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Big Draw returns to Stoke Bruerne for 2017 on 25th October

What a difference our Adoption Group makes...

Over and Under the Hill (NEW) - 3rd September

Sunday 3rd September at 09.30am

Yet another chance to join walkers for ‘Over and Under the Hill’ an exciting heritage boat and walk event.
Join a boat trip through the historic 200 year old Blisworth Canal Tunnel on trip boat NB Charlie with a commentary about how it was built, its features and history, then walk back over the top of Blisworth Hill to Stoke Bruerne with walks guides who will point out features of interest relating to the canal and its construction along the way. The walk distance is about two miles and duration is 2 hours. Suitable clothing and stout footwear are recommended.
Not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs. The cost of the event is £6 for adults and £4 for children.
Advance booking is required via Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum,
telephone 01604 862229 or email canal.museum@canalrivertrust.org.uk as the capacity on NB Charlie is limited.
The boat and walk is being organised by Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership in conjunction with Stoke Bruerne Boat Company, The Canal Museum and the Canal and River Trust.

After
Not just for children, but adults too - this years Big Draw is open to everyone who fancies picking up a pencil, paintbrush or pen and would like to have a go at drawing. There will be plenty of help on hand to guide you.
This years theme is Living Lines and we invite you to get those creatives cogs whirring by taking inspiration from the sights and sounds to be seen on and off the canal with its colourful boats and scenery, not to mention wildlife and nature.
Join us between 11-4pm on Wednesday 25th October (Half-Term) on the Museum Green. Rain or shine, we'll be there under cover!
It's FREE. Car parking available in the nearby Museum Car Park is £2.50.

Before

Helping to celebrate The Canal & River Trust's 5th Birthday

The Canal Partnership’s Adoption Group are always busy sprucing up the Woodland Walk (see above), cutting back vegetation, litter picking, sweeping up leaves, clearing out gullies, maintaining our interpretation panels, trimming hedges and painting lock furniture. Not an easy task in sometimes quite cold and unpleasant weather but well worth it especially, as you can see yourselves, the Woodland Walk and canal corridor are quite transformed.
Thank you to all those who volunteer their time and effort to help make Stoke Bruerne look tidy and cared for. If you have a little time to spare and would like to join the team, our next Working Party day will be on Wednesday 13th September – just turn up at 9.30am in the Museum car park or email for more information. You will be made very welcome.

More information about the Adoption Group can be found here

Scout Camp Activities

Members of our adoption group were on hand in July to help Canal and River Trust staff celebrate their 5th Birthday as a charity caring for England and Wales’ canals & rivers, with a very welcome cake.
In early May, Scouts from the 1st Middleton Scout Group set up camp in the Quarry Field at Stoke Bruerne and as part of a weekend of planned activities participated in a 2 hour session sprucing up the canal corridor thus ensuring that it is a great place for local people to visit .

The Scouts, aged between 10 and 14, carried out washing and cleaning of signs, including the interpretation panels and
repainting of the cycling barriers at the bottom of the woodland walk as part of The Scout Association’s A Million Hands initiative.  The work was supervised by volunteers from The Stoke Bruerne Adoption Group and staff from The Canal and River Trust.

Walks volunteer and Adoption Group Leader Rob Westlake also accompanied the Scouts and leaders on NB Charlie in an Under and Over the Hill boat trip and led a walk back to base with a heritage commentary.

History Mystery Challenge

Share the Space and Drop your Pace

Activity packs  funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by the Inland Waterways Asociation's Northampton Branch and The Friends of the Canal Museum as part of our two year long Stoke Bruerne Interpretation Project will shortly be available from the Canal Museum. Consultants Carol Parr Associates and The Maltings Studio are putting the final touches to two versions of the heritage challenge packs for adults and families with children.
At the end of July Partnership members teamed up with The Canal & River Trust over two days at Stoke Bruerne to help promote their campaign to get all of us to slow down, chill out, relax and enjoy our canals.

Bobby, a sleeping policeman on the towpath re-inforced the message that we all need to be mindful and considerate of others when using the towpath.

BBC Look East came out to film the event which was later broadcast on the 6 o'clock news.

Open Locks Weekend

The Partnership had a presence at the Canal and River Trust's free open weekend at Stoke Bruerne on 11-12th February when visitors had an opportunity to take a look inside one of the drained locks and walk along the bottom of the lock chamber, learnt about the works being done to repair the lock flight, could have a go at angling and take to the water in a canoe.
Visitors met members of the Partnership, to learn about what we do and find out what's involved in becoming a volunteer caring for the canal at Stoke Bruerne.

Quarry Field

A part of what is known locally as the Quarry Field, lying adjacent to the towpath between the Museum Green and the start of the Woodland Walk, was made available for informal public open space by the Canal & River Trust. In Spring 2016 Adoption Group volunteers planted over 400 hedge whips which have taken well and in August 2016, Adoption Group volunteers helped installed two new gates crafted by Stoke Bruerne's blacksmith assisted by CRT staff along with graded access. The field came into use for the first time for The Friends of the Canal Museum's Village at War Weekend last September and will be a valuable asset in providing more space for events and activities, picnics, increasing public enjoyment of the canal environment.

This year, a Scout Camp and IWA Boat Gathering have already made good use of the space and the Village at War event will be holding activities in the field in September.

The Partnership is working jointly with The Canal and River Trust, The Friends of The Canal Museum and the Northampton Branch of the Inland Waterway Association to investigate the possibility of running an electrical supply to the field to facilitate events.

Adoption Group assists with emergency bank repairs

Owl Boxes

Roade Scouts are involved in a project to make and install owl boxes to replace those originally installed on the Woodland Walk and which are now time expired.
The installation is expected to be in late spring/early summer 2017
When Stoke Bruerne lock flight was drained for maintenance this winter, serious erosion was discovered under the towpath between locks 16 and 17. 
The Canal & River Trust were fully committed on manpower so the Adoption Group were asked to help. 
IWA members also came from the Ashby to help (Dave and Ann-Marie Burdett). Neil Cave and Elliot Hampson made up sandbags in Museum car park and ferried them to site where they were put in place by the Adoption team.