Work Party information and archived reports page

The next work party will be on:

     

Date:                            Sunday 26th September 2021

Meeting at:                 09:30 hrs at the Unit, Spa Common or 10:00 at Honing Staithe

Work Location:          Honing Staithe, off Weavers Way footpath, near Dilham Road, Honing

Activity:                       To clear canal walk and staithe area

 

If you wish to attend please contact the Work Party Co-Ordinator via the ‘Contact Us’ page

We prefer you to not just turn up as ‘safety gear’ needs to be arranged for all volunteers.

Please note there may be changes to work party dates as the year progresses depending on work requirements and landowner permissions.
We will endeavour to ensure that dates are updated in good time prior to the holding of any work party

Sunday Work Party dates  –  updated 25/09/2021

10th October

24th October

7th November

21st November

5th December

19th December

The Trust welcomes new volunteers to help in all areas of work including:

  • the maintenance of canal banks
  • grass seed sowing
  • tree and shrub cutting
  • maintenance and repair of canal structures
  • trust mechanical equipment

Please follow requests from our volunteers who will only ask you to move if you or your property are at risk.

All work parties are carried out in accordance with government covid safety guidelines.

Who do I contact if I'm interested in volunteering at work parties?

If you’re interested in joining our work parties and wish to get ‘stuck-in’, or even if you have any machinery and building experience, we’re always looking for more volunteers.

Please email our work party co-ordinator using the ‘Contact Us’ page

Where are the work party locations?

For our work party locations and a map please click HERE

Work party reports for 2018

2018 12 16 – Honing Staithe brash clearing – Duke of Edinburgh students

2018 10 07 – Improve water capacity at Ebridge and tidy to make Briggate more visible

2018 09 27 – Improve the capacity of the Ebridge Spillway

2018 09 09 – Clear pedestrian access Honing and facilitate for work at Briggate

2018 08 26 – Repair canal banks above Ebridge

2018 08 14 – Clear brash and allow pedestrian access at Honing Staithe

2018 08 12 – Improve access for trip boat at Ebridge

2018 07 29 – Restrict balsam seeding on Purdy’s Marsh and improve water flow at Ebridge Spillway

2018 07 26 – Tidy all areas for our Norfolk Day visitors

2018 07 18 – Continue repair work on the Ebridge Lock wall

2018 07 15 – Balsam Bash, and tidy various locations in readiness for Norfolk Day

2018 07 01 – Continue repair work on Ebridge Lock wall

2018 06 17 – Repair work on the Ebridge Lock Wall and clear brash at Purdy’s Marsh

2018 06 03 – Demonstrate ‘volunteering’ at the Ebridge Open Weekend

2018 06 03 – Demonstrate ‘volunteering’ at the Ebridge Open Weekend

2018 05 27 – BBC Radio Norfolk visits at Ebridge

2018 05 20 – Make tidy in readiness for the Open Weekend at Ebridge

2018 05 06 – Work on “Ella II” at Bacton Wood Lock and clear rubble at Ebridge

2018 04 22 – Paint “Ella II” at Spa Common and work on east bank above Ebridge spillway

2018 04 03 – Reduce heigh of Ebridge spillway and examine breaches above lock

2018 04 01 – Remove top gates and reposition pivot bases at Bacton Wood Lock

2018 03 26 – Remove / refit top gates of Bacton Wood Lock

2018 02 18 – Reed removal at Purdy’s Marsh & sheet piling at sluice above Royston Bridge

2018 02 04 – Cutting reed at Purdy’s Marsh

2018 01 21 – Cutting reed at Purdy’s Marsh

2018 01 07 – Cutting reed at Purdy’s Marsh and the prep the Trust’s Trip Boat

Work party reports for 2017

2017 12 17 – Work on workboat at Bacton Wood Lock & clear brash at Purdy’s Marsh

2017 12 03 – Prepare and ensure the work boat at Ebridge is safe – clear brash

2017 11 05 – To assist the canal owner with various tasks at Bacton Wood Lock

2017 10 22 – Clear litter at Bacton Wood Lock and help the owner on the lock gates

