19th November 2012
IWA's Lichfield Branch has installed 20 mooring rings on the Trent & Mersey Canal, between the Brindley Aqueduct and Rugeley Bypass Bridge so as to provide ‘country moorings’ in the Brindley Bank area. The work took place over 2nd to 4th November. Canal & River Trust provided a hopper and all necessary equipment and materials, with the branch providing the mooring rings and manpower. Advice and support was received from Brian Holmes of Shropshire Union Canal Society, and volunteer support was also provided by Rugeley Lions, Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust and Stafford Riverway Link.
Purchase of the mooring rings has been funded from a donation of £1,200 via IWA Lichfield Branch as part of IWA's West Midlands Region’s allocation from the profits of the 2011 National Festival, which was held at nearby Burton-on-Trent. A further £800 from the same source has recently been donated to Caldon and Uttoxeter Canals Trust to pursue restoration work on the Uttoxeter Canal.
On the Sunday 14 local volunteers turned out for a couple of hours in the morning for a scrub-bashing session. They managed to clear the long path leading from Wolseley Road down to the ‘Bloody Steps’, which is part of the branch's intended ‘Brindley Trail’. IWA's Lichfield Branch has been offered a £500 grant from the Community Paths Initiative towards resurfacing the 150 yard footpath - provided it can raise another £1500 and carry out the work before the 31st March 2013.
Details of the next Lichfield Branch work party will be available on the branch's page on the website shortly, or email email@example.com and ask to be put on the email list for all details of future events.