Lichfield Branch

Fradley Junction

LATEST UPDATES

Work Party at Rugeley on Friday 19 July - see below
Penkridge & Rodbaston Walk – see Activities page
Spring Newsletter – see Lichfield Lines page


Welcome to the Lichfield Branch webpages.

 
See below for forthcoming meetings and activities, and how to contact us.
See left for reports on recent activities, news and other pages of information about the Branch.

Lichfield Branch -

  • Provides a forum for anyone with an interest in waterways to meet like-minded people
  • Covers an area from Stafford to Hinckley and from Walsall to Burton on Trent, including Cannock, Tamworth, Sutton Coldfield and Nuneaton, and centred on Lichfield
  • Meets in Lichfield on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7.15 for 7.30 pm from September to April, generally for illustrated talks on waterway related subjects
  • Holds outdoor events over the summer such as barbecues, lock winds, visits and boat trips, and also arranges a Christmas meal
  • Organises weekday walks throughout the year, including a regular New Year's Day walk
  • Co-ordinates work parties on our adopted length at Rugeley several times a year to improve the canal environment, access and boating facilities
  • Arranges fund-raising events and makes donations to waterway restoration projects (totalling over £45,000 in the past 30 years)
  • Comments on all planning applications and development plans affecting the waterways in our area
  • Attends meetings with Canal & River Trust and raises issues on behalf of our members
  • Produces a quarterly Branch newsletter 'Lichfield Lines'
  • Has an active committee which meets monthly on a midweek afternoon or evening

The Branch welcomes new volunteers to help with individual events or to join the committee.


Meetings & Activities

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Wednesday 17th July 2019 – Summer Evening Walk: Hartshill and the Coventry Canal.  This is an easy 3 ¾ mile dog-friendly walk with no stiles, across fields, quiet country lanes and the towing path.  Our starting point is The Anchor Inn on the B4111 between Hartshill and Nuneaton.  We first head in a northerly direction towards Woodford Lodge, crossing over the railway line in the process.  We then turn right and follow a field boundary in the direction of Caldecote.  Outside the village we again turn right and head slightly uphill, passing underneath the railway line this time, towards the canal at Spring Haven Marina, from where we return alongside the Coventry Canal to our starting point.  Meet 6 pm for a 6:15 pm start in the car park of The Anchor Inn, Mancetter Road, Hartshill, Warwickshire CV10 0RT.  Contact Clive Walker on 07866 201873 or clive.walker@waterways.org.uk .
If you can print off and display a Poster for this event in your area, please download a pdf file here.

Friday 19th July 2019 – Work Party on the canal at Brindley Bank, Rugeley.  Everyone welcome.  9.30 am set up for 10.00 am start, finishing by mid-afternoon.  Meet at the bottom of the steps by the aqueduct on the Trent and Mersey Canal, accessed along the footpath between Albany Drive and the pumping station, off A460 Wolseley Road, Rugeley, WS15 2HP.  Car parking at the pumping station.  No experience needed but please wear stout shoes and old clothes.  We will be strimming, mowing, litter picking, clearing any vegetation that does not disturb birds, and removing underwater obstructions from the canal using grappling hooks.  If we have enough volunteers, we will also repaint the white railings.  Canal and River Trust will provide equipment and welfare facilities.  IWA will provide hot and cold drinks, cake and lunch.  For more information, please contact:  Margaret Beardsmore, Workparty Coordinator at margaret.beardsmore@waterways.org.uk or mobile: 07581 794111.

Sunday 28th July 2019 ‘Lock Wind’ at Barton Turn Lock.  Our annual fundraising and social event on the Trent & Mersey Canal, from 10 am to 4 pm.  Help from experienced lock users will be appreciated to assist boaters through this very busy lock, talk to them about IWA and hopefully receive lots of donations.  We also need help with the sales stand and several volunteers to bake us some home-made cakes, which always sell well.  We will have a small gazebo beside the lock with refreshments available, and a barbecue at 4 pm outside the pub for those taking part.  If you can assist on site, even if only for a couple of hours, or with baking, please contact Helen Whitehouse as soon as possible at helen.whitehouse@waterways.org.uk or on 01543 491161.

