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 Wotton Bassett and Swindon, for the formal opening of a new section some 1.2 km in length.

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Melksham Food & River Festival

Take part in the Foxhangers Raft Race with two prizes of £100

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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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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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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.

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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.

WBCT Chairman Roderick Bluh said:  ““This is another impressive achievement by our fantastic volunteers and demonstrates our charity’s progress in bringing the canal back to life.”

Double Bridge is a popular spot for walkers and cyclists who use the restored canal towpath.  From May this year, as well as enjoying the view towards the River Avon in the meadow below, they can watch boats pass under the bridge for the first time in over 100 years.

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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 


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