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Our branch AGM will be held this year on Tuesday 7th June. We have chosen the same venue as two years ago, the StoweAway Community Centre in East Wichel. The formal notice is given below.

We also invite members to join in the related activities that are also described below. Come and meet with like-minded colleagues in the trust.

 

Swindon Branch

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 7th June 2016

at the StoweAway Community Centre in East Wichel starting at 7.45pm

              Agenda
                1 To receive apologies for absence
                2 To approve Minutes of the last AGM on 16th May 2015
                3 To approve the Chairman’s Annual Report for 2015-2016
                4 To approve the Treasurer’s Report
                5 To elect Principal Officers and Branch Executive Members
                6 Any Other Business

 

Dragonfly trips

Keith and Lynette Price will be cruising on Dragonfly for those wanting to take a trip before hand. Trips depart the Waitrose landing stage at 5.00 and 6.00pm leaving plenty of time to get to the meeting afterwards. Priority will be given to members who have not yet taken the trip. To book your place please contact Keith at email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Walk the East Wichel Canal
For more active members who are not familiar with this new piece of canal there will be a gentle, guided stroll along the canal starting and finishing at the StoweAway Community Centre. Departure time is 6.30 pm.


Quiz
Immediately after the formal business of the evening there will be a refreshment break followed by a light-hearted quiz with prizes for the winning team. We will finish the evening by 9.45 pm

The address of the StoweAway Community Centre is Staldon Road, East Wichel, Swindon SN1 7AG. It is next door to the primary school and served by the No 15 bus which passes by every half hour.

If you need more information call or email Rod Hacker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We have now moved our regular branch meetings to the first Tuesday every second month. The next regular meeting will be on Tuesday 2nd August at 7.30 pm. Until further notice these meetings will held at Blackman Gardens, Swindon. The post code for the building is SN3 1RN. At the mini-roundabout on Marlborough Road south of the Coop supermarket in Old Town take the road called Signal Way leading to the Central Trading Estate. However, before the Trading Estate, at the top of the rise on Signal Way, turn left and Blackman Gardens is immediately in front of you. Enter the road and there should be parking spaces on the left hand side adjacent to the wall. Access will be via the main door between 7 and 7.30 only.

It is hoped that other events such as talks and social events can be held in the alternate months. If any member would like to assist in organising these please contact Rod Hacker

  

Branch Volunteers

We need more volunteers to help us with our ambitious plans to raise our profile locally and make better progress in developing our canal as a waterway and an environmental corridor.

The branch wish to take forward plans to raise our profile locally by taking a display to many local events,the main shopping centres and some other venues.  We need volunteers to help staff the displays, just a couple of hours at your favourite event by any member will help enormously. We provide a briefing for this activity just as we provide training or induction for all our tasks.

Members are requested to tell the chairman or a committee member of anything they learn of.

We have over 25km of existing or proposed canal route within Swindon Borough.  The canal line is protected in the Local Plan 2026 but we need constant vigilance to keep it safe.  We ask every member to advise one of the branch committee if you notice any potential problem.  

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Help Needed at Mouldon Hill

The next major project in the Swindon Area will be completion of the restoration of the canal by Mouldon Hill Country Park. Over a two year period we will clean out the canal, repair the leaks and restore the lock to working condition. We will be doing the work with volunteers and particularly need more people to help with the environmental improvement tasks.

 
 
 
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The photos were submitted for a competition at the launch East Wichel Community Centre. The launch/competition was sponsored by Taylor Wimpey and their Wichelstowe development in the local area.
 
 
 
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The winning photo(top) was taken by Richard Long and the second photo left taken by Andrew Cox.
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Restored Canal

The Swindon Branch has restored two sections of the canal which are maintained by the Trust.

Kingshill / Rushey Platt

Mouldon Hill

New Canal

The scheme for Swindon includes major diversions of the main line from Melksham to Abingdon where it is impossible to restore the old line. The new route is protected in the borough’s Local Plan 2026 but a great deal of work is required to flesh out the design for the planned route, an even more to build it.

The new length of canal at East Wichel is subject of a shared maintenance agreement with Swindon Borough Council. The trust’s maintenance responsibilities are mainly limited to keeping the waterway clean and managing the lock and water control system.  We are working with the council to improve the water supply and fix some construction issues.

Restoration Projects

Moulden  Hill Improvements

Breathing Places - River Ray Valley Moredon

Hayes Knoll Lock

Wichelstowe

Cricklade Country Way

Other Projects

There are proposals to bring the canal into the centre of Swindon as part of the Borough's regeneration plans

Click on the button to see the proposals

Town Centre Route

History

The Golden Lion

Walks

If you would like to explore the canal around Moredon and Mouldon Hill the trust has prepared a walk that you can follow. Full details of the walk and links to download and print can be found at Swindon Walk

The Trust has recently found a new leaflet on Mouldon Hill Country Park   We are grateful to its author, Greg  Browne, for allowing us access to this guide.

 

Coate Water

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Coate Water country park situated close to Junction 15 of the M4 was originally constructed to provide a feed to the Wilts and Berks Canal. Since that time, it has been used for a variety of purposes providing a great resource for the people of the town and surrounding areas.
The site is now used for boating and fishing as well as forming part of a regionally important nature and wildlife reserve.
The diving stand shown in the picture on the left is a remnant of the 1930's to 1950's when Coate hosted numerous diving competitions and championships.
The reservoir was used to act as a feeder for the canal although it is so large it has always been a recreational site in its own right.

Coate Water in the 19th Century

 

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