Melksham, Calne and Chippenham Branch
of the
 Wilts & Berks Canal Trust

This is the Unofficial Website for the Melksham, Calne and Chippenham Branch
MCC Branch would like to thank Viridor,Community First, Hills Waste Management, Wavin Plastics, Canal and River Trust and Chippenham Area board for their invaluable support


What's On

Work Parties

200 Club Winners
Finds Registration

Press Releases


Branch Officers


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Last Updated 20th February 2018



Melksham Walk

Canal Dress

Access Guide
Melksham Link

Old Canal Maps and History


Branch meetings are held at 7.45pm on the first Tuesday in the month at the Rachel Fowler Centre, Market Place, Melksham SN12 6EX.  If you plan to attend or apologise for absence, please advise our Secretary Lyn Dyer by e-mail to lyn.dyer@wbct.org.uk. Also, note the AGM will be held in June as an adjunct to the branch meeting.


Now's the time to enter our annual quiz .. Click Here for details.


Many members are aware that the overrunning costs at Studley Grange have had a severe impact on the Trust financial reserves and I hope as many of you as possible are able to help build up these reserves again.

On a more upbeat note meetings with local landowners are proving very positive as they realise the difference we are making to our local communities and the environment as we progress the restoration of the line from Melksham through to Foxham. I hope to have news to share on new sites to work on in the coming few months.

As the longest canal restoration project in the UK we clearly need as many volunteers as we can get to help progress the restoration along the line in our area. If you are able to help either physically at work parties/ events or are able to help behind the scenes with fund raising or research please do get in touch - your help is vital to our progress.

If you are an MCC branch member and would like to receive our bi-monthly newsletter or monthly reports please email me for more details.

Dave Maloney
Branch Chair


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What do we do ?

We work towards the restoration for navigation of the Wilts & Berks Canal which was abandoned in 1914 just prior to the outbreak of the First World War, through traffic having ended in 1901. The Canal ran from the Kennet and Avon Canal near Semington in Wiltshire to the River Thames at Abingdon via Melksham and Swindon. Branches were constructed to serve Chippenham and Calne. In addition the North Wilts Canal ran from Swindon to connect the Canal with the Thames and Severn Canal at Lechlade.

On the closure of the Canal the ownership of the land was lost and our work now is dependent on the kind permission of the current landowners.

Our Branch covers that part of the Canal from Semington Junction to Pewsham including the Branches to Calne and Chippenham..

We have Branch Meetings once a month and Work parties restoring the Canal on local sites at least twice a month. We also organize fund raising social events including an annual Quiz Evening in February and a Sponsored Walk in April.

Of great importance recently has been the foundation work to set out a line for a new route for the Canal. The Trust has funded a number of feasibility studies and a final route using the River Avon is now in place. This will bring the Canal back to The Bell at Lacock which will once again be a canal-side pub.

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