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Waitrose cheque presentation in the Swindon Advertiser
Trust News
Friday, 03 June 2016 09:48

Waitrose cheque presentation in the Swindon Adver

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Presentation of donation cheque by Waitrose
27.05.16 Press release
Wilts & Berks Canal Trust are pleased to announce that we have received a donation cheque from Waitrose at the
Wichelstowe Waitrose landing stage on 27 May 2016.
Rod Bluh, Chairman of WBCT received the cheque from Waitrose Wichelstowe store manager Dan Morehead.
Waitrose has donated £7,000 to WBCT as a contribution towards the installation of the landing stage.
Rod Bluh said: “The Trust is delighted to receive this contribution from Waitrose towards this great facility, which has
enhanced the canal side at Waitrose Wichelstowe and has allowed many people who visit the store, to access the
canal and discover the pleasures of enjoying the canal environment from our trip boat Dragonfly. We are very
grateful to Waitrose for their generous contribution, and look forward to working with them again in the future.”
This new landing stage, which is a popular viewing point for wildlife on the canal, is the departure and landing point
for the canal trips run by WBCT volunteers using nb Dragonfly between Kingshill and Wichelstowe. The canal trips
provide canal boat experiences for visitors to the Waitrose store at Wichelstowe, for residents from Swindon and for
many people from further afield, in order for them to enjoy this section of the canal, its tranquillity and its wildlife.
The construction of the new landing stage is part of the development and restoration works of the historic Wilts &
Berks Canal through Swindon, and has been made possible by a partnership relationship between WBCT and
Swindon Borough Council and with the contribution from Waitrose.
Back Story:
Wilts & Berks Canal Trust has, as its central aim, the creation of a sustainable, accessible and desirable destination
for people and wildlife, through the restoration of the historic Wilts & Berks canal as a blue and green corridor
winding its way through communities and landscapes of the region, adding value wherever it goes, in terms of
economic, lifestyle, health and wellbeing and biodiversity benefits.
We are committed to the ongoing and evolving restoration of the whole of the Wilts & Berks Canal, throughout its
length, to create a regional treasure, and to be cherished by all.
It’s time to create an environment both we and our children can be proud of…
It’s time to inspire and excite…
It’s time to put our canal at the heart of everyday life …
This is the largest and most complex waterway restoration project now taking place in the UK.
Join us on our journey.


For further information about this press release, please contact:
SHE I LA J WADE
PR COMMUNICATION & IT DIRECTOR

 
Melksham Town Council recommends approval of Melksham Link planning application
Trust News
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 12:05

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Exciting news to announce: significant progress in restoring the Wilts & Berks Canal in the western sector. 

On Monday 23rd May, Melksham Town Council recommended for approval , the planning application for the creation of a new waterway and towpath for the Wilts & Berks Canal between the K&A Canal and the River Avon, together with associated footpath, cycleway, 10 bridges and new access roads to Berryfields. 

The Planning Committee also stated that they were pleased to see another step taken on the road to getting the canal through Melksham: they were appreciative of the benefits this development will bring to the town. This was unanimous. WBCT are very pleased and grateful for the Town Council’s support.
The next step in the process is for the application to go to Wiltshire Council Planning: and you have already taken part in this process by responding to the recent Wiltshire Council consultation process.

 

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Getting the canal round Swindon - how you helped
Trust News
Monday, 30 May 2016 00:00

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How you helped

Swindon Borough Council have released the results of the recent consultation. The total number of representations received relating to the New Eastern Villages Planning Obligations draft Supplementary Planning Document was 369.  330 of those responses relate to, or reference, restoration of the Wilts & Berks Canal. 

Many thanks to all who helped the Trust in this way.

Read more...
 
