Archway Volunteers

Lesson Report

By Lois Francis

Not only has this school produced Community Artists, but it has also encouraged students to use their Project week for working on the canal. Ten students worked hard over a period of three days to re-lay parts of the towpath. Knowing nothing about laying paths before they started, it wasn’t long before the eager amongst them were busy digging, knocking in posts, wielding screwdrivers, back-filling, levelling and generally having a good time. It wasn’t too long before a short stretch of muddy pathway had been transformed into a firm foundation for a suitable path to take all users, wheeled or otherwise.


As a bit of respite, on their last day they were guided by a volunteer from the Cotswold Canals Knowledge team (  on a heritage walk from the Museum in the Park through to Wallbridge and then on to see the new canal being created at Capel’s Mill. Despite parts of the towpath being closed, they discovered areas of the canal they had not visited before and were intrigued by the activity and dedication of all the volunteers working towards the restoration.

This page was added by Lois Francis on 19/07/2012.

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