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 -
The Branch welcomes new volunteers to help with individual events or to join the committee.
Every Friday from 5th October 2018 to March 2019 – IWA Lichfield Branch and CRT joint Work Party. A weekly work party on the Trent & Mersey Canal to help clear offside vegetation. CRT will provide a workboat, equipment and supervision. Prior training on use of a wood chipper and/or a pole saw may be needed. Starting at Fradley Junction and working north. 9.30 am – 3.30 pm. Location is dependent on work. Be prepared for the weather and bring a packed lunch. For more information or to volunteer contact Neil Barnett email@example.com
Wednesday 21st November 2018 – “The Natural History of the Midlands Canals (Part 2)”. An illustrated talk by Paul Wilkinson, CRT Environmental Officer. Paul gave us his previous talk in January 2014 and this update will include invasive species and mammals. 7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.
If you can print off and display a Poster for this event in your area, please download a pdf file here.
Sunday 9th December 2018 – 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. £19.95 for 3 courses, £15.95 for 2 courses. See Menu. Bookings to Pat Barton or Pete Gurney at Branch events, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07947 337491 - by 1st December, please.
Tuesday 1st January 2019 - New Year’s Day Walk: Whittington and the Coventry Canal. This is a 4 mile walk with 2 stiles, on quiet country roads, farm tracks and a towpath. Leaving the pub car park we walk along the Coventry Canal as far as Whittington Bridge. We then head westwards through the pretty village of Whittington and, if time and weather are in our favour, we will look for the grave of a famous retailer in St. Giles' churchyard. Continuing along Darnford Lane we soon head northwards and cross fields to return to our starting point. Meet 10:30 for a 10:45 start at The Plough Inn, Huddlesford Lane, Whittington, WS13 8PY. Contact Clive Walker on 07866 201873 or email@example.com
Wednesday 16th January 2019 – “The Chesterfield Canal; Past, Present and Future”. An illustrated talk by John Lower of the Chesterfield Canal Trust. 7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.
Wednesday 20th February 2019 – “Focus on the Lichfield Canal”. An illustrated talk by Bob Williams of Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust on progress with the restoration project. 7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.
Wednesday 20th March 2019 – Annual General Meeting and Social Evening. The short formal business of the AGM will be followed by a review of our year in photos, and then a social interlude with refreshments. The evening will conclude with an illustrated talk on progress with the Stafford Riverway Link restoration project by Ivor Hind, SRL Chairman. 7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.
Wednesday 17th April 2019 – “The Blue Ribbon across Sweden: Our Barge on the Göta Canal”. An illustrated talk by Nicholas Bostock. 7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
For further information contact us on email: email@example.com
Or look at our Committee page to see who does what and contact the appropriate person direct.