The crew of the Chesterfield Canal Trust’s ex-British Waterways working boat, Python, has been helping to clear overgrown shrubbery from the channel near Wiseton.
Having handed over a hopper, Amanda Morgan, the Volunteer Leader from C&RT, gave a briefing on the day’s volunteering. She came bearing all the tools and Health & Safety equipment that would be needed.
On 16th December 2012, a group of enthusiastic members of the Young Working Boaters Society met to discuss the reinvention of what had become an inactive group. The intention by all was to make the Society more inclusive, and to start targeting a younger audience to not only get them boating, but interested in our Inland Waterways.
Along with the change of focus, came the new name 'Young Waterways and Boating Society', which more accurately reflected the group's aims of:
This year's BCN Challenge will take place on Saturday & Sunday, 25 & 26 May 2013, starting at 8am on Saturday and finishing at 2pm on the Sunday. The event is open to everyone with a boat licensed for use on C&RT canals and with the stamina to boat for 24 of the 36 hours available! Further information on the BCNS website.
The full objectives of the BCN 24 Hour Challenge are:
Most boaters have heard of Weil’s Disease – the common name for Leptospirosis. It’s a bacterial infection mainly transmitted through rats’ urine, which makes boaters, particularly on canals, especially vulnerable. Sufferers can make a complete recovery if treated quickly, but the disease can be fatal if left untreated.
The problem is that symptoms can easily be mistaken for those of flu and can be missed even by medical professionals if they’re not looking for them.