Lichfield Branch

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Summer Newsletter – see Lichfield Lines page

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 £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


Sunday 23rd September - Fosseway Walk & Sandfields Pumping Station.  A walk along the Lichfield Canal route at Fosseway Heath to see the current restoration work and a tour of Sandfields Pumping Station.  10 am - 1 pm.  Meet at the Pumping Station, Chesterfield Road, Lichfield, WS14 0AA.  Arranged by Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust - see for more information.

Wednesday 17th October 2018 – Harry Arnold MBE.  “What am I doing here?”: a pictorial ramble through snapshots of a life as an itinerant waterway writer, photographer and volunteer campaigner.  Canals, boats, places and people.  With some added local historical scenes from the Waterway Images photographic library.  By Lichfield Branch member and IWA national vice-president Harry Arnold MBE.  7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.

Thursday 8th November 2018 Weston, Amerton & Gayton Walk.  This is an easy 6 mile walk along tracks, a disused railway, and quiet country lanes.  We walk through the quiet village of Weston before crossing the busy A51 and the main railway line.  We then pick up a disused railway line, which skirts Hixon airfield.  We will stop at Amerton Farm & Craft Centre to admire "Stafford's Little Rural Railway" before proceeding slightly uphill to the village of Gayton.  From there we follow footpaths back down to Weston, and walk a short way along the Trent & Mersey Canal back to our starting point for refreshment.  Meet 10:00 for a 10:15 start in the car park of The Saracen's Head, Stafford Road, Weston, Staffordshire, ST18 0HT.  Contact Clive Walker on 07866 201873 or

Wednesday 21st November 2018 – “The Natural History of the Midlands Canals (Part 2)”An illustrated talk by Paul Wilkinson, CRT Environmental Officer.  Paul gave us his previous talk in January 2014 and this update will include invasive species and mammals.  7.15 for 7.30 pm at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane (off Walsall Road), Lichfield, WS13 8AY.

Sunday 9th December 2018 – Branch Christmas Lunch at the Bull & Spectacles, Uttoxeter Road, Blithbury, WS15 3HY.  Blithbury is about 3 miles north of Handsacre or 3 miles northeast of Rugeley.   At 12.30 for 1.00 pm.  Save the date.  Menu and price details to follow.  Bookings to Pat Barton or Pete Gurney at Branch events, or email or phone 07947 337491 - by 1st December, please.


Tuesday 1st January 2019 - New Year’s Day Walk: Whittington and the Coventry Canal.  This is a 4 mile walk with 2 stiles, on quiet country roads, farm tracks and a towpath.  Leaving the pub car park we walk along the Coventry Canal as far as Whittington Bridge.  We then head westwards through the pretty village of Whittington and, if time and weather are in our favour, we will look for the grave of a famous retailer in St. Giles' churchyard.  Continuing along Darnford Lane we soon head northwards and cross fields to return to our starting point.  Meet 10:30 for a 10:45 start at The Plough Inn, Huddlesford Lane, Whittington, WS13 8PY.  Contact Clive Walker on 07866 201873 or

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.