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'You're Hired' - WACT Launches Apprentice Membership

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust has recently launched a new initiative aimed at encouraging young people to volunteer with tasks such as helping with the trip boats and certain restoration works along the line of the canal.

The 'Apprentice Membership' is aimed at those under 18. The scheme offers young people the chance to join the Trust and receive two years' free membership, including all the benefits enjoyed by full members. At the end of the two year period, the apprentice members will become normal 'individual' membership, paying the standard rate, currently £10 per year.

Membership Secretary David King says; "The new Apprentice Membership category has been introduced with a view to attracting more youngsters to the Trust, who would like to help with some of our volunteering activities. We are well aware that we will have to meet the legal requirements for working with young people, which may restrict some of the activities which can be undertaken, but the scheme is ideal for those who want to get involved in this rewarding and exciting project as part of, say, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards."

Membership forms are available to download from the Wey & Arun Canal Trust website, www.weyandarun.co.uk, or by e-mail from membership@weyandarun.co.uk

For further details about the Wey & Arun Canal Trust please call the WACT office on 01403 752403, email to office@weyandarun.co.uk or write to Wey & Arun Canal Trust, The Granary, Flitchfold Farm, Loxwood, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 0RH.

Notes for Editors

Information (and a selection of pictures of the work under way) is available from Bill Thomson, bill_thomson@weyandarun.co.uk, 01296 423033 / 07777 668928

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust

The Wey & Arun Canal, "London's lost route to the sea" was originally opened in 1816 between the River Wey at Shalford, near Guildford, and Pallingham, near Pulborough, the head of navigation of the River Arun. It closed in 1871, due to railway competition. Since the 1970s the 23-mile waterway has been the subject of a campaign by volunteers led by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust to restore the route to navigation. Work has been undertaken in a number of locations, most notably the stretch near the Sussex/Surrey border at Loxwood. Over two miles in length, this includes five working locks, two public road crossings, an aqueduct, two farm bridges, and numerous minor works, all built or rebuilt through voluntary effort. Boat trips are available on this stretch, onboard several craft, including the 50-seater electrically-powered Wiggonholt.

Last updated  Wednesday, 23 March, 2011
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