Speaker Meeting 20th February 2017

Chris Madge – The Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust

The Rotary Club of Church Wilne recently welcomed Chris Madge to its speaker evening. He gave a wonderful and inspiring talk on the "Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust", who are working to see the canal restored to a fully navigable route with a multi-user towpath to enable access to all.

The Derby Canal was opened in 1796, it had three arms running from the centre of Derby to Swarkestone, Sandiacre and Little Eaton. The trust wish to restore the arms to Swarkestone and Sandiacre. The canal will then be linked to 2,000 miles of navigable waterways. In the meantime the whole of the canal route can be walked or cycled with a short diversion from Wilmorton to Spondon.

Considerable progress has been made in the restoration, the viability of the project has been proved and the four relevant Councils support the project, bridges have been restored along the route as well as locks and a culvert was installed during the construction of the Pacific Road in Wilmorton ready to take the canal. Although the city centre section of the canal has been built over and cannot be recovered, the two arms will be joined by a short new section through Pride Park. A major feature will be a boat lift (The Derby Arm) which will enable boats to travel up the Derwent to the original Silk Mill wharf in Derby. This will complement the existing leisure facilities in the area. The trust are working tirelessly to bring this project to fruition, 1,600 members have supported the project. It will bring prosperity, visitors and leisure facilities to the area.

The Trust are planning to restore the Draycott section between Derby Road and Hopwell Road – Pledge your support and find out more through the web site www.derbycanal.org.uk

Chris Madge with President Simon Beal

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact Rotarian Nigel Roberts at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Rotarian Dr John A Cook
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne


6th February 2017

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