Key dates in the history of the Chesterfield Canal Restoration

1976 Sept 30, The Chesterfield Canal Society is founded.

1977 June 4-7, Bicentenary Rally celebrations at Worksop.

1981 May, First Norwood Packet trip boat launched on the summit pound.

1982 August, The ‘Route to Rhodesia’ restoration policy is published.

1985 ‘A Future for Chesterfield’s Canal’ policy published.

1987 Derbyshire County Council acquire Chesterfield to Staveley section from British Waterways.

1988 March, The first seminar on the Future of the Chesterfield Canal is held.
June, Second Norwood Packet trip boat purchased.
June 25/6, National Campaign Rally with Inland Waterways Association held at Worksop.
Sept 17, First working party held at Tapton Lock.

1990 April 29, Tapton Lock restored by CCS volunteers and officially opened by Mayor of Chesterfield.
Dec 17, First Joint Meeting of CCS with all Derbyshire authorities.

1991 Society wins the major DCC Greenwatch Award.
Society win the IWA’s Christopher Power Prize for restoration.

1992 March, Second Seminar on the Future of the Chesterfield Canal.
‘The Chesterfield Canal A Waterway for All’ published.
May 2, Launch of John Varley trip boat at Chesterfield.
CCS are winners of the IWA Kenneth Goodwin Award for restoration.
Sept 6, First joint meeting of CCS with DCC, Chesterfield Borough Council, North East Derbyshire District Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Rother Valley Country Park.

1993 June 20, Hollingwood Lock opened, restored by CCS volunteers.
DCC Recreation Strategy for the Canal published.

1994 Strategy for the Protection and Restoration of the Canal published and agreed by local authorities.
DCC Phase 1 opened above Tapton Lock.
Sept 11, Bluebank Lock restored by CCS volunteers opened by Chair of Brimington Parish Council.

1995 Engineering study for the canal carried out by Sir William Halcrow and Partners.
English Partnerships approval of funding for restoration in Nottinghamshire and Rotherham.
New-build Dixon’s Lock, designed and part-constructed by CCS volunteers, opens at Brimington.
Christopher Power Prize won by the Society again.
News that the proposed Staveley-Brimington bypass is to accommodate the canal at all crossing points.
Oct 11, First meeting of the Chesterfield Canal Partnership.
Nov 5, Dixon’s Lock formally opened.

1996 Third Seminar on the Future of the Chesterfield Canal.
June 7, Morse Lock at Worksop opened.

1997 Canal Society becomes a Company Limited by Guarantee.
Wheeldon Mill Lock restored by CCS volunteers.
DCC Phase 2 completed between Chesterfield and Staveley.
Cuckoo wins best canal society magazine prize from IWA.
Bassetlaw’s Canal Strategy is published.

1998 Jan, Heritage Lottery Fund bid for Feasibility Study unsuccessful.
Apr 5, Refurbished Tapton Lock Visitor Centre opened.
May 11, Fourth Seminar on the Future of the Chesterfield Canal.
The newly-formed Chesterfield Canal Trust takes over the assets of the Canal Society.
Oct, Plans for opencasting Kiveton Colliery submitted to RMBC.
Dec 10, Boundary Lock at Shireoaks officially opened.

1999 Feb 5, First meeting of the full Canal Partnership Members’ Group.
Doug Platts CCS Chairman dies.
Bistro opens in converted canalside warehouse at Retford.

2000 Feb, CCT receives Rotherham Civic Society Environmental Award.
Apr 17, Charlie Mitchell – legendary Forest lock-keeper – dies.
May 9, Shireoaks Marina officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester.
Oct 1, Ernest ‘Boatie’ Clark dies.

2001 Apr 6, Fifth seminar on the Future of the Chesterfield Canal.
June, IWAAC study lists Chesterfield scheme as of national importance.
May 30, Station Lane and Newbridge Lane bridges and Wheeldon Mill Lock officially opened.
June, Economic Assessment Study published.
Nov, First Santa Specials run from Worksop.
Dec, Design Guide adopted by CCP.

2002 May 29, Bilby Lane bridge opened – through navigation now possible between Chesterfield and Staveley.
July 13/14, IWA National Trailboat Festival held at Tapton Lock.

