THE restoration of a Wiltshire waterway will receive a welcome boost from a charity’s annual quiz night.

The Melksham, Chippenham & Calne branch of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is holding the popular event at the Neeld Hall in Chippenham on the evening of Friday, October 11.

Entry is £15 per team of up to four people, with refreshments and a licensed bar available. It lasts from 7.30-10.30pm.

Last year’s event saw around 50 people raising an impressive £560 for the Trust's work to restore the historic canal.

Branch chairman Dave Maloney said: “The quiz night has outgrown previous locations in Melksham and Derry Hill due its increasing popularity.

“In the early years it was mainly a social occasion for our volunteers but it’s been steadily growing and now attracts lots of interest from the wider community too.

“There’s always plenty of friendly competition, and it’s all in aid of a very worthy cause!”

The general knowledge quiz will feature ten rounds, covering lots of different subjects, with tea, coffee and cake available. A licensed bar will also be open.

Displays will feature Wilts & Berks Canal Trust activities with a particular focus on the local restoration between Chippenham and Melksham.

There will also be membership leaflets for potential new volunteers to get in touch afterwards.

Teams must register in advance. Email

The aim of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is to restore the waterway from the Kennet & Avon Canal near Melksham to the Thames & Severn Canal near Cricklade and the River Thames near Abingdon, connecting Calne, Royal Wootton Bassett and Swindon.

For more details on the Trust's work, visit