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?
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 (Tuesdays in winter)
The hedgelayers meet every week across the winter months from around the end of October to around mid-March. Work includes coppicing hazel to provide binders and stakes, as well as laying hedges alongside the Canal, and then clearing all the arisings - with a welcome bonfire in the cold months. If you are interested in learning or practising this old country craft (we use Southern Counties style), please contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
|Northern Office||Visiting working parties||01483 email@example.com|
|Eric Walker||Loxwood Projects||07717 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Margaret Darvill||MidWeek Working Partyemail@example.com|
|John Empringham||Monday Group||01483 562657|
|Kev Baker||Loxwood Link||02380 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tony Clear||Winston's Group||01903 email@example.com|
|Hedge Laying||01403 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bill Nicholson||Northern working parties||01844 email@example.com|
|John Smith||Tickners Depot||01903 firstname.lastname@example.org|