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.
There has been lots of activity over the last two months both around the site and also in the facilities building!
Cafe 1804 was opened on the 1st June. The first floor of the facilities has now been transformed into a fantastic cafe/bar which will seat up to a hundred people. On our walls we have an amazing map of The Ashby Canal painted by artist Clair Greenwood, who originates from Twycross. The wall and bar finishes have been designed and finished by Josh and his team and also Heidi, our cafe manager. The balcony is open and the views from there, and also within the cafe, are stunning. Will Poulton is our chef and Sharon Veall is our pastry chef and they are supported by Diedre and Ryan and their enthusiastic helpers.
Ben and his team finished off the preparatory work including levelling up the stone for the road and footpaths and they have installed french drains along the edges. The final drainage and ducting pipe and manholes are also installed. The road that leads from the marina entrance gate around the base of the marina basin is now surfaced and fully open. One cyclist who visited our cafe said ‘the road was like riding on velvet’! This road leads to the car park at the facilities building for boaters and also the parking area for the shop and cafe 1804. The automated gates to the boaters’ car parks and jetties are installed and Ben will shortly be constructing the timber frames around the sliding sections and then we will be able to get them into operation.
All our wildlife areas are establishing well this year and the swans have successfully hatched their cygnets. Please keep dogs on leads on the marina.
Meanwhile Harry and Sally, our day boat, has been out and about on The Ashby Canal on numerous trips and is getting excellent reviews.
The Rails and Ales event was a big hit last weekend with our boaters sampling over 40 real ales and ciders over three days.
An update on our dayboat: Harry and Sally is really taking shape and is being painted in two pack primer this week. The top coat will be painted next week and the canopy is in production.
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.
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.
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.
On August 14th the lake area adjacent to the Carlton Road was extended and the clay bank holding the water was removed. Immediately 14 ducks arrived along with 4 lapwings to inspect the work and take up residence!
The water area of this lake is over 4700 square metres and together with the SSSI habitat we have 7000 square metres of water with sloping banks and shallows for the wildlife to enjoy, in addition to the marina basin itself.
The banks and surrounding areas have now all been covered with topsoil and will be seeded later in the year.
The entrance doors and shelves in our chandlery and shop are now fitted. Boaters are welcome to call in to see what we have on offer and we will order any items in for boaters as required. Continue reading