canalside heritage centre



Hello to all our followers old and new.

Exciting times at CHC everything is in full flow now we have the Contractors on site. Bonsers started on the 11th July and getting stuck in, scaffold up and roof stripped off. Our volunteers were on hand to pull a barge into the Old Lock laden with their steel site cabins which gave us the first chance to use the Barge to pull materials across the canal. It worked brilliantly and if you go to our face book page you will see a video of the epic venture.

A lot of new people now coming on board to help out with all different aspects of the Project which is fantastic as we rely completely on Volunteers to help, fetch and carry to keep costs down as we are still on a very tight budget.

 Please download our flyer from our website front page for information about our Heritage Open day at the Boat and Horses on the 10th September with our new hosts Jen and Dean. Thanks to our great team for putting this together. Following feedback we are having boat trips on the Trent again arranged by the Notts CC Narrowboat Project thanks to Debra Porter. Tickets (free) will be available from 10:30am at the Boat and Horses, CHC Info stand in the function on the day, come early so you are not disappointed first trip at 11:00am. Then at 1pm and 2:30pm.

Look out for ‘SHRECK’ the workhorse who will be accompanying visitors to the site for tours and for boat trips.

Any enquiries, please email 


Volunteers have finally been able to start work on site with clearing rubbish, cleaning and reclaiming the bricks that were from the old boundary wall that fell two years ago. The extension to the back of the Cottages had to be demolished because it was in a dangerous state.

We have also started taking off the rendering to the front of the cottages and this is revealing some amazing secrets of their hidden past! It appears that they were extended pre 1880 and didn't start life as we thought as four cottages. More research is needed but intrigued to know more.

The Canalside Heritage Team, would like to thank all their helpers, followers and friends and wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


The Tender drawings have been done and sent out to five chosen contractors and we eagerly await their return.


Canalside Heritage Centre Open Day
Saturday 12th September 2015

The Boat & Horses Pub, Trent Road, Beeston Rylands
From 10.30am to 4.30pm



July 2015

News Flash 30th July

The great news that we have all been waiting for!
The Beeston Canalside Heritage Centre Project secures Full Investment to Commence Project!

Also this month we had a stand at the Beeston Carnival where we had a Human Fruit Machine which was a lot of fun and raised approx. £150.00 towards funds.

May 2015

We had a stand in Beeston Square as part of the Wildlife Day. Thank you to all the new volunteers who have registered their interest.


At the beginning of March, Ed Vaizey (Minister for Culture) and Anna Soubry MP visited the site to look at the Weir Cottages before restoration. This was very last minute but a real boost to the project and everyone who has contributed their time and effort into it.

January, February, March

The final piece of the jigsaw was the lease with Canal & River Trust. This had been bounced back and forwards between CHC and CRT for over a year but we finally agreed all the terms in March. It is now with the HLF Local Team to approve it.

Once this is done, we should get the permission to start from the HLF and ‘the dream’ will become reality!


With an overall project cost of £865,549.00, we were awarded an HLF Grant of £687,200 we had to find a match funding figure of £178,349.

We are pleased to announce that this was achieved in December after 12 months of campaigning.


The Results of our Christmas Raffle Winners Canalside Heritage Centre Trust Raffle 14th December 2014

1st Prize - £150.00 Ticket No: 0402

2nd Prize - £75.00 Ticket No: 0535

3rd Prize - Toby Carvery Voucher Ticket No: 0018

4th Prize – Trent Lady Cruise Ticket No: 1702

 5th Prize – Baby Hamper Ticket No: 1802

6th Prize – Tesco Hamper Ticket No: 0543

7th Prize – Perfume Ticket No: 0471

8th Prize – Ten Pin Bowling Ticket No: 1472

9th Prize – Cycle Helmet Ticket No: 1776

10th Prize – Brewery Voucher Ticket No: 1605

11th Prize – Nottm Rugby Club Ticket No: 0702

12th Prize – Bottle of Prosecco Ticket No: 1773

13th Prize – Bottle of Whiskey Ticket No: 0387


Tonight Friday 14th November at 7.30pm, Mr Julian Owen will be giving a talk and update on this fantastic project to the Beeston Civic Society in the Community Room, John Clifford School, Nether St, Beeston. All are very welcome.

Canalside Heritage Centre Christmas Raffle!

