Meetings...

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

Interpretation Project Shortlisted for an Award

We are pleased to announce that the interpretation project is a finalist in the Art & Interpretation Category of the 2016 Living Waterways Awards. Winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner in Birmingham on 14th September.

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.

Adoption Group...

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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

13-14th February

Destination Plan for Stoke Bruerne

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Photo: Kathryn Dodington

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[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.

Canalside activity earlier in the year 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.

Defibrillator Installed

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.
Training for villagers and volunteers took place in early June.

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