Canal Trust's Swindon visitor reopens

By Barrie Hudson - 10 June 2021


The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust's Visitor Centre in Swindon's was set to reopen today - June 11 - after an 18-month absence.

The centre had to close due to a fall-off in the number of volunteers, but is now about to be reopened thanks to the recruitment of a manager, Peter Stroud, and a number of new additions to the team, all volunteers.
A small group of volunteers has been busy inside, installing new shelving and equipment, cleaning and tidying it up.  
New manager Mr Stroud said: "I am amazed and pleased at the response and determination from all to get the visitor centre up and running in such a short time."
The Centre will have three functions:   
- To sell as many as possible of the hundreds of books donated to the Trust in a recent bequest, then to sell canal-related books and possibly other items
- To promote awareness of the canal and its current exciting developments, enabling members of the public to come in & chat to volunteers.  Those interested further may be encouraged to join the trust and perhaps even volunteer.  Information will be available on current vacancies at the trust.
- To give information about boat trips on Dragonfly and the trust's other boats
The Centre will be open from 11am top 3pm on Fridays and Saturdays.  The trust hopes more volunteers will join the team so that it can be open for more days.  
The centre does not at present have a telephone, but enquiries to will always be answered.

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