Dear Members of the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust

Welcome to the latest edition of the newsletter;

Hello again, we hope we find you all in good spirits and are not missing the sunshine now that autumn has well and truly arrived.

Society AGM

At this time of year we normally start to think of the societies AGM, this year due to the current ongoing health situation we are not able to all meet up, however the recent AGM for the Trust held via Zoom worked extremely well, so we are proposing to use the same system.

One of the main items that will be raised is the formal amalgamation of the society into the Trust. As agreed last year we are all now members of the Trust, most of the existing society committee sit somewhere within the Trust as shown below and the society committee meetings are attended by mainly Trust directors.

Existing Society Committee

Trust Board Development Group Governance & Finance Communication & Events Engineering Group Working Parties
Eddy Case (Chairman) Yes Yes Yes Yes
David Savidge (Vice Chairman) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Andrew Baird (Webmaster) Yes Yes
Gary Harding (Membership) Yes * Yes
Anne Madge (Secretary) Yes Yes
Derek Troughton (Treasurer) Yes Yes Yes
Roger Ashmead Yes * Yes Yes
Eileen Holland Yes *
Chris ReesFitzPatrick Yes Yes Yes Yes

Those marked * will join existing subcommittees as a result of the merger. The working Parties Subcommittee will be a new grouping encompassing half of the current Society Committee. All but one of the existing Society Committee will attend two or more Trust subcommittees.

As and when we are able, we will attend shows and events, the monthly meeting will resume, you will still have to suffer my updates, the only thing to change will be a reduction in the number of virtual meetings that people are asked to attend.

The meeting will be held on zoom at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24th November, if you would like to receive an invitation please email Chris at Papers will be made available at

Working Parties

Working parties did resume, after a full review of the health and safety issues involved, we managed to get all the hedges at Draycott finished (top picture), and a lot of work at Borrowash, but alas with the covid outbreak increasing again we have decided to stop all gardening teams until things improve.

Work at the cottages continues with a very limited team all working under tight restrictions. Picture (right) shows the new retaining wall next to the main road. Maintenance of the paths, trees and hedgerows has been continuing in a social distanced manner.

Eddy – Chairman