Last Updated 5 Aug 2020

MCC Events Committee

Ask people what the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust does and they will say “restore the canal”, which is true, but we do a lot more than just laying bricks and digging mud. We can’t do any of that without volunteers and cash, so in order to acquire both of these; we run a diary of events.

Within the MCC branch we have a highly successful Events committee whose members organise all of these events.

There are three main objectives to running events; to raise public awareness of the canal and what we are doing; to recruit new members; and to raise funds.

There are different types of event that we run, some are annual events that meet all of our objectives, such as the Chippenham Folk Festival and the Melksham Food & River Festival; some are purely non-canal related fund raising, such as race marshalling and a twice yearly quiz; and then there are the fun social events.  And if you want to learn about the canal, then we have members who deliver talks to organisations throughout the area.

2020: It will come as no great surprise that the 2020 events diary has been decimated by the Covid19 pandemic,

but we are hoping that we will be able to run our popular


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Winter Ale, Cider & Sausage Festival on Saturday 7th November,





and finish the year off with our branch winter social the Christmas Dinner.

However this year turns out, we will get through it and start to rebuild for 2021.

2021: As soon as we are allowed to hold meetings again, we will start planning a diary for 2021, there will be many events, but here are a couple of preliminary dates to put into your diaries:

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Friday 28th – Monday 31st May 2021 – Chippenham Folk Festival





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Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th September 2021 – Melksham Food & River Festival





 So what can you do to help?

Firstly, if you are not already, please become a member of the Trust, then can come and join us at any of our events, of course you don’t need to be a member to attend events, but you would need to be a member to assist, either as a member of the Events Committee, or as a volunteer on the day.

Being involved in these events can be hard work but it is a lot of fun, there is a great camaraderie amongst members, and friendships are soon forged. Plus of course, there is the great satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to the UKs largest canal restoration project currently underway.

So why not give it a go?

For further information contact Dave Maloney, Branch Chairman: 07809374754