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Bassett supporters get the bigger picture

More than fifty people, including the Mayor of Wootton Bassett, came together in Wootton Bassett for a talk by John Farrow about the Wilts & Berks Canal in and around Swindon.

Many already know the canal in Wootton Bassett and John extended their view onwards through Swindon towards Shrivenham and Cricklade. John started by giving an overview of the routes through Swindon. The old route of the canal from the Shrivenham Road into Swindon was illustrated by showing our DVD with historic and current photos. John is a volunteer in our Wootton Bassett work party so he showed photos of recent work at Butterfly World between Wootton Bassett and Swindon.JFarrowTalk

Old and new supporters were fascinated by views of the new canalside houses at Wichelstowe and the new lock, and then new envisaged routes through the town centre and east round Coate Water.

There was a lively question and answer session including what can volunteers do apart from digging! Donations and a raffle added to our branch funds and several people took away membership application forms."

Photo caption "In the coffee break the Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett, Paul Heaphy, (right) and John Farrow, discussed future plans for canal restoration."