DSCT and the Co-op Local Community Fund

A couple of good news items, all to do with the Co-op!

Back in October 2019, through the Co-op Local Community Fund we became one of the charities supported by the members at the Breaston Store. Over the next 12 months, when a member purchased a co-op own brand product we received 1% of the cost. I’m pleased to let you all know that over that period the total money that has been raised is £3,039.68. This money will pay for the recently purchased tipper trailer which will be towed behind the tractor we purchased at the beginning of 2019 The tractor has been used to cut the grass along the canal path and chip the branches that we have removed from various sites. There will be money left over to upgrade and repair some of our other gardening equipment.

Back in June we were approached by the Co-op to apply for a further Local Community Funds for 2020/21. We made 2 applications and we have just been told that one of our applications has been approved. We will now be one of the charities supported by the Borrowash store and its members. The project that will benefit from the Co-op fund will be the finishing of Borrowash Bottom Lock by the Inland Waterways Association / Waterway Recovery Group. Their visit was originally planned for this year, but due to the Covid restrictions all canal camps in 2020 run by the IWA/WRG were cancelled. Their visit has been rescheduled for the 24th July 2021. The fund will pay for the weeks accommodation cost for the volunteers, hire of a digger and all the sand, cement and lime needed. It would be nice to think that the fund will pay for new gates to the chamber, but I think may be too much!

If you are a Co-op member, please remember that you will need to select our project to allow us to receive donations for 2020/21.  You can log in to your Co-op membership page and select our project, as I have done, or go direct to our page via the following link – https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/51473. If you are not currently a Co-op member please join, wherever you live, for £1 and nominate our project for next years Co-op Local Community Fund.


David Savidge


Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust