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Work On Staveley Town Lock Surges Ahead – Concrete Needed

The last two weeks in August (2013) have seen a Waterway Recovery Group camp at Staveley on the Chesterfield Canal.

They (Waterway Recovery Group) have been helping the Chesterfield Canal Trust's Work Party with the building of Staveley Town Lock. Everyone working on the project is a volunteer, many giving up their holidays to help.

Following the opening of Staveley Town Basin in January 2012, there has been only sporadic work on the lock. However things started in earnest at the Canal Festival at the end of June.

Since then hundreds of blocks and bricks have been laid, a secure compound has been built, footings for a new washwall have been excavated and concrete poured for foundations. In addition several Trust members have learnt how to drive excavators and dumper trucks.

The Chesterfield Canal Trust has raised over £30,000 so far with its Donate a Brick for Staveley Town Lock Appeal. This appeal will continue, accepting amounts from £5 upwards.

However the money is now being spent at an alarming rate, so the Trust is making a fresh appeal. In the next few weeks, they will be pouring hundreds of cubic metres of concrete. This is delivered by lorry and is hugely expensive.

You can Donate a Cubic Metre of Concrete for £80. If you Gift Aid your donation, it becomes worth £100. All donations will be acknowledged on the Trust's website and in its magazine, Cuckoo (unless requested otherwise).

You can make a donation in memory of a loved one, or give it to someone as a Birthday or Christmas gift. The Trust will provide a certificate to commemorate your donation.

You can Donate a Brick or Donate a Cubic Metre of Concrete on the Chesterfield Canal Trust website (just Google Chesterfield Canal) or send a cheque (made out to the Chesterfield Canal Trust) to the Treasurer at 47, Whitecotes Park, Walton, Chesterfield, S40 3RT.