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Sunday 22nd May 2022, 10am to 4pm - Bookfair, Gorton Monastery, 89 Gorton Lane, Manchester M12 5WF.  Please come along to this event and visit the stall which we will be sharing with North West WRG.  Please also browse the second-hand books and view the splendid interior of the monastery, along with the cafe.

Friday 27th May 2022, 7pm - Annual General Meeting at Heaton Moor United Church, Stanley Road, Stockport, SK4 4HL.  Everyone is welcome, please come along.  See  details  here, and January  newsletter  here.

Saturday 28th May 2022, 11am to 3pm - Reddish Worker Bee Market and Family Fun Day, Broadstone Mill Car Park, Broadstone Road, Stockport, SK5 7DL.  Please visit our stall at this event.

Saturday 4th June 2022, 11am to 3pm - Clayton Hall Open Day and Family Fun Day, Clayton Park, Ashton New Road, Clayton, Manchester, M11 4RU.  Please visit our stall at this event.  Click  here  to view the Hall’s website.

Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2022 - Chester Canal 250th Anniversary Celebration.  The IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch are planning a celebration event at Tower Wharf, Chester over the above weekend.  Please come along and visit our stall at this event.

IWA Open Talks Programme - all talks take place in the Castlefield Hotel, Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4JR.  The entrance to the hotel is on the side facing towards Deansgate overlooking the Castlefield outdoor arena.

Pocket Parks and Parklets - These are small areas which members of the public can identify for protection as green spaces.  The “Yellow Brick Road” has been logged on the BEE network website by MSCS with a further proposal to be submitted for North Reddish Park.  Comments in support of these parks are requested by the website and your support would be appreciated.  Click  here  to see the BEE Network and Parklet Consultation Map User Guide, from where you can access the map and give your support.



Saturday 23rd April - One day dig at the Pyramid Garden on the Yellow Brick Road near the Ashton Canal.

Monday 4th April - IWA Open Talk - “Short History of the Pomona Island”.  Maarja Kaaristo.

Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd March - IWA Event - ‘ASHTAC50’.

Monday 14th March - IWA Open Talk - “The Lancaster Northern Reaches”.  Audrey Smith.

Monday 14th February - IWA Open Talk - “A Walk through History along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal”.  Jim Doran.


Saturday 20th November - Reddish Worker Bee Market, Broadstone Mill Car Park, Broadstone Road, Stockport.

Monday 8th November - IWA Open Talk - “Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal - the latest on its restoration”.  Paul Hindle.

Saturday 18th September - Clayton Hall Open Day, Clayton Park, Ashton New Road, Clayton, Manchester.

Saturday 11th September - “Rediscovering the Underbanks” Heritage Open Day, Underbanks, Stockport, Greater Manchester.

Thursday 26th August - Canal path (yellow brick road) clean-up, Gorton Community Centre, Abbey Hey Lane, Gorton.

IWA Online talks or webinars:  Please click on the webinar title you wish to view via YouTube.

Alternatively use this  IWA YouTube Channel  link.

Monday 7th June - “2021 Proposals for Managing Boats in London”.  Matthew Symonds.

Wednesday 26th May - “HS2 impact on the Colne Valley Park and across the Chilterns”.  Keith Hoffmeister.

Monday 24th May -Changing Landscape of Canals in London”.  Tim Lewis.

Thursday 13th May - “Crossing the Severn”.  Brian Margetson.

Thursday 29th April -Sustainable Propulsion on the Inland Waterways”.  Bowman Bradley.

Wednesday 28th April -Manchester Ship Canal”.  Richard Thomas.

Tuesday 27th April - “The Story of IWA Canalway Cavalcade”.  Libby Bradshaw.

Wednesday 21st April - “Burton’s 18th century waterways… and ‘tipsy Romanovs’”.  John Parry.

Friday 16th April - “My Perspective of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways”.  Iain Campbell.

Tuesday 13th April -How many boat lifts? From Gdańsk to Ostróda via the Elbląg Kanał”.  John Pomfret.

Thursday 8th April - “The Sleeping Beauty - Restoration of the Cromford Canal”.  Mike Kelley.

Wednesday 7th April -Milton Keynes to Bedford Waterways”.  IWA Chiltern Branch.

Tuesday 30th March -The art of waterways photography - how to frame the perfect shot”.  Kev Maslin.

Thursday 25th March - “Scottish Canals”.  Jonathan Mosse.

Monday 22nd March -Royal Gunpowder Mills”.  Richard Thomas.

Monday 1st March - “Moss Naylor Young 10th Anniversary Celebration”.  Patrick Moss.

Wednesday 24th February -History and Restoration of the Wendover Canal”.  Clive Johnson.

Monday 22nd February -Trade under Sail, the Past and the Future”.  Brian Corbett.

Friday 19th February -River Nene & Fenland Waterways - Part 1”;  “ - Part 2”.  IWA East Yorkshire Branch.

Wednesday 17th February - “New Lives from Old Boats”.  Chris Leah.

Tuesday 2nd February -Work of the Waterway Chaplains”.  Adrian and Chris Dann.

Thursday 28th January - “Reservoir Safety”.  David Brown.

Tuesday 26th January -Navigation Authority Underfunding - what the future holds”.  John Packman, James Taylor, Mark Stoneham and Mark Baker.

Wednesday 20th January - “Extreme Voyages - 1896 to 1968”.  Jeremy Batch.

Tuesday 12th January -River waterways of North East England”.  John Pomfret.

Monday 11th January -Bradley Canal Restoration”.  Dave Pearson.