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Pictures of the Easter Towpath Walk
Towpath Project News
Tuesday, 09 April 2013 07:48

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 Click here to see the photos

A message from Tim Pyatt Towpath Project Manager

(taken off Facebook)

Well the walk is over for this year and already thinking about possibly organising one for next year? (if Lynne doesn't kill me!!)

I'd just like to say how appreciative we all were of your support. with transporting the weary walkers back to the start, the back up and the photography.
To the fantastic efforts by the work parties in clearing over 4km of new towpath for this years walk and the special permissions for another 10km+. Absolutely brilliant.

Hopefully we've raised about £3,000. and it would definitely not have been possible without your support and hard work.

Many, many thanks Tim

 
Dragonfly returns to Kingshill after refit
Boat Trips News
Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00

 

Dragonfly back from MINI Plant Swindon 22 March 2013

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Thank you to everyone
who has helped in any way
with the project to make
Dragonfly wheelchair accessible.
A special Thank You
to the Apprentices and
their managers
at MINI Plant
Swindon.

The event marking the

installation of the

wheelchair lift

took place 

on Friday April 12th

on the canal at Kingshill.

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 Dragonfly Trips begin

 Sunday 31st March,

then every Sunday

10.30,12.00,

13.30 & 15.00

Dragonfly taken to MINI Plant Swindon 8th January 2013

Early January 2013.

Dragonfly was lifted out of

the canal and taken

to  BMW Plant Swindon 

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Easter Towpath walk
Towpath Project News
Thursday, 21 March 2013 13:20

Easter Wilts & Berks Canal Walk


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It is a superb walk and this year we have permission to walk about 50% of the route on the historic towpath. The rest will be be on Public Rights of Way close to the canal.
 
Click on table (right) for details of this year's iternary
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Here is the link to the photo log from last year to give you an idea of the route.
The comments are from last year and extra sections will be walkable by special permission
  
 
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EasterWalkOverviewAn overview map of the walk,(Click image- left - to view pdf) with the start & end points from each day. Tim will be sending out details of the stops during the day nearer the time, and will provide each walker with a detailed, annotated map of the walk which will have points of interest as well as locations & pictures of some of the historic locks & bridges.
 
 
The  start will be at  9:30 on each day. Friday, Sunday & Monday are 28-30km (17.5 miles) Saturday is 18km (11.2 miles) The day will generally split into 3 (two stops for refreshments) There will one or more back-up vehicles to pick up anyone who wants a rest or has a problem.
 
We plan to take all the drivers (& all walkers if space) back to the start of each day. Tim will be guiding the walk and will also be issuing an annotated map with points of interest, to all walkers. There is accommodation along the route. Please contact Tim if you would like a list.7211338590 f1136abd40_b
 
There will be commemorative mugs for sale (free if £25/day is raised in sponsorship) Download a Sponship form
 
If you have any family & friends you could help, we are looking for back- up vehicles, return to start transport and Marshals for a few busy road crossings. 

Objectives:
·  Raise awareness of the Trust’s objectives of restoring the whole canal
·  Raise awareness of the Trust’s plans to restore the towpath by 2017
·  Encourage people to get fit
·  Encourage people to walk beautiful sections of the canal
·  Raise important funds for the Towpath Project
·  Provide the project team with an annual target to achieve goals
·  Celebrate the achievements of the Towpath Project
·  Foster & encourage a culture of Trust wide, cross-branch team working

7211224398 7f051b4ba1_bThe aim is for each walker to raise £25/day (or more) for the Towpath Project / Trust. If we do, then transport,  back-up costs and commemorative mug will provided by the Towpath Project. If not then I will have to ask individuals to help with the cost of transport etc (approx £5 - £10 tba)
 
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New ways to donate  to the Trust and the Towpath Challenge Online

mydonate.bt.com/charities/wiltsberkscanaltrust

By text ( for the Towpath Challenge):

If you want to give £10  Text the message  Path13 £10  to 70070
You can give any amount in whole pounds.
 
