The Bridge 19-40 Union Canal Society is a registered charity run solely by volunteers, all of whom become members of the society.
We aim to be as inclusive as possible and are always pleased to welcome new members.
Volunteers get involved in a wide range of tasks and you don’t need any special skills to join, just some spare time and lots of enthusiasm!
What do we do?
The main areas for volunteer activities are focused on:
Maintaining the canal and its immediate environment
This might involve cutting back overhanging branches, trimming vegetation along the sides, removing obstacles in the water and litter picking from the water and towpath.
Maintaining our boats Bluebell and Roseann
The list of jobs involved in keeping our boats ship-shape is endless, but might involve cleaning, painting, and more specialised jobs such as joinery and engine maintenance.
Crewing the boat
Each boat trip needs at least two members to look after the passengers, assisting them to board, making safety announcements, serving teas and coffees and answering questions about the boat and canal. Training will be given to become a crew member.
Driving the boat
Each boat trip needs a driver and a co-driver so we are constantly looking for new drivers. Additional drivers will help us to undertake more trips and private charters, helping more people to enjoy the experience of the boat and the canal.
All our drivers must undergo a rigorous training course, which will be provided by our qualified members. This will culminate in achieving the RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Certificate before you are allowed to drive with passengers.
On days when we run our boat trips we need volunteers to staff our canal-side tent, where we sell tickets and are available to chat to members of the public.
Assisting in the running and promoting of the society
These activities might range from helping to promote the society, and helping out at canal festivals and other events.
When do we meet?
From February our regular “business” meetings are on the first Monday of every month in the Community Centre in Uphall at 7.00pm. All our members are welcome to attend every meeting. We will continue to also to hold the meeting online by Zoom for those who cannot physically attend as Uphall Community Centre has the facilities to allow us to do this. A link to our meeting its sent to all members by email in time for the meeting
Cost of Membership
The annual individual membership fee is £12. Family membership is £25
Some members opt to make additional donations by direct debit.
All membership payments and donations go directly into furthering the aims of the society.
The Bridge 19-40 Union Canal Society is a registered charity (SC023110) run solely by volunteers and supported by donations and income from events and boat trips.
If you have an interest in the Union Canal and wish to see it used or if you would like to help us, who not join The Bridge 19-40 Union Canal Society?
Details of how to contact us can be found here or come along on one of our boat trip days to find out more.
Due to the fact we have put our passenger boat, Bluebell up for sale (see explanation under Welcome on our home page), we regret that we are unable to offer boat trips in 2022 We will be starting a Fundraising campaign to raise funds to purchase a new passenger carrying boat. We can still be contacted by telephone, email or via our facebook page.
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