Job-seekers transform Stoke’s waterways

Waterways in Stoke are being transformed as part of a scheme that gives unemployed people a route back to work.

The scheme is part of the Government’s Future Jobs Fund and is being run by British Waterways in partnership with Groundwork West Midlands and Stoke City Council’s JET (job enterprise and training) project. Eligible individuals have been referred from their local Job centres and placed into teams tasked with carrying out maintenance work on the canals.

Froghall landmark chimney saved from demolition

Community leaders have stepped in at the last minute to prevent the controversial demolition of a prominent industrial chimney in the heart of the Churnet Valley. Before Christmas, the owners of the former Bolton's Copper Works, at Froghall, had served notice on Staffordshire Moorlands District Council that they were to tear down an early 20th Century, 100m chimney on the site.

Caldon towpath re-opened

We have today received the following update from British Waterways:

UPDATE (25 January 2011): The towpath has now been reopened with a temporary surface. We will advise in due course when the final surfacing will be reinstated. British Waterways apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Works at Caldon towpath collapse site delayed by bad weather

The following update was issued by British Waterways on 21st December 2010:

"Due to the continued inclement weather the planned works to the third party wall have been delayed. Discussions continue with the Developer along with British Waterways with the aim to reopening navigation by the 10th January 2011 subject to no further delays."

Website shop

The website shop is temporarily offline whilst we convert it to use the new web software. Unfortunately a serious security problem was identified in the old software so it cannot be left online whilst the conversion is done. If you want anything specific, please contact us and we will deal with your order directly.

Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership website published

The Trust is actively involved in the Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership, which is a Heritage Lottery Fund assisted project which aims to conserve, enhance and celebrate the special landscape of this area. The Project now has it's own website. Visit to find out more about the project and how you can become involved.