TRENT and MERSEY CANAL SOCIETY
NEWS and EVENTS DIARY
 
Diary of Events
If you would like anything adding/amending please contact the webmaster for the Event Diary Roger Evans.

The following groups hold regular working parties, but aren't listed in the diary below as I don't have any further information :-
Burslem Port Working Parties (from 10-3 on the 4th Tuesday of each month)
 For further information contact Steve Wood (or Phone 07976-805858). All tools are provided.
Go Kidsgrove Working Parties (from 10 on the 4th Sunday of each month)
For further information contact their organiser Hilary. Meet at Harecastle Tunnel North Portal

 Date

 Event

Contact
(Email if Blue)



Thursday
Aug 20th

10 am - 3 pm
 
Cheshire Locks Working Party

Important message from John Lawson on 5th August

As you are aware, all volunteering on the canal network was suspended on 17th March due to the Coronavirus pandemic. I am now pleased to advise you that there are plans for a return to volunteer activity on the Cheshire Locks in August.

The Canal and River Trust have drawn up a new set of Covid - 19 related Heath and Safety protocols and safe methods of working to maintain social distancing as required. To this end, we held a "trial" work party with just three volunteers, myself, Dave Sproson and Tony Walker along with Jane Hargreaves, our team leader from CRT to complete works on Lock 52 at Church Lawton. We worked within the new guidelines, not sharing tools, brushes etc. with one volunteer working on each gate, rail etc. at any one time and this arrangement worked well.

My intention is to maintain our existing calendar i.e. every third Thursday of the month and therefore hope to restart work , provisionally at Lock 65 in Wheelock on 20th August.

It would be very helpful if you could advise me if you are able to attend on the day so that all the tools, equipment, lifejackets etc. can be provided. It may be that you have other arrangements or feel unable to resume volunteering in the current circumstances and that is fully appreciated and understood.

I look forward to hearing from you. The usual e-mail reminder with confirmed details of the work party will follow next week.

The instructions below are PROVISIONAL (see above)


We plan to resume work on Lock 65 in Wheelock (which is where we last worked, back in January 2020!). This lock has twin chambers and considerable metal fencing to be addressed. Hopefully we will also complete work on the adjacent Lock 66.

The locks are accessible by car via Cotton Lane from the centre of Wheelock village, situated on the A534 "old" road between Crewe and Sandbach.  We have been fortunate to secure limited car park spaces at Cain 9 Dog Grooming - post code CW11 4RB. Turn into the car park at the end of Cotton Lane and park on the right hand side. 

The locks can also be reached on foot along the towpath from Wheelock walking south towards Malkins Bank and Hassall Green. Bus route is D & G Service No. 38. However, if you intend leaving your car in the village, do NOT park on the privately owned, camera controlled pay and display car park adjacent to Wheelock Wharf and the Barchetta Restaurant where onerous fines are applicable. There is a small council car park at the junction with Crewe Road and Mill Lane, adjacent to the start of Cotton Lane.  

Meet at 10 a.m. and given good weather we will work through to 3-30 p.m.

If you are able to stay all day, please bring a packed lunch and drink.
Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or paint on and wear stout footwear.

Have a waterproof in case of rain. 


John Lawson

or Phone
07940 878923
 

Thursday

Sep 17th

10 am - 3 pm
 
Cheshire Locks Working Party 

More details will be added here after the August work-party has taken place.

Meet at 10 a.m. and given good weather we will work through to 3-30 p.m.

If you are able to stay all day, please bring a packed lunch and drink.
Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or paint on and wear stout footwear.
Have a waterproof in case of rain.

John Lawson

or Phone
07940 878923
 

Thursday

Oct 15th

10 am - 3 pm
  
Cheshire Locks Working Party 

More details will be added here after the August work-party has taken place.

Meet at 10 a.m. and given good weather we will work through to 3-30 p.m.

If you are able to stay all day, please bring a packed lunch and drink.
Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or paint on and wear stout footwear.

Have a waterproof in case of rain.  

John Lawson

or Phone
07940 878923
 


Friday
Oct 16th

7:45 pm (AGM)
+
8 pm (Talk)
  
 Society AGM and Social Meeting - Talk

The AGM & Talk are PROVISIONAL (i.e. subject to Covid-19 restrictions).
Check this web-page again in early October

Red Bull Hotel, Congleton Road South, Kidsgrove, ST7 3AJ
See their own WEBSITE for more information
Society AGM + First Talk of our 2020-21 season

A Canal & River Trust update by Liam Cooper

Liam is Boating and Customer Service Manager for the Canal & River Trust, North West Region, based at the Red Bull office.  He will be talking about the new C&RT organisation, maintenance challenges and future priorities in the area.


Gillian Watson

or Phone
01606 835606