ENews 2012-04

16 March 2012

Hello, welcome to ENews 2012-04. 
 
Today's headlines:
 
Trip boats preparing for Easter
At Lechlade and also at Saul
Help with the marquees is needed
If you are around 6 feet tall.
 
Looking for new blood at Eisey
The maintenance base in the east
Spotting the wildlife on Wednesdays
Twitchers are in for a feast.
 
Our French Friends are coming to Scotland
And visiting the Falkirk Wheel
Capel's Mill clearance completed
Funding in place, it's a deal.
 
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THE TRIP BOATS IS A-COMIN'…
 
Yes it's that time of year again already; the dust sheets are coming off the Trust's trip boats "Perseverance" and "Inglesham".
 
For those of you who may be unaware, Perseverance operates from Saul Junction on the Gloucester – Sharpness Canal (GL2 7LA for SatNav users, grid reference SO 756 093 for OS Map users) and Inglesham operates on the River Thames at Lechlade (GL7 3AQ is the closest I can find, or SU 213 994). Both vessels operate scheduled public trips at weekends and Bank Holidays and both are available for skippered Private Charters.
 
New crew are always needed! Full training is provided free of charge – although the volunteer is expected to 'repay' the costs involved in providing this by undertaking some rostered duties during the trip boats season. 
 
Perseverance will commence her public trips on Sunday April 1st this year and will operate on Sundays & Bank Holidays throughout the summer until the end of September. In view of their ever increasing popularity and the much delayed start of a further trip boat operation at Upper Mills Stonehouse later this year, Charters are available at all other times, including Saturdays.
 
Inglesham starts her leisurely Thames Cruises on Good Friday 6th April, and will operate on weekends and Bank Holidays throughout the summer until the end of September. As with Perseverance there are plenty of opportunities to charter Inglesham for that special occasion.
 
Further information about the trip and charter options, crew opportunities and contact details can be found on the CCT website at www.cotswoldcanals.com by following the 'Boat Trips' option in the menu. 
 
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ROADSHOW ROADIES
 
Whenever the Roadshow goes out on its travels it takes a trailer that is full of stock, promotional material – and either one or both CCT marquees.
 
Roadshow Manager Mike Slade is looking to build a dedicated team who are physically fit, fairly tall and happy to spend an hour or so at each end of a Roadshow event, erecting and dismantling said marquee(s). The task is not onerous, all that is required is an understanding of the relatively simple procedure involved and the ability to work in a team. The majority of these events will be in the Stroud area.
 
The Roadies will not be expected to staff the Roadshow for all or part of the event – although they will be more than welcome to do so if they so wish…
 
If this appeals then please get in touch with Mike for more information, email mrmike.slade@gmail.com or telephone 01179 693270, mobile 07805 110080
 
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VOLUNTEER PUSH
 
The organisation of the Trust's Eastern Maintenance Depot at Alex Farm, Eisey is being restructured……and this means there are plenty of opportunities for some fresh faces to put in an appearance!
 
The most important skill being sought is enthusiasm. Needless to say if you have a particular skill do please let us know; for example we shall require an experienced and suitably qualified electrician fairly soon. 
 
If you want to know more, would welcome the opportunity to become actively involved in the Trust’s activities, would like to get to meet fellow members with similar interests and, most importantly, enjoy the camaraderie and sheer fun that volunteering can bring, please contact Western Depot Manager (and acting Eastern Depot Manager) Ron Kerby on phone 01453 836018, mobile 07710 872295, or email r.t.k@btinternet.com. Other Eastern Depot contacts are John Maxted, phone 01285 861011, mobile 07756 974406, email maxtedj@aol.com; or Norman Boyes, phone 01367 250241.
 
If you have not done so already it would also be of great help if you could register your interests and skills by visiting Connect, the Trust’s volunteer website, at www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk and checking (at least) the ‘Maintenance Activities – East’ box on the ‘Register me Now’ page. 
 
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WALK ON THE WRIGHT SIDE
 
CCT and RSPB member Martin Wright has organised a series of monthly Wednesday Walks, each lasting for approximately 2 hours.
 
Meeting at Wallbridge Visitor Centre at 09:45 for a 10:00 departure, the walk will be along the towpath to Bowbridge, then Butterow and return via the River Frome.
 
