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No 41 Dragonfly March 1991

Dragonfly_No41_Title_600Now 75p Cover Picture: View from Grove Top Lock towards Lime Kiln Lock Jan 1991

WestEnd: A detailed report on the new Hypoazomatic boat.

Melksham reports that they have sought permission from all the land owners from the K&A to Lacock for an Engineering Study along the proposed route. Only one said no.

ChairChat: An interesting overview of current activities and future hopes from Peter Scatchard, Chairman of the Group.

EastEnd: Substantial achievement at Grove and Limekiln Locks.

No 42 Dragonfly June 1991

DragonflyNo42_June91_Title_600Now £1. Cover Picture The Hypozomatic boat on the Canal at Calne - May Bank Holiday 1991 which proved very popular with local children.

W&B needs you: Call for members to get more involved.

What's in a Name: Discussion of possible new version of the Group's Name

WestEnd: The Consultation process on the possible new route between the K&A and Lacock has started. Plans for the use of the new boat.

Melksham; Publicity and efforts to gain local support

Calne: Duckweed and dead fish, fishing platforms, Natural History Unit of BBC and planting of wild flowers are all reported. Also news from Dauntsey, Foxham & Lyneham Branches

No 43 Dragonfly September 1991


Cover Picture: New W&B Canal Bouncy Castle owned by Calne Branch in use for the first time at Calne Open day 1st Sept 1991

WestEnd: Items on Dauntsey Lock study and Melksham Waterway

Central Section: A Report from Swindon with walks, work and various negotiations. The Wootton Bassett Report outlines the large amount of work to be done at Templars Firs.



No 44 Dragonfly January 1992


Cover Picture: Rebuilding Childrey New Road Wharf on the Sunday of the BIg-Dig

In Chair Chat the Wilts & Berks 'Big Dig' is described in detail. An important visit by IWA is also reported.

The Linear Park Concept in relation to Canal restoration

New Departmental Structure is outlined

Damsel-Fly Afoat (Or Aloft?): The usefulness and versatility of the new Hypozomatic boat is described

Workparties report :. The report gives a good overal view of the work in hand on all parts of the canal

A Year in the Life of the Bristol & Bath branch: A Report from the Saltford Marina where the group meet and about their work at Foxham

No 45 Dragonfly Spring 1992

Dragonfly_No_45_Spr92_Title_600Cover picture: Foxham Top Lock nearing completion with the team that built it.

Chair Chat focuses on the need for redressing the balance between those who are willing to work on the physical aspects of restoration and those (the smaller number) who are willing to help in handling the administrative burden.

New logo for the Group: Nick Clements produces suggestions for a new logo

Chippenham & Calne News Reports

The Foxham report: Work at Foxham is proceeding at a steady pace and if finance permits they hope to have the Foxham Elm, Farm Section in water in 18 months time

Wootton Bassett: Various events and work activities are reported.

The Council members Report gives an overview of current & future developments.

No 46 Dragonfly Summer 1992


Cover Picture: The Calne Canal Day August Bank Holiday

Editor Required: "This edition of Dragonfly has been pasted up at the last minute....There is so much going on within the Group that it is a shame that this cannot be properly documented....If you can help please contact us."

Chair Chat: presents a number of topics including a statement that the Group has been offered a reasonably substantial section of canal free of charge

The Project Officer: Outlines important work and plans including 3 sites which have been dredged.


No 47 Dragonfly December 1992

Cover Picture: Grove Common Lock Tail Bridge. Brian Gower and team during the WRG Summer Camp, just before replacing the earth on the concrete arch.


Letters to the Editor includes a message from the Archivist.

Chair Chat speaks of the AGM, very well attended and with unusually good feedback, and of the need for balance between practical restoration and the planning and expert input that must preced it.

Project Officer's Report looks to the future under a number of headings;

Strategy developing links with local authorities and statutory bodies;

Demonstrating benefits of restoration by restoring sections of the canal;

Making contact with local commerce and other potential sources of finance.

Work Parties Report: The progress and problems of various projects

No 48 Dragonfly March 1993


Cover Photo: Hugh Sayce tackles a newly-laid hedge at Templars Firs, Wootton Bassett

Chair chat: Includes the selection and appointment of a full-time Project Officer, Honorary Life Memberships for John Henn and Neil Rumbol, and the effect of the Wantage / Abingdon area proposed Reservoir on future Canal work (See also article pages 13 and 14)

Letters to the Editor; Among these are a letter from John Henn, retiring Projects Officer, and one from the Chairman of IWA Restoration Committee entitled Credibility.

Water - The Vital ingredient: An article by Paul Darby around the need for careful thought about water supplies for the restored W&B Canal

Foxham: The Upper Lock has been completed.

No 49 Dragonfly June 1993

DragonflyNo49_Jun93_Title_600Cover Picture : A rather full very pretty canal at Challow, near Wantage. Taken during the IWA Oxon Walk in January 1993

How It All Began Company Secretary Neil Rumbol looks over the years to the formation of the Amenity Group Part 1  (Part 2 in Dragonfly No 51)

Around the Branches: Reports from Abingdon, East Vale,West Vale, Swindon, Wootton Bassett & Melksham

Restoration Round - Up; A brief look at what is happening at the various restoration sites. Further details in the branch reports.

Project Officer's Report: The new Project Officer, Paul Pennycook introduces himself and presents his first report.

No 50 Dragonfly September 1993

DragonflyNo50_Sep93_Title_600Cover Photo: Desmond Mottram looks on while the Major of Thamesdown, Councillor Doreen Hart, studies a map of the Moredon Underpass with Peter Scatchard. (Photo courtesy of Wiltshire Newspapers Ltd)

Restoration Round-Up contains general information and Work Party Reports from Wootton Bassett and Foxham.

Around the Branches reports on what has been happening along the line