Lichfield Branch

Fradley Junction



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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


Thursday 10th September 2020 - Curdworth and Birmingham & Fazeley Canal Walk.  This is an easy 5½ mile walk across farmland, on footpaths, quiet country lanes and the towing path.  There are no stiles.  It is a re-run in its entirety of last November's walk, aborted due to bad weather, but with a new starting point.  Meet at 10:15 for a 10:30 am start in the car park of The Cock Inn, Bulls Lane, Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B76 9QL.  Leaving The Cock Inn, we first head in a northerly direction towards Grove End, where we pick up a route that brings us back towards the pretty village of Wishaw.  A kissing gate near Rookery Cottages leads us to a footpath that will take us down to the canal at Baylis's Bridge.  Walking on historic ridged brick horse treads we pass through the short tunnel at Curdworth and continue along the towpath as far as Broad Bulk Bridge, at which point we leave the canal and follow a field boundary, going slightly uphill towards Wiggin Hill Cottages.  We then turn right and follow the quiet country road back towards our starting point.  Contact Clive Walker on 07866 201873 or

Wednesday 16th September 2020 – AGM and “Birmingham Lads and Friends”.  A musical entertainment by Phil and Dot Clayton.  A story of the beginnings, growth, trade, characters, decline and renaissance of the BCN told in narrative, songs and pictures.  This will be preceded by the minimal formalities of our Annual General Meeting, postponed from 18 March due to coronavirus (See AGM Agenda).
7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.

Wednesday 21st October 2020 – “Canals and their Historic Conservation in the West Midlands”.  An illustrated talk by Kate Langley of the Canal & River Trust.  Kate explains that our historic waterways feature a unique collection of structures including lock-keepers’ cottages, aqueducts, bridges, sluices, culverts and reservoirs (to name a few). Many of these structures and bridges are statutorily protected through listing and scheduling and required precious conservation management. Kate, as heritage adviser to the Canal & River Trust, will speak about her work at the Trust and how they use historic maps, plans and images to help guide the conservation work at the Trust. Focusing on Birmingham and the Black Country area, a selection of historic deed plans will feature in the presentation along with many examples of recent conservation work undertaken by the Trust, including the restoration of the Roundhouse in Birmingham.
7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.

Wednesday 18th November 2020 – “Restoration of the Shrewsbury & Newport Canals”.  An illustrated talk by Brian Nelson, a trustee of Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Restoration Trust, who will give us a brief history of these two connected canals and an update on recent progress with their restoration.
7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.

Sunday 6th December 2020 – Branch Christmas Lunch at Mabel’s Restaurant, Curborough Countryside Centre, Watery Lane, Lichfield, WS13 8ES.  At 12.30 for 1.00 pm.  Save the date !  Menu, price and booking details nearer the time.


Wednesday 20th January 2021 – Members Variety Evening.  This will feature the waterways experiences, knowledge and interests of our members, with a variety of contributions lasting from 10 to 30 minutes interspersed with canal songs and clog dances. (More details nearer the time).
7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.

Wednesday 17th February 2021 – “New Lives from Old Boats”.  An illustrated talk by Chris Leah of the Wooden Canal Boat Society about the challenges of restoring and preserving historic wooden boats and finding new uses for them.  Putting them to work on behalf of the community provides opportunities for people to learn new skills, make new friends and do something useful and rewarding.
7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.

Wednesday 17th March 2021 – Annual General Meeting and Social Evening with quiz.
7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.

Wednesday 21st April 2021 – A talk on local canal history by John Parry.
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  


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.