Monday, 4 July 2016

Headlines for week ending 24th June



Work begins on Pewsham Top Lock Restoration. Having recently been allocated funds from Chippenham Area Board, MCC Branch were over the moon to hear the news that CRT had donated £99,000 through the Heritage Heroes campaign funded by the People's Post Code Lottery. Work is expected to take between 12 to 14 months.

Branch needs more competent brick layers to join MCC volunteers who work mid-week and 2 weekends a month. Contact Dave Maloney: 07809 374754

Work boat Boswell was officially launched by Michael Hills, CEO of Hills Group who have donated sufficient funds via Community First and Landfill Community Fund for the old British Waterways work boat to be purchased, reconfigured and repaired. It is over 100 years since a narrow boat was seen on this section of the canal.
No winding holes on the Pewsham stretch meant that MCC member Tim Herd used his skills to cut the boat in half to create a tug and butty. Volunteers led by Martin Stubbs and Richard Evans carried out other work which led to the launching on 22nd June attended by the Mayor of Chippenham, Directors of the Trust and members.

Boswell will be used to carry materials along the line at Pewsham and to help with weed control and distribute silt entering the canal from feeder streams.

East Vale:

Branch involvement continues with the Wantage Summer Festival.
Guided walks taking in the canal line led by Brian Stovold on 30th June starts from the Sack House at 7.30 pm. This walk explores "The lost pubs of Wantage" and starts from the canal side pub by the wharf.
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Work party continued their efforts in keeping the towpath clear at Childrey Wharf over the weekend, but were finally stopped by thunder and lightening

WBCT Executive

New recruits announced  to join Executive teams: Project Manager/Engineering team and Media Assistant. 

Excellent conference on marketing and communications organised by CRT/IWA and attended by WBCT PR Communication Director. Start of a network of communication professionals which will spread best practice throughout our Trusts.

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