General Volunteer Information
Paul Weller

We are sorry to announce Paul Weller sadly passed away on Tuesday 17th September. Funeral details are not yet known but will be circulated once we are aware

NEW! CCT Project Managers Meeting (PMM) Notes - Sept 2019

The CCT Project Managers Meeting (PMM) Notes for September 2019 are available to view in the CCT PMM and OMM Meeting Notes Message Board under Activities and Rosters. [Posted 18/09/19]

NEW! Volunteers needed - Bonds Mill Paleochannel Wed 18 Sept

Help restore the Bonds Mill paleochannel - The Cotswold Canals Connected (CCC) Natural Environment Team has been working with Severn Rivers Trust (SRT) on their paleochannel project at Bonds Mill. The purpose of this channel is to bypass the weir at Bonds Mill, which is a barrier to fish migration, and open up a section of new river habitat by reconnecting to the River Frome. Itís lovely to see if you havenít already. CCC is supporting this project as a Pilot Study for the biodiversity creation areas in design for Phase 1B.

Severn Rivers Trust (SRT) are looking to carry out some river restoration work at the Bonds Mill paleo channel on Wednesday 18th September. This channel has been in water for a few months now and SRT are keen to place more gravel in channel to make it more attractive to fish. Itís likely to run from 10 until around 1pm and will be quite active! If you would like to come along please email Anna Tarbet to let her know (anna.tarbet@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk). The group will meet on the grass adjacent to St Cyrs at 9:50 am for a 10:00 am start. Probably easiest to park in Church Lane and walk through the churchyard to meet on the grass between the canal and Stonehouse Court Hotel.[Posted 4/09/19]

UPDATE: Scythe Training 29 September- its eco-friendly

I'm pleased to say the course is full but we are still taking bookings in case of dropout and/or for a possible course re-run next year. If you would like some scythe training, please contact Louise Clarkson at louiseclarkson1@gmail.com
Why use a scythe for cutting undergrowth?? Too old skool?? Think again! We have one trained scythe operator who works on the summit clearing undergrowth from the towpath and the canal base. We have found someone with a scythe can easily keep up with someone armed with a petrol strimmer. If there is a lot of cleavers or bindweed involved, then the scythe is more effective than a strimmer. A scythe doesn't jam or run out of fuel. It's has a very wide arc of operation. Scything with a brush blade can cut through saplings that stop strimmers in their tracks. There is no noise pollution or fumes and wildlife has time to get out of the way. It's also a lot easier on the body. The cut material can be rolled up and moved to a suitable location to rot down, rather than ending up minced up and left where it falls. They help with seed dispersal for the wild plants our wildlife thrives on. [Update 4/09/19]

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES - Please scroll down to view full list

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Mondays & Wednesdays from 08:30: Maintenance Activity at Western Depot*
Mondays from 09:30: Eastern End Towpath Maintenance*
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 08:30: Maintenance Activity at Eastern Depot*
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:00: Volunteer sessions aimed at people new to volunteering; meet at Bell House Wallbridge. CCT members also welcome. See www.facebook.com/SdcCanalVolunteers

SEPTEMBER
18th Wednesday - Volunteers at Bonds Mill Paleochannel (see above) 10-1pm
18th Wednesday - Eastern End meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade from 19:30*
23rd Monday - Operations & Dredging Managers Meeting (ODMM) Brimscombe Port Unit 1 at 4.30pm
29th Sunday - Summit Work Party at Coates from 10:00am till 4:00pm*
and also Scythe Training (see above note about signing-up)

OCTOBER
6th Sunday - Work Party Stonehouse-Daneway from 9.30am to 3.30pm*
14th Monday - CCC Project Managers Meeting (PMM) at William Morris College, Eastington at 17:00
16th Wednesday - Eastern End meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade from 19:30*
20th Sunday - Summit Work Party at Coates from 10:00am till 4:00pm*
26th Saturday - AGM at Ebley Mill 10.30am-12.30. Refreshments from 10.00
28th Monday - Operations & Dredging Managers Meeting (ODMM) at Brimscombe Port Unit 1 at 4.30pm (tbc)

NOVEMBER
3rd Sunday - Work Party Stonehouse-Daneway from 9.30am to 3.30pm*
11th Monday - CCC Project Managers Meeting (PMM) at William Morris College, Eastington at 17:00
17th Sunday - Summit Work Party at Coates from 10:00am till 4:00pm*
20th Wednesday - Eastern End meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade from 19:30*
25th Monday - Operations & Dredging Managers Meeting (ODMM) at Brimscombe Port Unit 1 at 4.30pm

INFO CCT Operations & Dredging Meeting Note(ODMM)-July 2019

The CCT Operations & Dredging Managers Meeting (ODMM) Notes for July 2019 are available to view in the CCT PMM and OMM Meeting Notes Message Board under Activities and Rosters. {Notes are published after agreement by meeting in following month} [Posted 28/08/19]

INFO: Lodgemore Bridge Closure circa 4 weeks-until mid Sept?

Lodgemore bridge has become increasingly difficult to operate and yesterday, 20/08/19, proved extremely diffiult to close. WD have therefore taken the decision to close the bridge for waterborne traffic.

Taking advantage of this closure WD will commence replacing the manual pump used to operate the bridge with an electrically operated pump commencing Wednesday 21 August.
The task is expected to be complete within 4 weeks from this date. Chris Clark Western Depot Manager [Posted 21/08/2019]

INFO: SAFETY: Correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

It has become apparent that the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while working on the canal is not always being used. This is particularly highlighted as pictures keep appearing on blogs and the web-site showing that our own policies are not being followed.

Some elements of PPE are fundamental controls in most of our risk assessments and includes, as appropriate: eye protection, hard hats, life jackets, high vis, gloves etc. If they are then not being used the risk assessment is undermined. So if you are working anywhere on one of our projects please (for your sake and that of the project overall) wear the required PPE. If you are a supervisor please make sure that all in your team are aware of the PPE requirements and are complying.

Within the new CCT Safety Management System there is a requirement to undertake audits against the risk assessments we perform when planning a project. These will be commencing in the next few months and it would be encouraging to find that we are in good shape when considering the use of PPE. Best regards, Laurence Bryant. [Posted 19/07/19]

INFO: Data Protection Policy

Our Data Protection Policy 2018 is available to view on SafetyNet. The Cotswold Canals Trust is committed to continual improvement of our data management procedures to protect the privacy of those we work with and those that support us. This responsibility applies to all persons within the organisation that process personal data, under the guidance of CCT's Data Protection Group.
But don't forget, as volunteers, your data matters too! You can find out more information on your personal rights from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) here - https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/
The Data Protection Group currently meets quarterly and comprises: Lisa Mant, Shelley Anderson, Aimee-Louise Malcolm, a Connect representative and an IT representative.
If you have any questions about how we handle personal data, or suggestions for improving our procedures, then please contact Lisa on mail@cotswoldcanals.com [Updated 14/06/19]

INFO and ACTION: Training Records & Competence Certificates

For Health & Safety and Insurance reasons, Volunteer's Training & Competences records are maintained within Connect to ensure that only suitably trained or qualified volunteers use certain equipment.

If you possess a recognised qualification to operate specific machinery - e.g. chainsaws, brush cutters etc - please let me know and forward a copy of the appropriate certificate to cct-webmaster@teamconnect.org.uk.