Canal Boat – July 2018

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Regent’s festival
help wanted
Organisers of London’s
popular Angel Canal
Festival are calling on
local people to help
with the event on 2
September. Last year the
Canal & River Trust (with
support of local boating
organisations) took on
running the Festival on
the Regent’s Canal when
the existing team retired
after 20 years. They are
keen to hear from anyone
interested in helping with
the event, which features
boat trips, live music and
fun, food and drink, and
over 70 craft stalls on the
towpath. Contact Angel.
Festival@canalrivertrust. if you can help.

Marina still open
for business
The operators of
Aqueduct Marina on the
Shropshire Union
Middlewich Branch are
keen to point out that its
facilities are still available
and accessible from the
Shroppie main line,
despite the recent breach
near Middlewich. “The
message we want to get
out is that we’re still open
and there are plenty of
things going on here,” said
operations director Phil
Langley, pointing out that
the canal remains open
except for a short stretch
at the Middlewich end,
where there is a winding
hole for craft to turn.

New London
docks moorings
Planning permission has
been granted for 16 new
residential moorings in
London’s Millwall Outer
Dock. The berths, run by
the Canal & River Trust’s
Waterside Mooring
organisation. Work will
begin this summer for
completion in the autumn.

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Double Bridge on the Wilts &
Berks Canal is pictured with the
first boat to pass under it in over a
century, following restoration of
an isolated 1.25km length of the
canal south of Chippenham.
The length from Pewsham
Locks to near Lacock is one of the
longer stretches restored to date,
which Wilts & Berks Canal Trust
Chair Roderick Blue described as
“another impressive achievement
by our fantastic volunteers”. In the
medium term the Trust aims to
extend it southwards, linking up
via a length of canal recently
purchased to a planned diversion
around Melksham using a section
of the River Avon, and on to meet
the Kennet & Avon at Semington.
In the shorter term, workboat
Boswell is the only boat stationed
here, but the Trust’s tripboat Mary
Archard will be visiting several
times during the summer to carry
members of the public on this
attractive restored length.
The Trust welcomes new
volunteers to help its restoration
work: see

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust’s
project to reopen the former
through route from the Thames to
the South Coast has reached an
important milestone with the first
boats crossing the Surrey to
Sussex county boundary since the
canal closed in the 19th Century.

In recent years much of the
Trust’s effort has been
concentrated on the ‘Loxwood
Link’ length in Sussex, an isolated
section which has gradually been
extended northwards. The
completion of the latest project,
the rebuilding of Gennets Bridge
Lock and construction of a new
footpath bridge at a cost of
£375,000 and with a massive

amount volunteer work, was
marked by a celebration on 21
April, following which small boats
were able to navigate northwards
across the border into Surrey.
WACT Chairman Sally Schupke
described it as a “short but historic
voyage marking another
milestone in the restoration of the
canal link between London and
the South Coast.”

Celebrity canal boaters
and actors Timothy
West and Prunella
Scales have added their
backing to the £300,
appeal to raise money
to rebuild School House
Bridge and reopen the
Montgomery Canal as
far as the Welsh border
at Llanymynech.
In their message of
support for the Bridge
the Gap appeal, the stars

of Channel 4’s Great
Canal Journeys said that
the Monty was “one of
our most beautiful and
historic canals”, and
that using volunteers
for much of the work
would enable this length
to be reopened at an
affordable cost.
The bridge is the
only remaining major
obstruction on the
English length of the

canal. Montgomery
Waterway Restoration
Trust Chairman
Michael Limbrey said
it was “vital to rebuild
Schoolhouse Bridge if
we are to bring boats
back to Llanymynech
and mid-Wales”.
He explained that
a retired engineer
has been working
as a volunteer on a
design which can then

be largely built by
volunteers, bringing
the cost down by two
thirds compared to
using professional
The appeal has
already raised half of
its £300,000 target.
To support it, see the
leaflet included with this
issue of Canal Boat, or
visit restorethemont




Landmark for Wilts & Berks restoration

The restored Double Bridge on the Wilts & Berks sees its first boat...

...while on the Wey & Arun, small craft cross from Sussex into Surrey


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