Next FCC Event

Monday 15th February 2016

The Ashover Light Railway

A illustrated talk by Richard Booth

£2. 7.30pm, Ironville Church Hall, Bar, Raffle & Sales. Non members welcome

Next Work Parties

Sunday 7th February

Special Cromford Work Party

Meet at Cromford Wharf, 10am. Vital Reed Pulling work around Lawn Bridge to clear channel for Birdswod to operate. Bring lunch.

Contact Mike Kelley for more information or call 07745 206958

Tuesday 2nd February

Fortnightly Cromford Work Party

Meet at High Peak Junction Car Park. 9.30am start. Vital Reed Pulling work around Lawn Bridge to clear channel for Birdswod to operate. Bring lunch. Contact John Barker for more information

Tuesday 9th February

Fortnightly Ironville Work Party

Meet in the Crossings Club Car Park, at the end of Coach Road, near Lock 2. 9.30am start; finish about 2.30pm. Bring lunch; tea/coffee provided; toilets available.

You can download an information sheet here, or contact John Barker for more information

Upcoming Events

Monday 21st March 2016

The Idle Women

A talk by Mike Constable on women trainees on the canal boats in the last war

£2. 7.30pm, Ironville Church Hall, Bar, Raffle & Sales. Non members welcome

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Welcome

The Friends of the Cromford Canal is a charitable organisation whose aim is to see the restoration of the historic Cromford Canal for the benefit of the general public. We advocate and promote its restoration to navigation, connected to the national inland waterway system, and the conservation, use, maintenance, and development of the canal, buildings, towing path, structures, craft and environment now or previously associated with the canal to its fullest use for appropriate commercial and recreational purposes and to preserve this valuable historical heritage.

Why not check out our Facebook page here.


Latest News

IWA RAFFLE WINNERS

FCC AWARDED £1,329

FCC Members will recall receiving raffle tickets to sell in aid of national restoration, the proceeds of which were divided between participating societies. This year the raffle raised over £14,000 and FCC came third in the list of ticket sales, beaten only by the WRG Van Appeal and the Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust. Well done to all of you who worked so hard to sell tickets. Full details here.

BIRDSWOOD TRIPS 2016

Regular public trips between Cromford Wharf and High Peak Junction/Leawood Pump house aboard the electrically powered historic narrowboat Birdswood will operate every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 19th March 2016. The schedule is online here.

 

HORSE DRAWN TRIPS

Chelsea, our special boat horse, will be pulling Birdswood on the following dates this year, which coincide with the steaming dates for Leawood Pump House, offering the unique opportunity to experience these to

Horse dates poster


HORSE DRAWN TRIPS generally operate one weekend per month, usually to coincide with the steam days for Leawood Pump. (For dates see the full schedule). Trips will be single trips departing Cromford Wharf at 11:00 and 14:00 and High Peak Junction at 12:15 and 15:15. Full price list here.

See the boat section of the website here.

 

Fancy Volunteering?

Have you a love for the outdoors? Do you fancy helping out as a volunteer? Birdswood is always looking for more crew members to join the team. Training and uniform are provided. Call 07552 055455 for more details.

TOWPATH OPEN

LAWN BRIDGE TO HIGH PEAK JUNCTION

The canal tow path between Lawn Bridge and High Peak Junction has been reopened in time for Christmas as work was completed ahead of schedule. Many thanks to Derbyshire County Council for expediting this work.

TOWPATH TALK AT CROMFORD

Towpath Talk

The latest edition of the popular free inland waterway newspaper Towpath Talk is now available at FCC's Weighbridge Shop at Cromford Wharf. The shop is open 11am to 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays from now until Christmas. The shop also stocks a range of local craft items that make ideal Christmas presents - and remember all profits go to the future restoration of the Cromford Canal.

TYRES CLEARED FROM CANAL

For some months Birdswood has been hitting an underwater object in the canal close to the former Cromford Garden Centre. The FCC work party on Tuesday 13th October "waded in" to solve the problem, thanks to diver John Sparham, suitably kitted in dry suit. It turned out not to be a large log as thought, but a large vehicle tyre, which proved difficult to shift as it was full of silt. Investigation further down the canal produced a similar tyre! If you would like to help with future work parties to help keep Birdswood running, please contact John Barker.

Tyre Rescue

Tyre Rescue

CROMFORD WEIGHBRIDGE OFFICE: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Weighbridge

Following the successful agreement of a lease of the former Wheatcroft's weighbridge office on the Mill Road end of the Gothic Warehouse on Cromford Wharf, volunteers are needed to 'man' the office as a 'shop front' for FCC and Birdswood. If you think this could be for you please contact Vix Wilding.

The shop is now open for business, so do drop in next time you are in Cromford.

CROMFORD CANAL COMPANY MINUTES BOOK

Derbyshire Record Society has published the first volume of the Minutes of the Cromford Canal Co. More details.

FCC RECEIVES £2500 FROM SEVERN TRENT

FCC was delighted to recive a cheque for £2500 for restoration work on the Sawmills Gauging Narrows. More details

ANOTHER TUNNEL SCHEDULED

English Heritage has scheduled Fritchley Tunnel on the Butterley Company's gangroad. More details

FCC WINS TOP RAFFLE AWARD

Friends of the Cromford Canal sold more IWA raffle tickets than any other group and recently received a cheque for £1,200. More details.

NEW HI-VIZ VESTS thanks to Amber Valley Rotary Club

More details (external link).