Dear Members of the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust/Society.

Welcome to the latest edition of the newsletter,


Spring has arrived, the first lawn mower has been spotted and the hedges are starting to turn green. This of course means no more hedge cutting or tree management, unless of course it is urgently needed. Picture on the right shows the excellent work carried out over the winter at the Draycott stretch by our growing band of helpers.


We have also been busy back at Borrowash finally getting work under progress on replacing the sleepers at the edge of the footpath near Station Road. This work has been seriously delayed due to all the wet weather we have had this year. If anyone tells you that railway sleepers are not heavy, please invite them down to Borrowash to help us move some more. The rest of the edge will be completed and some of the actual footpath will be re-laid to create a better surface that users have asked us for.

Fun on the River Boat?

Talking of helpers- we are thinking ahead to a launch date for our trip boat of the River Derwent. Do you know, or indeed are you, a children’s entertainer or face painter? It would be great for the launch party to keep the little ones amused, please get in touch if you can help.  We will advise you as soon as the launch date is confirmed.

Canal Cottages

Final picture for this month shows some of the windows going in at the cottages. Once we are fully watertight we can move on to the internal fitting and the rest of the external work.

Notifications for the amended planning application have again been posted at Draycott, so we should be able to report more news next month.


Eddy – Chairman