Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd August
FCC is supporting Arkwright Society's annual event with a weekend of entertainment based around the Gothic Warehouse on Cromford Wharf. The Nottingham Model Boat Club will be displaying their wonderful radio controlled boats around the wharf, and Birdswood will be operating full size horse-drawn boat trips. Inside the warehouse (free entry) will be displays of tradtional 'rose and castle' painting, historic photographs, canal water colours and much more. 10am to 5pm both days
Ironville Work Party
Meet at Lock 2 near the Old Coach Road. 9.30am start; finish about 2.30pm. Bring warm clothing and lunch.
Monday 21st September
Laser Scanning of Buildings & Structures
A talk by Andy Beardsley
And that includes work on Lock 4 of the Ironville Flight
£2.00. 7.30pm, Ironville Church Hall, Bar, Raffle & Sales. Non members 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.
On this site we would like to invite you to explore the Cromford Canal and its history. We will also offer you some insight into the work we are doing to preserve and restore the canal.
Why not check out our Facebook page here.
CROMFORD WORK PARTY: WEIGHBRIDGE OFFICE
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 clean and paint outside and inside to enable it to open as a 'shop front' for FCC and Birdswood as soon as possible. Please join us for a work party on Tuesday 30th June at 9.30am at Cromford Wharf. For more details contact John Barker.
To BERTIE and GRACE: 7 Cygnets
Our two resident swans are now the proud parents of seven cygnets, hatched at their home beneath Whatstandwell station footbridge. You can see them on this YouTube film here. And there is a good report in the Derby Telegraph which reports "Seven Swans a-Swimming". Apparently one was not present during the filming, where only 6 are seen! Full report here.
CROMFORD CANAL COMPANY MINUTES BOOK
Derbyshire Record Society has just published the first volume of the Minutes of the Cromford Canal Co covering the important years from 1789 to 1799 during which the canal was conceived, constructed and opened. Transcribed by members of the FCC, copies are available to FCC members at a special price of £20; the cost to non-members is £30 plus £3 p&p (a jolly good reason for joining - details here!) from Derbyshire Record Society, 9 Owen Falls Ave, Chesterfield S410FR. You can download further details of this and other DRS titles on special offer to FCC members here.
Or better still, you can pick up a copy at the next social meeting on Monday.
BIRDSWOOD TRIPS 2015
Regular public trips between Cromford Wharf and High Peak Junction/Leawood Pump house aboard the electrically powered historic narrowboat Birdswood operate every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The schedule is online 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.
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.
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