ENews 2008-25

6th September 2008 07:10

Good morning and welcome to ENews 2008-25.

The objective of ENews is to advise, inform and update. And maybe even to amuse now and then. All and any feedback is more than welcome.

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HANG ON, FLOWER

The Stroud News & Journal reported recently that a well-known supermarket with a branch in Stroud – the clue is in the heading of this piece – is starting a new initiative called "Community Matters".

Customers can nominate charitable causes by completing a leaflet in-store.

Each month 3 different ones will be selected to receive a share of the supermarket's £1,000 regular donation.

Let's go shopping!

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MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES

Subscribers to the IWA's electronic newsletter will know this already but it is worth repeating nonetheless, especially as the CCT has been involved.

In this case the CCT is Clive Field. Clive has been heavily involved in the behind the scenes negotiations going on with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency concerning the new Boatmasters' Licence and all his undoubted efforts appear to be bearing fruit.

The article is too long to reproduce here, suffice it to say the future would not appear to be nearly as bleak as some first thought or feared.

You can find the full article, along with other waterways related information, at http://www.waterways.org.uk/News/HeadOfficeBulletin/September2008.

You can subscribe to their mailing list, too, by following the "Request Bulletin" link.

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A CROWD FOR STROUD…

The Roadshow is back at Stroud Farmers Market on Saturday 13th September.

There's a roster on the Connect website – http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk – with just a couple of slots left to fill. By all means add your name or if you prefer you can contact Mike Slade our Roadshow Manager on 0117 969 3270 or by email, mrmike.slade@googlemail.com

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…AND A SIREN CALL FOR CIREN

More Roadshow stuff – for only the second time in the recent past the Roadshow has been offered a slot at Cirencester Farmers Market on Saturday 27th September.

Can you help make this appearance a success, do you live in the area and are just waiting for the right opportunity to lend a hand? If so Roadshow Manager Mike would dearly like to hear from you!

Again you will find a roster on the Connect website; you can add your name or contact Mike, the choice is entirely yours.

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LET'S SHAKE ON IT

The last ENews described Karen Shaw's role of Visiting Groups Coordinator. As the vacancy she will be creating by disappearing off to the Americas shortly remains available I thought I would repeat the underlying details.
 
The role she has been undertaking comprises liaising with visiting groups (WRG, Dig Deep and others), sorting their accommodation in village halls and the like and, in the case of longer camps, sorting out some evening events. It

is primarily an administrative role although a willingness to meet, greet and socialise with the visiting groups would undoubtedly be advantageous.

Karen has been covering the whole canal but the job could very easily be split into two to cover the western and eastern ends. The ideal scenario for a couple who enjoy organising and meeting keen and enthusiastic volunteers from other organisations…….

If you would like some more information Karen doesn't depart until mid October so there's plenty of time to discuss what's involved. You can ring her on 01285 860169 or email bluedancer30@hotmail.com.

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RAC

Are you harbouring thoughts and/or ideas about Phase 1A of the Restoration?

Don't know who to ask or where to go for an answer? Then this is for you.

For example, maybe your thoughts and questions involve the saving of money or comprise solutions to problems you feel are going to arise. As long as they are constructive please email them to info@cotswoldcanals.com where a pool of experts will deliberate, cogitate and deal with accordingly.

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

We could call it the Richard Attwood Concept.

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AA

As you'll see from the "What's On" guide below various arms of the Waterway Recovery Group and others are visiting Eisey Lock during September and CCT volunteers are more than welcome to go along and join in.

Just one small request – please let Project Manager Jon Pontefract know beforehand by emailing him at jonponte@tesco.net if you intend to put in an appearance

I now know what all these acronyms stand for – thanks for the information, Graham! That should explain the 'AA' heading – Acronyms Aplenty.

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GREEN FLAG

Back in March our Sales Stock Quartermaster Shirley Easto made an appeal for a graphic designer through these columns.

She was looking for someone who could help with the design & layout of a tea towel to feature various aspects of the Cotswold Canals. The response was immediate and the position was filled even before all 1,200-odd issues of ENews 2008-13 had left the presses!

Progress has been a little slow since then and the guy who initially came forward has recently encountered some unforeseen personal circumstances that have reluctantly forced him to withdraw.

So – Shirley is looking again! She would really love to hear from you if you could fill the void or would like some more information; 01453 545042 or by email to shirley@easto.freeserve.co.uk

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LANDMARK LABOURS AT LATTON

A great deal of invaluable work has been undertaken in the area in and around Latton Basin recently. In a couple of weeks' time you could have the opportunity to see for yourself just what's been achieved.

If you can't wait that long then there's a comprehensive photo gallery to be found at http://lattonbasin.gentle-highway.info/Latton_Jnc_Aug_2008/index.htm

The Trust's AGM is taking place on the 20th – see "What's On" below – and afterwards it is proposed to run guided tours to both Latton and Eisey Lock/Ruck's Bridge.

Of course people can visit Latton at any time as there are public footpaths to the site. However please be aware that both Eisey Lock and Ruck's Bridge are on Private Land so access is restricted to organised and pre-arranged parties only.

Although I have not seen it for myself I'm led to believe there is a really good article about the restoration as a whole in this month's "Canal Boat" magazine……

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HEAR HERE

No news yet on the date of the Stroud District Council meeting that needs to be held to make the final decision referred to in the last issue.

As soon as I hear then you will hear. Here in ENews.

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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 make contact via the respective Message Board(s)

For further information about items marked* and for contact details please go to http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk and the Message Boards on the Activities page

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY MORNINGS
Weekly maintenance activity at Western Depot, Eastington*

THURSDAY EVENINGS
Work Parties in the Latton/Cerney Wick area*

EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY until end September
(1): trip bo
at Inglesham operating at Lechlade, River Thames*
(2) Trip boat Perseverance operating at Saul Junction, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal*

9TH SEPTEMBER
Work Action Group meeting, Heritage Centre Saul. From 19:30

13TH SEPTEMBER
Stroud Farmers Market*

14TH SEPTEMBER
Frampton Country Fair*

13TH/14TH SEPTEMBER
KESCRG at Eisey Lock*. CCT volunteers welcome, see article above

17TH SEPTEMBER
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

20TH SEPTEMBER
CCT AGM at the New Inn, Lechlade, 10:30 start

20TH/21ST SEPTEMBER
WRG BITM at Eisey Lock*. CCT Volunteers welcome, see article above

21ST SEPTEMBER
(1) Work Party Tunnel area eastern end*
(2) Heritage Centre Canal Memories Archive Project – display at Whitminster Village Hall. 10:00 to 16:00.

27TH SEPTEMBER
Cirencester Farmers Market*

27TH/28TH SEPTEMBER
(1) Antiques & Collectibles Fair, Gloucester Docks*
(2) London WRG at Eisey Lock*. CCT Volunteers welcome, see article above

6TH OCTOBER
Western Branch monthly meeting, Fromebridge Mill Whitminster 7:30pm.
Off the A38 roundabout near M5 junction 13. Everybody welcome

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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!

Bye for now.

David Pagett
Postmaster