ENews 2011-06

June 13, 2011

Hello and welcome to ENews 2011-06.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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Des has a mystery payment
For sorting these he is renowned
Horse racing fun at the National
Held in the Wergies compound.
 
Ryeford Swing Bridge needs attention
A bricklayer is being sought
Canine deposits a problem
Ads on the bins-theres a thought.
 
On June 29 watch the telly
ITV West news at six
Or 2 days before theres another
On ITV Yorks – what a mix.
 
The Festival next year is rolling
Management roles have been filled
There are still a few posts available
And that Martin Turner is thrilled.
 
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RESTORATION SNIPPETS
 
– The Ryeford Double Lock restoration is runner–up in the Historic Environment category of the 2011 Waterways Renaissance Awards.

– Around 500 people visited the designs for routing the canal through the Capels Mill site that were shown to the public recently. The proposed route will see the canal cut into the hillside produced by the landfill site and making use of the one skewed arch through the railway viaduct.
 
– The contract for opening up the channel between Ebley and 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. This contract may be split in two that would see the restoration of the two Dudbridge Locks and construction of a new confluence weir at Frome Gardens. The effect of the latter would be to raise the water level as far as Wallbridge, allowing the Stroud on Water Festival to take place.
 
– The leak near Arundel Aqueduct has been fixed on a temporary basis. A permanent repair will be effected as part of the restoration in approximately 12 months time. 
 
– The newly named Stroud Brewery Bridge at Merrywalks is expected to open to traffic in July. Glos CC will then begin a public consultation exercise on the future of the present diversionary route.
 
– The former Bell Hotel Lockkeepers Bar behind Wallbridge Visitor Centre is shortly to become a cafe. 
 
– Work will begin on the replacement of two former swing bridges over the canal at Stonehouse Ocean and Chestnut Lane early next month. The contract includes a third bridge at Lodgemore Lane, Stroud, but this has been delayed by landowner issues on both sides of the canal. 
 
– The proposed bridge at the Ocean will be a new hand-operated swing bridge whilst Chestnut Lane will see a full 44 tonne electro-hydraulic bridge.
 
(My thanks to David Marshall at Stroud District Council for these.)
 
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DÉJÀ VU
 
Remember this one from 2011-01, under a heading of 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…………”
 
Well, that one resolved itself very soon after ENews went out – but it has happened again. This time the payment he received in March was for £10 and the only narrative on the bank statement says P and A Evans.
 
Obviously Des needs to allocate this renewal to the right membership record so if you can help please contact him, DesPinnock@aol.com or phone 01452 856233.
 
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CANAL TURN
 
As part of the fundraising activity towards their Restoration Appeal for Inglesham Lock the IWA is organising a Race Night. This will take place on Saturday 23rd July at the Festival Site, Shobnall Fields, Burton upon Trent, a week before the Festival itself.
 
(A reminder that the IWA National Festival is being held over the weekend of 29th-31st July and the CCT Roadshow will be there. Contact Roadshow Manager Mike Slade for information about volunteer opportunities, mrmikeslade@gmail.com or 0117 9693270 on weekday evenings.)
 
The Race Night will be held at the Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) accommodation compound on the Festival site, tickets cost £6. On offer we are told is a night of GeeGees, GreatGrub and GigGles.
 
Participants will be under starters orders at 19:00 for what is described as a fabulous WRG kitchen supper at 19:30. Bring your own beverages, mugs will be provided.
 
For those who cannot attend but would like to be involved there are both whole race and individual horse sponsorship opportunities, further information on this from  jude.palmer1@btinternet.com or 07739 045326. Sponsorship cheques payable to WRG and sent to Jude at 3 Finwood Road, Rowington, Warks, CV35 7DH
 
Tickets must be purchased in advance and can be obtained from Jenny Black at IWA Head Office, 01494 783453 email jenny.black@waterways.org.uk or via the IWA Shop at www.waterways.org.uk/shop/product_details?id=1523
 
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ONE COURSE WONDER
 
Can you lay a straight and true course of bricks that will stand the test of time?
 
The swing bridge at Ryeford has been receiving attention lately and a stretch of engineering bricks need to be re-laid for a length of approx 6 feet.
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If you would like to volunteer your skills for this exercise then Richard Attwood would be delighted to hear from you, richard@raash31.co.uk or 01453 792021
 
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CANINE CONUMDRUM
 
You may remember a story 18 months ago (in ENews 2009-19) about CCT Member Mike Blanch donning his wellies to pick his way along the towpath through almost 150 piles of dog mess. All these had been dumped between Eastington and Sapperton Tunnel with the whole of the Phase 1A stretch (between Stonehouse Ocean and Brimscombe Port) being the worst.
 
