Lichfield Branch

Fradley Junction


Winter 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


Thursday 14th March 2019  Handsacre and the Trent & Mersey Canal Walk.  This is an easy 4½ mile walk across farmland, along a quiet country lane and the canal towpath.  There are 4 stiles and the terrain is flat.  Leaving the car park we walk a short distance along Uttoxeter Road to join the Trent & Mersey Canal at bridge 58.  After a few yards we go through a gap in the hedge and cross farmland heading towards King's Bromley.  At the A513 we then turn south along Shaw Lane and rejoin the canal at bridge 55.  We follow the tree-lined towpath back to our starting point, with extensive views westwards towards Cannock Chase.  Meet at 10:15 for a 10:30 am start in the car park of The Olde Peculiar, The Green, Handsacre, WS15 4DP.  Contact Clive Walker on 07866 201873 or
If you can print off and display a Poster for this event in your area, please download a pdf file here.

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. (See AGM Agenda)
If you can print off and display a Poster for this event in your area, please download a pdf file here.

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.

Saturday & Sunday 18-19th May 2019 – Brownhills Canal Festival.  We will be taking a gazebo containing our Branch stand with sales items and information displays about IWA to support this local canal festival and boat rally.  But we will need help from members on the stand, so if you can spare a few hours on either day, or on Friday afternoon for the set-up, please contact Helen Whitehouse at or on 01543 491161 as soon as possible.

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  


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:

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