Canal work progress on Wendover Arm is hampered by flooding

Volunteers working on the Wendover Arm during better weather
Volunteers working on the Wendover Arm during better weather

The wettest January on record has rained off restoration work on the Wendover Arm near Tring for more than two months.

The dry section of the Grand Union Canal – between Drayton Beauchamp and Little Tring – was flooded after heavy rainfall stopped volunteers carrying out practical work.

Restoration director Roger Leishman said: “We’ve been held up for two months now, and we had to pump out the excess water into the reservoirs, which were already overflowing as it was.”

Roger – a retired civil engineer – said that the trust were always on the lookout for volunteers to lend a hand, be it on the cut or organising the financial side of things. There are currently vacancies for chairman and for treasurer following the resignation of former chairman Paul Leech through ill health, and the passing of former treasurer John Brooman on February 8 after a battle with cancer.

Roger said John was much-loved member of the team and would be greatly missed. He said: “John joined the trust in 1980 and was a long-standing member, becoming treasurer in 1997.

“We worked closely together and he was a very nice chap. He was a good treasurer because he always dotted the Is and crossed the Ts. He will be sorely missed.”

The chairman’s position includes duties such as chairing the monthly and annual meetings, and the treasurer should be comfortable crunching numbers and dealing with all the financial payments to and from the trust.

If you think you could help, call Bob Wheal on 01525 381614. For more, visit