Canal News – March 9th

Canal news – March 9th

Saturday 10th March 2012 – Jumble Sale at Peace Memorial Hall, Pinfold Lane, Penkridge. 10am – noon. Set-up and jumble donations from 8.30am. Clothes, household goods, books, CDs, games, toys, small furniture, crockery, glassware, etc. Refreshments available. Admission 30p. (Held jointly with Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust). Donations of jumble can be brought to Branch meetings or to Penkridge early on the day, or it may be possible to arrange prior collection – contact the Chairman as below. An offer of temporary storage facilities, e.g. a shed or garage, would be appreciated.

 Saturday 17th March 2012 – Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust are holding a Quiz Night with Fish & Chip Supper at Boley Park in Lichfield and have invited members of IWA Lichfield Branch to join them. Tickets £8 including supper (vegetarian option available). Tea/coffee provided or bring your own drinks. Start time 7.30 pm at Boley Park Community Hall, 7 Ryknild Street, Lichfield, WS14 9XU (next to the Co-op store – plenty of free parking). More details and tickets from Sue Williams on 01543 671427 or book online at

 Cannock Extension Canal & Woodland Walk – Thursday 8th March 2012

21 walkers and several dogs assembled at the Turf Lodge for this enjoyable stroll in the early spring sunshine. Crossing the busy A5 to the truncated end of the Cannock Extension Canal, we passed two active boatyards and colourful moored boats, and noted the remains of several former colliery basins. Leaving the canal at Wyrley Grove Bridge we spotted a herd of deer in the nearby fields (I saw them but missed the photo!). From Lime Lane, well trodden paths through the woodland edge of Wyrley Common led us to Engine Lane where the remains of the Slough Arm Canal were visible, still holding some water. Heading north along an old mineral railway (the Norton Branch, LNWR) brought us back to the A5 but a pleasant route across the fields avoided the traffic and returned us to the canal at Pelsall Road Bridge for a short stroll back to the pub.

Can you help manage fruit trees on the River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal?

6th Mar 2012

British Waterways is looking for people who can dedicate some of their time to helping them care for fruit trees alongside the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and on River Severn lock islands from Stourport to Sharpness.

Danielle Jackson, from British Waterways’ environment team, says: “This region is renowned for its variety of fruit trees and traditional orchards. We all know that the canal and river are symbols of our industrial past but they are also important keepers of our natural heritage too.”

There are two training sessions taking place at Holt Lock Island, near Holt Fleet in Worcestershire for interested volunteers:

• Pruning for apple and pear trees, Thursday 22 March

• Pruning for plum trees, Saturday 12 May

Danielle continues: “We are hoping that interested people will help us to manage our existing fruit trees to ensure they are producing a good crop for the community to enjoy. We are also hoping that in the future we will be able to plant new trees to add to our local larder! People don’t need any previous training as we will provide a full initiation and we would ideally like people who can provide a few days a year to help out.”

To register your interest or find out more, including the timings of the sessions contact Danielle Jackson on 01452 318095, or email

Grove Colliery BasinsThe Slough Arm from an old bridge.

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