Lino cuts with canal artist Eric Gaskell.

Lino Cut workshop with Eric Gaskell 24th and 25th October 2015 10am- 4pm at Etruria Industrial Museum Stoke-on-Trent

hillmortonLocks Etruria Boat Group are hosting a 2 day lino cutting /print workshop with the renowned artist, Eric Gaskell. The cost of the workshop is £45.00 for the days including the cost of tools. Lino will be supplied by Eric for a small charge. Places are strictly limited and early booking is essential. To book e mail info@etruriaboatgroupvolunteers.org.uk Tea/coffee and cake are included in the cost but please bring a packed lunch. For examples of Eric’s work visit www.egdesign.co.uk and www.etruriaboatgroup.org.uk. His designs are also being used in the current BBC4 series on canals. For further information please e mail or telephone 07414 855160

Lindsay is off to Alvecote.

Lindsay is leaving Etruria on Monday 24 August bound for the Alvecote Historic Boat Gathering over the bank holiday weekend. This is the first time that Lindsay has been to this popular event at Alvecote Marina, which attracts over forty ex working boats. Much time has been spent over the last few weeks getting everything into tip top condition for the event. This year the event looks forward to welcoming back 'Hasty' the fabulous steam tunnel tug by Brinklow and hopefully some small steam launches will also be in attendance. As usual we have some floating traders along with a fabulous flotilla of colour and splendour which is made up mostly from the Historic gang.   There will be live music from Fri eve onwards with various acts throughout the weekend and on the Monday afternoon as things wind down we intend to hand the PA system and stage over to the boaters for another fantastic  jam/music session to bring the weekend to a close, so if you can play an instrument then bring it!   All weekend the pub will be running a fine selection of 10 local ales along with all the usual refreshments and food from the menu available downstairs. There will also be Boater's Breakfast (ticket only) and Beer garden BBQ daily.   Throughout the weekend we have the skilful turning round competition (Prop Master) and the Les Lapworth award for the best turned out historic boat in attendance. Why not come along and see Lindsay along with all the other boats. The event is at Alvecote Marina, Robey's Ln, Tamworth, Staffordshire B78 1AS  

Heritage Open Day trips aboard the Lindsay Sept 12 and 13.

DSC_0939 Travel by historic canal boat from Etruria to Middleport Pottery and return. Trips leave from Etruria Junction, Trent and Mersey canal, towpath by Etruria Industrial Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 4RB Travel from Etruria to Middleport Pottery and back along the Trent and Mersey canal in the newly restored historic narrow boat Lindsay. You will sit in the hold of boat as we glide past the sites of Josiah Wedgwood's Etruria Pottery, the Garden Festival and Shelton Steel Works. On past the Burslem Port site, Newport Pottery, where Clarice Cliff produced Bizarre pottery, the Anderton Company boatyard and warehouse to Middleport Pottery, opened by HRH Prince Charles, having arrived on the very boat you are traveling on from Etruria. At Middleport you can look around the works, visit the factory shop and have a cup of tea in the cafe before rejoining the Lindsay for your return to Etruria. If you are lucky, you may see Terry the dinner-plate sized terrapin basking in the sun by the side of the canal. The trip is free but donations will be very welcome! Opening Times • Saturday 12 Sept: Trip 1 leaves Etruria 1030 returning 1300 & Trip 2 leaves Eturia 1330 returning 1600 • Sunday 13 Sept: Trip 3 leaves Etruria 1030 returning 1300 & Trip 4 leaves Etruria 1330 returning1600 Booking Details Pre-booking: Required Book via our contact page, specifying which trip you want, number of passengers and please include your telephone number.

£10k achieved!

Today we have achieved the total of £10 thousand to complete the Keppel Appeal. Many thanks to all who have contributed in so many different ways to make this a success. Keppel is in the boat shed now and will re-emerge in time to appear with Lindsay at the Easter Gathering of Working Boats at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. We will be inviting everyone to help us re-launch the newly restored pair, Lindsay and Keppel, at the event. We will keep you updated with the work as it progresses. By the way, do feel free to give us a bit more, as the more money we have, the more we will be able to put into the boat as we make it into a floating class room!

Keppel stripped bare for the big day tomorrow.

IMG_20141112_152849We have taken everything out of Keppel today as tomorrow is her big day, when she goes into the boatshed at Roger Fuller Boatbuilding for new footings, bottom and general restoration. When she comes out in the new year, she will be ready for another half century of service on the cut. This is the first time for over twenty years that Keppel has been completely stripped of the camping boat fit out that was put in in the early 1990s and open to the elements. Now the hard work begins.

Keppel goes undercover.

Keppel will be going into the shed at Roger Fuller Boatbuilding next week for her complete makeover. Work party on Wednesday 12 November at the yard to get everything ready. Many hands make light work, so come along and give us one .... (hand, that is!).

Lindsay meets Paul Smith.

We de-leafed Lindsay first thing for the fashion people last Wednesday and then started the first of many waits, Liz nipped back for her knitting and got on with that. Things got going and the model donned the first of many outfits and was photographed by the boat, on top of the engine 'ole, by the side of the cut, and after a boat ride, outside bottle ovens and Middleport Pottery. The collection is due for next Spring, so we all had to look very sunny and the poor model spent most of the day looking extremely cold! Anyway, if you wish to see what the well-dressed man by the canal will be wearing next year, I am afraid you will have to wait until the collection goes public in a few months, in Japan. Nearly another 12 inches for Keppel's bottom earned in the process! DSC_0952DSC_0933 DSC_0939DSC_0942DSC_0949