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Dragonfly trips returns to Kingshill
Boat Trips News
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 07:13

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nb Dragonfly returns to Kingshill after being fitted with a wheelchair lift

Dragonfly is available each Sunday at the following  times

10.30, 12.00, 13.30 & 15.00 each day

Adults £5 and  Children Free

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Dragonfly can only take 12 passengers so booking is recommended  for large parties

Dragonfly departs from Kingshill Swindon

 

 

Charters available

If you would like to take a longer  trip on the canal, we can help.

1 hour Trips leaving at 10.30, 12.00, 13.30 & 15.00

See Schedule

£5 adult
Children Go Free

As Dragonfly carries a maximum of 12 passengers, if you would like to secure a trip at a particular date and time please use thecontact form to book.

Flexible trips to suit everyone;

Hire the boat with Skipper, (1 hour) (inc teas / coffees) £50/hr
Hire the boat with skipper for half a day or an evening (inc teas / coffee) £80
Hire the boat with skipper for the day inc teas / coffee & snacks £150
 
New way to donate + Southern Canals Association meeting
Trust News
Monday, 18 March 2013 19:51

Donate Online

mydonate.bt.com/charities/wiltsberkscanaltrust

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Southern Canal Association

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust was pleased  to host Sunday’s meeting of the Southern Canals Association . Many canal restoration groups were represented to hear the latest news about the Wilts & Berks  and to discuss matters of common interest.  Presentations were made  to the meeting  by IWA National Chairman Les Etheridge  and Canal & River Trust  Trustee John Dodwell .

 
Swindon Heritage Board seeks views on its proposed strategy.
Swindon Branch News
Friday, 01 March 2013 19:36

The Canal Trust is  concerned that canal  has been ignored in the draft document

Details about the new proposed Swindon Heritage strategy can be found by following this link

www.swindonnews.org.uk/public-asked-for-their-views-on-draft-swindon-heritage-strategy

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust  is concerned that  the proposed strategy does not feature the canal  in the list of priorities.

Please register your concerns  so that the Wilts & Berks  and North Wilts Canal, so much part of life  in Swindon  for a century, can be restored  for future generations.

The direct link to the survey is  www.surveymonkey.com/s/N8Y66YK

 
New Book reveals hidden history of W&B Canal
Trust News
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 07:36

 Doug3-1000Get your copy from the Trust 

A proportion of each purchase goes towards the work of the Trust

See  the Swindon Advertiser article

Visit the Shop at 1 Theatre Square Swindon  SN1 1QN

(Opposite in Main Library) Open Fridays and Saturdays

Cheques payable to Swindon Canal Restoration

 

 
Dragonfly on Wilts & Berks Canal
Boat Trips News
Sunday, 10 February 2013 09:05

DragonflyWBCanal-1000In case you missed this beautiful picture of Dragonfly

This photograph is by Sabine Coe and originally appeared in the Swindon Advertiser in November 2012

 

 
IWA Report on Search for New Chairman
Trust News
Monday, 07 January 2013 16:24

Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Search for a New Chairman

The Chairman of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust, John Laverick, was taken ill suddenly in September. Although he is now on the road to recovery, he has decided to step down from his role.

Bringing the Wilts & Berks back to life is recognised to be the most ambitious canal restoration in the country. The Trust is now looking for a person with the foresight and commitment to take up this challenge and lead the Trust on to the next stage. They have numerous projects coming on stream at the moment including the Melksham Link, creation of a new stretch of canal that will join Melksham to the Kennet & Avon Canal and the 5 year Towpath Challenge, restoring 102km of towpath from Semington to Abingdon.

For more information please contact Kath Hatton - Acting Chairnan

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https://www.waterways.org.uk/news_campaigns/bulletins/iwa_bulletin_january_2013

 
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