Registered Charity No. 702429

NEWS 2005


Congratulations to all the lucky winners in our Grand Prize Draw for 2005 whose tickets were pulled out of the bag at our Black Country Entertainment event in Whittington on 12th November. We were very pleased that Nina Dawes, Chief Executive of Lichfield District Council, was again present to draw the winners under the scrutiny of an audience of 120.

It has been another good year for ticket sales with many members selling to family, friends or fellow-workers. A net total of £4,200 has been added to the Trust’s funds.

The lucky winners were:-

  Prize Ticket No. Winner
1. £250.00 cash
donated by Alan Parkes Design Ltd, Lichfield
and Dr Stephen F Mills PhD, Milford, Stafford
09197 Mr John Trickey, Sutton Coldfield, W.Mids.
2. £100.00 holiday voucher
donated by Robert Broad Travel, Lichfield
03777 Miss B I Muncey, Enfield, Middlesex.
3. Vanity case with £50 Oriflame products
donated by Sue Williams
00086 Mrs Mavis Pee, Bloxwich, Walsall.
4. 12 months magazine subscription
donated by Waterways World
07539 Mr G S Randall, Cannock, Staffs.
5. National Trust gift worth £20
donated by David Wheeler, Devon
10962 Mr D J Mills, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.
6. Framed cross-stitch picture of Gas Street Basin
by Abacus Designs
09800 Mr P D Coombs, Coalville, Leicestershire.
7. Choice of video or DVD volume
from Laurence Hogg Productions
03969 Mr C Bird, Kinver, Stourbridge, West Midlands.
8. Limited edition L & H historic “Darnford Nut” paperweight 14163 Mr A O Dick, Ranton, Stafford.
9. Selection of L & H promotional products 05679 Mr W B Brown, Weston, Bath.

As ever, we are very grateful to everyone who took part. A new Prize Draw will start in February 2006 with another selection of valuable prizes to be won, helping the Trust with the continuing demand for fund-raising. Tickets will be on sale from February and will be offered to members with the Spring edition of “Cut Both Ways” due out in May.

Bob Williams, Draw Promoter


On Friday 21st October 2005 the Trust held an Autumn Fair at the Guildhall in Lichfield. Guest traders joined us for an enjoyable and successful event despite the very wet weather. Our thanks go to Carol & Ken Bailey of "Miracle Leisure Products", Dave Hinton of "The Heritage Site", Eddy Ashley, Billie Stockland, Terry Robertson of "T R Boat Handling", Kay Marshall with "Kay's Jewellery", Diana Smith and "Jam Today", Gina Rosell-Cotton with her "Peruvian Jewellery", Kathy Spall of "kfs Originals", Mike and Andrea Jordan with "Boat Woodworking Services" and Mr & Mrs Flynn of "Flynn Woodcrafts".

Thanks also to Margaret Beardsmore of "Posh Coffee and Stuff" who played a major part in organising the event and supplied all the coffee, and to all the Trust volunteers and friends who supplied home-made soup and cakes and worked so hard on the day. The final profit figure was £348.97.

The Autumn Fair at Lichfield Guildhall. Photos by Sue Williams


After much delay the rebuilding of the canal bridge on Cappers Lane, Whittington, started on Monday 10th October, replacing the original humpbacked bridge which was flattened when the canal was closed. The new design is an attractive one which also ensures that the road will be safe with good sight lines for drivers.

The Trust is very pleased that this work can now go ahead as further evidence of its commitment to restore the Lichfield Canal to full working order.

The bridge has been financed by a European Regional Development Fund grant which was made available as part of a larger package made possible by the cost of construction of the two culverts under the M6 Toll motorway, which served as match funding.

A section of Cappers Lane will be closed for the whole period of the construction which is expected to be 24 weeks. The Trust regrets the inconvenience to Whittington residents and to all who regularly use Cappers Lane but is sure that the ultimate great benefits which the reopened canal will bring will more than outweigh this.

Photos by Bob Williams; Artistic Impression by David Palfreman


The Trust is dismayed by the decision made on 5th September 2005 by the planning committee of Lichfield District Council to grant Persimmon Homes permission to go ahead with its development at Chesterfield Road and the building of the Lichfield Southern By-Pass. The restoration of the Lichfield Canal has been placed in serious jeopardy. The present plans do not make sufficient provision for the rebuilding of the canal and could leave a serious break in the link with the main canal system.

The Trust is now campaigning vigorously at all levels to safeguard the canal route. Approaches have already been made to Michael Fabricant MP, The Deputy Prime Minister and the Waterways Minister. Strong support has been received from British Waterways, The Waterways Trust, The Inland Waterways Association and The Inland Waterways Amenity Advisory Council. A petition has been sent to John Prescott.

The Trust hopes that everyone concerned will recognise, even at this late stage, that the canal route around the southern fringe of Lichfield is absolutely vital to the restoration project and that further consideration can be given to the way in which the proposed development will affect it so adversely.


Sunday 26th June saw the 3rd Annual Canal Festival at Brownhills, with Brownhills residents enjoying the sunshine in a carnival atmosphere all along the waterfront with stalls, refreshments and a host of activities.

The event was officially opened by Walsall-born Central TV News anchorman Bob Warman. MP Richard Shephard was also there to lend his support.

Barry Kenn took his narrowboat to the event (not without some difficulty getting through the weed on the "Curley Wyrley") and was a major attraction on the water, along with the Walsall Canoe Club.

Cuttings from The Walsall Chronicle and the Walsall Advertiser,
Bob Warman visits the stands at the show and chats to Mavis Moore and Mike Battisson on the L&H stand.


