General Volunteer Information
THIS WEEK! Canal Promotion Days at Coates - 17/18th November

Details of the Canal Promotion Days at Coates to be held on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November are available to view via this link:[posted 08/11/18]

NEW! Stroudwater Sessions - Canal Restorations Films

Canal Restoration Past & Present Monday 19th November at 7:30pm
Whitminster Village Hall, School Lane, Whitminster, GL2 7NT

A compendium of historic and contemporary canal restoration films presented by Cotswold Canals Trust member Robert Paget. Robert has been making films since the days of clockwork cine cameras and has been involved with the Trust since the early 1970s.
Doors and Bar open at 7 pm. Entry just 2.50
Click the link for further details: // [posted 07/11/18]

NEW! Progress on Phase 1b - Thursday 22nd November

Ken Burgin CCT CEO will be giving a repeat of his Institute of Civil Engineering Talk on the " Progress on Phase 1B" at the Frombridge Mill, Whitminster on Thursday 22nd November.
Please arrive for 7:00pm with the talk starting at 7.30pm. This is a free event and the room only holds 50 so its first come first seated. [posted 08/11/18]

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES - Please scroll down to view full list

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Mondays & Wednesdays from 08:30: Maintenance Activity at Western Depot*
Mondays from 09:30: Eastern End Towpath Maintenance*
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 08:30: Maintenance Activity at Eastern Depot*
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:00: Volunteer sessions aimed at people new to volunteering; meet at Bell House Wallbridge. CCT members also welcome.

17th/18th Weekend - Canal Promotion Days at Coates near Cirencester - see details above
19th Monday - Stroudwater Session at Whitminster Village Hall - see details above
22nd Thursday - "Progress on Phase 1b" a (repeat) talk by Ken Burgin at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster 7:00 for 7:30pm start - see details above
21st Wednesday - East End meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade from 19:30*

10th Monday - Project Managers Meeting (PMM) at William Morris College, Eastington - (time tbc)
9th Sunday - Summit Work Party at Coates @ from 10:00am with lunch afterwards in the Tunnel House Inn
19th Wednesday - East End meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade from 19:30*

14th Monday - Project Managers Meeting (PMM) at William Morris College, Eastington (time tbc)
13th Sunday - Summit Work Party at Coates @ from 10:00am till 4:00pm
16th Wednesday - East End meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade from 19:30*

ONGOING: Mentor Training Volunteer required

Mentor Training is an important aspect of training our Volunteers and keeping them safe.
Our Mentor Training process has lapsed over the last year and now requires some work to get it back on track. An initial analysis has identified broadly what is required.

We are nowseeking a Volunteer who would be willing to take on the challenge of implementing a series of activities aimed at refreshing the CCT Mentor Training Programme. This work offers flexibility in terms of working hours/time, can be partially undertaken at home and will give the opportunity of meeting up with the many volunteers that can, or do, act as Trainers within the programme.
It is estimated that the work can be completed within 6 months and Laurence Bryant, the CCT H&S Director will act as the Trust Council sponsor for this work and can be contacted for more information by either:-email: or Landline 01453 890195 or Mobile 07879 434797 [posted 01/11/18]

ONGOING: Fundraisers required

From the Fundraising Team a quest for Volunteers.

For our brave and beautiful quest to raise funds - 3.9m for the next phase of restoration and more, we need some rather special help. Could it be you?
Are you website/social media/online giving/ PR savy? would you work magic and wizard us up content or campaigns?
Treasure what sort could you expect? Possibly cake, company and the pleasure of knowing you have helped support the restoration work.
To join the quest contact or
[posted 29/10/18

INFO: CCT Project Managers Meeting Notes - October 2018

The CCT Project Managers Meeting Notes for October 2018 are available to view in the CCT Project Managers Meeting Notes Message Board under Activities and Rosters. [Posted 31/10/18]

INFO and ACTION: Training Records & Competence Certificates

For Health & Safety and Insurance reasons, Volunteer's Training & Competences records are maintained within Connect to ensure that only suitably trained or qualified volunteers use certain equipment.

If you possess a recognised qualification to operate specific machinery - e.g. chainsaws, brush cutters etc - please let me know and forward a copy of the appropriate certificate to

INFO: Data Protection Policy

Our Data Protection Policy 2018 is now available to view on SafetyNet. The Cotswold Canals Trust is committed to continual improvement of our data management procedures to protect the privacy of those we work with and those that support us. This responsibility applies to all persons within the organisation that process personal data, under the guidance of CCT's Data Protection Group.

But don't forget, as volunteers, your data matters too! You can find out more information on your personal rights from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) here -

The data protection group currently meets every six weeks and comprises:
Chris Lambert, Diana Edwards, Jude Lindley, Lisa Mant, Shelley Anderson.
If you have any questions about how we handle personal data, or suggestions for improving our procedures, then please contact Jude on
[Posted 15/06/18]

INFO: The Team Leaders Handbook Version 1.1 - January 2018

The updated Team Leader's Handbook is available for all CCT volunteers to view via SafetyNet on the Connect menu. In SafetyNet, go to "Policies and Procedures" to view. Posted 10/02/18.