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.
Archaeology experience day on Thursday 7th June 2018 – postponed until further notice
As part of a three day archaeological survey of Ilott Wharf by a specialist team from The University of Leicester, their Department of Archaeology had invited ACA members to gain first-hand experience in archaeology. Unfortunately this experience day has had to be postponed; the Department of Archaeology deemed the terrain unsuited and unsafe in its current state. The ACA will have to have the grass mowed, and the terrain levelled off before the archaeologists can get to work. There is currently no date fixed for this to happen.
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.
If you can help, or would like to know more, please get in touch with Peter Oakden on 01827 880677, or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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 or David Watts 01455 846007 for details
Report from the work party on Sunday 3rd June 2018
Six volunteers cleared rubbish, cut down saplings and burned scrub in preparation for the visit of the University of Leicester between 5th and 7th June 2018. In order to improve accessibility, and to make the terrain more visible, it has been decided to contract a local farmer to mow the grass before the start of the archaeological dig. This may also help to reduce the prevalence of ruts which make the ground very uneven and difficult to walk or work on.
Report from the work party on Sunday 15th April 2018
Twelve volunteers cleared scrub at Ilott Wharf, and repaired the wire fence that borders the site of the car boot sale. Afterwards the volunteers enjoyed a BBQ at the new purpose-built site at Snarestone Wharf.
Report from the work party on Sunday 18th February 2018
Twenty two volunteers, including several new faces, cleared scrub, broke up large hay bales, painted gates and tidied the hard standing area at Ilott Wharf.
Report from the work party on Sunday 28th January 2018
Sixteen volunteers worked either side of the Gilwiskaw Brook clearing and burning further scrub and brambles.
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.