Inland Waterways Association Bulletin

The Inland Waterways Association campaigns for the use, maintenance and restoration of Britain’s waterways. It is a national charity run by volunteers, and has over 18,000 members whose interests include boating, towing path walking, industrial archaeology, nature conservation and many other activities associated with the inland waterways. The Association Vision is to ensure the inland waterways of England and Wales are restored and maintained to the best possible standards, and kept accessible for the benefit of all people. A regular update on all things connected with these aims is published on their website. The South West Region of the IWA has their own section which can be found here.

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Built by our forefathers, preserved for our grandchildren
Summer 2021
During   the   coronavirus   restrictions,   our   volunteers   have   still   been   maintaining   the   towpath   and   structures   of   the   canal whilst   maintaining   the   prescribed   precautions.   In   addition,   they   are   progressing   the   construction   of   the   replica   crane   to be placed alongside the Ventiford Basin later in the year. We   are   grateful   to   the   management   and   workforce   at   Sibelco   for   their   assistance,   particularly   in   manoeuvring   the massive   wooden   pieces   making   up   the   post   and   jib.   This   has   greatly   helped   James   French   of   JWF   Bespoke   Carpentry and Joinery in fashioning the joints. The   2nd August   saw   a   milestone   in   the   basin   restoration.   The   pieces   of   the   crane   were   taken   from   our   compound   at   the southern   end   of   the   canal   along   the   Stover   Way   and   installed   at   Ventiford.   The   crane   is   taking   shape   nicely   and   we   are now awaiting delivery of the metalwork. Much   remains   to   be   completed   including   landscaping   and   planting   but   we   are   now   planning   an   opening   ceremony   for Spring 2022.
Autumn 2021
The   completed   replica   crane   was unveiled   at   Ventiford   Basin   during our     Open     Day     on     the     19th September    by    Dr.    Ruth    Sewell, Heritage     Officer     of     the     South West      Branch      of      the      Inland Waterways Association. Some   of   the   contractors   involved are    pictured    here    together    with our    own    volunteers    who    were instrumental   in   bringing   this   part of    the    project    to    fruition.    Safety fittings   to   the   basin   walls   remain to       be       installed       and       final landscaping      and      planting      is planned     for     completion     in     the Spring of 2022. The   Open   Day   was   blessed   with good   weather   and   a   large   number of   people   attended. They   enjoyed   the   exhibits   and   refreshments   provided   by   volunteers   and   the   Blend   and Brew Coffee van.
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The Trustees are most grateful to our contractors, suppliers and our own volunteers.
Humber Lane, Kingsteignton,
Bespoke Carpentry Ideford, Newton Abbot
MI Plant Engineering Ltd @miplantltd  ˇ  Engineering service
07977 919964
Plant Hire Benedicts Road, Newton Abbot
Crane construction funded by the Inland Waterways Association West Country Branch
Olympus Tool Hire
Unit 15, Olympus Business Park, Kingsteignton Rd, Newton Abbot
Unit 15, Olympus Business Park, Kingsteignton Rd, Newton Abbot
East Golds Works, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot