Volunteer lock keepers sought for Cheshire waterways | Knutsford Times

Volunteer lock keepers sought for Cheshire waterways

By on January 29, 2018

The Canal & River Trust are calling on people across Cheshire to support the region’s canals by becoming a volunteer lock keeper.

The iconic role goes back hundreds of years and involved helping with information about the local area and lending a hand to the Canal & River Trust staff who look after the canal.


Volunteers are needed at the fascinating Northgate Locks on the Shropshire Union Canal in Chester, at Bunbury Locks, also on the Shropshire Union and at Hunts Lock and Vale Royal Locks on the River Weaver in Northwich.

There are also opportunities at Audlem Locks on the Shropshire Union, Bosley Locks on the Macclesfield Canal, Cholmondeston Lock on the Shropshire Union at Church Minshull, Hurleston Locks on the Llangollen Canal in Nantwich and Middlewich Locks on the Trent & Mersey.

Full training is provided and people of all ages over 18 and experiences are encouraged to apply. Volunteer lock keepers work on a shift basis between April and October while many stay on over the winter months to help the trust with other work.

Jason Watts, volunteer coordinator at the trust, said: “Our lock keepers are the face of the waterways safely seeing boats through the locks as well as helping people with directions or information about the area.

“It’s a great role for anyone keen to work outdoors and meet new people. You’ll learn new skills and provide invaluable local knowledge for the thousands of visitors we get to Cheshire’s waterways each year.”

Applications for the role are now open with training and induction beginning in March.

For more information, visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteer/ways-to-volunteer/volunteer-lock-keepers.

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