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Introduction to The Association of Waterway Cruising Clubs

21st January 2020 Webmaster 0

An Introduction to the AWCC
What is the AWCC?
The Association of Waterway Cruising Clubs (AWCC) is a grouping of individual and independent clubs which offer their members facilities related to boating on the inland waterways of the United Kingdom. Membership of the AWCC is open to all properly constituted UK clubs in this sphere, whether they have a defined physical location and base (i.e. moorings and/or clubhouse) or comprise a looser grouping of individual boaters with a common interest. Membership of the AWCC is not open to individual boaters other than by being a member of a club that is an AWCC member. Clubs pay a modest annual fee for membership of the AWCC that then entitles all their members to take advantage of the facilities that the AWCC offers.
What are the benefits of AWCC membership?
There are benefits from membership of the AWCC for both clubs and their individual members.
For clubs, membership provides access to the expertise and shared experience of both the national AWCC officers and members and officers of other member clubs. In particular, the AWCC has experienced officers who can represent the interests of member clubs, either individually or collectively, with other organisations and government departments, including the Canal & Rivers Trust, and the Environment Agency. The AWCC have officers who sit on a number of national waterways advisory bodies and can thus represent the interests of member clubs in those forums.
For individual club members, the AWCC offers reciprocal arrangements with other member clubs, including emergency help whilst out cruising, access to temporary moorings for overnight or longer stays, as well as use of other facilities and clubhouse access. Clearly these facilities will depend on what each club is able to offer, and each club is free to determine their own rules and charges for use of the facilities. Contact details for each club for making arrangements prior to visiting a club are included in the AWCC Handbook which is produced each year, and which is available to members of AWCC clubs for a small fee, as well as being available in the members area of the AWCC website. Version 1.4 (20-11-2019)
AWCC Management Structure
The operation of the AWCC is divided into 6 regions. Each club should have appointed a representative (AWCC Rep) to attend the regional meetings, to represent their club’s interests and to channel information between the AWCC and their club. Each Region appoints a number of regional officers at their Regional AGM, including a Chairman, Secretary, President and Treasurer, to manage the regional business, two of which then represent the Region on the National Executive Committee (NEC). Whilst many of the regional officers may start out as Reps for their Club, this is not a requirement and nominations are welcome from anyone keen to support the work of the AWCC. The NEC also consists of a number of national officers who are elected at the AWCC National AGM, again without the requirement to be a Club Rep. A full list of all national and regional officers is available in the Handbook and in the Members Area of the website.
This structure allows clubs to raise issues at a regional level which can then be escalated to the NEC for further national action where relevant. If you have any issues with the management of the waterways or other boating matters that require action and which fall outside individual club responsibilities, pass these to your club’s AWCC Rep for them to take to the regional meetings from where further escalation can be managed where appropriate.
AWCC Website
The AWCC maintains a website at http://awcc.org.uk. This comprises a public area, which gives general information about the organisation and summary information about its member clubs, as well as a password protected members area where more detailed information about the member clubs and their contacts, access to the AWCC forums and other information such as regional and national meeting minutes is available.
All current members of a Club that is a member of the AWCC are entitled to a login to the Members’ Area of the AWCC web site.
As the AWCC itself has no means of establishing whether an applicant for a login is a current member of one of its member clubs, the creation of these logins is handled by officers of the club itself. Therefore, as a member of an AWCC club, you should apply to one of your club officers (as recorded by the AWCC) for them to create your login record. Details of your login ID and initial password will then be automatically e-mailed directly to you. The club officers recorded by the AWCC and who should have this ability include the Secretary, Membership Secretary, AWCC Rep, Contact for visiting AWCC boaters and Treasurer. In some cases, further club officers may also have the ability to create the login records. To create a login, the only information that is required is your forename, surname, private email address and the club of which you are a member.
The AWCC Rep for your Club is Tim Alan

