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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!
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Coal Boats Aquarius and Ilford are now heading North
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The boats had a successful attendance at the Stoke Bruerne Boat Gathering. and After visiting Leighton Buzzard they are now heading for the Audlem Transport Festival which will be held over the last weekend in July. They are still loaded with 18 tons of Measham coal each. A guess the weight of a lump of coal competition at Etruria raised £88 for ACA's restoration funds - matching the actual weight of the lump of coal which was 88 lbs 1 oz.
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Coal Boats
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Narrowboat FOR SALE
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62 Ft Narrowboat fitted with Gardner 2L2 engine. Tel: 07809203572.
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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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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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Coal Boat Event
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Coal Boat Event
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Coal Boat Event
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Coal Boat Event Report
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An event at Snarestone on 17th April 2014 marked an important stage in the restoration of the canal.The chairman of Leicestershire County Council received a £20,000 cheque from ACA towards the restoration of Bridge 62. The local MP, Andrew Bridgen, attended, together with local dignitaries, along with a good crowd of supporters and the general public. Work to reconstruct a section of canal north from the pumping station will commence in May with the contract expected to last about six months. A pair of beautifully restored historic working boats, "Aquarius" ( built in 1936) and butty "Ilford" (over 100 years old) were each loaded with 18 tons of Leicestershire Coal ( from the nearby Measham surface mine), and ceremonially set off on a tour of the waterways system to publicise the Ashby Canal restoration. For many people, this is the first time they had seen a pair of deeply laden working boats carrying unbagged coal . The boats' itinerary will include attendance at Etruria Festival (Stoke) at the end of May, The Audlem Canal Festival in the summer, Dudley (Park Head) rally later in the year, and a recreation of a traditional "coal boat" run to Croxley (the site of Dickinson's paper mills, where the last loads of Measham coal were sent in the early 1970s). Keep up to date with the boats' progress through our "Ashby Canal Association Friends" Facebook page.
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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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