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News article created on 23 March 2016

Volunteers needed to inspire visitors on Warwickshire's canals

People living in Warwickshire are being invited to help welcome visitors to the area and encourage them to discover the great places along the county’s historic canals.

Welcome station in Central Shires Welcome station in Central Shires

We've set up a special Welcome Station at Hawkesbury Junction which will enable visitors to discover the range of activities that can be enjoyed on both the Coventry and Oxford Canals.

The Welcome Station is run by local volunteers who greet visitors and provide information on what they can do in the area. The station will enable people to find out more about the canals, local facilities, wildlife and nearby volunteering opportunities or even enjoy some fun family activities. 

The station is housed in Hawkesbury’s historic toll office which has been given a new lease of life after volunteers transformed it into a welcoming place for visitors.

Enthusiastic, friendly volunteers

Joanne Rollason, customer support coordinator for the Trust, said; “Hawkesbury is a really popular spot and the Welcome Station will be a great focal point directing people to the best wildlife walks, pubs and places to visit. 

“We’re looking for enthusiastic, friendly volunteers with great local knowledge who will be able to help people make the most out of a day by the canal – which in turn will benefit pubs, cafes and other businesses along the route. 

“It’s a great way to meet people, get involved in the local community and really wax lyrical about all the fantastic places along the canal.”

For more details contact enquiries.centralshires@canalrivertrust.org.uk.