Save a resting place (aka Lengthsman's Hut)


Reference: OPP0001622

Activities: One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly

Starts: 1 February 2018

Closing Date: 31 August 2018

Grantham Canal - Hickling

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Lengthsman's huts are a historic feature of our canals – they are buildings that tell a tale of the past when the canal lengthsman would shelter from the elements, store his tools and enjoy a cup of tea in front of the open grate, before inspecting his stretch of canal again. We are fortunate enough to have a timber sleeper built hut on the Grantham Cana, which is the last of its kind in the region. It also tells us of the time when railways and canals were linked. Unfortunately this hut is in dire need of some 'tender loving care' before it's lost forever and we would like some help before it is too late.

This opportunity would suit someone with a background in construction (in addition to the timber walls there is a brick built chimney that needs attention), who would be at home leading a small work party to save this rustic treasure. We are also seeking work party members who are happy wielding hand tools and can help with labour on site.


As well as getting to meet new people, this task offers the chance to work on something unique and totally irreplaceable. You will work alongside heritage and environmental professionals as well as other volunteers and members of the local community. The opportunity will be in the open air and will involve physical activity.

Skills required

This opportunity requires volunteers with hands on, practical backgrounds preferably have skills in carpentry and brickwork to lead the restoration. Whilst we need both skills' sets to complete the huts restoration, there are also opportunities to get involved in the general work party with labouring and other tasks to really make it happen.

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