02.12.20 RIVER WEY CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT

RIVER WEY CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT.

Coronavirus Statement River Wey & Godalming Navigations 2nd December 2020

These are unprecedented times and the National Trust Wey and Godalming Navigations has been working hard to make sure our response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic follows Government advice, in the best interests of the health of our staff and volunteers, visitors and all river users.

Since the first lockdown ended over the summer, we have done our best to maintain our sites and services as close as possible to business as usual, keeping waterways and facilities open for everyone to enjoy afloat and on land, subject to following Government guidance. However, following the announcement from the Government about the England’s new restrictions in November, we made the difficult decision to re-introduce limits to the use of the Navigations once again to support the instruction to stop all non-essential travel. As the country now moves into tiered restrictions the full length of our Navigations are currently in Tier 2, allowing travel along the waterway. However you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, including boats, and you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including an open outdoor boat space (the rule of 6).

We will keep these limitations under constant review in the light of the developing situation and advice from Government. Our priority is to keep our staff, volunteers, visitors and river users safe, and we will be working to make sure that everybody can continue enjoying everything our waterway has to offer whenever possible.

Our lengthsmen and maintenance team are continuing to take care of the Navigations for everyone during this difficult time. Please keep your distance from them as they work.

Please help us by getting in touch only if it’s essential. If you do need to contact us, we encourage you to email us at riverwey@nationaltrust.org.uk

For the full Government guidance on coronavirus go to http://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Thank you all for your co-operation during these very challenging times for everyone.

Q&A

How will these restrictions affect powered boats?

Licenced powered boats may be used on the River Wey & Godalming Navigations from Wednesday 2nd December 2020, until further notice. However the government recommends you should reduce the number of journeys you make wherever possible.

You must not travel if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms, are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

We advise river users to stay at home rather than self-isolating aboard, unless your boat is your primary residence. This is so you do not put yourself at increased risk or place additional burden upon our facilities or the emergency services.

We will do the very best we can to keep open the essential facilities we provide (e.g. water supply and chemical toilet disposal), for those who need them. However, we will not be able to offer the sale of keys at this time other than at Thames Lock.

Thames Lock office is open and there is no longer a need to book boat passage. When our team are operating the lock, it is essential that social distancing and other public health advice is observed at all times, for the safety of our staff and lock users.

How will these restrictions affect self-propelled craft?

The public may currently use the Navigation in line with government guidelines for exercise providing social distancing measures and other rules are observed at all times.

How will these restrictions affect fishing?

Fishing is a permissible form of outdoor recreation which requires an Environment Agency rod licence. You can only leave home to fish with members of your own household, your support bubble or with up to five others, and social distancing measures must be observed at all times.

How will these restrictions affect use of the towpath?

The public may use the towpath in line with government guidelines and social distancing measures must be observed at all times. Please be aware that in places the towpath is narrow, and the public will need to collaborate to keep the mandatory distance from others.

Do I still need to license my boat?

A reminder that boat licensing on the Wey is for a full year from January to December, so if you have a boat on the navigation it should be paid for. This income helps us to care for the waterway for everyone for ever.

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WINTER WORK PROGRAMME 2020/21

LOCK CLOSURE NOTICE

Catteshall lock : 08.00hrs Monday 9 November to 08.00hrs Monday 30 November 2020. -to allow for brickwork repairs and pointing

Pyrford lock : 08.00hrs Monday 25 January to 08.00hrs Monday 8 February 2021. -to   allow for the replacement of the lower lock gates & repairs.

Work programme and schedule subject to change due to weather and flood events

You can also check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends).

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24.03.2020 – RIVER WEY NOTIFICATION

15.10hrs

Please be aware that due to the current coronavirus outbreak the Navigation Office, Guildford will be closed until further notice.

For any enquiries: please contact us on 07786 703843 Monday – Friday between 9.00 – 17.00 Or email riverwey@nationaltrust.org.uk

In case of an emergency please contact Thames Lock on 01932 843106.

You can also check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106

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04.12.20 RIVER IN FLOOD – DANGEROUS CONDITIONS – UPDATE.

10.30 hrs- Dangerous conditions to the navigation exist from Godalming Wharf to Walsham Gates, and it is not safe to proceed along the navigation at this time in these areas.

River conditions from Town Lock to Thames Lock are normal and open for navigation.

You can also check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends).

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04.12.20 RIVER IN FLOOD – DANGEROUS CONDITIONS – UPDATE.

10.00 hrs- Dangerous conditions to the navigation exist from Millmead Lock to Walsham Gates, and it is not safe to proceed along the navigation at this time in these areas.

River conditions from Godalming Wharf to Millmead Lock and Town Lock to Thames Lock are normal and open for navigation.

You can also check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends).

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04.12.20 RIVER IN FLOOD – DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

09.00hrs – Dangerous conditions to the navigation exist from Millmead Lock to Worsfold Gates and it is not safe to proceed along the navigation at this time in these areas.

