See what we've been up to

Have a look below to see what IWA Chiltern Branch volunteers have been up to recently - look interesting? Then visit the Get Involved, Volunteer page to see what the latest branch volunteer opportunities are.

Volunteers Help at Lock Aid at Marsworth, Lock 39

Volunteers help the Fuel Boats at Lock Aid 2015

Photo : Volunteers assist Towcester & Bideford through Lock 39 during Lock Aid 2915 (photo by John Brice)

Volunteers help the Fuel Boats at Lock Aid 2015

Volunteers Install a New Bench at Marsworth, Lock 39

Before

John Brice with old seat at Marsworth Lock 39Photo : John Brice with old bench at Marsworth, Lock 39 (photo by Dave Chapman)

During

New bench for Marsworth Flight Lock 39Photo : Bench constructed by Dave Chapman ready for installation (photo by Dave Chapman)

Installing new seat at Marsworth Lock 39Photo : Installing bench...cementing in the plinth stones and levelling above the root line (photo by John Brice)

Seat installation nearly completedPhoto : Bench almost completed....in final position, edging stones cemented in. (photo by John Brice)

After

New set after installation at Marsworth Lock 39

Photo : Completed bench...Staffordshire stone gravel infill and levelling the earth surround and grass seeding completes the job. (photo by John Brice)

Rickmansworth Festival

Photo: Volunteer prepares for the day ahead at Rickmansworth Festival 2015 (photo by Judy Clegg)

Photo: Volunteer prepares for the day ahead at Rickmansworth Festival 2015 (photo by Judy Clegg)

IWA Chiltern Branch volunteers helped with the Chiltern Branch Jumble, WOW (wild over waterways) children's activities and the IWA London Region Stand at the Rickmansworth Festival over the weekend of 16th and 17th May 2015.  More volunteers are needed to maintain a similar presence at future Festivals.

Berkhamsted Information Plinths

Information plinth by Waitrose Berkhamsted 28th March 2014 (Judy Clegg)Photo: Information plinth by Waitrose Berkhamsted (photo by Judy Clegg)

At the request of Canal and Riverside Partnership in Berkhamsted, volunteers from IWA Chiltern Branch have taken on the cleaning of five of the seven Information Plinths in Berkhamsted. The other two are looked after by The Boat and The Rising Sun Adoption Groups, who tend the areas adjacent to the Pubs. IWA Chiltern Branch volunteers will continue to do this on a regular basis.

Lock Painting with Head Office at Marsworth - 26th March 2014

Photo: IWA Chiltern Branch Volunteer, John Brice painting the bollards at Lock 43 on the Marsworth flight of the Grand Union Canal

On the 26th March 2014, staff from IWA Head Office joined volunteers from IWA Chiltern Branch, with support from Canal & River Trust, to repaint a set of locks at Marsworth on the Grand Union Canal, ahead of the Acheman Challenge.  

Volunteers used wire brushes to remove damaged and cracked paint on the lock gates and bollards at Lock 43. By early afternoon, paint had been carefully applied to the majority of the lock gates and bollards. Volunteers also assisted two boats through the locks during the day. Unfortunately, due to rain the lock painting came to an end by mid-afternoon with the last coat of paint to be applied at a later date.

IWA Chiltern Branch member Chris Clegg said “The sun shone during the morning, but by 2.45pm there was a heavy shower and we called it a day, with the top gates substantially finished, and the bottom gates and lockside bollards and ladders painted as well. It was an enjoyable, productive working party”.

Take a look at the timelapse video of the work party. A gallery of photos is also available to view on the IWA Volunteering Facebook page.

Volunteer with Chiltern Branch

If you are interested in volunteering with IWA Chiltern Branch visit the Get Involved, Volunteer page to see what the latest branch volunteer opportunities are. You can also email John Brice or phone him on 07740 733241 if you are looking for more information or have any questions about volunteering with the branch.