The 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

300 Club Winners
Finds Registration

Press Releases


Branch Officers


Contact us

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Last Updated 01.06.17 



Melksham Walk

Canal Dress

Access Guide
Melksham Link

Old Canal Maps


This month's updates


Branch AGM is Tuesday 6th June 2017 at the Melksham Skills Centre, Church Road Melksham. If you plan to attend please advise our Secretary Lyn Dyre

Despite one day of bad weather, when people still wanted their timed boat trips to go ahead, Chippenham Folk Festival was a great success for the MCC Branch with monies raised for restoration and new members signed up.  Our new boat The Mary Archard made her first trips on the River Avon although she will be officially launched at Pewsham later in June.

Using funds from the Chippenham Area Board we were able to raise the tow path on a section at Pewsham which allowed us remove some bunds (dams) at that end of the line thus raising the water level. This resulted in our work boat Boswell being the first canal boat on that stretch of canal for the first time in over 110years.  A great achievement for all those concerned.

Help for Heroes veterans are with us in June working at Pewsham and other locations along the canal line.

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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