Sunday, 19 November 2017

Volunteers needed to help at locks

VOLUNTEER lock-keepers are required on the River Thames this summer.

VOLUNTEER lock-keepers are required on the River Thames this summer.

They will work alongside professional lock- and weir-keepers and will spend their days outdoors, meeting the public and learning about the river.

The Environment Agency says it will provide training and a branded uniform.

There is no upper age limit but volunteers will need to be relatively fit as the role involves lots of walking and physical activity. An interest in river life and the environment is a must and candidates need to be able to offer at least one day per week between May and October.

Andrew Graham, waterways volunteer manager at the agency, said: “This will be the third year we have invited volunteers to help us manage and operate our locks along the Thames. We had a successful summer last year in spite of the weather and hope to build on that this year.”

“As well as helping boats to pass through the lock, volunteers can use what they know about the Thames and its surroundings to help us to inform visitors about everything it has to offer.”

Dorothy Eggleton, 68, who volunteers at Hambleden lock, said: “I had no idea if I was the right age but I thought, ‘why not, I’ll give it a go, and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

“It’s such a varied job at the lock — on one of my days in the summer I weeded the steps that the Queen would walk up when the royal yacht passed through Hambleden.”

For more information, call (01491) 828360 or email thames.volunteers@environment-agency.gov.uk

“As well as helping boats to pass through the lock, volunteers can use what they know about the Thames and its surroundings to help us to inform visitors about everything it has to offer.”

Dorothy Eggleton, 68, who volunteers at Hambleden lock, said: “I had no idea if I was the right age but I thought, ‘why not, I’ll give it a go, and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

“It’s such a varied job at the lock — on one of my days in the summer I weeded the steps that the Queen would walk up when the royal yacht passed through Hambleden.”

For more information, call (01491) 828360 or email thames.volunteers@environment-agency.gov.uk

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