Issue date: 3 December 2010
The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) launched a national appeal on Saturday 26 June 2010, in order to raise funds for the restoration and re-commissioning of Inglesham Lock at the junction of the Thames and Severn Canal with the River Thames, which is part of the Cotswold canals scheme.
The announcement was made the IWA’s Chester Rally, and to coincide with the commemoration of the Centenary of Tom Rolt, one of IWA’s founders.
Speaking on behalf of IWA, Clive Henderson, national chairman said:
‘Today we are announcing that we want to extend the Thames.’
‘Inglesham is the gateway to the Cotswold canals restoration, and an iconic structure. IWA is keen to present an opportunity to get it open and create a usable link to the network.’
We want to restore and re-commission Inglesham Lock at the junction of the Thames and Severn Canal with the River Thames, which is a crucial part of the Cotswold canals scheme.
IWA wants to raise enough funds to restore the canal from the junction with the Thames,
including the restoration of Inglesham lock chamber and to fund the purchase and restoration of 380 metres of the pound above the lock.
In doing so we want to provide a new front on the Cotswold canals restoration campaign, to encourage momentum and engagement with local residents. This new restoration front will complement the work in the Stroud valley. We also want to force further movement on the full realisation of the Cotswold Water Park where it links to the Wilts and Berks Canal. This is the shortest and simplest route to reconnect Swindon with the national waterways network. We hope therefore, to encourage and capture the imagination and support of the population in and around Swindon in relation to the regeneration of Swindon Town centre as part of the Wilts & Berks master plan.
IWA also wants to show support to the Cotswolds Canal project following its previous set-back regarding certain funding commitments, and to consolidate and build on the recent gift of the lock at Inglesham to the Trust by British Waterways.’
We aim to create a new project on the Cotswolds that our volunteer restoration arm Waterway Recovery Group can participate in from start to finish; and to help develop and facilitate new forms of volunteering from those who may be interested in just giving a day or half a day’s time through to fully committed weekenders and week- long ‘canal campers’ thereby encouraging more participation by locals and waterway supporters.
Our target is £125,000
If everyone who supports our cause raised and donated just £10 we would easily meet our target.
Just go to www.inglesham.org.uk for more in formation an to make a donation on line or by direct debit, or send your cheque made out to IWA to: IWA Inglesham Appeal, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1WA ‘