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ENews 2008-10

Hello, welcome to ENews 2008-10.

The objective of ENews is to advise, inform and update. And maybe even to amuse from time to time.

I have not got a cable in every conduit, so please feel free to email with any newsworthy items you would like to be considered for inclusion.

All and any feedback is more than welcome.

It is now 9 weeks to the day since BW's withdrawal and I have not been advised of any positive news yet on the "Restoration post BW" situation. However I do know that there are lots of levers being pulled and you can rest assured that as soon as there's any indication of a signal going green you will be amongst the first to know.



Further information about most of these items appears on the Activities page of the 'Connect' Volunteers website at

7th April: Western Branch monthly meeting at Fromebridge Mill, on A38 roundabout west of M5 junction 13. 7:30pm start, everybody welcome

12th April: Roadshow at Stroud Farmers Market. The Roster is up & waiting to be populated at – go to Activities page and 'Stroud Farmers Market 2' roster

12th April: Roadshow at Cirencester Farmers Market for the first time ever. Again there's a Roster waiting to be populated; if you are one of the 4/500 or so members living in the Cirencester area then why not lend a hand? Email Mike Slade, who will be delighted to hear from you if you can, or call him on 01179 693270 after 6pm

12th/13th April: Another Dig Deep weekend at Eisey Lock. Further details appeared in ENews 2008-8 and are on the Connect website's Eisey Lock Message Board or you can contact Ken Burgin

16th April: Eastern Branch monthly meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade. On the north bank of the Thames by the A417 bridge. 7:30pm start, everybody welcome

21st April: Lechlade History Society meeting 19:15 for 19:30 at the Lechlade Memorial Hall. Speaker Theo Stening has chosen a title of "The Re-Birth of the Cotswold Canals". All welcome. There is a charge of £3.00 per person per meeting for guests.
Further information from Mike Cawsey, or 01367 252401

26th/27th April: Dig Deep weekend at Eisey Lock. See 12th/13th April above

27th April: Canamble, the annual sponsored walk raising funds for the CCT.



My creativity correspondent Anna Watts has prepared the following piece addressed to the better halves.

"Ladies of the CCT

I was wondering if we could get together in the winter, maybe a couple of evenings a month, to inspire each other to produce some items for sale. I have a little knowledge about machine patchwork that I would be happy to pass on – but if we have amongst us a real patchworker, please own up!

Maybe the hand-sewers amongst us could come up with suggestions of things we could do. How about knitting and crochet?
We could meet in the Heritage Centre in late September for a brainstorming session. If you are interested please email or ring me on 07976 617983."

EDITOR'S NOTE: in these days of Sex Equality, Human Rights, Health & Safety or whatever I must add that the suggested workshops will of course be open to all genders, creeds and ages………… let's hope Anna does not get a patchy response to her idea.



The Archaeology Department of Cirencester College is looking to run a course over the weekend of the 24th/25th May under the glorious title of "Recording Archaeology using Standard Conventions and Techniques"

The venue is Brimscombe Port and each day will run from 10:00am to 3:30pm with a 45 minute break for lunch. All surveying & recording equipment will be supplied by the College

The programme for Day 1 includes an introduction to archaeology, familiarisation with equipment and basic landscape surveying; Day 2 will cover the recording of plans and elevations

Students will get a project workbook which will be full of helpful hints and tips for use in the field; in addition each will receive a certificate confirming their attendance on the course.

There are 8 places available at a special discounted bargain price of £50 per person. The Brimscombe Port Walls Fund has subsidised the cost of the course but if all 8 are not taken then the cost will rise as the overall cost of putting on the course will remain the same…..

For more information or to put your name down, contact David Viner phone 01452 318000, mobile 07710 175441.



Sorry, wrong Walls!

David Viner is wondering whether there is anybody out there who enjoys archive research.

He is looking for someone who would be interested in delving into the Thames & Severn Canal records at the Gloucestershire Records Office in Alvin Street, Gloucester with a view to writing a report on the history of Brimscombe Port Walls. If that person could be you then David's contact details are as above.



No, Richard Attwood's Canamble, although it would be available if required!

This year's walk is on Sunday 27th April, starting from the Stroud District Council visitors car park at Ebley Mill.

There will be a short 4.5 mile walk and a longer 12 mile walk. The long walk will cover the entire towpath from the Ocean, Stonehouse to beyond Brimscombe Port and return using lanes and field paths.

To take part you will need a sponsorship form, available at (time expired link removed) and ideally you will be able to raise a minimum £5 in sponsorship.

Would you prefer to provide some armchair support? If so, why not sponsor the "Last Canambler" team? They have the important job of walking the route behind the walkers to make sure that nobody gets lost, or has fallen by the wayside. If you are unable to help in any other way – perhaps this is for you!

To sponsor the Last Canambler team, please forward a cheque payable to Cotswold Canals Trust, 44 Black Jack Street, Cirencester, Glos, GL7 2AA. Please write your name & address and "Last Canambler" on the reverse.



For the past 18 months or so work has been taking place on the prototype of a scheme aimed at providing easily accessible information about the canal, its environs and its history.

The stretch chosen for the first phase of this project is from Ryeford in the west to Lodgemore Mill, a couple of miles to the east.

In addition to 4 site panels along the route – at Ryeford, Oil Mills, Ebley Mill and Cainscross – there will be an audio-visual DVD and a towpath users leaflet widely available. Whilst the leaflet should be free the DVD will be subject to a minimum donation to the CCT, anticipated to be in the region of £3 (plus postage if appropriate). The DVD will form part of an education pack that will be made available to schools.

Subject to funding the next phase will cover the 1 mile stretch between Lodgemore Mill and Bowbridge.

Watch this space for further news, especially regarding availability.
Full details will appear on the CCT website at in due course; hopefully the DVD and leaflets will be around sometime in June.


For updates on restoration progress at Oil Mills – with pictures – have a look at, the rest of the website is well worth a visit too.


Bye for now – please remember to send me any newsworthy items for inclusion in future issues.

David Pagett