The Grantham Canal Society, founded 60 years ago, works in partnership with CRT, restoring the derelict canal using only 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 the now-completed rebuilding of an ancient barge slipway, repairing culverts and raising an overflow weir along the canal. At times, volunteers have been assisted by WRG volunteer camps and other occasional visitors. In addition, volunteers also maintain the navigation on the summit pound and through the five now-restored locks where the GCS trip-boat, The Three Shires, offers charter and turn-up cruises.
Volunteers have regular ongoing works programmes and have delivered significant 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 where a plan has been submitted to the local authorities to join the canal to the River Trent. Under independent ownership, 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 800 others by becoming a society member or, better still, an active volunteer.
Canal & River Trust - East Midlands