Chelmer Village Cubs at Sandford Mill Lock

Posted on 25 May 2019

Our Chelmer Village Cub Scout Group were given the pleasure of a trip to Sandford Mill Lock. This was a session put on by the Inland Waterways Association, with the plan to educate the kids about their local waterways, as well as giving them a ride in the canal boat and the opportunity to operate the locks.

It was, to put it mildly, an absolutely awesome day. The kids were greeted with biscuits, fruit and juice, and treated to a brief history of the river and its wild inhabitants. They then piled onto the boat, and were taken upstream to see a pair of new parent swans and their baby cygnets, before being driven back to the lock. This was the highlight of the session. The cubs got to close the gates, operate the windlass, and guide the boat all the way through the lock and back again.

The real joy for us were the utterly hospitable people running the event. Tony (the lock keeper) and David (the IWA manager) put on a terrific day for us, purely out of a desire to educate and enthuse our young people. Under their guidance, the cubs didn’t just have a great time, but were given responsibilities and made part of a team. They made the day something special, and we can’t thank them enough.”

The IWA are keen to promote awareness of the waterways and the wildlife that keep then alive their website can be found here: https://www.waterways.org.uk/

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