Wiltshire Council to transfer land to the Trust
Trust News
Friday, 27 May 2016 16:21

2015-12-05 dog walkers at chaddington 1500The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is pleased to announce that last week Wiltshire Council’s Cabinet Capital Assets Committee approved the transfer of a number of sections of the waterway owned by the Authority.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, said: “Wiltshire Council is a long standing partner in this restoration and we are pleased be able to assist the volunteers to progress work on the Wilts & Berks Canal. Wiltshire continues to benefit from the great tourism attraction of the Kennet & Avon canal, which was similarly restored with the passion and enthusiasm of volunteers: it is a wonderful success story and is a great benefit to the community”
Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Chairman Roderick Bluh said: “The Trust is extremely grateful for this support and demonstration of the confidence of Wiltshire Council in the work of the volunteers. In practical terms it represents at least 15% of the canal route in Wiltshire. This will help considerably with the ability to fundraise, and we hope it will also encourage other landowners to consider helping with this inspiring community led project.”

 

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Waitrose to present us a donation cheque
Trust News
Friday, 20 May 2016 12:42

The Trust is pleased to announce that we will be receiving a donation cheque from Waitrose at the Wichelstowe Waitrose landing stage on 27 May 2016 at 11 am.

Waitrose has donated £7,000 to W&BCT as a contribution towards the installation of this landing stage.

W&BCT is very grateful for the support shown by Waitrose to this project, which is an important part of the development and restoration of the Wilts & Berks Canal through Swindon.

More details and photos later

 
Death of Doreen Darby, past Chairman of the Wilts & Berks Canal Partnership
Trust News
Friday, 20 May 2016 11:29

We heard the sad news that Doreen Darby died the night of Friday 13th May. As a North Wilts District Councillor she was Chairman of the Wilts & Berks Canal Partnership in the 2000s.  This page on our web-site shows her with Juanita Davy and Ken Oliver at the opening of Chaddington Lock in 2005. 

http://www.wbct.org.uk/branches/wootton-bassett/structures/315-chaddington-lock

Anne O'Donoghue said of that day 

"I remember her so well with her advice and help- Even preparing teas and washing up at Chaddington Lock ‘Topping Out’ for us because we were so busy, and she was the Guest of Honour."

Her funeral is on Thursday 26th May at 11.30 in Colerne church and at the pub afterwards. No flowers, donations to the Canal Trust.

Rest in peace, Doreen.

 
The Melksham Link project - how you can help us get planning permission
Trust News
Thursday, 12 May 2016 16:21

three speech bubbles showing Have your say!Dear Supporters,

Our aim is to see the construction of the Melksham Link to create a new waterway and towpath for the Wilts and Berks Canal between the Kennet and Avon Canal and the River Avon at Melksham. 

The plans are now currently out for consultation with a closing date of 17th May 2016.

In 2012 we asked supporters to comment on the original proposal, and we are now asking you to comment further on this planning proposal which has a new Environmental Statement, prepared by the Trust, which confirms the feasibility and benefits of the project

How can you help?

You can help us by responding, as an individual, to the online consultation of planning application W/12/01080/FUL on the Wiltshire Council website.

The more responses Wiltshire Council receives on this subject, the more likely they are to consider supporting this planning proposal.

Please respond with your individual comments of support by using the web site consultation form on the website link: http://bit.ly/1y4sn3Y
or by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Or by post to: Development Management, Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8JN

What do you need to say?

You need to use your own words but we would like to suggest the following bullet points that you might want to select from:
• Major boost for tourist trade in Melksham, and will bring increased prosperity to the Town.
• Catalyst for Avon riverside developments to transform the landscape of the north bank through the Town from industrial to leisure.
• New towpath enabling walkers and cyclists to get from the K&A to Melksham and beyond, with benefits from sustainable transport as well as health and well-being benefits.
• Distinctive and vibrant identity created for Berryfield with the new canal, lock and towpath.
• New wildlife corridor from the K&A to the river, creating wonderful new habitats with major biodiversity benefits.
• Major step in opening up the W&B canal to create new cruising rings, which will bring economic and recreational benefits to many communities throughout Wiltshire.
• Hydro-electric scheme will be the first significant renewable energy supply into the Town.
• The additional detail contained in the new Environmental Statement confirms the feasibility and benefits of the project.

