Leicestershire Branch

Christmas Party 12th December 2019

See events below for details..... 

IWA AWARDS - Richard Bird Medal

Each year the IWA celebrates worthy individuals and hardworking Branches dedicated to improve our waterways. As a result the annual 2019 RICHARD BIRD medals were awarded to seven IWA memebers, one of which was Ian McDonald our ex chairman. He was awarded a medal for his long term commitment and devotion to the IWA. 

We at the branch also salute you Ian for all your hard work in the past years.


 Ian Receiving his Richard Bird award

We currently have an exciting 'once-in-a-generation' waterside regeneration opportunity in Leicester, but we need to ensure that any development is done sensitively. Leics IWA have submitted a 'constructively critical' response to the  Waterside Supplementary Planning Document consultation.

If any of our local membership come accross any local planning applications that may affect our waterways then can you please get in contact with a commitee member. It will also help to have the planning reference if possible.

We have in the past found that we have not been consulted with some of these projects.

Our objection to new road over Oakham Canal 

2018/Reg3Ma/0182/LCC North & East Melton Distributor Road Melton Mowbray,Leicestershire OBJECTION INLAND WATERWAYS ASSOCIATION LEICESTERSHIRE BRANCH 
The Leicestershire Branch of the Inland Waterways Association are extremely concerned that your current proposals for the above works appear to make no provision for the Oakham Canal, and would, if implemented as currently proposed, effectively prevent the future restoration of the waterway. The proposal would also put a stop to the short-term plans for a walk/cycleway between Melton and Oakham along the line of the old waterway.

The prevention of the canal restoration completely fails to recognise the wellbeing benefits of our national waterways system to society, a fundamental aspect of the Canal and River Trust’s agenda, and completely fails to understand the potential economic benefits to the local business communities.

We trust that your current proposals will be reviewed and redesigned as necessary to take account of the Oakham Canal.
Andrew Shephard, MSc., Dip. Arch.
Acting Chairman
Inland Waterways Association - Leicestershire Branch

If you also feel stongly about this too then please let your voice be heard here as soon as possible.

Limekiln Lock / Memory Lane

4th November 2019

We are now in the process of talking to Phil Mulligan (CRT), about getting better access at Memory Warf to the City of Leicester. This may include a secure boaters service station with water and sanitation. The problem at the moment, is to sort out land rights and access etc. Our branch are now involved in trying to impliment this project with CRT.

UPDATE - There will be residential mooring and visitor mooring provided, plus a new service station. Full details to follow when fully released.

We are also in the process of bringing back to life the Lime Kiln Lock plaque that was for the 1967 National IWA Rally held at this location. We are investigating at this time on how to proceed. The plaque was heavily drawn on and then painted over in red paint. This also included the lock name board.  

Our new Instagram account and gallery

We have now set up and Instagram account that allows pictures of events, work parties etc to be posted for all to see. Now have 76 followers to our page.

How do you get there you may ask? 
Well all you need to do is click the Instagram Icon below.

IWA Member Discounts

Do not forget your IWA member discounts. From hire boat holidays to eating out and equipment - there's something for everyone.  See the updated list of IWA member discounts

See Member Discounts

Forthcoming Events

IWA Leicestershire Branch Meeting.


Christmas Tree

Christmas social meeting
Thursday 12th December
Venue for the meeting is the
Co-op Sports & Social Cub,
Birstall Road, Birstall,
Leicester, LE4 4DE

The meeting will start as usual at 7.30pm. 
There will be an entry fee of £12.50 per person to cover the exstensive Christmas Buffet. We will also have a few social fun and games. The bar will be open for the event. 

We hope you will try to make this fun christmas meeting. See you there.

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