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...

RWB Branch took delivery on Saturday 15th May of a 40ft, 13-ton craft at Templars Firs. The workboat features a large digger arm (known as a HIAB) on the bow, and steel outriggers to provide stability.

Before we could carry out restoration of the walls of Bottom Lock at Pewsham, our volunteers had to remove a very large tree stump.

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.