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Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema Showcases “The Thing” – Wednesday 22nd April CANCELLED

Join Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema  for a screening of John Carpenters, The Thing, at Stourbridge’s new home of Horror cinema!

Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema returns to The Bonded Warehouse, the new home of Stourbridge Horror cinema! Join us in a paranoid huddle in the haunted walls for a special screening of John Carpenters horror masterpiece, The Thing.

Ticket includes glass of scotch to sip suspiciously, and all ticket holders will be entered into a raffle to win a bottle of J&B Original Scotch Whisky. Further spooks and surprises tba…


£12.50 Standard Ticket

£15.00 Includes glass of scotch

Entrance from 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.

Please note: Unfortunately there is no disabled access to the screening area due to heritage listing of the building, apologies! This screening is ages 18+ due to BBFC film rating.

Free Parking in areas designated for use by Bonded Warehouse Patrons only. 



New wall and railings now in place.

It had been noticed for some time that the wall acting as a boundary between Stourbridge Navigation Trust and what will soon be re-named “The Old Wharf” was starting to lean quite noticeably – our regular Tuesday Club volunteer, John Ganner, a former builder, expressed his concerns and so did Jack the new proprietor of the soon to open pub – there was only one course of action to take.

A few quotations were acquired and various options explored as to how the work might be done, what we all wanted it to look like and of course as a Charitable Trust we were very mindful of the potential cost. In fairness it didn’t take too long to put a plan in place and over a couple of months the old wall which featured blue bricks showing the “SNT” initials was demolished, new stronger footings put in place and the new walling built. The final part was the installation of attractive railings on top of the wall to serve as the boundary, providing security for our moorers and giving a nice view from the pub’s outside space up the Stourbridge Arm.

The photo gallery below shows the various stages of the job from day one to demolition to rebuilding and the end product which all agree is very smart. That’s another job off the list and quite a considerable sum spent from the Trust’s bank account.

There’s only one small job to do now to complete the job and that is to re-instate the plaque which heralded the building of the original wall in 2003 – it’s only right that the history of the site is preserved. Photographs of the plaque is also shown in the gallery below and this will be fixed in place very soon.



Tuesday Club – a Blur of Paint Brushes.

Tuesday Club volunteers are making the most of the dry weather by tackling jobs on the exhaustive list which are deemed as ‘outside’ jobs and done when it will remain dry – so out came the sandpaper, paintbrushes and a peak of enthusiasm. The volunteers organised themselves into two groups – one to deal with the large end door to the stable block (where the bar operates from at Open Weekend) and the other two man team to the railings near the entrance to the dry dock.

The first job was to re-fix the large door to the frame-post on the stable block and then prepare it for its first coat of grey primer – application of a second  coat was applied the following week and then finally to finish it off with a top coat of ‘plum’ gloss. It’s amazing really that this job started out as “we need to replace that door post because it’s rotten at the bottom” – as usual the task broadened in scope but at least we will have a finished job in a few weeks which will last for many years. The picture above shows the job after application of the first coat of undercoat with the end product in the photo gallery below.

The other job simply involved applying black gloss to the already prepared existing railings and gates – quite a tedious yet highly satisfying job, with many passers by giving encouraging remarks as the railings / gates took on a rejuvenated shiny state. Painting the gates is a time-consuming feature to tackle and also we knew that the top of the rails would soon be adorned with small knobs to match the new boundary fence with the Old Wharf Inn – it should look smashing when it is all completed.  The picture below shows the railings partly painted and in the gallery is the finished job which we think looks splendid.

Those achievements will naturally lead us to look at other items which would benefit from the proverbial ‘lick of paint’ – the crane, bollards, window sills on the Bonded Warehouse (which are in urgent need of attention), the lamp post and many other ‘bits and pieces’ that will look better for a bit of TLC.

Work will soon start (August we hope) to repair a large area of roofing on the office buildings and whilst the scaffolding is in place we hope to take the opportunity to paint the large windows in that building and also give the glass a good clean.

The work down at the Bonded Warehouse is endless actually and we really could do with a few more pairs of hands, so if you have some spare time and would like to get involved with a valuable community asset then do come along on Tuesdays to join the voluntary group – you will need a good sense of humour, the ability to glug coffee and be adaptable to take on repairs & maintenance tasks which you may not have done before – it’s a good opportunity to learn new skills, enjoy yourself, make friends and help the Trust look after this unique community building.


Brand New Carpet Fitted to Brindley Room

As part of the “major expenditure” projects agreed by the Trust’s Committee earlier in the year some of the work has been commissioned and indeed completed!

