From the Shropshire Star, 5th October 2015
And from the Newport Advertiser 8th October 2015
By Amy Downward
MORE than 20 volunteers spent their weekend helping the continuing effort to restore a disused section of canal - working by day and sleeping in a school gym at night.
A total of 22 people from the Waterway Recovery Group installed a lining at Meretown Lock in Newport, getting a section ready to hold water for the first time in more than half a century.
This work was organised by the Shrewsbury and Newport Canal Trust, which cares for Meretown Lock.
The volunteers stayed at Burton Borough School while using their expertise to help prepare the section of the canal to be brought back into use.
Bernie Jones, chairman of the Shrewsbury and Newport Canal Trust, said: "We're so grateful that the volunteers have come to help out.
"They are a fantastic group of people who come from all over the UK and we can't thank them enough.
"We have had 22 people to help this weekend. Some of those have come from places such as Devon, Manchester, London and Essex.
"They come and work for free and are so enthusiastic.
"While they are here they are staying at Burton Borough School's gymnasium so we also want to say a huge thank you to the school for helping out.
"The work here today is to put in a special geosynthetic clay liner into the canal after it has been re-profiled. We will then be able to start the process of re-watering the section." In January last year, work began to dig out a metre deep trench at Meretown Lock,
Pipes have also been laid which will bring water from the nearby Strine Brook into the 110 metre stretch, which was emptied after the canal was abandoned in 1944.The section is owned by Newport Town Council and will eventually link to the stretch of Newport Canal in the town centre.
The old lock will also be restored, according to the Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust.
The project is part of the trust's long-term aims to bring the old Shrewsbury and Newport canal back into use.
This from the IWAs Waterways, Winter 2015
And this from The Tillergraph, November 2015