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CANAL CAMPS Canal Restoration Volunteering Holidays

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I love being outdoors! It’s a brilliant way to meet new people and help keep a part of the UK’s heritage alive. Just give it a go! Xaver, 2016 volunteer

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Just add Volunteers Why restore canals?

Who will I meet?

Canal Camps are a great experience for everyone who loves being outdoors and enjoys meeting new people from different backgrounds and of different ages. Run by the Waterway Recovery Group (WRG), Canal Camps allow participants to learn new skills whilst helping bring derelict waterways back to life.

WRG Canal Camps attract a wide range of people... the common ingredient being people who just want to have fun! You will meet young volunteers taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, waterway enthusiasts who wish to make a contribution to restoring and preserving the canal and river system, teachers, engineers, accountants, office workers and so many more.

Over the last 70 years campaigners from The Inland Waterways Association and WRG volunteers, amongst many others, have managed to bring hundreds of miles of canals back into water. Today, restored canals benefit communities in so many ways. They form a network of linear leisure parks, providing wildlife sanctuaries, a place to enjoy the waterways by foot, bike or boat and a link to our industrial past. But there are still many more miles of derelict waterways that can be restored and that’s where we need your help! Our volunteering holidays act as a catalyst to a canal restoration project making significant progress on a site in just one week. Working together WRG volunteers can achieve great things such as building a canal basin and new section of canal, restoring a flight of locks, removing tonnes of rubbish from a canal or even rebuilding a bridge.

Do I need to have experience? It doesn’t matter whether you are a complete beginner or have tried your hand at canal restoration before, you will be guided through every task by the Canal Camp leadership team. Our volunteers often learn new skills such as bricklaying, stone walling, machine operation and restoration techniques.

age limits Our Canal Camp working holidays are open to anyone aged 18 and above (except the Family Camp on page 15).

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Why you'll love volunteering for wrg! Meet new people and make life long friends. Be part of a friendly & diverse team. Learn new practical skills. Gain valuable work-related experience. Help restore our industrial heritage … and maybe get a little muddy!

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Tell me more Kit List You’ll be sent a full list of what to bring, the essentials being a sleeping bag & camping mat (or airbed), pillow, waterproofs, old clothes, and steel toe capped safety footwear. We will supply any other safety equipment required, including a hard hat.

Free Time Evenings are free to socialise with your fellow campers. Your Canal Camp leader will organise activities such as skittles, boat trips or visits to the local pub. Don’t forget to bring some extra money if you want to join in.

Transport If you arrive by train or bus we will pick you up from the nearest station in one of our big red minibuses. We also provide travel between the accommodation and site.

D OF E AWARD A Canal Camp is a great way to complete the residential section of your Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. All volunteers participating in the Award are asked to attend the Camp for the full seven days.

Each CAnal camp costs £70 What's included?

Food Each day there will be a cooked breakfast, lunch on site and a substantial home cooked evening meal… along with plenty of tea and cake! If you are vegetarian or have special dietary requirements it is vital that you let WRG’s Head Office team know at the time of booking so that the cook can cater for your needs. The cook may contact you to discuss your requirements.

Accommodation WRG accommodation is best described as basic with volunteers sleeping in one large room in a village hall or scout hut or similar. Although it doesn’t usually include beds, you can expect electricity, toilets and draught-free sleeping areas! Access to a hot shower will be provided at the end of each working day.

Volunteer Now It’s easy to book onto one of our Canal Camps! Book online www.wrg.org.uk Call 01494 783 453 ext. 604 Use the booking form at the back of this brochure.

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My First Canal Camp by Sue Jones This summer I went on my first Canal Camp with WRG on the Stover Canal and loved it! I turned 60 last year and having worked in the NHS for nearly 40 years I wanted to do something completely different. I read about WRG and its volunteers in a Women’s Institute magazine… it sounded interesting and definitely different! After receiving the brochure, I decided to go for it and book on the Stover Canal Camp.

