These are Action Groups, Boating Organisations, Museums, Restoration Groups, Religious Groups, Societies, and Projects.
National Restoration Groups, Societies, Action Groups
About The IWA's
Waterway Recovery Group (WRG)
Restoration Groups, Societies, Action Groups by canal
Barnsley, Dearne & Dove Canals - The Trust covering the above canals is working in partnership to reinstate the two canals which form the missing Yorkshire Waterways Link between the Aire & Calder Navigation and the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation
- information coming soon
Birmingham Canal Navigation Society
Canal - The Buckingham Canal Society (BCS) is affiliated to the Inland Waterways
Association and has a membership of around 150 people all over the UK. The
Society would like to see the Buckingham Canal re-opened, using the original
Buckinghamshire Canal Society are involved in restoration work on this stretch of canal.
Chelmer Canal Trust - Chelmer Canal Trust, formerly the Friends of the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, is a voluntary group whose main aims are to preserve the waterway from Chelmsford to the sea and to enhance the quality of its public enjoyment and appreciation.
The Chesterfield Canal Trust - The Chesterfield Canal Trust is working with the
Canal Partnership to restore the disused sections of the canal all
the way from Worksop to Chesterfield. Five miles and five locks have been completed
at the Chesterfield end; six miles and thirty locks have been completed between
Worksop and the east portal of the Norwood Tunnel. Work is currently in progress
or in the planning stages to complete the connecting nine miles. A new Canal
Basin in Chesterfield - the centrepiece of a £100m investment - is currently
The long term plan is to canalise the River Rother from Killamarsh
to Rotherham thereby linking with the South Yorkshire Navigation and creating
the only cruising ring east of the Pennines.
Cotswolds Canal Society - The Cotswold Canals Trust is restoring the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames & Severn Canal for the benefit of the public.
Derby & Sandiacre Canal Society -
The Trust and Society seek to restore the former Derby Canal as a navigable through waterway, from the Erewash Canal at Sandiacre to the Trent & Mersey Canal at Swarkestone via central Derby, as close as possible to the original route.
Dorset & Somerset Canal Society - Information coming soon
Driffield Navigation Amenities Association - Dedicated to ensuring a wider knowledge of the important part played by the Driffield Navigation and Canal in the history of Driffield and of the surrounding area - to promote the Canal's restoration, use, future potential and local amenities.
Droitwich Canal Society - There are two canals serving the town of Droitwich , the Droitwich Barge Canal and the Droitwich Junction Canal . The Barge Canal pre-dating the Junction by over 80 years.
Foxton Inclined Plane Trust - Trust volunteers are tackling the dereliction of the Incline site itself and improving public access.
It is the Trust's policy to highlight the many interesting features of the Incline and bring related exhibits to the site.
Hereford & Gloucester Canal Trust - To develop significant showpiece lengths of the canal in each county, working towards the full restoration. Some of the original 22 locks were extremely deep so the restoration will include a few extra locks to make them all a practical depth.
Kennet & Avon Canal Trust - The Trust was formed more than thirty years ago to restore the then closed Kennet & Avon Canal from Reading to Bristol as a "through" navigation and as a public amenity.
Lancaster Canal Trust
Lapal Canal Trust
Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society
Lichfield & Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust - The Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust was formed in 1988 and is a registered charity. Campaigning for the restoration of the Lichfield Canal and also the Hatherton Canal through Cannock. Also promoting the restoration as public amenities for boating, angling, walking, cycling etc. and raises funds to carry out physical restoration work.
Linlithgow Union Canal Society - Linlithgow Union Canal Society (LUCS) administers the Canal Centre and operates boat trips from Manse Road Basin every weekend from Easter until the first week in October.
Manchester Bolton & Bury
Canal Society - Since the end of 2000 the MB&BC society has been working
in true partnership with British Waterways and the three local authorities (
BOLTON, BURY and SALFORD ) to restore the canal. This partnership is working
Melton and Oakham Waterways Society - They campaign and actively work for the preservation of the Melton Navigation and the Oakham Canal . The Navigation used the River Wreake for the whole of its course from the junction with the main canal system. The Oakham canal extended the route into Rutland , another 15 miles.
Montgomery Canal - The Friends of the Montgomery Canal - Is the membership arm of the Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust.
They organise lots of events along the canal and aim to get the Montgomery Canal fully restored taking into account all interests.
Old Union Canals Society
Pocklington Canal Society
Railway & Canal Historical Society - Founded in 1954 to bring together all those interested in the history of transport, with particular reference to railways and waterways, its main objectives are to promote historical research and to raise the standard of published history. Since then the quantity and quality of published studies in this field have got much better
Ribble Link Trust
River Weaver Navigation Society - The society was founded in 1997 and is dedicated to preserving, protecting and improving the River Weaver, from Winsford to its confluence with the Manchester Ship Canal .
The Saltisford Canal Trust -
The Grand Union Canal Saltisford Arm is all that remains of the Warwick terminus of the Warwick and Birmingham Canal.
Restored from dereliction between 1982 and 1988 by the Saltisford Canal trust.
The Arm is managed by Saltisford Canal trading Ltd on behalf of the Trust, a registered charity.
Sankey Canal Restoration Society
The Sankey Canal Restoration Society (SCARS) was formed in 1985. The principal aim is to achieve the full restoration of the Canal: the Society actively publicises and promotes the cause of the Canal, particularly in the three Boroughs through which it runs - Widnes (Halton), Warrington, and St Helens.
Shrewsbury & Newport Canal Trust -
The Trust has been formed in the belief that it is not too late to save the Shrewsbury & Newport Canals. Very little of the line of the canals has been built on and no insuperable engineering problems lie in the way of restoration.
Shropshire Union Canal Society - The Society was formed in 1968 to promote interest in the past, present and future of 158 miles of canal. This embraces the Main Line of the Shropshire Union, from Ellesmere Port to Autherley Junction, the Llangollen Canal , the Middlewich Arm, the Montgomery Canal and the line and remnants of the Shrewsbury and Newport Canal.
Shropshire Union Fly-boat Restoration Society - Now well over 100 years old, nb Saturn has been fully restored to its former glory not only for posterity but to educate present and future generations about our waterways, narrowboats and horseboating.
The Shropshire Union Fly-boat Restoration Society are a voluntary charity set up to restore and preserve the only remaining Shropshire Union Fly-boat in the world. The restored narrowboat carried a runner bearing the Olympic Torch over the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the Llangollen Canal in North Wales on the morning of Wednesday 30 May 2012. - As leading insurers for Narrowboats, Canal Cruisers, Barges and Houseboats, GJW Direct (www.gjwdirect.co.uk) are proud to be official supporters and backers of Saturn.
Somersetshire Coal Canal society
Somersetshire Coal Canal society
The Somersetshire Coal Canal was built to carry coal from the Paulton and Radstock coal fields to the Kennet and Avon Canal. The canal closed shortly after 1900 and most of it was drained for reasons of safety, however, there is still plenty to be seen if you know what to look for.
Southampton Canal Society - Established in June 1967, the Southampton Canal Society does not support a single waterway, as there is no ‘Southampton Canal’, although in the past there were several navigable waterways in southern Hampshire. Instead their aims are to foster interest in canals and inland waterways, to assist in their preservation, restoration and development, and to give practical help on waterway projects.
Boat Club - SoT
IWA Programme 2008/ 2009 - Stoke-on-Trent
Boat Club 50th Anniversary - Golden Jubilee Rally - The members of the Club
would like to thank everyone who contributed to the event and all who attended.
Everyone said how much they enjoyed themselves. ‘The best rally I’ve
ever attended’ was the comment of one visiting boater.
Stratford Canal Society - The Stratford upon Avon Canal Society was formed in 1956 with the main aim of securing the future of the southern section of the canal from Lapworth to Stratford . Their present objectives include promoting the fullest use, maintenance and improvement of all Inland Waterways of Great Britain , and in particular the Stratford upon Avon Canal .
Surrey & Hampshire Canal Society
Surrey & Hampshire Canal Society Now known as The Basingstoke Canal Society.
