Lichfield Branch

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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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Thursday 9th May 2019 – Penkridge and Rodbaston College Walk.  This is an easy 5½ mile walk with 5 stiles on quiet lanes, farmland, towpath and a disused railway.  We initially head south along the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal before leaving it at Otherton Marina.  From there we head west, crossing first the A449 (caution!) and then the Wolverhampton to Stafford railway line to follow a footpath southward to Mere Lane Farm.  We re-cross the railway line and the A449 (caution again!) and follow the main drive through Rodbaston College and back to the canal at Rodbaston Lock.  After about a mile we leave the canal at a disused colliery line, which we follow for a further mile before returning to our starting point.  Meet at 10:15 for a 10:30 am start in the car park of The Cross Keys, Filance Lane, Penkridge ST19 5HJ.  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.

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 helen.whitehouse@waterways.org.uk or on 01543 491161 as soon as possible.

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 .

Sunday 28th July 2018 ‘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.


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.