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Regular meetings of the branch will be held in the David Howell room at Broome Manor Golf Club (except May meeting) on the first Tuesday of each month. - see calendar for details
The branch meeting on 1st April took 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 are planning a branch barbecue and boat ride this summer. Watch out for details.
Our next monthly meeting on the 6th May will be held in the shop because the golf club room will be unavailable.
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 attached taken by Andrew Cox.
25 November 2013
The Swindon Branch has restored two sections of the canal which are maintained by the Trust.
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.