HELP! WE URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP
WAPPENSHALL WHARF APPEAL
The Trust is now desperately seeking your help to deliver its biggest project since forming in 2000. The 2 years of dedicated hard work by our Project Team has resulted in a £1M grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). In addition, we have managed to obtain further funding via grants of over £70,000, including a generous £20,000 sum from the Association for Industrial Archaeology, towards the overall project cost of £1.55M. Added to this, our members have donated or pledged a further sum in excess of £42,000.
The remaining £438,000 is proving extremely difficult to raise in the current economic climate. However, our Project Team is still applying for further grants, as they become available and are positive that this will reap further benefits. We also plan other events to raise funding, as advised by a professional fundraising team we have employed. Also, the very good news is that the HLF have recently (October 2015) agreed that this project is so worthwhile, they are extending the period to raise the remainder of the match funding from December 2015 to December 2016. This now gives us the time we need to raise the rest of the money needed.
The project's objective is to restore Wappenshall Wharf and create a vibrant new community “hub” of activity and Visitor Centre that focuses on the life of Thomas Telford. This will fund the ongoing maintenance of the Wharf and, in time, greatly assist with the restoration of the canls themselves.
Photo by R Kinsley-Marpole
How can you help?
We now have over 1300 members of the Trust. If even half of this number could pledge something towards the amount needed to close this funding gap, it would not only get us “over the finishing line” and ensure the project is realised, but it would also demonstrate to the HLF and other funding bodies, that an immense amount of support for the restoration of this site and the canals that will follow, really is out there.
Even though we now have till December 2016 to raise the remainder of the match funding, your pledge needs to be made as soon as possible to demonstrate the ongoing support for the project. If we do not reach our target by this date, the HLF will withdraw their grant and the project will not go ahead. The pledges will only be called in if we do not raise sufficient funds by other means and any pledge made will only be used for this project. So if you have not already done so, please make your pledge now!
Please download the Pledge form, print it out, fill it in and return it to Bernie Jones as soon as possible. Thank you!
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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.