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ENews 2008-13

22nd April 2008

Good evening, welcome to ENews 2008-13.

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

I have not got a Thesaurus for every alternative meaning, 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.



In the interests of balance, BW Regeneration Manager Andrew Stumpf responded to the "Bunged Bunds" piece in ENews 2008-11 by sending me the following message.

"Hi David re "BUNGED BUNDS" you've been misinformed. The sewer pipe crossing has always been there but the pipe is to be resited once the Oil Mills weir is constructed. There is no point disturbing it twice.
The weir will now be part of the works carried out in the post BW phase of the works."

Those of us who were at the Western Branch meeting on the fateful night of the 4th February may well share my (and others) recollection of what Andrew actually said, namely "We shall complete the Oil Mills project".

Words mean different things to different people, obviously.



(Or 'Read Here' actually…)

For those of you who may not be regular readers of Canals & Rivers magazine, the editor Chris Cattrall has kindly agreed that I may reproduce the last two months' editorials, based as they are on the withdrawal of British Waterways from the restoration partnership.

The 2 articles can be found at and .

If you need Adobe Reader to read these you can download for free from



The Roadshow is attending the annual Crick Show, which is being held over the late May Bank Holiday weekend as usual.

Whilst the roster is filling up nicely, there are some spaces available on Sunday 25th & Monday 26th May. If you can help to spread the load a little please contact Roadshow Manager Mike Slade, or call him on 01179 693270 after 6pm.



On a similar theme, our annual Saul Festival is only a fraction over 10 weeks away now.

Plenty of opportunities to help are still available, Support Staff Manager Colin Magrath needs to hear from you shortly if you can help but haven't got round to sorting out the paperwork yet.

He'll be delighted to discuss what he still has on offer – why not phone 07749 051831 or email to find out?



Do we have a graphic designer amongst our readers who could help with the design & layout of a tea towel that would feature various aspects of the Cotswold Canals?

If so Shirley Easto our Quartermaster – probably the wrong title for the P C Brigade, but Quartermistress sounds quite rude – would love to hear from you to discuss the options and the way forward.

Shirley can be contacted on 01453 545042, email



The Swindon Advertiser is running an online vote at the moment (or it certainly was as this edition was being prepared); one of the options is for "A town centre canal".

Go on – let's be good neighbours and cast our votes in favour of this to support the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust in one of their main objectives – all you have to do is go to and select your preference. The options appear below the 'Editor's Choice' column.



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

24th April: Evening Work Party in the Latton/Cerney Wick area. See 'Work Parties Cerney Latton area' Message Board

26th/27th April: Dig Deep weekend at Eisey Lock. Further details are on the Connect website's Eisey Lock Message Board or you can contact Ken Burgin

27th April: Canamble, the annual sponsored walk raising funds for the CCT. See for full details and a sponsorship form

27th April: Work Party Summit/Tunnel area, see Message Board

1st May and every Thursday: Evening Work Parties in the Latton/Cerney Wick area. See 'Work Parties Cerney Latton area' Message Board

4th May: Work Party Summit/Tunnel area, see Message Board

10th May: Stroud Farmers Market, see Message Board

11th May: Work Party Chalford area, contact details on the 'Work Parties Saul to Daneway' Message Board.

12th May: (NOTE DATE CHANGE) Western Branch monthly meeting at Fromebridge Mill, on A38 roundabout west of M5 junction 13. 7:30pm start, everybody welcome

13th May: Work Action Group Meeting, Saul Heritage Centre 7:30pm start

21st May: 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


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

David Pagett