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 of over £70,000 towards the overall cost of £1.5M.
There is some very good news! The Association for Industrial Archaeology have agreed to award £20,000 towards the match funding for Thomas Telford @ Wappenshall Wharf. This sum will greatly help us reach the target figure to match the HLF's near £1M grant to enable us to start the project. The Trust is extremely grateful to the AIA for their generosity.
However, the remaining £430,000 is proving extremely difficult to raise in the current economic climate.
Our objective, as stated in our Business Plan, is to create a Visitor Centre and a community “hub” as a means of funding the restoration and maintenance of two very fine Grade II listed 19th century canal warehouses.
Photo by R Kinsley-Marpole
This will create a vibrant new “hub” of activity to the north of Telford.
How can you help?
We now have over 1250 members. 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.
Your pledge needs to be made as soon as possible so that we know the level of support. We are still pursuing other funding sources and have a deadline later in 2015 to raise the full amount needed - if we do not reach our target by then, the pledges will not be called in, so you know that if you make a pledge and that we call it in, the project will be successful.
Please download the Pledge form, print it out, fill it in and return it to Bernie Jones as soon as possible. Thank you!
However, if you would rather simply donate now, just click on the button and follow the prompts to use PayPal, a secure means of donating.
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.