Vol­un­teers get chance to take on lock keeper role

Sev­eral canal­side lo­ca­tions need new re­cruits in the area

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

DO you have what it takes to be a lock keeper and help boaters nav­i­gate west London’s Grand Union Canal?

New re­cruits are needed to help man locks along the fa­mous water­way, in­clud­ing those in Brent­ford, Han­well and Uxbridge, wel­com­ing vis­i­tors and help­ing to main­tain the net­work.

The Canal & River Trust has in­vited peo­ple of all ages and ex­pe­ri­ence to ap­ply for roles on the Grand Union and Re­gent’s canals as it at­tempts to keep the tra­di­tion alive

The lo­ca­tions where lock keep­ers are needed in­clude:

Gaug­ing Lock, Brent­ford, Grand Union Canal

Han­well Flight, Grand Union Canal

Cow­ley Lock, Uxbridge, Grand Union Canal

Cam­den Road Lock, Cam­den, Re­gent’s Canal

City Road Lock, Is­ling­ton, Re­gent’s Canal

Old Ford Lock, Mile End, Re­gent’s Canal

Full train­ing would be pro­vided for suc­cess­ful vol­un­teers, who would be re­quired to work shifts through­out the year, with the busiest pe­ri­ods ex­pected be­tween April and Septem­ber.

Jon Guest, water­way man­ager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Lock keep­ing is an iconic role, go­ing all the way back to when London’s canals were first built two cen­turies ago.

“Our vol­un­teer lock keep­ers will be keep­ing this great water­way tra­di­tion alive.

“It’s an ideal job for peo­ple who want to work out­doors and keep th­ese unique, but in­creas­ingly popular, parts of the cap­i­tal mov­ing. You’ll be the wel­com­ing face of the wa­ter­ways and I’d en­cour­age any­one in­ter­ested get in touch.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions are open un­til Fe­bru­ary 28. If you are in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a vol­un­teer lock keeper, find out more at canal­rivertrust. org.uk/vol­un­teer.

Our vol­un­teer

lock keep­ers will be keep­ing this great

tra­di­tion alive”


■ GET­TING A GRIP: For­mer re­porter Lima Cur­tis learns how to be a lock keeper with the help of Elaine Stan­ley

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