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    • June

      24

      2017
    IWA Festival of water 2017

    IWA Festival of water 2017

    The IWA Festival of Water is free to attend and will have an array of attractions on and off the water providing a fun day out for all the family. Many boats, including leisure, trade, heritage and working narrowboats are expected and there will be a wide range of craft stalls and activities on site. There will also be a market and fund raising stalls. Membe…

    • April

      08

      2017
    Pentland

    Pentland

    The Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association (ECP&DA) have been fortunate to recently acquire an ex Canal and River Trust (C&RT) work boat named Pentland. It was transported by low loader, courtesy of Walker and Son of Tuxford, from Newark to ECP&DA headquarters at Langley Mill and was craned into their compound. The 37 foot boat wh…

    • February

      28

      2017
    Langley Mill Cottage

    Langley Mill Cottage

    ECP&DA originally rented the Cottage - 130 Derby Road, Langley Mill NG16 3AA from Hardy and Hanson's brewery. When the lease expired in 2006 the ECP&DA purchased the cottage. It is used for our work party groups and moorers in the Nottingham Canal Basin. The windows were the old wooden sash type and starting to rot so with a grant from Amber Valley C…

    • January

      09

      2017
    Christmas at Sandiacre Lock Cottage

    Christmas at Sandiacre Lock Cottage

    The lock cottage team enjoyed a successful first Christmas themed opening on three Sunday's during December 2016. We had a broad range of visitors who showed an interest in both the history of the cottages and the on-going work of the ECP&DA. Although most of the visitors were from within the local vicinity, others had travelled from further afar.  Donat…

    • November

      08

      2016
    October work party

    October work party

    Now that most peoples holidays have finished we are getting better turn-outs on Friday's work party and have been doing some varied jobs. After several years of not working on the Cromford extension apart from some maintenance on the Rustons 3RB we have had several days on vegetation management and have filled up the log bags for the winter. We have also don…

    • August

      13

      2016
    Long Eaton Canal Festival 13 & 14 August 2016

    Long Eaton Canal Festival 13 & 14 August 2016

    This first festival organised jointly by Long Eaton Civic Society, ECP&DA and Canal and River Trust was held over the weekend of 13th and 14th August. The weather was wonderful and the attendance was outstanding. The two bottles of whiskey "pick the string to win" we had on the stall were won by Jacky Nixey and Glyn Stenson. Guess the weight of the cake …

    • March

      04

      2016
    Towpath Improvements.

    Towpath Improvements.

    A £500,000 project is underway to improve a section of the Erewash Canal towpath-giving residents a clean and green route to Ilkeston's shops and businesses. The Canal and River Trust, the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of historic waterways in England and Wales, has begun work on a one mile stretch between Potters Lock and Awsworth Road Bridge (Barkers …

    • December

      01

      2014
    Shardlow Crane Restored By ECP&DA

    Shardlow Crane Restored By ECP&DA

    Works Compound at Langley Mill From the early days of the canal system in the late 18th Century a few primitive timber cranes were used to load and unload heavy items from boats. Smaller cranes were swivel wharf cranes probably lifting about 1 ton but there were larger cranes or hoists fitted inside buildings over an internal canal basin. Then with the co…

    • October

      11

      2014
    ECP&DA fundraising race night

    ECP&DA fundraising race night

    On Saturday 11/10/2014 we held a race night and dinner at the Clock Warehouse, Shardlow. We had an almost maximum attendace with many of the race-goers dressed for the occassion. There were eight races plus an owners race. The night was a great success and we would like to thank Karen, Dave, Shirley and Norman for oganising and running the event. We would a…

    • January

      26

      2014
    Sandiacre Lock Repairs

    Sandiacre Lock Repairs

    Sandiacre lock has been emptied pending repairs. On 26th January 2014 it was opened by the Canal and river trust for public tours. This was the first time people had had the opportunity to go down into the lock. Despite the wet weather around 600 visitors arrived throughout the day. We were also pleased to welcome Richard Parry, Chief Exec. of C&RT and P…

    • May

      23

      2013
    Lock Cottage renovation

    Lock Cottage renovation

    Lock Cottage renovation gains a commendation in Waterways Renaissance Awards The renovation work was carried out in March and April 2012 and concerned the chimney stack and guttering (Photos of this work can be seen further down this page). The award ceremony for this achievement took place on Thurs 23rd of May at the ICC Birmingham. For the past 11 years th…

    • April

      07

      2013
    Birdswood at Langley Mill

    Birdswood at Langley Mill

    Birdswood, the Friends of Cromford Canal trip boat travelled under its own power from Froghall to Shardlow, where it over-wintered. Then from Shardlow to Langley Mill, for power conversion to electric drive and general renovation. It will then be taken by road to Cromford warf, where it will be oprated as a trip boat between Cromford and Leawood pumphouse. T…

    • October

      22

      2012
    Nether Green Brook Dredged

    Nether Green Brook Dredged

    On the 22/10/2012 the Nether Green Brook was dredged by contractors working for the C&RT. This is the feeder that carries overspill water from Moogreen reservoir into the Great Northern Basin. The last time this feeder was dredged was in 2008

    • May

      23

      2012
    National Waterways Commendation

    National Waterways Commendation

    At the waterways renaisance award ceremony held at Birmingham ICC on 23rd May we were commended in the volunteer section. This was for the work carried out to refurbish the swing bridge at Langley Mill (article at bottom of this page). In recognition for this we were given a presentation by British Waterways East Midlands. The award ceremony was carried out …

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