Initially not much could be done about this because of a lack of funding. However thanks to the valiant efforts of Paul Weller from Stroud District Council, 10 doggie-do bins have now materialised. These have now been strategically placed and installed by volunteers from Western Depot, Eastington.
 
In an ideal world this should encourage those dog owners who do not clear up after their pooches to use the new facilities provided – but we shall see as Mike will be cleaning off his wellies in roughly 3 months time to try and gauge the impact the new bins have had.
 
Meanwhile it may be possible to offset the cost of additional bins – and raise funds towards the restoration – by carrying advertising on the present ones. If you know how to go about this could you please let me know? Email postmaster@cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk please. 
 
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CALLING FOR YOUR SUPPORT
 
ENews 2011-05A told you about the application by the Waterways Trust to the Big Lottery Fund Jubilee Peoples Millions for a grant of £60,000 to help fund towpath improvements generally and fund a podcast heritage trail.
 
Well, filming took place on the 8th June and is scheduled for broadcast during the ITV West local news at 18:00 on Wednesday 29th June. For those outside the region then I think I am right in saying that one way of seeing the transmission will be via ITV Player.
 
Votes cannot be cast until that date as the number to call will not be released until then, lines will be open from 09:00. The number will appear at http://www.peoplesmillions.org.uk/2011-finalists/west/stroud-canals-connections and in the Daily Mirror on the day itself, as well as in the news bulletin. You can cast up to 10 votes for only 11p per call and as usual call from a landline if you can because calls from mobiles are likely to cost considerably more.
 
Please make a note in your diary now to cast your vote(s) on the day – and see if you recognise any of the volunteers featured in the film…
 
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THE OTHER CCT
 
Yes, there is another one!
 
Our friends and colleagues at the Chesterfield Canal Trust are also going for Jubilee Peoples Millions money and Publicity Officer Rod Auton tells me:
 
The Chesterfield Canal Trust is one of six projects to have been selected for the Jubilee People’s Millions in the ITV Yorkshire & Humberside Region. The project is for an electric powered boat which will be fully accessible for the disabled, with an electro-hydraulic system to enable any user to steer the boat from anywhere within it, regardless of disability.
 
The film will be broadcast by ITV at 18:00 on Monday 27th June and voting is only by phone. The number will be released on the day of transmission at http://www.peoplesmillions.org.uk/2011-finalists/yorkshire/electric-avenhugh and lines will open at 09:00. It is possible to make up to 10 calls, i.e. 10 votes, from any one phone line. Calls cost 11p from normal landlines, so for £1.10 you can cast 10 votes. Calls from mobiles will cost more.
 
Glad you are not competing in the ITV West region, Rod!
 
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MANAGING STROUD ON WATER
 
Martin Turner tells me that there was a very good response to the appeal in ENews 2011-05 for the Stroud on Water Festival management team.
This festival will incorporate the IWA National Trailboat Rally and for the first time in very many years boats will be using a lock on the Stroudwater Canal. There will be an illuminated procession and opportunities for boat handling on a wonderful site at Marling School. The website is up and running on www.stroudonwater.org.uk and the first trader bookings have been received.
 
The organisation is going well with marquees and basic services ordered. The main organisation gets going in October when there will be a meeting between the managers and the IWA so the currently vacant posts need to be filled before then.
 
The remaining management opportunities appear in the following areas:
 
Catering
Incident Officer
Signs
Slipway supervisor
Sponsorship manager required to attend meetings straight away
Risk register 
 
Please contact Martin Turner on martin.turner40@tinternet.com for more information or indeed to volunteer your services.
 
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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.
 
June
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 – CCT Roadshow at Eastington Village Duck Race*
26th – Work Party Griffins Mill (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
 
August
5th-7th – CCT Roadshow at Steam Extravaganza South Cerney
6th-13th – NWPG Summer Camp at Eysey Lock*
8th – Western Branch meeting at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster 19:30
17th – Eastern Branch meeting Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30
23rd – Construction Action Group Meeting, Crown Inn Cerney Wick 19:30
26th-28th – CCT Roadshow at Tall Ships Event Gloucester Docks
 
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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.
 
You can receive a Twitter feed from the Cotswold Canals Partnership from http://www.twitter.com/cotswoldcanals direct to your mobile or PC.
 
If you think you have missed an issue of ENews a copy of the latest one is displayed at www.cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk and there is a full archive back to April 2006 when the first issue was published.
 
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