Volunteers are key for locks

MHDE-06-02-12-lock-Feb08'Roy Allcocktt ( senior waterways operatives ), British Waterways are appealing for new volunteers to join their team.

MHDE-06-02-12-lock-Feb08'Roy Allcocktt ( senior waterways operatives ), British Waterways are appealing for new volunteers to join their team.

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VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help maintain the canal network in the Daventry district.

This April the Canal and River Trust (CRT) charity will take over British Waterways’ responsibility for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales.

Lock keepers have been a fixture on the canals for hundreds of years and the role of the modern-day lock keeper is to provide a polite and friendly welcome to waterway visitors, assisting boaters through the locks and helping to maintain the lock area.

Jeff Whyatt from British Waterways said: “The task of a lock keeper is arguably the most symbolic on the waterways and the trials around the country have shown us that there’s huge public interest out there for the waterways.

“It’s a perfect opportunity for those who enjoy working in the outdoors and are perhaps looking for something different to do and want to help support the CRT in what will be its first year.”

A full list of volunteer lock keeping locations is available by emailing volunteer@britishwaterways.co.uk, visiting www.waterscape.com/volunteerlockkeeper, or phoning 01827 252097.

No prior experience is necessary as a full induction, training and a uniform will be provided.