On the first Saturday of the camp I arrived at the Scout Hut and was welcomed by Colin the Canal Camp Leader who showed me my home for the week! Slowly all the volunteers arrived …. I’m usually hopeless at remembering people’s names but within 24 hours I knew all 18! There were a mixture of ages - including students waiting for their A level results, volunteers from France and Spain as well as volunteers who have done lots of Camps. Colin was a brilliant leader carefully explaining each task, ably assisted by Kym. George was our cook for the week - his food was fantastic and included lots of cake. During the day we were kept busy on site… but there were plenty of tea breaks! During the week I learnt how to repoint a wall and drive a digger. It was also interesting to see the remains of the old canal barges being uncovered by archaeologists. After work we went to the local swimming pool for a shower before heading back to the Scout Hut for a scrumptious meal! In the evenings the leaders planned social activities from laser quest to a movie night. I cannot thank everyone enough for a really great time. The work that WRG volunteers do is amazing!

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Sites for 2017 South West

Cotswold Canals Thames & Severn Canal and Stroudwater Navigation (collectively known as the Cotswold Canals) once linked the Thames to the Severn, through the Cotswold Hills. Although the canal closed over 50 years ago, the waterways are still visible today in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. WRG volunteers have given extensive support to Phase 1a of the Cotswold

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Canals restoration project from Stonehouse to Brimscombe and now we are moving our efforts to Phase 1b. This Phase of the project will see the restored lengths of the Cotswold Canals linked to the main UK canal network at Saul Junction. As well as supporting efforts on the western end of the canal, WRG is taking the lead on the restoration of Inglesham Lock at the eastern end of the canal, where it meets the Thames. Find out more ‌


Inglesham Lock Location: Lechlade (Cotswolds) Activities: Lock restoration, bricklaying and demolition Help restore this iconic structure and learn new skills in the process! Over the past two years significant progress has been made in our efforts to restore Inglesham Lock. In 2016 volunteers spent over 4000 hours on the project removing the coping stones, installing scaffolding, taking down damaged brickwork and starting repair work. With the site now well-established volunteers will jump straight back into rebuilding work with lots of brick and block laying to do! There will also be the opportunity to get involved in some technical brickwork projects - repairing a culvert and the paddle arches. If rebuilding and bricklaying isn’t your thing then we still have to remove lots of damaged brickwork from the lock chamber walls. Dates: 1st-8th July 8th-15th July 15th-22nd July

29th July-5th August 5th-12th August 12th-19th August

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Weymoor Bridge Location: Latton (Cotswolds) Activities: Bridge building and landscaping Over Easter, WRG volunteers are scheduled to work on the restoration of Weymoor Bridge, at the junction of the North Wilts Canal at Latton Basin. Over the two weeks it is hoped that significant progress will be made to rebuild this long lost brick arched bridge. Using traditional techniques volunteers will rebuild sections of the bridge, start constructing the approach ramp as well as working on the canal channel. Dates: 8th-15th April 15th-22nd April

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Pike lock & Dock Lock Location: Stroud (Cotswolds) Activities: Lock restoration The Cotswold Canals restoration project is moving forward and we want to help them sustain this momentum, despite their recent unsuccessful Heritage Lottery Fund bid for the project. This summer WRG volunteers will support the work of local volunteers to help complete the restoration of two locks on the Eastington Flight - Pike Lock and Dock Lock. Work over the week will include brickwork repairs, as well as constructing new structures such as a spill weir. This work will see a further two locks restored on the Cotswold Canals. Dates: 22nd-29th July

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Stover Canal Location: Devon Activities: Heritage repairs & excavation The Stover Canal is located right on the edge of Dartmoor in the south Devon countryside. Built in the 18th century, the canal was used to transport clay and other minerals from Bovey Basin and the quarries of Dartmoor to the docks at Teignmouth. Water remained in the canal until 1951 when it burst its banks, flooding part of a nearby clay works. Since then the channel and all the locks have fallen into a state of disrepair. Since 2015 volunteers have worked to uncover the northern terminus of the Stover Canal at Ventiford Basin. Over 100 years of silt was removed from the Basin and last year WRG volunteers started repair work. In 2017 volunteers will continue repointing the granite blocks and repositioning any that have moved. Work will also continue to cover more of the granite tramroad which used to run from the canal to the quarries of Dartmoor. The tramroad is an important part of the areas industrial heritage and is the only surviving section outside

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Dartmoor National Park. This Camp will be great for anyone interested in industrial archaeology. Dates: 19th-26th August 26th August-2nd September