2003 June 26, Rotherham section opened to Norwood Tunnel.
Yorkshire Forward protect future line of canal in Kiveton Colliery plans.
DCC successful in Next Navigation bid for £0.25m Staveley – Killamarsh study.
Dec, Canal Partnership Development Manager takes up post.

2004 Feb, John Varley ‘stretched’ by 8ft.
March, Ecological Scoping Study published.
June, Canal extension at Mill Green opened.
Norwood Packet service abandoned.
Aug, IWA Tom Rolt Cuckoo award made at IWA National at Burton-on-Trent
IWA Volvo Penta award won for Rotherham section restoration.
Sea Otter win John Beadsmore Broad Beam award at National.
Sep, Babtie study of Killamarsh routes published.
Sep 20, Inaugural meeting of group to build replica Cuckoo takes place.
Dec 22, Canal walk with David Blackburn at Shireoaks features on BBC Look North.

2005 Mar 6, Former towpath of southern section of old line at Spinkhill opened as footpath.
‘Restoration Remaining’ leaflet pubished.
Apr 13, Route around development at former foundry site agreed with developers.
May 10, Meeting with canal MPs at Westminster.
May 28/30, National Trailboat Festival at Tapton Lock.
June 26, Kiveton Community Woodland opened on former Kiveton Park Colliery site.
CCT wins IWA Kenneth Goodwin Award.
DCC wins IWA Waterways Companion Award.
Seth Ellis launched at Chesterfield for festival.
Tapton Tunnel mural completed.
Scoping Study for Rother Valley Link published.
July, Geoprojects publish new map of the canal.
July, Planning permission received for the Renishaw section.
July 26, Official launch of Seth Ellis at Retford.
Oct 10, 922 hours of volunteer time given 2004/05 to canal restoration.
Oct 10, Sixth Seminar on the Future of the Chesterfield Canal at Worksop.
Oct 15, CCT host Northern Canals Association at Staveley.
Oct 22, IWA Rescom meeting hosted by CCT at Staveley.
Nov, NCC Bassetlaw Members’ Forum allocates £1000 to Trust.
Sir Reresby Sitwell becomes President.
Living Landmarks bid for canal restoration in Derbyshire fails.

2006 Sept, CCP joins AINA.
Oct 13, Members sign new constitution at CCP executive meeting.
Waterway Recovery Group visit Renishaw over Christmas/New Year period for tree clearance.

2007 March, Publication of IWAAC’s third survey. Project described as a ‘model restoration project’.
March 21, CCP wins 2007 Waterways Renaissance Award (Partnership category).
Promotional trailer, James Brindley, commissioned.

2008 Killamarsh to Kiveton Park Route Study by Arup Consultants completed.
Killamarsh Greenway opened.

2009 New terminal basin at Chesterfield dug.
Short new section at Renishaw completed.
Robin Stonebridge becomes new Chair of the Trust.
May 23-25, IWA Campaign Festival at Kiveton Park.
Sept, Historic Boat Python handed over by BW.
Work on new road scheme at Staveley completed giving three new bridges.
Dec, CCT membership passes 1000.

2010 Next Navigation East – Killamarsh to Kiveton Park completed.
Jul 17/18, Festival at Worksop Rugby Club.
Chesterfield Waterside receives planning permission.
Heritage petition launched.
Vice President Keith Ayling and Vice Chair David Trickett both die.

2011 Work on New Dawn started.
Hollingwood Hub completed; officially opened on 13 August.
Money for Hugh Henshall won in Jubileee People’s Millions on ITV.
Sept 10/11, Gathering of Historic Boats at Retford.
Staveley Town Basin completed.
Connection from Mill Green to Staveley Town Basin completed.
Next Navigation West – Killamarsh to Staveley completed.

2012 Jan 20, John Varley is first canal boat into Staveley Town Basin.
Mar 4, CCP host NCA at Hollingwood Hub.
June 30, Hugh Henshall named by the Duke of Devonshire.
June 30, Staveley Town Basin opened by the Duke of Devonshire.
Jun 30/Jul 1, Festival at Staveley Town Basin.
Viridor Grant for first developments at Staveley Town Basin secured.