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


Welcome to the March 2021 edition of On The Button


The first item this month is a report on the Trust's February Executive Committee meeting.


Executive Committee

The Trust's Executive Committee meets monthly to discuss & manage the Trust's day-to-day business.  A summary of issues under discussion are given, so readers are better informed not just of what's happened, but what may be round the corner.

At the March meeting the 10 year plan for the East Vale and Abingdon Branch were discussed. Preparation for after lockdown was also covered. To see more details on these and the others topics discussed click the link below.

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Very sad news

Very sad news on the canal near Royal Wooton Basset; of the pair of swans that had just chosen their nesting site at Chaddington, on March 21st the female was shot & killed. Swans mate for life, with very few exceptions, making this awful incident all the more tragic. The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is appalled by this, and is offering a £1,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the perpetrator. Click the link below for more details.

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Boat training

With lockdown easing we are getting ready to offer boat trips.

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Nothing to do with dogs, but everything to do with water!  As night follows day, a restored canal needs water, but since our canal line acquired the protected status it has in planning terms, other things have moved on and it turns out that Environment Agency regulations on water abstraction have, unsurprisingly, become much tighter.

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Recruiting for growth

As we restart and expand our work in Back to Business we need to begin recruiting many new people who want to join our enormous voluntary project effort. Patricia Clements has accepted the role of Head of Human Resources and is tasked with recruiting, inducting and retaining volunteers in roles ranging from fundraising, via health & safety to towpath maintenance.

Keep watching our vacancies page.

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200 Club

The first draw of 2021 has taken place. The winning tickets were:   1st prize = 71   2nd prize = 203   3rd prize = 101

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