Dear Supporter

We are getting closer and closer to our fundraising target to get this fantastic project off the ground so we have decided that the charity will be selling Christmas raffle tickets priced at £1 each (£5 for a book of 5).  Tickets are on sale now until Friday 12th December 2014 and will be sold via the Trustees, members of the Management team, volunteers, friends and family, at The Boat & Horses pub on Trent Road Beeston Rylands and also at Julian Owen's offices on Queens Road

If you are interested in buying and/or selling some for us (we have plenty!) please get in touch via email: 

The draw will take place on Saturday 13th December 2014 at 4pm in the Boat & Horses Pub and winners will be contacted within 7 days either by phone, e-mail or post (depending on which form of communication has been written on the ticket stub) and arrangements will be made as to the collection of prizes.  Please feel free to join us down at the pub for drinks while the draw is made.

A full list of winners names and their allocated prize will be published on the website.  Prizes must be claimed by the end of January 2015 and any unclaimed prizes will be donated to another charity of the Trusts choosing.


We are very lucky to have many great prizes donated this year from various local organsiations &


1st Prize                       £150 cash

2nd Prize                       £75 cash

3rd Prize                       Toby Carvery meal/drinks voucher value £40

4th Prize                       Trent River Cruise and carvery for 2 people

Plus the following other prizes:

Johnson & Johnson hamper including baby toiletries worth at least £50

Tesco Christmas hamper (value £30)

Christian Dior perfume (100ml)

Nottingham MFA Bowling Alley 6 games

Lazer Sport Carbon cycle helmet

Marstons Brewery/Waterfront meal/drinks voucher (value £20)

Nottingham Rugby Club home game family ticket for the 2014/15 season

Framed floral wall artwork 

Bottle of Prosecco


September 2014

On the 13th September we took a big part in the local Heritage Open Day Event. We are very grateful to the landlord and landlady of the Boat & Horses, Trent Road, Beeston Rylands, who were happy to let us take over their pub, garden and car park for the day and evening.

Stan Heptinstall, our Mayor opened the day and we were visited by several local Councillors and our MP along with several hundreds of visitors. An enormous thank you to everyone who contributed and attended this event.

We had the following attractions -

  • Canal Boat Trips from Beeston Lock
  • Morris Dancing
  • Traditional Folk Music & Singing
  • Heritage Display of local Bottles
  • Heritage Craft Demonstrations
  • Vintage Tea Parlour and Home Made Cake Stall
  • Raffle and Tombola 

We were very sorry indeed that we were let down by the promised Vintage Bus Service and Static Display.

In the evening in the function room of the Boat & Horses we held a Grand Ceilidh (barn dance) with Freds Folks Ceilidh Band and special guest appearance of Black Pig Border Morris Dancers.

A total amount of £1,395.01 was raised to help with our match funding!


April 2014

We gratefully received £200 from Councillor Kate Foales towards our new exhibition boards.

CHC had a display stand at the ‘Wild Life Event’ in Beeston Square on the 12th April, members of the public showed great support for the project which have also lead to more good contacts.

Please visit our facebook page (Beeston Canalside Heritage Centre) to see photographs of the project and various events.

March 2014

On the 4th The Environment Agency went on site and started to clear the site by attacking the jungle!

February 2014

Very good news came on the 24th, we finally became registered with the Charities Commission! Martin, our Treasurer, has been wrestling with bureaucracy and red tape for months but persevered and we now have the magic number 1155914. This should open doors to more funding streams because we have a shortfall in match funding.  

January 2014

The New Year saw us pushing for the required paperwork from Canal and River Trust to allow us access to clear the site of all the undergrowth and self set trees. The Environment Agency has very kindly offered a ‘donation in kind’ to the value of £5,000 to clear the site scheduled to take place in March.

October, November, December 2013

These were quieter months with paperwork slotting into place and the new committees finding their feet with some great ideas coming forward.

September 30th 2013

An open evening was held at the Boat and Horses pub, Trent Road to let everyone know what were doing and that we were looking for Volunteers to help out with new committees to take the project forward now that we have HLF funding. There was a fantastic turnout and we have put together some great teams.


September 2013
We have now reached a milestone in our quest to save the Weir Cottages….
A phone call from the Heritage Lottery Fund came in on Wednesday 11th September telling us the brilliant news that we have been granted Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Funding for the Centre! We are now waiting for the paperwork to come through and a date for a meeting with HLF to take the project forward an the go ahead, once we have raised the modest shortfall in the match funding.
A HLF spokesperson said: “This project gives a new lease of life to these historic and important lock cottages. It will help inform and educate local people and visitors about the valuable heritage of the Beeston and Nottingham Canal from its 18th Century heyday.”
A really big, big THANK YOU goes to everyone who has contributed towards reaching this goal. Now onto the next stage in this wondrous journey, come and join us and make it happen.
Click on the Get Involved tab on the home page and complete the form, your help will be very much appreciated.

