Forthcoming Work Party Events


IWA branches are getting back to work to improve waterways across the country. Work parties have been risk assessed and mitigating measures are in place. Due to social distancing guidelines places are strictly limited and subject to change. Please contact the branch to register an interest if you would like to attend one of these work parties.


IWA Somerset Waterways Volunteers work party activities may have to pause for a while after this Tuesday’s work session in Bridgwater, see details below, as we will need to adhere to the current instructions issued by the H M Government regarding the Covid 19 virus rules as they apply to our activities.

 If you or any members of your household show symptoms of Covid19 you should let me know immediately for Track and Trace purposes and protection of your fellow Volunteers.

Please do not turn up unannounced hoping to take part as we need to adhere to the maximum number of Volunteers permitted rules.
If we become oversubscribed or the restrictions on Volunteer numbers change I will reply to let you know.
We will have hand gel, hand wipes, a variety of gloves and hi viz vests available.

Please remember to bring your personal face mask with you in case you are required to wear them. 

Please also bring water to drink (if you wish) and wear old suitable clothing and footwear depending on the weather conditions.

A comprehensive safety talk with a dynamic site risk assessment will be given at the start of each work session.

Currently they are only able to work with a small number of Volunteers at each location. Anyone wishing to attend should  text or 07977 263840 or email


Tuesday November 3

Bridgwater: Volunteers meet as usual at the Blue Cabin in Bridgwater Docks, Northgate, Bridgwater TA6 3EX for 10am start.  It is aimed to finish around 1pm. If planning to attend contact Mike Slade on 07977 263840, by 6pm Monday.


Thursday November 19
IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch and Trent & Mersey Canal Society: Work party on the Cheshire Locks, Trent & Mersey Canal. 10am-3pm. Contact John Lawson or 07940 878923.

Sunday November 1 & Tuesday November 17
IWA Northampton Branch: Work party on the Northampton Arm as part of the branch’s adoption of the navigation. 10am-2pm. Work usually includes a variety of tasks such as painting, vegetation clearance and litter picking. Contact Geoff Wood or phone 01604 453932.

IWA Milton Keynes Branch: Regular work party at Fenny Lock on the Grand Union Canal. 9.30am – 1.30pm. Work can include vegetation clearance, gardening, litter picking, and painting. Work parties are dependent on weather. Contact Pat Durham on 07510 195918 or email



Saturday and Sunday November 7-8; Wednesday & Thursday November 26-27

Worcester-Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society: Tardebigge work party, starts at 9.30am and ends around 3.30pm. Tardebigge New Wharf, Alcester Road, Tardebigge, Bromsgrove B60 1 NF. Soap, hand towels, face masks etc will be available. If planning to attend, please contact volunteer coordinator Bill Lambert by email at ; website









Anyone intending to attend one of these events for the first time should contact the organisers beforehand and wear suitable clothing and footwear. If staying all day take a packed lunch unless other arrangement indicated.

For further information on any of the IWA events please contact Gemma Bolton on 01494 783453 or email  Details can also be found on IWA’s website at