Daily Archives: December 9, 2011

Canal News – Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Wey & Arun Canal Trust, plus Volunteers Wanted

Canal News


 Huddersfield Narrow canal

Between Bridge 77 (Clogger Knowle Br) & Bridge 78 (Uppermill High Street Br)Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Uppermill  Looking from the side of Uppermill Museum towards, and through, bridge number 77 (Moorgate Street).    © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Friday 9 December 2011 – Friday 23 December 2011
Towpath Closure
Duration: Two Weeks
To facilitate gas mains renewal works
Special instructions: Please follow National Grid signed diversion route.

British Waterways apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Enquiries: 01782 785703


Wheely good donation for the Wey & Arun Canal Trust

5th Dec 2011

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust has received a brand new Land Rover Discovery, donated by Harwoods Land Rover of Pulborough in Sussex.

The vehicle has already been put to good use by one of the Trust’s working parties. Volunteers have been hard at work coppicing in Sidney Wood, where the Land Rover is the safest and most effective way of transporting materials and equipment.

In the coming months the Trust anticipates an even greater need for adequate four-wheel-drive transport between sites.

Ideal cause

Harwoods has supported the Wey & Arun Canal Trust since the mid-1990s and this latest donation of a Land Rover Discovery is the fifth to date. The firm has described the restoration work as an ‘ideal cause’ to support as the the waterway is a local concern in a rural area where such vehicles are often vital for access.

The Trust is extremely grateful to Harwoods for its ongoing support. Thousands of visitors every year already enjoy the restored sections of the canal and by donating to the cause, Harwoods is contributing to the enjoyment of many more in the future.


Public invited to ‘unlock’ iconic canal role

1st Dec 2011

Waterway lovers are being offered the chance to volunteer as a lock keeper for the Canal & River Trust, the charity that takes over British Waterways’ responsibility for 2,000 miles of waterways in England & Wales in April 2012.

A campaign will be launched at the beginning of January, looking for people to take on this iconic role on their local canals.

Lock keepers have been a fixture on the canals throughout their history. The role of the modern-day lock keeper is to provide a polite and friendly welcome to waterway visitors, assist boaters through the locks and help to maintain the area around the locks.

The roles are available in more than 50 locations across the country. Members of the public, canal societies and anyone with a passion for their local canal or river have the opportunity to be a part of with one of the oldest traditions of the waterways.

To find out more, email volunteer@britishwaterways.co.uk. Willing volunteers can start quickly and no prior experience is necessary as a full induction, training and a uniform will be provided.Tardebigge Locks near Stoke Pound, Worcestershire  This is the canal looking down the Tardebigge flight of locks from the footbridge at Lock No 33. Locks 32 and 31, and a lock keeper’s cottage can be seen in this telephoto assisted image near the bottom of the flight.   © Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.