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Canal News – WRG volunteers spend a dirty weekend on the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals

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PRESS RELEASE: WRG volunteers spend a dirty weekend on the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals

Date: 15th January 2014

Last weekend over a dozen volunteers from Waterway Recovery Group’s (WRG) Regional Group London WRG spent two days helping the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust carry out restoration work at Meretown Lock.

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The main task for the weekend involved removing infill from Meretown Lock. The lock had been completely filled in, and volunteers removed around 3ft of topsoil from the entire length of the chamber, using an excavator and two dumpers. The volunteers then transported the materials 90 metres to build a dam at the far end of the length of canal, above the lock, that is going to be restored and re-watered. As well as lots of soil and some rubble, the chamber excavation job produced an interesting assortment of old iron – parts of the paddle gear including a rack and a distinctive Shropshire Union type jackhead, both of the top stop-plank grooves, and parts of the gate reinforcing ironwork – plus many reusable coping stones.

The second task of the weekend consisted of digging a 100 metre long trench (by hand and with an excavator) to install a water supply pipe, which will be used with a pump, that’s currently keeping the length of the canal between Meretown Lock and Newport town centre in water, to re-water the new length of canal.

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Volunteers also removed vegetation and trees that were encroaching on the towpath and the offside canal bank. Click here to see photos from the weekend.

Martin Ludgate, London WRG’s site leader for the weekend, said ‘it’s quite a distance for us to travel up from London, but it is well worth it to help a canal restoration that’s starting to make some real progress!”.

WRG volunteers will be returning in the summer for a weeklong canal camp from 16th-23rd August to continue clearing the chamber and start working on the section above the lock that is going to be re-watered. Visit the WRG website to find out more.

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Canal News – Waterways Recovery Group Canal Camps for 2014!

 

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Press Release: 6th December 2013

Waterway Recovery Group launches its Canal Camps for 2014!

Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) runs a programme of unique week-long residential volunteering opportunities, known as ‘Canal Camps’ designed to restore the derelict canals of England and Wales to their former glory. Canal Camps give you the chance to do your bit for the environment whilst having a fun holiday.

We have 25 Canal Camps, 2 Clean-up weekends and a Big Dig already planned for 2014 giving volunteers the chance to get involved in various activities such as rebuilding towpaths on the Driffield Navigation and Pocklington Canal in East Yorkshire, lining a section of the Lancaster Canal at Stainton, to lock clearance work on the Cromford Canal in Derbyshire and bricklaying at Ham Mill Lock on the Cotswold Canals.

The Brochure has been sent to the printers but we thought you’d like to have a sneak peek!! Click here to view an online version of the brochure.

If you’d like to request a hard copy please click here (if you subscribe to Navvies you will automatically be sent a copy with your next edition at the end of December).

To see all our Canal Camp locations for 2014 click here.

Notes for editors:

Volunteering with WRG is a great experience for anyone who loves being outdoors and enjoys meeting people from different backgrounds and of different ages (18+). WRG offer volunteers a fantastic chance to learn new skills such as bricklaying; stone walling; machine operation and restoration techniques! Each week costs £56 which includes food and accommodation.

For more details go to the WRG website www.wrg.org.uk or call 01494 783 453 ext 604

Canal News – Waterways Recovery Group

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Press Release: Monday 8th April 2013

Cold weather doesn’t stop WRG volunteers from restoring the canals!

Over 50 Waterway Recovery Group volunteers braved the wintery April conditions and carried out restoration work on the Lancaster and Cotswold Canals over the Easter holidays.

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From the 29th March-6th April 18 hardy volunteers undertook restoration work on the Lancaster Canal. The camp had three main tasks – to reinstate coping stones on wing walls and repair the adjacent transition walls (in dry stone walling) at Stainton Crossing Bridge; underpin a wing wall at Stainton aqueduct and divert the stream to prevent future scouring; install drainage in the newly profiled area adjacent to the channel that was dug out during last year’s camps. In very dry weather, spoiled only by a biting cold wind, they were able to achieve all their objectives which have assisted immensely in preparing the next section of the canal to be returned to navigable condition.

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Originally WRG had also planned to work on the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals but due to the unseasonal cold weather conditions, the planned work for the working holiday (concrete-laying) could not go ahead and no alternative work that could be arranged in time for the start of the camp. Luckily we were able to find an alternative site at short notice on the Cotswold Canals! From the 29th March volunteers have been working on two locks near Stroud – Griffin Mill and Ham Mill – carrying out activities such as lock clearance work, demolition and bricklaying.

Canal News 2013 – Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation

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Canal News 2013

Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation

from footbridgeThe Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation

Taken from the footbridge, looking south east towards Ulting.  © Copyright Trevor Harris and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 Date: 16th-23rd February

 Location: Maldon, Essex

Leaders: Chris Byrne (leader)

Cost: £56 | Accommodation: Danbury Outdoor Centre | activites: towpath repairs, vegetation clearance

Details:

The Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation runs through a largely unspoilt part of rural Essex and connects Chelmsford with the tidal estuary of the River Blackwater at Heybridge Basin. In 2005 our sister organisation, Essex Waterways, took over the management of the navigation. To help maintain this beautiful waterway WRG is running more camps this year.

What’s going on in 2013 …

So why not join the Essex Waterways team as they have an array of tasks waiting for you! Get stuck into various improvement works including towpath maintenance, vegetation control and tree management along the Navigation.

Being maintenance work, camps on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation are different from our normal restoration projects but if you fancy helping us keep this active and vibrant waterway alive then this is the camp for you!

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Rushey Lock is on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation. The TL8 Northing passes through the lock behind the gates. The G.R is for the apex of the gates in the picture.   © Copyright Glyn Baker and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Canal News – Nov 29th 2012 – Canal Camps 2013

Canal News  – Nov 29th 2012

Waterway Recovery Group launches its Canal Camps for 2013!

Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) runs a programme of unique week-long residential volunteering opportunities, known as ‘Canal Camps’ designed to restore the derelict canals of England and Wales to their former glory. Canal Camps give you the chance to do your bit for the environment whilst having a fun holiday.

We have 23 Canal Camps planned for 2013 giving volunteers the chance to get involved in various activities such as the reprofiling and lining of the Lancaster Canal at Stainton, to the restoration of damaged brickwork on the Swansea Canal; or the rebuilding of towpaths on the Chelmer and Blackwater to the construction of a new lock on the Chesterfield Canal!

We’ve still got two working holidays running this Christmas on the Uttoxeter Canal (Staffordshire) and on the Cotswold Canals (near Eisey Lock) from the 26th December 2012 – 1st January 2013.

The Brochure has been sent to the printers but we thought you’d like to have a sneak peek!! Click here to view an online version of the brochure.

If you’d like to request a hard copy please click here (if you subscribe to Navvies you will automatically be sent a copy with your next edition).

To see all our Canal Camp locations for 2013 and get further details go to:   https://waterways.org.uk

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Online: http://www.wrg.org.uk

Email: enquiries@wrg.org.uk

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Canal News – Waterway Recovery Group

WRGie News May 2012

Wow – what a busy Easter! WRG volunteers spent two weeks on the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal digging, profiling, rollering and shovelling in order to create a new 275m length of canal from Over Basin. Further north on the Chesterfield Canal in Derbyshire over 20 volunteers started work on the new Staveley Town Lock – they will be returning at the end of August to carrying on block and bricklaying.

Construction of Staveley Town Lock on the Chesterfield Canal

The new lock (Staveley Town Lock, no. 5A) will enable the canal to get under a railway line a few hundred metres further on. There will be a twin lock (Railway Lock, no. 5B) on the other side of the railway line to raise the canal again. This section of the Chesterfield Canal is presently not connected to other waterways but the Chesterfield Canal Trust, in partnership with Derbyshire County Council, are working hard to complete the restoration project.  © Copyright Graham Hogg and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

WRG Training Weekend

Date: 23rd/24th June  Location: Lichfield Canal

Every year we run our training weekend with the main purpose of making sure that we train/refresh our volunteers for the summer work programme. We hope to run “Introduction to Bricklaying” and “Surveying” courses, along with training courses in operating items of plant such as excavators and dumpers.

Look the part on site!

The Canal Camp 2012 t-shirts are now on sale through IWA’s online shop for ONLY £8. WRG logo on the front with new 2012 design on the back.

T-shirts are available in small, medium, large, x-large, xx-large

Canal Camps 2012

The camps are filling up fast but we still have some spaces so don’t delay and book now! Each camp costs only £56 which includes food & accommodation.

CC201207 14th-21st July Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal

Leaders: Fred Towey & Loraine Hughes

C201212 28th July-4th August Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation

Leaders: tbc

CC201214 4th-11th August Cromford Canal Camp

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CC201215 4th-11th August Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation

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CC201217 11th-18th August Cromford Canal Camp

Leaders: Tom Rawlings & Gemma Bolton

CC201219 11th-18th August Montgomery Canal

Leaders: Martyn Worsley & Ju Davenport

CC201222 18th-25th August Montgomery Canal

Leaders: Mike Palmer & Harry Watts

CC201223 25th August – 1st Sept Chesterfield Canal

Leaders: Steve Baylis & George Rogers

CC201225 25th August – 1st Sept Montgomery Canal

Leader: Jonathan Smith