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, 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

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Sunday 6th August 2017 Lock Wind at Barton Turn Lock. A fun and fundraising event on the Trent & Mersey Canal, from 10 am to 4 pm. Help from experienced lock users needed to engage with and assist boaters through this very busy lock, and hopefully receive lots of donations for IWA’s good causes. We also need help with sales and talking to passing boat crews about IWA. 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, even if only for a couple of hours, please contact Helen Whitehouse at helen.whitehouse@waterways.org.uk or on 01543 491161.

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 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 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.

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.

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 Secretary at denise.bending@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 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: lichfield@waterways.org.uk

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