Help us keep up the right to navigate on the River Arun
Wey & Arun Canal Trust organises an annual small boats rally between Pulborough and Pallingham on the Arun, helping to maintain the navigation rights on the river.
As we would like as many boats and canoes to take part this year, we wonder if members of your organisation would like to bring their craft to take part in the event, on Sunday, April 19th, launching from 1.15pm.
This rally is a key feature in the Trustís quest to restore the canalís link to the river at Pallingham, and eventually the entire length of the 23-mile waterway up to Shalford in Surrey. We want to ensure that there will be no legal hold-ups in enabling boats to use the Arun to travel to and from the canal where it connects with the river.
The canal is, of course, already open for use by small boats and canoes at Loxwood and at various other points where restoration has taken place.
Our rally will aim to reach the site of the original junction of the canal with the river and then go on to Pallingham Quay, the highest navigable point for boats on the Arun.
There will be a break at Pallingham Quay and, if time and water levels permit, participants can also stop for refreshments at the White Hart, Stopham Bridge. If we obtain landowner permission, we hope to be able to continue further along the river this year.
As with all such events, itís the more the merrier and we want to have a large and colourful flotilla making its way up the Arun on April 19th. We hope you can send some representatives to join in.
I hope your members would like to take part. Please can you let me know by e-mail or letter whether you can send a contingent. If so, I will send you a form nearer the day to record the numbers and provide more details of launch information etc.
Assistant fundraising, press relations and publicity officer Wey & Arun Canal Trust