The Batchworth Lock Education Centre

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Rickmansworth Waterways Trust has completed the fit out of its new Heritage Education Centre at Batchworth Lock.

We are profoundly thankful to everyone who has contributed to us raising the £350,000 that has allowed us to achieve this building.       

Grant making bodies, Foundations and Charities

  • The Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Ethel & Gwynne Morgan Charitable Trust
  • The John Apthorp Charity
  • Rank Foundation Award
  • St Martins School
  • Three Rivers District Council
  • Woodbridge Company Trust

Corporate Donors

  • Affinity Water
  • Blenheim Construction
  • CAF (Co-op)
  • Schuco International
  • Travis Perkins
  • Waitrose Community Matters


Many individuals made very generous donations towards the overall building and fitting out costs of the Education Centre.

These included Trustees past and present, Volunteers and Friends of RWT.

Many completed Gift Aid Forms, which increased the value of donations considerably.  The ‘Buy share of a log’ scheme raised significant sums and more then 1800 logs were purchased. There were also very generous donations from Boaters and visitors to the Canal centre at Batchworth.

Other fundraising activities included ‘Prosecco and Canape’ parties at the Canal centre, winter Ceilidhs, proceeds from the Rock Choir concert and sales of local honey.

Rickmansworth Waterways Trust would like to thank everyone who so generously donated money, time and considerable energy in so many different ways to this project.   All of this has made it possible to have a stunning building at Batchworth Lock, which is the Rickmansworth Waterways Trust Heritage Education centre. 

If you want to see the full story of the construction Les Mead has complete a video of the complete build which can be viewed here.

RWT Education Centre build

Les Mead has also completed a further video which can be viewed below on the installation of the raised decking to the rear of the centre which completes our planned building.

Installation of the raised decking

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You can become a volunteer, in any aspect of our work including our administration, but also in boating, conservation or education.

Rickmansworth Waterways Trust is a local educational and community charity. Help us make a difference.

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