ENews No 22

Welcome to E-News No. 22.

In case this is the last edition of E-News before the 25th – then the editor, staff & distribution team  would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Have I got a New Year's wish? Actually I have a couple:

1. For significant inroads to be made into the restoration
2. For loads of happy & willing volunteers to come forward for all the projects, work parties and other events that will undoubtedly crop up during 2007!

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GIFT AID
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Did you receive a flyer about this with your winter copy of The Trow?
You did? Then you were one of roughly 500 for whom we do not hold a Gift Aid declaration. Now you may well feel that you had completed one already, but the point of this carefully targeted mailing was that we do not hold a declaration for you.

We have explained many times before just how valuable Gift Aid is to the Trust, so if you received a form please, please complete & return it to Des Pinnock, Membership Secretary as soon as you possibly can – all his contact details appear in The Trow.

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GET INTO SHAPE FOR CHRISTMAS……
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……By joining Alan Jones on his next work party in the Brimscombe area this coming Sunday. If the boss says you're not allowed out then there are other ones scheduled for Sunday 24th, Wednesday 27th & Sunday 31st. As before the meeting place is at Olympic Varnish where there is good parking.

Work is scheduled to start by 0900, carrying on until 1600 hours or thereabouts. If you are unsure as to the location try a postcode of GL5 2TQ into http://maps.google.co.uk/maps. Hot drinks will be provided mid-morning, mid-afternoon and at lunchtime but please bring your own packed lunch.

Please ensure you have access to steel toe-capped boots or similar for this work, although there should be a supply of various sizes available by the weekend. 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).

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GRAND CHRISTMAS DRAW
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Don't forget to send your counterfoils and covering payment to the Cirencester Office by Wednesday 13th December in time for the Draw that will take place at the Heritage Centre, Saul, on Sunday 17th.

There's a magnificent first prize of £1,000 along with 8 other cash prizes. For further supplies of tickets contact Jill in the Office 01285 643440 or mail@cotswoldcanals.com

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THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS?
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The Santa Cruises started last Sunday and, despite the weather, numbers were well up on last year. All the children had a wonderful time, especially when they spotted Rudolph's antlers through a hedge alongside the Stroudwater Arm.

But when Santa went to collect Rudolph & the sleigh later on………….Rudolph's antlers had been stolen would you believe. It is a well-known fact that Santa was using these as his own GPS navigation system, so he's in a bit of a state at the moment.

If you live in the area and have found a magnificent pair of antlers in your garden, seen some lying by the side of the road or under a hedge, and you assumed Rudolph had shed them as he flew over – nothing could be further from the truth. Rudolph is acutely embarrassed at his loss of manhood, if you know anything at all or can help in their recovery then please let me know – postmaster@cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk

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A FEBRUARY FEAST
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The Trust regularly attends the Ownerships Show at Braunston, this year it is over the weekend of the 3rd/4th February. We take a couple of tables in an already erected marquee, and I am reliably informed that the bacon sarnies available within the marquee itself are a real treat.

Further details from either Mike Slade, Roadshow Manager at mrmikeslade@hotmail.co.uk or Charles Lyne, Event Leader, on showspotter@aardvark-world.org.uk