||How to Join the Society|
|Why support the Society now?|
Although the canal was restored to a fully navigable condition, the need for support is undiminished. Funding from the owners has been inadequate and the canal has frequently been closed because of structural problems and the need to conserve the limited water supply. Reliable water supplies, together with sustainable finance, are urgently needed.
Our vision for the future is of a permanently protected, fully navigable waterway and multi-function amenity for the use and enjoyment of the whole community. To further this aim, the Society is planning more water supply enhancement projects and improved boating facilities. It also is lobbying for a permanent ownership structure, such as a charitable trust, which will guarantee adequate funding in the longer term. The Society works with conservation bodies such as Natural England to improve the canalís environmental condition, much of the canal being designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Planning applications are monitored to ensure the preservation of the character of the canal corridor.
The Society also operates the public and charter trip boat John Pinkerton, organises boating festivals and arranges a variety of social events.
How You Can Help
By simply becoming a member of the Society, your subscription will help to fund its charitable aims and give it a greater voice when needed. There are regular social events that are advertised in the quarterly society magazine. There are opportunities for greater involvement should you wish to take a more active role, such as regular work parties or the operation of the trip boat, to which you will be warmly welcomed. Alternatively, you could help with administration, publicity or fund-raising. Whatever you wish to do, your membership will be greatly appreciated.
Simply download the membership form (below) and post to our Membership Secretary.
Last updated December 2010