Restore the Montgomery Canal! Appeal – Half way there

We are delighted that the Restore the Montgomery Canal! Appeal has already raised 50% of its £250,000 target.

Launched at the June 2023 Crickheath Basin Re-opening, the Appeal is for money to enable us and the valiant volunteers to continue the work of closing the Shropshire Gap – restoring the two miles of dry Canal between Crickheath and Llanymynech. Without funds, we cannot pay for the materials and equipment hire needed.

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Canal Exhibition at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

A special exhibition at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings organised by the Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust is highlighting the role of canals with a focus on the Shrewsbury area.

A number of local canal organisations – including the Friends of the Montgomery Canal – have exhibition space to showcase the history of canals not only in Shrewsbury but further afield in Shropshire.

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Funding boost secures next phase of restoration on the Montgomery Canal

Crickheath South Montgomery Canal

Over £250,000 has been secured for the restoration of a length of the Montgomery Canal in Shropshire.

National charity Canal & River Trust, working in partnership with the Shropshire Union Canal Society, has received £177,625 in funding from the government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The grant, secured through Shropshire Council, has been further boosted by additional funding of £76,250 from the Shropshire Union Canal Society and the Restore the Montgomery Canal! Public appeal.

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New fund-raising raffle to Restore the Montgomery Canal!

Ticket for Montgomery Canal Grand Raffle

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Montgomery Canal reviewed all they had achieved in the past year and coming events.

The Friends group was established over twenty years ago to promote the revival of the Montgomery Canal. The canal was abandoned eighty years ago but after restoration over many years over half the canal is now open. From the experience of other canals across England and Wales the Friends know the restored canal will be a real asset for visitors and residents in local communities of Shropshire and Powys.

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Schoolhouse Bridge Reopens

Schoolhouse Bridge reopens


A parade of historic vehicles marks completion of the new Schoolhouse Bridge in Crickheath, Shropshire.

After many years of effort, and months spent by bridge contractors on the site, completion of the new Schoolhouse Bridge – the last highway blockage on the Montgomery Canal in Shropshire – was marked by a procession of historic vehicles crossing the bridge days before the road was formally opened to traffic.

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