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No 121 Dragonfly Summer 2011

Dragonfly No 121

 Cover Image;  Pewsham reopening celebrated in fine style by MP Duncan Hames, Mark Packard (Chippenham Arear Board), Rebecca Lamont Jiggens (Community First) and Jogn Laverick (Photo Stephen Lewsi)

VIP Visitors celebrate return of Wiltshire's Lost Waterway Crowds of wellwishers gather at the start of the sponsored walk from Chippenham to Lacock

Wichelstowe Wins Prizes in nationwide competition Waterways Renaissance Award organised by the Waterways Trust

New Exhitition at Chippenham Museum

AGM Formal notice of Annual General meeting

 Around the Branches; Activites in all areas are reported.

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No 122 Dragonfly Autumn 2011

Dragonfly No 121

 Cover Image Uffington Wharf - A recently found picture of Uffington Wharf in the 1890's

Willow Reborn An account of the recent refurbishment of one of our trip boats by Douglas Harris

Cotswold Canals Trust Jubille Cruise. Chris Coyle and Martin Buckland report on a historic event involving our neighbours to the north as they undertake an epic commemorative cruise.

Former Canal-side Pub is presented with original lock-gate recovered during restoration

Canal Trust invites walkers to retrace route of Melksham Waterway

Bricks - a personal view by Ken Whapples (or everything you wanted to know about bricks, but were afraid to ask)

And then there was one Doug Small reveals a fascinating new find

Around the Branches; Activites in all areas are reported.

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No 123 Dragonfly Winter 2011

Dragonfly No 121

Cover Image;  Our trip boat had some very special charters over pre Christmas weekends

Sponsored Walk gives boost to Canal campaign. Walk from Chippenham to Locock raises £1300

Trust Finances Treasurer Peter Kinsman answers questions raised at the AGM

Santa slows down and breaks the ice. Report on the very successfull Santa trips at Kingshill Swindon

The WBCT Towpath Project Tim pyatt reports on an exciting and daunting challenge

AGM Draft minutes and Notes of the "Open Forum"

Weed Clearance at Royal Wootton Bassett

Wilts & Berks canal Trust say every tree matters in the Tree Council's National Tree Week

Around the Branches; Activites in all areas are reported.

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No 124 Dragonfly Spring 2012

Dragonfly No 121

Cover Image: Top Lock at Pewsham - Plans for restoration are well in hand

Vice Chairman's Report. In the absence of John Laverick, Kath Hatton reports that HRH Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to continue to be our patron

Partnership Canal Officer's Report  The Partnership will operate under the title of The Wiltshire,Swindon and Oxfordshire Canal Partnership

New Signs Retrace Route of Melksham Canal Walkers will find it easier to retrace the route of Melsham's former waterway, thanks to generous grants which provided new signs.

Book Review The Canal Pioneers - Brindley's School of Engineers. Reviewed by Chris Coyle. Copies of this book are available at the Trust Shop in Swindon.

The W&B Canal Towpath Project Tim Pyatt gives an update.

Dragonfly Successful year in Swindon Taking 700 paying passengers

Membership, 200 Club & Fund Raising News plus Letters to the Editor

Around the Branches; Activites in all areas are reported.

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No 125 Dragonfly Summer 2012

Dragonfly No 121

Cover Image: - We are proud to display the logo of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Chairman's Report. The Queen's Award for Voluntary service was created in 2002. It is now regarded as the highest award given to voluntary groups

Partnership Canal Officer's Report  We  have had to suspend work on the project to restore the canal at Butterfly World in Royal Wootton Bassett.   Planning application for the Melksham Link.

Wilts & Berks Canal Trust honoured by invations to Buckingham Palce Garden Parties. Roy and Barbara Murrell.  Also a party to recognise the  Queen's award.

Stround on Water IWA National Trailboat Festival  Report and pictures.

Success of Dauntsey Lock Open Day Waterway enthusiasts enjoyed a flood of interest when they opened up a previously hidden stretch of canal.

Notice of AGM  The Bourton Club, Church St, Bourton, Swindon SN6 8HZ Saturday 20th October at 2.00pm

Around the Branches; Activites in all areas are reported.

Letters to the Editor Towpath walkers v cyclist

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No 126 Dragonfly Autumn 2012

Dragonfly No 121

Cover Image: - The Lord Lieutanent Mrs Sarah Troughton presents the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to Kath Hatton, Vice Chairman WBCT

Chairman's Report. "After much consideration, it is with regret that I have reached the conclusion that with effect from the Trust's AGM on 20th October 2012 I intend to stand down as chairman of the Trust"

Vice-Chairman's Report - Kath Hatton summarises the events over the last 3 months

Partnership Canal Officer's Report  Ken Oliver urges us to write or email to make our concerns known that the opportunity for restoration of the Wilts & Berks Canal through swindon Town centre is being ignored in the proposed Masterplan for the Town centre by Forward Swindon.

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. Mike Lang's diary of the presentation on  21st Sept.

Dragonfly; Fun for Children from Near and Far  Report on 12 children from Chernobyl enjoying a trip on Trust's narrowboat. Plus local child minder chartered Dragonfly. The children  had ben enjoying nature-based activities so the trip on the canal fitted perfectly with their topic. They had such a good day that they booked to come again.

