ENews 2010-13 and 2010-13A

Hello and welcome to this special edition of ENews, containing as it does the full content of a Press Release from the IWA today, 26th June:

Inglesham Lock: IWA Announce National Restoration Appeal

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA)  launched a national appeal today, in order to raise funds for the restoration and re-commissioning of Inglesham Lock at the junction of the Thames and Severn Canal  with the River Thames, which is part of the Cotswold Canals scheme.

The announcement was made the IWA Chester Rally, and to coincide with the commemoration of the  Centenary of Tom Rolt, one of the founders of the IWA.

Speaking on behalf of IWA, Clive Henderson, national chairman said:

Today we are announcing that we want to extend the Thames.

Inglesham is the gateway to the Cotswold Canals restoration, and an iconic structure. IWA is keen to present an opportunity to get it open and create a usable link to the network.

 IWA wants to raise funds towards the Restoration of the canal from the junction with the Thames, involving the restoration of Inglesham Lock chamber and to fund the purchase and restoration of 380 metres of the pound above the lock.

In doing so we want to provide a new front on the Cotswold Canals restoration campaign, to encourage momentum and engagement with local residents. This new restoration front will compliment the work in the Stroud Valley. We also want to force further movement on the full realisation of the Cotswold Water Park where it links to the Wilts and Berks Canal. This is the shortest and simplest route to reconnect Swindon with the national waterways network. We hope therefore, to encourage and capture the imagination and support of the population in and around Swindon in relation to regeneration of Swindon Town centre as part of the Wilts & Berks master plan.

IWA wishes to show continued support to the Cotswolds Canal project following its previous set back regarding certain funding commitments, and to consolidate and build on the recent gift of the lock at Inglesham to the Trust by British Waterways.

We are creating a new project on the Cotswolds Canals that our volunteer restoration arm Waterway Recovery Group can wholly own from start to finish; and to help develop and facilitate new forms of volunteering from those who may be interested in just giving a day or half a days time through to fully committed weekenders and week- long canal campers, thereby encouraging more participation by locals and waterway supporters.

The target for IWA to raise in support of the whole appeal is £125,000.

He went on to say:

If everyone who supports our cause raised and donated just £10 we would easily meet our target. Just go to www.inglesham.org.uk to make a donation, or send your donations marked Inglesham to IWA Head Office, Island House,  Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1WA

(ENDS)

David Pagett
Editor, ENews
The Cotswold Canals Trust – Registered Charity No: 269721.
44 Black Jack Street, Cirencester, Glos GL7 2AA.  
Company Registered in England No: 01207787.
Registered Office: Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1NZ

Which led to 2010-13A, issued later……

Dear ENews Subscriber,

The link contained in 2010-13 for donations to the Inglesham appeal is not working.

Subsequent reference to the IWA website (http://www.waterways.org.uk/) reveals that the online donation facility will only go live on Monday 28th June.

Apologies for this, I made an assumption that as the Press Release had been issued then everything would be hunky dory. As the old adage goes – never assume!

David Pagett

Editor, ENews

The Cotswold Canals Trust – Registered Charity No: 269721.
44 Black Jack Street, Cirencester, Glos GL7 2AA.
Company Registered in England No: 01207787.
Registered Office: Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1NZ