24-Mar-2017 Last year was the most successful to date having traveled the equivalent of the full length of the canal three times and welcomed just short of 9,000 people on board. This dramatically increased the public profile of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, the Society, Kennet and the Canals & Rivers Trust.
So to this year - after making a decision to go to Ellesmere Port - the start of the season will be the National Waterways Museumís Easter Gathering. We are then heading back onto the Leeds & Liverpool Canal for our traditional attendance at the Skipton Waterways Festival. The balance of the season will certainly be different as we are visiting places along the canal where we were welcomed by the many school children who came to cheer us on our way last October. This will give the opportunity for us to invite those schools to visit us as a "Thank You" in this the 70th Birthday Year of Kennet. It also means that we are opening to the public in Silsden and Barnoldswick before attending the Botany Bay Canal Fest over August Bank Holiday weekend for the first time. This will be followed by Kennet going into dry dock in Burnley. More details here ... and on our facebook, twitter and flickr social media feeds.
It goes without saying that we are looking for volunteers for all aspects - especially when we are open to the public and for the school visits. All we are looking for is enthusiasm in what we are doing - so please contact us for more information or just let us know when you are available so that we can plan for the visits in more detail.
6-Feb-2017 Details of the 2017 Annual General Meeting and Bicentenary Review - which is scheduled for 1pm Saturday 4th March at Ighten Leigh Social Club, 389 Padiham Road, Burnley BB12 6SZ - should now be arriving with you by post. You have until 25th February to submit any matters which you would like to raise in Any Other Business.
28 Oct 2016 The End of a Tremendous Season
Kennet has now arrived safely in the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, after crossing the Mersey today. This was the final stage of a fantastic season in which Kennet has traveled the full length of the Canal twice and our Trustee David Morley, we are very pleased to say, completed the 200 miles for 200 years walk from Hull to Liverpool. Wherever possible he walked alongside Kennet and its crew to coincide with the Bicentenary Recreation of the 1st Passage and arrived just after 2.00pm on October 23rd at the Eldonian Basin, Liverpool.
David commented - It was quite a challenge to walk 200 miles in 15 days and I feel really pleased to have completed it. The support I received from my wife, family and friends, including the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Society, encouraged me and helped me a lot.
It was a pleasure to see so many people welcoming Kennet and the flotilla at various places along the canal.
Along the way, I became increasingly aware of how many people use the Leeds and Liverpool Canal on a regular basis. In addition to boaters, there are walkers, runners, cyclists, fishermen, dog walkers, bird watchers, health walkers, volunteers keeping the canal tidy, and many others.
It is vital that we preserve this national treasure for the use of future generations. Thank you for the donations you have made so far to support my walk in aid of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Society.
David also sums up the essence of Kennet's passage where thousands of people were drawn to the canal to wish Kennet, the Flotilla and the Canal well in this special year. During the week Kennet was greeted by Mayors from all the Boroughs along the canal corridor and the The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire along with many Primary Schools waving and cheering. There were Church Bells Ringing, Pipe Bands, Brass Bands and Choirs to greet us with much waving from the crew in acknowledgement.
Many thanks to everyone concerned who made last week such a memorable occasion for David and the Society. If you haven't already made a donation and would like to do so, please use David's just giving page - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/David-Morley200
Follow this link to see the aerial video of Kennet & the Flotilla - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT_al-K0yfQ
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. Late extra - The Leeds & Liverpool Canal bicentenary awards films are now online
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 ...
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.