The Canal Group generally meets on the 3rd Monday of each month from 10.00 until about 12.00. However, because a lot of canal-based events take place on summer weekends, we occasionally attend one of these events in lieu of a Monday meeting.
The current Group leader is Brenda Stevenson and she is the person to contact if you have any questions or suggestions about the programme. Please use the email button on the right.
Our group is helping The Canal and River Trust by doing litter picks to help reduce the plastic and waste going into the inland waterways. Our 3rd Litter pick will be on Monday 7th September for details send me a message please.
Our first Zoom meeting 15th June It went ok- Phew! Birmingham Urban Safari and Visitors to the Stourbridge Canal During Lockdown
Next step will be very careful out door meetings complying with the Government and U3A guidelines.
July 20th Meeting was held in groups of 6. We started at Leasowes and walked 'The Missing Link' of the Dudley no2 Canal (Lapal)
We have studied and walked sections of this Canal -also visiting the Selly Oak/California section.
On discussion the Members felt the train was safe to use for the next meeting so it was as detailed -the Stratford on Avon trip.
Well what a super day out! Thank you to Anthony for his organisation, a really well planned and enjoyable day.
We walked from Wilmcote to Stratford basin (known as Bancroft Basin) and the River Avon. The sun came out for our lunch and a good time was had.
We had a great meeing today at Bratch. There were 20 of us - this is permitted because we are exempt from the rule of 6- we walked in small groups and kept our social distance, I also explained to people we met why there were so many of us, we didn't want any misunderstanding with the general public. I am sure it did us all good in the fresh air and sunshine learning new things and taking exercise in a safe way.
Stourbridge U3A Canal Group Diary for 2020
3rd Monday unless otherwise arranged - January-March 2020 Amblecote Room, Stourbridge Town Hall 10am
20th January Speaker- Bashir- Urban Engagement Manager from Canal and River Trust talking about Community involvement
17th February Speaker Dave Pearson Chairman of Bradley Canal Restoration Society
16th March Research about Bradley Canal
20th April Kinver walk and talk from Gibraltar to Whittington Horse Bridge postponed Ivor's Quiz
18th May Ellesmere Port coach trip and Waterways Museum cost £27 on sale at meetings next year! Links to CRT
15th June Braunston Day boat hire share cost £8 per person and cars postponed- Zoom Meeting
20th July Hatton Flight – trip on the train and lunch postponed- Local outdoor meeting for Members
17th August Stratford train to Wilmcote walk the canal to Stratford Please contact me for details
Notice of Perdsiwell 75th Anniversary celebrations
21st September Bratch Locks, options to suit all abilities The trip around the Bradley lock gates factory is not possible due to Covid so a change of plan was necessary.
19th October Local walk led by Julia as for April Kinver - please ask for details
16th November Talk about the Manchester Ship Canal and the Bridgewater canal
21st December Christmas walk/ Birmingham- Edgbaston reservoir- Public transport
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