A tribute to The Hon Sir William McAlpine, Bt

It is with much sadness that I report our President, Sir William McAlpine passed away on 4th March. 

He had been unwell for the past few months.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Lady McAlpine and his family and I will be sending our condolences to them all.

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Aviva Community Fund - we are a winner!

Huge thanks to all those who voted for us in the Aviva Community Fund. What a great success for the Dauntsey Lock Canal Centre

The Aviva judges scored our entry highly against some very strong competition in the "£5,001 to £10,000 Inclusivity" section and the WBCT was awarded £9,945 to purchase equipment for our new community and training rooms at the Canal Centre.

The full list of winners is published on the Aviva Community Fund website 


Launch of The Mary Archard at Pewsham: 14th October 2017

The Mary Archard is a "Wheelyboat" with a bow door that raises and lowers.

Mary Archard 1Mary Archard 2This configuration makes it very easy to get wheel chair and less able users aboard and makes our canal more accessible for all to enjoy.

Many members and supporters turned up on a lovely Saturday to wave her off on her first official trip on the Wilts & Berks along a section where bunds have recently been removed and a whole kilometre of waterway is now open for the first time in over 100 years.

Studley Grange Boxing Day Walk

On a fine Boxing Day morning, fifty people took the opportunity of a brief opening of the towpath at Studley Grange.

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2018 Calendars still available

Beautiful views of canal scenes from original art work created by our Transitions partners Stratton Community Art Group

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Joint Venture for Witchelstowe

Landmark joint venture signed for 2,750 homes to the south of Swindon

A joint venture agreement has been signed between Swindon Borough Council and Barratt Developments to bring around 2,750 homes to the 250 hectare Wichelstowe development south of Swindon. Restoration of the canal will help to create a strong heart to the development, including significant areas of open space.

Click for further information from Swindon24
and on Facebook

Historic England Angel Awards - The Result

These annual awards celebrate the efforts of people who champion heritage and whilst we are disappointed not to have won, with 120 entries we did well as runners up in our category, ‘Best Rescue, Recording and Interpretation of an Historic Place’.
Our congratulations go to Nigel Ford, who won this category, for the repair, restoration and reinstatement of Norfolk’s historic milestones.
We would like to thank all those in our team at Pewsham Top Lock and extend our thanks to CRT and People’s Postcode Lottery for their help.

Roderick Bluh
Wilts & Berks Canal Trust

Funding sucess for a Volunteers Project officer

The Trust was delighted to receive a grant from The Wiltshire Community Foundation.

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