One of the projects was to replace the carpet tiles in the Brindley Room as those in place could be described as “past their best” having served the room well over the years by enduring huge footfall, subject to various spillages along with everyday ‘wear and tear’. In order to keep costs down it fell to the Tuesday Club volunteers to lift up the outgoing tiles – quite good fun actually as they were removed from the upper floor by gentling dropping them out of the end of building window (honest!) where others collected them into neat piles for onward disposal – some to garden sheds !

It was left to the professionals to lay the new carpet tiles though the Tuesday Club were once again on hand to unload the order from the delivery vehicle and carry them to the top floor – quite a heavy load but it got the cardio-vascular systems going and some thought it was better than going to the gym !

Once laid the we felt the room looked much lighter and brighter due to the fundamental change in colour from brown to grey and indeed the room looks very smart. The Pilates Group were amongst the first to use the room and were delighted with the clean flooring.

The photo gallery below shows the transition brought about by this investment and we hope you all like it as much as we do – it will certainly have to last for a good few years.

Amongst the other major projects scheduled for 2019 are significant roof repairs to the front of the office building, total refurbishment of the upstairs ladies toilets and a new railed wall adjoining the soon to be opened Old Wharf Pub.



Free Canal Walking & Cycling event by Sustrans – 1st June.

Come and explore the local Stourbridge Canal Arm by taking part in the free Sustrans led walk and bike ride starting at the Bonded Warehouse on Saturday 1st June.

The walk sets off at 11.00am for approximately 2 hours and the bike ride starts at 1.30pm again for about 2 hours.

Sustrans believe that the local canal network offers an excellent place for the community to explore and get in touch with nature whilst being active and staying healthy. You will be able to discover hidden habitats in the local community whilst travelling on part of the areas industrial heritage.

These activities are funded by Transport for West Midlands supported by Active Black County and delivered by Sustrans, with the aim of raising awareness of the improved canal towpaths in the Black Country.

Led rides: Participants are required to bring their own bike. The route will be mostly along canal towpaths, so hybrid/mountain bikes are appropriate. Participants are also advised to bring a mobile phone, water, and weather-appropriate clothing and footwear. Adult participants are responsible for the safety of their own bikes. Children must be accompanied by an adult and are required to wear a helmet at all times, unless parental consent is given in writing. Children’s bikes must be roadworthy and safe. Infants carried on the ride must be able to support their upper body (typically over one year old). Please bring refreshments if you think you will require them on the ride. Participants should declare any medical conditions to the ride leader in advance. Riders with acute conditions may need to provide information in case they require assistance on the ride.

Led walks: Participants are advised to bring a mobile phone, water, and weather-appropriate clothing and footwear. Walkers should declare any medical conditions to the walk leader in advance. Those with acute conditions may need to provide information in case they require assistance on the walk. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring refreshments if you think you will require them during the session.

For information on both of the events and to reserve your place, visit the Eventbrite website:

The led walk is here:
and the Cycle ride is here:

If you have any questions regarding the events or for any additional information please contact:

Leisure Mooring Available

Due to changes in boat ownership and re-siting of some existing boats a Leisure Mooring space has become available on the secure mooring area near the Bonded Warehouse.

If you are a boat owner and want to secure a permanent, non-residential  mooring at the end of the Stourbridge Canal Arm then please contact the Trust Manager on 01384 395216 to further your enquiry.

Mayor of Dudley Unveils New Life-Saving Defibrillator.

The Mayor of Dudley has officially unveiled a new potentially life-saving canal side Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) near Stourbridge’s historic Bonded Warehouse.

Stourbridge Navigation Trust has bought and installed the equipment, which can re-start a heart in the event of cardiac arrest. A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential lifesaving step in the chain of survival.

The group, which looks after the Bonded Warehouse and Stourbridge Canal Arm, secured nearly £2,000 funding from the Norton, Pedmore and Stourbridge East, and Wollaston and Stourbridge Town Community Forum.

The defibrillator was officially unveiled on 27th February by Councillor Alan Taylor as trustees, volunteers and local business representatives watched on.

Lance Cartwright, Trustee for Stourbridge Navigation Trust, said:

“The area along the canal is very popular with walkers, runners, cyclists and visitors to the Bonded Warehouse itself so we felt it was very much in the interests of everyone in the local community to invest in a defibrillator which could potentially save lives in the event of a medical emergency.

We were delighted that the Mayor was able to attend to officially unveil it.”

Councillor Alan Taylor, Mayor of Dudley, said:

“It is a medical fact that having defibrillators in close proximity can literally be the difference between life and death for people who suffer a heart attack.

