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Middlewich - alternative route

HNBOC News - 11 April 2018 - 2:43pm

If the breach at Middlewich has changed your route planning, have you considered the West Cheshire Ring instead?

There's useful information from CRT on how to go about booking a passage on the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Weaver on this link.

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/middlewich-alternative-route

Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall

CUCT News - 24 March 2018 - 5:27pm

The Transport Trust aims to shine a modern spotlight on Britain’s rich and globally-important legacy in the development of transport and engineering. A ceremony on 20th March, conducted by Richard Parry, Chief Executive of the Canal and River Trust; and Stuart Wilkinson, Chairman of the Transport Trust, assisted by Gerald Leach of the Railway and Canal Historical Society, marked the significance of this site with the unveiling of a 'Red Wheel' plaque.

Easter Gathering of Historic Boats at Ellesmere Port

HNBOC News - 13 December 2017 - 3:02pm

A flotilla of boats from Chester will launch the start of the weekend and boats will have the opportunity to moor in the recently opened upper basin.  The lively long weekend will include a fine folk programme combined with inspirational workshops, family and boat activities for all ages.  There will be the opportunity to have “Behind the Scenes” explorations of the boat store in Rossfield Road where the vessels raised from the top basin are being stored and worked on.

"Restoring the Uttoxeter Canal" - illustrated talk

CUCT News - 24 April 2017 - 9:54pm

CUCT invites you to a FREE illustrated talk about "Restoring the Uttoxeter Canal" at the magnificent JCB Lakeside Club, Rocester. Come along and discover more about the historic Uttoxeter Canal and its route through the beautiful Churnet Valley from Froghall to Denstone, and onward to the market town of Uttoxeter.

Join us for an entertaining evening, gain an insight into the work of the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust and enjoy some time along the Uttoxeter Canal – the hidden gem of Britain’s inland waterway network. Explore the feasibility of restoring to navigation a waterway route to Uttoxeter. Find out how you too could help bring the Uttoxeter Canal back to life.

"Restoring the Uttoxeter Canal" - illustrated talk

CUCT News - 24 April 2017 - 9:54pm

CUCT invites you to a FREE illustrated talk about "Restoring the Uttoxeter Canal" at the magnificent JCB Lakeside Club, Rocester. Come along and discover more about the historic Uttoxeter Canal and its route through the beautiful Churnet Valley from Froghall to Denstone, and onward to the market town of Uttoxeter.

Join us for an entertaining evening, gain an insight into the work of the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust and enjoy some time along the Uttoxeter Canal – the hidden gem of Britain’s inland waterway network. Explore the feasibility of restoring to navigation a waterway route to Uttoxeter. Find out how you too could help bring the Uttoxeter Canal back to life.

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Froghall Canals Fun Day

CUCT News - 7 July 2016 - 1:00am

Celebrate the waterways of the Churnet Valley! Enjoy a walk along the Caldon Canal, take a boat trip through Froghall tunnel, discover more about the project to restore the Uttoxeter Canal and go WOW – Wild Over Waterways - with FREE Children’s Activities!

Find out more here

Froghall Canals Fun Day

CUCT News - 7 July 2016 - 1:00am

Celebrate the waterways of the Churnet Valley! Enjoy a walk along the Caldon Canal, take a boat trip through Froghall tunnel, discover more about the project to restore the Uttoxeter Canal and go WOW – Wild Over Waterways - with FREE Children’s Activities!

Find out more here

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Using Paddle Gear Safely

HNBOC News - 27 June 2016 - 8:09pm

Here's a great little video showing the safe way to use lock paddles - only just over 6 minutes long but well worth a watch.

Click here, sit back and enjoy!

Staffordshire students bring learning to life on historic canals

CUCT News - 21 March 2016 - 1:42pm

Students in Staffordshire have spent this week working on the county’s 200 year old canals as part of a project aimed at bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to life.
 
The group from Stoke-on-Trent College spent the week with the Canal & River Trust, helping the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of historic waterways in England & Wales to improve the county’s canals for people and wildlife.

Staffordshire students bring learning to life on historic canals

CUCT News - 21 March 2016 - 1:42pm

Students in Staffordshire have spent this week working on the county’s 200 year old canals as part of a project aimed at bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to life.
 
