ENews 25

Hello & welcome to E-News No. 25; short and sweet this time round.

Do have your say on the Capel Mills consultation mentioned below. I thought it would be opportune to include some reminders of recent pieces now that the festive season is out of the way…

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CAPEL MILLS PUBLIC CONSULTATION – YOU'VE GOT 2 WEEKS!

Members of the Cotswold Canals Partnership have started handing out Consultation Questionnaires in the Stroud area. There will be an information display at the Project Stroud shop in John Street describing the 3 route alternatives with CCP personnel in attendance on the 17th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 26th & 27th January. They will also be in the town centre, at Waitrose and on the Capel Mills site itself on these days. See http://www.cotswoldcanalsproject.org – go to the "Your Say" option – for fuller details of the 3 route options.

If you cannot get into Stroud to talk to someone then you have the ideal opportunity to consider the options carefully before emailing James.Blockley@britishwaterways.co.uk with your views.

The deadline for submissions is WEDNESDAY JANUARY 31ST Please take part in this consultation exercise to have your say about the route the canal will take through the environmentally sensitive Capel Mills area.

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IS THERE A PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR OUT THERE?

If you are looking for a challenge, have a look at http://www.pikelock.co.uk/canal/t&scanal/eysey/eyseywpo.html. This is a website page set up by Ken Burgin, the Trust's Vice Chairman, to track down someone to co-ordinate an exciting restoration project towards the Eastern End of the Thames & Severn Canal.

Over the last few months small working parties have been working on Rucks Bridge at Eysey and the proposal is to extend this work to the nearby Eysey Lock. This will dramatically increase the scale of the project and the Trust will need to attract external visiting groups, such as the Waterway Recovery Group (who have a provisional week long camp in July/Aug 2007 booked), in order to complete the work in a sensible timescale.

Further information about the proposed role appears on the website above; if you would like to discuss in greater detail with Ken then he can be contacted on ken.burgin@pikelock.com  or 01453 827414

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COMBINE HEALTHY EXERCISE WITH RAISING FUNDS FOR THE RESTORATION

Richard Attwood's proposed Canamble on the 29th April is taking shape. Full details appeared in E-News No. 23, here's a brief summary to refresh your memory:- The walk will start and finish at Wallbridge, Stroud. It will comprise two circular routes along the towpath and around the hillsides and fields giving a shorter 6 mile walk or longer 12 mile walk.

To ensure the success of the walk I am looking for:-

* At least 300 participants
* A group of walkers to form the "Tail End Charlie" group to clear up direction signs and make sure that no one has fallen by the wayside.
* Marshalls to process the paperwork at the start/finish.
* Marshalls to stamp the walkers forms at Brimscombe and the Ocean.
* Marshalls at the main road crossing points.

Please email Richard@raash31.co.uk if you can help. For the 300 or more of you who will be walking just turn up on the day. Sponsor and entry forms will be in with the Spring 2007 Trow.

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BRIMSCOMBE BRIEF

A reminder that the next Alan Jones work party will be on SUNDAY 28TH JANUARY. Meet at Olympic Varnish around 0900 as usual, or you can park in the King & Castle pub car park and walk across.

If you would like further details contact Alan.GR.Jones@delphi.com or phone 01453-794462 (work) or 01453-752396 (home)

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CONNECT IS COMING……..SOON…