ENews 53

Greetings and a warm welcome to ENews No 53.

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AND A WARM WELCOME TOO TO…

…Liz Payne, who has been appointed the new Chairman of Cotswold Canals Trust.

For those of you who may not know Liz, rest assured she brings a wealth of experience with her to the role. She has served on our Trust Council for over 5 years and at the same time has been heavily involved with the Inland Waterways Association including quite a long stint as the IWA's Deputy National Chairman. Until now, that is.

Should you need it, Liz's email address is cctchair@aol.com

Welcome aboard Liz!

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FOLLOWED BY A REALLY WARM GOODBYE TO…

…Bruce Hall, who has been our Chairman for an incredible 20 years would you believe. Bruce has devoted a great deal of his life to the Trust over these years; without him the Trust would not be where it is today.

Bruce has stepped down as Chairman of the CCT but will remain a member and volunteer. A Delivery Group for Phase 1A of the restoration has been formed and this comprises CCT, BW, Gloucestershire County and Stroud District Councils.

The good news is that he has agreed to be its Chairman; if you ever need some steel toecaps for posterior bruising purposes, Bruce, you know who to approach…

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4TH COMING EVENTS

1). 14th October. Stroud Farmers Market.
Details on the Volunteer website http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk or alternatively you can contact Mike Slade direct on 01179 693270 after 6.00pm, mobile 07805 110080 or by email to mrmike.slade@googlemail.com if you have a couple of hours to spare.

2). 15th October. Work Party at Chalford.
See the Volunteer website for further details or contact Steve Pickover; stevepickover@tiscali.co.uk or 01453-752943 mobile 07905 596006.

3). 17th October. Eastern Branch Meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade, from 7.30pm. All are welcome.

May the fourth be with you (although it's below actually).

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GOUGH PLEASE…

There will be a combined SW WRG, London WRG and CCT work party at Gough's Orchard Lock on the 20th & 21st October. Work will be taking place both upstream and downstream of the lock. There is some tree felling and a lot of scrub to be cleared and burnt.

Meet at the lock at 09:00 on each day. You will find the lock if you turn off the A419 at Brimscombe towards the Port and the Ship Inn, visible from the junction on the right. Drive down the tarmac track by the pub. Safety shoes/boots must be worn although other safety kit will be provided.

For further information contact Richard Attwood, richard@raash31.co.uk

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TALL STORIES UPDATE

ENews 51 first told you about a boat gathering towards the end of the month; this has developed somewhat and is now billed as the Gloucester Tall Ships Festival that is taking place between the 26th and 29th October. The Roadshow will be there on the 27th & 28th.

See http://www.gloucester.gov.uk/tallships for further details and please let Mike Slade the Roadshow Manager know if you can help for a couple of hours on the Saturday or Sunday. There may not be a marquee to erect & dismantle this time!! As usual Mike can be contacted via email or phone, see details above.

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WALKING ON WATER

Sunday 28th sees Richard Attwood in action again – you can tell he's recently retired, can't you – leading one of his celebrated walks, this time around the Cotswold Water Park. Meet at the 'very convenient' Tourist Information Point on the Spine Road leading into the Water Park; come off the A419, go over the canal and the entrance is on the left.

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YO HO YES

I've just had an email from Santa – the really good news is that Rudolph's antlers have re-grown since his embarrassing experiences last year. So Santa has got his GPS working again…………he'll be with us at Saul Junction from Sunday 2nd December!

Wycliffe College have an event scheduled for Saturday 1st, so this will be the Heritage Centre & Perseverance Preparation Day; the cruises will start on the 2nd and run each weekend until and including Sunday 23rd. There is already a large additional charter in place for something like 29 children on Friday 21st as well. Whilst we avoid bookings for a Santa Cruise weekend charter for hopefully obvious reasons we are more than keen to try and accommodate any midweek ones. If you do get wind of one please speak to Mal Brown the Perseverance Charter Manager at the earliest opportunity, m-v-brown@supanet.com or 07960 821642.

There is a Roster up and running on the Volunteers' website at www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk, go to Activities page and click "Santa Cruises 2007 Roster". (If you are not registered as a volunteer the process is really simple, just follow the 'Register Me Now' link.)

All last year's Elves will be contacted again shortly, but if you would like to help please will you let me know? cct@well-springs.co.uk or 01452 505322.

The duties involving Perseverance in any shape size or form are allocated by Dennis Clarke our 'Senior Elf-Trip Boat' to ensure that all volunteers have received any necessary boat related training.

Judging by the nature of the enquiries we are receiving already I think this could turn out to be our best season ever!

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SPRING STUFFING

As if you won't have had enough over the Festive Season, here's advanced notice of a marvellous opportunity to top up those calories…..

There will be a 35th anniversary dinner at the Whitminster Inn, Whitminster – on the A38 just north of Junction 13 of the M5 – on Saturday 1st March 2008 where Bruce will be the Guest of Honour.

The date, location and top of the top table are confirmed; further detailed arrangements will be available to CCT Members early in the New Year.

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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 level, let alone a playing field, so please feel free to send any newsworthy items you would like to be considered for inclusion to postmaster@cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk

Bye for now – remember to keep me posted!

David Pagett
Postmaster