The Grantham Canal Society, founded 60 years ago, works in partnership with CRT, restoring the derelict canal using volunteers. Recently it has received a substantial grant from NLHF and has rebuilt two of the four derelict locks in the Woolsthorpe flight. Work is now continuing on other projects, including rebuilding of an ancient barge slipway, repairing culverts, and raising an overflow weir along the canal. Volunteers were assisted by a number of WRG volunteer camps and other occasional visitors. In addition, volunteers also maintain the navigation on the summit pound where the GCS trip-boat, The Three Shires, offers charter and turn-up cruises.
Volunteers have a significant ongoing works programme and are delivering enhancements to the society’s base at Woolsthorpe depot. At both ends of the canal, local volunteers have improved the appearance of the non-navigable lengths at Grantham and in West Bridgford. The original canal warehouse at Hickling is now a thriving tea room and also offers a cycle-hire base. Most days there is volunteer activity at some place along the 32 miles of the canal, so why not join in the fun and contribute to the restoration progress? You can sign up for a copy of the free newsletter at granthamcanal.org. Please consider joining over 750 others by becoming a society member.