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Fund Britain's Waterways - Past Events

Fund Britain’s Waterways (FBW) has held three events:

13th August 2023 – Boat Gathering in Birmingham followed by a campaign tour to various events by historic boat Atlas and Malus.

27th September 2023 – Save Gloucester’s Waterways Campaign Cruise and Gathering

14th November 2023 – Campaign Cruise past the Houses of Parliament

Check out the full video collection of Fund Britain’s Waterways events on YouTube.

Fund Britain's Waterways - Past Events

Campaign Cruise past the Houses of Parliament, Westminster – 14th November 2023

Campaign Gathering at Gloucester – 30th September 2023

On 30th September, Gloucester Main Dock was filled with 70 boats, of which 30 arrived in procession 8 miles from Saul Junction, finally through Llanthony Bridge to start the proceedings. Many of historical significance they soon moored up making a great spectacle for the assembled press, local MP and senior members of Waterways organisations, local and national. Even the Severn Bore made it a special day, a 5 star, first in 4 years, but unfortunately prevented promised boats from Tewkesbury and Upton upon Severn.

Read the full report.   Scroll down this page for the video…

[The photo shows part of the procession of boats passing light vessel Sula – by Paul Nichols]

Boats arriving at Gloucester Rally – by Tony Aldridge

Boats gathered for Gloucester Rally – by Tony Aldridge

Campaigners with placards at Gloucester Rally

 

Narrowboats Atlas and Malus on Tour – August 2023

Birmingham Canal Navigations Society’s working boats Atlas and Malus undertook a ‘Fund Britain’s Waterways on tour’ trip around the Birmingham Canal Navigations. The boats started at the Fund Britain’s Waterways Campaign Cruise, which took place outside the Mailbox in Birmingham on 13th August.

It was here that Atlas and Malus joined approximately 50 other boats to stage a demonstration in support of the FBW campaign which calls upon national and local government to act now and protect the public benefit and natural capital of our waterways.

The next stop for Atlas and Malus was the Brownhills Canal Festival which took place from 19th – 20th August. The event, which is organised by Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, took place on the Wyrley & Essington Canal at Brownhills in the Black Country. For Atlas and Malus, the next step of the journey involved cruising on the Birmingham Canal Navigations from Birmingham city centre to Brownhills. They stopped at Titford Pumphouse and also moored overnight in Wolverhampton on their way to Brownhills Canal Festival.

Following Brownhills, Atlas and Malus continued onwards IWA’s Festival of Water 2023 which was held in Pelsall over the August Bank Holiday weekend. While moored at the event on the Wyrley & Essington Canal, Atlas and Malus received a great deal of interest from festival goers who stopped by to admire these impressive boats and to learn more about the Fund Britain’s Waterways campaign. They also welcomed members of the public aboard to have a look inside the traditional working boats.

The end of August didn’t mean the end of the voyage for these two working boats however, as they continued the tour by attending the Black Country Boating Festival which took place in early September. It is an annual event which takes place at the Bumble Hole Nature Reserve on the Dudley No2 Canal. Throughout the duration of their voyage, Atlas and Malus sported the distinctive FBW boat banners and helped to raise awareness about the Fund Britain’s Waterways campaign – not only at the events but also while en-route to each location! We thank the BCN Society for their support of the Fund Britain’s Waterways campaign and for allowing Atlas and Malus to take #FBWonTour. Thank you also to the crew members that took part including: Steve King (Skipper), Mike Rolfe, Steve Melia and John Holian on Atlas and Mike Paine, Ann Wild and Phillip Wild on Malus.

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