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Canal trust celebrate chit chat grant success

Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust are inviting everyone to their Chit Chat Club at the Gongoozler restaurant to enjoy a free hot drink and a friendly chat.

Their Chit Chat Club runs every week on a Tuesday morning between 10am and midday, and is completely free to attend, with no need to book. Potential chatters can now look forward to new reasons to go along, with everyone who attends now getting a free hot drink thanks to grant support from the Aviva Community Fund.

New for 2017, the Chit Chat Club will also be hosting guest speakers on the first Tuesday of every month. Professional crafts people, scientists, archivists, curators and more make up the schedule of fascinating talks, all provided in an informal setting for free. The first talk will be by Tim Yorke, about his Roses and Castles painting. A full timetable can be found on the Trust’s website.

“We are really looking forward to welcoming guest speakers from across the Midlands to chat with our group,” says Sarah Fellows, Heritage Activities Officer.

“Chit Chat is a fantastic place for people to come each week to meet new people. Whether you’re feeling lonely, new to the area or just want to make some new friends, our friendly volunteers can’t wait to meet you.”

In addition to a free hot drink, a 25% discount on food and drink in the Gongoozler will also be available during the morning.

Visitors are encouraged to just turn up any Tuesday, as there is no booking required. Groups and individuals are equally welcome. For those who would prefer to make contact before they come the first time, a contact form is available on the Trust’s website at for visitors to fill in their details and have one of the Trust’s friendly volunteers get in touch.

Major funding partners for the project to create the Portal include the European Regional Development Fund £997,000, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) £989,200, Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership £755,000 and Biffa Award £500,000. Other charitable donors include The Garfield Weston Foundation, J P Getty Jr Charitable Trust, Headley Trust, The Wolfson Foundation, Dudley Canal Trust, Dudley Canal Trust (Trips), and £30,000 raised by a public appeal.

For further information, please contact Sarah Fellows, Heritage Activities Officer at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust - Tel: 0121 557 6265 email

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