Trust Chairman launches lock restoration appeal
Cotswold Canals Trust Chairman Mike Guest makes a Restoration Fundraising appeal to Trust Members and non-members alike. The Trust seeks to raise £160,000 through this appeal to Trust Members, Charitable Trusts and Corporate Sponsors.
The letter to Trust members also includes an update on the restoration’s success to date.
Phase 1A Progress Update
Phase 1A of the Restoration, which will restore six miles of canal from The Ocean Stonehouse to Brimscombe Port, is now well advanced.
Bridges & Locks
Ocean Swing Bridge, Chestnut Lane Swing Bridge, Upper Mills Bridge and Stroud Brewery Bridge are all complete.
Ryeford Double Lock and Wallbridge Upper Lock have been restored and gated. Dudbridge Locks will be completed later in the year.
New channel & new contracts
It is expected that the new channel through the railway viaduct at Capel’s Mill will be completed this Spring.
Stroud District Council (SDC), as lead partner in the restoration, will shortly be placing contracts to complete this phase of the restoration as far as Bowbridge Bridge.
Phase 1 Volunteer Section
Photos 1 & 2 by Nick Bird – 3rd by Mike Gallagher
The last picture appears courtesy of Brian Ward-Ellison and shows Bowbridge Lock in a derelict state in the 1960's.Photographed by the late Norman L. Andrews.
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