Volunteer appeal for canal repairs

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An ambitious volunteering project is to rebuild canal moorings at Stubbings Wharf, Hebden Bridge, in January.

The moorings, used by the Calderdale Boat Club (CBC) are becoming unusable because of the gradual collapse of the canal wall.

Built 210 years ago by hand, the stone canal walls will be reinstated using similar techniques between January 23 and 31.

The project is a collaboration between the Canal & River Trust (CRT) and the Boat Club.

The canal pound between locks 11 and 12 will be drained and fallen rocks removed from the canal bed. The ‘wash wall’ will be rebuilt with stone and puddle clay, and new mooring bollards and rings installed.

Paul Bowerman, supervisor from the Rochdale Canal CRT, said: “This is an opportunity for volunteers and the local community to engage in working together with CRT and improving the canal in the short term to achieve a long term gain. This would also give volunteers invaluable time in the canal and develop skills in wash wall repair and dry stone wall repair. Everybody wins and it will be a great opportunity for all

to partake in this event.”

Tom Sapey from the CBC said: “A big team of volunteers is needed to help achieve the improvements at the Stubbings. People who get involved will learn first-hand about how

our canals were constructed, get a great workout and hopefully have a lot of fun.”

If you can spare a day for the local canal, visit the website www.jointhenavvies.org.uk - the Boat Club is also looking for people who might be able to lend waders to the project.