ENews 2008-24

20th August 2008 15:45

Good afternoon and welcome to ENews 2008-24.

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

If you have any newsworthy items you would like to be considered for inclusion please let me know at postmaster@cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk but please remember – there should always be a connection, however tenuous, with the Stroudwater, the Thames & Severn or the CCT!

All and any feedback is more than welcome.

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SPARE A THOUGHT FOR…

…The Roadshow Team attending the IWA National Festival at Wolverhampton over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The weather has got to get back to normal sometime soon……hasn't it?

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DIRTY WEEKENDS ON THE HORIZON

Keep 'em peeled for news of work parties starting up again, hopefully in September/October, along the Phase 1A stretch.

Talking of 1A, there will be a large volunteer input for both physical and behind the scenes activities once the restoration gets under way. Should neither of these opportunities appeal then maybe you have some other ideas, for example how money could be saved or problems solved.

Please email your constructive suggestions, ideas and/or questions to info@cotswoldcanals.com  where a pool of experts will deliberate, cogitate and deal with accordingly.

Well……initially Board Director Richard Attwood will, anyway!

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SET FAIR FOR FRAMPTON

Once again the Roadshow will be at Frampton Country Fair which is being held this year on Sunday 14th September.

Can you help on the Saturday afternoon for no more than a couple of hours to get the marquees up & the stall ready? How about a couple of hours on the Sunday as well or if you prefer?

Please email me at postmaster@cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk if you would like to be part of a really super day out.

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PLANNING A DELIVERY

The CCT is actively working with Stroud District Council to prepare the way for the implementation of the restoration of Phase 1A, assuming the SDC Councillors vote to give the full go ahead in a few weeks time. A dedicated band of volunteers with many years of professional expertise covering the skills needed to make some real progress during this interim period is picking up some of the big issues and progressing them; a draft overall project plan is expected to be ready shortly.
 
Following a recent meeting with the Heritage Lottery Fund there are good grounds to believe that the project will resume as expected………subject to a favourable decision from SDC, of course. Similarly there are one or two matters still to be resolved, including the resolution of BW's handover of the canal – but it is not expected that this will turn into a protracted process.

What an excellent concept, what a way to hit the floor running assuming everything proceeds as we all hope – well done to everybody involved.

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THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

 Ann Lawes, the secretary of the Junction Heritage Project, advises:

"There will be an opportunity to view the electronic Heritage Centre Canal Memories Archive project at Whitminster Village Hall on Sunday 21st September from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

 If you have photographs or other memorabilia that you would like to bring with you for possible inclusion in the archive we would be delighted to look at them and talk to you.

 We are looking to illustrate life in the parishes around the canals from the First World War onwards".

Ann can be contacted by email at ann.lawes@ukonline.co.uk or on 01452 740442

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BEHIND THE SCENES

Here's another example of stuff going on behind the scenes that few, if any, of us knew anything about.

CCT Member Karen Shaw has been doing a sterling job fulfilling the role of Visiting Groups Coordinator. But like a lot of us she has caught the travel bug and will be off "across the pond" shortly.
 
The role she has been undertaking comprises liaising with visiting groups (WRG, Dig Deep and hopefully others as Phase 1A of the restoration gets under way!), sorting their accommodation in village halls and the like and, in the case of longer camps, sorting out evening events like boat trips, BBQs etc. It is primarily an administrative duty although a willingness to meet, greet and socialise with the visiting groups would be very advantageous.

Karen has been covering the whole canal but the job could easily be split into two to cover the western and eastern ends. Similarly it would suit a couple who enjoy organising and meeting keen and enthusiastic volunteers from other organisations …….

She doesn't depart until mid October so there's plenty of time to discuss what's involved; Karen's email is bluedancer30@hotmail.com or you can ring her on 01285 860169, but not until the weekend at the earliest please.

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HIS BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING

But they are being hung up in favour of his steel toe-capped ones.

Richard Attwood has sent me the following message:

"Over the years the Trust has arranged both guided and sponsored walks to entertain, inform and raise money. I have organised many of these, but the time is fast approaching for me to spend more of my efforts restoring the Cotswold Canals.

We are looking for a person or persons to continue and, hopefully, expand this work. If you could be interested please email me at richard@raash31.co.uk for more information".

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WATER PICTURE – SOLD!

ENews 2008-22 told you all about the generosity of one of our painter members, David Hunt.

I'm delighted to report that David tells me the picture sold almost immediately for its full asking price and, along with a Donations Dish strategically placed alongside, he has been able to donate a total of £134 to the Cotswold Canals Trust.

Well done, David!

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THE CCT WHAT'S ON GUIDE

September is a busy month for the Roadshow, as you'll see below. If you feel you can help with any of the events please, please make contact via the respective Message Board(s)

Further information and contact details about items marked* appear on the Activities page Message Boards at http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk

Tonight: 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

Monday & Wednesday mornings: Weekly maintenance activity at Western Depot, Eastington*

Thursday evenings: Work Parties in the Latton/Cerney Wick area*

Every Saturday, Sunday and certain weekdays: trip boat Inglesham operating at Lechlade, River Thames*

Every Saturday & Sunday: Trip boat Perseverance operating at Saul Junction, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal*

22nd to 25th August (including set-up): Roadshow at IWA National
Wolverhampton*

31st August: Work Party Summit & Tunnel Area* (Coates Portal end)

1st September: Western Branch monthly meeting, Fromebridge Mill Whitminster 7:30pm. Off the A38 roundabout near M5 junction 13.
Everybody welcome

9th September: Work Action Group meeting, Heritage Centre Saul. From 19:30

13th September: Stroud Farmers Market*

14th September: Frampton Country Fair* and see piece above

20th September: CCT AGM at the New Inn, Lechlade, 10:30 start

27th September: Cirencester Farmers Market*

27th/28th September: Antiques & Collectibles Fair, Gloucester Docks*

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AS THE ONION GROWER SAID

That's shallot.

Bye for now – please remember to send me any newsworthy items for inclusion in future issues.

David Pagett
Postmaster