A Message from our Chairman – 3 April 2020

Please note that the message below will be emailed to all our members shortly, providing we have their email address, and they have given us their consent by means of GDPR:

Snarestone Wharf – The Gateway to the Restoration

The Coronavirus Pandemic is very unsettling for us all and the essential lock-down can be difficult and tiresome.  We have chosen to keep you informed by email of how we as an association are dealing with the situation, the problems arising and the consequences.

 We intend to publish the June issue of Spout as usual.  However there will be less event news content so if you can contribute any items for publication it would be much appreciated.  Typically this can be about your boat, technical material, wildlife or about canal adventures.  Items should be emailed to: martin@spacottage.com 

 Moira Canal Festival has been cancelled as have the smaller events where ACA normally have a stand.  The many Waterways Events scheduled for the coming months have similarly been cancelled and canal boating is at a standstill.

Snarestone Wharf is closed.  This includes the shop, the bric-a-brac emporium, the slipway  and the canal length to Bridge 62.  The swing bridge is locked as is the Quarry Lane access gate.

Our social evenings are unaffected since we have nothing further planned until October, and the annual quiz in November.

We have stopped all volunteer work parties which is absolutely necessary.  It is very unfortunate since with the coming of spring and better weather we have many works waiting to be done.

What Can You Do To Help?

The above issues unfortunately result in lack of income which is our life-blood for maintenance and the restoration.

As a valued member some of the ways you can help are:

  1. By ensuring that you have your membership up-to-date, since your subscription is vital.
  2. By asking people you know to become members.  Membership details and forms are in Spout and on the web site: www. ashbycanal.org.uk
  3. By becoming a volunteer when the current crisis is over.
  4. By making a donation.
  5. You can support the ACA from home by shopping online through #easyfundraising.  Signing up is quick and easy and you’ll raise free donations to ACA every time you shop on line.  Visit http://efraising.org/nbPSdH7Fjw 

Meanwhile, In The Background

Following an ACA special meeting of officers (3) early in March no committee meetings will take place until further notice.

However, behind the scenes we continue to work online and on the telephone.

Current business includes the transfer of the Transport and Works Act Order from LCC to ACA, pursuit of various grant possibilities and funding sources and day to day administration of our association.

We will keep you informed of developments in due course.

Peter Oakden