Kath Hatton remains extremely busy applying for funding for the refurbishment of the Peterborough Arms… not to mention all the other Trust projects!
Dauntsey Parish Council, Lyneham and Bradenstoke Parish Council and Malmesbury Area Board have agreed grants and donations for this project and we are very grateful for their support.
You will have seen from the recent Press release that the first stage opening is close now, and various summer events are in the process of being planned to make good use of this great resource.
Summer Events and Shows
Talking of summer events, the season is coming up fast now when our volunteers attend many events throughout our area, to publicize the work of the Trust and to attract new members. If you can help in this very important work, even if only for a few hours, please get in touch with your Branch Chairman or myself. It really does make a difference… and it’s good fun as well.
Branch Chairs: if you need publicity material, more merchandising items and general help, please get in touch with me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor John Millican has reminded us all that the copy deadline for the next edition is 1st March: so last call for anyone who wants something included in this edition.
I had an excellent meeting last week with Kate Jones who has been working on the Studley Grange Towpath project with various community groups and schools. We want this work to be developed into a Trust wide initiative to attract younger members and families to the canal and to the Trust. So watch this space as we develop our ideas and ask for your help and input.
One recent example of attracting younger members and families were the three days of children’s activities organised by the MCC Branch, at the excellent Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre during February Half Term. This third year of the event attracted about 130 children with their parents/carers. They made miniature bricks, printed t-shirts, made decorated plates and used the excellent Canal & Rivers Trust WOW activities. There was even a visit from Frankie, the honorary canal horse. See the Wilts & Berks Canal Friends and Volunteers and Chippenham Museum’s Facebook pages for photos.
WBCT Extraordinary General Meeting
Trust members are reminded that an EGM will be held at Ellendune Community Centre, Barrett Way, Wroughton, Swindon SN4 9LW on March 5th starting at 2.00 pm. Full details are on the Trust’s web site. Your newly appointed Executive Directors will be there and would be pleased to meet with as many members as possible.Sheila Wade
PR Communication and IT Director