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More Volunteers Now Have Restoration Skills

Date: Friday 30th June 2017

Over 50 volunteers from WRG, Cotswold Canals Trust, Wiltshire & Berkshire Canal Trust and Buckingham Canal Society gathered for a weekend (24th/25th June) of training funded by a grant from the Pilgrim Trust.  Subjects covered included bricklaying, operating plant (dumpers and excavators), scaffolding, safe use of bricksaws, CAT scanning, vans and trailers. 

As part of the weekend 15 volunteers took part in an Introduction to Bricklaying Course run by lime mortar and heritage construction specialists Ty Mawr. The instructors helped volunteers learn about the basics of using lime in construction as well as how to bricklay, types of bonds to use and different building techniques.

Volunteers will use skills learnt on this weekend on WRG’s canal camps running in the summer to restore derelict lock chambers.

Click here to see photos from the weekend.

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