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Canal thanks to volunteers

Chichester Canal has been paying thanks to all its volunteers to mark Volunteer Week (June 1-7).


As a much loved and valued asset of Chichester, the canal offers a wide range of opportunities for recreation and relaxation on and off the water.


Last year, not only did they carry over 13,000 passengers on their popular boat trips, they also served over 39,000 customers at the cafe.


The fact the canal is almost entirely volunteer-run often comes as a surprise to both visitors and residents.


But with 140 volunteers to rely on, an extraordinary range of activities are undertaken.


These include canal weeding, towpath maintenance, skippering Kingfisher and Richmond to archiving historic photos, digital and print media marketing and serving customers in the cafe or on their boat trips as crew members.


Over the last year, the group ran almost 900 boat trips, took over 2,600 passengers on their ever-popular Father Christmas boat trips and sold over 3,000 row boat hires and canoe and paddleboard permits.


Trustee Mark Stoneham said: “We are enormously grateful to our volunteers who give their time to help make the canal the very special place it is, enjoyed by so many residents and visitors every year.


“We know from the feedback we receive how much their contribution is appreciated, and we simply couldn’t operate without them. Volunteer Week is a perfect opportunity to recognise their commitment and for us to say a huge thank you’.”


For anyone interested in volunteering, Chichester Canal will be at the Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester open air recruitment event in partnership with Chichester Cathedral. They will be on the cathedral green today (Friday) from 11am to 3pm.


You can meet some of the canal’s volunteers who will be able to answer any questions you may have.


Mark added: “We’d welcome any new volunteers who can join us, have fun and help create a great place for others to enjoy.”


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People interested are also encouraged to pop into the cafe at the Canal Basin.

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