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“The Measham Boat Lady” by Tom Henshaw


A short story by the late Tom Henshaw is now available to buy  at the shop in Snarestone Wharf, or by post.

The book is a 28 page paperback and all profits made will go towards the restoration of the Ashby Canal.

The paperback costs £3.50 + £1.00 p&p. It can be bought in person at the shop, or by card over the phone by contacting Michael Wooding on 07805 602618.

Front Cover




Andrew Bridgen MP becomes the new Patron of the Ashby Canal Association

Andrew Bridgen is the MP for North West Leicestershire, and the route of the Ashby Canal from bridge 62 through to Measham and beyond falls within his parliamentary constituency. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the restoration, and continues to assist with the negotiations with HS2 concerning its proposed route through Measham.

Andrew is frequently interviewed by both the national and the local media for his views on a wide variety of matters, and we hope that he will help to boost the profile of the Ashby Canal in the public eye.


ACA Press Release on Prospects for the Restoration of the Ashby Canal

Ashby Canal Association

Press Release

Leicestershire County Council has offered Ashby Canal Association (ACA) all its canal land from Snarestone Wharf to Measham.  It would also be prepared to donate the canal money left over from the donation by UK Coal.  Finally it would be prepared to share the powers it had obtained through the Transport and Works Act which includes access to land and permission to restore the canal. 

Why has the council done this?  The council has been seriously hit by the cuts resulting from austerity and has had to give up its lead role in the restoration of the Ashby Canal to Measham.  The council cannot afford to employ officers to lead the restoration campaign any longer, having been the champions of the restoration for 25 years.  ACA, a charity set up for this purpose, is more than willing to take over.  ACA has already pumped £160,000 into the canal restoration and has a campaign chest with over £100,000 to allow it to make a start on the ground.

For the deal to go through the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs must be satisfied and the department wishes that the public have their say. 

We would welcome your views and comments.  Please  write on the accompanying sheet including your name: 

Comments on Press Release of ACA

Please email your completed form to:

This is for ACA use only. This press release has been issued to the local press, and it will also feature in the Autumn edition of Spout, to be distributed to members before the end of September 2018.

Shackerstone Festival Report 1st – 2nd September 2018

Good weather saw another successful family festival take place. Highlights included the RAF Falcons Parachute Team on the Saturday and a fly past by a Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on the Sunday. Teams from The Portsmouth Field Guns competed in the Arena, and The Age of the Jacobites relived the era of chivalry. There were also numerous classic cars and bikes and boats, and for the first time, a land train that helped ferry visitors around the site.

Card payments now accepted at Snarestone Wharf

Snarestone Wharf is now set up to take card payments for purchases from the shop, and for membership applications, which have been completed  on site. Payment by cash continues as before. Most of the leading cards are accepted, and contactless payment is also possible. This is part of an ongoing scheme by the ACA  to modernise and ease the processing of payments.


Shop Sales – also available via Facebook


For the benefit of visiting boaters and walkers the Snarestone shop and Information Kiosk now stocks  tea bags, long-life milk, jars of coffee, cold drinks, and ice cream.

Solid Fuel is also available for boaters, and charcoal for those wishing to use the barbecue facility adjacent to the Snarestone visitor moorings

We also have souvenirs, mugs, tea-towels, plaques and gift-ware.  The adjacent Bric-a-Brac emporium is full of interesting items to tempt you.

An illustrated walk leaflet is available for those wishing to explore the canal route as far as Moira and beyond.

It is now possible to buy selected items from the Snarestone shop online via Facebook. All sales support the work of ACA.  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.

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.

Pumping Station Beams at Snarestone

Beams from the old pumping station adjacent to the canal at Snarestone Wharf have been rescued by ACA member Rod Smith, and erected on a plinth at the wharf. the original iron railings have also been placed in position.  The pumping station is now a private dwelling. The pump was used to supply water to Hinckley – it did not supply the canal.  A small green cabin in the nearby lane houses an electric pump which now does the job for Severn-Trent Water. Interestingly, it is thought hat the steam pumping engine, although built alongside the canal, did not get its coal supplies by water – rather by horse and cart from nearby Measham.

Volunteers have helped install the beams and railings, and are now painting them (Spring 2017)  It is intended that they will be finished in Brunswick Green.

Some of the railings have now been painted (September 2017) in preparation for the installation of a plaque.