Issue date: 26 April 2011
The Chesterfield Canal Trust’s appeal for funds to build a new lock has topped £10,000. With outstanding Gift Aid, it is nearly £12,000.
The new lock will be built at Staveley Town Basin which is currently under construction. It is required to lower the canal so that it can get under a railway line further east. It will be lock number 5A.
The lock has been designed and engineered by the Trust and Derbyshire County Council working in partnership. It will be built by the Trust’s volunteer Work Party. They are no strangers to such an enterprise, having built a brand new Dixon’s Lock from scratch in the 1990s after the original had been swept away by opencast mining.
Work will start in the summer aided by the Waterway Recovery Group which is sending a party of volunteers for a fortnight in July.
The appeal was originally launched in 2009, but was boosted last summer when the Donate a Brick appeal was launched. Since then sums from £5 to £1000 have come in steadily from members and supporters all over the country.
At Christmas, £390 was raised by people donating bricks as presents. Other donations have been made as birthday presents, as expressions of love and in memory of departed loved ones. The Trust provides a certificate to acknowledge such requests.
To donate a brick costs £5, a hodful of bricks is £50 and a barrowload of bricks is £100. For further details email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to The Treasurer, Chesterfield Canal Trust, 43 Whitecotes Park, Walton, Chesterfield, S40 3RT. All donors are listed in the Trust’s award-winning magazine Cuckoo, unless requested otherwise.