Lotto boost to improve canal visitor experience

People enjoying Stoke Bruerne Canal on a weekend.
People enjoying Stoke Bruerne Canal on a weekend.
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Visitors to Stoke Bruerne will benefit from a major cash injection from the National Lottery.

The Canal & River Trust, working in partnership with the Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership, has been awarded £67,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the cost of installing visitor information boards and training volunteers to give guided tours.

They will also work with local groups and schools on a film and photography project to record local people’s memories of the waterways.

James Clifton, enterprise manager for the Canal & River Trust, said: “Stoke Bruerne is one of the loveliest places on the waterways attracting thousands of visitors and boaters to this stretch of the Grand Union Canal every year.

“We are delighted to have been awarded this money from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It will allow us to tell the story of this wonderful historic site, through a series of panels dotted along the canal, providing a more interactive visitor experience and better explain the waterway’s rich industrial heritage.”

Helen Westlake, chairman of the Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership, said: “It’s wonderful news that we can help people to learn more about their local waterway.

“We have so much to offer visitors at Stoke Bruerne, whether you enjoy looking round the museum, taking a boat trip into Blisworth Tunnel or simply relaxing with a drink in one of the waterside pubs. It is quite simply a perfect canal village and we are very proud of it.”

The Canal & River Trust is the guardian of 2,000 miles of historic waterways across England and Wales.

Anyone wishing to volunteer or get more involved can contact the trust on lynda.payton@canalrivertrust.org.uk or calling 03030 404040.