C&RT Volunteers Report

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Another busy month to report with boat traffic 'surprisingly' brisk including pre booked boat movements on the flight, a successful programme where the team are advised by text / phone of a boat requesting assistance. All requests and situations covered by the 'A Team well done'

Other information updates include a pre booked visit from C & R T (Anika and Emma) to 'Roll Out' the Active Waterways Project for Cheshire's over 55's to the volunteer team.

Normal duties have also been covered with notice board updates, clearing fallen leaves (see photos) although we feel that the leaves are winning at the moment.

General 'good housekeeping' clearing towpaths of mud and tree debris, clearing quadrants, cutting back overgrown grass verges against the 'armco canal bank edge' plus clearing back and sweeping the back set of steps / path entrance from the Shroppie Fly Pub car park up to the football field, again well done team.

This is all happening when some of the canal volunteering teams are stood down at 'seasons end' winter programme of work.

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But not the 'A Team' the flight always requires maintenance, please see cheeky photograph attached from last winters programme of work at lock 14 in Audlem.

The month has been rounded off with a visit to the Anderton Boat Lift, the North West Region Volunteers of the Canal & River Trust were treated to a 'Thank you / Feedback Event'

Lunch included!

To finish this report the team always end their duty period in the shelter of their 'covered accommodation' where they are greeted with the smell of 'bacon butties' in fact 'bacon, egg and mushroom butties' this month, thanks again to 'Robbo'

Not forgetting, all this is happening on the Audlem Flight of locks with the commitment and enthusiasm of the 'A Team'

Derek Jones.

Volunteer Lock Keeper / Lock Ranger.

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