Branches Melksham Calne & Chippenham News
Charity cheque after sponsored walk
Monday, 24 August 2009 00:00

2009_august_2CAMPAIGNERS breathing new life into a former waterway through the Wiltshire countryside have received almost £900 to support their local work.

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust has been presented with £883 to spend on conservation and restoration between Melksham and Chippenham.
The money was raised from the charity's annual sponsored walk in April which attracted more than a hundred people of all ages.
Supporters were able to follow the line of the former waterway from Chippenham to Lacock and back, walking a total of eight miles past derelict locks and dry-docks and even a rebuilt bridge.
Event organiser Peter Williams presented the cheque to members of the Melksham, Chippenham & Calne branch of the Trust during one of their regular work parties.

Peter said: "We were delighted to raise so much money from a single event, and it was great to see so many new faces joining us from one year to the next.
"The majority of people were local supporters but there were many others from further afield who had seen the restoration featured in the media and simply wanted to learn more about the progress that has been made.
"More and more of the canal is being revealed every year and people are beginning to see what a wonderful asset it would be for the community - in terms of tourism, employment and conservation.
"However, none of this would have been achieved without the hard work and dedication of the volunteers.
"We hope this money will help them to continue their campaign to bring the canal back to life."

Rob Jones, branch chairman, said: "We are very grateful to everyone who took part in this year's sponsored walk, and to Peter and his team who organised such a fun event.
"Every penny of this money will be spent on local projects supporting the restoration of the Wilts & Berks Canal."

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