Volunteering is fun!

Volunteering is a brilliant way to meet people, make new friends, get some fresh air and exercise and perhaps learn new skills and you don’t even have to be a Trust member to come along and help at one of our work parties.  There is a map at the bottom of the page showing the locations we regularly work at.

If physical work is not your thing, there are many other ways you could help.  Here are some of them.

If you have skill or expertise in any of the following areas we need you:

The law


Office Management

Experience in dealing with Local Authority Planning departments

Food Hygiene

IT and social media


Managing Archives


Website Management

To make a general enquiry about volunteering please email us at volunteering@sncanal.org.uk

Regular Work Parties

These take place on 3 Saturdays each month:

Newport:  Every 1st Saturday of the month, 10am – 4.00pm.  Workparty leader is John Myers.  Please contact him for further information by emailing editor@sncanal.org.uk
Hedge tidying at Newport

Work going on here is general site maintenance including, at the appropriate times in the year, Himalayan Balsam control and hedge-laying.  Also when the Waterway Recovery Group visit us there are larger tasks undertaken, which in the past have included digging out the canal bed, stonework, brickwork, drain laying etc.  Meet at the Black Shed, Water Lane TF10 7LD (see map).  The grid references for the actual work sites at Newport are:

SJ 753 201 – Meretown Lock

SJ 744 194 – Black Shed

SJ 752 199 – Norbroom Park, accessed via Vineyard Road

Hedge Maintenance at Newport

Photo: Jim Weir

Wappenshall TF6 6DE: Every 3rd Saturday of the month, 10.00am – 4.00pm.  Work Party leader is Phil Jones.  Please contact him for further information by email.

Warehouse restoration is the main activity here which involves brick-laying, lime mortaring, carpentry, electrical installation, plumbing, plastering etc. But maintenance of the grounds is also carried out i.e. grass cutting, hedge control and general weeding.  Other activities might include painting, working on our demonstration narrow boat, repairing our trailers.  You never know what will need doing next !

Shrewsbury: Every last Saturday of the month, 10am – 4.00pm.  Work Party leader is Andrew Dady.  Please contact him for further information by email.

Work is generally site maintenance, clearing the tow path, tree felling and stump removal, bridge and brickwork renovation.

Shrewsbury.  Photo by Jim Weir

Occasional Work Parties

Lining the canal bed at Forton

Here we have been digging out the canal bed and laying a liner ready for re-watering.  Please contact John Heather for details including dates.

Approximate grid reference: SJ 756 209

Lining the canal bed at Forton

Photo: Jim Weir

Hadley Locks:

Clearing and exposing the guillotine locks in preparation for their restoration.  Please note that the position shown on the map is approximate.  Please contact Phil Jones for details including the next date and exact venue.

overgrown lock mechanism
lock mechanism cleared of vegetation
turnip lock

Photos: Jim Weir

Full Screen Map

Car Insurance Alert for Volunteers

Some insurance companies require that they are informed if your car is to be used for Volunteering purposes.  The distinction between volunteer driving (such as taking people to the doctors or hospital) and driving to a work party or other place to carry out volunteer work is unclear.  Volunteers for SNCT are advised to check whether their insurance company requires to be informed.  You can find the list of companies by following this external link: https://www.abi.org.uk/globalassets/sitecore/files/documents/publications/public/migrated/motor/volunteer-driving—the-motor-insurance-commitment2.pdf