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ENews 2013-07

9th September 2013
Hello, welcome to ENews 2013-07.
 
Firstly a special thanks to Glenn Duff of Spera Computer Consultancy of Quedgeley – www.speracc.com – for his invaluable help in overcoming the formatting issues referred to in ENews 2013-06. Or at least I'm pretty certain they've been ironed out…
 
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The headlines for the stories that appear in this issue:-
 
Phase 1A is coming on nicely
With lots going on here and there
A volunteer do could be spicy
Read on and you'll find out where.

Community TV is looking
For videos of the canals
The Logs Team are taking their tablets
The guys perhaps more than the gals.

The idea of some 3 way-meetings
Is going to be tried out quite soon
Visit our own Bargain Basement
And we shall be over the moon.
Now read on for the stories behind these headlines…………………
 
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FROM WEST TO EAST
 
Thanks as ever to Stroud District Council's Dave Marshall for these updates on progress with Phase 1A of the restoration. I include Ordnance Survey grid references for those of you who may not be familiar with the locations of some of the places mentioned.
Ocean Swing Bridge (SO798050): A local hydraulics company has been appointed by the contractors to try and resolve why it is proving so difficult to operate.
Ebley (SO829046): Once public access through the construction site can be secured the swing bridge outside Ebley Mill will be commissioned.
Dudbridge Locks (SO836048): Work is progressing well, both locks are now drained, cleared and scaffolding has been put in place. Repairs to defective brickwork are under way. Open Days are planned on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th October when it will be possible to "walk a lock". Plans are being drawn up to include the hydro electric plant installed recently and tours will need to be booked in advance. Arrangements are being finalised, more news via the CCT website as it becomes available.
Lodgemore (SO843050): A Compulsory Purchase Order for the parcels of land needed to facilitate the installation of a swing bridge is currently being prosecuted.
Wallbridge Lower Lock (SO846051): Now the site has been vacated by Timms Garage, discussions are taking place with the developers (with a meeting scheduled for later this month) on the subject of site access and general co-ordination of works.
Cheapside (SO849050): Initial testing of the material to be removed from the canal here indicates the presence of contamination in the form of hydrocarbons. The plans to dredge this section have had to be put on hold whilst a remedial strategy is identified.
Capel's Mill (SO853047): The Tuesday and Thursday volunteers are working on the installation of extra fencing and gates throughout the site.
Bowbridge (SO857042): Tenders for the new bridge and a retaining wall required above the lock came in at something like 50% over budget. Third party funding from organisations is being sought by the Canal Team to meet this gap.
Griffin's Mill (SO858036): This is the project being enthusiastically led by CCT volunteer Steve Hake. It recently received a significant boost as a result of two week-long Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) work camps with around 20 people at each. The brickwork on the towpath side has been rebuilt, many coping stones have been reset, a lock ladder access has been constructed and a wall has been erected below the lock and this will enable the towpath to be regraded.
General: WRG is holding its annual 'Bonfire Bash' over a weekend in November, a gathering of up to 100 volunteers from all over the country. Their tasks will be many and varied over the whole length of Phase 1A and, possibly, there will be the time and resources available to undertake some work in the Newtown area (SO788058) of Phase 1B.
 
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HOT DATE
 
There's a Volunteers' Social Evening planned for Saturday 21st September at Whitminster Village Hall (just off the A38 at Whitminster, GL2 7NT for you SatNav users).
Frivolities kick off at 19:00 and continue until 23:00. There will be music, raffle, hot supper and a cash bar. Numbers are strictly limited to 120 so it's a first come first served scenario. They say there's no such thing as a free lunch; they're probably right because this is a free supper coupled with free entry, too.
The supper comprises a choice of chicken or vegetable curry, or chilli, or Shepherd's pie. Telephone Alan or Anna Watts on 07976 617983 or 07800 581167 to book your place – and indeed your supper choice.
 
