ENews 2010-06

31 March 2010 

Hello and welcome to ENews 2010-06.

This first item is for the 124 of you with an AOL email address – who may or may not get to read this!

Since ENews 2010-03 went out in February there has been a problem with AOL indiscriminately blocking all of their subscribers to ENews. The reasons behind their apparently arbitrary decision are unknown but I am told they are not uncommon with this particular ISP.

I think this matter is now resolved but it does mean that you have not seen issues numbered 4, 4A and 5. For your future reference there is always a copy of the latest issue displayed at www.cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk together with a full archive from Day 1 back in April 2006.

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The headlines today:

On print or on canvas, see quite a list,
Stroud Farmers Market, can you assist?
Trip boats are ready, please lend a hand,
Maintenance duties, on paper all planned
Pictures of progress, on the new boat,
Old tyres recycled, that gets my vote.
Name change decision, for logging band,
Change at the Office, but it's still manned.
It's goodbye to Lloyd, and it's hello to Hynd,
Boat Jumble is coming, we'll need some help mind!

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DRAWING A LINE

CCT member David Phillips is selling variously sized prints and canvases of the original drawings of the Stroudwater and Thames and Severn.

For further details see http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160412942357&ssPageName=ADME:B:EF:GB:1123
Every sale achieved results in a generous donation to the Cotswold Canals Trust – if this is of interest you will have to hurry as the offer expires on the 11th April.

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ROOM FOR ONE MORE…

…At Stroud Farmers Market on the morning of Saturday 10th April; can you fill the gap?

Additionally the roster is looking suspiciously blank from May onwards and Roadshow Manager Mike Slade will be a mightily relieved man when some names start to appear.

If you can help in April or later in the year please add your name to the roster for your chosen date and time slot when you can. The roster can be found as usual at www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk , follow the Activities and Rosters link.

Should you wish to register as a volunteer for the first time, simply follow the Register Me Now link and then you can access the roster.

Mike will be delighted to talk to you about what's involved beforehand if you prefer and he can be contacted on 01179 693270 – after 19:00 if phoning on a weekday, please.

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CHART-ER PROGRESS

The trip boat season is nearly upon us and rosters are in place on the Connect website for both the Lechlade and Saul operations.

Please remember you must hold the relevant COBM qualification to steer or crew either vessel.

(If you would like information about the procedure to acquire these qualifications then please get in touch with either Ron Read for Lechlade or Rob Burgon for Saul, contact details appear on the respective Connect Message Boards.)

The charter side is under way too with several bookings already at "both ends". Indeed Perseverance at Saul was out and about on her first of the year on the 21st March. Qualified crew are always required for these trips; dates for those at Lechlade appear on the Message Board and are built into the running roster whereas for Saul a separate Charter Roster has been established.

Charter Managers Debbie Rushbrooke (Lechlade) and Paul Roberts (Saul) will gladly provide more information about what is involved with such a cruise, meanwhile if you are at a loose end and are suitably qualified then why not add your name to one of the vacant slots now? 

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PLAN A

Just to remind Monday and Wednesday Western Depot volunteers that a schedule of proposed work for the coming weeks now appears on the Connect website, see the Maintenance Activities Message Board.

The schedule applies until Plan B kicks in, which it undoubtedly will from time to time…..

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BLOOMING BLUNDER BOAT

Rapid progress is being made with the construction of the new trip boat planned for the Stroudwater Navigation that is to be based at Eastington.

(The background to this project can be found in an article that appeared in the spring edition of the Trow, pages 16/17.)

Some recent pictures showing how far Ray and his team have got have been posted in the Connect Photo Gallery, following http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk/display_photo_gallery.php will take you straight there.

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HOW IS YOUR TWITTER FEED?

Did you know that the Heritage Lottery Fund has released the first payment of £205,000 to Stroud District Council?

Or that the Council is talking to the Environment Agency about the possibility of using old tyres for bank protection?

No?

If you were being fed you would have known about both these and many other snippets that can be sent direct to your mobile or PC………information about how to satisfy your appetite can be found at http://www.twitter.com/cotswoldcanals
 
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PARDON?

As advised in the last issue, we of the Mature Years Logging Team are in hibernation at the moment and should wake up again in the autumn. We felt a name change was needed to more accurately reflect our advancing years.

Henceforth we shall be known as the A Team.

Sorry, slight typo there – that should read the Eh? Team.

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SWANNING OFF

I am sorry to have to tell you that the Trusts Office Administrator Karen Grainger left us on the 25th March to take up a position as PA/Office Manager with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge. 

Karen joined us in January 2008. Since then she has been responsible for the introduction of some excellent new systems, including the reorganisation of the office filing, development of the accounting and reporting procedures and the management of the very successful Upper Mills Bridge appeal.

We are really sorry to see her go and wish her every success in her new job. 

Welcome to Sharon Eastwood! Sharon will cover the Cirencester Office on a temporary basis, Monday to Thursday 10 am – 2.30 pm.  She can be contacted on 01285 643440 or E-mail mail@cotswoldcanals.com 

In due course an advert for the post of permanent part-time Administrator will appear in ENews.

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MY KIND A-WELCOME

Here's another change at the top for your information.

Keith Lloyd has resigned from Trust Council and asked to be relieved of his duties as Health and Safety Adviser to the Trust as soon as alternative arrangements could be made.  Thank you, Keith, for all of the hard work you have put into this sometimes frustrating but vitally important area over the last few years.

In his place we welcome Mike Hynd who has been appointed to the role of Construction Director with specific responsibility for Health and Safety within the Construction and Maintenance sides of our activities. (A further appointment will be made in due course to look after the trip boats and other retail areas.)

Mike comes from a construction industry background, specialising in the installation of Heavy Engineering plant and machinery, and is the proud owner of a NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health.

He will be out and about meeting as many volunteers as possible over the next few months; his
catch phrase is already well established – "Working Safely to Restore the Cotswold Canals".

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DOCKS IN A JUMBLE

Sunday April 18th sees the Trust attending the annual Gloucester Docks Boat Jumble. This is a really good money spinner sometimes and hopefully this year will be no exception.

If you have any suitable items you would like to donate then it would be a great help if you could deliver them on a Monday or Wednesday morning between now and the 14th April to Western Depot, Eastington please. But not on Easter Monday as the Depot will be closed.

Anna Watts is the Queen of the Jumble, fresh from her success at the recent Barn Dance where she raised a magnificent sum of over £500. If you have something that you cannot get to the Depot in time then by all means contact her to see if suitable collection arrangements could be made; a.f.watts@btinternet.com or you can contact her on 07976 617983.

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ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS FOR APRIL AND MAY

For further information and contact details about items marked* please go to the Message Boards on the Activities and Rosters page at http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk 
If you wish to become a registered volunteer just follow the "Register Me Now" link.
 
*Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00am: Maintenance activity at Western Depot
*Saturdays from 9:00am: Plant restoration work parties
*Weekdays and Weekends: Work Parties Cerney Wick area.

APRIL

*2nd: Trip boat season starts, Lechlade
*3rd: Trip boat season starts, Saul
*10th: Stroud Farmers' Market
*10th/11th: Kent & East Sussex Canal Restoration Group (KESCRG) at Eisey Lock, CCT volunteers welcome
*11th: Work Party Summit level Work Parties Summit Level
12th – NOTE DATE CHANGE BECAUSE OF EASTER: Western Branch meeting, Fromebridge Mill Whitminster from 19:30. All welcome
*18th: Work Party Griffins Mill Lock area (Work Parties Saul-Daneway Message Board)
21st: Eastern Branch meeting The Trout Inn Lechlade from 19:30. All welcome
*27th: Work Action Group meeting, Crown Inn Cerney Wick (Volunteer Activity Programme Message Board)

MAY

*8th: Stroud Farmers Market
10th – NOTE DATE CHANGE BECAUSE OF BANK HOLIDAY: Western Branch meeting, Fromebridge Mill Whitminster from 19:30. All welcome
*15th/16th: Newbury Working Party Group (NWPG) at Eisey Lock, CCT volunteers welcome
19th:  Eastern Branch meeting The Trout Inn Lechlade from 19:30. All welcome
*25th: Work Action Group meeting, Heritage Centre Saul (Volunteer Activity Programme Message Board)
*29th/31st: Crick Boat Show

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The primary objective of ENews is to keep members, volunteers and subscribers up to date with what is happening within the Cotswold Canals Trust as a whole. Any and all feedback is more than welcome.

If you notice a break in the sequential numbering of ENews meaning you have missed an issue (this can happen for a variety of reasons) there is a full archive available at www.cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk

Any newsworthy items for consideration should be sent to postmaster@cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk but please remember I am always looking for a connection with the Stroudwater, the Thames & Severn or the CCT – however tenuous.

David Pagett
Editor, ENews
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