June 2013

Good news! On Wednesday evening 12th June, Broxtowe Borough Council Planning Committee unanimously voted to approve the design. Almost everyone on the committee took the opportunity to praise the project and declare their support for it. We also had an interview on the BBC Radio Nottingham Breakfast Show this week live from Beeston Lock. Heritage Lottery Fund Stage 2 has been submitted and we should know the result on September 10th. The project cost stands at £860,549 the HLF bid is for £687,233 which leaves CHC to find the remainder which is £173,316. With thanks to Notts County Council Local Improvement Scheme (LIS), who have made this possible, we are part way to raising the match funding (still a way to go). This is another great step forward in reaching our goal to bring Beeston Waterfront to life.


March 2013

Stewart applied to the Broxtowe Action Fund for funding towards two display boards that will be needed on site when work gets started. The application was successful and that an award of £505.00 will be made to the project at an awards ceremony on the 2nd April at 6.30 at Beeston Fire Station, Hassocks Lane, Beeston. Many thanks to Richard Lea and his Team.

Julian Owen Associates Architects have submitted our Planning Application to the LPA to convert the existing cottages into a Heritage Centre and construct rear and side extensions etc. They can be viewed on line and any comments made. If you click the link for the planning it will take you to our application. . (The reference number is: 13/00116/FUL)

February 2013

The Nottinghamshire County Council Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) has awarded the Canalside Heritage Centre a Highly Commended Certificate in recognition of the outstanding contribution to improving Nottinghamshire’s Environment. Trustee members will be attending a presentation and take part in the Celebration at Newark Showground on the 7th March. Stewart said “It’s like winning an Oscar before you have finished the film Nott’s CC. LIS have supported this project from the early stages and it is thanks to them that we are where we are.”

January 2013

An exhibition of plans and artefacts will be on display at Beeston Library, Foster Avenue, Beeston from Saturday 19th to Friday 25th January.

Please contact the library on 01159 255 168 for opening times.

Members of the trust will be at the cottages, Beeston Lock on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th from 10:00am until 4:00pm, please come along and see us.

August 2012

Trustees were invited by Nott’s County Councils Museums Manager Anne Inscker, to view a collection of waterways related literature which has been discovered at Wollaton Hall Industrial Museum.

Trustees also attended the Nott’s Heritage Awards Ceremony at The Lakeside Centre, Nottingham.

And they were also invited to view a collection of records from The Trent Navigation Company which are stored at the Nottingham University Manuscripts and Special Collection Archives.

July 2012

On the 2nd July, British Waterways changed to C & R T, Canal and River Trust, a registered charity.

The Heritage Lottery Fund gave the green light to The Canalside Heritage Centre to develop the project towards the next Phase, Stage two(Permission to start).

June 2012

Stewart was invited by the Cooperative Society to a ‘Plan Bee’ Event at the Novotel, Nottingham, addressing the decline of pollinators.

May 2012

Stewart and Jason Mordan from Notts CC (Senior Heritage Officer) were interviewed live by presenter Nigel Bell for Radio Nottingham at the Beeston Lock Cottages site.

Trustees attended a Historic Craft Fair/Building Heritage Day held at Southwell Minster, Notts.

Stewart and Graham attended the (LIS) Local Improvement Scheme Awards Ceremony for Notts groups at The Newark Showground, and a tour of the Air Museum at the showground.

Trustees attended (NLHA), Nottinghamshire Local History Association, ‘Angel Row History Forum’ at the central library, Nottingham for like minded Notts Groups to meet up.

March 2012

CHC gained Heritage Lottery Fund Stage 1 approval and were awarded a Development Grant to take the project forward to HLF Stage 2.

February 2012

Stewart Craven and Graham Hopcroft were invited to an Open Day at the Nottingham Archives.

December 2011

Deadline for the submission of a Stage 1 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

November 2011

Julian Owen will be giving a short presentation as part of the Broxtowe Community Action Team meeting at the Rylands Community Centre.

November 2011

Trustees Stewart Craven and Julian Owen are attending a cheque presentation by Broxtowe Borough Council at the Town Hall in Beeston. The council have awarded the Trust a grant towards the cost of health and safety equipment for volunteers on the project.

October 2011

Website went 'live' including a link to the trust's online electronic survey for residents from Beeston and the Nottingham area.

Volunteers invite people passing by the cottage to complete questionnaires about how we should make use of the restored buildings. Over 100 were collected in the space of a few hours.

The Trust made a presentation to the Beeston Civic Society, explaining the proposals, which was enthusiastically received, with several offers of help as volunteers.

September 2011

PHT Consultants appointed to manage the bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund on behalf of the Trust.

August 2011

Nottinghamshire County Council agree to back the Trust's lottery bid, with a grant from the Local Improvement Scheme.

31st January 2011

Inaugural meeting of the Canalside Heritage Centre Trust, Stewart Craven elected as Chair.