It was a pleasure to play a part in the wonderful Open Weekend at Fradley Junction on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February 2017. We were happy to help out our neighbour’s visitor parking requirements here at Alrewas Hayes by opening our car parking areas. The organiser, Terry Drake, explains a little more about the event :
“I am writing to thank you for supporting our recent open weekend at Fradley Junction.
Over the weekend we had 1,595 visitors go down in to the lock chamber and an estimated 3,200 visitors who didn’t.
This obviously was way in excess to our expectations and some what has blown us away.
Our shuttle bus did 41 trips over the weekend between Alrewas Hayes who had given us kind permission to park visitors cars on their land and the Junction and we managed to sign up 31 friends of The Canal & River Trust. Over £411 raised via our donations tin.
Lichfield Lighthouse Company Sea Shanty Singers performed throughout the weekend by singing shantys both in and out of the lock, being the most land lock sea shanty singing group this was a world first and they raised over £120 for RNLI
Along with tours of the lock there were guided nature walks with our eccologists, the Waterway Explorers were on site providing children activities to take part in and the water management team were there talking to visitors about where our water comes from. Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Society and the IWA both had stalls promoting their groups. The Canal Side cafe at Fradley was open for business as well and I saw a few photos of cake on twitter alongside photos from in the bottom of the lock.
Kind Regards and a Massive Thank You
Terry Drake, Customer Services Supervisor, Coventry, Ashby and Trent & Mersey Canals (Great Haywood to Stretton) – West Midlands Waterway”
Here at Alrewas Hayes Exclusive Country House Wedding and Events Venue, we were pleased to be able to help in anyway we could and are thrilled that Fradley Junction had such a sucessful event and raised so much money for such worthy charities.
(photographs courtesy of Fradley Junction)