Grantham Canal Camps 2019

Lock 15

Location: Lincolnshire 

Activities: Lock restoration

Summary: Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) is supporting Grantham Canal Society and Canal & River Trust’s successful Heritage Lottery bid to restore Locks 14 and 15 of the Grantham canal. The emphasis of the bid is to undertake restoration work using volunteers and allowing people to learn waterway heritage construction skills. With Lock 15 successfully restored, WRG has turned its attentions to supporting the Society to restore Lock 14, where volunteers will rebuild the lock chamber. Set in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir, Lincolnshire, with excellent local support and the chance to learn how to bricklay, these will be very popular camp.

Camp Code 
  Dates                  
 Leadership Team
 Cook    
CC201905 6th - 13th July Emma Greenall & Martin Ludgate Lou Kellet
CC201908 13th - 20th July David  Evans, Jenny Hodson Ian Johnson
CC201911 20th - 27th July Stephen Rice Kat Rice
CC201915 10th - 17th August Mike Palmer & Becky Parr Jude Plamer/Katy Simmons
CC201916 17th - 24th August Ian Gaston Anne Lilliman
CC201919 24th - 31st August Nick Swift Amanda Dorrell
CC201922 19th - 26th Ocotber TBC TBC

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Where is it? LincolnshrieWorking in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir, the Grantham Canal runs for 33 miles (53 km) from Grantham, falling through 18 locks to West Bridgford where it joins the River Trent. It was built primarily to allow for the transportation of coal to Grantham. It opened in 1797, and its profitability steadily increased until 1841.

What is the work for the camps?  Volunteers will finish off dismantaling the Lock 14 and start rebuilding the Lock Chamber - creating new concrete foundations and constructing the new wall with bricks and blocks. This will be a great opportunity for learning new construction skills!

Why is it important? 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. Over the past two years WRG volunteers have spent 1100 volunteer days helping restore Lock 15. With excellent local support and the opportunity to learn skills, these will be popular camps!

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What skills are needed?  No skills are needed, just a willingness to take part, and steel capped boots.

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