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Wales Monmouthshire Canal Location: South Wales Activities: Heritage construction skills and archaeology WRG volunteers have supported the Mon and Brec Canals Regeneration Partnership’s ‘Waterworks’ Project for many years. The Project aims to restore the Ty Coch Lock Flight, creating a resource for the local community and visitors to Cwmbran. This summer volunteers will have the chance to get involved in something a bit different. Canals are linear archaeological sites packed with evidence of who built them, who worked on them and who used them over the years. On the first week of the Mon and Brec Camps we will be running an archaeological dig at Ty Coch to record the visible historical structures at Drapers Lock as well as digging trial pits to

hopefully uncover artefacts from the canals industrial past. It is hoped this project will make people more aware of the buried history associated with the construction and working lives of canals. Over both weeks volunteers will also learn traditional heritage techniques, including repointing and rebuilding using lime mortar, to help restore two lock chambers on the flight. Help us bring this 200 year old waterway back to life. Dates: 15th-22nd July 22nd-29th July

£70

Swansea Canal Location: South Wales Activities: Heritage construction skills The Swansea Canal originally climbed 115 metres through 36 locks from sea level at Swansea up the valley to Abercraf. Like most canals in South Wales, the lock chambers are built entirely of fairly thin courses of stone rather than the brickwork used on most English canals. Volunteers will be carrying out repairs using traditional materials - stone and lime mortar. Volunteers will help with the restoration of the Trebanos Locks - clearing out the chamber, repointing the walls, rebuilding the wing walls and preparing the locks for new gates. The Swansea Canal Society hope to host The Inland Waterways Association’s Trailboat Festival so we should see boats

back on this section of the canal by 2020. The Society is renowned for its hospitality and is looking forward to welcoming volunteers to the Swansea Valley this summer. This is a great camp for all abilities whether you are a beginner or a more experienced ‘navvy’. Dates: 8th-15th July

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Midlands

Grantham Canal Location: Lincolnshire Activities: Lock wall construction, bricklaying, landscaping Opened in 1797, the Grantham Canal climbed through 18 locks along the 33 miles from the River Trent in Nottingham to Grantham. It was modestly successful but by the mid-19th century a parallel railway had opened. In 1936 the last trade ended and the Canal closed. During the years of dereliction, the Grantham Canal has become a valuable wetland habitat for local wildlife. The restoration work aims to preserve and enhance its value for wildlife, whilst opening up the Canal and making it fully navigable once more. With towpath improvement works the area is now popular with cyclists, walkers and is a real asset to the local community. Four miles and the top three locks at Woolsthorpe have been restored, plus a length at Cotgrave. The aim is to extend the restored length down through the rest of the Woolsthorpe Locks and onto the 20 mile long pound. That’s where WRG comes in!

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WRG is supporting Canal & River Trust’s and Grantham Canal Society’s successful HLF bid to restore locks 14 and 15. The emphasis of the bid is to undertake restoration work using volunteers and allow people to learn waterway heritage construction skills. In the summer of 2016 WRG volunteers spent 3,200 hours helping restore lock 15 - laying bricks, helping with concrete pours and earth moving. In 2017 we will be returning to complete the restoration of lock 15 before hopefully moving onto the next project – lock 14. Set in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir, with excellent local support and the chance to learn how to bricklay, these will be popular camps! Dates: 15th-22nd April 5th-12th August 12th-19th August 19th-26th August 26th August-2nd September 21st-28th October

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lapal Canal Location: Selly Oak, Birmingham Activities: Canal wharf reconstruction The Dudley No.2 Line Canal was opened in 1798 linking the coalfields of Dudley to London and the South. The long term aim is to restore the entire length of the canal, creating a valuable cruising ring on the Birmingham Canal Navigations. Last summer WRG volunteers started work to repair the towpath wall at Harborne Wharf. Over the years the wall has deteriorated significantly with brickwork missing and several sections being undermined. In 2017 we will continue repair work, strengthen existing foundations and repair damaged brickwork. Volunteers will also clear vegetation around

Selly Oak Park Bridge, one of the two oldest surviving original canal bridges in Birmingham, in preparation for archaeological investigations. Once repaired, the Trust hopes to re-water this section creating an amenity for local residents and an area for boats to turn. Dates: 29th July-5th August