The last point is particularly important as it relates to the new report the Trust has submitted.

I know it comes very soon after the NEV consultation response, when many of you helped in the same way. I do urge you to do so again with this consultation. Together we can achieve our goal of restoring the canal, and this is an important way that you can help.

Thank you for your help in this very important aspect of the work of the Trust.

Jonathan Till
Chief Executive Officer, Wilts & Berks canal Trust
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John Laverick receives his MBE from HRH Prince Charles
Trust News
Thursday, 12 May 2016 15:23

John Laverick is a Vice President of the Trust, and was formerly Chairman.

Our hearty congratulations to John - a well deserved award.

See the article  in the Wiltshire Times

 John Laverick MBE and his wife Valerie

John Laverick MBE and his wife valerie

 

 

 
Destination Lacock - opportunity to purchase length at Queenfield Farm - 25% raised towards target!
Trust News
Friday, 06 May 2016 12:15


queenfield mapUpdate: £41,170 now raised, two thirds of the way to our target!

Kath Hatton, Fundraising Director, has sent the following letter to Trust members - to grasp an opportunity to purchase a critical 850m section of the canal route at Queenfield Farm between Melksham and Lacock. But you don't have to be a member to donate! As at 7th May £15,579 has been raised, over a quarter towards our target of £60,000.

Destination Lacock

Back in the summer of 2013, I appealed to all our members for funds to enable the Trust to purchase land at Seven Locks near Dauntsey. The response was overwhelming and in a matter of weeks we had the money to buy Locks 2, 3, 4 and part of Lock 5. This stretch is now being slowly cleared under a Habitat Management Plan in readiness for the continued restoration of the structures.

Today I am writing to tell you about another chance to purchase a significant length of the Wilts & Berks Canal between Melksham and Lacock and your help is again important.

When the expected Planning Permission for the Melksham Link is agreed, then we have plans in place to finance this symbolic stretch of our canal that will connect the Wilts & Berks Canal to the national waterway network. We are now looking at how we can follow on with the restoration of 3.8km between Melksham and the Bell Inn at Lacock which, with the Melksham Link and Avon river link, will push us nearly 10km from Semington. Showing that we have this in hand will send a big signal that we are well on our way towards meeting our 10-year restoration timetable.

An opportunity has arisen to purchase an 850m section of this critical stretch at Queenfield Farm and we need to secure it quickly. We have set ourselves a fund raising target of £60,000 for this, which should cover a fair market price including our legal fees. In addition, we will transfer a deduction to our General Fund to cover the cost of the appeal and related overheads.  Any surplus will be put towards the purchase of other canal track in this sector.

South of Queenfield the canal up from the river is owned by our partner Wiltshire Council and so with this purchase and the Melksham and Avon Links, it would total 80% of the route from the Kennet & Avon Canal to Lacock.


The current footpath between Melksham and the Bell Inn at Lacock (a canal side pub) runs across fields, stiles and sometimes walkers encounter electric fences or barbed wire. At the moment cyclists between the two centres have to use the twisty and rather dangerous Forest Lane.

We intend to put in a multi-user path alongside the canal with good surface for walkers, cyclists, pushchairs and disabled tricycles. It will link from the riverside walk in Melksham to the towpath along the new Wilts & Berks Canal section to Semington. We will turn the towpath into a wildlife trail as an amenity for the local community, to encourage endangered species like water voles to return and will plant a good mix of wild flowers to help our bee population. Our project at Studley Grange is a pilot for this and the local students and school children have really enjoyed being involved.

Can you help and make a contribution to this vital fund raising appeal? Or can you think of any friends or local companies that may be able to help us?

Please give as generously as you can. Every pound helps towards our goal. You can donate by cheque, bank transfer, online donation or text giving. All donated money, after the deduction for costs and overheads, will be put into a restricted fund for the acquisition of land relating to the canal. This may be used as matched funding, or to release a substantial grant from a Landfill Operator by funding a Third Party Contribution.

Thank You

Kath Hatton

Fundraising & Sponsorship Director

 
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