ENews 2011-05

May 20, 2011

Hello and welcome to ENews 2011-05.

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.

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.

You can receive a Twitter feed from the Cotswold Canals Partnership from http://www.twitter.com/cotswoldcanals direct to your mobile or PC.

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The headlines are back for this issue
To let you know what to expect
We start with a section of snippets
About the Phase 1A project.

Then there are white goods available
Best bids secure but be quick
Cheque for appeal handed over
You could donate with a click.

Membership matters are merging
With the 300 Club files
If you like the flora and fauna
Our Chief Exec will be all smiles.

Management Team needs to be formed
Plenty of roles to peruse
Help compose a ditty for Graham
For use on the Saul Lechlade cruise.

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RESTORATION SNIPPETS

– Towpath upgrades by REACH. The connection between Ebley Mill and Ryeford is virtually complete, with some surface coating needed. The section between Stonehouse Ocean and Upper Mills Bridge is complete. The two teams will now be working towards each other from Ryeford and Upper Mills.

– The contract for opening up the channel between Ebley to Wallbridge is now ready to be let, once planning permission has been granted and the agreement of Marling School obtained to permit the deposition of material on its former rugby pitch.

– Designs for routing the canal through the Capels Mill site are almost finalised. There will be a public exhibition of the proposals at Unit 3 Brunel Mall on Thursday 2nd June (5pm-8pm), Friday 3rd June (9am-5pm) and Saturday 4th June (9am-12pm).

– CCT is working to raise £300,000 to include a hydro-electric generation scheme in the restoration of Dudbridge Lower Lock. A planning application for this scheme will be submitted shortly.

– Last month, Severn Trent began relaying two water mains under the canal just above Ryeford Locks. Once work completed shortly the towpath can be upgraded and reopened.

– Between Lodgemore and Chestnut Lane Bridges, two unauthorised privately owned pipes have been disconnected and rerouted. The pipes themselves, which were laid above the canal, will be removed shortly.

– Near Arundel Aqueduct just east of Stroud the canal is retained by a bank through which water is escaping. A temporary repair will be effected in the short term and a permanent repair will be made as part of the restoration works at that point in roughly 12 months time.

– The A46 Bridge at Merrywalks should be open to traffic in mid-June, though finishing works will carry on for another couple of months. Gloucestershire County Council will then begin a public consultation exercise on the future of the diversionary route leading to/from Dr Newtons Way.

– At Wallbridge, the old Lockkeepers Bar behind the CCT Visitor Centre is shortly to become a cafe.

– An outline planning application for redeveloping the Brimscombe Port area has been submitted and should be determined in late June. Meanwhile, a detailed package of information has been sent out to the 9 interested developers, along with a series of questions. The responses to these should enable a shortlist to be produced.

(My thanks to Dave Marshall of Stroud District Council and his ThENEWS for these.)

– The name chosen for the bridge carrying the A46 over the canal at Merrywalks is Stroud Brewery Bridge.

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BARGAIN BASEMENT

Western Depot at Eastington has had a Matsui fridge and Zanussi dishwasher donated to it. However the tea hut already has a fridge – and there are several human dishwashers!

The Matsui fridge appears to never have been used and still has some of its protective plastic sheet on the outside. It is an under work top unit with the hinge on the right. The Zanussi dishwasher appears to be unused as well. It is an under work top unit with front hinge down door.

Each of these units in "as seen" condition can be yours for a donation to CCT based on a figure of £20; best offer received by 31st May secures. Email Richard Attwood on richard@raash31.co.uk today, buyer to collect from Western Depot on a Monday or Wednesday please.

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VERY APPEALING

At the recent IWA Gloucester and Hereford Branch AGM a cheque for £250 was handed over to CCT Treasurer Jack Telling towards the IWA Inglesham appeal. These funds were raised by the IWA Rally held in Gloucester Docks last October.

The appeal has raised over £42,000 so far against the target of £125,000. For further information please visit www.cotswoldcanals.com and follow the IWA Inglesham Appeal link, especially if you would like to donate to this worthy cause.

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MOVING ON……

The Trust is looking to update its membership records system and the update will include integration with 300 Club records. The new system will be a database using either Microsoft Access or Open Office Base and there is the possibility of migration in the future to MySQL with a web-based front end.

Could you either create a new system or develop an existing system, and would you like to help the Trust in this endeavour?  For more information please contact the 300 Club Manager John Carter by email johncarter.jrc@gmail.com or by Skype johncarter.jrc.

