(We can’t claim responsibility for the snowman in the pic, but we think it’s brilliant! If it was down to you, let us know – we’ll give you a shout-out). The JQNF is adopting the Farmers Bridge flight of locks, most of which run through the JQ. The next session will be on Saturday 10th March 1pm. At the moment, we’re focussing on weeding and re-painting lock beams. The Canal & River Trust supply the necessary equipment (paint, brushes, gardening gloves, weeding tools, etc). We’re alway looking for new helpers and you’re welcome to join us. You don’t need to make a long term commitment, you’re welcome to attend for just one session! But please email Thomas at twildish [at] gmail [dot] com so we know to expect you. Date: Saturday 10th March 1pm. Meeting place: bridge accessed from Fleet Street, by Islington Gates. Forthcoming dates are: Sat 10th Mar | Sun 8th Apr | Sat 5th May | Sun 3rd Jun | Sat 7th Jul | Sun 5th Aug | Sat 1 Sept | Sun 7 Oct. Saturdays will be from 1pm and Sundays from 11am. We usually meet for about three hours. Over the year, activities we will be doing will fall into three main categories: – Maintenance: e.g, painting locks & metal work / managing vegetation / removing graffiti – Canal improvements: e.g. installing planters (on the towpath) / planting other vegetation / commissioning public art for the canal (although this would be in the long term and not in the first year) – Community events: e.g. doing events as part of Heritage Week We will keep you updated on our progress over the year, and we hope you’ll be able to join us!