The first walk took place on the 14th March, dates for the other 3 currently planned appear in "Coming Up….." below. 
 
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BON VOYAGE MES AMIS
 
So impressed were the President and Secretary of ARECABE (Association pour la reouverture du Canal de Berry) on a recent visit to the Falkirk Wheel that they decided to organise a trip for their members this spring. So far 46 have signed up; they will arrive in Edinburgh on 30 April and visit the Falkirk Wheel on 1st May.
 
CCT Members Polly and Neil Fothergill will be making their own way to Edinburgh to join our friends from ARECABE for this event and are wondering whether there are other like-minded souls who would like to combine a visit the Falkirk Wheel with the opportunity to practice their Franglais with a group of canal restoration enthusiasts from abroad.
 
The idea is for interested parties to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements with a view to meeting up once in Edinburgh for drinks, maybe a joint meal and/or the visit to the Falkirk Wheel itself.
 
For the story surrounding the CCT's connection with ARECABE go to www.cotswoldcanals.com and follow the "Friends in France" option.
 
Contact Polly, email polly@bridlecroft.wanadoo.co.uk for more information and to discuss possible options. 
 
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CUTTING THROUGH
 
Western Depot volunteers spent most of February at Capel's Mill, Stroud clearing the area of undergrowth, well establ
ished scrub and trees. (This is the area below Waitrose supermarket, to the south of Dr Newton's Way, grid reference SO 852047) 
 
One outcome of their activities is that there is now a great view of the railway viaduct.
 
It has just been confirmed that funding is in place for the construction of the new canal channel through the area that will commence after Easter. 
 
The chosen contractor will be announced shortly.
 
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COMING UP……
 
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 a registered volunteer please
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. 
Alternate Saturdays from 10:00: (See below for dates) Volunteer
sessions aimed at people new to volunteering but unavailable during
the week; meet Bell House Wallbridge. CCT members also welcome. 
 
MARCH 
18th – Work Party Griffins Mill Lock* 
21st – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30. Talk entitled
“Ropes and Knots” speaker David Beamont. 
24th – Work Party Wallbridge area, from 10:00 
25th – Work Party Stonehouse – Daneway* 
27th – Construction Action Group meeting Crown Cerney Wick*
 
APRIL
1st(1) – Work Party Summit Level (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)* 
1st(2) – Work Party Griffins Mill Lock* 
7th – Work Party Wallbridge area, from 10:00 
11th – Wildlife Walk from Wallbridge, 10:00.
15th(1) – Work Party Summit Level (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)* 
15th(2) – Work Party Griffins Mill Lock*
16th – Western Branch meeting Fromebridge Mill 19:30 
18th – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30. Talk entitled
“East End Restoration Work” speakers John Maxted & Martin Thompson
21st – Work Party Wallbridge area, from 10:00 
22nd – Work Party Stonehouse – Daneway* 
24th – Construction Action Group meeting Bell House Wallbridge* 
29th – Work Party Summit Level (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)* 
 
MAY 
5th – Work Party Wallbridge area, from 10:00 
6th – Work Party Griffins Mill Lock* 
13th(1) – Work Party Summit Level (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)* 
13th(2) – Work Party Griffins Mill Lock* 
14th – Western Branch meeting Fromebridge Mill 19:30
16th(1) – Wildlife Walk from Wallbridge, 10:00.
16th(2) – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30. 
19th – Work Party Wallbridge area, from 10:00 
20th – Work Party Stonehouse – Daneway* 
27th(1) – Work Party Summit Level (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)* 
27th(2) – Work Party Griffins Mill Lock* 
 
JUNE 
2nd – Work Party Wallbridge area, from 10:00 
2nd-4th – Stroud on Water Festival, Marling School Playing Fields
www.stroudonwater.org.uk/ 
10th – Work Party Summit Level (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)* 
11th – Western Branch meeting Fromebridge Mill 19:30 
16th – Work Party Wallbridge area, from 10:00
20th(1) – Wildlife Walk from Wallbridge, 10:00.
20th(2) – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30. 
24th – Work Party Stonehouse – Daneway* 
30th – Work Party Wallbridge area, from 10:00
 
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Newsworthy items for consideration should be sent to
listmaster@cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk 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. 
 
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David Pagett
Editor, ENews