General Volunteer Information
NEW! CCT Project Managers Meeting(PMM) Notes - Nov 2019

The CCT Project Managers Meeting (PMM) Notes for November 2019 are available to view in the CCT PMM and OMM Meeting Notes Message Board under Activities and Rosters. [Posted 17/11/19]

NEW! Change in Canals Bookshop Management

Mo Francis has taken on the bookshop management from November 2019. Alan and Anna Watts have retired from the management. Alan and Anna proposed setting up the shop in 2015 and under their management have raised almost 100,000 for the Cotswold Canals Trust, as well a creating an enjoyable place to visit. [Posted 12/11/19]

NEW! CCT Operations & Dredging Meeting Note(ODMM)-Sep. 2019

The CCT Operations & Dredging Managers Meeting (ODMM) Notes for 23 September 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 30/10/19]

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES - Please scroll down to view full list

To view Message Boards (for items marked *) follow the "Activities and Rosters" link in the Menu.

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 or www.twitter.com/sdcvols

For recent restoration activities also see cctrestorationblog.blogspot.com

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 CCT Western Depot, Eastington at 3.30pm

DECEMBER
1st Sunday - Work Party Stonehouse-Daneway from 9.30am to 3.30pm*
7th Saturday - Canalside Traditional Carol Service with Frampton Silver Band 6pm at Saul Junction
7th/8th Sat/Sun - Santa Cruises at Saul Junction 10am to 3.30pm
9th Monday - CCC Project Managers Meeting (PMM) at William Morris College, Eastington at 17:00
15th Sunday - Summit Work Party at Coates from 10:00am till 4:00pm*
14/15 and 21/22 Sat/Sun - Santa Cruises at Saul Junction 10am to 3.30pm

JANUARY 2020
5th Sunday - Work Party Stonehouse-Daneway from 9.30am to 3.30pm*
13th Monday - CCC Project Managers Meeting (PMM) at William Morris College, Eastington at 17:00
15th Wednesday - Eastern End meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade from 19:30*
19th Sunday - Summit Work Party at Coates from 10:00am till 4:00pm*
27th Monday - Operations & Dredging Managers Meeting (ODMM) at CCT Western Depot, Eastington at 3.30pm

INFO: Lodgemore Bridge Closure

Lodgemore Bridge has become increasingly difficult to operate on 20/08/19, proved extremely difficult to close. Western Depot there took the decision to close the bridge for waterborne traffic.
WD has replaced the manual pump used to operate the bridge with an electrically operated pump. The task is moving forward but the newly installed equipment still needs thorough testing and commissioning. As well as this closure, water based traffic is and will remain restricted by the work on Dudbridge Lower Lock. Chris Clark Western Depot Manager [Update 28/10/2019]

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 [email protected] [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 [email protected].

INFO: GDPR Confidentiality Statement

All CCT Volunteers need to be aware that the Personal information contained within the Connect database is confidential. Therefore, you are not permitted to share your password, or access to the site, with any other person. You are permitted to use the data contained within for the purposes of participating in the volunteer activities run by the Cotswold Canals Trust and contributing to restoration work. Information that is publicly broadcast is not confidential. [posted 06/12/18]