Success Stories

WRG volunteers restore Bridge 41 on the Ashby Canal
In the summer of 2015 and 2016 over 50 WRG volunteers were involved a Building Bridges Project on the navigable section of the Asbhy Canal. Volunteers repointed the brickwork and carried out major repairs to the damaged bridge parapets and replaced missing coping stones on Bridge 41. This was a great project to be involved in which saw volunteers learning new heritage preservation skills, whilst securing the future of a historic bridge. Click here to view photos from 2016.

Local residents repoint Bridge 178 on the Grand Union Canal
In October 2014 local residents from Black Jack's Lock Residents Association, supported by Waterway Recovery Group and Canal & River Trust spent 4 days repointing Bridge 178 on the Grand Union Canal in Harefield. Volunteers also gave the lock gates and lock furniture a makeover by repainting everything. Volunteers will return later on in the year to repaint the white bridge - restoring it to its former glory. Click here to see photos.

Lady Capel's Bridge gets a makeover!
In the summer of 2013 volunteers spent a total of 287.5 hours bringing the Grade II listed Lady Capel’s bridge, back to its former glory. Before WRG’s big volunteer effort could start, a team from the Canal & River Trust removed the old paintwork. WRG volunteers then removed the damaged brickwork, cleared out the joints and carefully repointed the brickwork. The volunteers then repainted the entire bridge using a specialist white paint – which required three coats! Click here to see photos.

Volunteers help restore Bridges 79 & 80 on the North Oxford Canal
In October 2012, volunteers from WRG worked alongside  Canal and River Trust to help restore two historic accommodation bridges on the North Oxford Canal near Barby, Northamptonshire. Bridges 79 and 80, built back in the 1770s, had slowly fallen into a state of disrepair and WRG volunteers used their heritage restoration skills to restore these bridges back to their former glory. WRG Volunteers spent time repairing damaged brickwork, repointing joints and reinstating coping stones. Click here to see photos.

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