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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 Clarke’s 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)

David’s walk will coincide with Kennet’s 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 Society’s 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 Society’s 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 canal’s Bicentenary plus archiving of our previous news here ...
11-Feb-2016 The Society’s 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.

14-Aug-2015 We are now well through a busy season, but very successful to date. Kennet is currently moored at Reedley Marina awaiting the three events to the end of the season:-
Burnley Canal Festival - 29th-30th August; Blackburn Heritage Weekend - 12th-13th September (This is a new venture for Kennet); Skipton Puppet Festival - 2nd-4th October
As ever you are more than welcome to come and help - no experience required - just enjoy the atmosphere, chatting and keeping an eye on our exhibits. Please let us know if you can come and join us even if it is just half a day. Email - friendsofkennet@gmail.com or Tel - 01535 630597

27-Jul-2015 The Society is holding an Open Meeting on the 7th September at 6-30pm, at Graham & Brown's, Design & Marketing Centre for anyone who is interested in celebrating or organising a celebration for the 200th anniversary of the canal in 2016. More information here. Please share this with anybody who may be interested. Looking forward to a successful meeting and 2016.

6-Jul-2015 As part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal's completion, the Society is producing a 2016 calendar. Details of a Photographic Competition to source the pictures, which is open to all amateurs, are available here. Please share this with friends and anyone who takes pictures. We look forward to receiving many entries.

* 16-Jun-2015 This week sees Kennet in Bingley for the Schools Week, after a successful day yesterday at the CRT Bingley Family Fun Day although the weather could have been better. The local paper provided a picture of children at the event - wearing costumes made by Freda.

Our next major event after Sundays opening at a Community Towpath Event, Micklethwaite Swing Bridge is the Leeds Waterways Festival 27th & 28th June, where it is planned for Kennet to be open in Granary Wharf alongside CRT. However it seems that we have an ongoing problem this year with the openings being reliant on a few core volunteers, with this one also being desperately short of help - there is nothing onerous about helping, as if there are plenty of volunteers, it gives time to chat and see what else is happening in the surrounding areas.

Thanks to those who have volunteered. Looking forwards to a successful weekend.

* 9-May-2015 The Kennet season is now well underway with successful weekends at the Salter Heritage Weekend and the Skipton Waterways Festival followed by the visit from Burnley Women’s Institute - despite the weather. Our next major event is the Saltaire Arts Trail - but first calling at Crossflatts School so that around 180 children can visit Kennet and enjoy extra activities with the CRT Explorers.

However after the good news - it is apparent that we don't have the number of volunteers for some of the events going forwards. The main problem being that we need more members for our "Open House" hosting two artists and the Bradford Photographic Society at the Saltaire Arts Trail. For more about this weekend see the Saltaire Inspired website and the Arts Trail brochure.

The latest issue of Clogs & Gansey is now available. As a review of our postage costs and an increase in email addresses on our database, we have decided to send this issue out to all the email addresses we have and only post the balance. We appreciate that there may be some of you that could have a problem with having C&G in this way - if so please contact us and supply a more suitable email address if you have one or indeed require it by post and we will update our records accordingly.

Many thanks for your continued support.

