The Wey & Arun canal attracts a huge variety of people, from all walks of
life. Bank managers, farmers, pilots, solicitors, fitters, delivery drivers,
plumbers – they all have a role to play in restoring this canal.
But they all have enthusiasm for the project in common and wish to make a
Can you help us?
We are looking for volunteers to help with the administration of WACT. Before a
spade can be struck into the soil, a lot of background preparation needs to be
done – and someone needs to do it. Can you help?
Please contact Northern Office on 01483 505566 or firstname.lastname@example.org
to talk through any of the vacancies listed below and what they would involve.
This is a tremendous opportunity for you to get involved in and contribute
significantly to the success of this award winning canal restoration
You may have seen our noticeboards, leaflets all along the canal route. This is
only a very small part publicity plays in promoting and fundraising for the
restoration work. We need help with designing our publications and walks
leaflets as well as manning our stands at outdoor events and mobile display
vehicle which flies the flag at such major events as Surrey County Show, Wings &
Wheels and Cranleigh show.
If you enjoy meeting
and talking to people, there is an excellent opportunity for you to join our
group of canal centre volunteers.
Your role would cover the issuing of boat passes, entering the passengers name
on a trip sheet, taking money and putting it through the till, sale of
merchandise, canoe licences, answering the phone and generally interacting with
the public, talking about the canal, its history, our restoration programme and
the locality, etc.
In house training will be provided.
Engineering & Technical
Want to use your expertise and engineering skills? Perhaps you have just
retired and feel that the time is now right to be one of our volunteers?
Project planning, surveys and building consent can take up to three years before
the work can begin. We are always on the lookout for people who can speed up the
process by giving us help in this area. If you have worked in the construction
or water-based industries then your experience would be particularly relevant to
our current projects.
These are teams of volunteers who work almost every day of the week, some on
routine maintenance, some of specific areas, some on maintaining our equipment
and kit. Here is a summary of what each group does and their usual working day:
Keeping up appearances Group (Mondays)
This team of
volunteers have a regular schedule and
meet to keep up the tidy and clean condition around our restored sites. Such
tasks include mowing, strimming, hedge cutting, painting, benches, and then move
up and down the canal in the same way as painting the Forth Bridge. As soon as
one area looks good, they move on to the next only to return in 6 months' time.
Mid Week Working Party (MWWP) (Wednesdays)
MWWP meets every Wednesday. During the year we work on many different lengths of
the canal. This also provides an opportunity to see parts of the canal that have
no public access. We are a very sociable group of people who enjoy a good chat
during our tea & lunch breaks.
We carry out a variety of work, including clearing vegetation, brambles, fallen
trees, scrub & reeds and general maintenance. We assist in maintaining the
sections at Loxwood & Alfold for boat operations. We are also involved with
the planning & surveying of the various areas of new work.
Thursday Sunday Group (TSG)
This is our
construction team who offer a wide variety of skills to the Trust. Brick layers,
electricians, builders are all included in this group and they are currently
working in Ifold completing the latest lock restoration project at Southland
Lock. All types of skills (or be prepared to learn some new ones) are
Loxwood Link Maintenance Team
To keep the navigational section
at Loxwood free from reeds, overhanging branches, locks tidy, towpaths cut is a
full time job and we're lucky to have a small specialist team based in Loxwood,
West Sussex. They meet on Wednesdays, Saturday & Sunday as required.
Weekend work usually takes place during November & January for lock repairs.
Check with Kev Baker
Named after Winston
Harwood who led the group for many years, this team work mainly in the southern
half of the canal and include the major show stopping site of the restored
Lordings waterwheel and aqueduct. This is more seasonal work with some
construction work included. They meet on a Friday.
Hedge Laying Team
The Hedge Layers meet
regularly under the leadership of Keith Nicholls and their job includes
coppicing, gathering the binders, laying the hedge and trimming it the following
year. The team also report on interesting wildlife that they see when they are
working, eg wild flowers, trees, birds. If you are interested in this country
craft, please contact Keith.
Northern Working Party
This group is centred around the
Shalford area including Gun's Mouth Island at the junction with the River Wey
navigation. This is the Trust's newly formed group and the second construction
team which includes both building skills and tree felling capabilities. In other
words, this team undertakes a wide range of tasks. Recently the group
constructed over 400 metres of riverside path which required dumper and digger
drivers as well as carpentry skills in building an oak footbridge.