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'Last push' appeal to complete Compasses Bridge

A 'LAST PUSH' appeal for £120,000 is being made to complete the new Compasses Bridge on the canal’s Summit Level.

The Trust needs that amount to finish the project, which will allow a signification section of the Summit Level to be re-opened.

The bridge and associated works, at one of the entrances to the Dunsfold Park aerodrome and business complex, is WACT’s largest restoration scheme so far in Surrey.

Volunteers are busy on the final stages of construction work, replacing a 1930s concrete causeway which blocked the canal. Jobs to be finished including landscaping, bank profiling and building a public viewing platform.

“The Trust is launching this new ‘last push’ appeal so that we can complete this project by the end of the year,” said Trust Chairman Sally Schupke.

The bridge will be officially opened on Sunday, October 2nd, as part of celebrations marking the Wey & Arun Canal’s bicentenary. Around a mile of waterway will be available to navigation by small boats, towards Tickner’s Heath at Dunsfold and going up to the A281 in Alfold.

“We hope that the public will respond generously and help us complete the project in 2016,” added Ms Schupke. “Then our teams can move on to the next restoration project and keep up the momentum of bringing a 23-mile green corridor back to life.”

Donations can be made via the home page of , or by sending a cheque made out to the Wey & Arun Canal Trust to Compasses Appeal, WACT Northern Office, Bridge End, Somerswey, Shalford, Guildford, Surrey GU4 8EQ.

Contact the Trust’s Northern Office on 01483 505566, e-mail , for details of how to donate by BACS.

The Trust asks that eligible donors Gift Aid the money they give, which adds 25p from the Government to every £1. Declaration forms are available via Donations page of this website if required.