ENews 32

With ENews 32 I bring you Spring by the looks of it, together with lots of opportunities to become involved in a whole variety of volunteering activities.

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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY (1)

The next Work Action Group meeting will take place on Tuesday 20th March at the Heritage Centre Saul Junction, start 7.30p.m. Come along and get involved in discussions on the restoration and Work Parties, all interested volunteers welcome. Further details if required from Richard Attwood, r.a@virgin.net

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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY (2)

Wednesday 21st March sees the next Eastern Branch Meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade, start 7.30p.m. Everybody is welcome for a chat over a pint; topics for discussion include the forthcoming trip boat season due to start at Easter. Further details if required from Mike Cawsey, mike@lechlade-on-thames.com

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TRYING TO CONNECT YOU…

The launch of our new all singing all dancing centralised database of Volunteers and Volunteer Activities went really well with no major glitches reported. In our enthusiasm to share the system with you all we may have launched the website a couple of days too early, apologies if this caused a little confusion in certain quarters.

Connect, as the new system is called, has its own website at http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk and the design has been well received all round. It is very easy to use and I am delighted to note that there have been many new volunteer registrations since it "Opened for Business" at the beginning of March.

To find out what's going on around the Trust, and indeed to register your own preferred areas of interest if you have not done so already, why not have a look right now whilst you are online?

And if you have dabbled already (is the verb 'to dabble', or 'to have a dabble'?) I would welcome your initial reactions please.

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…CONNECTED!

Following on from this we have listened to users' comments about suggested improvements to Connect, with the result that we have made 15 changes to the original programme.

Thanks to everybody who has contributed to this figure, by all means keep the ideas coming for our consideration.

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ANOTHER EXERCISE IDEA

Local Marine Historian Paul Barnett has arranged a programme of guided tours through the remains of the Purton Hulks down on the banks of the Severn. Over the next couple of months these are scheduled to take place on the 11th & 25th March (meet at Purton Lower Bridge, the one nearest Sharpness, 1300 hours) 8th & 22nd April and the 13th & 27th May. Same meeting place in April & May but a different time, namely 1400 hours.

Each tour will last approximately 2 hours, weather permitting, and Paul seeks donations to the Cotswold Canals Trust. He is also giving a talk at the Three Horseshoes, Frampton Green, at 7.30pm on 24th April.

If you would like further details or a schedule of all proposed dates then Paul's email address is barnadillo@aol.com or you can 'phone him on 07833 143231.

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SUMMIT THAT'S NEEDED

Connect shows us that there are 78, yes seventy eight, of you interested in Work Parties in the Tunnel & Summit area. If at all possible we would very much like to get regular sessions going again.

To achieve this we need an organiser, we need an Activity Leader to come bounding out of the undergrowth. All it takes is a bit of commitment and a willingness to enthuse and encourage the work force, training can be provided where necessary.

Your neighbour to the west will be Alan Jones who is currently responsible for a very successful series of Work Parties around Chalford, and he will be only too pleased to talk to anyone interested in just what the role of a Work Party Team Leader involves.

Alan can be contacted at Alan.GR.Jones@delphi.com or 01453 794462.

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OTHER SITUATIONS VACANT

It seems a while since details were last circulated so here's a current summary of posts we really need to see filled at the earliest opportunity if we possibly can.

1. A PRESSING PROBLEM.

The CCT is seeking a volunteer Press Officer who would become the spokesperson for the Trust.

They would be aware of publicity opportunities as and when they arose by adopting a pro-active approach to their duties, creating news items for local, national and the waterways press. They would be asked to attend Directors' meetings from time to time.

For further information please contact Jill McNaught-Davis, Cirencester Office Administrator, mail@cotswoldcanals.com or 01285 643440

2. A FRACTION OF A TEACHER?

No, silly, a Quartermaster.

This volunteer opportunity is ideally suited to either an individual or a couple. The Quartermaster's Office is at the Western Depot, Eastington and the role involves administering and managing the CCT sales stock.

Ideally and when required duties will be undertaken on Monday and Wednesday mornings to coincide with normal Western Depot activities although it should be possible to arrange other times to suit.

A summary of the role is as follows.

Maintaining safe and orderly storage of stock to allow ease of selection, turnover and replacement

Receiving Stock Request Order forms from the CCT's sales outlets – that's the Roadshow, Talks Sales Box, Lechlade, Saul Heritage Centre and from the Website in due course when it's been developed

Assembling orders from stock held and arranging collection from Eastington by a representative of the relevant sales outlet (or a delivery to that representative)

Liaising with the CCT Book-Keeper re stock taking and re-ordering

The ideal candidate will possess good organisational skills and will have internet access with basic Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet experience (Training can be given) The use of a CCT funded "Pay as you Go" mobile is offered as an option, and if you could be interested please contact David Pagett cct@well-springs.co.uk or 01452 505322,or Clive Field clive@southernroad.com 01242 529972 for more information

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