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No. 45. April 2020.
Welcome to our April 2020 Bulletin

While we can't get away from news about Coronavirus, there's still lots happening with the Society. Read on to find out more.

Ken Sankey, Editor, Basingstoke Canal  Bulletin

Call for volunteers

We have more than 250 volunteers helplng to maintain the Canal and support customers to enjoy our boats.

To protect everyone against the Coronavirus, the boat trips were immediately put on hold and all planned events cancelled

However behind-the-scenes work carries on and we are looking for help with marketing, fundraising and project management. We also need a boat engineer. In the present climate, all work can be done from home. Contact Ken Sankey for more information.

Find out more
New Membership brochure

We have a new membership brochure that shows how people can help the Canal by either becoming a Friend, Member, Volunteer or by making a donation.
Download now
Stories from the Canal

Young Canal volunteer finds the right path

“The Basingstoke Canal society is a fantastic organisation to volunteer with. The people are amazing from the staff through to your fellow volunteers."

Read about volunteer Martin Thompson's story and why volunteering is such an important part of his life.

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Surprising historical links with the Canal

From a Victorian 'message in a bottle', a tragic World War 1 story, through to a 21st century hi tech drone, the history surrounding Basingstoke Canal is amazing.

Read about these stories, the detective work that surrounds them and how we are building awareness of the Canal through social media.

Read the full story

Volunteer 'walks the plank' to save the Canal 

Volunteer Peter Wigmore often goes the extra mile to keep the Canal in good shape. However, 'walking the plank' to collect a discarded traffic cone was perhaps a step too far!

Seriously though, the Tuesday volunteer work party cleared seven traffic cones that had been thrown into the canal in Woking. A fantastic effort by the team.

Read how Volunteers help to maintain the Canal.

Read more

Safety first for our volunteers

Our Health & Safety expert Simon Tudor ensures that nominated people on our boats and in working parties have the First Aid training to keep everybody safe.

The Canal Society has trained over 25 members (pictured - trainee Richard Hammond) to be able to deliver First Aid. They have also gained a nationally recognised Level 3 Qualification that can be used in their workplace and local communities.

About The Basingstoke Canal Society

As the guardian of Basingstoke Canal, the Society promotes and campaigns for the sustainable future of the Canal as a navigation.

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Through the John Pinkerton Canal Cruises operation, it also raises money which is used to fund maintenance and improvement works undertaken by Society voluntary work parties.
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