Attributed to George W Puckey. Speculation about the artist of 12 paintings on display at the Swindon Museum and Art gallery. The Museum has no record of the paintings origins  There is a lot of nostalia in these artworks. They have been sanitised of the ugly with even tidy and regular building.Some of the dates are fanciful put there to create  an impression.  If you know anything about the painting or about G Puckey please contact Carsten Drew.

Wilts & Berks Canal Towpath project  Latest news

Around the Branches; Activites in all areas are reported.

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No 127 Dragonfly Winter 2012

Dragonfly127-105Cover Image: - Dredging and footpath creation below Chaddington Lock - Royal Wootton Bassett is in the background. Photo Jenny Stratton

Vice-Chairman's Report - Kath Hatton reports on Melksham Link, Templars Firs Canal Extension, Grove, Moulden Hill, Westlease, Wichelstowe & Pewsham Locks. She thanks Doug Small & John Minns for their work as the Event team

Partnership Canal Officer's Report  Ken Oliver .

Melksham's Future Waterways - A Legacy from the Past. Derek Flexer describes a very successful public meeting

Member 002 Takes the Helm of Dragonfly Tim Pyatt describes a great day out.

Lots of Lots at Canal Trust MCC Auction Report and picture by Justin Guy

Book Review The Wilks & Berks Canal Through Time Roy Cartwright reviews Doug Small's latest book

Fundraising for the Wilts & Berks  200 Club Annual Report 

A review of 2012 Chris Coyle takes a look at what has been happening during 2012

WBCT Towpath Challenge Registration Form

Diagram of density of location of members Lots of red dots

Around the Branches; Activites in all areas are reported.

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No 128 Dragonfly Spring 2013

Dragonfly128-105Cover Image: - Tim Pyatt and Lynne at the start of the  Sponsored Walk. Photo Chris Coyle

Vice-Chairman's Report - Kath Hatton reports on Melksham Link, Templars Firs Canal Extension and Southern Canals Association meeting at Croft Sports Centre.

Partnership Canal Officer's Report  Ken Oliver. Thanks Rod Bluh who has just stood down from the post of Leader of Swindon Borough Council

Did the boatman get his new horse ?. An intriguing insight  into a small piece of canal history by Doug Small, Trust Archivist.

Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Towpath Challenge Walk. Tim Pyatt reports on  the very successful Sponsored Walk from Semington to Abingdon. Lots of photos.

International Praise for Canal Trust Volunteer Report and picture by Justin Guy

Fundraising for the Wilts & Berks  Kath Hatton MCC fund Raising and Land Fund appeal 

Annual General Meeting Report 24th Annual General Meeting  held at The Bourton Club, Bourton, Swindon SN 6 8HZ on Saturday 20th October 2012

Dragonfly has a Wheelchair lift  Mike Lang reports

Around the Branches; Activites in all areas are reported.

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No 129 Dragonfly Summer 2013

Dragonfly129-105Cover Image: - Piling of the bank at Kingshill, Swindon, to prevent damage and deterioration ( see foreground)

Vice-Chairman's Report - Chris Coyle. Securing the line of the canal by obtaining security of the land.   Peterborough Arms at Dauntsey declared an asset of Community value. The background work on a number of other projects goes on quietly.

Partnership Canal Officer's Report  Ken Oliver. The Melksham Link. Partnership news available on www.wiltsandberkscanal.org.uk

Recollections of Jack Dalby by Nicholas Hammond  We are grateful to Mr Hammond for sharing his memories of Jack Dalby. He has kindly provided notes on the campaign for the restoration of the K&A for later issues.

Escape to the Country. The Trust hopes to share our achievenments with a national audience after welcoming a popular TV series..

Boat Report  Mike Lang Dragonfly has managed to pull in the visitors. We hear all manner of comments during the trips but the most common  is "we did not know there was a canal in Swindon"

Fundraising for the Wilts & Berks  Kath Hatton MCC fund Raising and Land Fund appeal 

Sunshine Boosts Success of Sponsored Walk MCC annual event on Bank Holiday Monday May 6th -  Pictures

Annual General Meeting Report Notice of 25th Annual General Meeting  held at The East Wichel Community Primary School, Staldon Road, East Wichel, Wichelstowe Swindon SN1 7AG on Saturday 19th October at 2.00pm

Diagram "Status Wilts & Berks Canal System December 2012.

Around the Branches; Activites in all areas are reported.

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No 130 Dragonfly Autumn 2013

Dragonfly130-105Cover Image: - Beavers enjoying a day out on Nb Dragonfly

Editorial Request for Letters to the editor

Vice-Chairman's Report - Chris Coyle. Success of Seven Locks Appeal. News of Peterborough Arms at Dauntsey Lock, Canal and River Trust, and  speaker at the AGM Nigel Crowe, Head of Heritage at Canal and River Trust.

Partnership Canal Officer's Report  Ken Oliver. The Melksham Link. Partnership news available on www.wiltsandberkscanal.org.uk

IWA National Festival - Derek Flexer reports on our presence at this year's event.

Boat Report The Boat team report on a successful Summer. The next challenge is to prepare for our search for Santa along the Wilts & Berks Canal in Swindon. Full advantisement appears.

Fundraising for the Wilts & Berks  Kath Hatton MCC fund Raising

The story of a Previous Appeal for the Cricklade Country Way Kath Hatton again

Another Historic Bridge saved for re-use on the Wilts & Berks A Bridge estimated to be well over 100 years old has been saved from the scrap yard and will be used as part of the restoration of the Canal at Mouldon Hill, Swindon

Around the Branches; Activites in all areas are reported.

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