Bringing Wiltshire waterway back to life

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Jeff and Lynda Daws with the cheque for £3,430 raised by the Wilts and Berks 200 Club. Jeff and Lynda Daws with the cheque for £3,430 raised by the Wilts and Berks 200 Club.

Wilts and Berks Canal Trust has recognised the volunteers who gave nearly 6,200 hours of their time last year.

Members of the Melksham, Chippenham and Calne branch were awarded this year’s Tony Davy Award by the trust.

The trophy – named after the charity’s first chairman – is given to the branch with the highest number of hours given in the past year. Branch chairman Derek Flexer said volunteers in Melksham, Chippenham and Calne were the first to win the award when it was introduced the previous year.

He said: “We’re delighted that we managed to retain it. It’s a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers who are committed to bringing this waterway back to life.”

Meanwhile branches across the trust have also benefited from the fundraising efforts of the W&B 200 club organised by Jeff and Lynda Daws.

The club enters paying members into a monthly prize draw.

Last year it collected £3,430 in fees, half of which went towards prizes and half of which was given back to the canal trust.

Membership is open to all with further details, at 200club@wbct.org.uk

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