Inland Waterways Association
The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) was formed in 1946 as a
registered charityin the United Kingdomto campaign for the conservation, use, maintenance, restorationand sensitive developmentof British Canals and river navigations.
Notable founding members included
L. T. C. Roltand Robert Aickman[cite web|title= History of the IWA|url=http://www.waterways.org.uk/Ourwork/AHistoryofIWA/Timeline/Timeline1944-1959#avNZ] .
Organisation and governance
IWA is organised into regions, each of which consist of several branches. The regions are: Central Southern, East Midlands, Eastern, Grand Junction, London, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, and Western.
The current National Chairman is John Fletcher, and the National Vice-Chairman is Roger Squires.
The Association is governed by a Council; among its members are the actor
David Suchetand Sheila Suchet.
The main committees are Finance and General Purposes, Navigation, Restoration, Promotions and Communications, Waterway Recovery Group, Inland Waterways Enterprises Limited, IWA Festivals Division, Inland Waterways Freight Group, IWA Committee for Wales, and Essex Waterways Limited.
The IWA membership in 2008 is about 18,000. [cite book|title = IWA Annual report 2005|url=http://www.waterways.org.uk/Library/ReportAccounts/main_content/2005IWAAnnualReport.pdf]
The Association works closely with United Kingdom navigation authorities including
British Waterwaysand other waterway bodies, a wide range of national and local authorities, voluntary, private and public sector organisations.
The Association also supplies voluntary labour through its subsidiary, the
Waterway Recovery Group.
It is a registered charity, number 212342 [http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/registeredcharities/showcharity.asp?regno=212342&submit=Run+Search Charity Commission register entry] ] .
Through these efforts, more than 500 miles of derelict and unavailable canals and river navigations have been re-opened [cite web|title = IWA Restoration Update|url=http://www.waterways.org.uk/Restoration/RestorationUpdate] to public use since the Association was founded. Another 500 miles are currently the subject of restoration plans. [ cite web| title= Canals awaiting restoration|url=http://www.waterways.org.uk/Restoration/RestorationUpdate/main_content/navigationsstillawaitingrestoration.pdf] However, the Association believes there is still much to do.
In November 2005 IWA signed a maintenance and operating agreement with the Administrator of The Company of Proprietors of the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation Ltd, whereby IWA will be responsible for the navigation in perpetuity. The Chelmsford Branch of the IWA worked closely with the C&BNCo from 1994 until it went into administration in August 2003.
IWA has formed a subsidiary company, Essex Waterways Ltd. and, with support from local authorities, will operate and maintain the river navigation for the benefit of the general public. This is the first time that IWA has taken full operational and maintenance responsibilities for a navigation.
IWA National Festival
Every year, the Association organises the
IWA National Festival& Boat Show which is run entirely by volunteers on behalf of IWA.
IWA National Campaign Rally
* 2009, Kiveton Park,
* 2008, "Monty '08", Theme:
Montgomery Canal restoration
IWA National Trailboat Festival
Grand Western Canal, Devon
IWA Canalway Cavalcade
Annual event since 1983, organised by IWA at
Little Venice, Londonover the early May Bank Holidayweekend, combining a Boat Rally with a trade show, activities and entertainments.
Two plaques commemorating the
1945founding of the IWA stand at Tardebigge Top Lock on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.
List of navigation authorities in the United Kingdom
List of waterway societies in the United Kingdom
David & Charles
Crick Boat Show
Inland Waterways Protection Society(IWPS) (in the UK)
* [http://www.waterways.org.uk Inland Waterways Association]
* [http://www.waterways.org.uk/Events/IWANationalFestival08 IWA National Festival Site 2008]
* [http://www.waterways.org.uk/Events/NationalFestival2009 IWA National Festival 2009]
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