Lichfield Branch

Fradley Junction

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
from Lichfield Branch
 

LATEST UPDATES

Curdworth Walk – see Activities page
LHCRT cheque presentation – see News page
A tribute to Pat Barton – see News page
Autumn Newsletter – see Lichfield Lines page  

See also the Lichfield Branch Facebook page for our latest news


Welcome to the Lichfield Branch webpages.

 
See below for forthcoming meetings and activities, and how to contact us.
And see other pages for reports of recent activities, news and 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
  • Work jointly with CRT on weekly Offside Vegetation Clearance work parties between October and March
  • 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.


Forthcoming Meetings & Activities

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Wednesday 1st January 2020 - New Year’s Day Walk: Alrewas and the Trent & Mersey Canal. This is an easy 4 ½ mile walk on level ground, with no stiles. Meet 10:30 for a 10:45 am start in the car park of The Crown Inn, 7 Post Office Road, Alrewas, Staffs. DE13 7BS. Leaving the pub car park we walk through the pretty village of Alrewas and cross the A513 with care.  Close to the site of the village's annual country show we pick up a footpath that leads us towards Fradley.  Here we turn west and at the end of a quiet residential street we walk across open farmland to a road junction. We proceed along Hay End Road for a short distance and then join the Trent & Mersey Canal at Keeper's Lock. From there we return along the wide towpath, past three locks, back to our starting point. 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.

Wednesday 15th January 2020 – “Raymond and Nutfield”.  An illustrated talk by Christopher Jones and Nick Lake of the Friends of Raymond charity about the history, restoration and travels of these historic working narrowboats.  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.

Wednesday 19th February 2020 – “The Ribble Link and Lancaster Canal”.  An illustrated talk by our member Neil Barnett, who recently ventured down the tidal River Douglas and up the Ribble estuary to the calmer waters of the Lancaster Canal and back.  His photos and recollections show how different this is to a normal narrowboat voyage and the challenges it poses.  7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.

Wednesday 18th March 2020 – Annual General Meeting and Social Evening.  The short formal business of the AGM will be followed by a review of our year in photos, a refreshment break, then a waterways and general knowledge quiz.  Members can form small teams on the night and a contribution of £1 a head will fund a prize for the winning team.  7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.

Wednesday 15th April 2020 – “The Purton Hulks and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal”.  An illustrated talk by David Moore.  The Purton Hulks are the remains of historic sailing barges, trows and other vessels of the Severn Estuary lying alongside the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.  This talk explores their history, archaeology and the photographic appeal of their fading craftsmanship.    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.