£70

BCN Cleanup Location: Wolverhampton Activities: Canal clean-ups Ever wondered what’s lurking beneath the waters of the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN)? The Cleanup weekend is a great opportunity to have fun and meet new people whilst making welcomed improvements to the canal environment below the water! This year WRG volunteers will be working between Horseley Fields and Sneyd on the Wyrley & Essington Canal. In 2016 more than 70 volunteers spent two days removing an estimated 44 tonnes of rubbish from the Walsall Canal. Lots of interesting ‘treasures’ were pulled out of the canal including bikes, an electric guitar, a gas barbecue, a mountain of tyres… and of course lots and lots of shopping trolleys! It is hoped this annual effort on the BCN will help keep the less well used parts of the BCN and Black Country Network from getting choked up with rubbish and becoming impassable for boats! Dates: 1st-2nd April

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Reunion Weekend 2017 - Save the Date! Location: Uttoxeter Canal Activities: Vegetation clearance and bonfires WRG’s Reunion Weekend is our big annual get together and working party for over 100 volunteers. It’s also known as the Bonfire Bash because we usually spend the weekend clearing vegetation along the line of a canal and warming ourselves by bonfires! There will also be the chance to have a sneak peak of our Camps programme for 2018! This year we are off to the Uttoxeter Canal with lots of vegetation to clear! Dates: 4th-5th November

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East of england Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation Location: Essex Activities: Vegetation clearance, towpath and culvert repairs Over 10 years of focus and investment can make an amazing difference to a waterway. Since IWA’s subsidiary, Essex Waterways, took over the running of the Chelmer & Blackwater, the once run down Navigation has been transformed. The Chelmer & Blackwater is an unsung gem - relished by the people of Essex but comparatively little known among the wider canal community. The Navigation runs through a largely unspoilt part of rural Essex and connects the town of Chelmsford with the tidal estuary of the River Blackwater at Heybridge. We have lots of work planned for 2017. The February and October Camps will focus on clearing vegetation from the towpath,

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improving access for all waterway users. In the summer volunteers will be working alongside the Essex Waterways team to repair a culvert on the Navigation and installing an all-weather surface on the towpath. Accommodation for the Camps is on a barge moored in the tidal estuary, converted for residential use. These will be fun-filled Camps giving volunteers the opportunity to learn lots of new skills and meet new people! Dates: 11th-18th February 29th July-5th August 21st-28th October

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Towpath repairs on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation

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New site for 2017

River Waveney Location: Bungay, Suffolk Activities: Lock restoration The River Waveney forms the boundary between Suffolk and Norfolk running past Bungay and Beccles before eventually discharging into the sea at Great Yarmouth. For the first time WRG volunteers will be working at Geldeston Lock, the lowest of three locks on the navigation. The construction of the locks allowed trading wherries to navigate above the tidal stretch of the Waveney up to the head of the Navigation at Bungay where there were established milling and malting activities. Over the week volunteers will remove vegetation from the lock chamber, repair the damaged brickwork using lime mortar and repoint the chamber walls. Once work

in the lock has been completed volunteers will landscape the surrounding area, install mooring rings and fencing. It is hoped once the lock has been stabilised and access improved it will be used for educational and recreational purposes - as well as a mooring for the wherry ‘Albion’ which was built for and owned by the Waveney Millers. Dates: 5th-12th August

£70

New site for 2017

North Walsham & Dilham Canal Location: Norfolk Activities: Weir repairs and bricklaying The North Walsham & Dilham Canal is Norfolk’s only artificial, locked sailing canal and was opened in 1826. Stretching 8¾ miles from Antingham Bone Mills near North Walsham to Wayford Bridge where it joined the navigable River Ant. The Canal was built to transport coal but the arrival of the railways meant it was cheaper to transport it overland so the Canal’s main cargo became farm produce. The top section of the Canal was officially abandoned in 1927 but the Canal Trust have made steady progress since 2000 clearing vegetation from the line of the canal and restoring a lock. This is WRG’s first venture to Norfolk in several years and we are looking forward to supporting this new project! Over two weeks volunteers will start work to restore the recently uncovered Ebridge weir. The weir is in a poor

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condition with damaged brickwork and a badly cracked concrete slab so there is lots to be done! Volunteers will use an excavator to remove the damaged concrete slab replacing it with a weed control mat and crushed stone. Volunteers will then reinstate the brickwork. There may also be the opportunity to carry out repair work to Ebridge Lock. Dates: 12th-19th August 19th-26th August

