ENews 47

Hello, and welcome to ENews No. 47.

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FLASH BANG WALLOP

The Volunteers' website at http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk has a new Photo Gallery page that is accessible to all site visitors. [Whilst you are visiting the site, though, you really ought to register your volunteering interests if you have not done so already.]

There is a really eclectic mix of photos on display at present and as you will see there is a photo of an early Thames & Severn Canal token together with, a little further down, a photo of a London taxi. These are courtesy of CCT Member Bill McKivor – http://www.thecoppercorner.com – all the way from Seattle, USA. Bill is a keen numismatist with a special interest in fine English & American coins & tokens, in particular Conder Tokens. [I didn't either, but a quick Google search soon enlightened me.] He tells me I must also mention fellow CCT member David Jones of Reading who got him interested in canals in the first place.

I feel a fascinating article for the Trow about T&S tokens coming on here…..all I need is someone to write it!

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RESTORATION RAMBLES

A series of 2 to 3 hour walks are scheduled over the coming months.
Led by the Cotswold Canals Partnership, these will be your chance to get your questions answered and to find out more. Be aware that these walks are one-way so consider how you complete the return journey!

Numbers are limited. Please call James Blockley at BW on 01452 318500, email James.Blockley@britishwaterways.co.uk to book your place.

The next one is scheduled for 9th August, start 2.30pm and the theme is "Ecology and environment – conservation led regeneration". It will start at Ryeford Bridge, Ryeford Rd North and head east to the Lawns Pond at Dudbridge. Access should be OK for most but there is a steep slope/steps under the Dudbridge Road bridge. If in doubt discuss with James when you book.

A fortnight later on Thursday 23rd August, starting 6.00pm. there's another one with "Work in progress – the engineering & design of canal restoration" as its theme. Same route, same considerations, same booking arrangements.

There are others scheduled and more will be added as the restoration progresses. Updates will be found on the Partnership website at http://www.cotswoldcanalsproject.org – follow the "Events" tab – and I shall do my best to keep you posted in these columns too.

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MARKET IN YOUR DIARY

The Roadshow will be at Stroud Farmers' Market again on Saturday 11th August. Our last visit there was really successful, please visit the Volunteers' website at http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk if you can help or contact Mike Slade the Roadshow Manager at mrmike.slade@googlemail.com  for further details.

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AUTHOR – ISED WALKS

Richard Attwood will lead a series of guided circular walks based on his best-selling books "Around the Cotswold Canals" Volumes I & II. He is starting in September with volume 1.

The walks will take place on the last Sunday of the month, so the dates are:-

30 September The Eastington Flight – meet at Pike Lock car park.
28 October The Cotswold Water Park – meet at Spine Road car park.
25 November Over The Top and Old Father Thames, Part 1 – meet at Tarlton Bridge, Coates.
30 December Ebley Mill and the Cycle Trail – meet at Ebley Mill visitors car park.

All the walks are about 5 miles and will start at 11:00. As they are taking place in the autumn and winter the routes may be wet and muddy and the weather could be sunny/cloudy/bright/foggy/raining/freezing/windy/snowing – delete as appropriate -so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear!

There will be a £5 fee for each walker over the age of 16 to fund further restoration of the Cotswold Canals.

The walks are not suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs or very young children as there may be stiles and hills along the route. Dogs and their owners are welcome but they must be kept on a lead at all times [the dogs that is].

More details can be found on http://www.cotswoldcanals.com or phone Richard on 01453 792021.

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THE TIME & THE PLACE

Monday 6th August 7.30pm. Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster.
Come along to the next Western Branch meeting where we may find out whether the start date for the restoration is still scheduled for mid August………….

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Please send any information or suggested topics for inclusion in the next issue of this newsletter to me at postmaster@cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk

Many thanks.

Regards
David Pagett
Postmaster