The group that runs and maintains the accessible canal boat George Watson Buck at Llanymynech Wharf Visitor Centre is looking for new recruits.
According to Roy Mansell, one of the current volunteers, there are a number of opportunities to get involved and help the group celebrate our fascinating local history.
The George Watson Buck was built by apprentices around 1996. It came to Llanymynech in 2006 and provides trips along the Montgomery Canal from the visitor centre. Thanks to an onboard lift, the boat is accessible to people who use wheelchairs and so is a real boon to visitors to the Montgomery Canal.
As well as offering boat trips on the short section of open canal at Llanymynech towards Pant, volunteers run the Llanymynech Wharf Visitor Centre housed in the renovated stable block of the Sun Inn that stood on the site until the 1970s.
The centre is open during the summer for light refreshments and a small room at the centre is packed with interesting information about the canal and the surrounding Llanymynech Heritage Area, famous for its Hoffmann kiln for burning limestone to make lime for farms and industry.
According to Roy, the group would like to offer more trips on the GWB, as the boat is affectionately known, and a project they would especially like local people to volunteer for is to give the boat a fresh coat of paint.
Said Roy: “The boat is moored alongside the wharf in Llanymynech all year in all weathers, so this takes it toll. We’d like to repaint the boat this year to keep her looking ship shape.
“We can be flexible with volunteers and so can arrange dates that suit, so please do get in touch.”
The volunteers are also very keen to run trips mid-week to allow more visitors to the local area an opportunity to get aboard.
If you would like to find out more about being a volunteer, please contact Roy Mansell by email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, visit the centre between 1.30 and 4.30 pm on Sundays between Easter and the end of September and have a chat with the volunteers.