Christmas Fair at the Peterborough Arms

Join us at the WBCT Christmas Fair at the Peterborough Arms on Saturday 9th December from 10.30 am to 2 pm.

Mince pies and mulled wine plus last minute Christmas presents and our second hand book stall.

More information from Sheila Wade - 07976 281586


Aviva Community Fund

Well done and our thanks to everyone who voted for us in the Aviva Community Fund.

We have won enough votes to make it through to the finals. Judges will make their final decisions, in each category, on 16 January 2018. Fingers crossed!


There was a packed day at Wroughton on Saturday 21st October

With trips out in the morning to see the new section at Studley Grange, presentations by the Executive (summaries in the next members' magazine - Dragonfly) and videos of progress to date, the Heritage Heroes Project and the Transitions Project.

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Cotswold Canals Trust requests your support

Cotswold Canals Trust has submitted a planning application for the reinstatement of a missing section of canal at Marston Meysey. They need your support to ensure that it is successful.

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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

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.

Wilts & Berks Canal as part of the New Eastern Development in Swindon

The Public Enquiry into the appeal against planning permission refusal: Lotmead section of the New Eastern Villages

The Public Enquiry is being held at Swindon Borough Council Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH from Tuesday 7th November starting at 10 am.

WBCT formal representatives will be there to put forward our view, and our evidence, that the proposals by developer Ainscough for the Lotmead development will not allow the canal to be built . We expect the Public Enquiry to last many days.

Members and supporters are most welcome to come along.

2018 Calendars now available

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

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