Welcome to E-News No. 19.
I make no apology for it being full of volunteer opportunities as it is wonderful news that things are moving at last!
EAST OF BRIMSCOMBE – Dates for Your Diary
You may remember the last edition of E-News where Alan Jones' work parties east of Brimscombe were launched.
Well, 6 people attended the first one and made an excellent start clearing vegetation and small trees from the canal edge and towpath. This took place between the railway viaduct and the first bridge next to Olympic Varnish's premises. Just think what a few more volunteers will achieve over the next few weeks and months……… Many thanks again to those people who came along and who went home suitably tired.
Some local passers-by offered their help with future work parties, which has to be good news. Please do what you can to join Alan as well, as there's quite a lot to be done. The objective is to hold one a fortnight, so the dates will be:-
* November 12th, 26th
* December 10th, 24th; additionally Wednesday Dec 27th & Sunday 31st
– the latter two are designed especially for those of you who have over indulged!!
* January 14th, 28th
* February 11th, 25th
Work is scheduled to start by 0900, carrying on until 1600 hours or thereabouts. As work progresses any changes of location/starting place will be published in E-News.
For the foreseeable future the meeting place is at the premises of Olympic Varnish where there is good parking. Try putting GL5 2TE into http://www.streetmap.co.uk or http://www.multimap.com to give you an idea of the general area. From the Stroud direction, turn left up Toadsmoor Road and almost immediately – within 100 yards – U-turn to the left and back under the main road. Look out for the Trust's caravan which will be used as the base.Hot drinks will be provided mid-morning, mid-afternoon and at lunchtime but please bring your own packed lunch.
PLEASE ENSURE YOU WEAR TOE-TECTOR SHOES OR BOOTS or similar for this work – this is a Health and Safety requirement – and bring a pair of stout gloves if possible, for protection against brambles etc. The Trust will provide all other tools, equipment and safety wear.
If you have any questions, please contact the Work Party leader, Alan Jones, on 01453-794462 (work) or 01453-752396 (home).
The final 2 Sunday afternoon walks organised by the Company of Proprietors of the Stroudwater Navigation will take place on the 12th & 26th November.
Michael Handford and Joan Tucker, both authors of books on the Stroudwater canal, are the walk leaders. On the 12th November the walk is from Haywards Bridge to Ebley, on the 26th from Ebley to Wallbridge.
There is a charge of £5 per walk, further details from Joan at email@example.com telephone 01453 762815.
THE NOBLE ART OF COPPICING
And here comes another fantastic opportunity. There is a plan to coppice some of Siccaridge Woods and use the coppiced wood as bank protection for the canal and for some of the hazel hurdles and/or faggots that are expected to be used for the works at the Lawns Pond, Cainscross.
Siccaridge Woods is a truly wonderful spot, deep in the Golden Valley and not that far down the line of the canal from the Daneway Inn, Sapperton. The concept of coppicing and "recycling" to such good effect shows just how the restoration can be conservation lead.
No formal work programme exists at the moment as the level of interest needs to be gauged first. This would seem to be an excellent opportunity for those volunteers living away from the area covered by Phase 1A of the restoration and for whom other work parties seem to be just that little bit too far west perhaps?
Richard Harrison, the Volunteer Programme Co-ordinator working on behalf of the Partnership, is the point of contact for further information, either at Richard.Harrison@britishwaterways.co.uk or on 01452 318501.
AN IDEAL STOCKING FILLER
A DVD of the Cotswold Canals made by Paul Balmer of Waterway Routes, Nailsea is to be released later this month. It follows the route of the Thames & Severn & Stroudwater Canals from Lechlade all the way to Upper Framilode.
It is really hot off the presses – volunteer work undertaken on the 28th October is included, as is some footage of this year's Saul Canal Festival. The Cotswold Canals DVD is one of
a series made by Waterway Routes covering Britain's canals & rivers.
Running time is just under one hour. It provides a fascinating record of the two canals in their current state prior to the restoration commencing.
Both the Heritage Centre and the Roadshow will have the DVD available for sale later this month. The Roadshow's next appearances are at Brewery Court, Cirencester on the 18th November and at Lechlade on the 8th December.
The price will be £12.95, so why not make a note now to drop in to the Heritage Centre after next weekend to buy your copy and raise funds for the CCT at the same time …..or visit the Roadshow when it appears in Cirencester or Lechlade shortly!
The DVD can also be ordered via http://www.waterwayroutes.co.uk/videos/cotswold.htm and the company will kindly donate £1 to the CCT for every copy they sell direct.
There is to be a Scrub and Tree clearing work party on the 18th and 19th of November between Oil Mills Bridge and Ryeford Double Locks.
This activity will save a fortune – estimated at £10,000 believe it or not – which will be reinvested in the restoration programme. Subject to enough people coming forward there will be a Certified Chipper Trainer on site to train volunteers in the use of a large wood chipper.
All are welcome, but please contact Keith Lloyd ASAP if you intend to be there – firstname.lastname@example.org – as numbers are needed to ascertain, for example, the number of trainers required.
Now where have you read this before? PLEASE ENSURE YOU WEAR TOE-TECTOR SHOES OR BOOTS or similar for this work – this is a Health and Safety requirement – and bring a pair of stout gloves if possible, for protection against brambles etc. The Trust will provide all other tools, equipment & safety wear.