Work Parties 2017 – Next One on 10th December 2017

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.

The next work party will take place at Ilott Wharf on Sunday 10th December 2017. The aim is to clear scrub etc. from either side of the Gilwiskaw Brook whilst ensuring that encroachment on, or disturbance to the brook itself, is avoided. Meet at 10:00 at Snarestone Wharf, where we will pick up tools before driving to the old Eurovia site at Ilott Wharf. Please ensure you bring your own refreshment, and wear suitable clothing and hard footwear.

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.