2017 10 08 – Bricks to Bridge. Tidy Bacton Wood Lock area. Raise soil levels

2017 09 20 – Bricklaying at Ebridge Spillway

2017 09 13 – Bricklaying at Ebridge Spillway

2017 08 27 – Continue bricklaying of the Ebridge spillway

2017 08 26 – Continue bricklaying of the Ebridge spillway

2017 08 13 – Ebridge and Purdy’s Marsh

2017 08 06 – To complete the concrete retaining wall at Ebridge Spillway

2017 07 30 – Concrete the retaining wall for Ebridge Spillway

2017 07 29 – Place shuttering Ebridge Spillway retaining wall

2017 07 23 – Install timber groynes at Ebridge Spillway

2017 07 22 – Prepare Ebridge Spillway for timber groynes

2017 07 16 – Survey and clear brash from Ebridge Spillway

2017 06 25 – Continue brickwork on the Royston Spillway

2017 06 18 – Continue brickwork on the Royston Spillway

2017 05 20 – Continue brickwork on the Royston Spillway

2017 05 14 – To continue brickwork on Royston Spillway

2017 05 06 – Repair work on Royston Bridge spillway

2017 04 22 – Clearing brash near to the Bacton Wood Spillway

2017 04 01 – Preparing the Bacton Wood Pound Spillway

2017 03 19 – Repair and new installation work on Bacton Wood Lock

2017 03 05 – To assist with installation of lower gate quoins at Bacton Wood Lock

2017 02 05 – Assist with construction of bottom lock gates at Bacton Wood Lock

2017 01 22 – Clearing brash at Purdy’s Marsh and working on Lock Gates

2017 01 22 – Clearing brash around Royston Bridge and helping Laurie with Bacton Wood Lock (pictures)

2017 01 08 – Clearing brash at Purdy’s Marsh

Work party reports for 2016

2016 12 11 – Continue to clear detritus from the west side of the east back-soke at Purdy’s Marsh

2016 11 27 – Clear brash at the Purdy’s Marsh area

2016 11 13 – Purdys Marsh – clear brash and burn Himalayan Balsam

2016 10 30 – Purdy’s Marsh – clear brash from the west side of the east back-soke

2016 10 16 – Purdy’s Marsh – to continue to clear detritus

2016 10 02 – Clear brash at the Purdy’s Marsh area

2016 09 18 – Clear brash from the west side of the east back-soke near to Purdy’s Marsh area

2016 09 04 – Cut weeds from the canal at Ebridge and the mill-pond

2016 08 21 – Clear spoil and continue seeding the canal banks near to Pigney’s Wood Area

2016 08 07 – conintue seeding of the North East bank nar to Pigney’s Wood area

2016 07 10 – Clear brash, roots and small trees blocking the east back-soke flow at Purdy’s Reed Bed

2016 06 26 – Clear brash and root debris retrieved from the canal channel Ebridge Pound

2016 06 12 – Using the new pontoon clearing brash near to Ebridge Reach

2016 05 15 – Trial outboard motor on trust’s pontoon. Clear brash at Ebridge

2016 05 01 – Clear brash, seed the banks upstream of Swafield road bridge

2016 04 17 – Spread grass seed on the bank between Bacton Wood Lock & Ebridge

2016 04 03 – Clear south west bank of brash to allow machine access at Pigney’s Wood

2016 03 20 – Clear brash to allow machine access at Spa Common

2016 03 06 – Clear brash at two locations, Swafield bridge and Pidney’s Wood area

2016 02 25 – Assist canal owner with tree trimming beside the Swafield canal road bridge

2016 02 21 – Clear brash from the south west side of the canal at Pigney’s Wood

2016 02 07 – Clear brash from the east side of the Ebridge Lock

2016 02 04 – Continue the clearance of timber and brash at Swafield

2016 02 03 – Continue with clearance of timber and brash from winding area/wharf at Swafield

2016 01 24 – Continue to clear small trees from winding area/wharf near the Paston Pound

