We have a diverse membership from both within the United Kingdom and further afield. Whilst we encourage boating activities and hold events for boaters we do not think of ourselves as a boat club.
For a modest membership fee you can help support our activities and whilst there is no obligation to become directly involved, we very much hope that you would.
Together with Coombeswood Canal Trust we own a pair of historic working boats, Atlas and Malus. It is a unique experience to see the canals from the perspective of the boatmen (and women) 100 years ago, as a volunteer staff on the boats during work parties or events.
If you are interested in the waterways, from their history to their future, then please come and join us! You don’t have to be a boater, and you don’t have to own a boat to get to know our amazing network of waterways, and to enjoy the camaraderie of a really nice bunch of people.
Our members receive a copy of our quarterly magazine ‘Boundary Post’ published in full colour. We organize an interesting social programme of evening meetings throughout the year and recently have put on a number of performances by local artists (Alarum Theatre and Billy Spakemon). For those who would like to get more active then we would welcome assistance with our work parties. These cover a variety of activities to include litter picking, the use of grappling hooks to recover debris from the canal, and vegetation clearance both on the towpath, offside of the waterway, and canal structures.
We have plans for a wider engagement with youth groups but desperately need additional volunteers to make these work on a regular basis. Since 2012 we have worked with the National Citizen Service, and in 2019 hosted 2 sessions of canal activity for circa 24 young people.
Where necessary we work closely with Canal and River Trust, keeping in regular contact for our mutual benefit but also using the power of our membership to put the case for certain actions on the local canal network were we believe CRT could do more.
You can find us also on Facebook, and of course you can contact our membership secretary directly, he will be happy to answer your questions.
Please download the membership form, and return it to us by post or by email. If you are a taxpayer, please fill in the gift aid part of the form.
We are looking forward to welcome you as a new member!
I have a big interest in Canals but am very disabled, but would like to join like minded people to have a bit more social activity.
I carry a map of Britain’s canal network in my head and was pretty familiar with BCN when I was well.
Hello! I’ve just bought an 1896 iron butty called Anvil. She was built in Birmingham as far as I am aware, so I’m hoping to find out some more info.
Goto the new Access portal on BCNS website to BCNS registrar