Work Parties 2017

IMGP4270Bench Installation Gopsall

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) from around 10.15am.

There are some ongoing projects, which require volunteers:

Benches –We have a number of benches or seats spaced along the whole length of the Ashby Canal. These are of timber construction and from time to time need maintaining by repainting with wood preservative.  WE NEED HELP WITH THIS JOB . The work can be carried out at any time to suit the individual, and paint brushes, gloves, etc., are provided.  Our aim is to ensure the benches are treated before the spring.

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


Inserting a noticeboard at Gopsall Wharf

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 work party on Sunday 11th June 2017

A small contingent of volunteers has cleared the winding hole of debris, and moved a pile of unused bricks from bridge 62 to a more secure storage site. In addition, Rod Smith has constructed a wooden roof for the large stop planks kept behind the shop at Snarestone Wharf. This covering has acquired the nickname “the chicken shack” and its construction will protect the planks from the ravages of the weather.


Report from work party on Sunday 26th March 2017

Six volunteers continued clearing and burning scrub at Ilott Wharf.

Ilott Wharf work party 26th March 2017.


Report from work party on Sunday 26th February 2017

Twelve volunteers continued clearance work at Ilott Wharf.

Ilott Wharf work party 26th February 2017.