*** Apologies from the webmaster for this late post – it turns out a new baby and a house move do not mix well! ***

Dear Members of the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Society,

Welcome to the latest edition of the newsletter.

Another busy month, often not quiet for the correct reason. My apologies go out to all the members, and of course our guest speaker for the double booking of the venue for the monthly meeting. This was not our fault and we only discovered the lack of availability at gone 6pm on the evening – this will not happen again.

This month’s speaker is David Pullen; who will talking about the Boston to Peterborough Waterway on Tuesday 26th March at 7.30pm, at our new venue “The Coach and Houses” in Draycott.

Work at Spondon is nearing completion in respect of the initial ground clearance; some large working parties have turned out to help our chainsaw teams and we are even helping to chip the off cuts. Logs are available on site, all we ask is for a small donation – everyone is free to come and take some of the chippings for your gardens.

The Picture below shows the new fence we have erected to protect the excavation at Sandiacre lock; this allows full viewing of the original lock that we now have plans to restore to full glory, before opening up the connection the Erewash Canal. Please pop along and have a look.

Open Day at the Cottages

Where? Hopwell Road, Draycott

When? Mother’s Day, 31st March 2019

What time? 11.00 to 16.00

Cost? FREE

Come and see all the work that has been done to date; and listen to the plans moving forward for this exciting venture on the these old buildings.

Do you have any old photographs of our canal line?

As we move closer to getting the cottages up and running, it would be nice to collect some pictures from the past. We do have a good selection so far but it is always interesting to see any new found information and these can often help us to plan restoration in the future; and it is a wonderful source of information to the younger generations. My closing picture has been sent in from Peter Ball and shows the bridge at Station Road, Borrowash, where ofcourse we are still busy working on the restoration of that area (even if it has gone a bit quiet over the last few weeks).

Ink Cartridge Recycling

Recycling envelopes for your used ink cartridges are now back in stock – but please no Brother, Epson or Kodak inkjets, which are not accepted. I also have two recycling boxes if anyone knows a suitable site to locate these at – please get in touch, they are another great fund raising tool.

Trip Boat

Plans for the Derby Boat trip are moving along behind the scenes, and we hope to have some important announcements very soon – I will keep you updated along with plans for the Derby Arm venture.

Eddy – Chairman