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The main objective of the Society is to restore and enhance the Shropshire Union system for the benefit of all users. Fulfilling these objectives does not come cheaply. Restoring a canal is a very expensive business, just a hundred metres of channel can cost ÂŁ100,000 or more to restore.

And so the Society raises funds in a variety of ways:

  • We have numerous collecting boxes in marinas and in canalside shops and pubs
  • We collect stamps, postcards, coins, obsolete and foreign banknotes, cigarette cards and so on, which we sell on to dealers
  • We collect printer cartridges and mobile 'phones which we sell on for recycling
  • We hold fundraising lockwinds at Cholmondeston Lock on the Middlewich Arm.


Ways to help

Please send stamps, postcards, coins, banknotes, phone cards and cigarette cards to:

Mrs Pat Wilson
Rin Cop, Nantwich Road
Wardle, Near Nantwich,
Cheshire CW5 6BE
Telephone 01270 528296


If you have inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges or mobile 'phones for recycling, please email the details to Gill and Clive Robertson on:
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The main criteria are that they are original manufacturers’ cartridges that have not previously been refilled.


Donations may be sent to our Treasurer:

Ian Hendley
28 Millfield Drive, Market Drayton
Shropshire TF9 1HS
Telephone 01630 656525
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If you are a UK taxpayer we can claim Gift Aid, increasing the value of your donation by 20%.

Have you considered making a bequest to the Society in your will?


Every little helps!

Many of the fundraising activities outlined above raise only small amounts in themselves. But it all adds up, and our overall fundraising effort has enabled our volunteers to restore many of the locks on the Montgomery Canal, and to install mooring rings and leisure facilities such as benches and picnic tables throughout the Shropshire Union system.