press release

7 December 2017


Following recent changes to its Executive team, the Canal & River Trust yesterday (6th December 2017) began a 60-day period of internal consultation about changes to its internal structures and a significant reduction in the size of its senior management team. 

At the heart of the proposals to transform the organisation is a change to strengthen the accountability of regional teams, and to shift the current waterway management structure to better face the outside world, so the Trust can engage and influence its partners in the most effective way. Subject to consultation, this would see the Trust move from the current ten waterways to six larger regions, and embed more of the current national teams directly into the new regional teams.

Commenting on the news, Richard Parry, Chief Executive, said: “These changes are about re-focussing and simplifying the organisation so that we enable everyone across the Trust to make their greatest possible contribution, to serve our customers and support local communities to enjoy their local waterway. We have to find ways to do more and cost less to ensure a secure and sustainable future for the Trust.”

The Trust anticipates making further announcements about the new structures in Spring 2018.


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Fran Read, Canal & River Trust

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SNCT: 2017 Queens Award for Voluntary Service


The Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust is delighted to announce that it has been awarded The Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

The Queens Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award that can be given to a local volunteer group in the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their communities.   It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation.  It is the MBE for voluntary groups.

In making the announcement a spokesperson from The Queens Award for Voluntary Groups team said “The work your group does for the community was very much admired by the independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE and I am delighted to inform you that your group has been selected as a recipient for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2017”

They went on to say “The award of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017 represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation. We hope that everyone involved, and particularly your volunteers, feel immensely proud of the recognition that this Award represents.”

Bernie Jones, chairman of SNCT, said “This award was a fantastic surprise and we are delighted to have been nominated.  It is testimony to the hard work and dedication of all our volunteers who give so much to help the Trust in its restoration work on these wonderful canals, whether contributing to our social media, helping out at our stalls at local events, baking cakes and other fundraising, helping with administration and, of course, actually digging at our workparties”

The group will now look forward to an official presentation of the award by the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire at a ceremony at Wappenshall on Monday 14th August at 6.30pm


An Abandoned Canal

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery is hosting a display on the history and future of the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals

12-17 January and 26 January to 16 April 2016

The Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust (SNCT) has been given a 'local communities' slot in the newly re-opened Shrewsbury Museum. This is for an exhibition covering the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals from their construction in the 18th and 19th centuries through to their abandonment in 1944, what has happened to them since then and the Trust’s plans for their future. The themes that run through the displays are:

  • The coming of the canals to Shropshire (both the original Shrewsbury canal of 1797 and the Newport branch from Norbury in 1835)

  • Working life on the canals

  • Canal restoration

We will be using historic items, photographs, maps and plans to explore these themes and we will also use artefacts to illustrate them. We have a lot of items from the last two centuries being loaned by the National Waterways Museum, the Canals & River Trust boatyards at Ellesmere and Norbury, the Saturn fly boat project and by SNCT members and other local people

Amongst the subjects covered by the displays are: canal engineering, including the role of smithies and foundries; how tolls were collected; the use of horses as motive power; the domestic lives of boating families; and canal restoration, with particular reference to the Shrewsbury and Newport canals. The displays include maps, a timeline, 'roses and castles' painted canal ware, horse paraphernalia and a reconstruction of a forge.

A particular feature is an audio-visual display of some of the interviews with local residents that have been carried out by the SNCT’s Oral History Project, illustrated by past and present-day scenes of the canal in Shrewsbury.

During the event there will be four different talks on canal based subjects in the museum at 2.30 pm on Saturday afternoons. Tickets for the talks can be obtained in advance from the museum (01743 258885). The price of £3 per head is excellent value, as it also includes free entry to the museum (normal price £4).

Talks at Shrewsbury Museum:

16th January Barrie Trinder Wappenshall wharf: its place in the history of


6th February Neil Clarke The canals of East Shropshire

19th March Tony Lewery The restoration of the Shropshire Union

flyboat Saturn

9th April Bernie Jones The Shrewsbury & Newport Canals and their


The Museum & Art Gallery is closed:

18-25 January

1 February

10 April Tel: 01743 258885

For further information contact:

John Myers

Forge Reconstruction