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Messing about on the Canal


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We are fortunate to live very close to the Kennet and Avon Canal and often take walks along the towpath between Melksham and Devizes.

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Occasionally we also get the chance to go for a ride on a narrow boat.

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The scenery is ever changing.

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As are the neighbours!

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Plus is you are lucky it is possible to glimpse various wildlife!

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Maps and ShelterBox


 

photoFor several years now, Maps Worldwide has been pleased to be associated with the charity ShelterBox, with all customers being able to donate the change from their order to the charity, which Maps Worldwide matches.

My local church, St. Michael and All Angels is holding an Angel Festival from this weekend with the theme of ‘Angels as Helpers’, given all that ShelterBox does in its deployments around the world, I decided to make our contribution out of old maps with ShelterBox deployments highlighted.  I am not particularly creative, but I am pleased with the result!

 


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Historic Maps


alangodfreyWe have had a lot of interest recently in the ‘new’ historic map of our home town of Melksham!

Alan Godfrey who publishes these maps clearly loves local history and virtually every map is accompanied by text on the reverse describing the history of the area, or a local directory of businesses of the time of the map.  We are constantly updating our website to keep up with the range produced by Alan Godfrey Maps, so if you can’t see your local area now, please check with us, and it may be added soon!

These maps are a ‘must’ for anyone who enjoys local history or researching their family tree, and at £2.50 – £3.25 each, they are easily affordable!


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Kennet & Avon Canal


9780956518323Walking and cycling along the canal towpaths has proved very popular in recent years, and we are very lucky here, to have the Kennet and Avon Canal run just to the south of our office.  With the very impressive flight of locks at Caen Hill only a few miles away!

However, we could be even closer to a canal in the next few years with the plans to restore the Wilts & Berks Canal, with the result that it will run just past our office, although the part around Melksham itself cannot take the original route of the canal, as much of this has now been built on.  Nevertheless, wouldn’t it be great to have a canal side view from the office window to watch the barges go by!  Mind you it might result in distractions from work!