Barclays lends a hand to the Cotswold Canals Trust
A report by John Maxted
Cotswold Canals Trust volunteers have begun restoring the section of the Thames & Severn Canal between Spine Road near South Cerney and the roundhouse & lock at Cerney Wick.
An essential part of the process is the rebuilding the spillweir which allows excess water in the canal to be released into the adjacent County Brook.
Barclays Corporate, based in Bath, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, encourage their staff to be involved in volunteer work in the community.
Chris Elias of Barclays contacted the Cotswold Canals Trust asking if they could help with volunteer activity. This resulted in a team of nine Barclays employees arriving at the Gateway Centre at Spine Road on June 9th to provide help… “The dirtier the work is the better” they declared.
The Barclays team was pleased to work with Trust volunteers. They began by profiling substantial mounds of material previously dredged from the canal bed so that the area immediately to the sides of the spillweir can eventually be levelled and grassed.
The area will later provide seating for the many walkers and visitors that use the towpath.
By the end of the afternoon the good humoured Barclays team was pleased with the progress made and left the site looking forward to refreshing showers.
Such was their interest that other groups may become involved in further community activity with the Trust.
Chris Elias from Barclays in Swindon said: “This is a fantastic example of Barclays staff working closely with the canal volunteers to achieve something we hope will make a real and lasting difference.”
The photograph below shows the team at the end of the day admiring their work from the spillweir wall. Click on the picture for a close up. Click on the icon to find out more.