Grantham Canal Society have big plans for Discovery Day

Rosemary Gibson and Tony Jackson of Grantham Canal Society. 646C
Rosemary Gibson and Tony Jackson of Grantham Canal Society. 646C
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GRANTHAM Canal Society is holding a Discovery Day next month which it hopes will help raise awareness and funds.

It will be the society’s second Discovery Day and organisers hope it will be even more successful than last year’s event which raised more then £1,000 with funds going towards the restoration and maintenance of 33 miles of canal.

A healthy number visited the canal earlier this month for a Heritage Day .646C

A healthy number visited the canal earlier this month for a Heritage Day .646C

One of the society’s future goals is to have open up the canal completely from Grantham, all the way to Nottingham.

Rosemary Gibson of Grantham Canal Society said: “Our big challenge is Nottingham as we won’t be able to get bridges raised.

“But we are quite luck as some restoration societies have whole sections of canal that have been filled in.”

The society held an open day earlier this month where people took the chance to hear speakers discuss the on-going work and see practical demonstrations.

But the Discovery Day on October 7 will be a much larger event, with a range of activities including boat trips, heritage displays, stalls and a duck race.

Rosemary said: “We have the most amazing group of volunteers, so in addition to putting on a wide range of activities, our objective is also to celebrate their vital role. Our volunteers all work incredibly hard and setting up such a big event takes a great deal of work.”

The Discovery Day will be from 10am until 5pm at the society’s Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir depot behind the Rutland Arms.

The group hope to turn the depot into a permanent resource centre, while there are also plans to have a boat - the Mudlark - on the canal which will serve as a floating classroom.

Rosemary said: “It would be a great asset to turn it into a floating classroom but it needs a lot of work on it first.”