ENews 55

 

Hello, good evening and a warm welcome to ENews No 55.

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COME CRUISE WITH ME

December 2nd and the start of the Santa Cruises is only a matter of weeks away now, and the display posters are being distributed as you read this.

If you think you know of a suitable location please tell me at postmaster@cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk. I can either confirm whether or not it's on the list of existing locations, or email a copy to you to download and locate accordingly.

Your shortly to be delivered Trow (see below) will include a flyer with details of the Santa Cruises – dates, times, fares and goodies on offer. There are still some opportunities available for you to lend a hand; have a look at "Santa Cruises 2007 Roster" on the volunteer website at www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk and email me if you can fill a gap.

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OR … COME STUFF WITH ME

The winter Trow will be received from the printers shortly and for several reasons the postal preparation session at the Heritage Centre, Saul will be on Tuesday 13th November at 10:30am. Note we shall be doing this in the morning rather than the evening.

There will be a couple of loose inserts, including this year's Christmas Draw tickets. Ideally these should have been got out to you earlier to give you more time to sell them, but this was not possible.

Please do what you can to sell these – and more – this year because we really do need every penny we can get our hands on! The Trust had to increase its financial commitment to get Phase 1A of the restoration under way …… which was scheduled to be covered by income generated from the 2007 Saul Festival. And we all know what happened to that, unfortunately.

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OR … COME DINE WITH ME

The Wharf House, Over, is the venue for this year's IWA Gloucestershire & Herefordshire Branch Annual Dinner to which CCT members have been cordially invited.

The date set is Friday 18th January, the cost is £25 per person for a sumptuous 3-course meal. Further details and bookings from Alan Watts on 01684 833889 or 07976 617983, email a.f.watts@btinternet.com

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SEE IF YOU CAN GET YOUR HEAD ROUND THIS ONE

There are three – yes, three – lottery events coming up by the end of this month and we have an interest in two of them. Now keep up at the back there – two of the three are on the telly for some of us but only one of these interests us.

See what I mean? Confusing, isn't it?

Obviously our main interest lies with the [non-televised] Big Lottery Fund application for Phase 1B funding where we should know the outcome by the end of the month. So keep those fingers and toes crossed for a while longer please.

All sorts of projects across the UK have been seeking grants of up to £80,000 from another section of the Big Lottery Fund and it transpires that ITV are televising the regional finals. Regionally, if you see what I mean.

In the ITV West region one of the short listed finalists is the Waterways Trust's application for funding towards the restoration of Brimscombe Port walls. Details of all the regional finalists are at http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/pr_311007_uk_pm_shortlisted_projects_list?regioncode=-uk

although you'll need to scroll about half way down the page to find the ITV West entries.

So come on all ITV West viewers – get your votes in at the appropriate time! If you are on satellite (or Freeview getting your signal from the Ridge Hill transmitter in the Forest) then you should be able to receive the channel rather than ITV Central if you fiddle about a bit – then you can vote too.

(The televised one where we do not have an interest is the 'Winner Takes All' £50 million one where there are 4 finalists, namely Sherwood Forest, Eden Project, Black Country Urban Park & Sustrans. For more information see http://www.thepeoples50million.org.uk)

Any clearer? I doubt it somehow.

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IF YOU SHOW ME YOURS

We are currently busy developing the volunteers' website so that it will provide a centralised record of volunteers' training and skills.

This is particularly important as far as the use of mechanical equipment is concerned – chainsaws and brushwood cutters to name but a couple – where a Work Party organiser needs to know that a volunteer is qualified to use such equipment should the need arise.

But it's not all deadly serious! There will be occasions during the restoration when there could be a need for someone to help with brick laying, someone else with a knowledge of lime mortar techniques, dry stone walling, or even someone who can help identify aquatic plants or an interesting archaeological find.

There have already been several training courses covering a whole range of subjects and from which many of you have benefited. To help with the establishment of the database can I please ask that you forward details of any such courses you have attended to me, together with a scanned copy – or photocopy by post if you prefer – of any certificates obtained? My email address appears below and my postal address is 48 Wellsprings Road Gloucester GL2 0NJ.

Rest assured that access to this database will only be available to the Activity Leaders of whom there are half a dozen or so and all of whom have been formally approved by the Trust's Board of Directors.

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FORTHCOMING ATTRACTIONS

13th November – Work Action Group meeting at the Heritage Centre, Saul from 7:30p.m. The meeting for you if you are interested or involved in work parties along the Cotswold Canals.

18th November – Work Party at Chalford. Have a look at the Volunteer website or contact Steve Pickover for further details. 01453 752943 mobile 07905 596006, email stevepickover@tiscali.co.uk

21st November – Eastern Branch meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade. To include a discussion on the Roadshow's appearance at the Lechlade Christmas Lights event on the 1st December; 'Eastern End' volunteers urgently required for this, please contact Mike Slade if you can help. 01179 693270 after 6.00pm, mobile 07805 110080 or by email to mrmike.slade@googlemail.com 

24th November – Work Party at Ryeford Wharf. Richard Attwood is your man here – richard@raash31.co.uk or have another look at the Volunteer website

25th November – Guided walk starting at Tarlton Bridge by the Tunnel House Inn, Coates. Details will appear on the CCT website www.cotswoldcanals.com shortly (and in the next ENews assuming one's issued before the 25th…)
 
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VENUE CHANGE

3rd December is the date for the next Western Branch Meeting that will be held at Gloucester Yacht Club, by kind permission of the Commodore. Fromebridge Mill will be heavily into its Christmas party season by then but we shall be back there in January.

The Yacht Club is in Gloucester Docks; use the Southgate Street entrance (by the Tall Ships pub), follow the road round to the right & the Club is about 100 yards in front of you.

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RESTORE & CONSERVE

John Yates, an expert from BBC2's Restored to Glory series and a historic narrow boat owner, will be giving a talk on waterway heritage and conservation at the National Waterways Museum Gloucester Docks on Thursday 6th December.

Tickets £7 include a light supper – presumably of the edible variety and not a selection of obsolete 40, 60 & 100w bulbs – and must
be booked in advance from the Waterways Trust on 0845 0700 710.

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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 only got eyes at the front of my head, 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 – keep me posted!

David Pagett
Postmaster