The Mary Archard at Royal Wootton Bassett

The Trust held a successful boat weekend, using The Mary Archard at Templars Firs, Royal Wootton Bassett over the weekend of 15th and 16th September.

Good weather over the weekend allowed 85 members of the public to experience the stretch of canal at Templars Firs for the first time by boat.

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The Peterborough Arms…. very soon to be a pub with beer

Another long-awaited success for the Trust... negotiations have been completed with the new landlords of the Peterborough Arms and a lease has been signed.
The Trust welcomes Brendan and Michelle Watkins, who have moved into the Peterborough Arms to prepare for opening in October.

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Planning permission granted for the Dauntsey​ Lock Canal Centre​

A new home has been found in Dauntsey for our innovative Transitions Project.

After 12 months work with Wiltshire Council Planning and Listed Building Officers, the Trust has been given permission to build the Dauntsey Lock Canal Centre at the rear of the Peterborough Arms in temporary buildings.

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Boat Trips this Autumn

There will be a further opportunity to take an autumnal trip along the canal this October on the wheelchair-accessible 'Mary Archard'.

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Royal recognition for Chippenham volunteer

A Chippenham volunteer had his efforts recognised when he was invited to represent the charity at Buckingham Palace.

Dave Maloney was selected by the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust to attend one of this year’s royal garden parties.
The 63-year-old is the chairman of the charity’s Melksham, Chippenham & Calne branch and an executive manager.

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Boats return after 100 years

Visitors to the Wilts & Berks Canal will be able to see boats passing under local landmark Double Bridge near Lacock in Wiltshire for the first time since the collapse of the Stanley Aqueduct in 1901. 

This restored section of the canal is now 1.25kms long, allowing access to walks in open countryside from the bottom of Pewsham Locks near Chippenham to the edge of Reybridge near Lacock – making this one of the longest stretches of navigable water to be restored in our waterways project - and allows boats to pass under the bridge which was officially opened by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall in 2009.

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Thousands enjoy Festival

The Melksham Food & River Festival 2018


This year’s Melksham Food & River Festival was even bigger and better than in previous years. For this, its fourth year, the entire free community festival was spread out over the whole weekend, and with over 70 stalls attending on both days, it seemed like most of the town had decided to come along and join in the fun.

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Opening of the Studley Grange Section

The dream has come true: the new canal section is opened to the public.
A great day for the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust -  supporters, funders, landowners and the public gathered by the Wilts & Berks Canal at Studley Grange, between Royal Wootton Bassett and Swindon, for the formal opening of a new section some 1.2 km in length.

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WBCT Land Purchase near Queenfield Farm

The dream of a restored canal between Melksham and Lacock has moved another step closer to reality.

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