Work parties and COVID-19

Unfortunately, because of the current Covid-19 situation, we feel unable to organise any SNT work parties. Hopefully the situation will improve in the New Year and may even approach normal. In the meantime, best wishes for Christmas, whatever that may entail, and stay safe!

New membership fees

After many years of not changing the membership fees it was agreed at the AGM to amend the membership fees.  The new fees will be adopted from 1st January 2021.


  • Adult £10
  • Senior £8
  • Junior £8,
  • Family £15
  • Life £120

Final Winding Hole works

Huge thanks to Matt Gibson, from Little Hale, for his whole weekend’s volunteering work for SNT operating a Caterpillar 360 excavator to sort, mix and spread the final 300 tonnes of topsoil and silt on the field next to the winding hole.
Huge thanks also to Smiths Sports and Civils Ltd of Heckington for their helpful support and preferential hire terms for the 360 Cat excavator. In Matt’s expert hand it made light work of the task!

Navigation Notice

I’m pleased to say that the water level has now returned to normal.  The Navigation is therefore open for boating.

Please remember to make sure that the guillotine gate is fully down and the paddles at Bottom Lock are closed when leaving the lock.

Low water levels on the Navigation

Would all boaters please be aware that there are currently low water levels above Bottom Lock on the Navigation which is making the passage of boats very difficult.  The Trust suggests that boaters do not attempt to navigate further than Bottom Lock under present conditions. We hope that the situation will improve soon but will update this advice as soon as the levels are back to normal.


We are aware that, under normal circumstances, you would by now have received a copy of the latest Trust newsletter. Unfortunately, these are far from normal circumstances and they have prevented its production. That edition would have included information relating to the AGM which, as you know, has had to be postponed. We will make sure that all relevant details will be published in advance of the AGM which we hope to reschedule later in the year. We will keep you informed. In the meantime, please accept our apologies and best wishes. Stay safe!

Boat Gathering 2020 Cancelled

It is with huge regret that, because of the current Coronavirus pandemic, we have decided that we have no option but to cancel the Sleaford Navigation Trust Boat Gathering that was due to be held over the late May Bank Holiday in South Kyme.

We intend to hold the event in 2021 as normal, in the meantime stay safe.

John Muir Environmental Award

Many congratulations to Tomas Dickson, our youngest volunteer, on achieving the John Muir Environmental Award. This is an award which encourages people to connect with, enjoy, and care for wild places. Well done Tomas, looking forward to working with you in 2020, you should get plenty of opportunities to wear your waders.


Completion of the Winding Hole

Today saw volunteers complete the final work party at the winding hole. This was to install the environmental enhancements and coir bank protection around the waterline of the works. We also put the brushwood across the entrance to the fish refuge so that the small fish could get in and not be preyed upon by the larger ones. Special thanks to Gillian and Tom from the Rivers Trust and David from the EA.

In a few weeks time when the bank greens over and plants in the coir grow the site will look really good.

Clean up blitz at Cogglesford Lock

We visited Cogglesford Lock the other day and were surprised to see the state of the plant growth around the lock. Belated thanks to Mel Sowerby and Dave Collins for getting down to the lock and blitzing a clear up of the area.  Some before and after shots are shown below.