IWA Dudley Tunnel Trip in April

There are still places available for this trip which will be a very interesting and fun day out.  Book now before it's too late!  Full details here.




Saturday 5th May, Sunday 6th May and Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018

at Norbury Junction, Shropshire Union Canal, Staffordshire,  ST20 0PN

All Boat bookings are now full. 

If you wish to be added to a  waiting list, please send in a booking form and cheque which will returned nearer the day if the booking is unsuccessful.

Boat and Stallholders Booking Forms are available from the Dates for Your Diary Page.

Further information will be posted there as it becomes available.





Help raise £350,000 to access over £1 million of grants and turn two derelict buildings into a vibrant visitor/heritage centre!


What is the Thomas Telford's Wappenshall Wharf Project?






  • The restoration of two derelict Grade II buildings, the wharf and surrounding canals

  • The only permanent exhibition celebrating the country’s foremost civil engineer, Thomas Telford, (1757-1834)

  • A vibrant visitor and heritage centre dedicated to the local canals and their history

  • A site that supports a wide variety of animals, birds and plant life

  • Flexible and innovative space for volunteers, the local community and local businesses

  • The opportunity for young people to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects in interesting ways

  •  catalyst for the longer term restoration of the entire Shrewsbury & Newport Canal

  • The project has been designed by AHR Architects, conservation architects.

  • Outline total project costs have risen to £2.57M because of rising costs of materials and changed requirements of the HLF (particularly Contingency & Inflation levels, plus increased Evaluation requirements).

  • As our Round 2 HLF bid was rejected in June 2017, we re-submitted a Round 1 bid in November 2017, the outcome of which is expected in early March 2018.

  • If our Round 1 bid is successful, we anticipate that the Round 2 bid will be submitted in November 2018 for a decision in early March 2019. The total HLF bid is for £1.88M, leaving the Trust with £690,000 match funding to find. Whilst the majority of this money has already been pledged from other grants, we still require another £100,000. So, please keep on with all the fund-raising you are currently doing, and the Trustees are constantly applying for further grants too. Please do let us know of any other sources of funding you may come across!


For more information about the history and background to Wappenshall Wharf please go to the History section.

Where is Wappenshall Wharf?

Within easy access of the M54 and A5 but situated in a rural location just 2½ miles northeast of Wellington in the Telford & Wrekin local authority area. The postcode is TF6 6DE and visitors are welcome to view the site during our Work Parties which take place on every 3rd Saturday of the month from 10.00am - 4.00pm.  Wappenshall Junction is where the Shrewsbury Canal meets the Newport Branch Canal; the first and last canal projects worked on by Thomas Telford.

How can you Help?

  • Donate as little or as much as you want by clicking on the Donate button below.

  • Send a text message with SNCT01 £10 (or SNCT01 £1/£2/£3/£4/£5 whatever you can give!) to 70070

  • Pledge money for the future development.  Please download the Pledge form,  print it out, fill it in and return it to Bernie Jones as soon as possible. Thank you!

  • Become a Corporate Sponsor: contact Bernie Jones for our business packages

  • Become a Volunteer.  For more information on Volunteering please go to our Volunteering Page.


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  • You can also raise money for the Trust while shopping online with Easyfundraising. We have already raised over £700 with this.  To find out how click:


diagram of canals

These are the canals we are working to restore

The Shrewsbury and Newport Canals were officially abandoned by the 1944 Act of Parliament but they are now under active restoration.

The Trust was formed in 2000 to return the Shrewsbury & Newport Canals back to navigation.  Very little of the line of the canals has been built on and no insuperable engineering problems lie in the way of restoration.

The Aims of the Trust are to protect, conserve and improve the route of the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals, and branches, for the benefit of the community and the environment, with the ultimate goal of restoring a continuous navigable waterway linking Norbury Junction to Shrewsbury.

We are making progress and have obtained Heritage Lottery Funding towards the restoration of the transhipment building and warehouse at Wappenshall Junction.   For more information about Wappenshall, see Features in our Canals section of the site.

Below is a video made by The Canals and Rivers Trust about the benefits to communities when waterways are restored.


S&N Canal News

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Shrewsbury Support Group 

Next Meeting Tuesday 13th March 2018

Trustee Meetings 

Next Meeting: 15th March 2018 at 7.30pm

Newport Support Group 

Next Meeting Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Telford Support Group 

Next meeting Monday 9 April 2018

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