Civic award for canal Trust supporter
Melksham Calne and Chippenham News
Sunday, 01 February 2009 00:00

2009_February_2A popular publican has been praised for his support of local good causes - including the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust.

John Stewart, who runs The Tavern bar and cafe in Melksham Market Place, has received a civic award from Melksham Town Council for services to the community. It was presented by Mayor Richard Wiltshire during the annual civic reception at Melksham Assembly Hall.

In recent years John has encouraged his staff and customers to fundraise for a wide range of different causes. These have included the Frenchay After Burns (FAB) Children's Club which supports burn-injured children from across the region; Barnardo's South West and Children In Need which both help disadvantaged children; and the Forever Friends Appeal for the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
The Tavern has also been a corporate member of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust which hopes to restore the former waterway through Melksham to boost local tourism and employment.

Additional Funding for Chaddington Spillweir
Trust News
Tuesday, 20 January 2009 00:00

Awards for All funded by the Big Lottery Fund have announced a £7700 grant to the Wootton Bassett Branch to allow dredging and canal lining work at Chaddington. This will allow completion of the section between the completed structures at Chaddington Lock and the recently completed spill weir.

Suge of support for canal restoration
Melksham Calne and Chippenham News
Thursday, 01 January 2009 00:00

A SURGE of support has been offered to the restoration of a former waterway between Melksham and Chippenham.

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust has been delighted to see a huge increase in the amount of time offered by local volunteers.
Weekend work parties have been busy removing undergrowth and rubbish, maintaining the towpath, restoring culverts and wharfs, and even rebuilding a bridge.
In 2007 they contributed more than 3,000 hours of free labour. However, in 2008 this soared to almost 4,000 hours worth around £50,000 if paid contactors had been used.

Swindon Central Area Action Plan
Trust News
Tuesday, 23 December 2008 00:00

The action plan is the core document in planning the regeneration of Swindon Town Centre. The Planning Inspectorate has just completed its review of the plan which includes the new route for the canal along Westcott Place and Farringdon Road. The inspector has judged the plan to be sound and with some amendments to the monitoring of progress of the scheme, the project can be progressed. The next major issues to be dealt with are traffic management and funding.

Thames Water Reservoir
Trust News
Tuesday, 23 December 2008 00:00
There have been some encouraging developments regarding the Thames Water Reservoir. During November the results of the 2007 Public Consultation on the facilities and benefits the local community would like to see if the reservoir goes ahead were published. Martin Buckland wrote a four-page response on behalf of the Trust in 2007 and most of the points have been accepted. We have been invited to continue our dialogue with Thames Water at an early date.

The full report, complete with maps, is available on the Thames Water website: Thameswater Website

Good news for our neighbouring canal
Trust News
Tuesday, 23 December 2008 00:00
Stroud District Council have agreed to be the lead partner in the Heritage Lottery Fund western restoration of the Cotswold Canals (Phase 1a), following BW's withdrawal from their Partnership earlier this year, congratulations to our colleagues at Cotswold Canals Trust for keeping the scheme on the track!
Slough Comes to Swindon Sept 2008
Swindon Branch News
Saturday, 27 September 2008 00:00

Our fame is spreading far and wide, We are now getting other towns looking at us on the web and the outcome of this was a phone call we received asking if a group of Councillors from Slough could come down to Swindon and see just how we were progressing as they wished to do something very similar in their town.

The group are called Friends of the Slough Canal and can be contacted at P.O. Box 2456 Slough SL2 5WS.
They are trying to get a link put in between the Thames near Winsor and the Grand Union Canal.
picture of slough canal 108_300The group included 8 Councillors including James Swindlehurst Deputy Leader and member for regeneration.
They were greeted by Ken and myself on behalf of the Canal Trust and Councillor Bennett for the Conservatives and Councillor Montaut for the Labour Party.

So on Saturday September 27th after showing them our display in the shop and Ken giving them a quick overview of our aspirations for the town centre whilst they drank a coffee, they were then presented with a folder each with all the relevant documentations that we have on this project, Big thank you to Ann and Justine for that,

Andrew on behalf of the Town Council also presented them with a D.V.D of the proposed new route to save them carrying the huge hard copy around with them.

picture of slough canal 115_300Next it was off to Beveans Bridge, Swindon's pride and joy where I was able to explain a little more about the Wichlestow development where there is a canal hub planned for shops and bars etc.

picture of slough canal 130_300Then I returned to the shop and John lead them along the restored canal to Skew Bridge at Kingshill       (picture right) and on into the Town Centre pointing out all the relevant points of interest along the way including the old route and the new proposed route.

I met up with them again at the bottom of the Town and told them a few things about our Towns history including showing them the building where the modern National Health Service began in the G.W.R Hospital in the Railway Village.

The local newspaper the Swindon Advertiser also covered the whole event.

We all then made our way back to the shop where everyone agreed it had been a very exceptional day out and new friends were made that day.

Roy Cartwright

Swindon Branch Shop Opens December 2007
Swindon Branch News
Saturday, 01 December 2007 00:00

picture of slough canal 105_cropped_200The Swindon Branch opened their information point in Regent Street during the last week of December. Swindon Borough Council have assisted with a six month lease for the premises at 1 Regent Street (just off Regent Circus).


Swindon Band Concert 2006
Swindon Branch News
Saturday, 21 October 2006 00:00

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Over 200 people enjoyed a great musical evening at Christchurch in Swindon on Saturday 21st October 2006.

Swindon Concert Band played a wide range of music covering a number of styles. So many people wanted to attend (as can be seen from the picture below) that traffic came to a halt at the top of Victoria Road.


Needless to say a great evening was had by all those attending with many complements made by those attending on the evening. Swindon Branch would like to thank Swindon Concert Band for their support on and before the day. (Swindon Concert Band gave their time free to support the aims of the Trust).

The evening also heard Mary Radcliffe read her poem in celebration of Brunel's 200th anniversary.

Watch out for the next publication of Dragonfly (103 due in January 2007) for a full report on the evening.

All photographs on this page are provided thanks to the Trust photographer, Gary Mason

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