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Chairman Rod Hacker's Monthly Report

Branch Meeting

Regular meetings of the branch will be held in the David Howell room at Broome Manor Golf Club 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.
 
 
 

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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.

 
 
EWCA -_Winning_Photo_CroedThe 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 attached taken by Andrew Cox.

Swindon Advertiser

25 November 2013

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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

Restoration Projects

Moulden  Hill Improvements

Breathing Places - River Ray Valley Moredon

Hayes Knoll Lock

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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