Three new pages for our web site

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Kennet and Avon Boating Community has added three new pages to the web site –  Report BW Abuse, K&A Nature Watch and Useful Contacts.

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All liveaboard boaters invited to take part in Wiltshire Council project

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Wiltshire Council is running a new project called ‘Boaters’ Voices’. It is part of ‘Wiltshire Voices’ which aims to raise awareness of the needs and rights of under-represented groups in Wiltshire. All liveaboard boaters are invited to be part of this project if you are in Wiltshire either temporarily or permanently. If you want to take part, please come to a meeting and hot supper on Monday 27thFebruary, 6.30-8.30pm at the Corn Exchange, Market Place, Devizes.

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Make sure you have a postal address before waterways charity elections!

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

We have had this message from Becks on Pilgrim who travelled to London this summer for work. She found some gorgeous spots along the K and A and enjoyed the Thames, with the lock keepers and big white plastic boats hurtling past. She spent time in a marina in north west London and travelled through the Lee Valley where she found the boating community there welcoming and friendly. She says

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BW in Private Eye spotlight again

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

BW came under the scrutiny of Private Eye again on 6 September with another article detailing threats of homelessness and harassment of liveaboard boaters. Here is a copy of  the article ‘Barged Aside’ in which BW is accused of being “totally uncharitable”.

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Tales from the Riverbank 1

Friday, February 18th, 2011

The Rat said nothing, but stooped and unfastened a rope and hauled on it; then lightly stepped into a little boat which the Mole had not observed. It was painted blue outside and white within, and was just the size for two animals; and the Mole’s whole heart went out to it at once, even though he did not yet fully understand its uses.

`This has been a wonderful day!' said he, as the Rat shoved off and took to the sculls again.

`This has been a wonderful day!' said he, as the Rat shoved off and took to the sculls again.

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Christmas Photo Competition Winner!!

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Congratulations Kris Malarchist, you are the lucky winner of a lifetime’s free membership of our web site!! You contributed the funniest caption to the photo of a liveaboard boater’s encounter with Simon Salem, BW Marketing Director –
“Salem: I feel sick. Boater: I thought so – I spiked the punch.”

Kris, your prize is in the post…!!

For some reason we received a lot of entries we couldn’t publish, as even we thought they were too offensive to BW…and a few that missed the deadline, but we thought one of those was good enough to let it through anyway.

Christmas competition!

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

We are offering a prize for the best caption to this photo of BW Marketing Manager Simon Salem talking to a liveaboard boater at the National Association of Boat Owners AGM in November. Email your entry to or post it as a comment before 24 December 2010 and we’ll give the best caption the great prize of a free lifetime subscription to this web site. We already have one entry: “Who is this woman?”

Salem at agm

British Waterways’ unlawful abuse

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

We have received this message from a boater in the north west about BW’s unlawful enforcement practices:

British Waterways served an injunction on a boat at Nantwich earlier in the year.  The owner lived on the boat and had been refused a licence although offering to pay for one. He left it to the last minute to seek legal advice.  He didn’t turn up at court. An order was made to remove/seize his boat.  He was given 14 days notice. This notice was ignored on the grounds that he might ‘abscond’. Two BW ‘enforcers’ accompanied by two Polish ‘mercenaries’ dressed in BW uniforms came to his boat at 7-o-clock one morning when he wasn’t there.

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If BW has done this to you, let us know

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

BW has recently attempted to obtain a Section 8 against a liveaboard boater without informing him of the Section 8 notice or of the date of the court hearing in Bath. As luck would have it,  the District Judge at Bath County Court referred BW’s claim to Bristol County Court for a Directions Hearing because it was too complex for a District Judge. At this point BW decided to inform the boater of the new hearing, this time in front of a Circuit Judge (who is more senior). However, BW’s solicitors Shoosmiths have informed the boater that the hearing is a full hearing, where he will need to defend himself, rather than a Directions Hearing where the court decides how it will deal with the case.

In denying the boater the chance to defend himself, BW have broken Article 6 of the Human Rights Act (the right to a fair trial); Article 8 (the right to respect for one’s home, private and family life) and Article 14 (protection from discrimination). Needless to say, this boater intends to throw the book at BW, and is considering taking out an injunction against BW to prevent any further interference with his home, and bringing a Judicial Review of BW’s actions which are in breach of the Human Rights Act.

If  BW has served you with a Section 8 notice and failed to inform you of the court date, or has served papers on you incorrectly, please let us know at

If you are at all worried that this may happen to you, you are entitled to make a request under the Data Protection Act to obtain all the information BW holds about you. See our article here

Rumour has it…

Friday, November 5th, 2010

 … that Sally Ash has had three written warnings from her employer British Waterways, one of them for signing some fraudulent expenses claims from a member of staff.

….that Robin Evans and some other BW directors are to resign this year (before they are pushed?) – disappointingly, this rumour has been around for a while…