Good progress on the Grantham

Published: Saturday, 20 April 2024

THE busy season for the Grantham Canal Society is well underway, Committee Member Nikyla Manners writes.

And volunteer work parties have been making good progress on maintenance and restoration projects. Volunteers have attended chainsaw training to allow them to clear self-set trees along the canal bank, as these trees can block the towpath or canal, threaten the structure of the canal bank or become unstable if not removed. Lock 16 has had a fresh lick of paint and work on Lock 13 is well underway. A dam and by-wash are being constructed so that the lock can be drained and inspected, ready for refurbishment to commence!

TowingEarwigSkilled volunteers

The society has a small fleet of working boats on the navigable section of the canal, and skilled volunteers keep them in working order. The Three Shires, the society’s trip boat, also had a freshen up ahead of its Easter boat trips. The weekend was a huge success, with trips selling out on Good Friday and Easter Monday! The Three Shires generates crucial income for the society to continue its work. To find out more about the award-winning short trips and longer cruises, please visit:

The picture is of Three Shires towing Earwig on the waterway.

Lots of post-winter tidying up and organising has been ongoing at the depot, making sure the society is ready to welcome visitors on Open Days. The Events Team have put together a fantastic calendar of Sunday events: a Craft Fair on [This Sunday] 21st April, Cream Teas on 9th June, an Activities Day on 11th August and a Produce Fair (as part of Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days) on 15th September. All of these events are to be held at the Grantham Canal Society Depot, NG32 1NY, 10am-3pm. More information can be found on their Facebook and Instagram pages.

Be involved

If you would like to find out more about how you can be involved with the society’s work, either in work parties or behind the scenes, they would be delighted to hear from you. They are particularly looking for help with fundraising, marketing, education, graphic design and scriptwriting, but everyone is very welcome! Please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.