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


Welcome to the September 2022 edition of On The Button


Message from the Board of Trustees on the CEO Position

Members will be aware that our recently appointed CEO, Mr Simon Caraffi, has stepped down for a number of reasons that have been aired amongst the Board of Trustees and the Executive, including at a joint meeting.  The resignation was accepted with regret.  However, the messaging of his arrival was already committed to print in the Dragonfly magazine and AGM papers you have recently received.  To be clear, Simon Caraffi’s departure as CEO has taken place, but we were unable to correct the published documents without additional cost or risking compromise of the constitutional timetable for distributing AGM material.  We hope that this message will provide clarity.

Without the immediate prospect of a suitable volunteer CEO being found, the Board remains of the view that affording a paid CEO is necessary and recruiting has been restarted to this end.  In the meantime, the Board and Executive have agreed an interim management solution that will see our governance and operations continue much as hitherto in the short term, and our ability to address new opportunities and challenges strengthened.  Simon Caraffi has provided an excellent consultancy paper reflecting his perspective on the issues and evolution of the WBCT, which the Board and Executive are considering and will discuss with a new CEO.

The Board will update the membership again at the AGM on October 22nd; do come along.

Waterways for Today

In a bid to highlight the importance of the waterways network, the Inland Waterways Assocation (IWA) has produced a new report: Waterways for Today.

The report demonstrates how inland waterways can contribute to the country’s economic recovery and outlines the 12 most significant benefits that the inland waterways can bring to our economy, environment, local communities and lives.

Click below to access the report from the IWA website

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East Wichel leak

Those living in East Wichel are all too aware that the canal there, constructed over 10 years ago, has been leaking. Work is continuing to solve the problems.

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New manager for the Visitor Centre

We are pleased to announce that the Trust Visitor Centre in Swindon now has a new Manager, Julie Johnson-Little.

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Trust AGM 2022

The 2022 Wilts & Berks Canal Trust AGM will be held in Shrivenham Memorial Hall on 22nd October.

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Quiz Night in Chippenham

The MCC Branch is organising a Quiz Night on Friday 14th October in Chippenham.

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200 Club

The September draw has taken place. The winning tickets were:   1st prize = 73   2nd prize = 107   3rd prize = 19

The winning ticket numbers for 2020, 2021 and 2022 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