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The next meeting off the Swindon Branch of the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust will be at 7.30 on Tuesday 2 February 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.
The Branch will now be having normal Branch meetings every other month; there will be a meeting in February 2016 but not March, May etc. It is hoped that other events such as talks and social events such as quiz nights can be held in other months. If any member would like to assist in organising these please contact Rod Hacker
Our branch chairman will keep us up to date with the latest news in our branch area.
Regular meetings of the branch will be held on the first Tuesday of each month. - see calendar for details Venue still to be decided.
The branch wish to take forward plans to raise our profile locally by taking a display to many local events and possibly the main shopping centres. We will need volunteers to help staff the displays, just a couple of hours at your favourite event by any member will help enormously. We will also be revamping our process for identifying new members and welcoming them into the branch. It is vital that we learn as early as possible of any new development that may affect our canal line. Members are requested to tell the chairman or a committee member of anything they learn of.
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.
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.
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.
The winning photo(top) was taken by Richard Long and the second photo left taken by Andrew Cox.
Swindon Advertiser 25 November 2013
The Swindon Branch has restored two sections of the canal which are maintained by the Trust.
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.
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
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 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.