Canal Restorer's Reunion Planned

Restorers to Reunite

A reunion of the founders of a canal restoration group is planned 40 years on.
People who were in at the very beginnings of the Stroudwater Canal Society, now the Cotswold Canals Trust, propose to meet up this May.

Activists Assemble

It was in May 1972 that a meeting at Stroud Subscription Rooms began the efforts which eventually led to the current work to reopen both the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames and Severn canals.

"We are planning a reunion on Saturday May 5th 2012 to commemorate the meeting on Saturday May 5th 1972," spokesman Dave Elliott said.

"Original members, i.e. those who joined what was then the Stroudwater Canal Society, are invited."

The event will be informal with a buffet supper and display of photos and film of the early days.

The activists take action

Here is a selection of pictures of volunteers hard at work soon after the group formed.

Do you recognise anyone?

The top picture was taken at Bowbridge in 1974. The middle picture was taken at Stantons Bridge (on a hot summers day!) in 1973.

The last picture features Coates Portal of Sapperton Tunnel in 1975.

Find out more about the reunion

For details of the Founders Reunion, contact Dave Elliott on 07816 260 046.

The Cotswold Canal Trust is now the largest canal restoration group in the country with a membership of over 6,500. Today, many of those members work as volunteers alongside the restoration contractors. 

To find out more drop into the Cotswold Canals Trust Visitor Centre at Wallbridge Lock in the centre of Stroud. When the flag is flying the centre is open.

 
Click here to find out more about the First Meeting