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ENews 2013-04

27th May 2013

Hello and welcome to ENews 2013-04. Firstly, many thanks to all those who let me have their views and opinions following my request in 2013-03.

 

The headlines for this issue:

Checking the state of the bottom
Involves bits of string and a stick
The Doyen of WD strimmers
Paddles the Thames in a tick.

The updates that went to the website
Are back after a spell away
There’s need for some chippies at Eisey
With woodworking skills to display.

Now read on for the full stories………..

 

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UP THE CREEK, WITH SOME STRING

Trust Councillor Steve Pickover tells me that he is looking for 2 willing punters (maybe literally, as it happens) to help in a small team being set up to ascertain dredging needs for the future. 2 members of this team already exist.

The idea is for the 4-strong team to take one of the Trust’s workboats and measure the canal’s actual and silt depth every 25 metres from Ocean Railway Bridge (OS reference SO797052), eastwards towards Dudbridge Locks (SO836048).

The objective is to stay dry during the exercise – but who knows what could happen?

Further information from Steve, email stevepickover@hotmail.co.uk or phone him on 07905 596006.

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DOWN THE CREEK, WITH A PADDLE

One of the Western Maintenance Depot regulars, known as The Queen of the Strimmers for her penchant and skill with these particular pieces of equipment, is taking part in a challenging charity fund-raising event shortly.

On the 8th June Heather Bayly, husband Jonathan and several others are setting off in kayaks from Lechlade, aiming to make it all the way down the Thames to London in around 7 days.

They are raising money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and have set up a fundraising website at www.justgiving.com/rowanhullkayak

All donations to such a worthy cause will be very much appreciated by Heather and Jonathan.

Here’s a thought – if I arranged for the Logman to donate a few logs in case it got chilly in the evenings…………..then one could say that (and contrary to popular belief) Heather could have her kayak and heat it……………..

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WELCOME BACK

Due to overwhelming demand from my reader I am reinstating the Phase 1A updates so kindly provided by Dave Marshall, Stroud District Council’s Canal Partnership Manager.

The numbers in brackets refer to Ordnance Survey grid references.

~ Ebley (SO829046): The stone cairn outside Ebley Mill has now been built by volunteers from Stroud College. This will accommodate the mosaic, currently in Ebley Mill reception, which was designed and made a few years ago by pupils at St Matthews School, Cainscross. Meanwhile the new pedestrian swingbridge has been swung into position at Ebley Mill.
~ Dudbridge and Dudbridge Locks (SO835048 and 836048): Construction of the flood wall at Avocet Park has been delayed by the late delivery of bricks. The wall will ensure that any high water levels in the canal do not affect the business park.
Tenders for the refurbishment of the locks have been returned, but unfortunately are substantially over budget. Possible solutions are being examined.
~ Bowbridge (SO857042): Tenders for constructing a new bridge and a retaining wall below the veterinary surgery have been returned, but unfortunately are again substantially over budget. Possible solutions are being examined, but inevitably this will result in a delay.
~ Towpath improvements: The Tuesday and Thursday volunteer groups are now operating from the compound at Ham Mill Lock (SO859032) and have completed the base for the upgraded towpath as far west as Jubilee Bridge (SO858034). They will now start work on building a full width towpath from Ham Mill Lock east towards Bagpath Bridge (SO860029).
Meanwhile Community Payback workers with REACH have completed the surfacing from Bowbridge Lock almost to Griffins Mill Lock at Thrupp (SO858036). They have now moved to a base at Hope Mill to start towpath upgrading west towards Bagpath Bridge.
~ Waterway Renaissance Awards: These annual awards are spread over twelve categories in total and 4 local projects were submitted to the judges for their consideration. These were:
1. The flood defence work between Dudbridge and Ebley
2. The podcast heritage trail ‘Along the Cotswold Canals’
3. The Thursday Volunteer Group
4. Stroud on Water Festival 2012
The Design & Construction Category winner was the Wallbridge to Ebley Canal Restoration. 'Along the Cotswold Canals' Audio Trail received a commendation in the Education & Learning category, the Stroud Drop in Volunteer group were runners-up in the Volunteering category and the Stroud on Water Festival 2012 was judged as runner-up in the Recreation & Tourism class.

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FISHING FOR CHIPPIES

The Eastern Maintenance Depot at Alex Farm, Eisey, (SU118952) is ‘open for business’ every Tuesday and Thursday from around 09:00 onwards.

Amongst many varied tasks regularly undertaken it has a busy carpentry section. Currently it is on the lookout for volunteers who possess some woodworking skills and who would like to become involved.

Interested? If so then Construction Manager Ron Kerby would be delighted to hear from you, email r.t.k.8801@gmail.com or phone 07710 872295 for more information.

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THE WHAT’S ON DIARY

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 & Thursdays from 09:00: Maintenance activity at Eastern Depot*
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:00-15:30: Volunteer sessions aimed at people new to volunteering; meet Bell House Wallbridge. CCT members also welcome.
Wednesdays & Sundays from 09:00: Work parties at Griffins Mill Lock*
Thursdays from 17:00: Work parties at Eisey*

MAY
28th – Construction Action Group meeting Bell House Wallbridge 19:30

JUNE
1st-2nd – KESCRG at Ham Mill Lock. CCT Volunteers welcome*
2nd – Work Party Oil Mills Bridge (*Work Parties Stonehouse-Daneway)
11th – Western Branch meeting Fromebridge Mill Whitminster 19:30
19th – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30
23rd – Roadshow at Newbury Water Festival
25th – Construction Action Group meeting Down Ampney Village Hall 19:30
29th – Roadshow at Historic Boat Show, Braunston

JULY
7th – Work Party Oil Mills Bridge (*Work Parties Stonehouse-Daneway)
9th – Western Branch meeting Fromebridge Mill Whitminster 19:30
13th-14th – London WRG at Ham Mill Lock. CCT Volunteers welcome*
17th – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30
19th-21st – Roadshow at IWA National, Cassiobury Park Watford
20th – Roadshow at Stroud Country Show
23rd – Construction Action Group meeting Bell House Wallbridge 19:30
28th – Roadshow at Gateway Centre Cirencester

AUGUST
2nd-4th – Roadshow at Steam Extravaganza South Cerney
13th – Western Branch meeting Fromebridge Mill Whitminster 19:30
21st – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30 
27th
– Construction Action Group meeting Down Ampney Village Hall 19:30

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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.

Any and all feedback is more than welcome.

David Pagett
Editor, ENews

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