Major grant received from the Wolfson Foundation
We are delighted to announce that the Wolfson Foundation has awarded the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust a grant of £20,000 towards our “Thomas Telford @ Wappenshall Wharf” project.
The money will be used to help the SNCT redevelop Wappenshall Wharf as a heritage site and tourist attraction, to protect the architectural and heritage importance of the buildings, to engage the whole community, especially young people, in education, training and the arts and to provide the best level of public and community access and use of the site and buildings.
Chairman, Bernie Jones said “This is a major step forward for this key project in our Trust’s history. I am very grateful to the Wolfson Foundation, as raising the money in the present economic climate has been a real challenge. With this grant we will certainly be able to complete Phase 1 now.”
The Wolfson Foundation (www.wolfson.org.uk) is an independent charity that supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science, health, education and the arts and humanities. Since it was established in 1955, over £900 million (about £1.9 billion in real terms) has been awarded by it to over 11,000 projects throughout the UK, all on the basis of expert review.
The small warehouse roof is now complete with all the slates and ridges back on.
With sadness we announce the passing of Derek Taylor. Derek was one of the Shrewsbury Support Group's founding members and gave of his all for the Trust. He could be relied upon to man the Trust stand at any event and worked tirelessly at the work parties in the Shrewsbury area. One of his highlights was winning the “Upton Magna Fete Town Cryer Award” in 2016. He will be greatly missed by the many friends he made within the Trust, but he will live on because he interviewed many of the contributors to our Oral Archives, which are now part of the National Archive. His dulcet tone will therefore never be forgotten.
The funeral took place on Monday 21st January 2019 at Shrewsbury Crematorium.