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20-Oct-2016 Bicentenary Updates
As promised our latest Bicentenary news has been going out via our Twitter and Facebook pages but this particular news item deserves to be published here as well -
Last night (19th) there was a gala dinner to celebrate the L&LC Bicentenary. At the dinner Kennet was awarded the Heritage Award. Along with Kennet being presented an award the L&LCS was also awarded the Canal and River Trust Outstanding Contribution Award. Both the crew of Kennet and all those involved in the L&LCS would like to say a huge thank you to all of the local people, groups & companies that have supported the Society and Kennet over the years to get us to this stage. Both awards were unexpected and have provide another superb memory for this week of the Great Kennet Journey along the full length of the L&LC. The support for both Kennet and its flotilla has been amazing and we are looking forward to the coming days as we approach Liverpool.

9-Oct-2016 Bicentenary Updates
Our historic anniversary is here ... David Morley has already started out on his 200 mile epic coast to coast walk and the detailed timetable for our Leeds to Liverpool commemorative trip is out - full schedule here. You can view our latest updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages or better still be at the canal to see events first hand.

26-Sep-2016 Become Our 200th Member
The Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society is currently celebrating the 200th anniversary of the first full crossing of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. The Society has just under 200 members and by the end of the year we aim to round this number up.
If you join the Society now and you are the 200th member you will receive a signed copy of the recently published updated version of Mike Clarkeís classic The Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

22-Sep-2016 Join Us in Celebrating the Bicentenary Passage of Kennet and its Flotilla

17-Sep-2016 A walk of 200 miles from coast to coast to celebrate 200 years of the canal opening from Leeds to Liverpool. As part of the Bicentenary celebrations our membership secretary, David Morley, 62, will be walking 200 miles from Hull to Liverpool during October 2016. As near as possible the journey will follow the waterways, from Hull in the east to Liverpool in the west, including walking the full length of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

A summary of the schedule, with approximate distances, is:
∑    Oct 8th to 11th: Hull to Goole, mainly following the Trans Pennine Trail next to the River Humber and River Ouse (39 miles)
∑    Oct 12th to 14th: Goole to Leeds, following the Aire and Calder Navigation wherever possible (34 miles)
∑    Oct 15th to 23rd: Leeds to Liverpool, following the Leeds and Liverpool Canal for its full length (127 miles)

Davidís walk will coincide with Kennetís recreation of the first passage to mark the opening of the canal on 22nd October 1816. He will set off from Leeds on October 15th at the same time as Kennet, and should arrive in Liverpool Eldonian Basin on October 23rd at a similar time to Kennet. Hopefully David will be able to meet up with Kennet and its crew several times during the journey. David would like to raise funds to help the Society, by making this a sponsored walk and we would welcome any donations you wish to make. If you, your family and your friends wish to sponsor David on this walk, we would be very grateful. If you wish to make a contribution you can do so via the Just Giving website or by using this form.

The 200 mile walk will be particularly challenging for David. Just over 5 years ago, he had a quadruple heart bypass following a heart attack. He has made a good recovery so far and is currently preparing for the challenge.

14-Aug-2016 Issue 37 of the Societyís newsletter Clogs & Gansey should now have arrived with you via e-mail. If not there is a copy in the archive. Distribution via e-mail does help keep down costs so if you have Internet access it is worth opting in. Social media is also being used to send out Society updates. Even though only a limited number of members are users it does provide a means of contact with a wider audience. And on the water we are now nearing the August Bank Holiday weekend and our remaining open days for Kennet this season are -

  • August 26th - 27th - Burnley Canal Festival - This year the Festival has a very strong "Arts" theme and Kennet will be moored at Sandygate where most of the attractions will take place.
  • September 4th - Bradley Village Show - Kennet will be moored on the Wharf next to the Bridge adjacent to the cricket field.
  • September 18th - Bingley Open Day - Kennet will be moored at the top of the 5 Rise Locks
  • October 2nd - Apperley Bridge Heritage Day - Kennet will be moored just above the Locks

As usual we would like extra help to finish off this very successful season of Kennet openings. Please contact us if you can help - or just pop along and have a catch up.