Society - Their aim is to restore the derelict Swansea Canal to a navigable
standard and to improve the environment of the canal for the benefit of its flora
Formed in 1981 and currently with over 130 members, the Swansea Canal Society
is run by a group of volunteers and became a registered charity on 25th August
Tideway Adventurers Narrowboat Project, Uxbridge - Tideway Adventurers Narrow boat project are looking to buy an ex-hire/community boat (70foot) at approximately £30-£35,000 in price as soon as possible.
Trent & Mersey Canal SocietyWe are dedicated and committed to the Trent and Mersey Canal - one of Britain's oldest and best loved canals. Throughout its 93 miles, this superb waterway runs past some of the region's most breath-taking scenery, with historic waterway architecture and it has some magnificent engineering features – chief amongst them the impressive Anderton Boat Lift and Harecastle Tunnels.
(The) Waterways Trust In July 2012 in England and Wales this was merged with the newly established Canal & River Trust. The remaining operations in Scotland were renamed the Scottish Waterways Trust.
Wey & Arun
Canal Trust - After the canal was abandoned in the late 1800s, it fell into
dereliction until a group of enthusiasts formed a Canal Society in 1970, and
then the present Wey & Arun Canal Trust in 1973, with the object of restoring
the canal for navigation.
Wilts & Berks Canal Society
Worcester Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society - The Worcester Birmingham Canal Society was formed in 1969 to promote the restoration, conservation and improvement of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and adjacent waterways for the use and benefit of the public. It was renamed following the opening of the Droitwich Canals.
Community Boats Association
The National Community Boats Association aims to encourage and support community boating organisations within the UK to use the history, arts and environment of the waterways, as resources for learning and regeneration.
Museums / Museum Societies
Merseyside Maritime Museum
The Boat Museum Society, Ellesmere Port
The principal aim of the Boat Museum Society is the preservation of the historic
boats, skills, knowledge and way of life of the waterways. The Society founded
Museum at Ellesmere Port which is now The National Waterways Museum,
and home to the national collection of historic boats. Society members give practical
support to the Museum in voluntary work such as restoration and care of the collection,
demonstrations of traditional waterways crafts, assisting in the Archives, guiding
parties of visitors to the Museum, and much more.
of The Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum
Events are organised by the Friends of the Canal Museum in partnership
with the Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne and the local community to raise awareness
of the Museum and all that the canalside village has to offer.
Duchess Countess Packet-boat Project
Friends of President - To preserve and promote the use of the steam narrow boat 'President' and butty 'Kildare' in conjunction with its owners. To use 'President' and 'Kildare' for the promotion of the Inland Waterways and in particular the Black Country Living Museum and to raise monies for the said organisation. Our article ~ Steam Narrowboat President visits "Shackerstone In Steam"
Steam Tug Kerne
Union Fly-boat Restoration Society - The Shropshire Union Fly-boat Restoration
Society was formed in 1988 to focus on regenerating the traditional horse drawn
Shropshire Union Fly-boats and activities on the waterway along the Shropshire
Union Canal. In spring 2000, the last surviving example of a floating Shropshire
Union Fly boat, Saturn,
was purchased from private ownership and saved from certain decay and disuse.
The boat is now based at Ellesmere Port Boat Museum but frequently seen between
there and Audlem
South West Herts Narrowboat Project - The South West Herts Narrowboat Project exists to provide a narrowboat facility for community and youth groups for the advancement of education and social welfare. Formed in 1987 as an independent UK charity, it serves a wide variety of user groups.
Wooden Canal Boat
Society - The Wooden Canal Boat Society is a charity dedicated to saving,
restoring and using on community projects some of the real old wooden working
boats of Britain 's canal network. We are based on the Ashton canal in Manchester.
These craft are a vital but hitherto largely neglected part of the canal heritage.
Less than 200 wooden working boats now survive on over 2000 miles of inland waterways.
The W.C.B.S. is saving as many as it can, when restored they function not as
dead museum pieces but as living working boats serving today's community.
Christian Fellowship - The fellowship, better known as the BCF, has a group
of members who support their aims and who love the inland waterways. BCF was
formed in 1995 and now has more than 600 members, although owning a boat is not
a condition of membership. They have members who hire, some who live near a canal,
some who crew on other members’ boats, and some who even live abroad. Fellows
are from all denominations and they only ask that members are believing, mainstream
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