Because quite a number ofthe Trust's members had to miss the ceremony to open the Drungewick lane Canal Bridge
which was heId on a Thursday, this time the formal Opening wilI be on Saturday 31 May 2003. It would have been
tempting fate to arrange such an event much earlìer in the year. The Aqueduct will be declared open by Dr Dave
Fletcher CBE, the recently retired Chief Executive of Brítish Waterways, and all readers of this Newsletter are cordially
ínvited to attend the event whích is expected to start at noon. Subject, as ever, to the Clerk of the Weather, there should
be ample parking space very close to the Aqueduct. If you would like up to date details of the arrangements, then
please telephone the Office O1403 7524033 or check our website (www.weyandandarun.co.uk) nearer the time
As by far the largest project yet tackled by the Trust in restorìng the 23 miIe Wey & Arun Canal, it is worth recalling
that a great many people, both within the Trust and outside have contributed massively to this Crossing. To start
wìth both West Sussex County Council and Chichester Distríct Council cooperated fully with the Trust during the
planning stages, thus símplìfyìng what could have been a complex procedure. Most of the design work was undertaken
by Tony Gee & Partners, who have generously supported WACT's work for many years. WhiIe WACT does have a
long lease on this section of the canal, it is only right to record the Trust's thanks to the landowner concerned, Peter
Foulger, who, while he may be our Chairman, stìIl put up with a lot of last minute requests for help of one sort or
another, and always came up smiling. The contractors also played their part, Geoffrey Osborne Ltd. on the Bridge and
the Green Construction Group together with Burras Groundworks at the Aqueduct. A word too, íf I may, for Richard
JuIian of SeIsey who undertakes many tasks for WACT along the canal and was the prìncipal contributor to building
the Heavy PIant Crossing.
So what did it all cost? For the Bridge the total came to almost £318,OOO. The Heavy Plant Crossing ran an out at rather
over £20,OOO. While there may stíll be a few odd bills to come for the Aqueduct, the Treasurer's latest estimate ís
£276,OOO. Thus altogether the Drungewick Crossíng has cost well over £600,OOO. And who paid for all this work?.
Well, basìcally, YOU DID. There were two major contributions from LandfiIl Tax by UK Waste, which now comes
under the Bíffaward scheme. We aIso enjoyed grants hom the InIand Waterways Associatìon and a number of
Charitable Trusts ìncluding the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Manìfold Trust, the Esmee Fairbain Foundation, the
Gatwick Airport Community Trust, the Idlewild Trust, the Davìd Wadham Charìtable Trust and the Forty One Trust
Commercial supporters included Messrs C Brewer & Sons and HITEK Calibration Servìces. The Heavy plant
Crossìng was completely funded by the Countrysíde Agency as admínistrators of the LocaI Heritage Initìatìve in
partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Nationwide BuiIding Society's Communìty Award. Funds raìsed ín
memory of our sadly míssed members Greg Henke, Gordon Parker and Jack Pocock all swelled the total. But the
biggest contributors were the Trust's members and individual supporters through the annual 'Poddle' sponsored walks
the 25K Club, the Restoration Fund and ìndividual donations. To eveybody who contributed the Trust's Directors
wish to record their most sincere thanks.
Also, we appreciate that, partìcularly during the building of the Bridge and Aqueduct, there has been a good deal of
extra traffic along the Lane, whìch was in fact closed for some six months when the Bridge was being constructed. The
Trust would like to acknowledge the patìence dispIayed by local residents, and to thank them for their forbearance.
Thank you again for your support, and if you require any further information about the canal and its ongoìng restoration pleasae contact us on 01403 752403.