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rip David – NB Dashwood

14th October 2019 Webmaster 0

Dear Club Members, I’m sad to report that after very a long illness my brother Dave died peacefully at home on Wednesday the 9th of October at 70 years of age.
He had a day out on Dashwood during September and that was his last short trip to Shipton Weir Lock and back.
We have been on and around the Southern Oxford Canal since 1969 when both my Father and Dave had cabin cruisers based at Braunston and for a while at Osney Mill. We have had so many happy times out on the various boats we have owned it wont be the same for us not having him around to play his guitar tell jokes and stories and drink whiskey.
He will be missed by many in the music world in and around Coventry where he lived and played guitar for most of his life. Sadly he hadn’t spent as much time at Thrupp as he would have liked due to his illness but some of you will have met him.
Paul

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CRT invite to south east user forum.

15th July 2019 Mark Paris 0

Canal & River Trust invite all to come have their say and attend South East User Forum – Wednesday 17 July, Oxford
 
At the Canal & River Trust, we look after over 120 miles of waterways in the London and South East region. As a charity, we’re incredibly proud to do this and work alongside diverse communities every day to ensure the canals can bring amazing benefits to everyone who uses them. Whether it’s tackling plastic pollution, caring for wildlife or making the canals safer and healthier places to be, there’s a lot of work to be done. We want to invite you to our Summer User Forum to meet our teams, hear about our plans and how they might benefit you, your organisation and the people you work on behalf of.
 
The event begins at 6:30 pm with presentations about our work and ambitions for future, followed by opportunities for questions and group discussion.
 
 
Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you!

Register to attend: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/south-east-waterway-forum-tickets-64427131284

Date And Time
Wed, 17 July 2019
18:30 – 20:30 BST

Location
Said Business School
Park End Street
Oxford
OX1 1HP
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The Great Big Boating Bog Survey

2nd February 2019 Mark Paris 0

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BoatingLoos

Dear fellow Thruppsters
I am hoping that you would like to contribute to the most comprehensive survey of loos on boats ever!  It started with my interest in composting and wanting to find out more about how that’s going but then I realised it would a great opportunity to get a an overview of all matters boating toilets, including other recent innovations like incinerating loos. I then learned about the IWA Gap Tracker project and realised that the survey could add a lot of useful information to that data.
It won’t magically create more facilities but a good response will provide some evidence to support the IWA’s research and campaigning for more. It’s open to all boaters (UK Inland Waterways) and anyone planning to buy/build a boat in the future.
It is carefully designed so that you only get questions relevant to your loo. If you have a cassette or pump out it will take around 15 min, if you have a compost loo a little longer because I wanted to explore how that is all working in more detail, so perhaps 20-25 min.
It’s an entirely personal self funded project, independent of CRT, the EA, any boating organisation and any manufacturer or supplier of any kind of boating toilet.
I do hope you would like to join in – the bigger the response the more interesting and useful the results will be.
Just click on the link at the top.

Thank you very much
Kate

Kate Saffin

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Red diesel AWCC press release

28th November 2018 Mark Paris 0

Dear Colleagues,
This might be of interest to you…
Following the ruling by the European Union Court of Justice against the UK’s use of red diesel by private pleasure craft, representatives from the boating community and boating industry – British Marine, the Cruising Association, the Inland Waterways Association and the Royal Yachting Association – met with HMRC officials on Tuesday 20 November to discuss the implications of the Court’s decision and evaluate the UK’s response. The meeting was extremely informative and productive, and the continued support of the UK Government is welcomed. In effect, following the Court’s ruling, the expectation of the European Commission is that the UK must stop allowing the use of red diesel for the purposes of propulsion of a private pleasure craft and must, therefore, switch to white diesel. The UK is required to provide a response to the Commission by 22 December 2018, setting out how it intends to bring the UK into line with the European Directive on fiscal marking of gas oils and kerosene, as well as a timeframe for achieving this. It remains the position of all the boating representative bodies that a change to using white diesel would create insurmountable problems for boat users and the industry. All the boating representative bodies will, therefore, be providing evidence of the practical implications to HMRC officials to inform the UK’s response to the Commission in the hope that we can jointly develop a practical and affordable solution in a realistic timeframe.
Kind regards,
Andrew