Brian Blessed

2017-10-10T08:09:27+00:00 October 10th, 2017|News|

Congratulations to Our President All of the 25,000 plus passengers who have had the pleasure of a cruise on Birdswood will have heard our President, the actor Brian Blessed, making the required recorded safety announcement advising passengers of safety procedures [...]

“Art Afloat”

2017-08-05T00:35:01+00:00 August 5th, 2017|Education, News, Things To Do|

"Art Afloat" A new initiative called Art Afloat is being trialled by a couple of volunteers looking to extend the use of Birdswood as a classroom. MONDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 10.30am - 4.30pm 'On the Cut' linocut printmaking masterclass with Eric [...]

New Boat Masters

2017-07-31T18:16:20+00:00 July 31st, 2017|News|

Congratulations to Bob Brown and Kerry Green who have passed the Maritime & Coastguard Authority (MCA) Boat Masters Exam and are now qualified to take out Birdswood with passengers aboard. This is not an easy exam, they have to put [...]

Comic Relief Grant Award

2017-05-09T08:38:55+00:00 October 15th, 2016|News|

It is with great pleasure that The Friends of Cromford Canal can announce we have been awarded a Comic Relief grant for the appointment of a Volunteer Recruitment Worker.  This grant was secured with the assistance of Foundation Derbyshire  The [...]

Derbyshire Heritage Awards 2016

2017-05-09T08:38:55+00:00 October 15th, 2016|News|

The Friends of Cromford Canal (FCC) was presented with the Judges’ Special Award at the Derbyshire Heritage Awards 2016 at Crich Tramway Museum on 7th October. It was awarded to recognise the contribution of FCC volunteers in restoring the Cromford Canal [...]

Weighbridge Office and FCC Shop – Update

2017-05-09T08:38:55+00:00 February 15th, 2016|News|

Sales in the new shop at the weighbridge office have been steady and many members of the public have come into the shop to make enquiries about Birdswood and the FCC. It’s an excellent addition to the Wharf and the charity. [...]

Reed Pulling Work Party

2017-05-09T08:38:55+00:00 January 24th, 2016|News|

Reed Pulling Work Party photo shows todays work party at the Cromford end of the Canal. Todays task was to clear weeds from the Lawn Bridge area.  We met at 10am at the wharf and loaded the small tin boat with our [...]

Heritage Narrow Boat Birdswood

2017-05-09T08:38:55+00:00 January 17th, 2016|News|

Heritage narrow boat Birdswood was built just before WW2. Now in her eighth decade, she found a new lease of life in 2013 operating public cruises from Cromford Wharf and carried over 5,000 passengers last year. Birdswood is run by volunteers [...]

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