The Montgomery Canal Restoration Appeal is being managed by the Appeal Steering Group on behalf of:-

The Friends of the Montgomery Canal, registered charity number 510448.

Shropshire Union Canal Society, registered charity number 245875.

IWA, Shrewsbury District & North Wales branch, registered charity number 212342

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Plans are being drawn for Schoolhouse Bridge and Shropshire Council is being helpful.  If we can raise the money, the bridge could be replaced in a year or two.  That would be a fantastic step forward, and could be the best news for the restoration in twenty years.   No-one will do this for us, but youwe  can make it happen.

What can you do to help?

Donate: follow the ‘Local Giving’ link above.

Run a fund-raising event: this could be an event of your own; or could you take the appeal to an event in your locality? We can provide display material and appeal leaflets.  Click here for  a  copy of the  appeal letter.

Join us when we take the appeal to the canalside or an event – more below.

Promote the appeal online: do you use social media?  Or could you help us with an occasional e-newsletter to supporters?

Offer your special skill: we will be keen to try to make use of it.

Join a restoration work party or one of the adoption groups

We will be delighted to help you to help the Montgomery Canal.

Another £1,370 for the Appeal Fund!

A collection at the Annual Forum of the Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust on July 2 has meant a further £1,370 has been raised for the Appeal Fund, to be added to the £210,000 already raised/committed.

£274 was collected at the Forum meeting and with Gift Aid (small donations) relief added, the total was £343. Someone in the audience offered to double that, making the total £686.

The Appeal Fund already has the support of a generous donor who has offered to match £ for £ small sums which the Appeal raises. This offer is up to £12,500 a year, commencing 1 July each year.

So this means another £1,370 has been raised.

This also means that for every £20 donated at the meeting, the Appeal will receive £100 - a fivefold increase!"

Montgomery Canal Forum

Crickheath Basin work in progress September 2018

Photographs by courtesy of Graham Deakin and John Dodwell

Contractors start work at Crickheath

Land and Water Services, specialist contractors for canal work, are making progress with the restoration works at Crickheath Basin. They are now piling the edges before firming up the canal bed. It's hoped the whole job will be completed by the end of the year.

Crickheath Basin will be the new temporary end of the navigable Canal in Shropshire when the Heritage Lottery Fund funded works are completed - which is scheduled for the end of 2020.

Volunteers from the Shropshire Union Canal Society (a constituent member of this Appeal Group) are relining (to make it waterproof) the Canal bed leading up to Crickheath Basin. They are working down from the Lloyds Mill at Morton.

When all the work on this section has been completed, another two miles will be navigable, opening up the section from Maesbury Marsh which is already connected to the country's 3,500 miles of navigable waterway. This will also mean another section has been re-watered to the benefit of local wild animal and plant life as well as those using the towpath and those on boats. What has until recently been an overgrown jungle of scrubland and saplings will have been turned into something of use and beauty.

Land & Water Services also excavated the area needed for the new nature reserves at Aston, a few miles away.

It's because of the imminent completion of the restoration to Crickheath that we are looking to the next stage - the last two miles of the dry section to reach Llanymynech. This includes the rebuilding of Schoolhouse Bridge.

To celebrate this year of restoration on the Montgomery Canal, the Canal & River Trust has commissioned a 20 minute film showing the heritage, people and wildlife that make the Montgomery Canal so special.

Watch the film

The easiest way to make a donation is via  the ‘LOCAL GIVING’ website, just follow the DONATE link above.

Canal Triathlon raises money for the Restoration!

The Friends of the Montgomery Canal, who organise the Triathlon, are proud to donate £5,000 towards the restoration of the section between Crickheath and Llanymynech from funds raised by the 2017 and 2018 events!

This should help towards the estimated £300,000 cost of restoring Schoolhouse Bridge in Pant, the last bridge between Shropshire and the Welsh border. If Schoolhouse Bridge costs are fully met, the funds will be used for other aspects of the restoration from Crickheath.

The Friends’ Committee and Cllr. Val Howard of Newtown, who flagged off the 2018 Triathlon, proudly show the £5,000 presentation cheque at their Annual Sunday Lunch on 21st October:


Mid and West Wales AM Neil Hamilton with his wife, Christine and Montgomery Canal Partnership chairman John Dodwell

Mid and West Wales AM Neil Hamilton has described plans to restore the Montgomery Canal as “visionary” and has pledged his support to get the project completed …

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Why not join us for an evening of music on Tuesday 18th December at the Navigation Inn, Maesbury when The Shropshire Boatmen will be singing both sea shanties and Christmas songs to ease us into the final week before Christmas! There will be mulled ale as well as soup with a bread roll! Mulled ale is £2 a glass with 50p going to the Montgomery Canal Restoration Fund and a bowl of soup is £5.95 with £1 going to the Restoration Fund. The evening starts at 7.30pm and entry is free although donations to the Restoration Fund will be gratefully received! The full menu will also be available - book your table on 01691 672958.

Thanks to all those who helped us by joining in the Grow Your Tenner campaign. As a result we shall be receiving about £2,800 over the next 12 months.