Thursday 5th September 2019 – Shuttington and the Coventry Canal Walk.  This is an easy 5 mile walk with 2 stiles across farmland, on pavements, and along a towpath.  Leaving the car park we head downhill towards Shuttington bridge, and take a recently signposted path past Alvecote Pools Nature Reserve to join the Coventry Canal at Robey's Lane.  We then head west along the tow path and leave it at the skew bridge, now heading north towards Amington Hall Farm.  We soon change direction slightly to approach Statfold Farm.  This enterprising business has its own private railway, which is open to the public on selected weekends.  We continue south-eastwards along a well-defined track, which marks the boundary between Warwickshire and Staffordshire.  At a point marked as Laundry Cottages (now demolished) we head uphill back to our starting point.  Meet 10:15 for a 10:30 start in the car park of The Wolferstan Arms, Main Road, Shuttington, Warks. B79 0DP. Contact Clive Walker on 07866 201873 or clive.walker@waterways.org.uk .

Wednesday 18th September 2019 – “A Narrowboat on the Trent”.  An illustrated talk by John Lower.  Following his well-received talk on the Chesterfield Canal, John returns to tell us about how we go about accessing it, based on his personal experience of 40 years boating on the River Trent.  7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.

Saturday & Sunday 21st-22nd September 2019 - Huddlesford Heritage Gathering.  The bi-annual Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust festival will be held at the usual venue of Huddlesford Junction in association with Lichfield Cruising Club.  IWA Lichfield Branch will have a stand there and volunteers to assist in manning it will be most welcome.  Contact Helen Whitehouse at helen.whitehouse@waterways.org.uk or on 01543 491161 if you can help.

Wednesday 16th October 2019 – Cromford Canal: Planning for Restoration.  An illustrated talk by George Rogers, Strategic Restoration Committee Chairman of The Friends of The Cromford Canal, looking at a mix of current and future restoration issues.    7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.

Thursday 14th November 2019 - Curdworth and Birmingham & Fazeley Canal Walk.  This is an easy 5½ mile walk across farmland, on footpaths, quiet country lanes and the canal towing path.  There are no stiles.  Meet 10:15 for a 10:30 am start in the car park of The White Horse, Kingsbury Road, Curdworth, Sutton Coldfield, B76 9DS.  Leaving the car park we walk in a westerly direction as far as Broad Bulk Bridge, at which point we leave the canal and head slightly uphill towards Wiggin Hill Cottages.  We follow the quiet road towards Over Green.  Passing the Cock Inn, we continue in a northerly direction towards Grove End, where we pick up a route towards the pretty village of Wishaw.  A kissing gate near Rookery Cottages leads us to a footpath that will take us back to the canal at Baylis's Bridge.  Walking on historic ridged brick horse treads we pass through the short tunnel at Curdworth and return to the pub for refreshment.  Contact Clive Walker on 07866 201873 or clive.walker@waterways.org.uk

Wednesday 20th November 2019 – “Connections: South Staffordshire Railway, Rail and Canals”.  An illustrated talk by Ian Pell, who has extensively researched the connections between this local railway and the canals.  7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.

Sunday 8th December 2019 – Branch Christmas Lunch at the Bull & Spectacles, Uttoxeter Road, Blithbury, WS15 3HY.  Blithbury is about 3 miles north of Handsacre or 3 miles northeast of Rugeley.   At 12.30 for 1.00 pm.  Menu, price and booking details to follow.


Email Updates

If you would like to receive a monthly email with the latest details of our Branch meetings, walks, work parties and other acivities please ensure that IWA has your current email address by contacting our Membership Secretary at john.stockland@waterways.org.uk  


NOTES

Meetings:  Our monthly meetings are held at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, Staffs. WS13 8AY.  For directions and a map see the Martin Heath Hall page.

All our meetings are open to the public.  There is no charge to attend but donations are requested to help cover expenses.  Refreshments are available in the interval.  We have a raffle (raffle prize donations welcome) amd our sales stand is often present with waterways books, guides and IWA clothing etc.  We aim to complete the meetings by 10 pm.

Walks:  Non-members are welcome on our walks, for which there is no charge, although a donation of about £1 per person is appreciated.

For other waterway meetings and events in the Lichfield Branch area organised by local canal societies and trusts see the Local Links page.


Contact Us

For further information contact us on email: lichfield@waterways.org.uk

Or look at our Committee page to see who does what and contact the appropriate person direct.