THE RESTORATION of a local waterway has received another big boost following a recent sponsored walk.
The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust received £1,218 from the fun challenge, which attracted around 130 supporters of all ages.
The ten-mile trek followed the old line of the waterway through open
countryside between Chippenham and Melksham, ending at The Bell Inn,
Lacock, before returning along the same route.
The charity has now received all of the sponsorship money from the May
event and presented it to local volunteers during their latest
Event organiser Peter Williams said: “This was the tenth anniversary of
the walk so we were delighted to be joined by so many people.
“They are always amazed by the rate of restoration from one year to the
next, with longer lengths being dredged and refilled with water. They
can also see how much the towpath has been improved and how many
structures have been rebuilt.
“The biggest difference this time was the restoration of the wharf at
the bottom of the flight of locks which will make it so much easier to
launch tripboats and other craft.
“We look forward to seeing even more supporters next year!”
Derek Flexer is chairman of the Melksham, Chippenham & Calne branch of the charity.
He said: “We are sincerely grateful to Peter and his team of volunteers
who help to make the sponsored walk one of our biggest fundraising
events of the year.
“The money will be used to support our local workparties which are steadily bringing the canal back to life.
For more information about the local Branch of the Trust you can visit their Web site www.melkshamwaterway.org.uk