Dragonfly

Dragonfly is a quarterly journal produced by members and for members. It covers what has happened in the Branches and in the Trust over the previous 3 months, highlighting major achievements. Other subjects covered include wildlife and habitat issues, celebrating members work, boating, fund raising…

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  • Cover Image Reflections on Templars Firs section

    Editorial Sharing

    Chairman's report Santa Trips, AGM, 2017 progress, Open forum meeting

    CEO's report AGM, WBCT at 40 booklet, Exec reorganisation, membership rate increase, Bio Diversity framework, Studley Grange, Pewsham accident

    Other Heritage Angels Award 2017, Trust funding, Membership, Draw winners, 200 club, Ivy, New book from John Laverick, Trust shop at Christmas, Wiltshire Countryside Officer report, Melksham Link survey, Naughty Nun, Letters to the editor, Nonsuch weekend, Peterborough Arms update, Lotmead Planning Appeal report, Student Project, Volunteer Hours, Exec reports, Branch reports

    2018-05-11


  • Cover Image Medal Winners from the raft race at the Melksham Food and River Festival

    Editorial Sharing knowledge and skills, increasing membership

    Chairman's report New trustees, AGM, Difficult year

    CEO's report AGM, Executive progress on financial matters

    Other Nb Dragonfly Report, Summer at the Info-Centre Helen Thomas, Membership Matters, Good News For Members, Canalside Launched in Wichelstowe, 200 Club, Berries and Fruit, WBCT Calendar 2018, Stop Press, River Bed Survey for Melksham Link, Still Time To Make The Draw, Finding Santa Trips 2017 Have a New Base, The Peterborough Arms: progress report, Canal Partnership Countryside Officer’s Report, Remembering – HARRY BROMLEY 1926 – 2017, Information for Annual General Meeting, Fun in the Sun and Smiles in the Rain, Wootton Bassett Branch Talks, Spotlight on …The Central Section (Royal Wootton Bassett ...

    2018-03-22


  • Cover Image Wootton Bassett branch’s newly purchased work boat

    Editorial New cover, more photographs required, increase in membership

    Chairman's report New Trustees, Progress since 2015, new commercial director, IWA support for Trust changes

    CEO's report Studley Grange, Help for Heroes at Pewsham, Peterborough Arms, Challow Lease, Project control, Towpath Festival

    Other Community Engagement, Canal Trust celebrates “amazing achievement”, Good News For Members, Milestones on the Wilts & Berks Canal, Membership Matters, Nb Dragonfly Report, Good News from nb Dragonfly, 200 Club, One Day in May, Annual Accounts, WBCT Calendar 2018, Commercial Operations, Canal Partnership Countryside Officer’s Report, Important Information for Volunteers, New Activities for Members, Spring Fair at the Peterborough Arms, NB NONSUCH, Prize Draw in support of the Land Fund, ...

    2018-03-22


  • Cover Image Family and friends of the late Allan Williams plant a tree and a plaque in his memory

    Editorial Requests for assistance, maps

    Chairman's report Membership drive, community engagement

    CEO's report Project manager recruitment, Pewsham Lock, Transitions project, Studley Grange, working with councils, 6000 members by 2017 AGM,

    Other New Deputy Chief Engineer appointed, Nb Dragonfly Report, Transitions Project, Membership Matters, Trust Events Team Retire, Partial Retirement, Skippering on nb Dragonfly – a personal view, Latton Basin– Ten Years On, A New Season by the Canal, Water, water everywhere, Good News For Members, The Trust’s Retail Outlet in Swindon, New Executive Director appointed, Canal Partnership Countryside Officer’s Report, Towpath Festival and Membership Drive Update, 200 Club, 2017 Melksham Food & River Festival, Fundraising ...

