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Work Parties

Details of Work Parties


On the conservation and restoration projects there are plenty of opportunities on offer.  Anyone with experience of construction or conservation would be ideal but this is not by any means essential and any offers of help will be warmly welcomed. - Call Ian below or just turn up at the venue publicised on here.


If you want to do something positive to help the restoration, then join our regular Work Parties!


Generally SCRS often organises work parties to do practical work on and around the Canal.


Our work party organiser is Ian Hornby.  You can contact him on 07753 289765 or email for further information.


All volunteers are assured of a warm friendly welcome. 

You don't have to come for all day, just come for a couple of hours and try it!

The Next Work Party



When: Sunday 18th May 2024

Time: from 10:00 until 14:00


What: We are continuing to remove surface debris to reveal the foundations of the lock keeper’s cottage. The intention is to take measurements and produce a plan of the former building. The cottage used to have a fine view of the Sankey Valley ‘9 Arches’ Viaduct (now Grade 1 listed) which carried the world’s first intercity railway line over the first English canal of the industrial age!

If staying all day don’t forget to bring a packed lunch and something to drink.

Meet at Wharf Road, Earlestown

Nearest Postcode:  WA12 9PA

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Please contact Colin Greenall on 07506 936730 and let us know if you are going to attend.

Team Leader & Contact On The Day:

Neil Viggers  07917 754548

There are a few rules that apply:


  1. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or over.

  2. Sturdy footwear is advisable.  Steel toe-capped boots are essential for construction tasks.

  3. Wear old clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or torn.

  4. We can supply work gloves, goggles and hard hats. (You can bring your own.)

  5. SCRS have all the necessary tools and equipment.

  6. Be prepared to work under supervision and abide by any rules of the site.

  7. Bring a packed lunch and a drink.

  8. Waterproof clothing is useful if it should rain.

  9. The work won't be too hard; you just work to your own strengths.

  10. Enjoy it and have fun!

If you have any problems with the above then please get in touch to see if we can find other ways of using your valued help.

And the Next One ...

The next Work Party is planned to be at Hulme Lock.

Probable date is:

Park near Gorden Sheds, Postcode: WA2 8RL

Address: Mill Lane, Old Winwick Quay, Warrington WA2 8RL

Walk south along the Sankey Valley Trail for approximately 500m to the lock.

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More details to follow ...

To see examples of our typical work party activities, click on the button below

Important Notice

All volunteers on a Sankey Canal Restoration Society work party are covered by the society’s Public Liability Insurance policy.

Last Edited: 19 Mar 2024

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