The group from Stoke-on-Trent College spent the week with the Canal & River Trust, helping the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of historic waterways in England & Wales to improve the county’s canals for people and wildlife.

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New Staffordshire Waterways website invites canal and river collaboration

CUCT News - 15 January 2016 - 11:05am

A new website has been launched which invites Staffordshire residents, communities and businesses to explore ways they can work together to look after and enhance the county’s waterways.
 
staffswaterways.org.uk has been developed by the Staffordshire Waterways Group (SWG) to provide a vision for the County’s waterways. It suggests an approach to how each canal could be improved to deliver a better place to live and to create economic growth, and looks at the value of waterways from many perspectives including community, business, tourism, health, transport and the environment.

New Staffordshire Waterways website invites canal and river collaboration

CUCT News - 15 January 2016 - 11:05am

A new website has been launched which invites Staffordshire residents, communities and businesses to explore ways they can work together to look after and enhance the county’s waterways.
 
staffswaterways.org.uk has been developed by the Staffordshire Waterways Group (SWG) to provide a vision for the County’s waterways. It suggests an approach to how each canal could be improved to deliver a better place to live and to create economic growth, and looks at the value of waterways from many perspectives including community, business, tourism, health, transport and the environment.

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Uttoxeter Canal: Work Party Reports August 2015

CUCT News - 22 September 2015 - 3:35pm

Our work parties in August saw us back in the vicinity of Crumpwood once again tackling Himalayan balsam.

Uttoxeter Canal: Work Party Reports August 2015

CUCT News - 22 September 2015 - 3:35pm

Our work parties in August saw us back in the vicinity of Crumpwood once again tackling Himalayan balsam.

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Volunteers repaint iconic cast iron bridge in a week

CUCT News - 15 July 2015 - 12:58pm

Volunteers from two local waterway charities spent a week in June re-painting a 19th Century canal bridge on the Caldon Canal.

The cast iron bridge at Hazelhurst Junction, which is a Grade 2 Listed structure, hadn’t been painted for over twenty years, and so The Inland Waterways Association’s North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch and the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust joined forces to plan and implement a project to paint the bridge in a week.

Uttoxeter Canal work party report - April 2015

CUCT News - 16 April 2015 - 5:33pm

The latest work party on the Uttoxeter Canal continued work in the Crumpwood area. One group dealt with a large clump of hawthorn which was hiding the wall of the weir-keeper’s cottage while another group went to Bridge 70 to remove a tree beside the recently restored towpath. Work to reveal buried parts of the weir also continued.

Churnet Valley Woodland Wildlife Surveyor

CUCT News - 20 March 2015 - 4:58pm

Our Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership colleagues at RSPB are looking for a Woodland Wildlife Surveyor to carry out surveys along the line of the Caldon Canal in the next couple of months. The main task is to undertake a playback surveys for willow tits. This involves playing a willow tit call for two minutes every 100m and then waiting for a further two minutes to see if there is any response.

Volunteers work towards job qualifications on the Caldon Canal

CUCT News - 17 February 2015 - 2:55pm

A group of volunteers are being encouraged to gain new skills and work towards a level 2 qualification in Work Based Environmental Conservation, accredited by City & Guilds. There are currently 10 volunteers aged from 16 to 20 who attend 3 days a week, working on various tasks on the Caldon Canal.

Hurleston bottom lock

HNBOC News - 20 August 2014 - 2:44pm

Iain MacTavish, the Club's North Wales and Border area rep, has devised a schematic reporting grid that you can download here and mark where on the brickwork your boat sticks.  Please send reports to him on nwbrep@hnbc.org.uk. Thank you!

Tell us about Winding Holes!

HNBOC News - 20 June 2014 - 9:01am

Have you spotted a winding hole that's been chained off, or now has boats permanently moored in it, or where the width's been reduced? Please let us know so we can lobby navigation authorities to try to get these vital areas improved or reinstated. HNBC carried out a joint survey with the Inland Waterways Association because both organisations are concerned about the gradual loss of these turning points.  The survey results are now being studied, but if you spot anything new, please let us know anyway by emailing navigation@hnbc.org.uk.

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