Welcome to our seventy eighth electronic newsletter.
On Sunday, 17th May, we will be dismantling the compound behind Hollingwood Hub. We would be very grateful for help.
Please wear old clothes and bring stout gloves.
We will start at 10 a.m.
Supporters’ Group Meeting
For details and background reading for our walk this Wednesday, 13th May, click here.
Our Promotions Team will be at the following venues in the next few weeks.
May 30th/31st Crooklands Cumbria for the IWA National Trailboat Festival
June 6th Lock Keeper pub at Worksop for the C&RT Event
If you would like to help, please come and try it for an hour or two. For further information email [email protected] .
The John Varley will be doing a luxury cruise with a meal at Hollingwood Hub, on 23rd May; £25/£20 and a normal 6 hour trip on June 10th; £20/£15. Booking essential for both, ring 01629 533020.
Hugh Henshall will be running Cake & Cruise trips from Laura’s Coffee Shop in Shireoaks on 23rd May; £10 and trips on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May, from the Lock Keeper.
Seth Ellis will be running trips from the Boat Inn at Hayton on May 23rd and 24th; £6.50; from the Hop Pole in Retford on May 25th and from the Gate Inn at Clarborough on June 6th and 7th. All three pubs are offering 10% off food for those who have taken a trip. Booking essential, ring 07925 851569.
Madeline will be running walk-up trips (no prior booking) every Saturday from Hollingwood Hub.
John Varley will be running walk-up trips every Sunday from Tapton Lock.
Hugh Henshall will be running walk-up trips every Sunday from the Lock Keeper with 20% off food in the pub for all those taking a trip. N.B. No trips on May 24th.
Finally, the John Varley evening cruises continue. See our website.
WRG van appeal
As you will know, the Waterway Recovery Group are frequent visitors to our canal to help with restoration. They have an appeal for £120,000 to buy four new vans. Click here to read about it and contribute.
You may not be aware that we now have a Wildlife Blog section on our website under Off the Water. Click here to see the blogs so far.
David Kiddy steals the show this time. If you see any interesting or unusual wildlife anywhere along the canal, please email us with details of what, when and where. If you could supply a photo, it would be even better. I will then put it in the next E-Newsletter.
Keels & Cuckoos online
Keels & Cuckoos, the magazine of the South Yorkshire & Dukeries Branch of the IWA, is available online. To see it click here.
Chesterfield Area Walking Festival
This incredibly popular festival runs until 17th May. Click here for details.
The Work Party gets through dozens of plastic buckets pouring mortar down narrow gaps. If you have any old plastic emulsion paint buckets - minimum 10 litres - please pass them on to the Work Party.
Northern Soul and Motown Night
Old Whittington Miners Welfare Club, Station Lane, S41 9NL. 01246 451961. Tickets £2.50 each; includes Buffet and Chip Buttie. Tickets available from OWMWC bar. D.J. Gee and guests. Large dance floor to strut your stuff. All proceeds go to the Chesterfield Canal Trust.