A Potted History of the Trust

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bullet Apr 1984: The Barnsley Canal Group was formed, at an open meeting held in the Wilthorpe Hotel in Barnsley. The logo adopted by the group was an engraving of a Keel passing over the Barnsley Aqueduct, used by the Barnsley Canal Company on their toll tickets in the 1840s.
bullet Jul 1984: The first edition of the group's publication "The Barnsley Canal - a forgotten waterway?" was published. The revised 3rd edition was published in 1995.
bullet Oct 1987: The first edition of the group's publication "Dearne & Dove Canal - the vital link" was published. The revised 2nd edition was published in 1991.
bullet Jun 1990: The first BCG working parties started on the restoration of the Elsecar Branch of the Dearne & Dove Canal.
bullet Apr 1991: The BCG became a Limited Company and Registered Charity.
bullet Aug 1991: The group held its first trailboat rally at Elsecar Basin.
bullet Oct 1992: The group held a dinner at the Royal Hotel (formerly the White Bear) in Barnsley, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the meeting of the original canal proprietors.
bullet Apr 1993: The group hosted a meeting of the Northern Canals Association at the Market Hotel, Elsecar.
bullet Sep 1993: The group became a member of the Parliamentary Waterways Group, and appointed a representative.
bullet Jun 2000: The group was relaunched as the Barnsley, Dearne & Dove Canals Trust.
bullet May 2001: The Barnsley Canals Consortium was formed.
bullet Oct 2002: The change of name was formally registered at Companies House.
bullet Aug 2002: The Trust adopted the new Lockgates logo.
bullet Jun 2003: The Trust's website was featured as Website of the Month in Waterways World magazine.
bullet Jul 2004: Grassroots Theatre Group performed "Time & Chance" at Cannon Hall, Cawthorne, telling the story of the coming of the Barnsley Canal to the area, and the opening of Barnby Basin. See video clips.
bullet Aug 2004: The Barnsley Canals Consortium appointed consultant engineers Atkins to carry out a feasibility study of the restoration of the Barnsley and Dearne & Dove Canals.
bullet May 2005: Ian Clayton, writer, broadcaster, storyteller, performer & TV personality became an Honorary Vice President of the Trust.
bullet Nov 2006: The results of the Engineering Feasibility Study conducted by consultant engineers Atkins were officially launched by Ed Balls, the then Labour MP for the Normanton constituency, at the Waterton Park Hotel (Walton Hall).

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