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Celebrating the small milestones of a much larger restoration project is the message behind a new report launched by the IWA's Restoration Hub. The aim of the Waterways in Progress report is to give restoration groups the tools and information they need to confidently approach their local authority and other funders in order to get their proposed project off the ground. It demonstrates that well thought-out, partial restoration initiatives can start to deliver right from day one using case studies such as Ebley Mill on the Cotswold Canals project, Hollingwood Hub on the Chesterfield Canal and the built and natural assets on the Montgomery Canal.

While it takes many years before a waterway is fully restored, they can, and are, making positive contributions in the meantime - a contribution that IWA believes should be recognised, supported and funded.

The report is accompanied by a video fronted by IWA Vice President, David Suchet. Mr Suchet has written a foreword for the report, in which he explains how, by working alongside volunteers from the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Trust, he has seen firsthand the differences that small stepping stones of progress make along the way to full length canal restoration. As he says,  This report shows the magic that can be created by visionary groups of  volunteers who are determined to make a difference to our waterways."

To read the Report Click Here and for more information go to www.waterways.org.uk/waterwaysinprogress



I received the “important bit” of our Defibrillator from DENSO today. This will be installed into our cabinet, now fixed to the small warehouse at Wappenshall. DENSO have a project to fit 6 of these around the Borough after the one in their canteen saved a chap’s life after he had a cardiac arrest last October. The photo shows the two First Aiders that used it, either side of me (second left), and their resident Company Nurse. 

Bernie Jones

Presentation of Defibrilator

photo by Rob Finney


We now have our Owl Box at Wappenshall. The installation team, from Nobridge Nursery, checked it was perpendicular before tamping the soil into the 5’ deep hole that was dug to accommodate the telegraph pole. It has both roosting and nesting facilities, as well as a guano removal panel, so the owls should move in soon! We are extremely grateful to DENSO for sponsoring this element of our Wappenshall project and to the Nobridge Nursery team for its manufacture, supply and installation.



Small warehouse with scaffolding

Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust is delighted to announced that the Shrewsbury District and North Wales Branch of the Inland Waterways Association has agreed to donate £3,000 towards Phase 1 of their major project “Thomas Telford @ Wappenshall Wharf.” The donation will greatly help the Trust to complete the restoration of the smaller, Thomas Telford designed warehouse at the wharf, which will see a coffee shop/bistro installed and open to the public in the autumn of 2019. Our wonderful team of volunteers has now completed the re-roofing of the building, after our roofing contractor removed and replaced the slates. Although the project is a couple of weeks behind schedule now (mid-March 2019) due to the incredible amount of rainfall of late, Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent is about to be renewed to enable us to get on with the inside work and finish the job by late Autumn this year.

You can see a press release about the IWA grant and Wappenshall on the Shropshire Live website by clicking  here

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50 Buildings for Telford 50

wappenshall from the air

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








What is the Thomas Telford's Wappenshall Wharf Project?


Wappenshall Wharfartist's impression of restored wharf







The project will:


·      Restore two Grade II listed canal warehouses and re-water the wharf’s East Basin

·      Provide a quality coffee shop/bistro to raise funds for further restoration

·      Incorporate a permanent visitor centre that will celebrate the life and works of one of our country’s foremost Civil Engineers, Thomas Telford, (1757-1834)

·      Become a vibrant visitor centre dedicated to the local canals and their heritage

·      Ensure that the site supports a wide variety of animals, birds and plant life

·      Make available a flexible and innovative space for the local community and businesses

·      Provide an opportunity for young people to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects in interesting ways

·      Become a catalyst for the longer-term restoration of the entire Shrewsbury & Newport Canals


Wappenshall Wharf is half way along the 24¾ miles of these historically important canals that played such an important part in the Industrial Revolution. We want the restoration of the wharf to be a catalyst that will enable the restoration of the canals themselves. The income from the completed project that will accrue from the many thousands of paying visitors will provide the capital to realise this goal. Your support will greatly help!

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.

  • 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 £1780 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

Funeral of Sallie Lines 

Thursday 30th May 2019 - 13:00

Norbury Canal Festival 2019 Details 

May Bank Holiday weekend

CRT West Midlands 

Annual Showcase Event

Wappenshall Wharf Plan B Phase 1 

The latest update Newsletter

Help to Spread the Word about the Trust 

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Upcoming Events

Annual General Meeting & Open Day 

Saturday 8th June 2019

Trustee Meetings 

Next meeting Thursday 23rd May 2019

Next SSG Support Meeting 

Tuesday 9th July 2019

Next NSG Support Meeting 

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Next TSG Support Meeting 

Monday 10th June 2019