News and information for our Members, Moorers and Friends


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On this page:-
• Work party dates • Friends of Leasowes • Atlas and Malus dates • Lapal Canal Trust • Donate • Trading company  • Guide to the canal •

In view of the current situation

the Cabin and the Trust office are temporarily closed
Toilets are closed to leisure moorers

Visiting boats will be asked to tie up outside the basin for an overnight stay, only entering the basin to use services

Please read all the Trust's notices here

Volunteer Scheme

An Update for all Moorers

4th July 2020
The 1st July would have been the natural start of the volunteer hours year, however, due to current circumstances, the Scheme remains suspended until further notice. The situation will be kept under review and the Scheme will be recommenced when it is deemed safe to do so. When we do restart, the required hours per boat will be the annual 20hrs reduced pro rata in line with the start date. The end of year date will remain at 30th June 2021. Watch this space! In the meantime, stay safe and hopefully enjoy some cruising.

3rd June 2020
Following the suspension of the scheme in March, whereby hours already ‘earned’ would roll forward towards a total of 40 to be achieved by 30th June 2021; the scheme has been reviewed in light of the ongoing issues we are all facing with Covid-19.

As we are just about to enter June, and notwithstanding some easing of the lockdown and the hope of cruising sometime this year, it could well be some months away before the scheme could safely recommence with leisure moorers able to safely undertake tasks around the Basin. Losing at least six months across what would be two years (July 1st 2019 to June 30th 2021) the target set of 40 hours looked increasingly challenging to achieve for many and reducing this in some way was one option we were considering.

Having looked carefully at the various options open to us and wishing to be as fair as possible to all moorers (be they residential or leisure) the Governing Council has taken the view, after considerable thought, that the Volunteer Scheme for 2019/20 should be scrapped, to recommence later in the year when it is safe and reasonable to do so. At that point, and mindful of the scheme’s year ending on the June 30th 2021 the hours required would be calculated pro rata for the months left in that year.

In taking the above decision the Governing Council recognises that many moorers had already completed their hours prior to the lockdown and that others anticipating volunteer opportunities this spring were denied the opportunity to do so. To all those who have already contributed this year our thanks are due.

In addition to the above, some moorers routinely choose, for a variety of reasons, to not take part in the scheme at all, paying the full Supplementary Charge, and some others, who complete some but not all of the required hours paying the balance as their Supplementary Charge. The money thus raised is set aside for infrastructure projects around the Basin for the benefit of all. In both of these cases, and, in particular the former, if you do feel able to make a contribution to the work of the Trust ‘in lieu’ of what you would otherwise have been required to pay that would be very welcome.

We continue to live, as we all know, in unprecedented times where it is even more difficult to predict how and when we are all able to get back to some semblance of ‘normal life’. In the meantime many thanks to all who have contributed to maintaining Hawne Basin over the last few months during lockdown (or is it lock in?) you know who you are!, and all those continuing to contribute what they can wherever they may be. Thanks again!!

CCT Governing Council

June 2020

Work Parties down the arm on the following Sundays:

Suspended for the time being

weather permitting

Meet at the Cabin 09:30
Safety footwear please. Hats, gloves, hot drinks and biscuits provided
Everyone welcome.

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Halesowen in Bloom 2019

CaRT Proposed Winter Notices 2019/20

Current stoppages on the BCN

BCNS Events

General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR

Please - if you have not done so already, complete and return the form you were sent so that we can communicate directly with you.
The activities of the Trust are severely curtailed at the moment because we have not received many agreements.

You can download another form HERE if you need one.

Membership renewal

Membership fees were due on 1st August. Please send us your cheque if you have not already done so.
You could lose valuable resources until you do so.
You will find the forms HERE


The local IWA branch meets in the Cabin every month and will be delighted if you will all attend their meetings.
You can find their calendar HERE

Atlas and Malus

Coombeswood Canal Trust and the BCNS jointly own and operate a working pair of heritage workboats; Atlas the motor and Malus its butty. These are run with the help of volunteers.

These are the latest crewing requirements with A&M, including DofE Residential dates which are subject to change depending on the number of bookings taken.:-

If you are interested in helping to crew Atlas and Malus or maybe becoming a ' boat sitter ' and explaining about the life on board a working boat and how the boatman's cabin could accommodate a family then how about spending a couple of hours on the dates that request a " sitter ". There is a document available to help with the explanation and layout.

Anyone interested in helping out please let me know. A big thanks to those who have come along on any of the previous dates last year, it was a busy one! Without your help the boats would not be able to operate.
Paul Smith

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Lapal Canal Trust
Work Parties

Please confirm attendance with Peter Fisher (0796 663 1648)

– 3rd Saturday Every month – 10am – Leasowes Park
– 1st Saturday Every month – 10am – Selly Oak Park

Web site

BBC News re the restoration

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Friends of Leasowes
work parties - scrub clearance of canal bed

to be advised - Contact details

All to meet at the car park off Mucklow Hill at 10 am. ( Subject to weather etc. )

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Coombeswood Canal Company

This is the trading arm of the Trust and is wholly owned by the Trust. It's main activity is to provide boatyard facilities and run the shop where you can purchase a small range of chandlery for all your boating essentials such as cheap diesel, Calor gas, smokeless coal.
Anything we do not have in stock we can order for you. .
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Guide to the Dudley Number 2 Canal: Windmill End to Hawne Basin

Read/download the 'Guide to the Dudley Number 2 Canal: Windmill End to Hawne Basin', written by Ivor Chambers.
A hard copy is available in the bridge hole (on the left hand side) as you turn into our stretch of the Dudley No.2 canal at Windmill End, you will need a BW key to gain access to the box.

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Coombeswood Canal Trust welcomes donations and are able to receive donations online using Paypal.             


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Number of visitors since 11.7.20

Coombeswood Canal Trust, a Company limited by Guarantee
Hawne Basin, Hereward Rise, Halesowen, West Midlands, B62 8AW.
Telephone: 0121 550 1355   
Skype Name: coombeswood
Registered Charity No. 1088978