ENews 48 & 48(1)

Hello, and welcome to ENews No. 48(1).

Apologies are due to those of you who received a copy of No. 48 on the 16th August. You were a minority, however, because most of you were rejected by an automatic spam filtering system. Hopefully this filter has been persuaded that the CCT has nothing whatsoever to do with the manufacture of a proprietary brand of chopped pork & ham…

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A WHIP ROUND BOURNE LOCK

H&S considerations permitting there should be a mini digger, digger driver and lorry at the Bourne Lock work party scheduled for the 19th August. Details as before, Alan Jones is leading and you will be made more than welcome if you go along.

Believe it or not the cost of this was paid for by generous attendees at the last Western Branch meeting! Some will see this as a message from the CCT membership to all concerned with Phase 1A to 'Get a move on', but editorial impartiality precludes me from commenting.

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LAUNCHES AT LECHLADE

At long last and after what seems like an age, trip boat operations at Lechlade recommenced last Saturday. The intention is to run 'Inglesham' every day during the school holidays to try and recover some of the revenue we have lost this year.

If you feel you can help please visit the Volunteer website at http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk and register your interest. Alternatively you can phone Mike Cawsey on 01367 252401 for further information.

Remember……Your Trip Boat Team Needs YOU!

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IT'S NEVER TOO LATE……

………to offer to help Mike Slade, our constantly roaming Roadshow Manager, with one or more of the events he's attending. These outings are really important to us after the financial disappointment of Saul Festival, so if you can help for a couple of hours or so please contact him. You can do this by email from the Volunteer website and the relevant roster page or by phone 07805 11 00 80.

Events during August & September are:

25th – 27th August – IWA National St Ives;

27th August – Cricklade Show;

7th – 9th September – (Provisional) Stroud Fringe Festival;

9th September – Frampton Country Show;

15th September – (Provisional) Stroud Farmers' Market.

Remember……Your Roadshow Team Needs YOU!

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IS THERE A BUDDING STEVEN SPIELBERG OR MARTIN SCORSESE OUT THERE?

If so then the Cotswold Canals Partnership would dearly like to discuss a proposed project with you. In a nutshell it will involve compiling a video record of, initially, Phase 1A on a 'before & after' basis to be released on DVD in due course. An ongoing project if ever there was one.

The concept is very much in its infancy at the moment, you can contact Dave Marshall – David.Marshall@stroud.gov.uk – or James Blockley – james.blockley@britishwaterways.co.uk – to find out more.

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THE SLIPPERY SLOPE TO RESTORATION

Well, here we are in mid August and it really does seem as if we are the closest yet to an actual start date. The latest delay, occasioned by those charming little grass snakes & slow worms, is drawing to a close and it looks as if the remaining few are packing their bags as you read this.

The next stage is for the services to be moved into some new ducting that will be put in place on the western side of Oil Mills Bridge…….which of course happens to be the side favoured by our wriggly friends.

Fingers crossed; it looks as if this vicious circle of delays will be broken once and for all very soon now.

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WAG MEANS…

Wives and Girlfriends maybe?

Or…Will and Grace?

Could well be, but no – I mean our very own Work Action Group. The next meeting is on Wednesday 29th August – NOT the 28th as it says in ENews 48 – at the Heritage Centre, Saul, commencing 7.30p.m.

All those interested in Work Party activities are welcome to attend.

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VOLUNTEER WEBSITE

It really does look as if the ceremonial spade will be lifting the ceremonial sod any time at all. Therefore, now is the ideal time to register your volunteering interests if you have not done so already.

Just because you register does not mean that you have to turn out on every occasion there's something happening, rest assured the frequency of your attendance is entirely up to you.

Once the restoration starts in earnest then there are going to be plenty of volunteering opportunities, plenty of occasions for us all to get our hands dirty; please register now before it all kicks off so you can be kept up to date with what's going on.
http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk is where you need to go, the procedure is as simple as we can make it.

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STROUDWATER STROLLS

This popular series of 2 to 3 hour walks continues next week on Thursday 23rd August, starting 6.00pm. The theme is "Work in progress – the engineering & design of canal restoration".

It will start at Ryeford Bridge in Ryeford Road North and head east to the Lawns Pond at Dudbridge. Access should be OK for most but there is a steep slope and steps under the Dudbridge Road Bridge.

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, so call James Blockley at BW on 01452 318500, email James.Blockley@britishwaterways.co.uk to book your place.

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 for details.

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The objective of ENews is to advise, inform and update. And maybe even to amuse from time to time.

I have not got a toe in every bucket, so please feel free to send any newsworthy items you would like to be considered for inclusion to me at postmaster@cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk
 

Bye for now – please keep me posted!

David Pagett
Postmaster