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'CommunityForce' drives Loxwood Bridge towards Completion.

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust have been delighted to receive a NatWest CommunityForce grant of £6,275 towards the completion of new brick parapets for the Loxwood High Street Canal Bridge.

The parapets, which will be constructed from locally-made brick to fit in with the nearby 17th Century Onslow Arms Pub and the award-winning Loxwood Lock, have been high on the Trust's agenda for some time.

"Everything is gradually falling into place," explains WACT Chairman Sally Schupke. "With planning permission granted and more than 80% of the necessary funding raised so far, our goal of putting the finishing touches to the Loxwood High Street bridge has never been more achievable. We now just need one final push to raise the remaining money and start the work."

The Trust has been extremely grateful for all donations received towards the parapets so far including £5,000 from Chichester District Community Chest and £7,500 from its own 'Buy a Brick' campaign. However, they are particularly proud to have won the NatWest grant because winners were chosen by the local community in a public vote. Coming first out of 58 charitable causes in the Crawley area is no mean feat - and a testament to the importance of historic local waterways to modern communities. WACT takes great encouragement from the support that local people have shown by voting in favour of the project.

Len Milsom, chairman of the Loxwood Society and local resident, is unsurprised that the Trust's work has inspired such strong community spirit. "We love our village and we want future villagers to be proud of what their 21st century predecessors achieved." he explains. Having opened in 2009, the bridge is now a characteristic feature of the village and the new parapets are set to be a proud achievement for everyone involved - from the Trust's dedicated team of volunteers to each CommunityForce voter.

For anyone who wishes to contribute further towards the final push for Loxwood Bridge, donations should be made payable to "Wey & Arun Canal Trust" and sent to Sally Schupke, The Granary, Flitchfold Farm, Loxwood, Billingshurst RH14 0RH. Using Gift Aid, UK taxpayers can increase the value of their donations by 25%; please ask for a Gift Aid form or use the one available on the Trust's website (www.weyandarun.co.uk).

Last updated  Tuesday, 17 January, 2012
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