On the 14th October one our Trustees, Lance Cartwright, guested on “Black Country Matters” – a weekly show hosted by another of the SNT’s Trustees, Dr Paul Collins on Black Country Radio 102.5
During the show a lively dialogue took place with Lance informing listeners in “radio land” about Stourbridge Navigation Trust “a registered charity, comprised of willing and able volunteers of a variety of ages, sex, experience and skills but with one thing in common and that is to ‘look after’ the Bonded Warehouse and the Stourbridge Town Arm to the very best of our ability.
The Trust was originally founded by the Staffs & Worcs Canal Society volunteers who came together to restore the then derelict Bonded Warehouse and rejuvenate the almost unnavigable Stourbridge Arm Canal. This spirit of volunteering has continued for over 40 years although mainly the efforts are now more focused on maintenance rather than restoration as well as developing the facility for use by the community (clubs & societies). All of the work required to maintain the buildings, the site and to manage the community activities is undertaken by a small group of volunteers. “
The Open Weekend was talked about in some detail before the conversation returned to the role of volunteers – “we are always on the look-out for new volunteers with any skills they may have and will be made very welcome by the group of regulars who aren’t necessarily canal boaters but merely wish to get involved with a unique community asset in someway that aligns to their skills, experience and availability.”
Lance and Paul confirmed that if anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer or indeed can bring skills / experience as a Trustee then they should simply pop down for a chat on any Tuesday morning when there will be someone around to describe the volunteering role in more detail. Lance concluded in saying “having been a Trustee for 3 years now I can safely say that Stourbridge Navigation Trust is a worthy organisation and the work is varied and fulfilling, so if there is anyone out there who has for instance just retired and wants to support a local charity then please get in touch“.