Swindon’s present Branch Chair, the redoubtable Rod Hacker, needs to step aside to focus all his efforts, as head of planning, on the canal in the New Eastern Villages. So, we need to find a new Branch Chair for WBCT in Swindon. This role offers an opportunity for successful people to contribute their skills for public wellbeing and environmental improvements.

Dr Joe Williams joins the Trust as Environmental Geographer. Biodiversity takes centre stage.

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.

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust's Visitor Centre has been in the town centre for many years, but had to close some 18 months ago due to a fall-off in the number of volunteers. Now it has reopened...

Although our usual boat trips cannot run because part of the canal is closed (see elsewhere on this site) we have found that we can offer shorter trips - 'Dragonfly Experiences'.

As an experiment, on Sunday 18th April, some of our volunteers were at the jetty by Waitrose in Wichelstowe, to meet people, talk about the Trust and give out leaflets to those interested. The experiment was a huge success, and so we plan to continue having a volunteer presence at Wichelstowe landing stage at weekends.

Dragonfly is on the move! We can't run trips yet, but we're giving her some exercise and will start a training programme for skippers & crew, to make sure everyone is up to date.

The Canal Trust has had a low profile with our local councillors. Change is on the way.

 The Trust has spent lockdown planning for a restart of its canal restoration projects. We have recruited Jonathan Coates as our new Chief Engineer.