Find out about the restoration of our lost canal in Brownhills this evening!


You could join with great folks like these to restore our history! Image from Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust.

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are holding their Annual General Meeting tonight, Friday nevening (Friday, 7th June 2019) at 7:15pm in Brownhills, at the Parkview Centre (the old Council House on the Miner Island), and all are welcome to attend.

There will also be a talk from Peter Walker of the Canal and River Trust after the meeting – Peter is Technical Support head and responsible for many engineering aspects of our canals – including also their interaction with HS2.

If you’ve been thinking about supporting the trust or volunteering, this is a great way to find out more about them and what they do. You can find out more about volunteering on the project from this excellent blog post by Christine Howles.

At the moment, the volunteers are currently beavering away on the route of the lost line between Barracks Lane, Ogley Hay and The Boat restaurant, on the Lichfield Road at Summerhill, opening the route for walkers, and also on the stretch between Pipe Hill and Lichfield where a nature reserve is being created, as well as many other spots along the route.

The Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust wrote of the meeting:

Our 29th Annual General Meeting will be held at Park View Centre, Chester Road North, Brownhills, Walsall WS8 7JB on
Friday 7th June 2019 at 7.15 pm.

1. Apologies.
2. Minutes of the 28th Annual General Meeting 8th June 2018.
3. Matters Arising.
4. Directors’ Reports.
5. Treasurer’s Report and Presentation of Accounts for the year ended 31st December 2018.
6. Chairman’s Report.
7. Election of Directors:
(a) Directors retiring by rotation and eligible to stand for re-election:
Peter Buck, Stefan Szulc and Bob Williams.
(b) Directors co-opted during the year and nominated by Council for election: None
(c) Any other nominations received: None.
8. Appointment of Accounts Examiner.
9. Any Other Business.
10. Close of formal business.
11. Guest Speaker:
Peter Walker, Head of Technical Support at Canal & River Trust. Peter is responsible for the Canal and River Trust’s interaction with HS2, its restoration and hydrology activities, waterway acquisitions and the CRT team which secure funding from external partners.

After the AGM, tea and biscuits will be served with an opportunity to view displays and sales material.

If you want to find out more, you can get in touch with the Trust on Twitter @LHCRT1, on Facebook or on their website.

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