£70


other events Christmas Camp Location: TBC Activities: Vegetation clearance, bonfires and other winter activities Our main Canal Camps programme ends in October, but that doesn’t mean we go into hibernation for winter. WRG works all year round and every year we run a Christmas Camp from the 26th December through to New Years Day. Work will include vegetation clearance, so there will be plenty of scrub bashing, bonfires and other winter activities. It’s the perfect way to work off your Christmas dinner and start the New Year in style! We haven’t decided on a site for 2017 but keep checking the website for more information. Dates: 26th December-1st January 2018

£70

New for 2017

Family weekend Camp Location: Uttoxeter Canal Activities: Family friendly canal restoration activities WRG’s first ever Family Camp will be running in 2017. The aim of this weekend is to introduce a new generation to the world of waterway restoration and maintenance. Situated in the rural Churnet Valley, the Uttoxeter Canal ran 13 miles from a junction with the Caldon Canal at Froghall to a terminus in Uttoxeter. Our volunteers will assist the Caldon and Uttoxeter Canals Trust with improving the canal environment, tackling invasive species and helping wildlife. The accommodation will be The Stables Bunk House, a self-contained hostel with three bedrooms which accommodates a total of 16 people. The accommodation also has kitchen

facilities, living/dining room, bathrooms and a patio area with stunning views. During the evening games and activities will be planned, suitable for the whole family! Dates: 21st-23rd July

£15 per person

Open to families with children aged between 8 and 14. To book spaces on this Camp please call 01494 783453 ext. 610.

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Help run a Canal Camp Our Canal Camps also need leaders and organisers to help run them. Volunteers donate their own holiday time to ensure the next generation of canal volunteers can get involved in restoration in a fun and safe way! As a WRG Canal Camp leader, assistant or cook you will need to be able to give up a week of your holiday, have some experience of Canal Camps, and most of all be willing to look after (or feed) 18 wonderful volunteers! To find out how to get involved please email leaders@waterways.org.uk or find out more at www.wrg.org.uk/volunteer

Why volunteer... what's in it for you? Meet new people form a wide range of backgrounds and ages. Gain new, transferable skills that make your CV stand out. Have a fun, enjoyable and FREE holiday. Become a vital member of the WRGie team!

Leading a WRG camp is so rewarding - finishing a job, mixing and working with a group of people, making friends

Colin Hobbs, Leader 2016

Weekend Digs WRG’s Regional Groups organise weekend canal restoration ‘digs’ for volunteers throughout England and Wales. The work can be anything from restoring a lock chamber to vegetation clearance, there really is something for everyone. The weekends start on the Friday evening and volunteers work on site from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon. Each weekend costs between £8-£15 which includes food and accommodation. Are you looking for exciting ways to fill a weekend? Are you interested in learning new skills? Maybe you want to improve your bricklaying or hone your digger operating skills? If your answer is ‘YES’ then WRG has something for you. For more information and upcoming dig dates visit the WRG website at: www.wrg.org.uk

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Canal Camp Booking Form Personal Details

please use block capitals

Title: (delete as appropriate) Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms/Other First name(s): .......................................................... Surname: ...................................... Address: ......................................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................................................ ........................................................................... Postcode: ........................................... Tel: ......................................................................... Mobile: ........................................... Email: ............................................................................................................................. DoB (you must be over 18 at the start of the camp):

...... / ...... / ......

Please note: Booking confirmation, kit list and Health & Safety booklet will be sent out via post once booking is confirmed. All other correspondence will be sent via email including camp directions.

Emergency Contact Details Please provide details of someone who we can contact in case of emergency Name: ...................................................................................... Tel: ............................... I wish to attend Canal Camp(s): Camp No: .................................. Location: ...................................... Date: .................... Camp No: .................................. Location: ...................................... Date: .................... Dietary Requirements Please indicate any special dietary requirements (e.g. vegan, vegetarian etc and any food allergies)

........................................................................................................................... Other Information Do you hold a current First Aid Qualification?

YES / NO

If yes, please specify details: .......................................................................................... ........................................................................................................................................ Occupation: .................................................................................................................... Are you attending as part of your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?

