ENews 42

Hello, and welcome to ENews 42 containing as it does a real variety of volunteering opportunities.

One day I will be able to tell you that the diggers are moving in at long last – but that day has not arrived yet………

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EASTERN BRANCH AT THE SALMO FARIO (What a strange name that would make for a pub – thank goodness the Romans didn't stay)

The next Eastern Branch meeting is on Wednesday 20th June at the Trout Inn, Lechlade commencing 7.30p.m.

Do come along for a chat and a pint, everybody welcome.

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BOURNE TO BE TAMED

Whilst I'm in "What's Going On?" mode, a reminder that the next of Alan Jones' infamous Work Parties is taking place at Bourne Lock near Brimscombe this Sunday 10th June. Steel toe-capped boots/shoes as usual, everything else that's needed will be provided.

Bourne Lock is situated at the eastern end of Brimscombe, about 1/2 mile east towards Chalford. Look out for two large Cotswold stone mills and a large sign for 'NOAH'S' – Noah's Ark bike shop, now located there. Parking is across the bridge by the lock and turn left.

Kick-off about 9.30ish, all are welcome. Further details if required from Alan at 01453 794462 or Alan.GR.Jones@delphi.com

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FESTIVAL FROLICS

There's still plenty of time left to get involved with the 11th Saul Canal Festival despite it being only 3 weeks away.

Full details at http://www.junctionevents.org.uk just follow the "Support Staff" link to see how you can get into the Festival for nothing!

Support Staff Manager Colin Magrath can be contacted on 07749 051831 if there is something you would like to discuss or you can email him at saul.supportmanager@blueyonder.co.uk
 
There will be getting on for four score or more new wearers of the famous green shirts this year who have volunteered to help because they enjoyed themselves so much as Festival visitors in 2006.

Why not join us? Go on – you know it makes sense!

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RECOVERY TIME

Meanwhile and to provide a respite after the rigours of the Saul Festival the next Western Branch meeting has been deferred for a week until Monday 9th July, at the Fromebridge Mill Whitminster from 7.30p.m. as usual.

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LEADING THE WAY

With all the current uncertainty surrounding the start date for Phase 1A of the restoration, why not get involved a little higher up the cut instead?

Our Volunteer records – Connect to you and me – shows that there are over 80 volunteers interested in Work Parties in the Tunnel & Summit area. If you would like to add your name to the list simply visit http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk and either follow the "Register Me Now" link or, if you are already registered, login and follow the "Change My Details" link to amend your personal details.

We would very much like to get these work parties going again on a regular basis. 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 neighbours downstream to the west will be Steve Pickover and Alan Jones. Steve is hoping to start parties in the Chalford area working up the Golden Valley and Alan is currently responsible for those going downstream from Chalford.

Either Steve or Alan will be only too pleased to talk to anyone interested in just what the role of a Work Party Team Leader involves.

Contact Steve on 07905 596006 or email stevepickover@tiscali.co.uk. Alan can be contacted at Alan.GR.Jones@delphi.com or 01453 794462.

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PRESS TO COMMUNICATE

We have a vacancy for a volunteer to become the CCT Press & Communications Officer. If the role appeals to you then you would become our link to the local & national media, would be aware of publicity opportunities as and when they arose and would demonstrate a pro-active approach. In addition you may be asked to attend Directors' meetings from time to time!

For further information please contact Jill McNaught-Davis at the CCT's Cirencester Office, 01285 643440 or mail@cotswoldcanals.com

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POP DOWN TO THE LOCAL

I was surprised to discover that just under 50% of Trust members have a GL postcode as I always thought this figure would be much higher. Nevertheless 50% of this 50% figure lives in GL5, 6 and 10 – that's Stroud, Nailsworth & Stonehouse*.

So…staffing the Roadshow on Saturday 21st July at Stratford Park Stroud should be a doddle! The show will be open from 10.30am – 4.30pm and Mike Slade our Roadshow Manager would be delighted to hear from you if you can help for a couple of hours or so – 07805 110080 or mrmike.slade@googlemail.com

Volunteers registered on Connect can go direct to the website, to the Activities page, click on to "Roadshow at Stroud – Roster" and add yourself to the roster for a shift to suit you.

BW will be in the adjoining marquee and the Royal Agricultural College will be there as well, demonstrating rural crafts & skills appropriate to the restoration.

[*Rest assured this offer is not exclusively available to residents of GL5, GL6 or GL10……]

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