ENews No 14

Welcome to this latest edition of the Cotswold Canals Trust's electronic newsletter.

Following a recent surge in the overall number of subscribers, the last two newsletters have been reissued, in theory only to those who had not previously received a copy – unless, of course, you know different! If you would like any back issues at any time then just let me know.

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WANTED – A RURAL SKILLS TEAM LEADER
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The role entails co-ordinating the Trust's Rural Skills Programme.

When this is up and running the skills covered by the programme will
include: –
 
* Dry stone walling
* Hedge laying
* Hurdle making
* Hazel faggot making and laying
* Coppicing

Regular contact with the Royal Agricultural College, BTCV and other similar bodies is anticipated.

If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact keith-lloyd@supanet.com who is looking forward to hearing from you!

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THE ROADSHOW IS ROLLING INTO……
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………Stroud, outside the Sub Rooms, on Saturday OCTOBER 21ST
Then
………Cirencester, Brewery Court, on Saturday NOVEMBER 18TH

Both are really important locations for us as they present the ideal opportunity to discuss the Trust and the restoration proposals with members of the public who have a genuine interest in what's going to happen.

Can you help for a couple of hours or so?

Duties include setting up first thing in the morning [around 0800], staffing during the day – selling souvenirs and talking to our visitors – and taking down again late afternoon [1630 ish]. If you feel you can make yourself available for a couple of hours or so then please email me – cct@well-springs.co.uk.

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DONATIONS BOXES
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Now here's a proven fundraising idea. CCT Member Mike Cawsey has been responsible for several donations boxes appearing at various locations in Lechlade …… and financially rewarding they are proving to be.

Do you have some local shops near you where you know the proprietor?
Would he/she be prepared to have a donations box on their counter?
Public Houses are another option, but Mike has found that those businesses handling small change are usually the best bet.

A record needs to be kept of where boxes are located; similarly they need to be emptied on a regular basis, usually quarterly. Jill McNaught-Davis, the Trust's administrator who is based in the Cirencester Office – mail@cotswoldcanals.com or 01285 643440 – can supply the boxes, a form of receipt and labels for re-sealing, and will be only too pleased to explain what to do with the cash once the box has been emptied. [The box should ideally be emptied & counted on the proprietor's premises and the receipt issued there & then.]

If there are any boxes already out and about, and you are responsible for them, will you please let Jill know ASAP so we can have a complete record?

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IT'S NOT REALLY A CCT MATTER…..BUT……
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………….very many members are likely to be affected!

Ian Jarvis, BW's South West Manager, will be one of the speakers at a forthcoming IWA meeting – Thursday 5th October at 1930 hours in Gloucester Yacht Club  in Gloucester Docks. He will talk about BW's current situation, there will be a question & answer session which is bound to cover such topics as the DEFRA cutbacks and the winter operation proposals for the River Severn & Gloucester – Sharpness Canal..

Enquiries to 01453 860133 or 07913 261030.

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THE PLANNING PROCESS WHEELS ARE TURNING
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As many of you will already know the Cotswold Canals Partnership submitted a planning application for the first year's work to Stroud District Council on the 18th July. [Bear in mind that there was a 7-week consultation period after this date.]It is likely to be determined by the Council at their meeting scheduled for 10th October with the decision notice being despatched by the 24th October.

The application focuses on the restoration of 650 metres of the Stroudwater Navigation from Ryeford Locks to the east of Bridge Road in Ebley. The work will include soil and refuse excavation, dredging, access and habitat enhancement and a new bridge at Oilmills.

The application itself can be viewed online at http://www.stroud.gov.uk/docs/planning/planning_application_detail.asp?AppRef=S.06/1788/FUL

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AND FINALLY
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Don't forget that the first of a planned series of guided walks organised by the Partnership – website http://www.cotswoldcanalsproject.org/default.asp?pid=2 – is taking place this Friday, commencing 4pm and starting from Oilmills. The walk will be to Ryeford Bridge and back and is expected to finish around 5.30pm.