Lichfield Branch

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Activities in September added - see below

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, treasure hunts, garden parties, 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 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 £40,000 in the past 25 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


Tuesday 5th September 2017 - The Quarryman's Trail and Coventry Canal Walk.  This is an easy 5.5 mile walk on level ground with no stiles.  Leaving the car park we walk along Leathermill Lane before turning due east to pass Caldecote Hall, which has an eventful history.  Passing through the estate hamlet of Caldecote we head south-west, cross the river Anker, pass under the railway line and join the Coventry Canal at Judkin's Quarry, from where we follow the contours of the towpath back to our starting point.  Meet at 10:15 for a 10:30 start in the car park of The Anchor Inn, Mancetter Road, Hartshill, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV10 0RT.  The pub is located on the B4111.  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.

Friday 8th September 2017 – Skittles Competition at Stafford.  Lichfield Branch members are invited to join Trent & Mersey Canal Society and North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch members in a Skittles Evening in Stafford.  This social evening with games of skittles and a supper is at Stafford Boat Club, off Maple Wood, Wildwood, Stafford, ST17 4SG starting at 7.30 pm.  Cost £9 per person including a fish & chip supper (bring your own crockery and cutlery).  A similar inter-Branch competition was enjoyed by our members for several years and although we are not fielding an ‘official’ team, members and their friends and family are invited to join in individually or as a small group.  For more information and booking please contact Gillian Watson on 07976 318356 or email

Saturday 16th September 2017 – Community Boat Trips at Rugeley.  One of IWA’s aims is to help as many people as possible enjoy the waterways.  This year we have decided to hire the Truman Enterprise Narrowboat and run trips for the elderly, disabled and other groups who would not normally be able to have a boat trip.  (Many of you will remember "Walsall Enterprise" was used as the trip boat at the Pelsall Festival of Water in 2016.)  Rugeley Town Council kindly gave us a grant which will cover the cost of the boat and crew for the day.  We hope to have five trips in the Rugeley area, and also to provide our ‘guests’ with light refreshments appropriate to the time of day. The refreshments will be made on narrowboat ’Yesitis’ and transferred onto the trip boat at the start of each trip, as the trip boat has only limited kitchen facilities.  I would appreciate any offers of help with the following on the day of the trips:  Putting up/taking down a gazebo; Talking to the public along the towpath during the day; Making light refreshments throughout the day; Home-made cakes and scones; Helping people on/off the boat.  If anyone feels they can help in any way please ring me, Margaret Beardsmore, Workparty Co-ordinator, IWA Lichfield Branch on 07581 794111 or email:
We have had a very positive response from the groups talked to so far so it promises to be a fun day for everyone concerned.

Wednesday 20th September 2017 – “Sandfields Pumping Station” an illustrated talk by David Moore.  Our first talk of the new season is about this iconic Victorian water pumping station in Lichfield, currently under the care of Lichfield Waterworks Trust.  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.

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th September 2017 - Huddlesford Heritage Gathering.  We will be having a Branch stand at this biennial gathering of historic boats and local organisations in support of the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust.  If you can assist, even if only for a couple of hours, please contact Helen Whitehouse at or on 01543 491161.  For more information on the event see

Wednesday 18th October 2017 – “Estuary Crossings” an illustrated talk by Ian Fletcher about narrowboating on tidal waters.  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.

Saturday 21st October – Race Night at Whittington Cricket Club.  7.15 for 7.30 pm start.  A social evening with a supper and the opportunity to place bets on ‘televised’ horse races.  Helping to raise funds to support local waterway charitable causes.  Cost £6 each, including filled jacket potatoes for supper.  A bar will be available for drinks. There will be 6 races with all bets placed to win, and half the takings divided in prize money between the winners.  Each bet is just £1 and it is up to you on the night how many you place.  The venue is Whittington Cricket Club, Vicarage Lane, Whittington, Staffs. WS14 9LJ.  Tickets will be available at all our meetings, walks, and other events or contact Pat Barton on 07947 337491, email

Wednesday 15th November 2017 – “The Caledonian Canal” an illustrated talk by Phil Clayton on the story of Scotland’s premier waterway.  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 and other events 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 and we usually have a raffle (raffle prize donations welcome).  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.