ENews 2011-01

27 January 2011 

Hello and welcome to ENews 2011-01. A belated Happy New Year to everybody.

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 think you have missed an issue of ENews a copy of the latest one is displayed at www.cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk together with a full archive from Day 1 back on 3rd April 2006.

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Both the Trust website www.cotswoldcanals.com and the Partnership website www.cotswoldcanalsproject.org are good sources of information on restoration progress with up to date news articles and pictures of progress.

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The headlines today:

Some sessions are set up on Thursdays
For scrub bashing work on the cut
A membership puzzle needs solving
Help Des to crack open this nut.

Western Branch meetings are changing
Their format and scheduled dates too
Hand written shares are available
But there will be only a few.

Talk on the Port in the Library
Takes place in roughly three weeks
Three lucky 300 Club winners
Now that brought a smile to their cheeks

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RESTORATION SNIPPETS

– £890,000 contract for new swing bridges at Ocean, Chestnut Lane & Lodgemore Lane awarded to Galliford Try, work begins in June
– Lock gates for Ryeford Double delivered to secure (and damp) storage in Brimscombe, see http://twitpic.com/3s3eys
– Upper Mills Bridge was officially opened on the 25th January
– Ryeford bunds removed and recycled into a new bund above Wallbridge Upper Lock
– Start of dredging between The Ocean & Ryeford now expected to start on 31st January
– Severn Trent are expected to work on their pipes above Ryeford Double Lock in the near future
– 2 Possible layouts for development of Brimscombe Port were displayed to the local community recently. Outline planning application to be submitted, probably in March. The favoured outline proposals can be seen at www.cotswoldcanalsproject.org, follow the Whats Happening link and click on Brimscombe Port
 
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DROP IN VOLUNTEERS INCREASING

SDC Canal Project Volunteer Manager Jon Pontefract has started a series of drop-in volunteering sessions.

The idea is to hold these every Thursday between 10:00 and 15:00, meeting at Bell House, Wallbridge. The objective is to give people from the general population of Stroud the opportunity to perhaps volunteer for the first time, although existing CCT members and volunteers are more than welcome to go along as well.  

Teams will spread out both ways from Wallbridge to find areas needing attention – until it becomes too far to walk or push the hand trolley!  Initially the work will involve clearing the towpath and surrounding areas, and will mainly involve the use of hand tools.   Prospective volunteers should bring old, warm clothes and their lunch, all tools and training will be provided.  

If these sessions are successful it may be possible to arrange similar weekend volunteering ones, probably on Sundays.

Further information is available from Jon, email jon.pontefract@stroud.gov.uk or phone 01453 754287.

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MEMBERSHIP MYSTERY

Membership Secretary Des Pinnock is in a quandary.

On his December membership bank statement is an entry for £15, received on the 1st December and all it shows is Ms Beardsmore.

As this name does not appear on any membership records past or present is there anybody out there who can shed light on this payment? Maybe you have reverted to using your Maiden Name (or you know someone who has) and forgotten to tell us?

Obviously Des needs to allocate this renewal to the right membership record so if you can help please contact him, email DesPinnock@aol.com or phone 01452 856233.

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NEW YEAR NEW FORMAT

The next Western Branch meeting will be at Fromebridge Mill on Monday February 7th starting at 19:30 as usual.

Branch Chairman Alan Watts is aiming for a somewhat different format for this and subsequent meetings. A member of Trust Council now attends to explain their particular role in the Trust, to answer members questions and to convey back to Council any constructive criticisms or suggestions. For the February meeting this member will be no less a person than CCT Chairman Liz Payne.

Alan says: The main reason for the change of format is that originally this meeting was a way for volunteers to keep in touch when operating as small relatively autonomous groups.  We are now in a different era with bigger projects bringing tighter control and accountability. We are part of a broader partnership and I would like to improve the flow of information and ideas in each direction.

It has been suggested that the dates of subsequent Western Branch meetings should be changed to the Monday following Trust Council meetings so as to make their input more timely and relevant. Trust Council meets on the first Wednesday of each month so this means Branch meetings would fall on either the first or second Monday of the month if this proposal is accepted. Maybe it would be preferable to change the meeting date to the second Monday of the month so as to make it less confusing and more memorable? Anyway, go along to the February meeting and have your say.

You can contact Alan by email a.f.watts@btinternet.com or phone 07976 617983.

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PUTTING PEN TO PAPER

The Company of Proprietors of the Stroudwater Navigation needs to print a batch of certificates for transfer of ownership of a share and for those who may want to buy a share or have the privilege of owning a 'special edition' version. By law there can only be 200 valid shares in existence. Each one is named personally to the owner. 20 new ones have been printed and each one is created manually and individually.

The C of P still has what is believed to be the original copperplate from which the prints are obtained. When the previous batch was printed in 2003 the Company could only find one printer in England with the proper press to do this work. However Neville Nelder has tracked down a local print maker namely the Gloucestershire Printmaking Cooperative. It is a non-profit making concern, created in 2005, specialising in various printing methods and has recently moved to Griffin Mill, Thrupp.

Each certificate will be inscribed by a local calligraphy expert with the name of the owner and the date. It is likely that the first of these certificates will be presented to the Cotswold Canals Trust.

Whilst nothing is cast in tablets of stone yet, Neville Nelder can be contacted for further information by email at seitani@waitrose.com 

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QUIET PLEASE

On 15th February CCT member and local author Graham Hobbs will be telling the story of Brimscombe Port at Berkeley Library. (GL13 9DQ is the postcode required for those Satnavs)

This is a Berkeley Local History Society event, starting at 19:45 and there is a non member attendance fee of £3 payable on the evening www.berkeleyhistory.co.uk

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WINNERS SHARE £829

Congratulation
s to the latest winners in the 300 Club draw that took place at the end of 2010. First prize went to C Hill (£497), second to P Blears (£249) and third to J Telling (£83).

For further information about the 300 Club including details of how to join please visit the Trust website at www.cotswoldcanals.com

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FORTHCOMING ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

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 0900: Maintenance activity at Western Depot.
*Tuesdays and Thursdays from 0900: Maintenance activity at Eastern Depot.
Thursdays from 1000 until 1530: Volunteer taster sessions aimed at people new to volunteering; meet Bell House Wallbridge. CCT members also welcome.

January
30th – *Work Party Upper Mills Stonehouse CANCELLED.
30th – *Work Party Tunnel House Inn (Work Parties Summit Level)

February
5th/6th – *Dig Deep weekend Eisey Lock.
6th – *Work Party, details TBC (Work Parties Brimscombe-Daneway).
7th – Western Branch meeting Fromebridge Mill Whitminster 1930.
13th – *Work Party Tunnel House Inn (Work Parties Summit Level).
16th – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 1930.
20th – *Work Party Upper Mills Stonehouse (Maintenance Activities – West).
22nd – Construction Action Group meeting, Crown House Cerney Wick 1930.
26th/27th – *Dig Deep weekend Eisey Lock.
27th – *Work Party, details TBC (Work Parties Brimscombe-Daneway)

March
6th – *Work Party Tunnel House Inn (Work Parties Summit Level).
12th/13th – *Dig Deep weekend Eisey Lock.
13th – *Work Party Upper Mills Stonehouse (Maintenance Activities – West).
16th – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 1930.
19th/20th – *Dig Deep weekend Eisey Lock.
20th – *Work Party, details TBC (Work Parties Brimscombe-Daneway).
22nd – Construction Action Group meeting, Bell House Wallbridge 1930.
27th – *Work Party Tunnel House Inn (Work Parties Summit Level)

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Please send any newsworthy items for consideration 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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