Braunston Canal Society News Signs of the Times 17 JanTwo totem signs installed in pound 1 - 2 to designate mooring times. Culvert clearing and lock maintenance. December - Offside cut 1 JanOffside cut opposite the Stophouse and Marina entrance. November - UCC makeover 1 JanThe grounds at Union Canal Carriers maintained in return for the purchase of equipment. October - Grass & Chicken Wire 1 JanVegetation control continues & chicken wire replaced on marina bridge September - vegetation control begins 1 JanLock 1 bypass weir and hedge gets its annual maintenance Skippy 2 Sheds 20 Oct 2021BCS workboat aquired Bone picked! 1 Sep 2021Lock maintenance completed and neglected vegetation at boater facilities area controlled. Towpath trouble 15 Aug 2021Towpath cleared of encroaching vegetation Locks secured 15 Aug 2021July lock maintenance program completed including replacing a rotten paddle post. Signs of the times 21 Jul 2021Sign replacement, lock painting and weir clearance Small numbers - Big results 18 Jun 2021Six adhoc task parties held in May No more spilt beer 16 May 2021Access to the Nelson lockside garden improved Black or White? 15 Apr 2021This years lock painting schedule triggered by good weather Brash 'n' Chips 11 Mar 2021Helping CRT with essential maintenance during lockdown. Lockdown sandwich 20 Jan 2021Volunteering activity limited by COVID-19 restrictions October tug marathon 16 Nov 2020Thirteen adhoc task parties over 24 days September 'paint off' 15 Nov 2020The painting of locks 1 & 2 completes BCS 2020 painting schedule August catch-up 12 Sep 2020The race is on to complete this years lock maintenance Return from lockdown 26 Jul 2020Vegetation clearance at Lock 1 Mud 'n' Mulch 13 Mar 2020Water point paths edged, hedging mulched and fallen trees cut up. Workboat action! 1 Mar 2020Workboat 'Avon' on loan to BCS for a week. Greasing 'n' Weeding 14 Feb 2020Lock maintenance on the flight and new hedges tended. Towpath control ft BCS 26 Jan 2020Towpath cleared between locks 4 and 6 Beating a path 22 Jan 2020Towpath cleared between locks 1 to 3 The weather for ducks 30 Dec 2019December task parties plagued by rain Broken records 2 Dec 2019Record breaking turnout to cut onside vegetation. Towpath improved 20 Nov 2019Section raised above regular flooding. Bypass given the go ahead 12 Oct 2019Lock 1 bypass weir cleared Weirs the fence? 29 Sep 2019The weir fence at lock 4 restored The rot has set in 13 Sep 2019Painting lock 6 exposes poor condition of woodwork. Weir all looking good 31 Aug 2019Weir fence at lock 5 restored. Tug & flat recalled 28 Aug 2019Towpath completion expedited Grit and determination 9 Aug 2019Towpath renovation continues Hit for Six 29 Jul 2019The metalwork on lock 6 painted Firm footing in the wet 29 Jul 2019Renovation of towpath between locks 1 and 2 Five go to five 12 Jul 2019Lock 5 painting completed The third cut is the deepest 21 Jun 2019Having missed the first 2 scheduled grass cuts at the water point the contractors had a jungle to deal with on scheduled cut 3. Small team - Big results 26 May 2019Raised towpath repaired, tug improved and island strimmed. Rock'n'Roller 25 May 2019Lock 4 painting completed Bridge over troubled water 10 May 2019Raised towpath extended to include spring water flooding towpath. Bank holiday artists 5 May 2019The metal is painted on lock 4 The grass is greener 12 Apr 2019Lock 1 makeover completed Dry dock makeover continues 31 Mar 2019Lock keepers hut painted and dry dock flower beds edged with boards. Dry dock makeover 15 Mar 2019The vegetation around the dry dock at lock 1 controlled. Hedge funding 24 Feb 2019300 hedging whips planted along the flight Prevention better than cure 14 Feb 2019Pre-season maintenance of the lock flight Offside cutting 27 Jan 2019Offside vegetation clearance over Christmas and New Year Fenced in 27 Jan 2019Fence replaced on bridge ramp at Nelson pub Restoration dig 11 Jan 2019Lock 5 towpath width restored Christmas calories burned 30 Dec 2018Towpath vegetation cut back from top lock to tunnel. Cutting Crew 15 Dec 2018First offside cut of vegetation for this winter. Edgy Business 24 Nov 2018Towpath edging completed to lock 3 Water point revisited 24 Nov 20188th November 2018 - Water point given makeover before winter. Towpath revealed 28 Oct 2018The towpath between locks 1 and 3 prepared for resurfacing Safety risks averted 15 Oct 2018New gate at bridge 90 (A45) and towpath pothole filled. Finish line crossed 30 Sep 2018The lock painting schedule for 2018 has been achieved. Sun shines on painters. 14 Sep 2018Perfect conditions for lock painting see the gate and ladder handrails at locks 2 and 3 completed. Oil and water don't mix 27 Aug 2018Painting handrails on lock 3 halted by shower. Weather beaten 9 Aug 2018The painting of wood on locks 1 to 3 completed before rain. Nelson gets a new coat 6 Aug 2018A start was made on the Nelson lock makeover. "To paint or not to paint" 28 Jul 2018The top gates on lock 2 are painted The race is on 20 Jul 2018Impromptu task party advances chance of beating the weather by painting lower gates of Lock 2 Treading the boards 17 Jul 2018July 12th 2018 - The towpath at lock 4 is revealed and the ramp from the Nelson bridge is cleared. New for old 17 Jul 2018July 5th 2018 - Dave Weller puts his woodwork skills into making a replacement life ring holder for lock 1 As long as its black or white 17 Jul 2018June 30th 2018 - Bottom lock gets the treatment Water point refreshed 16 Jul 2018June 22nd 2018 - The results of 220 hours of volunteer effort are realised On track for success 16 Jul 2018June 14th and 16th 2018 - A second path is constructed at the water point. No wellies needed 16 Jul 2018May 26th 2018 - The first of two new paths is laid in the continuing effort to improve the water point facility Refuse refuge repaired 16 Jul 2018May 10th 2018 - The water point makeover continues Burning enthusiasm 16 Jul 2018May 5th 2018 - A task party gets the water point project under way Water point facility neglected 16 Jul 2018April 21st 2018 - BCS assess what is required to improve the facility and make it something the village can be proud of. AGM 17th April 2018 15 Jul 2018New Chairman elected to reactivate the society Offside vegitation tackled 28 Dec 2017Now you see it and now you dont !! Braunston Turn has a trim 3 Nov 2015The Island at the turn and 2 locks get a pre winter tidy. Overgrown Dry Dock entrance cleared 9 Oct 2015Relief at last for the Dry Dock entrance above Bottom Lock Braunston Tow Path vegetation cleared 29 Sep 2015Overhanging trees and vegetation cut back by Canal Society Volunteers. They've been at it again !!!! 14 Apr 2015More work on the Fire Path - the job is now complete and we can put our feet up. Fire Path Cleared 22 Mar 201523 Volunteers clear over a quarter of a mile of path Life Bouy uncovered 1 Mar 2015Work party clears Top Lock and the embankment Huge work party clears the offside 5 Feb 201511 members of Braunston Canal Society cleared the overgrown offside vegetation opposite The Stop House.