11-Apr-2016 The Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society is pleased to announce that their Heritage Shortboat Kennet has been awarded Regional Flagship of the Year in this the Bicentenary Year of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. This award is particularly gratifying for us as it is the 1st time it has been awarded to a canal based craft and follows being awarded the Canal & River Trust, Learning & Education, Living Waterways Award 2015.
11-Mar-2016 All pages updated to include links to a short movie about the Societyís Living Waterways Education & Learning Award in 2015. Also update to the Bicentenary page
24-Feb-2016 All pages updated today to include new graphics and revised or corrected content as appropriate.
17-Feb-2016 Updates today include a new web page for the canalís Bicentenary plus archiving of our previous news here ...
11-Feb-2016 The Societyís newsletter - Clogs & Gansey - has been given a page of its own with an archive of back issues here ...
8-Feb-2016 Details of the 2016 Annual General Meeting - due 1pm Sat 5th March at Rose Grove Unity Social Club, Rossendale Road, Burnley BB11 5DL - plus the latest 200th Anniversary event schedule should be now arriving with members by post.
2-Feb-2016 The updated Membership / Friends of Kennet form is now available online.
18-Nov-2015 At the end of next year (2016) the Society is rounding off the 200th Celebrations with Kennet recreating the 1st Passage and formal opening of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. This will start in Leeds on 15th October 2016 and finish on 23rd October 2016. Attached is information sheet giving the background of the passage along with an outline timetable. This trip will be the culmination of Kennet's fullest season to date as we are also travelling to the Eldonian Basin (Liverpool) early in the season. The full program will be published early in December 2015. 2016 is a great opportunity for the Society to raise our profile along with the Canal. Why not join in during the season! Please contact us if you would like to become involved. Looking forwards to 2016.




For 178 years the Leeds and Liverpool Canal was a private company, leading an independent existence. But in 1948, together with the majority of the country's canals and railways, it was nationalised and by 1963 it was under the control of British Waterways. On 2 July 2012 all of British Waterways responsibilities for England and Wales' waterways were transferred to the Canal & River Trust. With a total length of 141 miles, including branches, the Leeds & Liverpool is the country's longest canal. More in a Brief History of the Canal and a Canal Chronology



In the recent past it cost British Waterways about £2.5 million per annum to keep the canal open. Almost £1 million of this were generated along the canal, comprising the income from boat licences, property leases, angling and water supply, while the rest was provided by the Government. This works out at £18,000 per mile, about double the cost of building the canal almost two hundred years ago. More about current operations are at the Canal & River Trust


Access & Use

Such expenditure can only be justified if the canal is used by many people. The Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society has been formed to help promote the canal and to encourage greater understanding and appreciation of the canal's history and environment. More about access and use at the Canal & River Trust



Historically, the canal had a great effect on the areas it passed through. It also had its own unique traditions. The Society will encourage the recording of these traditions, and the conservation and preservation of the canal's environment. Many canal side warehouses and lock-keepers cottages are listed buildings, and there are well over 100 other listed structures, such as bridges and wharfs, along the canal. The Society will work with those developing land and buildings along the canal, to ensure that the distinct traditions and heritage of the canal are continued.



As a result of many years of effort the Society has created a Floating Interactive Museum using the Heritage Short Boat Kennet to travel the 127 miles of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, taking heritage and learning to local communities in the same way as the cargoes of old enabled industry to develop these communities. The public engagement being achieved through storytelling, drama, heritage skills training and multimedia linked to the communities the canal passes through. This enables Kennet to be used as a learning resource for schools and organisations that are local to the canal.

In addition the Society has a wealth of information which can be utilised by members to give presentations about the history of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and the activities of the Society.



The L&LCS can only develop its objectives through an active and enthusiastic membership. To help promote awareness and ensure the survival of the unique traditions of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, please support these efforts by joining the Society


Please help earn a little money for the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Society by searching the Internet or shopping online, at no cost to yourself, via www.everyclick.com/leedsandliverpoolcanalsociety or www.giveasyoulive.com/join/leedsandliverpoolcanalsociety


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