Bourton Meadow Grand Re-Opening!

Bourton Meadow opening 26 October 2013  Bourton Meadow reopening 26.10.13P1080854

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Buckingham Canal Society (BCS) made a piece of local history on Saturday October 26, when the Rt. Hon John Bercow MP opened a restored section of the town’s 212-year-old canal. The event had impressive attendance with approximately 250 people celebrating this great achievement.

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Disused since 1944, the newly restored 400 metre length of the Buckingham Arm of the Grand Union Canal has been re-lined, re-watered and re-planted at a cost of about £95,000.

To start the re-opening ceremony, a trip by a specially built canoe was the first recorded craft to navigate this section of the canal since 1902. The canoe has been built by two local men and was previously used to raise money for the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. The canoe was carrying a pair of scissors that were handed to the Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP who used them to cut a ribbon and officially open this first stretch of the Buckingham Canal.

Mr Bercow gave a rousing speech which thanked many of the local councillors who were in attendance. He also eloquently explained the importance and benefits of canal restoration and praised BCS for their work thus far. Following this, Society chairman Athina Beckett gave a brief history of the canal and thanked the volunteers who had worked on the site. She also made special mention of Nick Hawes, the landowner, and his strong support of this project and the aims of BCS. The whole project would not have been possible without the support of the funders; WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Limited), Aylesbury Vale Community Foundation and Buckinghamshire County Council Local Area Forum

There was an informative display showing what the Buckingham Canal Society (BCS) have been working on recently and several new members were signed up. Cake, tea and coffee was very popular and raised money for BCS. Hundreds of bottles of ‘Buckingham Canal Water’, a specially branded beer made by Buckingham Brewery in partnership with BCS to raise awareness and funds for the charity.

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