Welcome to the November 2020 edition of On The Button
Our first news item this month is a report on the Trust's November Executive Committee meeting.
The Trust's Executive Committee meets monthly to discuss & manage the Trust's day-to-day business. Notes of the meetings would be tedious to read, but we'd like to include a summary of issues under discussion, so readers are better informed not just of what's happened, but what may be round the corner.
At the November meeting we discussed the blockade of the canal at Wichelstowe, the financial position of the Trust and the effect of the pandemic on our restoration work. To see more details on these and the others topics discussed click the link below.
As the Trust gears up to restart restoration and community engagement work after the Covid-19 lockdown we have vacancies that urgently need filling in fundraising, project illustration and trip visualisation.
The Trust is pleased to announce that John Henn will be joining us as a new Trustee. John starting working on the restoration of the canal in 1983 so has extensive knowledge of the canal. The link below is a short canal biography for John.
Not everyone will know that WBCT has a Restoration Committee, RESTCOM for short. Circumstances have prevented much activity recently, but work has been going on to prepare for some actual restoration to take place, for example reworking the Work Party Organisers' handbook, Local Maintenance Plans & Covid compliance signing in sheets, restocking safety equipment, liaising with WRG for canal camps, audit of plant & equipment, and much else by way of essential background work. First in the list for action are Shrivenham Canal Park, where a recent grant enables work to start; Childrey Wharf, where a WRG camp should at least make a start on repairing the collapsed wall there, Chaddington Lane (Bincknoll Lane) bridge to progress the design work so work can start once funds are in place and at Pewsham, where a third-party engineer has been assisting with the background work necessary for work there to resume.
Don't forget that applications to join the 200 Supporters Club 2021 are now open. If you would like to participate go to https://www.wbct.org.uk/get-involved/200club