Leaving from outside the Museum at Stoke Bruerne at 9.30am on Sunday 22nd May, ‘Over and Under the Hill’ is an exciting heritage boat and walk event. Join a boat trip through the tunnel on trip boat NB Charlie with a commentary about the construction of the nearly two mile long 200 year old canal tunnel, enjoy refreshments whilst viewing the murals at Blisworth Tunnel Hut, 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. Suitable clothing and stout footwear are recommended. The cost of the event is £6, £4 for children and advance booking is required via Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum, telephone 01604 862229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org as 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 and neighbouring Blisworth Canal Partnership, who, as well as providing the refreshments, will be running subsidised trips for Blisworth community organisations in the opposite direction, as part of their pledge to connect people with Blisworth Tunnel and the local canal. More information on Blisworth’s activities can be found at their website www.blisworthcanalpartnership.org
Meetings of the Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership are normally held on the 2nd Monday of the Month at 09.30 in the Learning Centre to the rear of the Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne. Members of the public are welcome to attend as observers.
Who we are...
The Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership is a body of local stakeholders concerned with the Grand Union Canal corridor through the village of Stoke Bruerne in Northamptonshire from the southern portal of the Blisworth Tunnel to the bottom lock of the Stoke
Bruerne flight of locks.
More information about the Partnership, including a list of current members can be found here.
Interpretation panels installed!
Andrea Leadsom MP unveils panel to conclude 2 year long HLF funded project
A training session on how to use the defibrillator for villagers and other interested parties will be on Monday 16th May from 10.00 am – about two hours – anyone wishing to register, please contact Stephanie Furniss at the Museum (there are 50 places).
Telephone: 01604 862229 or e-mail
On 12th December, one of 12 information panels, directional signs and information posts was unveiled by Andrea Leadson MP to mark the conclusion of a two year long interpretation project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. As well as the installation of information panels, the project involved a series of heritage events, training of volunteers and purchase of oral history recording equipment and tracker packs.
[L to R]
Helen Westlake, Chair Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership; Andrea Leadsom MP; James Clifton, Canal & River Trust and Robert Westlake, Stoke Bruerne Adoption Group.
Canal Partnership members have adopted the Canal Corridor at Stoke Bruerne. To read more about what they do and see task party dates go to the Adoption Group page.
Open Locks Weekend
Destination Plan for Stoke Bruerne
Photo: Kathryn Dodington
[L to R] John Best, Chair SE Waterways Partnership; Bob Nightingale, Blacksmith, Helen Westlake, Chair Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership, Bernard Morton, Chair Inland Waterways Association Northampton Branch; Geoff Nickolds, Heritage Lottery Fund; Andre Leadsom MP & James Clifton, Canal & River Trust
At the end of 2015 The Canal & River Trust appointed consultants to draw up a Destination Management Plan for Stoke Bruerne in consultation with the Partnership, Parish Council and other stakeholders.
The Plan is due to be completed at the end of Spring 2016.
Recent canalside activity saw The Canal & River Trust hosting Lock Open Days on 13th and 14th February when Locks 14 and 15 and the pound between were drained dry. This enabled children from Stoke Bruerne Primary School to come and watch the catching and rehoming of stranded fish before any work commenced – there weren’t too many, the sight of a skateboard in the mud probably caused equal interest! During the two open days members of the public could climb down into the lock to see quite how deep it is and see the remarkable Victorian engineering and brickwork still surviving. Over 1200 visitors made the descent despite one of the days being wet and miserable. During the open days the Partnership manned an information stand about the work of the Adoption Group which attracted a lot of interest, we signed up two new members and many more took away contact details which is encouraging.
About 50 families interacted with CRT's Explorer, 45 young people learned to fish with the Northampton Nene Angling Club and a whopping 31 Friends were signed up by CRT's East Midlands Fundraising team.
The Partnership supported initiative, to purchase and put in place a defibrillator outside the Canal Museum has reached realisation. This valuable community facility has now been installed on the side wall of the Canal Museum and is operational. Our thanks go to all the organisations and individuals who have most generously funded the unit in memory of David Henderson, ex Museum Manager who sadly suffered a fatal heart attack in January 2014. A training session for villagers and other interested parties will be on Monday 16th May from 10.00 am – about two hours – anyone wishing to register, please contact Stephanie Furniss at the Museum (there are 50 places).
NEW PUBLIC SPACE
A small part of what is known as the Quarry Field, lying adjacent to the towpath between the Museum Green and the start of the Woodland Walk, has been made available for informal public open space by the Canal & River Trust. The timing for connection to the towpath is a bit uncertain at present, but this will be a valuable asset in providing more space for public enjoyment of the canal environment. Read more