    2018-03-22


  • Cover Image Site of the old junction with the K&A at Semington after painting

    Editorial Volunteers and recruitment, new website

    Chairman's report AGM, new Members trustee, new website, Studley Grange, Peter Konitzer

    CEO's report Progress from the new executive

    Other Nb Dragonfly Report, Membership Matters, Pewsham Lock Cottage Draw, A Year by the Canal, Dauntsey Lock Wheelbarrow Competition, Season’s Greetings, Tony Davy Memorial Awards and Cup, Four Visitors and a Dog, Well, The Navvies Liked Their Beer, Fundraising for the Wilts & Berks, Santa Specials Get Through, A New Look for the Old Junction with the K&A, Target 10000, The Trust’s Retail Outlet in Swindon, Canal Partnership Countryside Officer’s Report, Hedge Laying, 200 Club, Good News For Members, AGM Report 2016, Around The Branches, Branch Meeting & Contact Details

    2018-03-22


  • Cover Image Cheque for £200 being presented to Doug Small for attending the Braunston Historic Narrowboat Rally

    Editorial Letter from Santa, roles within the Trust

    Chairman's Report Executive Team progress. Merger of Foxham and Lyneham Branch with MCC. Looking forward to the AGM

    Other Bell Inn support for the Trust; Tribute to Chris Coyle; Pewsham Lock Cottage draw; Mapping Conference report; Melksham Food and River Festival report; Update on Membership email exercise; Information on merchandise available from the Trust shop in Swindon; Peter Konitzer obituary; Stinging Nettles; Swan Droving; Cotswold Outdoors discount for members; Richard Ellis obituary; A day in the life of the Dragonfly crew; MOPS Dragonfly trip report; Wiltshire Donkey Show report; Fundraising update; Branch reports; 200 club draw results for July, August and September

    2017-03-20


  • Cover Image W&BCT at the 2016 IWA Trail Boat Festival, Staveley Town Basin on the Chesterfield Canal. Bob Airey, East Vale's WPO works the marquee early on the first day

    Editorial Electronic version of Dragonfly. Looking ahead to the mapping seminar

    Chairman's Report The new Executive Committee at work. The enormity of the task ahead

    Other Volunteering?; Fundraising for the Wilts & Berks; Special Announcement; WBCT Prize Draw 2016; Raising funds for Pewsham Lock Cottage: a live project; Membership Matters; Flying the Flag for the Trust Doug Small; Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Notice Of Annual General Meeting; MCC Quiz Under New Management; Annual General Meeting 17th October 2015; Good News For Members; Book Review; Swans, Eggs And Cygnets At Chaddington Road; Canalside Vetches; Doreen Darby; The Trust’s Retail Outlet in Swindon; Canal ...



  • Cover Image Volunteering! WRG (BitM) Forestry (Branch) with MCC & Foxham & Lyneham clearing the bed of the canal at the A4 near Chippenham

    Editorial New map. Need for photographs and volunteers

    Chairman's report One year on our Chairman reports having a great time. The re-organisation is now in place

    CEO's report After the EGM and getting the reorganisation in place it is time to get on with work

    Office move Our office is now at the Peterborough Arms

    Other Volunteering?; Merchandise; Swindon Branch Notice of AGM 6; Fundraising for the Wilts & Berks; The Wonder of Nature: an epic tale of survival; Membership Matters; Royal Wootton Bassett Branch AGM; A View From the Cab; Our Retail Outlet in Swindon; Canal Partnership Countryside Officer’s Report; Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Executive ...



  • Cover Image Richard Hawkins of Royal Wootton Basset Branch with his digger taking out the top of the bund at Bincknoll Lane

    Editorial Flooding throughout the UK. Announcement of the EGM in March. Stop Press: John Laverick, MBE, Michael Lee, BEM

    Chairman's report  Studley Grange. Looking forward to 2016

    CEO's report  The re-organisation

    Other Extraordinary General Meeting 2016; Fundraising; 200 Club; Tony Davy Awards; The Grey Heron; And the Winner is... Everyone; Canal Partnership; Progress Report on Studley Grange; Bailey Bridge Restoration; Branhces' Reports



  • Cover Image Our Patron with some of our front line forces after the official opening of the landing stage at Waitrose in Swindon. Small report page 4 & 5 Photo courtesy of Chloe Leadbetter

    Editorial Exciting times appear

    Chairman's Announcement Three months on and a learning curve. Jonathan Till appointed as Interim Chief Executive

    Other A new landing Stage at Middle Wichel; Fundraising for the Wilts & Berks Studley Grange; Studley Grange project Update; Annual General Meeting 17 October 2015; Boat Report; 220 year old Culvert Rebuilt; Canal Partnership; Canal Boat Launch On the Wilts & Berks; MCC Auction; Around the Branches; To the Editor



  • Cover Image Dunnington Aqueduct referred to in Wootton Bassett Branch report on page 23. A view not often witnessed as we have to get special permission to work on what is still privately owned land. 

