PRESS RELEASE: IWA Staff and Chiltern Branch Tidy up Lock Ahead of Acheman Challenge

Issue date: 27th March 2014

On the 26th March 2014, staff from The Inland Waterways Association's (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.

Head Office staff will be locking a boat through Marsworth on 5th April as part of their 50 mile Acheman Challenge, which also involves cycling, running and canoeing, representing a variety of waterway interests. Due to a very generous donation from an IWA life member of £4,000 the team has now raised £8209 to date, including pledges, towards a new Waterway Recovery Group excavator. IWA Ipswich Branch has also donated £1,000 and IWA Lichfield Branch has donated £200. These large donations mean the team is now raising their target from £5,000 to £10,000. The team would like to thank everybody that has donated so far.


Notes for Editors:

About IWA

Find out more about IWA Chiltern Branch

Find out more about the Acheman Challenge

You can sponsor the team and help raise funds for WRG’s new excavator:

  • Online, via Virgin Money Giving.
  • By text, text ROLT46 followed by the amount in pounds e.g. “ROLT46 £10” to 70070
  • By phone, call Toby Gomm at IWA’s Head Office on 01494 783 453
  • By cheque, payable to The Inland Waterways Association and sent to Acheman Challenge, IWA Head Office, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1WA.
Alternatively, you can fill out a form to pledge your support and give your donation after the challenge has been completed. After the event, pledged donations can be paid by cheque or over the phone by 19th April.

Photo: Toby Gomm and Stephanie Pay from IWA Head Office, repainting a lock gate at Marsworth

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