22nd December 2011
Hello and a warm welcome to ENews 2011-18.
Well, what a year it has been! Phase 1A of the restoration is forging ahead with positive results there for all to see at various locations. The Work and Maintenance Parties are busier than ever; if you would like to become involved in this side of things, have a look at www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk for more information.
2012 will see work on 1A continuing, a response to our HLF application for 1B funding, the planned Stroud on Water Festival, the Roadshow out and about at various events, our trip boats operating at hopefully 3 locations……and so much more. ENews will continue to keep you up to date with what's going on.
It only remains for me to wish my reader a really Happy Christmas and a healthy, peaceful New Year.
UP THE CREEK
For a different perspective of the Stroudwater, try going to www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?33022-Stroudwater-Canal and click on the ‘Read Trip Report’ link for a fascinating insight.
The link takes you to a pdf file with a size of about 5mb, so be patient whilst it downloads – it's worth it.
Martin Turner tells me it's full steam ahead with the planning for next year's Stroud on Water Festival. The organisers are keen to appoint an assistant Trade Show Manager as soon as they can to assist with the process of contacting potential traders and exhibitors with a view to arranging their bookings and pitches.
The successful applicant will be working closely with the Trade Show Manager, telephone expenses will be reimbursed. If this is for you then please contact Martin Turner on 01291 650605 for more information.
PHASED BY PROGRESS
Work is underway on a total of 6 separate Phase 1A sites at the moment, namely: (Ordnance Survey grid references are shown to help with their identification if appropriate)
– At Stonehouse Ocean (SO798050) where the old fixed swingbridge has been removed. The contractor will now install piles on which the new hand operated swingbridge will rest. Work is expected to be complete at the end of February.
– At Ebley Mill (SO829046) where flood gates are being installed immediately downstream of the old access road to prevent excess water carrying on down the canal and causing problems downstream, specifically at Bridgend. Eventually, a new pedestrian swingbridge will be installed at this point by the developer.
– At Frome Gardens (SO833047) where an overflow weir between the canal and the river will enable excess water to re-enter the river in the event of a flood. The towpath will be carried on a raised walkway over the new weir. Just upstream, a new weir at the confluence of the canal and river will enable river water to continue down the canal at the right level.
– At Chestnut Lane (SO840050) where the bridge is being replaced with an electro-hydraulic swing bridge, capable of carrying 44-tonne vehicles. Access for businesses to the south of the canal will be via Dudbridge Road and Avocet Park. This work has been delayed by the need to divert services around the bridge. As a result, the bridge closure date has not been fixed, though the diversion is open.
– At Wallbridge Upper Lock (SO848050) where the Lock is being refurbished by Land & Water Ltd, who will complete work by Christmas. The old top gates have been removed and will be reused at Blunder Lock, Eastington. New gates were installed on the 13th December.
– At Griffins Lock, Thrupp (SO858036) where Gardiners Construction have bunded off the lock and are constructing a temporary water bypass, enabling CCT volunteers to begin restoration. The towpath has reopened for the first time since August. Regular updates will be posted by Project Leader Steve Hake on the 'Connect' Griffins Mill Lock Message Board.
All this work leads to temporary towpath closures at various times and the place to go for a schedule of these is www.cotswoldcanals.com/pages/towpath-closures.php. The page will be updated regularly as and when the information becomes available.
Meanwhile, the initial bid for restoring Phase 1B – the length of canal between Stonehouse Ocean and Saul Junction – has now been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund. A decision is expected in April.
Although this year's winter has not really kicked in yet, customers and potential customers of the Western Depot Log Division's services may like to consider laying down some logs for the 2012/3 season at this season's prices – if they have the space available of course!
Further information can be found at www.cotswoldcanals.com/pages/logs-for-sale.php where a schedule of the available delivery dates also appears.
My advice would be to book early if you wish to avail yourself of this excellent opportunity as these dates have a habit of filling up fast……..
FORTHCOMING ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
For further information and contact details about items marked* please go to www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk and the Message Boards on the Activities and Rosters page. To become aregistered volunteer please follow the Register Me Now link.
Mondays & Wednesdays from 09:00: Maintenance activity at Western Depot*. CLOSED 26th, 28th December & 2nd January – normal service resumes Wednesday 4th January
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 09:00: Maintenance activity at Eastern Depot*. CLOSED 27th & 29th December – normal service resumes Tuesday 3rd January
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. CLOSED 29th December
27th-2nd Jan – WRGies at Inglesham Lock, CCT Volunteers welcome*
8th – Work Party Stonehouse – Daneway*
9th – Western Branch meeting Fromebridge Mill 19:30
15th – Work Party Summit Level, Tunnel House Inn (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)*
18th – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30
29th(1) – Work Party Eisey Lock*
29th(2) – Work Party Summit Level (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)*
5th – Work Party Stonehouse – Daneway*
6th – Western Branch meeting Fromebridge Mill 19:30
12th – Work Party Summit Level, Tunnel House Inn (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)*
15th – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30
26th – Work Party Summit Level, Tunnel House Inn (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)*
Newsworthy items for consideration should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org but please remember I am always looking for a connection with the Stroudwater, the Thames & Severn or the CCT.
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.
If you think you have missed an issue of ENews a copy of the latest one is always displayed at www.cotswoldcanals.com/pages/enews-newsletter.p
hp and there is a full archive back to April 2006 when the first issue was published.
Any and all feedback is more than welcome.