The Grantham Canal Society (GCS) works in partnership with CRT, which recently received a substantial grant from HLF to rebuild two of the four derelict locks in the Woolsthorpe flight.
Five teams of GCS volunteers have worked, Monday to Friday, for the past two years developing new foundations and building the lock walls, so that Lock 15 is now complete and operational. They were assisted by volunteers attending a number of WRG volunteer camps and other occasional visitors. The GCS teams are now concentrating on Lock 14, which required similar treatment and now only needs new gates tocomplete the rebuild.
In addition, volunteers also maintain the navigation on the top pound where the GCS trip-boat, The Three Shires, offers charter and 'turn-up' cruises. Volunteers have a significant works programme for the next two years and plan to deliver enhancements to the societys base at Woolsthorpe depot.
At both ends of the canal, local volunteers have improved the appearance of the non-navigable canal at Grantham and in West Bridgford. The canal warehouse at Hickling is now a thriving tea room and also offers cycle hire. Every day there is volunteer activity at some point along the 32 miles of the canal, so why not join in the fun and contribute to the canals progress? You can sign up for a copy of the free monthly newsletter at Grantham Canal Society website.