The Friends of the Grand Western Canal are organising a sponsored walk on 13th April from Tiverton basin to the Barge pub at Halberton. We have set a target to increase the rescue Fund to £20,000 by November to buy a tug and two silt barges to assist the Rangers when they are undertaking dredging works etc. These craft will save time and money and make a significant contribution to the long-term sustainability of the canal. More details and download your sponsorship form: GWC sponsored walk
Thanks to three parish councils who joined forces to provide much needed equipment for the Friends of the Grand Western Canal one of the key goals of the Friends has been achieved. Holcombe Rogus, Sampford Peverell and Burlescombe Parish Council’s made a successful joint bid to the Town and Parish (TAP) Fund so that Friends volunteer wardens would have the equipment they need to monitor and maintain the canal towpath. "One of our early aspirations was to recruit a team of volunteer wardens to assist in the day to day activity along the full eleven mile length of the Devon portion of the canal", explained David Slack, Fundraising Officer for the Friends. "Each volunteer warden has been allocated a stretch of the canal to look after. Responsibilities include checking for wildlife in trouble, litter picking, cutting back overgrown vegetation and giving guidance to canal towpath users on local facilities.” The project was awarded a grant of £1,459 from the TAP Fund, which is funded by the District and County Councils. For more details about the work of the Friends of the Grand Western Canal or to become a volunteer warden please visit , www.friendsgrandwesterncanal.org.uk or or Facebook Grand Western Canal Friends. For information about Council grants, contact our Grants and Funding Officer, Paul Tucker, on 01884 234930.