This defibrillator will be available to anyone who needs it, and trustees and volunteers of the trust will be trained in how to use it should an emergency arise. Local businesses will also be able to take advantage of training too.

It is an excellent example of how organisations can use the Council’s Community Forums to secure funding for projects to benefit everyone.”

Training in how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and when / how to use the Defibrillator was given to over 40 local people who live , work or use community facilities based at the Bonded Warehouse later in the day by Paul Grove from Blackcountry Fast Aid.

Access to and use of the Bonded Warehouse PAD

The PAD is retained in a secure cabinet located on the outside wall of the office building, near to the weighbridge – it’s easy to spot the bright yellow box ! Access is via a key coded lock that SNT and the West Midlands Ambulance Service  have custody of.  In the case of a public 999 emergency call being made, the ambulance service will instruct the caller that this is their nearest PAD and tell them the code to open the security case. Once used the PAD is returned and a person responsible for it at SNT will be contacted about the incident.

Defibrillators are used as briefly described below by the British Heart Foundation:

  • If you come across someone who is not breathing or breathing erratically, the most important thing is to call 999 and start CPR to keep the blood flowing around the body. After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 per cent.
  • If you’re on your own, don’t interrupt the CPR to go and get a defibrillator. If it’s possible, send someone else to find one. When you call 999, the operator can tell you if there’s a public access defibrillator nearby and the code to open the cabinet.
  • Once the defibrillator is open and in position, all you have to do is follow the spoken instructions. The PAD installed by SNT is “fully automatic” and will give verbal instructions of how to use it. The defibrillator detects the heart’s rhythm, it won’t deliver a shock unless one is needed. You should resume CPR as soon as instructed by the defibrillator.

We hope that the defibrillator is never used but also feel that if a heart-related emergency does occur then it might just help to save someone’s life.

Santa’s Helpers Working Hard to Build the Grotto.

An urgent call to Santa’s helpers to start the enormous and often complicated task of preparing for Santa’s visit next month was met with seasonal enthusiasm and very soon the Bonded Warehouse was a hive of industry as partitions were erected, lights checked and attached to the ceilings and tinsel adorned wherever there was a blank space. The active display once again featuring the ever popular Thomas the Tank engine was also constructed – quite a challenge with items needing to be carefully positioned and a veritable spaghetti of wiring connected safely – it’s all looking very good I must say. The entrance to the Grotto has also been changed this year under the watchful eye of Pauline, one of the volunteers. The ‘set’ is more directed towards a ‘snow scene’ style which works well in showing off the festive display amongst twinkling lights. A new red carpet has been ordered, featuring silver twinkly bits so that should look very festive but creates another task to fit it (it all got a bit too much for Della at one stage – see photograph!).

There’s much more to do so it will be “all go” for the next few weeks as further decorations are put in place – it promises to be a spectacular show !

SNT Joins Forces with Stourbridge Army Cadets

SNT are delighted to have ‘joined up’ with Stourbridge Army Cadets Force in a mutually beneficial informal association.

The Army Cadets based in Oldswinford have a very enthusiastic and well managed platoon who were struggling to find appropriate voluntary work to evidence the cadets aspirations in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme so SNT undertook to provide a platform on which to undertake some purposeful community work along the Stourbridge Canal Arm. After several meetings with representatives of the Cadet Force, primarily with Colour Sergeant Sophia Baker, arrangements blossomed with the Cadets playing a key role at the recent Open Weekend by having a big clear up  before the event and then maintaining the site, keeping it  “clean and tidy” over a busy weekend. The Chairman of SNT, David Caunt, has undertaken to write a letter to each cadet who helped over the weekend, thanking them for their valued contribution, thus providing vital evidence of their involvement in a major community event. The cadets also took centre stage at the Open Weekend by performing a march through Canal Street on each day – something that hasn’t been seen before !

SNT have also put the Cadets in touch with the Canal and River Trust with a view to them formally adopting the stretch of canal in order to take formal responsibility for its maintenance along the Canal Arm on a regular basis, doing the local community a great service, taking the strain off SNT volunteers and providing rich evidence for their Duke of Edinburgh applications – win / win !

SNT volunteers are supporting the cadets in return by supply of training bibs and exercise paraphernalia as well as making wooden drill ‘machine guns’ for them based on a rather complicated template as well as seeking more opportunities to put them in the spotlight.

We hope that this relationship will help the Cadets Force who aspire to develop young people aged 12 to 22, creating a disciplined yet enjoyable environment  to hone their personal development as fine young people. We are sure that the Cadet Force will once again hit our News page in the very near future.