Wilts & Berks Canal Trust
Wilts & Berks Canal Trust
The monthly newsletter of the
Wilts & Berks Canal Trust


Welcome to the June 2021 edition of On The Button


From the Executive: Strategy and Back to Business

WBCT is conducting a complete review of its strategy for the restoration of the Wilts & Berks canal to bring it completely up to date

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Hignways England M4 agreement signed

The funding agreement between Highways England and the Trust, under which WBCT will conduct first phase studies into the M4 Crossing project near Junction 16, was signed by the Trust on 17 June 2021.

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Ecology and undergraduate placements

Perhaps the best kept secret in WBCT is the presence among us of undergraduates, from Plymouth University, who are studying for degrees in ecological management.

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Fundraising at WBCT

Fundraising for charities is a highly specialised business and we wanted to raise our game to ensure that we are producing successful funding bids.

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Visitor Centre

Having announced the intention to reopen the 'shop' in Swindon, it actually happened on Friday June 11th.  Robert Buckland QC MP, our Vice-President, kindly came along to join an interview by BBC Radio Wiltshire, during which he took a photo of Gary Kenyon & Chris Barry for his Facebook page, since shared on our own page.  Currently the premises are open Fridays & Saturdays, 11am - 3pm, but hopefully the recruitment of more volunteers will allow us to open more days.  If you would like to join the team, please contact voluteer@wbct.org.uk

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Peterborough Arms receives national award

A prestigious national award has been presented to the Peterborough Arms following the refurbishment work carried out by Trust volunteers. See the link below for more details

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New Programmes Manager joins WBCT

Greg Bensberg joined the Trust on 28 June in the role of Programmes Manager. He will be a member of the Back to Business team which is focused on new restoration projects along our line.
More information about Greg and these projects in the July edition of On the Button.

200 Club

The June draw has taken place. The winning tickets were:   1st prize = 173   2nd prize = 192   3rd prize = 215

The winning ticket numbers for 2020 and 2021 can be found at https://www.wbct.org.uk/get-involved/200club

For regular news updates follow our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/wiltsberkscanal and visit our website - www.wbct.org.uk

Wilts & Berks Canal Trust: A Non-Profit-Distributing Company Limited by Guarantee
Restoring in partnership the Wilts & Berks canal through Wiltshire, Swindon and Oxfordshire
Registered in England and Wales No. 2267719
Registered Address:
Dauntsey Lock Canal Centre
Dauntsey Lock
Chippenham, SN15 4HD
United Kingdom

Office telephone: 0845 625 1977 Registered Charity No: 299595