Canal goes Arty


Canal art demonstration Saturday 12th August
Local artist Marilyn Trew has recently created a new sign for the Trust’s trip boat operating from the landing stage at Waitrose, Wichelstowe.
Marilyn has offered to put on a demonstration of canal art painting at the Trust’s Information Centre, 1 Theatre Square, Swindon SN1 1QN (opposite Swindon Central Library) on Saturday 12th August between 11am and 3 pm.
The Information Centre will stock a range of Marilyn’s work for visitors to purchase as well as providing information on the Trust’s activities, membership options and boat trips.

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Take a Trip on Dragonfly

Dragonfly

The Trust's own narrowboat Dragonfly is now running weekend trips in Swindon. Additionally, Wednesday trips are available during the school summer holiday.

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Studley Grange - We did it!

Studley Grange

Appeal to all our supporters: a task that looked almost impossible has been completed through the support of our enthusiastic members... and with substantial loans of nearly £300,000 from three of our members in 2016 and 2017, which we need to repay.

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Acquisition of Canal Route

On 11th July the Trust acquired from Wiltshire Council the track of the Wilts & Berks canal and towpath at Morningside Farm, Royal Wootton Bassett.

This is part of the gradual transfer of a number of sections of the canal owned by Wiltshire Council: the transfer was agreed by Wiltshire Council’s Cabinet Capital Assets Committee in June 2016.

In 2016, Leader of the Council, Cllr Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, said: “Wiltshire Council is a long standing partner in this restoration and we are pleased be able to assist the volunteers to progress work on the Wilts & Berks Canal. Wiltshire continues to benefit from the great tourism attraction of the Kennet & Avon canal, which was similarly restored with the passion and enthusiasm of volunteers: it is a wonderful success story and is a great benefit to the community.
”Roderick Bluh, Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Chairman said today: “The Trust is again extremely grateful for the support of Wiltshire Council in our work to restore this significant part of the national inland waterways infrastructure and bring the clear benefits of a vibrant and active resource to all our communities, now and in the future.”

 

Heritage Heroes Project at Pewsham

The Help for Heroes volunteering phase has just finished at the Pewsham Heritage Heroes project.

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Studley Grange - July Update

The Trust’s flagship project at Studley Grange involved the excavation of a new canal section between Chaddington Lane and Studley Grange.

The planned inspection which commenced on June 12th has gone well and the survey and report is with the design engineers and will be presented to WBCT management shortly.

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Challow Lease

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is pleased to announce that earlier in April, a lease was agreed for a long length of canal at Challow, near Wantage.

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