2016 01 10 – Clear small trees from the winding area/wharf beside cottage near the Paston Pound

Work party reports for 2015

2015 12 20 – Clear bamboo from the south west bank below Swafield Bridge

2015 12 06 – Clear brash and especially the ivy from the old railway bridge on the canal at the Paston Way

2015 11 22 – Conintue to clear brash at Pigney’s Wood canal area

2015 11 08 – Continue to clear brash at Pigney’s Wood area

2015 10 25 – Clear brash and old stumps near to Pigney’s Wood canal area

2015 10 11 – Clear brash and old stumps in the Pigney’s Wood canal area

2015 09 27 – Clear brash and small trees Pigney’s Wood

2015 08 30 – Remove footbridge to allow machinery access to the canal at Pigney’s Wood and much more

2015 08 16 – Clear brash and small trees in the Ebridge Mill pond area

2015 08 02 – Cut weed at entrance of Bacton Wood Lock and clear large tree roots

2015 07 19 – Continue mowing work and clear small trees Bacton Wood Lock

2015 07 05 – Mow surround area and remove small trees in mouth of Bacton Wood Lock

2015 06 21 – Remove brash and small trees from Bacton Wood Lock. Continue work to pontoon

2015 05 24 – Remove trees from below Bacton Wood Lock and to continue restoration work to pontoon

2015 05 10 – Clear brash at Swafield

2015 04 26 – Remove trees from below the Bacton Wood Lock and to continue work on pontoon

2015 04 12 – Restoration work on donated pontoon near to the Bacton Wood Lock area

2015 03 29 – To clear brash at Swafield

2015 03 01 – To clear brash and small trees Briggate as agreed with NWCC Ltd.

2015 02 15 – Clear the heaps of canadian pond-weed and remove to Ebridge dry dock area

2015 02 01 – Conintue to clear brash in the North East side of the canal at Swafield

2015 01 18 – Assist the owner clearing brash and to locate the tail wall at the foot of Swafield Lock No. 6

2015 01 04 – Clear brash, repair fence posts and re-fit lost west paddle chamber safety cover at Honing Lock

Work party reports for 2014

2014 12 07 – Clear brash and to inspect the state of the Briggate Lock area

2014 11 23 – Mow the south side of Honing Staithe Cut and to continue clearing brash

2014 11 09 – Clear brash especially from the top of the Briggate pill-box area

2014 10 26 – Cut heavy growth of brash from the south  side of Briggate Lock and roadside wall

2014 10 12 – Clear brash and trees from the Swafield Lock walls

2014 09 28 – Clear small trees and brash within Swafield Lock No. 6. Investigate the position of the cill

2014 08 10 – Clear and tidy Ebridge mill-pond area and to clear Bacton Wood Lock No. 4 of small saplings

2014 07 27 – Mow the reeds and clear brash approaching Pigney’s Wood at Royston Bridge area

2014 07 13 – Complete installation of the 2′ timber walkway near the quay head at Royston Bridge

2014 06 29 – Continue to install new quay heading beside the old Wherry PH

2014 06 02 – Tidy grassed areas on the Ebridge lock island and to remove floating weed

2014 04 27 – Cut back willows and brash at Ebridge Lock

2014 04 06 – Cut back willows and brash north of Ebridge Lock No. 3

2014 03 23 – To clear small trees and brash near to Pigneys Wood

2014 03 09 – Clear but not burn brash (for visiting wildlife) on the North bank near to Pigneys Wood

2014 02 23 – Clear Ebridge spillway of brash, weeds and soil 

2014 02 09 – Clear brash and cut back willows on the east bank at Briggate

2014 01 26 – To clear reeds and brash in the bed of the Briggate Mill pond

2014 01 12 – To review canal for obstructions and to clear brash at Honing Staithe

NW&DC Trust in association with the East Anglian Waterways Association, work party reports from 2013 and earlier


The East Anglian Waterways Association managed the NW&DC work parties from 2008 up to 2013. Many reports include photographs which now make for an amazing archive

Click on the images, scroll down the EAWA reports page to read the individual work party reports