West Vale Branch Home Page

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The Branch now meets at 8 pm on the first Wednesday of each month at the Prince of Wales pub, High Street, Shrivenham.

Reports are given, tasks discussed, activities organised both for our Mid-week and Monthly work-parties (the Saturday following the meeting) and beer is quaffed!

These meetings are open to all, you do not need to be a Trust member or willing to get your hands dirty, just come along to find out what is happening and to have a chat.




Interested in giving us a hand restoring the canal in the Shrivenham area to create a lasting local amenity?


Individual Volunteers.

We have volunteering opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and skills. You really don’t have to be fit or even able-bodied. From a few days a week to a few hours a year at times to suit you!

We have jobs to suit everyone; sitting down, indoor ‘office’ jobs as well as the physically demanding, very vigorous (outdoor gym stuff!) jobs down on the cut itself.

Those who wish to join in Branch activities on a more permanent basis can become Branch Members and join our regular weekly or monthly Work Parties.

Just volunteer! It really is a most worthwhile environmental project, its fun and rewarding.

Like to help but for one reason or another are not able to? Well you can still help by donating tools, equipment, materials or by a straight donation (we always have more projects than money!) or become a Trust member (see the main home page).


Corporate Volunteering – ‘company days out’

Many local firms have visited us for a fun day away from the office/workplace volunteering on canal restoration (examples). We have a variety of jobs always on offer depending upon the time of year and the physical abilities and numbers of visitors. Work can be arranged for small groups (two or three) up to about 50, for an hour or two up to a full day. (Or even more!)

Volunteering Days usually involve physical labour, we can supply the tools, materials and equipment and all the training and instruction required for the planned works.

We can provide basic on-site welfare facilities and light refreshments but BBQs/Pub lunches etc. can all be arranged to suit our visitors (Yes - we do allow breaks!)

For further details on volunteering please contact  Alan Norris


Visiting the West Vale Stretch

 If you would like to see for yourself what we have done around Shrivenham, or maybe have an escorted tour, please follow this link for more information.


Current Branch Project -

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To complete the brick-arched
bridge at Steppingstone Lane



And Previously -

The branch has partially restored a number of sections of the canal, structures and features, and now maintains them -

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Shrivenham Canalside Park Stainswick Lane to Station Road Station Road to Bourton Wharf

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Adding a new path
at the Canalside Park

  Improving the towpath
at Station Road


A Brief History of the West Vale Section and how the West Vale Branch Started


A Description of the Structures and Condition of the West Vale Section



The branch has produced a walk leaflet  Full details of the walk and links to download and print can be found at:

PDF File Shrivenham Walk