On Saturday 25th June Trust members Bob & Sue Williams, Peter & Pat Magee and Bobbie & Mike Battisson attended a matinee performance of William Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night as a result of an invitation from the Lichfield based charity Shakespeare In The Park (SITP).

The play was presented in a leafy woodland setting in the grounds of Maple Hayes Hall, Lichfield, with seating on bales of straw. The mini-amphitheatre was used to great effect by the director and producer, whose influence not only resulted in an excellent performance, but also even impressed the weather to co-operate!

The result was a wonderfully entertaining afternoon much enjoyed by all.

Shakespeare in the Park has become a feature of the Lichfield cultural calendar having been in operation over the past 22 years. Proceeds from the performances are distributed to various local charities, last year totalling £3,500. These distributions are generally made to causes considered to be beneficial to the people of Lichfield.

This year, as a result of meeting Neil Davies the SITP Business Manager at the Huddlesford Gathering and discussing our restoration activities at Tamworth Road, our Trust was awarded a donation of £450 to be used as a contribution towards our objective of improved access for all to the Lichfield Canal Towpath Trail at Lock 25.

Following the Twelfth Night performance, the SITP donations to local Charities were formally recorded with a group photo taken with Steve Baker, SITP Chairman. LHCRT was represented by Mike Battisson.

The audience begin to take their places for Twelfth Night
After the performance Mike Battisson presents an
L&H certificate to SITP chairman, Steve Baker


Barry Kenn, regular work party volunteer and Marketing Group member, is delighted to announce that on Friday 10th June 2005 he successfully completed a tandem parachute jump from around 10,000 feet, a birthday present from his partner and family (they love him really).
It seemed like a good opportunity to use the event as a money raiser for the Trust and so he collected sponsorships through friends and family etc. and raised the fantastic total of £400.
Barry prepares to take a dive.
Pictures taken from a camcorder - Well done, Barry. We're proud of you!

22nd June: Barry presents £400 sponsorship money to Bob Williams


The May Day Bank Holiday weekend saw another brilliant joint event with L&H and Lichfield Cruising Club. 24 boats were booked in for the "Extended Coffee Morning", including 7 historic ex-working boats, and as usual a few more turned up unannounced.

For details and more photographs


The 15th Annual General Meeting of The Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust Ltd. took place
at the Thomas Spencer Hall, Church Street, Whittington, near Lichfield, Staffordshire
on Saturday 23rd April 2005 at 2 pm.

Click on the links below for more details.





On 30th March, 16 members of the Trust went by minibus to the Duchess Theatre in London's Theatreland to see our Vice-President in the leading role in "Man and Boy", by Terence Rattigan. Jan Horton was in charge of a well-organised day which was highly enjoyable, even if the Chairman had a diary malfunction and arrived by train. The day started with a press photocall before the party embarked in the yellow minibus.

David Suchet's performance has been very well received by the critics and their views proved unusually accurate. David was in fine form and played a part far removed from his own personality. We were all enthralled by the play. It was a wonderful experience.

Afterwards three of us were allowed past the stage door and up the flight of forty odd steps to dressing room number one. David was removing his make-up but made us very welcome. He autographed a bottle of Moet & Chandon for auctioning on behalf of the Trust. We only stayed a few minutes to take a few photographs as there was an evening performance starting in under three hours.

After an hour or so exploring Covent Garden and Aldwych we were back in the bus for the long haul back to Lichfield. It was a great day, beautifully organised and much appreciated.

Brian Kingshott

The theatre party poses for a photograph for the "Express & Star" before setting off
The Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, London WC2
Photos by Chris Haslewood

The autographed bottle of champagne will be auctioned during the Sunday evening entertainment at the Huddlesford May Day Gathering. Do join us for another really good event.


Saturday 19th March - Pigeon Racing Night at St John's Church Hall, Heath Hayes. About 60 members and friends gathered to enjoy an evening of fun and friendly competition. This involved wooden birds pulled along on strings by "contestants" sitting with their backs to the action. This was a new idea to us, introduced by Trish Humphries, and provided lots of hilarity. The eventual winner was Paul Clayton from Hammerwich. His prize - it had to be an egg of course! - was presented by Mike Brown and Dave Moore.

Thanks to Pat and Trish for the delicious supper of jacket potatoes and assorted fillings, and to Bob and Sue Williams for organising the licensed bar.

Getting ready for some serious pigeon fancying!
Getting wound up for the race

... and the winner is ......number 3!
Paul Clayton, winner of the final heat, with his prize!


As the weather turns colder and the forecast promises snow, our thoughts inevitably turn once again to boating, caravanning and camping and the annual NEC Show in Birmingham. We are grateful once again to Dains Chartered Accountants, Pritchard Holdings PLC, Inland Marine Insurance, Harral Brokerage Services Ltd, Cannock District Council and Lichfield District Council for their sponsorship of our stand.

Verona Murphy from Dains Chartered Accountants
hands their sponsorship cheque to Dave Moore.
Bob Williams at the "Victorian Waterways Village"

Setting up the stand are Dave Moore, Rob Davies and Mike Battisson. Bob Williams was there too, but behind the camera!

It all started on Thursday 17 February, when the set-up team moves into action
First clear the floorspace and get the carpet down, then put up the display boards
Sort out the lighting and the sales stock and the stand is ready for action

Below: some of the new members who joined at the show


A total of 31 new members joined and a record 706 Grand Prize Draw tickets were sold. Our thanks to everyone who visited our stand during the show.

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