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On this page:-
BCN Summer stoppagesWork party dates • Atlas and Malus dates • Raise money • Donate • Trading company  • Guide to the canal •


BCN Summer Stoppages
After a meeting between BCNS & CRT the dates for the Summer Stoppages were agreed. BCNS insisted that the timings of BCN events were avoided and the following dates were put in place. Ian Lane would like to emphasis that the start dates are the guide but the jobs will not necessarily take as long as they have put in the lists. All routes are duplicated so cruising will not be interrupted just an alternative route may need to be taken here & there. For example Rushall when closed an alternative way through the Walsall Canal can be taken and after 3 weekends clean up by BCNS & a good weekend BCN Clean Up by WRG etc.. the route should be well improved and worth navigating.

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The aim of this website is to promote the Dudley No.2 canal, a part of the network of canals forming the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN), to inform visitors of the boatyard facilities available to use at Hawne Basin and to provide a communication channel for our members.
New members of Coombeswood Canal Trust are always welcome.  If you would like to find out how to become a Member, please visit the Membership page.

Hawne Basin was most recently an interchange basin for the Great Western Railway and used for the transhipment of tubes from the Coombeswood works of Stewarts & Lloyds/BSC until the railway closed in 1967. The basin is located at the current end of navigation of the Dudley No 2 Canal, Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN).

Work Parties down the arm on the following Sundays:

April 3rd
April 24th

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

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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, DofE Residential dates are subject to change depending on the number of bookings taken.:-

                        29 March-2 April DofE Residential.
                         5 April-9 April DofE Residential.
                        13 May-15 May BCNS Summer Rally, Titford.
                        28/29 May BCNS 24 Hour Challenge.
                        31 May-4 June DofE Residential.
                        26-30 July DofE Residential.
                        2-6 August DofE Residential.
                        9-13 August DofE Residential.
                        16- 20 August DofE Residential.
                        23-27 August DofE Residential.
                        30 August-3 September DofE Residential.
                        9-11 September Black Country Boating Festival.
                        16-18 September Tipton Festival.
                        23-25 September Parkhead Festival.
                        15/16 October Stourbridge Navigation Trust Open Weekend. (Atlas only).
                        25-29 October DofE Residential.
                        5 November BCNS Bonfire Rally.

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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Raise Money As You Search!

Did you know you can raise money for Coombeswood Canal Trust while you search?  Our search engine below combines the results of several search engines such as Yahoo, Bing and Ask to ensure you can always find what you’re looking for. But the fantastic thing is that EVERY TIME you search, half a penny is raised for Coombeswood Canal Trust. Search just 15 times a day and you can raise around £25 a year for us.

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


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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.

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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 approach the Dudley No.2 canal at Windmill End, you will need a BW key to gain access.

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Coombeswood Canal Trust, a Company limited by Guarantee
Hawne Basin, Hereward Rise, Halesowen, West Midlands, B62 8AW.
Telephone: 0121 550 1355  Mobile: 07761 555 353 
Skype Name: coombeswood
Registered Charity No. 1088978