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Uffington Show

This year, after a gap of a few years the Canal Trust had a stand at the annual Uffington Show held on the Sunday and Monday of the Bank Holiday weekend. The weather for the most part stayed kind, although we did worry about the wind on the Sunday evening!

There were lots of activities going on including, in the air, wing walking on biplanes ( hair-raising!) and the highlight of the day the restored Vulcan bomber doing a circuit. On the ground there were otters to look at, horserides, sporting activities, dressage displays, trade stands aplenty and a beer tent!

We had one of the Trusts marquees ( the other was at the IWA National and also used Mike's gazebo as store tent and a place to put a table for Wild on Waterways activities for the children. The canal display brought forth much comment from people who remembered the canal in their childhood especially in Swindon as well as offers of assistance and useful information. We are in the planning stages of restoring a footpath bridge at West Challow and is was highly fortuitous that we were visited by someone who remembered the bridge before it was demolished and culverted in 1948. As a result we now know that we are restoring a flat bridge ( originally a lift bridge) rather than an arch bridge.

Thanks to the team for manning the stand ie Phil Logue, Mike Matthews, Chris Naish and Martin Buckland ( and also for transporting the displays and equipment)"