Volunteers celebrate canal bridge restoration

Volunteer for the Buckingham Canal Society restoring canal Bridge at Little Hill Farm - by Richard Lewis
Volunteer for the Buckingham Canal Society restoring canal Bridge at Little Hill Farm - by Richard Lewis

VOLUNTEERS continue to navigate the long term project to bring the canals back to Buckingham after completing the £3,500 restoration of a bridge near Thornton.

This month volunteers for the Buckingham Canal Society celebrated after completing work on the bridge over the disused Buckingham arm of the Grand Union Canal. Volunteers skilled in traditional stone working and masonry techniques helped lay-volunteers re-point and repair bridge near at Little Hill Farm, just north of Thornton College. Society chairman Athina Becket said the restoration was part of their regular programme of activities including work in Cosgrove, Buckingham and Hyde Lane.

She added: “Many people will be familiar with this style of traditional canal bridge. It has been a labour of love by our volunteers and completed using traditional lime mortar and original materials wherever possible. It is wonderful to see the interest that continues to grow in this exciting project. A broad mix of volunteers both young and old has worked on this project to preserve this piece of local heritage.”

Society spokesman Terry Cavender said funding often comes from grant giving organisations, but the restoration of the bridge was funded by money raised by volunteers during their annual Lock Ransom and collections made at canal festival across the region.

The society has around 200 volunteers but is actively seeking more. It runs three working parties a month every other Thursday and the second of the month, for more details visit buckinghamcanal.org.uk.