Branches Melksham Calne & Chippenham News
Calne Canal brought back to life for Easter
Monday, 05 April 2010 00:00

Trust branch chairman Rob Jones (stern) steering people along the Wilts & Berks Canal at Chaveywell Bridge, CalneCanal enthusiasts defied the weekend weather to offer a different view of a popular park.

The local branch of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust arranged scenic boatrides as part of Calne's Easter activities on Saturday afternoon.
Members of the public were taken on a short trip from Chaveywell Bridge to the edge of the Bowood Estate and back again, raising much-needed funds to support the charity's local restoration campaign.

Rob Jones is the chairman of the Melksham, Chippenham & Calne branch of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust.
He said: "Despite the poor weather, we had a steady queue of people waiting patiently at the wharfside throughout much of the afternoon. The crowd included children, parents, grandparents and groups of teenagers - and even people out walking their dogs! It was a rare opportunity for them to see the park from a different angle and to gain a greater understanding of what we are trying to achieve. Our information tent was equally busy. We distributed lots of leaflets and newsletters to people who wanted to learn more about the restoration campaign and how they might be able to get involved. We are sincerely grateful to everyone who came along and we hope that many of them will choose to support our efforts to breathe new life into this former waterway."