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Work Parties for 2018 – 28th January 2018 / 18th February 2018 / 18th March 2018

Our  work parties usually take place on the third Sunday of the month, and the usual starting location is Snarestone Wharf, (sat nav postcode DE12 7DD), or Ilott Wharf, Bosworth Road (Google map ref. 52.696407-1.484737) from around 10:00 a.m.

NB The work party planned for Sunday 21st January has now been postponed due to the inclement weather forecast which would make it impossible to carry out the tasks we have in mind, and it will now take place on Sunday 28th January 2018. 

Meet at 10 a.m. on 28th January at Snarestone Wharf, where we will collect tools, or at the old Eurovia site entrance off Bosworth Road. We will be continuing with scrub clearance at Ilott Wharf. Please bring your own packed lunch, and ensure you wear suitable clothing and hard footwear.

Further work party dates have now been set for Sunday 18th February and Sunday 18th March 2018.

There are some ongoing projects, which require volunteers:

Benches –We have a number of benches, seats or picnic tables spaced along the canal between Snarestone and The Lime Kilns pub. A small number of volunteers have been assigned to various locations along the canal corridor and good progress is being made in repainting these.

Scrub clearance at Illott Wharf – we are clearing the old wharf site in preparation for an archeological survey prior to the next phase of restoration. Work parties are continuing throughout 2017. Regular helpers will be notified by e-mail. If you wish to get involved please contact us ……

If you can help, or would like to know more, please get in touch with Peter Oakden on  01827 880677, or e mail

Working Wednesdays

We hold informal work parties most Wednesdays at Snarestone Wharf,  from approx 10.15 am to early afternoon.  There are usually plenty of jobs to be done – including grass cutting, weeding, keeping the site tidy, sorting  bric-a-brac,  putting up notices, maintaining our sheds, etc.  Very informal but rewarding.  If you would like to join us – you would be most welcome.

Please call Rod Smith on 01530 833307 for details

Report from the work party on Sunday 12th November 2017

Fifteen volunteers, five of whom turned up for the first time, helped clear scrub and brambles from both sides of the Gilwiskaw Brook, The yellow and red engineering posts, that mark the location of the pending aqueduct are now clearly visible and more easily accessible.














Report on the Annual General Meeting on 15th January 2018

The AGM of the ACA was well attended at the new venue of Café 1804 at Bosworth Marina.

Chairman Peter Oakden reviewed the progress made over the past year, after which John Roddis gave his last talk as Treasurer, before retiring from the post he has held stoutly and efficiently for the past 19 years.  He was rewarded with an Honorary Life Family Membership. ACA life member, Bob Taylor, takes over the Treasury role.

The AGM was followed by a social evening. Paul Burrows showed three short films of the canal taken by his quadcopter. There then followed a talk on the restoration by Peter Oakden, accompanied by illustrations and slides from Geoff Pursglove.

Hedgelaying at Snarestone

A professional hedgelayer has been contracted by LCC to ‘build’ the offside hedge between bridge 61 and the winding hole at Snarestone. Using traditional tools, and working on his own for just two days a week, he intends to have completed the job by February 2018, in time for the start of the bird nesting season.

Launch of a Shop Sales Page on Facebook on 19th December 2017

It is now possible to buy selected items from the Snarestone shop online via Facebook. You can either collect your purchase in person or have it delivered at cost price.

Visit the Ashby Canal Association Sales Page at:

Please note, however, that you must have an active account with Facebook in order to use this service.  

Below is the layout of the homepage of the site. You must scroll down the Facebook page to view the individual listings and their prices.

Our thanks go to Michael Wooding, our on-site member and shop manager, for setting up and administering this new venture.

Membership renewals – error in “Spout” magazine

Members wishing to pay their subscription renewal via internet banking should note that there is a misprint in December’s “Spout” magazine, giving an incorrect bank sort code.   Please refer to the membership renewal letter which was sent out with “Spout” for the correct bank details.

We apologise for this error.

12th March 2018 Social evening and talk – THE EARTH OUR WEALTH

Monday 12th March 2018, 7.30pm at Donisthorpe Woodlands Centre (DM’s) , Church St,  Donisthorpe DE12 7PY

“The Earth – Our Wealth” – South Derbyshire’s Industrial Heritage

Tony Hurrell from Sharpe’s Pottery Museum presents a talk, illustrated with slides and video,  about the industries connected in the South Derbyshire area – clay, coal, pottery, etc.

The well-known Measham-ware, long associated with the Ashby Canal, was produced in this area.   South Derbyshire is a region with a rich history of coal mining, clay and limestone extraction, and pottery. The Ashby Canal was instrumental in transporting coal and limestone from the Ashby Woulds area.

This promises to be a fascinating talk by an expert speaker.

All are welcome.  Free admission.  Bar available.  Plenty of parking


Quiz Night 2017 – date already set for next year – 17th November 2018

This year’s event was held on Saturday 18th November 2017 at Stoke Golding Club. 83 contestants wracked their brains over the questions and the picture quiz. The eventual winners with an unassailable 80 out of 100 points were “The Ship’s Cat” with “Boudicca” gaining the wooden spoon.

Make a date in your diary for next year’s event on 17th November 2018.

Membership boost

At the end of September 2017 the Association’s membership exceeded 500.  It currently stands at over 510 members, and the significant boost in membership surely indicates the public interest and support for our activities and restoration plans.  Thank you to all who have recently joined us. The more members we have, the stronger is our voice in getting things done for the canal.

Further details about membership can be found by clicking on the Membership button

Restoration of the Wooden Benches

Over the coming months all the benches between Snarestone Wharf and The Lime Kilns Pub are being restored and repainted by a small team of volunteers. Nearly all of the benches have inscriptions. These benches were initially constructed and installed by the ACA in the districts governed by North West Leicestershire District Council, and Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council.  There are no ACA-installed benches south of the A5 at the Lime Kilns pub, as this part of the canal comes under the authority of Rugby District Council, who wish to make their own arrangements.

Restoring and repainting may take some time as the task is of course dependent on the weather. There is also the logistics to consider –  transporting the materials to locations which are often some way from the road. To this end the team of volunteers have been paired up, with each pair attending to a particular section of the canal.

If you should see one of our volunteers at work on the benches please give them a wave. I’m sure they will appreciate the gesture. Below is a selection of ‘before and after’ photos showing work that has already been carried out up to mid-October 2017.

Shackerstone Festival from Above

Roger Popejoy was flying at The Shackerstone Family Festival with the Delta Hawks flying club, he took a number of photographs of the canal.

Shackerstone Festival 2017 from the air.