This month I found two general interest waterway sites, the first being Waterways Interactive www.waterwaysinteractive.com a reference site that is the companion site to the INfoCLub Canal Planner for Windows website. The site allows users to search for pub, churches and boatyards at specific places. At the time of writing the site was still under development although I found a lot of good information for the places I selected, with details including locations and telephone numbers. One of the strengths of InfoCLub is that it allows everyone to contribute to the database of information and photographs and this new site will no doubt stimulate this process. The second general information site is My Narrowboat www.mynarrowboat.com another site that encourages users to contribute, in this case news, opinions and articles. It is a site that certainly has a very professional look and feel.
At the other end of the scale is Norbury Cruising Club www.norburycruisingclub.co.uk which is still a very small site. Swansea -Waterlinks http://swansea-waterlinks.com aims to promote the creation of a 35 mile regional waterway based on the historic Swansea, Neath & Tennant Canals. The Friends of the Cromford Canal www.cromfordcanal.org.uk is an organisation whose aim is to see the restoration of the historic canal. Their new site is packed with interesting information and pictures, including an inspection report on Butterley Tunnel complete with colour photographs taken in the tunnel. The Wilts & Berks Canal has always had a strong presence on the web with three site devoted to the canal and another for the Wiltshire Waterways Festival. Now there are another three sites covering the restoration work. These are the Wilts & Berks Canal www.wilts-berks-canal.info historic and modern aspects of the waterway on pages designed to compliment the Official Wilts & Berks Canal Trust site; Wilts & Berks Canal Melksham Branch www.wb-canal-melksham.org and Wantage Waterway www.wantage-waterway.co.uk with information on the canal, the Trust and the East Vale branch in particular. The Driffield Navigation Trust www.driffield-navigation-trust.org.uk are managers of the navigation and have kindly added a link to my site even though they did not let me know about their new site so I could link to them (unless the e-mail went astray). If you have a new site please let me know about it and if you want to check which waterways sites I already know about please check my Links pages at www.jim-shead.com.
Although many Inland Waterway Association Branches have information on meetings etc. on the main IWA website some, like the IWA Ipswich Branch www.purbrook.demon.co.uk/iwa/, are setting up separate sites of their own. A couple of commercial sites this month are Anthony M www.anthony-m.com a cabinetmaker fitting out individual narrowboats and Pub Canal Tours http://pub-canal-tours.com offering various hotel boat tours. To finish this section is Hazel's Photos http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/hphillips/falkirk.htm containing some good shots of the Falkirk Wheel as well as non-waterway subjects and The Antidote web pages www.theantidote.info with photographs of Alastair Wiles's narrowboat together with layout drawings and other information about the boat.
Most web sites are constantly changing but from time to time sites are revamped and re-launched as has happen to The National Community Boats Association www.national-cba.co.uk is a charity supporting community boating organisations within the UK to use the history, arts and environment of the waterways, as resources for learning and regeneration. The website they have had for several years has been replaced by a more professional looking site with a new address. Another site which has changed URL is the Southampton Canal Society www.whitenap.plus.com which instead of supporting a single waterway aims instead to foster interest in canals and inland waterways, to assist in their preservation, restoration and development, and to give practical help on waterway projects. There is lots of good stuff on these pages including a log made on the BCN Challenge Cruise in on a hire boat.
Site of the Month
Welcome to Braunston Village www.braunston.org is a website both for the village and the waterways. Braunston certainly has strong claims to be the centre of the canal system not only because of its geographical position but because of its historical importance as a canal junction between the Grand Junction Canal and the Oxford Canal and its unique modern role as a canal village still strongly dependent on boating. Looking at the site we can see how the life of the life of the village and the canal are interwoven. When travelling through the village by boat for the first time it is impossible to realise how many firms and individuals are serving the canal here. Welcome to Braunston Village lists all the village businesses and provides web pages for many of them and links to separate pages for others as well as all kinds of other information on activities, shops, pubs, news, lots of photographs and much more. Have a look at the site - it's the next best thing to being there.
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