THE LATEST NEWS ON THE PROGRESS OF OUR HLF GRANT BID
Our Round 2 bid was put in by the deadline of 13 February and our HLF Grants Officer, a Trustee from their Committee and other members of their team will now be making a site visit on 3 May. This will involve the SNCT project team giving a presentation about our development phase of the project and more detail about our plans for the physical restoration. This will be followed by a tour of the wharf and buildings. The HLF committee will be informed by their Trustee before they meet on 6th June to decide whether or not to grant the £1.3m required to complete the work.
In the meantime our fundraising team are all working hard to raise more money to enable the HLF grant required to be reduced. We will have until the end of May to achieve this, so if you know of anyone with deep pockets, please let Bernie Jones know!
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.