We are pleased to inform you that we have received 1st Round Approval from Heritage Lottery Fund for our joint bid with the Canal & River Trust and can now progress to stage 2 of the application process. This is a lengthy and detailed project planning process and whilst it is very encouraging to get through the first round, it does not guarantee ultimate success. To summarise, we applied for £1.9m to help complete stage 2 of the restoration enabling full navigation for just over 3 miles to the A 41 crossing at Saxonway Bridge with enhancement of the tow path throughout to the benefit of walkers, cyclists, fishermen and canoeists.
We have been granted this first stage approval for £1.6m subject to passing stage 2. The remaining £0.3m is “match funding” which we have to find ourselves.
Detailed project plans now have now (September 2016) been submitted to Heritage Lottery Fund by CRT , and the first 50% of the bid development grant of £37,300 has now been released to CRT.. This sum is to cover preparatory work, surveys, detailed requirements & tenders etc The first £5,000 of WAT match funding towards this stage will become due in November. Only when stage 2 is fully developed, submitted and accepted by HLF will we given permission to start lottery funded work and be able to claim costs.- it is hoped to reach this stage in the first half of 2017..
We would like to thank The Canal & River Trust for leading the bid application and all our members for their support to date, both in terms of subscriptions and donations, and physical help with the restoration or at events etc. Please continue to support us as we need to carry on with our fundraising efforts to be able to cover the match funding element of the bid. We urgently need the services of an experienced fund raiser to help us in this area - if you can help' or know someone who might' do please get in touch by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a message on the trust mobile on 07547 181857.
If the bid is successful, this will enable us to be able to complete phase 2 of the canal restoration linking Little Tring and Drayton Beauchamp, creating over 3 miles of navigable canal from Bulbourne Junction and enhancement of the towpath along the whole length of the Arm to Wendover. Thank you all !
Chris Sargeant - Chairman September 2016
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Bid
The Canal & River Trust and Wendover Arm Trust are jointly applying for a Heritage Lottery Grant which if successful will enable use of a contractor to supplement our volunteers work, expedite completion of the present phase of restoration and more than double the present navigable length of the Arm to approx 3 miles. Meeting November 3rd 2015
A wide range of organisations were invited to a meeting on November 3rd at Green Park to hear of progress to date with the restoration project and the proposed HLF Lottery bid. Approx 80 people attended. The meeting was chaired by John Dodwell, Trustee Director of CRT and with short presentations by Chris Sargeant, Chairman WAT and James Clifton, Enterprise Manager CRT followed by a Question & Answer session.
You can view Presentation Slides and a summary of the Question and Answer session by clicking on the links below:
We would appreciate your help by way of a letter of support for our lottery grant bid which can be appended to the application.
A downloadable proforma letter (microsoft word format) is available here or you may of course edit or use your own words
Please forward your letter by e-mail to me at: email@example.com Should you have any queries regarding the above please contact me at the above address I look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your support for this exciting project ps Nov 16th - our Stage One bid was submitted today but please continue sending support letters as they can be submitted again with Stage Two if we are successful with Stage One - Thank you