The Montgomery Canal Restoration Appeal is being managed by the Appeal Steering Group on behalf of:-

The Friends of the Montgomery Canal, registered charity number 510448.

Shropshire Union Canal Society, registered charity number 245875.

IWA, Shrewsbury District & North Wales branch, registered charity number 212342

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Plans are being drawn for Schoolhouse Bridge and Shropshire Council is being helpful.  If we can raise the money, the bridge could be replaced in a year or two.  That would be a fantastic step forward, and could be the best news for the restoration in twenty years.   No-one will do this for us, but youwe  can make it happen.

What can you do to help?

Donate: follow the ‘Local Giving’ link above.

Run a fund-raising event: this could be an event of your own; or could you take the appeal to an event in your locality? We can provide display material and appeal leaflets.  Click here for  a  copy of the  appeal letter.

Join us when we take the appeal to the canalside or an event – more below.

Promote the appeal online: do you use social media?  Or could you help us with an occasional e-newsletter to supporters?

Offer your special skill: we will be keen to try to make use of it.

Join a restoration work party or one of the adoption groups

We will be delighted to help you to help the Montgomery Canal.

To celebrate this year of restoration on the Montgomery Canal, the Canal & River Trust has commissioned a 20 minute film showing the heritage, people and wildlife that make the Montgomery Canal so special.

Watch the film

Contractors start work at Crickheath

Land and Water Services, specialist contractors for canal work, have nearly completed the restoration works at Crickheath Basin. The basin will be the new temporary end of the navigable Canal in Shropshire when the Heritage Lottery Fund funded works are completed - which is scheduled for the end of 2020.

Volunteers from the Shropshire Union Canal Society (a member of this Appeal Group) are relining (to make it waterproof) the Canal bed leading up to Crickheath Basin. They are working down from the Lloyds Mill at Morton.

When all the work on this section has been completed, another two miles will be navigable, opening up the section from Maesbury Marsh which is already connected to the country's 3,500 miles of navigable waterway. This will also mean another section has been re-watered to the benefit of local wild animal and plant life as well as those using the towpath and those on boats. What has until recently been an overgrown jungle of scrubland and saplings will have been turned into something of use and beauty.

Land & Water Services also excavated the area needed for the new nature reserves at Aston, a few miles away.

It's because of the imminent completion of the restoration to Crickheath that we are looking to the next stage - the last two miles of the dry section to reach Llanymynech. This includes the rebuilding of Schoolhouse Bridge.

The Shropshire Union Canal Society volunteers working south of Pryces Bridge  test the newly restored section.

Progress at Crickheath Wharf

Structural Soils Ltd make test bores at

Schoolhouse Bridge

Canal & River Trust Directors visit the restoration.

There was a very positive visit recently from Wales & South West CRT director Richard Thomas and West Midlands ditto Adnan Saif, with CRT Trustee Nigel Annett CBE, formerly of Welsh Water, plus several CRT officers.  

At Welshpool Council Chamber we were joined by Cllr Malcolm Douglass, Cllr Phil Pitched (Town and PCC) and Town Clerk Robert Robinson.  John Dodwell gave an initial presentation about the restoration.  The party then went to Town Lock for a short trip on the volunteer group’s workboat ‘Mantis’ before moving on to the Wern Reserve where Stuart Moodie told the party about the role of the reserves.  Then on to Williams Bridge and Vyrnwy Aqueduct – it is in the CRT programme, but some years off, so we were able to emphasise its importance, the perilous state of the aqueduct and the ferocity of the river.  

The party then moved to Llanymynech Wharf where there was a presentation of the ‘Life on the Monty’ video – with the help of Chris Smith of CMS Video.  Cllr Dilys Gaskill joined us there.

After a quick lunch a to drive to SUCS at Redwith where Fred Barratt had arranged a display and David Carter showed the works.  Then to Schoolhouse Bridge via Crickheath where Roger Bravey joined us to explain the bridge design.  The final ecological survey was due to have taken place that morning.  Roger was able to discuss technical aspects with Peter Walker Head of technical Support, CRT.  

Aboard Mantis at Welshpool

With Stuart Moodie at the Wern

The West Bromwich Building Society - which has a branch office in Welshpool and Oswestry - very kindly donated £1,000 as part of the annual Triathlon. Thank you very much.

And … over £500 was raised by passing round the hat at the annual Forum on May 21.

And … two generous donors have sent in cheques for £100 each and signed the Gift Aid forms which mean we can get 25% in recovered income tax, making their donations worth £250. Our thanks to them.

So … that's another £1,750 raised. Keep them coming!"



Montgomery Canal Triathlon

Another very successful event with over 200 entrants.

All results and pictures here soon

Triathlon cyclists approach Pool Quay lock.

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