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28-Feb-2019 The Annual General Meeting of the Society is this weekend. Refreshments will be available from 2pm with the meeting starting at 3pm. So thatís Saturday 3rd March at the Ighten Leigh Social Club, 389 Padiham Road, Burnley BB12 6SZ - with the agenda already sent to you by post.

With a new season about to start here is a quick review of my small area of involvement - the Societyís Internet presence. The elements that make up the bigger picture are surprisingly varied for such a small operation with a number of members taking control of their specific area. This does spread the workload - which is good - but needs some explanation to know who to contact. The breakdown of control is something like this -

  • Main website editor and general technical support - Brian Townsley (me)
  • Content change co-ordinator for main website - Harold Bond
  • Google Calender content (on Future Events page) - ?
  • Facebook account content - Neil Clegg
  • Twitter account content - Hilary Corrigan
  • Kennet and L&LCanal photo groups on Flickr - any Flickr member can contribute
  • Society e-mail accounts - Harold Bond
  • Apart from the need for regular postings the only specific outstanding issue is the need to refresh the general photos at the top of most of our web pages. If nothing else turns up I will take some shots the next time I visit any scenic parts when the sun is shining.

    19-Jan-2019 Early warning of some important dates - the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Society is scheduled for Saturday 2nd March and the annual Skipton Waterway Festival, which is traditionally the start of our season, is planned for the May Bank Holiday Weekend again - so thatís 4th to 6th May this year. More details here soon.

    12-Apr-2018 The Skipton Waterways Festival, which is traditionally the start of our season, is only 3 weeks away. This is a very busy weekend for us and we require a good number of people to make it so that everyone can enjoy the Festival as well as volunteering on Kennet. We are open all three days of the Bank Holiday weekend (5th to 7th May inclusive) - please indicate your availability of help on Kennet to Lynton who is leading the weekend.

    And as part of our review and updating of the Kennet Manual it has been decided to include a Code of Conduct. This clarifies how we should move Kennet. This has evolved from our experiences over the last few years and that Kennet is now very much the public face of the Society. Accordingly we want to ensure that Kennet is operated using good safe practices which reflects the best practice for cruising on the canal.

    27-Mar-2018 Report of the 2018 Annual General Meeting and the 40th edition of Clogs & Gansey should be arriving with members about now.

    18-Mar-2018 Kennet's programme for 2018 is effectively completed - that is unless something else crops up! Please put these dates in your diary and let us know when you can help staff Kennet - no matter how small the amount. We will not be able to complete the season without the goodwill of volunteer members. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible over the coming season - and make a special note of the Societyís End of Season Celebration; more information nearer the date.

    5-Feb-2018 Details of the 2018 Annual General Meeting - which is scheduled for 2pm Saturday 3rd March at the Ighten Leigh Social Club, 389 Padiham Road, Burnley BB12 6SZ - should now be arriving with you by post. Note that the postcode given in the letter is incorrect.

    You have until 26th February to submit nominations for Trustees and Officers or any matters that you would like to raise in Any Other Business. This year the AGM will start with an archive video of the canal and refreshments.

    24-Jan-2018 After our successful 2017 the Kennet trustees have arranged an open night to cover the ongoing work on Kennet and the requirements needed to keep her in good running order. This open meeting will be for all to discuss every aspect relative to Kennet's needs going forwards, based on our last 6 years experience. This meeting be on Thursday 8th February at 7-00pm at 2 Cross Lane Mill, Bradley, BD20 9QB and needs to cover all topics related to Kennetís future such as -
    ∑        - Cost of upkeep/running of Kennet (over 6 year period)
    ∑        - Is there something to aim for? Ė to create interest, new volunteers and income!!
    ∑        - Do we want to use Kennet in other ways? Ė if so how?
    Please give some thought to these important issues and bring your ideas with you.

    If you haven't already let Harold know that you are coming, please can you do so as he needs to ensure that we have enough cups & biscuits!! Please park outside the Mill Development as there is only limited reserved parking. Looking forwards to see you on the Thursday 8th February.

    25-Aug-2017 Edition 38 of the Society newsletter - Clogs and Gansey - should now be with all members and copy is available online here .. Also just a reminder ... The end of the season is fast approaching, along with Kennet going into Dry Dock for her major 5 yearly survey and refurbishment required by the survey. This is a 3 week period in Dry Dock following Kennet opening at Botany Bay and subsequent moving in stages to Bank Hall Dry Dock (Burnley). The dry docking starts on the 22nd September during which it is planned to carry out the work through a mixture of Professionals and Volunteers. Online is a spread sheet which gives info as to dates etc. for the moving of Kennet into Dry Dock along with other key dates.The volunteers aspect is mainly in preparation and support of the Professionals and re-establishing the hold area after the works, along with potentially other tasks if time permits. It goes without saying that these are the 1st major works on Kennet since her refurbishment in 2011-12 and is necessary to keep her in good condition for the future. Although we are employing professionals for the majority of the works it is impossible for them to carry this out without the support of volunteers in order to keep the costs down. Whatever help you can give in any way would be appreciated - there is plenty of non skilled work to be done!
    Many thanks in anticipation - we will keep you posted as time moves on.

    24-May-2017 Celebrations are continuing - as this year is the Societyís 20th Birthday and Kennet is 70. We would like members to join us in this double celebration to be held on 1st July. We would much appreciate a reply by the date stated, to enable us to cater appropriately for the event.

    11-Apr-2017 The Society is planning to attend the Leeds Waterfront Festival with our new Gazebo over the weekend of the 24th & 25th June as Kennet will be on the west side of the Pennines. In order to cover the whole weekend we are looking for volunteers to man the Gazebo - so please volunteer to man the stand and enjoy the atmosphere of the weekend. Please let us know when and how long you are available.
    Many thanks.

    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.




    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


    Registered Charity Number 1156266