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VOLUNTEER VACANCY

We are looking for a qualified ecologist (or ecologists) who would be willing to assist the Trust in planning and carrying out canal restoration projects. Tasks include site surveys, ecological assessments, assistance in the preparation of planning and other regulatory applications, mitigation planning, the expert supervision of volunteers in sensitive places and/or at sensitive times.

There is also the opportunity to develop strategic plans and policies to assist the canal restoration project in delivering biodiversity and other conservation objectives. This position could provide valuable practical experience and networking opportunities into a wide range of partner organisations and regulatory bodies.

Please email trust Chief Executive Ken Burgin for more information, ken.burgin@pikelock.com

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THINKING AHEA
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This from Martin Turner, one of the organisers of the The 2012 Stroud on Water Festival (that will have a different name after June 1st):

The Stroud on Water event is looking for Managers to cover specific areas of the 2012 Festival. The work involved in some areas is small whilst others will require a high degree of organisational capability. We need to have a complete Management Team in place by October as a full meeting is planned for November.

Whilst this is some seven months before the event the concept is for the management structure to be put in place as early as possible with plans clarified and tasks agreed.

We feel the Management Team will need to include the following roles:

– First Aid
– Incident Officer
– Signage
– Site Services
– Slipway Supervisor
– Volunteers Supervisor
– Awards Officer  
– Toilets, main cleaning by contractor!
– Campsite Supervisor
– Car Parking
– Catering
– Trip Boat Supervisor.

N
o doubt there will be others, but these are enough to be going on with. Please contact either Martin Turner martin.turner40@btinternet.com 01291 650367 or Martin Phillips martin@douglas-phillips.org.uk 01453 860133 for more information.

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LEAD PIPING

(As in being in the, rather than the heavy metal……)

CCT Volunteers Graham and Yvonne Hobbs are part of the Saul to Lechlade Centenary Cruise Team mentioned in ENews 2010-18 last October.

Graham says

As part of the publicity for the cruise, I am piping the boats off from Saul and piping them in at Lechlade.  It would be good to have a song to mark the occasion, preferably one that went with the bagpipes.  Yvonne and I thought of:
 
You take the north route and I'll take the south route,
And I'll be in Lechlade before you,
 
And I added
 
For Severn and Thames, they will never meet again,
While there's still no canal through the Cotswolds.
 
Surely someone among the trust members can do better. (I hope so…Ed.) Maybe something to go with Speed Bonny Boat or similar.

We would like to have a competition to see who can produce something, although no prizes are on offer for the winner other than having the creation used at various events on the cruise. If there is more than one good one, we could use several.  Please email your entries to me at grandy@grandhobbits.plus.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 & Wednesdays from 09:00: Maintenance activity at Western Depot*
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 09:00: Maintenance activity at Eastern Depot*
Thursdays from 10:00 – 15:30: Volunteer taster sessions (towpath clearance) aimed at people new to volunteering; meet Bell House Wallbridge. CCT members also welcome.

May
21st/22nd – London WRG at Eisey Lock*
22nd – Work Party Tunnel House Inn*
22nd – Work Party, Griffin Mill Lock, Thrupp*
24th – Construction Action Group meeting, Bell House Wallbridge 19:30
28th-30th – CCT Roadshow at Crick Show*

June
5th – Work Party Tunnel House Inn*
6th – Western Branch meeting at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster 19:30
12th – Work Party, details TBC (Work Parties Brimscombe-Daneway)
12th – CCT Roadshow at Victory Park Event, Cainscross
15th – Eastern Branch meeting Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30
19th – Work Party Tunnel House Inn*
25th-2nd July – KESCRG-run WRG Summer Camp at Eisey Lock*
26th – Work Party, details TBC (Work Parties Brimscombe-Daneway)
28th – Construction Action Group meeting, Crown Inn Cerney Wick 19:30

July
2nd – CCT Roadshow at Thornbury Carnival
3rd – Work Party Tunnel House Inn*
11th – Western Branch meeting at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster 19:30
16th – CCT Roadshow at Stroud Country Show
16th-17th – KESCRG at Eisey Lock*
20th – Eastern Branch meeting Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30
23rd – CCT Roadshow at Stonehouse Summer Jolly
29th-31st – CCT Roadshow at IWA National at Burton on Trent

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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.

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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