Mailing lists go online

Friends of the Cromford Canal - 18th October 2011

The new mailing lists for the Friends of the Cromford Canal are now online. Members can choose to receive the information they want, and it is hoped that this will eliminate the problems that have previously been caused by the use of the 'cromfordcanal' yahoo group, which has tended to suffer from periodically high traffic, much of which was inappropriate.

It is hoped that in the future the website will also include a discussion forum, at which point the yahoo group would be closed.

Much more information about the lists is available at the list information page.

FCC Wins Award

Friends of the Cromford Canal - 31st July 2011

The Friends of the Cromford Canal has won the 'Best Non-Commercial Stand' at the Inland Waterways Association Waterways Festival (formerly known as the IWA National Festival) for the second time in three years. The festival was held at the Shobnall Playing Fields, by the Trent & Mersey canal at Burton-on-Trent. Congratulations to the sales team for their success!!

The Sales Stand at the IWA Waterways Festival
Members of the Sales team presiding over the stand at Burton

The team with the award
The team with their award.
(From L to R - Yvonne Shattower, membership secretary; Mike Harrison, Portal editor; Eric Singleton, sales; Val Roberts, sales; and Beryl Singleton, sales)

WRG Camp Success

Friends of the Cromford Canal - 23rd July 2011

A big thankyou to the Waterway Recovery Group canal camp who have just finished a week working on the Sawmills Gauging Narrows. A group of 17 volunteers, from as far north as Dundee and as far south as Watford, led by webmaster George Rogers and assisted by David Salisbury, commenced on the removal of tree roots and rebuilding of the off side wall. In total, approximately 10 metres of wall was completed to just below coping stone level, and around 10-15 metres was prepped ready for continuation by the FCC work parties.

A big thankyou to the following: Sue & Steve Johnson for being cook and MUP (Most Useful Person) respectively, Rob Lockwood for permission to work on the land, Gill & David Hirst for allowing us to use their toilet and the locals at Sawmills for being so free with their water and encouragement.

A full report will be in the Portal in the next issue, and a full gallery of the camp can be seen here, but for now here's a before and after photo of the worksite:

Before work commenced...
Before the WRG group commenced work on Sunday 17th July 2011...

...and when they had finished!
... and from the same view point when they finished a week later.

It is hoped that work will continue in late September. If you would like to help out, it is expected that there will be one weekend work party per month - contact the webmaster George Rogers for more information or to express interest in helping out. The work will be a mix of pulling down the next stretch of wall, stone sorting, concreting and rebuilding - so a great chance to learn new skills.

New Look Website

Friends of the Cromford Canal - 6th April 2011

Welcome to the new look FCC website, I hope you like it! The main aims for me in redesigning the website were to make the information contained more accessible, and to present more of the stuff you want to know quickly on the home page. The whole site is also easier for me to maintain now, which means that I should be able to keep it more up to date, and I can work on development of a few other features I've got in the pipeline for the future.

Obviously, almost no site ever works first time. If you find anything wrong, for example broken links or parts of pages that appear to have jumped around, or if you just want to comment on something in general, suggest improvements, extra links etc, then contact me at the webmasters address:

If you are telling me about problems, please can you also include the page address and details of the web browser you were using (program and version), and if possible a screenshot of the error.

Enjoy browsing, and I hope you learn as much about the Cromford Canal as I did when building the site.

George Rogers

FCC Webmaster

FCC Publicity, 2011

Friends of the Cromford Canal - 1st January 2011

See below for links to various news items from the outside press relating to the Cromford Canal and the FCC:

'The Cromford Canal', Liberal England Blog, 24th July

'Major Restoration Plan for Waterway', Matlock Mercury, 20th November

'Canal Aqueduct Re-Opens', Derbyshire County Council, 2nd December

'Canal Aqueduct Re-Opens in Debyshire',, 6th December

'Major Restoration Plan for Waterway', Belper News, 8th December