Pocklington Canal Amenity Society delight as Sandhill Lock fundraising total hits £100,000

The project to save Sandhill Lock on Pocklington Canal received a major boost after it was announced that the restoration fund total had reached £100,000.

Friday, 27th November 2020, 11:00 am
The extensive restoration at Sandhill Lock on Pocklington Canal is expected to cost around £200,000.
The extensive restoration at Sandhill Lock on Pocklington Canal is expected to cost around £200,000.

This total represents the half way point in Pocklington Canal Amenity Society’s (PCAS) campaign towards the estimated £200,000 needed to complete the extensive repairs on the Grade 2 listed structure.

The amenity society has so far restored seven miles of the nine-mile canal to return it to full navigation and to protect the unique ecology of the waterway.

The volunteer-led organisation was created by local residents in the late 1960s when the canal was under threat of infilling.

Debbie Smith, committee member and fundraiser at PCAS, said, “We are delighted to have reached this figure.

“We knew that we would struggle to raise money this year, being unable to operate our weekly trip-boat or organise events, but nevertheless visitors to the canal have actually increased after the initial lock down period and have been very generous.”

PCAS Chairman Paul Waddington added: “People realised what they were missing when they couldn’t leave their homes so as soon as lockdown finished they came back in numbers. It’s easy to understand why it’s popular – the canal is so peaceful, there’s nine miles of it and it’s free.”

For more information about the canal restoration and how to get involved contact Tim Charlson via email at [email protected] or call 07926 910717.