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 is about to be 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.

 

Highways England, the company responsible for England’s motorways and major A roads, has awarded over £42,000 towards the Trust’s feasibility studies via its Environment and Wellbeing fund. 

The canal at Westleaze has been closed indefinitely but Dragonfly is safe at the Waitrose mooring.

Company days out - Many local firms have visited us for a fun day away from the office/workplace volunteering on canal restoration. We have a variety of jobs always on offer depending upon the time of year and the physical abilities and numbers of visitors.