Looking back over the year I feel that we have had a very successful
one. We have had great support from our volunteers and have worked in
excess of 4100 hrs which gave us match funding in excess of £66,789.
Thanks to you all for the support you have given. I will cover some of
the work that we have been able to do.
Starting at the
Naish Hill section, there was the small culvert leak. We removed the
old brick culvert and put in a new twin wall plastic pipe (donated by
Moving north to the wet section/Wessex Water bund. A major dredging
operation, we dredged from the Wessex Water bund down to Windy
Hole. Many tons of soil etc. were removed and most of this we were able
to put on the east side of the canal. We were then in a position to
reinstate the farmer’s fencing. We are now able to run our boat from
the waiting wharf down to the wet section. We were also able to raise a
section of the towpath using some of the dredging’s.
We were in a very fortunate position to be given many tons of hard
core. We used this to fill in the 2 deep ravines, giving support to the
tow path (Hard core donated by the Glenn family)
Still going north,
we have the problem with the silt coming in at Triangle Wood inlet. I
think this is something we will have to live with until we can find a
way of stopping it.
Next is the Cocklemore Brook culvert, which carried on from last year.
Well what a task we had set ourselves! a 30yd culvert which needed
rebuilding. Anyway as you know, we completed this in July, then we had
the job of rebuilding that section of the canal again. Once that was
done it was so nice to see water flowing over the weir again.
Boswell next in line, Richard and his team are doing a great job on
the paint work which I think he hopes to have completed by mid-June.
They have been able to utilise Boswell when pulling reeds up. It was
great to see it being used.
Top Lock: as you know you it’s been a long wait to get the go ahead,
which we now have, and work has already started on the rebuilding of
the southern wing walls. We have 100ft of scaffolding in place (labour
donated by Chippenham Scaffolding). With the help from the Chippenham
Area Board we were able to purchase the scaffolding, 2 Ladders
and Harris Safety Fencing .
A4 North/South – Work is on schedule in line with the ecologic
report and section will be cleared for phase two by March 2017.
Decisions at the time on what further work to be done within the 5 year
Finally, I would like to thank my deputy WPO’s Basil Raddy, Dave Maloney, Keith Vickery & Richard Evans