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MEMBERSHIP
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Welcome to the Ashby Canal Association website
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The Ashby Canal Association was formed in 1966, born out of concern caused by progressive closure of the northern 8 miles due to mining subsidence. The ACA is now actively promoting their restoration and re-connection to the navigable canal and over recent years the Association’s work-parties have significantly contributed to the voluntary effort of the restoration project.Map
The Association seeks to promote the canal and its surroundings as an amenity for all users, whether walkers, anglers, boaters or a canal related business. At the same time it is intent on preserving the canals rural character.
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“Spout” is published quarterly and delivered to all members of the Association.
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The ACA organise canal - related talks through each winter at the MIRA Social Club (by the A5 at Nuneaton) usually at 7.30 on the second Monday of the month. Check our web-site for details. Entry is free, non-members are welcome and a bar service is available.
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The ACA plays a major role in organising the annual Shackerstone Family Festival and boat rally in early September and fully supports the Ashby Canal Trust and their annual Moira Canal Festival held in May.
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The Association is a registered charity; it receives no funding from any official source. The ACA is affiliated to the Inland Waterways Association.

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BBC Radio Leicester

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Click here to hear BBC Radio Leicesters recently broadcast 11 minute feature on the Ashby Canal.
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Ashby Canal Slide Show

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Click here or see the left hand button menu to go to our new page 'Slide Show'. Here you can view revolving images of our beautiful canal which we will update from time to time. Ideal if you are planning a visit and want to see what the canal has to offer!
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Click on the boats to see more images.
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Refurbishment of Benches along the towpath
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We have refurbished and repaired most of the benches along the towpath between Hinckley and Snarestone. Many benches have been sponsored in memory of a loved one. We have other enhancment projects for the near future - keep an eye on this website for details. Want to get involved? Click here to go to our updated Volunteers page.
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Want to help us raise funds?
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Please click on the link at the bottom of the page! By shopping online through Easyfundraising, participating retailers will donate a small sum of money to the ACA. This costs you nothing!


Ashby Canal Guide 2014

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Click here TO Download our free 2014 guide featuring moorings, places of interest, pubs & restaurants and boaters facilities. We will soon be doing an update for the Restoration page, expecting more news from the County Council soon.
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Users of the canal guide please note: April 2014: The Globe Inn at Snarestone is once more open for business (Check with pub for opening hours).
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The village shop at Stoke Golding re-opened earlier this year - near the post office and pubs.
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Camping/Caravanning: Spinney Bank Farm Shop alongside the canal at Bridge 23, Higham Lane, Near Stoke Golding now has five caravan pitches and twelve tent pitches - ideal for families touring the area or those visiting boaters on the adjacent canal.
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Memories wanted!
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Can you help us celebrate 50 years of the ACA? In 2016 it will be our 50th Anniversary. We should like to publish in our magazine "Spout" an anthology of reminiscences about the early days of the Association. If anyone has memories or photos they would like to share please e-mail info@ashbycanal.org.uk
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New Year's Day Walk
Clive Walker will be leading a walk on New Year's Day, in conjunction with IWA Lichfield Branch. All are welcome. Meet at the Globe Inn car park, Snarestone, DE12 7DB, at 10.15 for a 10.30 start. The distance will be approx 4 miles, on easy terrain, walking on the towpath towards bridge 62, and beyond to the site of the proposed Gilwiskaw Aqueduct. Return will be on footpaths and minor roads in time to reach the Globe Inn for refreshments. Further details from Clive on 01827 282298 or clivejbwalker@btinternet.com.
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GILWISKAW BROOK AQUEDUCT APPEAL
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In 1804 the the Ashby Canal was completed, including an aqueduct over the Gilwiskaw Brook. The brook runs from north of Ashby de la Zouch to the river Mease, just east of the canal crossing. The brook is designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), which gives it a high degree of protection for its wildlife interest.
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The Ashby canal is currently being restored, with a significant length being rebuilt north of the current terminus.
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One of the next major steps in the restoration is to get an aqueduct built to an aqueduct to a design approved by Natural England, (the national body overseeing wildlifle protection and countryside access) to replace that demolished in the 1960s when this northern length of the canal was abandoned. Leicestershire County Council now has full permision to build the canal to Measham, and you can help the Ashby Canal Association raise money towards building the new aqueduct.
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How can you help?
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1 – Buy a brick
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2 - Buy an inscribed brick.
These bricks are planned to be included in the brickwork of the aqueduct, once the basic structure is completed, forming a lasting and visible contribution.
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3 - Make a donation.
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To help us please CLICK HERE download a form.
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Coal Boats Aquarius
and Ilford
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Historic working boats Aquarius and Ilford, each loaded with 18 tons of Measham coal, are touring the waterways system in 2014 to publicise the Ashby Canal Restoration scheme. They left Snaresrtone in April and have been to various venues and events, attracting attention wherever they are. They attended the Audlem Festival of Transport at the end of July. To the delight of onlookers they gave a demonstration of the art of "long-lining" as they ascended the Audlem flight of locks on 30th July after leaving the festival. They will next be visiting the Park Head Rally of boats, at the end of the Dudley Tunnel in the Black Country, in September.
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Coal Boats Aquarius  and Ilford
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Coal Boats Aquarius  and Ilford

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AWCC 'Alert' Newsletter
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ACA Members can access 'Alert' the newsletter of the AWCC by going on to their website: www.awcc.org.uk
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Act of Parliament

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Act of Parliament
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We have photographed the original Act of Parliament relating to the creation of the Ashby Canal. You can view the complete document by clicking the image. The file may take a while to download.
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Snarestone Pumping Engine

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ACA member Rod Smith has purchased the remaining components of the Victorian Snarestone pumping engine, he is currently restoring then and hopes to display them at Snarestone on a specially designed plinth adjacent to the ACA shop.
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Snarestone pumping engine
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PUBLICATION DATE FOR NEXT ISSUE OF SPOUT - Deadline for items for the next edition of Spout: August 20th. Publication date: September 19th.
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Work Party Dates 2014
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For more information on work parties and volunteering email: volunteers@ashbycanal.org.uk
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easyfundraising.org.uk
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