Visitor Centre Grand Re-opening

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust's Visitor Centre has been in Theatre Square opposite Swindon's Central Library 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 thanks to the recruitment of a manager, Peter Stroud, and a number of new additions to the team, all volunteers, making it viable again. It will formally reopen at 11am on Friday June 11th; a small group of volunteers has been busy inside, installing new shelving and equipment, cleaning & tidying it up and even cleaning the windows.

The Centre will have three functions:

  • To sell as many as possible of hundreds of books donated to the Trust in a recent bequest, then to sell canal-related books & possibly other items, such as maps and canal workwear.
  • To promote awareness of the canal and its current exciting developments, enabling members of the public to come in & chat to volunteers. Those interested further may be encouraged to join the Trust and perhaps even volunteer. Information will be available on current vacancies in the Trust.
  • To give information about boat trips on Dragonfly and the Trust's other boats

The Centre will be open 11am - 3pm Fridays and Saturdays. We hope more volunteers will join the team so that we can be open for more days. The Centre does not at present have a telephone, but enquiries to will always be answered.

Peter Stroud, Centre Manager, said " I am amazed and pleased at the response and determination from all to get the Visitor Centre up and running in such a short time".


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Chris Barry, Helen Thomas & Peter Stroud preparing to get the premises ready.  Photo - Liz Barry