ENews No 23

Hello, and welcome to E-News No. 23

Having said No. 22 was the last one before Christmas I'll keep my mouth shut this time!

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CONNECT IS COMING……..
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WHAT A WAY [OR WATERWAY?] TO PUBLICISE
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Richard Fairhurst, the Editor of Waterways World tells me that there is a five-page article about the Cotswold Canals in the latest issue.

The Company's website is under development at the moment although single copies can be ordered via http://www.waterwaysworld.com , or by phone on 01283 742970. (Obviously, it's available in newsagents and boatyards as well!)

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PSST! WANNA JOB?
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If so, have a look at
http://www.pikelock.co.uk/canal/t&scanal/eysey/eyseywpo.html. This is a website page set up by Ken Burgin, the Trust's Vice Chairman, to track down someone to co-ordinate an exciting restoration project towards the Eastern End of the Thames & Severn Canal.

Over the last few months small working parties have been working on Rucks Bridge at Eysey and the proposal is to extend this work to the nearby Eysey Lock. This will dramatically increase the scale of the project and the Trust will need to attract external visiting groups, such as the Waterway Recovery Group (who have a provisional week long camp in July/Aug 2007 booked), in order to complete the work in a sensible timescale.

Further information about the proposed role appears on the website above; if you would like to discuss in greater detail with Ken then he can be contacted on ken.burgin@pikelock.com or 01453 827414

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WALKIES!
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Richard Attwood writes:-

The last time the Cotswold Canals were Canambled was in the early 90's when many, many members and friends walked from Framilode on the banks of the Severn, to Lechlade on the Thames – in four easy stages.

On 29th April 2007 you will once again be able to Canamble but this time to raise money for the restoration of these wonderful waterways of ours.

The Cotswold Canals Sponsored Walk will give you the chance to walk all of Phase 1A from the Ocean, at Stonehouse, to Brimscombe Port.

The walk will start and finish at Wallbridge, Stroud. The walk will be two circular routes along the towpath and around the hillsides and fields giving a "short" 6 mile walk and a "long" 12 mile walk.

To ensure the success of the walk I am looking for:-
* At least 300 of you to take part in the walk
* A group of walkers to form the "Tail End Charlie" group to clear up direction signs and make sure that no one has fallen by the wayside.
* Marshalls to process the paperwork at the start/finish.
* Marshalls to stamp the walkers forms at Brimscombe and the Ocean.
* Marshalls at the main road crossing points.

Please email me at Richard@raash31.co.uk if you are willing to help. For the 300 or more of you who will be walking just turn up on the day.

Sponsor and entry forms will be in the Spring 2007 Trow.

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TROW DATES THEY ARE A' CHANGIN'
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(With apologies to R Dylan Esq…….)

If you are a contributor to the Trow – did you pick up the subtle change announced on page 3 of the December issue, where your attention was drawn to a change of future copy dates? If you've just got used to copy dates of 20th January, April, July & October then forget them please; from now on it's the 5th January April July & October.

So there are just 18 days to get those articles in to David J. in time for the March (Spring) issue.

Additionally David would appreciate details of any events, happenings etc occurring between March & June for the Diary Dates column on the inside back page, please.

Copy date has been brought forward for two reasons. First of all, distribution takes a little longer these days but, more importantly, this new date will have the Trow out well in advance of its stated publication dates of 1st March, June, September or December, which will have the following benefits:-

June – distribution won't clash with our preparations for Crick Show
– the issue is available for the show

September – distribution won't clash with our preparations for the IWA National and again the issue is available for the show. In addition, the official 3 weeks notice required for the AGM can be given in this issue – much closer to the date of the meeting itself. At the moment some 15 or 16 weeks' notice is given by having to publish in the June issue

December – gives the opportunity for an extra week or two of Christmas mail order sales – we should have these in place by then!

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WESTERN BRANCH REMINDER
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The first Monday in January is the first, so Western Branch will be back at Fromebridge Mill on the 8th, 7.30p.m. start as usual.

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EASTERN BRANCH REMINDER
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The next meeting is this Wednesday, 20th December, at the Trout Inn, Lechlade, starting at 7.30p.m.

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BRIMSCOMBE BASHES – NOTE DATE CHANGES
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Alan Jones is planning to be at it again on New Years Eve – that's Sunday 31st December. Despite earlier articles in E-News – you just don't know what to believe in the press these days, do you? – the ones scheduled for the week after Christmas have had to be cancelled. So, all that turkey & Christmas pud will just have to lie heavily for a few more days I'm afraid.

So it's Brimscombe; park at Olympic Varnish factory as usual. Meet 09:00, working until around 15:30, usual Health & Safety considerations apply. And……there'll still be plenty of time for a little lie down before the evening's festivities get under way!

For further details contact Alan at 01453-794462 (work), 01453-752396
(home) or alan.gr.jones@delphi.com

If you are making a New Year's resolution to get out more, then the first work party in 2007 will be on Sunday 14th January and the plan is to hold them on a fortnightly basis thereafter.

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NO NEWS
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From the antler thief, unfortunately.

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CONNECT IS COMING……..
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