Work Parties 2017 – next one on 26th March 2017

IMGP4270Bench Installation Gopsall

Our series of winter work parties have now begun, They usually take place on the third Sunday of the month, and the usual starting location is Snarestone Wharf, from around 10.15am.

The next working party will return to Ilott Wharf on Sunday 26th March 2017.

Meet at 10 am at the Eurovia site entrance off the Bosworth Road near the proposed aqueduct, where we will park the cars. Please bring your own lunch and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. It is intended to continue with clearance work at Ilott Wharf in preparation for a planned historical excavation of the site in the near future. The priority is to clear and burn brambles, wood and stumps, and to fell some smaller trees on the site. If you have any hand saws you are welcome to bring them.

In addition if the weather is dry, a small group of people – 2-3 maximum – will leave the main work party to assist with inserting two printed displays into the empty noticeboards at Gopsall Wharf and Oakthorpe picnic site. This work will entail driving to the sites, unscrewing the bulky fittings, slotting in the respective insert, and then refastening the fittings.

The printed insert for the noticeboard at Oakthorpe Pit.

The printed insert for the noticeboard at Gopsall Wharf.


In addition there is a series of ongoing projects, which also require volunteers.

  1. We have a few notice boards to replace and update at various locations.

2. We also 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.

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 26th February 2017

Twelve volunteers continued clearance work at Ilott Wharf.

Ilott Wharf work party 26th February 2017.


Report from work party on Sunday 22nd January 2017

Thirteen volunteers cleared scrub and wood from Ilott Wharf in preparation for a historical survey of the site. 

Work Party at Ilott Wharf Sunday 22nd January 2017