Society Events and News
Friday 25th November, 7.30 pm, Great Bowden Village Hall
fascinating footage of canals and boats in bygone times
£2 donation requested to help with hall costs
Friday 27th January, 7.30 pm,
Great Bowden Village Hall
OUCS Annual General Meeting
Our Autumn & Winter meetings are held on the last Friday of the month at Great Bowden Village Hall. A donation of £2 per person is requested to help cover costs. Visitors are welcome.
Rally of Boats and Celebration to mark
50 years since the re-opening of the Welford Arm
-Historic working boats and trading boats, VintageTractors
- Pop-up Canal Museum, Souvenir Shop, Canal Crafts and Stalls
- Live music everyday thanks to the Wharf Inn
- Great Weather and lots of happy people on the day
thanks to everyone who helped
More great work at Welford
3 days of work parties, 25-27 April, has seen good progress in painting the woodwork, finishing the planting in the Lock Garden (despite Storm Hannah) and a great job clearing the edges of the wharf.
Thanks to all involved from the Welford & Sulby History Society, OUCS, and particularly to Matthew Harris for organising it all.
Welford Lock Gardening Work-party
On Saturday 16th March, a group of hardy volunteers from the Society, Welford Village and CRT, braved the 60mph wind gusts to clear and replant the old lock island garden as well as to clear and tidy vegetation from the copings. A great success and many thanks to our great volunteers.
Welford Limekilns Clearance
On 27th October 2018, a group of 21 volunteers comprising OUCS Members,
villagers from Welford and local Explorer Scouts armed with bowsaws, loppers and secateurs, cleared the vegetation and overgrowth in and around the Limekilns at Welford Wharf. Thanks to all involved for a great effort.
beforehand - the kilns are in there somewhere! Many hands make light work!
Our great group of volunteers -limekilns now visible again.
New benches at Welford Arm Junction
New bench installed at the Junction next to the finger signpost and a second bench installed at the end of the mooring rings.
Thanks to all involved on the day.
OUCS Summer Barbecue
The weather gods smiled on us for the Summer
Barbecue on 1st July. Our thanks once again to
Mary Matts for letting us use the garden at
Bridge 61 and, particularly to Jean Bourne for
all the preparatory work and for ensuring that
everyone was well catered for on the day.
Most of the benches along the towpaths of the Old Union Canals were provided by
the Society. In time, these are damaged, or decay, or even disappear.
Please let us know of any benches
along the Leicester Line in need of
repair or replacement.