ENews 2008-04

Hello, and a warm welcome to ENews 2008-4.

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AS ANTICIPATED

The IWA is not best pleased at what's happened this week and, if you have not seen it already, you can view their press release at http://www.waterways.org.uk/News/Pressreleases/CotswoldCanals

Meanwhile we believe the Sunday Telegraph may be running a feature this weekend, so you may care to consider changing your allegiance for one day only…

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THAT'S WHAT WE LIKE TO HEAR!

The following press release was issued today (Friday):

"Stroud District Council, along with the Cotswold Canals Trust and the Waterways Trust, has pledged to continue with the project following the unexpected withdrawal of British Waterways and its funding of up to £6m.

Our immediate priority is ensuring that British Waterways' decision does not affect the £17.9 million external investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund (£11.9m) and SW Regional Development Agency (£6m). Discussions with the Regional Development Agency are already underway and a formal approach to the Lottery Fund will be made shortly.

This pledge by the leading partners in the Cotswold Canals Partnership demonstrates that the project is still very much alive."

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ONE OFF THE LIST

One of the four primary aims of the Cotswold Canals Trust (as stated on page 3 of any copy of the Trow) is "To promote the use of all the towpath as the Thames & Severn Way".

Despite the other little local difficulty we encountered this week – purely temporary, I am sure – I am delighted to be able to tell you that this name has been formally adopted by the Cotswold Canals Partnership Board.

So, as well as freeing up some space on page 3, we are left with just three aims remaining to be achieved!

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IT'LL TAKE A BIT MORE THAN THAT…

From the Gloucestershire Independent's jobs page recently:

"Brimscombe Port Stroud. Cleaner required Mon-Fri 3 hours per night at £6 per hour. Tel……"

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Further information about most of these items appears on the volunteer website, http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk

10th February: Work Party in Chalford area; Steve Pickover is your point of contact, stevepickover@tiscali.co.uk

12TH February: Trow stuffing session at the Heritage Centre, Saul with stuff-off at 7:00p.m, all welcome

17th February: Work Party at Coates Portal end of tunnel, contact Mark Welton at mark.welton@virgin.net for more information

20th February: Eastern Branch monthly meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade. On the north bank of the Thames by the A417 bridge. 7:30pm start, everybody welcome

15th March: Our first 2008 attendance at Stroud Farmers Market. The Roster is up on Connect, awaiting the insertion of your name. Or you can contact Mike Slade, mrmike.slade@googlemail.com

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For updates on restoration progress at Oil Mills – with pictures – have a look at the Cotswold Canals Partnership's website, http://community.stroud.gov.uk/general.asp?pid=2&pgid=1071. The rest of the website is well worth a visit too.

The objective of ENews is to advise, inform and update. And maybe even to amuse from time to time.

I have not got a plant in every pot, so feel free to send any newsworthy items you would like to be considered for inclusion to postmaster@cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk

Bye for now – please keep me posted!

David Pagett
Postmaster