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DEVELOP take a trip down the Wilts & Berks Canal

DEVELOP take a trip down the Wilts & Berks Canal

On Monday 12th May 2014 DEVELOP staff took a trip to the Wilts & Berks Canal where they were able to learn more about the organisation and their plans for developing the canal in the future. Luckily the weather held out and staff enjoying the cruise along the canal in the sun. Mike Lang, the skipper, even allowed staff to have a go at steering the Dragonfly along the canal.
The trip was originally organised as part of the Corporate Community Engagement initiative run by DEVELOP to enhance relationships between local businesses and charities. The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust aims to develop and restore the canal which has been derelict for many years. The launch site is situated near Old Town and there is currently only a short stretch of the canal which the Dragonfly can travel down due to the narrowing of the canal meaning she is unable to be turned around. The Trust aims to re-connect the canal to the North Wilts Canal which runs to Cricklade and the Kennet and Avon Canal near Melksham. The Canal also links to the River Thames at Abingdon.
The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust run boat trips at the weekend from Old Town, Swindon, which are open to the public and children go free – so a great activity come rain or shine as the Dragonfly also has an indoor seated area. You can also support the Canal Trust by becoming a member or a volunteer.
For more information about the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust visit www.wbct.org.uk where you will find location map, boat trip details, membership details, and much more!
DEVELOP Enhancing Community Support supports voluntary and community groups in Wiltshire. Find out more about DEVELOP at www.developecs.org.uk


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