Wappenshall Update Newsletter
Here is the Second of many updates to come about the exciting project at Wappenshall,
click here to download the newsletter. You can read the first newsletter here.
The Thomas Telford Trail
In and around the town named after him
Come and find out about The Thomas Telford Trail at Southwater Library Telford! Supported by Telford & Wrekin Council as part of the Telford @ 50 celebrations The Thomas Telford Trail highlights 24 well and lesser known bridges, roads, canals and buildings that Telford was involved in during his time as the county’s engineer, it features 13 landmarks in the borough of Telford and Wrekin including Wappenshall Junction which is home to the SNCT. Click here to find out more or you can download the Thomas Telford Trail map from here. You can also watch a short video from the Launch event here.
The Shropshire Union Canal Book Launch
INVITATION TO BOOK LAUNCH, 13 OCTOBER 2018
'The Shropshire Union Canal' is the latest book published by the Railway &
Canal Historical Society. Written by local historian Peter Brown, it's an
economic and social history of the canal company, its predecessors and
successors, including what we now call the Llangollen, Montgomery and
Shrewsbury & Newport Canals as well as the Main Line and Middlewich
The official launch of the book will be at 11am on Saturday 13 October at
the Canal & River Trust's depot at Ellesmere. This will be followed by a
guided tour of this historic set of workshops, which are still in active
The hardback book, 288 pages long with over 120 illustrations, will be on
sale at a special discounted price of £30. A donation of £3 will be given
to CRT for every book sold at the event.
Numbers are limited - first come, first served - so if you want to come,
apply early. Please apply by email to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
There is no parking on site (except for registered disabled persons), so
guidance about parking will be sent with the confirmation of your booking
Volunteers required for the "Countess" Horse Drawn Boat
Can any members help out Mike and Gill Dutton, members of the team who look after the horse-drawn boat, Countess, based at Maesbury?
This does an important job introducing visitors to the canal. They learn about the history of canals demonstrated by the boats horse drawn nature of the trip. They also find out about the restoration of this branch of the Shropshire Union.
For more information click here, or click the image to the right.
50 Buildings for Telford 50
As part of the Telford @ 50 Legacy Programme, the Council want to create a lasting digital record of some of Telford’s important and favourite buildings.
The 50 Buildings Project will use digital scanning to create a virtual tour of 50 local buildings.
Wappenshall Wharf has been lucky enough to be selected as of one of the virtual tours that have already been produced.
To view the virtual tour click here.
To view more information and other virtual tours visit the Telford 50 website using the link below.
Telford and Wrekin Community Lottery - Twincl
Telford and Wrekin Community Lottery has been launched to raise money for local good causes. Players have a 56 to one chance of winning one of the prizes which
range from the £25,000 jackpot to three extra tickets and 60% of the money
raised will go to local good causes and charities.
Join other supporters in raising funds to help return our canals to their former glory.
To find out how to support the SNCT and buy tickets in the lottery, please go to the Twincl website. You can sign up online or by calling 01952 327788.
A breach in the Shropshire Union Canal - Emergency Appeal
for full information and opportunity to donate please go to the CRT website
SAVE THOMAS TELFORD'S WAPPENSHALL WHARF
Help to 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.
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.
Check out the free donations page
- You can also raise money for the Trust while shopping online with Easyfundraising. We have already raised over £1780 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.