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Water Adds Value Video
Sunday, 06 April 2014 00:00

The Canal & River  Trust and  Inland Waterways Association  have produced a video  about the economic value

of  canal restoration.

Water Adds Value  shows some examples  of the effect of some  recent restorations:


Annual General Meeting 2013 Oct 19 Wichelstowe
Sunday, 14 July 2013 00:00

AGM2013-1-200Notice of Annual General Meeting which will take place at East Wichel Community Primiary School,Staldon Road, East Wichel, Wichelstow, Swindon on Saturday 19th October at 2.00pm


Click on either image to see a  printable version

PDF FileAnnual Report 2012 - 2013

Chris Coyle on Castledown Radio
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 15:38

Following news that the restoration of the canal had been filmed for the BBC programme 'Escape to the Country', we were contacted by a local radio station in Wiltshire for an interview. 

Castledown Radio serves Tidworth and the surrounding area.  They are featuring canals, and were keen to find out more about the Wilts & Berks.  Chris Coyle was invited to their studio for a live interview, which lasted about fifteen minutes in total.  The interview covered the history of the canal, when and why it became derelict, our restoration progress, and our plans for the future.  Of particular interest was the Melksham Link, our plan for the new stretch of canal rejoining Melksham to the Kennet and Avon Canal. 

An edited version can be heard by following the link below.


New way to donate + Southern Canals Association meeting
Monday, 18 March 2013 19:51

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Southern Canal Association

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust was pleased  to host Sunday’s meeting of the Southern Canals Association . Many canal restoration groups were represented to hear the latest news about the Wilts & Berks  and to discuss matters of common interest.  Presentations were made  to the meeting  by IWA National Chairman Les Etheridge  and Canal & River Trust  Trustee John Dodwell .

New Book reveals hidden history of W&B Canal
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 07:36

 Doug3-1000Get your copy from the Trust 

A proportion of each purchase goes towards the work of the Trust

See  the Swindon Advertiser article

Visit the Shop at 1 Theatre Square Swindon  SN1 1QN

(Opposite in Main Library) Open Fridays and Saturdays

Cheques payable to Swindon Canal Restoration


IWA Report on Search for New Chairman
Monday, 07 January 2013 16:24

Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Search for a New Chairman

The Chairman of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust, John Laverick, was taken ill suddenly in September. Although he is now on the road to recovery, he has decided to step down from his role.

Bringing the Wilts & Berks back to life is recognised to be the most ambitious canal restoration in the country. The Trust is now looking for a person with the foresight and commitment to take up this challenge and lead the Trust on to the next stage. They have numerous projects coming on stream at the moment including the Melksham Link, creation of a new stretch of canal that will join Melksham to the Kennet & Avon Canal and the 5 year Towpath Challenge, restoring 102km of towpath from Semington to Abingdon.

For more information please contact Kath Hatton - Acting Chairnan

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Trust Annual General Meeting Oct 2012
Saturday, 20 October 2012 00:00

AGM1-IMAG0083Trust Annual General Meeting held on Saturday October 20th

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Presentation of Queen's Award 21st September
Saturday, 22 September 2012 00:00


WBCTQueenAwardKath HattonA PRESTIGIOUS award was presented to hardworking volunteers today, in recognition of their successful campaign to breathe new life into a former waterway.

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service from Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire. The award has an equivalent status to that of the single MBE.

In the last year alone, the charity has arranged dozens of workparties along the length of the route. Volunteers have donated thousands of hours to clear rubbish and restore a wide range of original structures including towpaths, culverts, bridges and wharfs. Their aim is to create a new wildlife corridor linking the Kennet & Avon Canal near Melksham to the Thames & Severn Canal near Cricklade and the River Thames near Abingdon, protecting our industrial heritage while providing a multi-million pound boost to local tourism and employment.

Kath Hatton, vice-chairman of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust, received the domed glass crystal award from the Lord Lieutenant Mrs Sarah Troughton. The presentation took place alongside a restored stretch of the canal in Swindon before guests enjoy a short trip aboard the narrowboat Dragonfly .

Kath said: “The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is regarded as the highest award for charities, and therefore we are delighted and honoured to receive this royal recognition. The Wilts & Berks Canal played an important role in the industrial revolution before it was abandoned in the early twentieth century, and our first volunteers simply tried to protect what was left of the route. Then, the charity had a small membership and very few people outside of the organisation had any idea that the waterway had ever existed. It was in danger of being lost forever. However, today there is growing recognition of the ways in which canals transform the fortunes of local towns through increased tourism and employment, as well as providing important new habitats for wildlife. Membership is steadily increasing and there is now clear public support for the Wilts & Berks to be brought back to life.”

Mrs Troughton said: “I am delighted when groups are recognised for the unique services they provide to their communities. The Trust has done much to restore and promote canals within Wiltshire. The dedication, commitment and hard work of officers and other volunteers is to be commended and the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is justly deserved.”

Kath added: “We are under no illusions about the scale of the task, especially in the current economic climate, but we only have to look at the Kennet & Avon Canal to see what can be achieved by volunteers working with the community. The Trust already enjoys the strong backing of local councils and residents and we hope the Queen’s Award will help to raise our profile even higher Working together, we can breathe new life into this wonderful waterway.”

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Swindon Advertiser

Saturday September 22

The Presentation


Programme of the afternoon's events

Swindon Advertiser Sept 13 2012


The Award

All of the details can be accessed through the following links:


Swindon Advertiser Sunday 17th June 2012

Congratulations to everybody for your input that has allowed the Trust to achieve what is rated as, 'the highest award given to volunteer groups across the country for outstanding work', 'an award for groups of people doing voluntary work that is a social, economic or [and] environmental service to the community'.

Queen's Award Press release

Commemorate the Award with a Souvenir


Commemorate the Award to the Trust
Thursday, 26 July 2012 07:14

Queens Award Crystal

What better way to remember the award to the Trust than by buying the splendid souvenir items that will shortly be available.Scarf

The Trust will be awarded a glass crystal, and you can obtain your own replica, engraved with the name of the Trust. In addition a pin badge will be available, showing the logo.

We will also have a tie and ladies scarf available in Trust colours with the new logo. The Trust will place a bulk order for the replica crystal, which measures 80x50x50. The cost will be between £15.00 and £30.00 plus postage of £8.50.


The exact price will depend on the number of orders we can place at the same time.Tie4Web


pin picturePlease let us know by 31st August if you would like to be part of this first bulk order. The pin badges will cost £3.50 including postage. The ties and the scarves are available at £10.00 each.

Please order your items from the Administrator, Wilts & Berks Canal Trust,  PO Box 3630 Swindon SN4 4AN  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,



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