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Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust
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To reinstate the historic Lichfield and Hatherton Canals for the benefit of the community
To reinstate the historic Lichfield and Hatherton Canals for the benefit of the community

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It was a lovely day for the Lichfield District Tourism Association to visit us and have a tour of the Lichfield Canal At Summerhill. We were able to show them all the work our volunteers have completed this year including building the towpath from the Boat Inn to the Lichfield Canal Aqueduct.

Thank you to Rob Ings from Lichfield Photography for the photos.
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17/08/2017
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So exciting! Our Fosseway Heath project has received £18,500 of funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery through the Postcode Local Trust. We'll be starting work very soon. Find out more on our website.

http://www.lhcrt.org.uk/news/news_Aug15_2017.html

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We've got some big challenges ahead. Bring it on!

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What a difference. Earlier this year our green team cut back the overgrown brambles at Fosseway Heath and now they've been replaced by wildflowers. 
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13/08/2017
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It was lovely to meet up with everyone on the Mayor and Sheriff's charity dog walk along the Heritage Towpath Trail, they were raising funds for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and Staffordshire Blood Bikes.
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Mayor and Sheriff's charity dog walk
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This is the spot where we need to build a tunnel under the Lichfield to Birmingham railway line.

What do we need to make it happen? We need to raise £680,000 by early 2019.

Please support us to reach our £1m target, by making a donation, every little helps.

For more information and to donate, visit:
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/tunnel-vision

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Peter Buck took to the podium at Speaker's Corner and told us about future plans for the Lichfield Canal, following on from his talk last year of the plans from 300 years ago.
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Speaker's corner
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40 volunteers from LIchfield firm IMI Precision Engineering came to Fosseway Heath and spent a very sunny afternoon cutting back vegetation between Fosseway Lane and Lock 18.

There was a great deal of interest in the restoration work of the LHCRT and many questions about the work being carried out elsewhere on the Lichfield Canal.

Thank you everyone, we look forward to you returning again next year.
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IMI corporate day
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We're delighted to announce that Chris Bull was elected as our new chairperson at our board meeting on Tuesday.

Chris is a member of our green and grounds team and has a vast experience which will benefit the Trust. Her most recent experience was with Voluntary Service Overseas in Namibia, Tanzania and St Helena Island, working on strategic planning, feasibility studies, developing management qualifications, external funding bids and projects, trainer training, and developing a life skills curriculum for disabled adults.

Chris said:

"I love the fact that we're restoring important heritage, that we're improving the environment for both wildlife and people and there's the added bonus of working with wonderful people!

"I'm delighted to be able to enjoy retirement by continuing to put my skills and experience to really good use and to keep fit and have fun while so doing."
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At Friday's AGM, David Dixon retired as our chairman and was presented with a signed photo, with thanks from David Suchet, and a hand painted flower pot for his boat.

David originally joined us as land officer. Later he was invited to become a director and accepted the vice-chairmanship when it fell vacant, then became our chairman following the unexpected death of Brian Kingshott.

We want to say a huge thank you to David for everything he has done for the Trust and wish him a restful retirement.
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