Bosworth Marina has received an award of excellence and been voted ‘leisure business of the year 2019’ by Living in the Shires magazine.
The winter stoppages have now finished and we are welcoming boats from other parts of the the canal network. The Ashby has been very busy during the lovely spring weather. Our landscaping works and car parking works are still ongoing and our new offices on the first floor of the building are now ready. Our wildlife has sprung into action all over the marina basin and site.
From Date: 2nd January 2019 at 8.00
To Date 29th March at 16.00 inclusive
Towpath & Navigation closed at Bridge 6, Bramcote Road Bridge.
Up Stream Winding Hole: Junction With Coventry Canal
Down Stream Winding Hole: Basin Bridge 22, Basin Bridge Lane.
Above-water repairs to the cracked arch of the bridge, parapets, soffit & weathered sandstone stonework.
Repairs to the wet abutment, below water level, will also be carried out.
The extent of these works will not be known until the navigation is de-watered.
Relocation of bat roosts within the arch may dictate timing of the works.
The summer of 2018 is proving to be a hot one, and the picnic tables and benches are in full use. We are very busy using Mallard’s Mere for supplying water for the young trees, shrubs and hedging which are all desperate for some moisture. Ben, Nathan and Chris have been carrying out weeding and finishing work in the landscaped areas and we have put some barley straw in Mallard’s Mere to try to keep the water weed free. All tree and hedge planting was halted because of the very wet spring, and we are now hoping that all our young shrubs, trees and hedging will survive the very hot dry weather we are now experiencing.
Chris (the marina manager) and Jane have been overwhelmed by the donations from our boaters for a bench to be sited by the lake to commemorate Ash, Chris’s brother who died last month. Chris and Jane would like to say a big thank you to all.
Bosworth Marina now has a defibrillator. We have sited it outside the main doors of the building and we are waiting for a demonstration on its usage which we hope as many people as possible will attend.
The linear moorings on the canal, outside the marina entrance, are proving popular with boaters cruising The Ashby, as these overnight stops on the side of the canal saves boaters coming in to the marina to tie up.
We have been working with our insurers and designers to see a way forward with Cafe’1804. The roof and solar panels have now been repaired and we are hoping to start work on the interior of the building in the near future.
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We are pleased to report that ISS, the contractors appointed to clear the fire damage, have been stripping out the first floor of the building, where the Café 1804’ kitchen and café seating was situated. They made a start on 15th February and have made good progress on clearing the whole upstairs area. There will be refurbishment to many of the internal areas which will take time. We will keep everyone updated on progress.
We are sad to report that a devastating fire broke out on 27th January in Cafe’ 1804, severely damaging the kitchen and causing smoke and water damage to the facilities building. The Cafe will be temporarily closed until further notice and we will keep you updated. Thank you to all who helped and expressed concern and also thank you to the fire service for their prompt action. The shop and facilities are up and running again and the marina is functioning as normal.
Vouchers for Christmas presents for Cafe 1804 afternoon teas, champagne breakfasts or any other occasion are available! Looking forward to 2018 we have Burns Night Thursday on 25th January at £18 per person. We also have vouchers for 2018 half day and full day trips for our day boat ‘Harry and Sally’.
The montages in our shop show the start of the construction of the marina, right up to the end of 2017. During the Autumn topsoil patching and grass seeding was carried out and we now have more completed grass areas. Ben and Nathan have carried out some big improvements around the site in the last few weeks. Chris is now able to deliver coal, gas, logs and items from the shop with his new buggy. To pre-order please contact Chris or Fran.
For information on winter stoppages and map for the East area click here
Cafe’ 1804 Our staff are supporting and organizing our Macmillan Coffee Morning on 29th September. Please come along and enjoy coffee/tea and cake, raffle etc. to support this very worth cause.
The Italian Evening in August was an immediate sell out and was very successful. Thank you for all the great comments received! Our September evening was a Greek theme and also a brilliant sucess thanks to Heidi, Will and team.
Our special Boaters and Friends evening is a ‘Pie and Pudding’ night to be held on Thursday 5th October, so please come along if you are able. Booking beforehand is essential.
Take out drinks, sandwiches, baguettes and cakes are now available to collect and can be pre-ordered.
People Fran is now working alongside Jane and Chris to help with administration and the running of the shop.
Nathan has now been with us for three months helping us with all the ongoing maintenance both in the building and round the site.
Works We now have additional bike racks for visitors to Cafe’ 1804 and our boaters.
The cafe and visitors car park has been extended and will be made larger in the future to accommodate our increased traffic to the shop and cafe’. The steep ramp that we used for many months for access to the basin has now been taken out and is no longer in use. Ben and Nathan have started to carry out essential fencing works.
Ecological News Curious Ecologists have completed the ecological survey of the wildlife ponds for 2017 and are delighted with the progress of the establishment of this area. They comment “The ponds seem to be establishing well with good marginal growth and a variety of invertebrates present, along with a few new plant species. There are also definite signs of water voles on site”. The full survey will be produced later in the year. Natural England and the Canal and River Trust’s ecologist are also coming to have a look in early October to see all the progress.
The proud swans who hatched cygnets at the marina this year have five teenage children now.