Issue date: 7th January 2013
Another successful year of fundraising enabled IWA Chiltern Branch to donate a further £1000 to the Wendover Arm Trust. John Brice leads fundraising activities, which in 2012 included activities at the Rickmansworth Festival and a Lock Ransom at Marsworth.
Branch Chairman, Peter Winter, presented the cheque for £1000 to Roger Leishman at the Chiltern Christmas Party. In addition, a further £1000 has been donated to the Trust by London Region as a Richard Bird memorial. Over the last 15 years IWA Chiltern Branch has donated over £30,000 to waterway causes.
Roger, who is Restoration Director for the Trust, commented that in spite of the cancellation of the Wendover Festival, income for 2012 had been healthy due to these donations and the success of the sponsored ‘Walk an Arms Length’ in September which raised over £13,500.
The Wendover Arm Trust was formed in 1989 to raise funds and to work on restoration of the Arm to full navigation. The Arm provides a scenic and tranquil 6¾ mile route from Bulbourne Junction to Wendover. It was built originally as a feeder to provide water to the Tring summit of the Grand Union Canal – a critical function that it still fulfils. The current phase of the restoration is particularly important (and expensive) because it concerns the 1½ mile leaky section that led to the closure of the Arm over 100 years ago. Week-long workparties, which involve many Chiltern Branch members, take place every month and new volunteers are always welcome. WRG workparties also visit several times each year.