Chairman’s Update – August 2019

Dear Members of the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Society,

Welcome to the latest edition of the newsletter!


The news on the bridge at Sandiacre is looking better. The Trust has now secured a legal document that ensures our right of access as and when we need it. The full document is available on our web page if anyone wishes to review it.

Work is now under way to ensure that the traffic issues causing so many problems to people in the local area will be made better and we have received some good publicity from around the country.

We are also committed to improve/maintain the area around the excavated lock at the bottom end and will be diverting work hours there over the next few weeks.

Society Talk

The next members meeting will be in September, we do not normally hold meetings in August due to the holiday season. The speaker for September will be James Scott on the Clan Line.


As most of you will know we have had the pleasure of a WRiG visit for a full week at the bottom lock in Borrowash last month. The picture above captures the canal bed in water along with the restored walls and top stones on the sides –to appreciate this in full I would strongly recommend a visit to the site, a picture only captures a small amount of the good work done.

A big thank-you to all that helped that week – with a big shout out to Keith and David who donated so much time  and effort to make this work. Work will be carrying on at the lock and also at the Station Road area to replace the footpaths that have been included in the grant from the local council.

Again, thanks to Ockbrook and Borrowash Parish Council for their support in funding this.

Draycott Cottages

Work at the cottages is progressing well, new floors are being put in on the last few rooms, and ground work for getting the mains supplies in are under way.

We have our annual visit from the SKY engineers planned for September – we will find them a nice little job to do – they appear to enjoy hard work and getting their hands dirty.

Membership / Support

Do you know any one that would like the benefit of becoming a member or indeed any one that could offer help and support in all our functions?

We are getting busy and need help – a couple of hours a week at any level would be appreciated.

Please contact myself or the Membership Sec, if you can help.

Situations Available

Anyone with spare time, be it one or two hours per week, in any field. If you think you have a trade that may help us, please get in touch.