New Mooring Basin Completed and Now Open at Lichfield CC

The replacement moorings funded by HS2 as equivalent reinstatement of facilities lost to construction of the railway are nearing completion. They comprise like-for-like linear moorings in a basin, a dry dock as a more space efficient replacement for the existing slipway, parking area, emergency access and landscaping.

Whilst HS2 have funded these structures, the Club has elected to upgrade the dock cover and add other facilities from its own funds.

General view of new mooring basin
Boats moored in the new basin
This entry was posted on 08/08/2022 by Des Barnard.

New Moorings at Lichfield CC Progressing Well

After approximately 6 years of negotiations with HS2, work is now well under way on the construction of a new mooring basin and dry dock facility for Lichfield Cruising Club to replace the facilities being lost due to the construction of the new railway line.

New Winding Hole
New winding hole with piling under way beyond

The line of the new HS2 passes directly through the existing Cappers Lane bridge which was rebuilt in 2006 as part of the restoration of the Lichfield (ex Wyrley & Essington) Canal. It also obliterates the existing slipway and, along with the consequent realignment of Cappers Lane, causes the loss of 12 of the Club's moorings and the associated car park. The new development, funded by HS2, will provide replacement for these facilities on a like-for-like basis. It is planned that construction will be completed by late spring / early summer 2022 so that the moorings can be relocated before HS2 takes possession of the existing moorings.

So far the bulk of the excavation has been completed, the existing winding hole has been enlarged to meet current standards, the concrete dry dock constructed and the majority of the piling work completed.

Once the new moorings are available and the Club vacates the existing moorings which will be lost, HS2 can progress with the realignment of the canal line for the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, thus ensuring that the new railway line does not prevent the ongoing restoration work. Cappers Lane is also to be diverted, to cross the new rail line further North where the rail line is at a lower level. Both these two diversions take place on land that has been compulsorily purchased from the club. This land originally had been designated by the club for replacement of moorings due to be lost as the canal restoration proceeds. It is for this reason that the existing slipway is being replaced with a dry dock, which reduces the land take required.

This entry was posted on 05/02/2022 by Des Barnard.

AWCC Club Magazine Competition

This years club magazine competition will be judged by officers of the Boaters Christian Fellowship, winners of the 2019/20 competition. For the year 2021/22 the closing date for entries is February the 1st 2022 with all entries to be submitted to the postal address and email address, as appropriate, to:


Margaret English,

10 Long Lane,


CW10 0BL

Email address:

This entry was posted on 19/09/2021 by Jon Jones.

Stafford Boat Club Boater's Gathering 5th-7th June 2020 - CANCELLED

Unfortunately we have reluctantly made the sad decision to cancel our event due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We are contacting directly and providing refunds to all of our fellow boaters who have already entered their boats to the event. If you are reading this and have entered your boat but have not yet heard from us please do not worry because we will contact you in the near future. Like so many others our workload is presently extremely high owing to the need to contact many other organisations and people who have pre-booked our club facilities.

This entry was posted on 20/03/2020 by John Laidlar.


After more than a decade, Erica Martin has relinquished the post of Regional Secretary for Midlands.  Erica says she has really enjoyed the job, but as her husband Brian has now been registered blind, along with the chronic heart disease he has had for several years, she has decided to 'spend more time with her family' as the politicians often say!  

Mick Griffin of Hinckley BC is acting Secretary until the Midlands AGM next month, at which time it is anticipated that he will be formally elected to take over.  Mick has been involved with AWCC for many years, and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring to the role.  Midlands Reps are forewarned that their inboxes will be filled by Mick and no longer by Erica.  However, it is not goodbye from her, as she remains the Rep for Stoke on Trent Boat Club, and will be at Midlands AGM and subsequent meetings, and all being well plans to see you at Aylesbury.

Mick can be contacted on email, or by mobile 07939 934456.

This entry was posted on 18/02/2020 by Erica Martin.

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