This is shaping up to be a fairly good week. Paul Lenaerts and I have just collected a cheque for £400 from Melksham Town Council which will go towards new interpretation boards by the river. Thank you Melksham for your support. Whilst there, a lady told me that the Melksham Brownie pack have chosen the Wilts & Berks as their charity for the year and are collecting their pennies for us. Apparently the Brownies chose it themselves. I am going to find someone to do a short talk for them.
Donations are coming in steadily for the Dauntsey Lock Canal Centre Fund and the total received so far is now over £13,000. Tim & Lynne are continuing to work on the project and we are waiting to hear about a feasibility grant that has been applied for.
One of our partners, Swindon Borough Council, has offered £15,000 as a contribution towards the piling and repair work that is being carried out at Westleaze and Rushey Platt. This is very welcome support. Also in Swindon, a date has been set for the Canal Trust to take over responsibility for the new Wichelstowe section and it looks as if there will be a group of volunteers amongst the new residents to help with the maintenance.
The winning tickets of the Land Fund draw were picked out at the AGM and I will shortly put a list on the website. Cheques will be going out to winners soon. Profits from the draw will be over £4000.
We heard today that the bid to Viridor for funding for the slipway at Melksham has been processed and will be put before the Steering Committee on 20th November. Keep your fingers crossed!