    Editorial Welcome to Roderick Bluh and  good variety of articles

    Chairman's Report The enormous amount of work going on...

    Other AGM 2015; Canal Partnership; Fundraising for the Wilts & Berks; Cotswold Outdoors; Notice of Annual General Meeting; Comfrey; Save Our Hedgehogs; Canal Campaigner Praises "Fantastic”; Boat Report; Around the Branches; Melksham; To the Editor



  • Cover Image Top Lock at Pewsham as it hasn't been seen for many years 

    Editorial Plan to transfer water via the canal network

    Minutes of the 26th Annual General Meeting held at Grove on 18th October 2014

    Vice Chairman's report Kath is kept busy!

    Other Canal Partnership; Urgent Funding Appeal for the Studley Grange Project and for Co-Ordinator for the Wildlife Trail Project; The Natural Grid; Book Review; Fundraising for the Wilts & Berks; Around the Branches; To the Editor; Melksham Food & River Festival; You're Never Far from the Canal



  • Cover Image The People's Millions Cheque presentation. Photograph Steve Wells

    Editorial Voting for People's Millions. Letters for maps. Plea for information 

    Vice Chairman's report  Kath on maps, membership, boards,  audio messages, Melksham Link, Dauntsey, Seven Locks, Wootton Bassett & Wichelstowe Landing Stage

    Other Canal Partnership; Annual General Meeting 2014; Fundraising; An invitation from MCC Branch.; Joseph Hewer: Swindon's Last Canal Carrier; Canal Rings Past, Present and Future; A Tale of Two Swans; Dragonfly Ladies; Around the Branches; Master-Planning; To the Editor



  • Cover Image A busy River Avon during melksham River Festival - Picture Jenny Stratton 

    Editorial More maps, request for articles in future editions

    Vice Chairman's report Chris Coyle "We own a pub!" Melksham River Festival and Middle Wichel

    Other Canal Partnership; Moving Dragonfly to Melksham River Festival; News from the Canal Shop; Fundraising for the Wilts & Berks; Melksham River Festival; The Wilts & Berks Canal - The coming of the Industrial Revolution; nb Dragonfly team; Around the Branches; Canal People; To the Editor



  • Cover Image New skipper Sally Parkin brings ng Dragonfly through Beavan's Bridge 

    Editorial New editors John Millican and Margaret Lord

    Vice Chairman's report Chris Coyle There is lot going on including agreement in principle to buy Peterborough Arms .

    Other Canal Partnership; Boat Report nb Dragonfly; Industrial Archaeology and Archive Group; Fundraising for the Wilts & Berks; Notice of Annual General Meeting; Alastair K Macdonald; Situation Vacant; Party of International Guests enjoy cruise; Riverside Boards Show; Programme for Melksham River Festival; Wildlife in the Wilts & Berks Canal Corridor; Around the Branches; Southern Canals Association; To the Editor



  • Cover Image One of the many children who enjoyed a canal-themed day at Chippenham Museum

    Editorial Chris  Coyle writes

    Vice Chairman's report  Chris Coyle announces News Blog on the web. Also asks for Peterborough Arms Loans. Early news of Swindon route,Waterway in Melksham, Studley Grange, Harness enthusiasm of members.

    Other Canal Partnership; Michael Lee - 40 years of Voluntary Canal Engineering; Fun with Canal Crafts at the Museum by Val Melville; Winterization of nb Dragonfly; Fundraising; Snippets from the past; Wildlife Notes; News from the Canal shop; Wilts & Berks Canal - Poser Page; Around the Branches; To the Editor


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