Harry and Sally will soon be making her way along the Ashby Canal from Nuneaton to Bosworth Marina to be fitted out internally. The design and fabrication alterations have meant that our dayboat has yet to launched, however we are getting close! It is exciting to see our plans coming to reality. The bulk heads have been lined, the plumbing is installed and the inverter final fix electrics are in. Harry and Sally has full central heating for the cooler days!

Proposed café

Good news!  We have been awarded a grant towards the fitting out of the proposed cafe’ on the first floor of the facilities building.  The ‘LEADER’ grant from Hinckley and Bosworth and North Warwickshire Borough Councils in the Rural Development Programme for England will help with the building of the food preparation and serving areas along with additional facilities.  Our disabled lift is already in place.

Site Works

Ben and Mick have now transported our stockpiled topsoil and levelled and shaped areas of the site ready for planting and seeding.  The pathway from the towpath bridge to the facilities building for our boaters and customers is now under construction. The gate will be installed when construction work is completed in that area of the site. Construction of additional car parking spaces and associated drainage close to the facilities building is now under way.

July news

The marina site between the Ashby Canal and the marina facilities building is now taking shape. An additional 230 loads (2300 solid metres) of imported engineering fill has been tipped, levelled and compacted during July to complete part of the car parking and landscaping areas. The marina ducks and ducklings, and the swans with their cygnets have paid regular visits to inspect the work.

‘Harry and Sally’, the marina day boat is now being primed and will receive further dark blue coloured coats of paint.

On June 30th the marina hosted a music concert performed by the students of Nancy Honor-Wright. It was a great success and we are very pleased that we were able to offer the facilities building as a venue. Read Nancy’s comments on our testimonials page.

Battlefield Line upcoming events

The nearby Battlefield Line steam railway has a busy programme on offer this summer and autumn.

Shackerstone Family Festival Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September

Craft Fair Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September. Stalls selling a range of crafts along with demonstrations of craft skill. Refreshments available.

Autumn Steam Gala Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd October Intensive steam hauled services. Sales stands, evening photo event. All day breakfast and real ale on the trains.

Photography Competition results

Bosworth Marina Photographic Competition June 2016 Results

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries for the latest photography competition. There were so many entries and so many beautiful photographs that it was a very difficult task indeed to choose winners. So after much sifting and deliberation and pondering, here are the results. (If the photograph wasn’t named, I have named them for identification purposes).

Marina and canal photograph category:

1st place:  Paul Webb – Narrowboat reflections

2nd place:  Tamzen Moore – Sunrise over marina

3rd place:  Tom Hilton – Sunset over marina

Paul’s photo of the boats on a still day produced wonderful reflections and the sunburst through the clouds on Tamzen’s photo produced lovely silhouettes. There were many sunset photographs but Tom’s again caught the boat silhouettes very well.

The following lovely photos made it onto the short list – the dappled light on the bridge on Caroline’s photo was beautiful and I liked the brooding clouds in Elizabeth’s entry.

Commended: Caroline Brent  – October sun on Bridge 56

Robin Ross – Sunset over marina

Fred Tuck – Quiet day on the Ashby Canal

Elizabeth Miles – Clouds over the canal

Michael Miles – Winter on the Ashby

 Wildlife photograph category:

1st place: Mick Edwards – Lapwing

2nd place: Alastair Durham – Swan and cygnets on nest

3rd place: Robin Ross – Heron flying along the Ashby Canal

Again, there were a lot of very good shots of the wildlife on and around the marina. I particularly liked Mick’s photo of the lapwing because of the contrast between the colours foliage and the lapwing’s plumage – great to see these birds up close. Alastair’s swan and cygnets sitting on the nest in the sunshine was delightful. Robin’s photo of the heron was a good “right time, right place” shot. The following three photos were also on the shortlist.

Commended: Alastair Durham – Swan and cygnets swimming

Robin Ross – Hoverfly

Mick Edwards – Swans under the bridge

Well done to Paul and Mick who both win £25 vouchers for the marina shop. Thank you again to all who sent in photographs. All the entries can be seen in the respective galleries on Galleries page of the website.

Kim Humphreys

Spring update

Ben, Chris and Mick have been busy raising the levels of the car parking and landscaping areas near the wildlife habitat area.  Lorries have been bringing in clay and subsoil which has then been levelled by the tracked excavators and compacted by the sheepsfoot roller.  During the last fortnight the team have taken in, handled, and compacted over 250 loads (2500 solid cubic metres) of engineering fill.
The marina wildlife seems undisturbed by all the activity around them!

The ‘meet the team’ Canal and River Trust evening was held at the marina on 28th April and this event gave anyone interested and volunteers a chance to meet the CRT team and to ask any questions. The feedback from the CRT was very positive.

Construction continues on our dayboat Harry and Sally. More news on her later. More information go to our Dayboat webpage

Mallards Mere is now being grazed by 38 of Parkinson Partners’ Llynn sheep.They are doing a brilliant job of keeping the grass down and firming the ground. It is hoped that all of these ewe lambs will have lambs themselves in March 2017.

Well done to Chris Hubbard, our marina manager, who has raised nearly £800 for the leukemia charity  Chris bravely ran round the marina in his Leicester City blue mankini on Sunday 15th May and we thank everyone who supported him.

The photo competition entries are coming in.  Please let us have your photos by June 1st to (Please note correct email address). Please send in any pictures of the Ashby Canal and the marina, including any wildlife photographs. Results will be posted on our Facebook page and our next newsletter.



Marina cafe

We have received good news that our planning application for the Bosworth Marina Cafe has been approved, so we can look forward to starting  work on creating the cafe in the facilities building. The cafe will be open to all once all building works are complete.

January News

‘Harry and Sally’  The Bosworth Marina Dayboat

Work begins on our twelve person dayboat which will be based at Bosworth Marina.The boat is named after Ben and Josh Trivett’s grandparents, Harry and Sally Trivett, who originally owned the field where the marina now sits.

Starline Boats at Boot Wharf in Nuneaton are commencing the build during February. The luxury cruiser stern narrowboat will be approximately 45 ft by 6’10” and will have a large covered front deck with roll up canopies. The boat will have heating and sound system throughout and will have a toilet, and a galley with fridge, sink, kettle, microwave and utensils. Harry and Sally will be disabled friendly. Parties will be able get a taste of cruising with or without a steerer. Booking details will be available  in the near future.

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December News

The recent craft fair, organized by our boaters, was a great success with a vast array of handcrafted goods including woodcraft, knitted items, jewellery and toys for sale. The fair attracted a lot of new visitors to the marina. The event raised £139.63 for the Air Ambulance. May we thank all those that took a stall and those who visited.

The marina is now equipped with around the clock CCTV inside and outside the building which gives us better security and it also helps our staff to give our customers and visitors speedy and efficient service.

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