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WEY & ARUN CANAL- VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED

The Wey & Arun canal attracts a huge variety of people, from all walks of life. Bank managers, farmers, pilots, solicitors, fitters, delivery drivers, plumbers – they all have a role to play in restoring this canal. But they all have enthusiasm for the project in common and wish to make a contribution. Can you help us?

Working Parties


These are teams of volunteers who work almost every day of the week, some on routine maintenance, some of specific areas, some on maintaining our equipment and kit. Here is a summary of what each group does and their usual working day:

Keeping up appearances Group (Mondays)

This team of volunteers have a regular schedule and meet to keep up the tidy and clean condition around our restored sites. Such tasks include mowing, strimming, hedge cutting, painting, benches, and then move up and down the canal in the same way as painting the Forth Bridge. As soon as one area looks good, they move on to the next only to return in 6 months' time.

 

 

 

 

 

Mid Week Working Party (MWWP) (Wednesdays)

The MWWP meets every Wednesday. During the year we work on many different lengths of the canal. This also provides an opportunity to see parts of the canal that have no public access. We are a very sociable group of people who enjoy a good chat during our tea & lunch breaks. We carry out a variety of work, including clearing vegetation, brambles, fallen trees, scrub & reeds and general maintenance. We assist in maintaining the sections at Loxwood & Alfold for boat operations. We are also involved with the planning & surveying of the various areas of new work.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday Sunday Group (TSG)

This is our construction team who offer a wide variety of skills to the Trust. Brick layers, electricians, builders are all included in this group and they are currently completing the latest lock restoration project at Gennets Bridge Lock. All types of skills (or be prepared to learn some new ones) are welcome.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Loxwood Link Maintenance Team

To keep the navigational section at Loxwood free from reeds, overhanging branches, locks tidy, towpaths cut is a full time job and we're lucky to have a small specialist team based in Loxwood, West Sussex. They meet on Wednesdays, Saturday & Sunday as required. Weekend work usually takes place during November & January for lock repairs. Check with Kev Baker

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hedge Laying Team

The Hedge Layers meet regularly under the leadership of Keith Nicholls and their job includes coppicing, gathering the binders, laying the hedge and trimming it the following year. The team also report on interesting wildlife that they see when they are working, eg wild flowers, trees, birds. If you are interested in this country craft, please contact Keith.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Northern Working Party

This group is centred around the Shalford area including Gun's Mouth Island at the junction with the River Wey navigation. This is the Trust's newly formed group and the second construction team which includes both building skills and tree felling capabilities. In other words, this team undertakes a wide range of tasks. Recently the group constructed over 400 metres of riverside path which required dumper and digger drivers as well as carpentry skills in building an oak footbridge.

 
Key to Maintenance and Construction Groups:
Contact Name Group/Project Tel. Email:
Northern Office Visiting working parties 01483 505566 support@weyandarun.co.uk
Eric Walker Loxwood Projects 07717 855340 tsg@weyandarun.co.uk
Margaret Darvill MidWeek Working Party   margaret_darvill@weyandarun.co.uk
John Empringham Monday Group 01483 562657
Kev Baker Loxwood Link 02380 861074 loxwoodlink@weyandarun.co.uk
Tony Clear Winston's Group 01903 774301 winstonsgroup@weyandarun.co.uk
Keith Nichols Hedge Laying 01403 753882 hedging@weyandarun.co.uk
Bill Nicholson Northern working parties 01844 343369 bill@nwpg.org.uk
John Smith Tickners Depot 01903 235790 depot@weyandarun.co.uk