Sabrina Cruise at Shrewsbury with the Shropshire Boatmen
THE LATEST NEWS ON THE PROGRESS OF OUR HLF GRANT BID
With regret we must advise that the Heritage Lottery Fund has decided, at this stage,not to grant the SNCT the £1.3 Million which we had applied for to restore Wappenshall Wharf. A meeting has now been arranged with the HLF to explore how we go forward. More information will be published here as it becomes known.
TWO RADIO INTERVIEWS AND A FILM ABOUT THE SHREWSBURY & NEWPORT CANALS
Here are two fascinating radio programmes produced by Stephen Kearney at Powerful Media7 for PowerfulOrganic.com
The first is an interview with Bernie Jones, the Chairman of the Trust.
The second includes interviews with John Heather, the Trust's Engineer; Bill Tomlinson, a Telford & Wrekin Councillor; and Jason Leach from the Canal and River Trust
To listen to these, click on this link www.powerfulorganic.co.uk/po-radio and scroll down to select the programme you wish to hear.
Further down the page is the film "An Abandoned Canal" by Richard Vobes, The Bald Explorer.
SAVE THOMAS TELFORD'S WAPPENSHALL WHARF
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 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
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 are £1,512,906.
The first phase of project development at a cost of £89,200 has already been funded.
The second round of this Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £913,000 will be applied for in December 2016 once the additional funding has been raised.
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.
- 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:
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.