YES / NO

How did you hear about us? .......................................................................................... How do you intend to travel to the Camp? (Car, Public Transport, Other) .....................


Medical & Access Information Please let us know if you have any conditions for which you are currently seeing a doctor for treatment (e.g. asthma, epilepsy, allergies, or other health issues) and/or if you have any access needs. Please also include any information about medications including the dosage. This information will help the leader plan suitable activities for the Canal Camp. Please advise us of any changes before the start of the camp.

............................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................. Payment I enclose a cheque for £



Please make cheques payable to ‘The Inland Waterways Association’

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Please debit my credit/debit card Amount £

Card Number:

Start Date*

Security Code**

Expiry Date Issue No.***

*Start Date/Issue No. is for Maestro cards only. **Security code is the last 3 digits on the back of the card. ***If applicable

Cancellation Policy If you wish to cancel or transfer your booking please inform us at least 21 days before the start of the camp. Your payment will be refunded less a £10 administration fee, or transferred to another camp free of charge. If you cancel less than 21 days before the start of the camp no refund can be made. Declaration Please read the following before signing: I agree that information on this form may be stored on an electronic database and that this information may be provided to organisers of the camp that I will be attending and to other authorised WRG personnel. WRG may use the information you supply for administrative purposes and to send you information about our activities. Signature: .................................................................................. Date: ........................... Data Protection Act: We promise not to sell your details to anyone else. IWA may send you information about WRG and The Inland Waterways Association’s campaigns and activities from time to time. If you do not wish to receive this information, please tick this box.

Please return your completed form to:

WRG, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1WA


Dates for 2017 11th-18th February Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation CC201701 1st-2nd April BCN Cleanup 2017 BCN2017 8th-15th April Weymoor Bridge (Cotswolds) CC201702 15th-22nd April Weymoor Bridge (Cotswolds) CC201703 Grantham Canal CC201704 13th May Leaders Training Day LTD2017 24th-25th June TBC WRG Training Weekend TW2017 1st-8th July Inglesham Lock (Cotswolds) CC201705 8th-15th July Swansea Canal CC201706 Inglesham Lock (Cotswolds) CC201707 15th-22nd July Monmouthshire Canal CC201708 Inglesham Lock (Cotswolds) CC201709

19th-26th August Grantham Canal CC201721 Stover Canal CC201722 North Walsham and Dilham CC201723 26th August-2nd September Grantham Canal CC201724 Stover Canal (NWPG) CC201725

21st-23rd July Family Weekend Camp - Uttoxeter Canal FWC2017 20th-28th October WRG Forestry Camp WRGFT2017 22nd-29th July Monmouthshire Canal CC201710 21st-28th October Pike Lock & Dock Lock (Cotswolds) CC201711 Grantham Canal CC201726 29th July-5th August Lapal Canal CC201712 Inglesham Lock (Cotswolds) CC201713 Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation CC201714

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4th-5th November Bonfire Bash - Uttoxeter Canal BB2017

26th December-1st January 2018 5th-12th August TBC Christmas Camp CC201728 Grantham Canal CC201715 Inglesham Lock (Cotswolds) (KESCRG) CC201716 River Waveney CC201717

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12th-19th August Grantham Canal CC201718 Inglesham Lock (Cotswolds) CC201719 North Walsham and Dilham CC201720

facebook.com/waterwayrecoverygroup @wrg_navvies

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Supporting the restoration of miles of derelict waterway for all to enjoy

Wrg is part of iwa WRG is part of The Inland Waterways Association, the membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers. IWA works nationally via a network of thousands of volunteers and 33 branches who all deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations. IWA also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its Waterway Recovery Group as part of its Restoration Hub. IWA spends over ÂŁ100,000 each year on all the (non-muddy) activities that allow WRG to get on with what they are best at - restoring canals! Together IWA and WRG work to get even more miles of waterways restored so there is more for all waterway users to enjoy.

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Keeping our waterways alive

Waterway Recovery Group is part of The Inland Waterways Association (registered office: Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1WA). The Inland Waterways Association is a non-profit distributing company limited by guarantee, registered in England no 612245, and registered as a charity no 212342. VAT registration no 342 0715 89. Copyright Waterway Recovery Group 2016. WRG reserves the right to decline bookings without a specified reason. Photos supplied by WRG volunteers.

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