* 2-Apr-2015 The 2015 Programme and Moving Schedule for Kennet have been distributed over the past few days - and copies are also available here.
* 14-Feb-2015 All members should have now received notice of the Society’s Annual General Meeting to be held at 2pm on Saturday 7th March 2015 at the Rolls Royce Social Club, Skipton Road, Barnoldswick BB18 6HJ. Later that day there will also be a Tapas Cruise on the Romance starting from Ripley Green, near Blackburn at 7pm. Booking forms need to be returned by 25th February. Why not make up a group and bring your friends?
* 3-Nov-2014 The latest Friends of Kennet Newsletter should now have arrived in your inbox - and is online here.
* 22-Aug-2014 The 3rd Kennet update of the season is now online. As you will see the main change is that the CRT Partnership has changed the format of the day and it is now only an “internal event” so Kennet is stopping in the west to the end of the season. There are also other alterations along with additions. Please have a look and volunteer to help with staffing and moving so that we can have a successful end to the season. We are particularly short of help for the 31st August in Runcorn, the Crooke Beer, Boat and Folk Festival (20-21 September) and the PR day (9 October).
* 15-Jul-2014 We are now well into the season, which so far has been very successful with over 3,000 visitors to date including five schools. An updated Kennet Movements & Programme is now online. As you see it has seen some changes / additions which although adds to the volunteering input we feel that if we can achieve it the the whole season will be a huge success. However it does rely on us having the volunteers to help - so please let the appropriate contact know as indicated on the programme. Many thanks to all those who have helped to date and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible over the remainder of the season.
* 5-Jun-2014 We plan to open to the public on Sunday 22nd June for the Burscough Heritage Weekend. PLEASE HELP so that we can open up at the place where Kennet was "relaunched" in a blaze of glory 2 years ago. You simply need to help the public onto and in Kennet with the added enjoyment of chatting to interested people.
* 7-Apr-2014 Hello All - we are looking at holding an "Open Day" to invite Organisations, Boat Clubs and other possible interested parties to promote Kennet and the Society. If we have enough volunteers come forwards then it will take place on Saturday 31st May at ELWY Boat Club (they have kiindly offered to move some boats for us so that we have easy access). So it is over to you - please let us know your thoughts and whether you would be available. Apart from this we must not forget our other events initial events of Skipton Waterways Festival at Skipton and Hyndburn. We will be just beyond the Bridge on the Springs Branch and would like to also utilise the grass area on the bank to add to our impact - so the more of us there is the more impact we can make. Please let us know (if you haven't already done so) when you can join us on any event (especially the ones above) so we can finalise our plans. Many thanks to those who have already volunteered. Latest version of the events list.
* We are near the start of our 2014 season with Kennet - and the latest Newsletter which has the season’s programme to date is now online. This is very dependent on our volunteer support and we still require more help. If you would like to give an hour or so (or even longer) at any of the events or moving Kennet then please let us know as soon as possible so that you can be put into touch with those who are "heading up" each event. Looking forward to seeing you over the season.
* At Easter there is the launch of a new L&LC book at the Waterways Archive at Ellesmere Port. Can anyone help take our stand and promote both Kennet and the Society? See latest newsletter ...
* The latest Clogs and Gansey newsletter is now available and should already be in your e-mail inbox.
* In March 2014 your Society became a registered charity.
* The Society’s Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 8th March 2014 at the Library, Barnoldswick.
* The web site has been moved to the Society’s new domain. This is hosted by the same ISP and there should be no change in content or appearance as a result of the move. However new authors and editors can now be accommodated.
* This web site has been converted from a HTML, text edited, file structure into a Netobjects Fusion project at the request of the Committee. External web sites linking to specific pages (other than the Home page) will need updating. Please report any errors to Brian Townsley. The aim of the conversion is to allow new authors and editors to be involved. Any members interested?
* The Skipton Puppet Festival took place over the 28-29 September 2013 weekend.
* Burnley Canal Festival took place 13-15 September 2013 - looking forward to another excellent weekend in 2014.
* Our Social Evening was held on Friday 19th April at Caroline Social Club, Saltaire
* The Special General Meeting & Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 9th March 2013
* The Kennet g-mail calendar is now available more...
* Video of Bingley 5 Rise Locks at the Yorkshire Post ...
* Film makers challenged to put North-West canal heritage in the frame (now closed)
* New email address for Friends of Kennet - friendsofkennet@gmail.com - please update your records
* Movie clip of Kennet at Saltaire available more... (Quicktime 2.7Mb)
* The Kennet Project aims to achieve the Society's goal of ensuring Kennet is retained as an historic craft and continues to promote the heritage and traditions of the canal more...


Technical Notes

The Society has had a website since sometime around 1999. It gradually expanded over the years and eventually needed to be converted from direct HTML coding to something more user friendly. The latest version of the Society’s website is based upon the original design but using newer development tools.

  • Web page structure - 3x3 matrix with minimum cell sizes of 200 + 75 + 75 = 350 pixels horizontal and 75 + 75 + 44 = 194 pixels vertical. The 4 corner cells are fixed in size and the central row and column are variable to fit content.
  • Development software - Netobjects Fusion Essentials Standard Version (7.50.0000.5025) free copy, any graphics software that supports JPG, GIF and PSD formats (e.g. Adobe Photoshop CS2 or later), any FTP software supporting loading HTML to ISP hosting server (e.g. Filezilla FTP), any zip file creation software for backups (e.g. 7-Zip). Optional graphics software for creating and editing vector graphics (AI) for any downloadable scroll work (e.g. Adobe Illustrator CS2 or later). Optional TTF / OTF font editing software for making antique fonts (High-Logic FontCreator v9.1 or later).
  • Development hardware - any Windows based PC
  • Hosting ISP - L&LCS account with 1&1 provides server space, e-mail accounts (not used) and domain name registration. Owned and operated by Society.
  • Backups - Full zip copy of the Fusion LLCS directory loaded to ISP server as required. Full zip copy loaded to at least one external drive by webmaster. Full working copy held on laptop by webmaster. External drives and development hardware owned and operated by webmaster.

Any Society member wishing to provide technical support will be most welcome ... and the Society’s Facebook account also needs someone to care for it as well.