Branches Melksham Calne & Chippenham News
MCC Bidders help to bring Waterway back to life
Thursday, 01 November 2012 17:46

AuctionChequePresentationFundraisers have been delighted by the success of their first auction, which generated almost £2,000 towards the restoration of a local waterway.

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust received more than 60 donations from local businesses and supporters for the event at Derry Hill last month. Popular items included a footplate experience on a steam locomotive, a 40-inch HD-ready television, watercolours and boatrides.

Other items include sports and theatre tickets, passes for regional attractions, rounds of golf, meals, and even a tour of a brewery.  Organised by the Melksham, Chippenham & Calne branch of the charity, the auction raised £1,977 towards the ongoing campaign to bring the canal back to life.

Volunteer Val Melville presented the cheque to branch chairman Derek Flexer alongside a restored stretch of the waterway near Lacock.

Val said: “We were supported by a fantastic team, particularly Gordon Brockman from Chippenham Auction Rooms who conducted the auction in such an entertaining way.We would be delighted to hear from other members of the local community who would like to join our fundraising efforts.Our volunteers get involved in all sorts of events, from organising boatrides and sponsored walks to raffles and quizzes.It’s a great way to have lots of fun while raising money for a good cause.”

Derek said: “The Trust is very grateful to all of the businesses and individuals who donated so many items, and to everyone who attended on the night.The money will be used to fund our local restoration campaign so that we can bring this waterway back to life.”