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CANAL CHANNEL
 
Stroud Community TV Director Philip Booth tells me that this not for profit independent video channel, that aims to record and celebrate the Five Valleys as a whole, already has 26 films with a local canal theme in its significant library – www.stroudcommunity.tv/tag/canal – but would very much like to get its hands on some more.
If you have uploaded a video about the Stroudwater or Thames and Severn on YouTube, Vimeo or similar then Philip would really appreciate being sent the link, email philip.booth2@virgin.net
 
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LOGGING ON
 
As our existing customers already know, it's not long now until the Log Delivery Service gets into full swing for the 2013/14 season.
Members of the Eh? Team have stepped up their intake of cod liver oil to help keep the joints moving and are fit and raring to go. (Well, as fit as they can be given their ages……..)
Stocks of Scots pine are plentiful at Eastington and supplies "Up East" are pretty good, too.
Information about the Service, load prices, delivery and payment options, delivery dates and so on can be found at www.cotswoldcanals.com/pages/log-delivery-service.php
 
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NEIGHBOURS
 
I hear that there are plans afoot to hold joint meetings on a regula
r basis between CCT, our near neighbours the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust (H&G) and the local branch of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA).
The CCT will be the hosts for the first one, to be held at Fromebridge Mill Whitminster on 12th November. Starting at 19:30, there will be a talk entitled "The H & G Canal – Past, Present & Future". All are welcome.
Further information from Martin Turner martin.turner40@btinternet.com or Polly Fothergill pmfothergill@sky.com.
 
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BARGAIN BASEMENT
 
We still have the following items for sale at our Western Depot, Eastington:-
– Garden rotovator, restored to full working order by our own in-house engineering team. It has a 5HP Honda G200 engine.
– Sailing Dinghy. Contrary to what we thought last time round the sailing dinghy is in fact an Enterprise class, thanks go to one of our eagle-eyed readers for the revised information. It just goes to show how many dinghy sailors there are involved in canal restoration………..Yes it will need plenty of TLC to restore it to its former glory but I think I am right in saying that this is a most popular class of sailing dinghy.
– Trailer, ingeniously made from a filing cabinet by one of our Log Customers and offered to us for sale to raise funds. It is just over 1m long, just under 1m wide and approx 30cm deep. It comes with full electrical connection to number plate board and a good tow hitch as will be seen in the picture.
Photos of these must-have items can be viewed at  www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk/display_photo_gallery.php or they can be seen in the flesh at Western Depot on either a Monday or Wednesday morning. To check they remain available before you travel the telephone number for Western Depot is 01453 822119.
No reasonable offers refused!
 
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FORTHCOMING EVENTS FOR YOUR DELECTATION
 
For further information (including contact details) about any items marked by an asterisk, please go to www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk and the Message Boards that can be found on the Activities and Rosters page. To become a registered volunteer follow the Register Me Now link.
 
Mondays and Wednesdays from 09:00*: Maintenance activity at Western Depot Eastington.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 09:00*: Maintenance activity at Eastern Depot Eisey.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00: Introductory volunteer sessions aimed at those new to volunteering. Meet Wallbridge Visitor Centre. Existing CCT volunteers more than welcome.
Wednesdays and Sundays from 09:00*: Work Parties at Griffins Mill Lock.
Thursdays from 17:00*: Work parties at Eisey.
 
SEPTEMBER
10th – Western Branch meeting at Fromebridge Mill Whitminster from 19:30.
18th – Eastern Branch meeting at Trout Inn Lechlade from 19:30.
24th – Construction Action Group meeting at Wallbridge Visitor Centre 19:30.
28th/29th – London WRG at Griffins Mill Lock* CCT volunteers welcome.
 
OCTOBER
5th/6th – KESCRG at Griffins Mill Lock* CCT volunteers welcome
16th – Eastern Branch meeting at Trout Inn Lechlade from 19:30.
22nd – Construction Action Group meeting at Down Ampney Village Hall from 19:30.
26th – CCT AGM in Council Chamber at Stroud District Council Offices, Ebley Mill 10:30.
 
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If you have any item you consider newsworthy then please send me an email, although I would ask you to bear in mind that I always look for a connection with the Stroudwater, Thames and Severn or the CCT before considering any article for publication.
Any and all feedback – preferably good, but bad as well – is more than welcome.
 
PLEASE NOTE. We keep your email address on an electronic database for the sole purpose of contacting you in this way. We will never pass it on to any third party.
 
David Pagett
Editor, ENews
listmaster@cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk