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Press Release: 12 October 2023

Will you be part of a successful new festival?

Canal Spring Festival needs volunteer crew

Following the success of the first Canal Spring Festival this year, plans are in hand to make next year’s event even better.


If communities around the canal in Stonehouse rally round, they will help make the festival a success for years to come.


Everyone is welcome to attend a meeting next week where initial plans for the festival will be shared. Visitors can also have their say too.



“We want the Stonehouse community to take ownership of this event, so they can create an event they truly want.” said Chris Mitford-Slade, Cotswold Canals Connected Project Director. “We are really excited to be holding this event again next year, and hope to see even more people get involved.


“This initial planning meeting will provide a chance for people to find out more and register interest in volunteer roles we are recruiting for.”


Canal Spring Festival 2023

Volunteers can sign up to manage geographical areas and specific aspects of the event. Areas include Boakes Drive, St Cyr's Church, Church Road, Stonehouse Court Hotel, canalside and on the canal, and the former Ship Inn site.


Volunteers are also needed to lead on aspects such as sponsorship, fundraising and collections, social media, website, marketing and graphic design, volunteer coordination, health and safety, programming, partner organisations, accessibility, traffic management and parking, infrastructure, event feedback and lost children.

Interest can be registered now at or on the night.


Stay up to date with this event by selecting 'going' or 'interested' at Cotswold Canals Connected Facebook page


The meeting is at Stonehouse Court Hotel on Tuesday 17 October at 6:30pm – all are welcome.


This press release has been issued by Stroud District Council on behalf of Cotswold Canals Connected                                                                






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