Saturday, 12 September 2009


The website of the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal Society (SWCS) has undergone a major upgrade and is now ‘live.’ Just about every aspect of has been refreshed with updated text and images and browsers are presented with a completely rebranded appearance right from the front page onwards.

The website is a ‘work in progress’ spearheaded by SWCS members Dave Hart, SWCS Electronic Communications Officer and Webmaster Andy Walder, of Tech Office Ltd. (Brierley Hill) and is amended or updated on an ongoing basis. However, this latest overhaul offers a dynamic new window onto the activities of one of the most prestigious canal societies in the country which this year is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Contents include an overview of SWCS and the eponymous canal it represents, details of activities, gatherings and awards, archives, a free-to-access open message board and much more besides. Central to its continuing success is its innovative Education and Resources (E&R) Section. This provides a ‘one stop shop’ for anyone wishing to know more about the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal in particular or waterways in general and is linked directly with the on-line reference Wikipedia. The E&R section is aimed directly at educational establishments and has been a major factor in the website already having been ‘hit’ from every continent on the planet.

Immediate Past Chairman of SWCS Graham Fisher MBE says: Dave Hart and Andy Walder are to be congratulated on producing once more a website that is well up there with the big guns. Their design flair, content and accessibility parameters will ensure that the message of SWCS continues to be carried forward. This can only be of benefit to anyone interested in the future of our wonderful inland waterways heritage.’

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