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Newspaper Archives 2014
The Big Interview

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Barrie Hudson talks to Chris Coyle, of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust. Chris, 70,is  company secretary




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Chris, 70, is company secretary of WBCT, which is to be in a televised competion for £50,000 Big Lottery Fund Grant.

Swindon Advertiser Monday November 17th 2014

Canal Trust seeks votes for £50,000 TV Fund Bid




Chris Coyle, company secretary of Wilts & Berks Canal Trust,

which is drumming up support for its TV fundraising  appearance



PeoplesMillion2It's taken us 40 years to complete 10 per cent of the canal

Swindon Advertiser

Tuesday November 11th 2014

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Dragonfly Takes Flight

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 Swindon Advertiser

27 August 2014

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Campaign to get canals working again

Campaign to_get_canals_workingAs part of the campaign The Canal & River Trust.which cares for 2000 miles of working waterways in England & Wales is publishing on on-line map to inspire people to unearth more or their local history. www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/restoration

Swindon Advertiser Friday 11th July 2014 

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard  15th July 2014

Inspector set to rule on town's blueprint



Today(22 May 2014) sees the final day of the public hearing into the Swindon Local Plan.

The plan will cover housing developments in the area including Tadpole Farm, Wichelstowe and the Eastern Villages.


Swindon Advertiser 22 May 2014

Bridging a gap in our history - Swindon Bridges

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Barry Leighton reminisces about Swindon's lost bridges

Swindon Advertiser 21 April 2014 

A poster showing all the bridges of Swindon is on display at  the Trust's shop in Theatre Square

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Swindon Advertiser

23 April 2014

Pewter Mug from Swindon ends up in Minnesota

Bullen Bridges-1000Bullen Bridge_2-1000Historic connections to Bullen Bridge

Swindon Advertiser March 26 2014

Historic Canal Building is to be industrial museum

Wantage Herald_5thMch14-2One of the most important buildings in Wantage's history will be opened as a new museum in April

Wantage Herald

5th March 2014

You could go cruising to see Santa

SantaCruise-1500In Swindon from the end of the month the familiar white-bearded, red-clad figure will be down by the riverside - or to be precise the banks of the Wilts & Berks Canal

Swindon Advertiser Wednesday 12th November

Rewind - Looking Back on life in Swindon WBCT

Rewind-1000Pictures from the past of the stretch of canal in Swindon. including some of the restoration work that has taken place. 

Rewind2-1000Swindon Advertiser October 27 2014

New Lease of Life for canalside pub

Complete-1000The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust has bought the historuc pub The Peterborough Arms at Dauntsey lock from Wadworth Brewery and plans to reopen it as soon as possible

Swindon Advertiser 26 July 2014

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Wiltshire Business September 2014

Canal Trust gets pub's ale flowing

The Mug that's finally found its way Home
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It turned up in Minnesota,now it will have pride of place in Swindon

Swindon Advertiser
Wednesday June 11 2014
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Swindon  Society Newsletter
August 2014


Voles to go with the flow

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Swindon Advertiser 30th April 2014


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Council stops the anglers...

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..by removing the fish from illegal fishing site.

Again the Swindon Adveriser calls the canal the  Wiltshire & Berkshire
Council remove_fish_2-1000Swindon Adveriser Saturday 12th April 2014


Tree Planting work by AFL improves Canal

Tree Planting_by_AFL_copyStaff from Swindon-Based fibre optic and cable manufacturer AFL have helped improve the area around a restored stretch of the town's histroic Wilts & Berks Canal .

Swindon Business News

March 19 2014

And in ..

tree planting_in_march_14-1000Swindon Advertiser

March 20 2014

A Bridge too Far

Swindon Adver_27-2Swindon Advertiser

Thursday February 27th

Why has the council invested large amounts of money in restoring the canal in one part of the borough yet is effectively  allowing the vandalisation of the line in another part, only half a mile away ?