Morgan.

The big annual BCN Cleanup, with the BCN Society working alongside Coombeswood Canal TrustDudley Canal Trust, the Canal & River Trust and the IWA (Birmingham, Black Country and Worcester branch Waterways Recovery Group.)

Come along under the auspices of any of the groups.

If you want accommodation and food provided, book through the Waterways Recovery Group website.

If you are staying with them, accommodation is available from the night of 15th, at the malt house stables, Tipton.

You are welcome to come and join us – wear stout footwear and old clothes.  Waterproofs could be a good move.

Tea and coffee are provided for everyone but bring your own pack lunch, unless buying it through the WRG.  (If you are doing this, check with Chris for details first)

Chris Morgan will be leading the group, and can be contacted by email on the link.

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