River conditions from Godalming Wharf to Millmead Lock and Parpercourt Lock to Thames Lock are normal and open for navigation.

You can also check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends).

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18.11.20 RIVER CONDITIONS – NORMAL

09.30hrs – The Navigation is now fully open from Godalming Wharf to Thames Lock.

Catteshall Lock Closed : 08.00hrs Monday 9 November to 08.00hrs Monday 30 November 2020. -to allow for brickwork repairs and pointing

You can also check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations Office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends).

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17.11.20 RIVER IN FLOOD – DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

14.55hrs – Dangerous conditions to the navigation exist from Godalming Wharf to Millmead Lock, Bowers Lock to Worsfold Gates, Papercourt Lock to Walsham Gates and Town Lock to Thames Lock, and it is not safe to proceed along the navigation at this time in these areas.

River conditions from Millmead Lock to Bowers Lock are normal and open for navigation.

You can also check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigation office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends).

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15.11.20 RIVER IN FLOOD – DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

14.00hrs – Godalming Wharf to Thames Lock – all river sections of the navigations are in flood, dangerous conditions to navigation exist and it is not safe to proceed along the waterway at this time.

You can also check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigation office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends).

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15.11.20 RIVER IN FLOOD – DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

09.15hrs –   Dangerous conditions to the navigation exist from Godalming Wharf to Worsfold Gates, and Papercourt Lock to Walsham Gates and it is not safe to proceed along the navigation at this time in these areas.

River conditions from Walsham Gates to Thames Lock are normal and open for navigation.

You can also check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigation office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends).

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05.11.20 CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT

Coronavirus Statement – River Wey & Godalming Navigations – 5th November 2020

 

These are unprecedented times and the National Trust Wey and Godalming Navigations has been working hard to make sure our response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic follows Government advice, in the best interests of the health of our staff and volunteers, visitors and all river users.

Since the first lockdown ended over the summer we have done our best to maintain our sites and services as close as possible to business as usual, keeping waterways and facilities open for everyone to enjoy afloat and on foot, subject to following Government guidance. However, following the announcement from the Government about the England’s new restrictions, we have taken the difficult decision to introduce limits to the use of the Navigations once again to support the instruction to stop all non-essential travel.

We will keep these limitations under constant review in the light of the developing situation and advice from Government. Our priority is to keep our staff, volunteers, visitors and river users safe, and we will be working to make sure that everybody can get back to enjoying everything our waterway has to offer when the current restrictions are lifted.

Our lengthsmen and maintenance team are continuing to take care of the navigations for everyone during this difficult time, but on a reduced timetable and only undertaking urgent and necessary work, including managing water levels. Please keep your distance from them as they work.

Please help us by getting in touch only if it’s essential. If you do need to contact us, we encourage you to email us at riverwey@nationaltrust.org.uk

For the full Government guidance on coronavirus go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Thank you all for your co-operation during these very challenging times for everyone.

Q&A

How will these restrictions affect powered boats?

We are asking the owners of all boats kept or used on our navigations not to make any journeys on their boats, other than to access essential services and facilities.

We will do the very best we can to keep open the essential facilities we provide (e.g. water supply and chemical toilet disposal), for those who need them. However, we will not be able to offer the sale of keys at this time other than at Thames Lock by appointment.

We advise river users to stay at home rather than self-isolating aboard, unless your boat is your primary residence. This is so you do not put yourself at increased risk or place additional burden upon our facilities or the emergency services.

Thames Lock is now closed other than for emergency boat movement, which should be communicated to the lock keeper in advance in writing. Should it be necessary for our team to operate the lock, it is essential that social distancing and other public health advice should be observed at all times, for the safety of our staff and lock users.

How will these restrictions affect self-propelled craft?

The public may currently use the Navigation in line with government guidelines for exercise and providing social distancing measures are observed at all times.

It should however be noted that both British Canoeing and British Rowing are awaiting clarification from the Government on the status of these activities, and our position may change as further details are forthcoming.

How will these restrictions affect fishing?

Fishing is a permissible form of outdoor recreation, requiring an Environment Agency rod licence.  You can only leave home to fish with members of your own household, your support bubble or with one other individual, and social distancing measures must be observed at all times.

How will these restrictions affect use of the towpath?

The public may use the towpath in line with government guidelines for one form of exercise per day, and social distancing measures are observed at all times. Please be aware that in places the towpath is narrow, and the public will need to collaborate to keep the mandatory distance from others.

Do I still need to license my boat?

A reminder that boat licensing on the Wey is for a full year from January to December, so if you have a boat on the navigation it should be paid for. This income helps us to care for the waterway for everyone for ever.

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02.11.20 RIVER CONDITIONS – NORMAL

09.35hrs – The Navigation is now fully open from Godalming Wharf to Thames Lock.

You can also check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations Office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends).

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