Do you like making and fixing things?

Time on your hands?

Recently I was privileged to visit the workshop run by the Cotswold Canal Trust located a few miles west of Kempsford. Roger Kenworthy who lives in Southrop and John Maxted of Ashton Keynes showed me around. I mentioned my background in civil engineering and was practically handcuffed to the bench!

IMG 1970 webWhat an eye-opener it was. Set up in a restored barn, the workshop supports construction and gardening work in what they claim is the UK’s Premier Waterway Restoration Project: the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames & Severn Canal. Go to to see what they’re doing.

Whether you like woodwork, metalwork, electrical work, general construction, landscape gardening or maintaining and fixing machines, there’s plenty of things to get your hands dirty here – no matter your age, sex or background – either in their splendid workshop or
on the canal itself.

Interested? Phone Roger: 07870 853499 to get started.


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