Diary of Events

Date and Contact




11th May
10:30 for 11am

David Clegg

or Phone

AGM at Apedale Heritage Centre

Our AGM will be held this year at Apedale Heritage Centre, Loomer Road, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. ST5 7LB.
10:30 Arrival + Tea or Coffee with Biscuits
11:00 AGM
12:00 Lunch
13:00 (optional) Mine Tour

Bookings for attending the AGM (without a mine tour)  must be with David Clegg by Friday 3rd May as they need numbers for the lunch by 1 week before the AGM. If you want to also go on the mine tour,  then you need to tell David  by Friday 26th April (as we have to give them the final numbers for the tour 2 weeks before the AGM).

As Apedale was a drift mine there is no vertical shaft or ride in a cage, we will simply walk down a slope. Warm clothing and sensible shoes are advised, and no children under 5 are allowed. The cost of the optional mine tour (payable on the day) is £5 per person.

Note that there is a narrow-gauge railway at Apedale which offers short rides and will be open on the day of our AGM. Steam train (2 foot gauge) rides are available every half hour until 16:00 with a return fare of £4 (£2.50 single). The return trip (0.5 Km each way) takes about 15 minutes. We are not taking bookings or organising a train ride, but we just wanted to let people know of this option.


16th May
10 am – 3:30 pm

Tony Walker
or Phone
07708 320470

Cheshire Locks Working Party

The location will be Lock 53 (Thurlwood Upper), the same as April. All that remains to be done on the lock is to finish off  the woodwork. Also we hope to finish  painting the rest of the metal fencing!

Parking infoLock 53 can be accessed ON FOOT via Farams Road, Rode Heath (Bargain Booze shop is on the corner). Parking usually available at the kerbside between Bibby Street and Farams Road on your left on the A533 Sandbach Road when travelling from Kidsgrove or Alsager via Church Lawton traffic lights into Rode Heath. (N. B. – Residents only parking in Farams Road ).

Alternatively, park on the Broughton Arms car park, cross the canal bridge and a walk of approx. 250 yds to access the lock from the towpath.

Toilet facilities are available at nearby Broughton Arms just a bit further up the canal.

We will meet as usual at 10-00 a.m. and work through until 3-00 p.m. If you are able to stay all day , please bring a packed lunch and a drink. Be sure to wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and marked with paint. Stout footwear is appropriate and bring along a waterproof in the event of rain.

John Lawson and Tony Walker will lead the work party (Contact Nos. 07940 878923 / 07708 320470  respectively).  We very much look forward to welcoming as many of you as are able to attend.

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