In 2016, the Chesterfield Canal Trust spent over £85,000 on the restoration of the canal done by our volunteer Work Party.
We are running our A Place in History Restoration Fund in order to keep up the same level of progress. All monies raised will go towards the costs of plant and materials used by our volunteers.
We have continued this fund into 2018 because our Work Party was held up for many months whilst waiting for the licence from Network Rail to investigate the mineral line bridge at Hartington. Click here for more.
There are three ways to donate:
This can be done online by clicking here or by cash or cheque sent to the Treasurer, Chesterfield Canal Trust, Hollingwood Hub, Hollingwood, Chesterfield, S43 2PF.
This can be done by Standing Order, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
This is for larger donations, which will be acknowledged by a formal certificate. We will also have a special section in our quarterly magazine, Cuckoo, listing all Certificated Donors.
There are three levels – Silver (£100), Gold (£500) and Platinum (£1,000).
These donations might be made by individuals, but also by companies or groups – such as social clubs, boat crews, pubs, walking groups etc.
Again, please email email@example.com for further details.
If you are a U.K. taxpayer, your donations should be eligible for Gift Aid, meaning that we can claim a further 25% from the Government. If we do not already have a Gift Aid form from you, we will ask you to sign one, if appropriate.
In 1989, the twenty miles of canal from Worksop to Chesterfield were derelict. Since then, 11 miles have been restored along with 37 locks, 11 major road bridges and 2 marinas. Every aspect of the restoration of the remaining 9 miles is covered in a one thousand page document called Next Navigation produced by the Chesterfield Canal Partnership.
Between 1996 and 2003 a new marina was built at Shireoaks and the restoration of 6 miles of canal, several bridges and 31 locks extended the head of navigation from Worksop to the Norwood Tunnel.
At the isolated western end, 5 miles and 5 locks from Chesterfield to Mill Green were made navigable between 1990 and 2002.
Four of these locks were restored by the volunteer Work Party of the Chesterfield Canal Society; they built the fifth from scratch.
A half mile stretch at Renishaw was completed in 2009. A further half mile to the new Staveley Town Basin was opened in 2012.
Our volunteer Work Party built a 600 metre wash wall to link Mill Green to the new basin.
The new Staveley Town Lock was built by our volunteers and opened in 2016.
A new terminal basin is the centrepiece of the £350 million Chesterfield Waterside complex currently under construction.
If we can raise sufficient funds, in 2017 our volunteers will complete 400 metres of brand new canal east of Staveley Town Lock, including a huge spill weir.