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ENews 2008-17

27th May 2008

Good evening and welcome to ENews 2008-17.

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

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.

Still no newsworthy items to report relating to restoration matters……



It is somewhat ironic that BW have found £500,000 to spend on an electronic fish tagging survey on that well-known and really well used section of the inland waterways network, namely the Tees Barrage……..whilst on the Stroudwater Canal deer are drowning at Blunder Lock and cygnets & fish are dying at Ryeford.

The reasons? A build-up of duckweed at Blunder Lock and problems with the sluice gates at Ryeford (again), resulting in the water level in the canal falling to potentially dangerous levels for wildlife.

It will soon be possible to walk across the build up of weed & filth in Newtown Lock, and to think that it was not so long ago – 4 years maybe? – that our trip boat "Perseverance" used to operate on this stretch.

Maintenance is still BW's responsibility despite their withdrawal from the Partnership…….but we are told they have no funds available to undertake the necessary work. However they found enough cash to hire the Heras fencing that is currently in place around the lock…and, of course, a hefty £500,000 to count some fish elsewhere.

All that is needed to sort this disgraceful problem is a fraction of that sum.

Watch BBC Points West tonight, 6:30pm, as they were filming in the Blunder/Newtown/Ryeford area this morning. But if like me you can only receive Midlands Today then try for just the story itself.


Just a reminder that Stroud District Council is meeting on Thursday June 5th at Ebley Mill, 7:00pm, to discuss turning the dream of canal restoration into a reality.

There is a background article summarising the Council's position available to view at (time expired link removed)
The article makes mention of a review undertaken by Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. This is also available online at (time expired link removed)

If you wish to view the proceedings on the day then you will have two
alternatives: either go along and listen in the Public Gallery or watch a live web cast at

Fingers crossed for a positive outcome……



Following my request in 2008-16 for suggestions for somewhere suitable to store some paintings the Trust is about to acquire, a lady telephoned & left a message on our answerphone whilst we were away.

To my shame I have lost the piece of paper upon which I wrote down her number, I think it disappeared into the junk mail melee that awaited our return.

Please could you be kind enough to telephone me again?


Further information about items marked* appears on the Message Boards on the Activities page of the 'Connect' Volunteers website at

Monday & Wednesday mornings: Weekly maintenance activity at Western Depot, Eastington*

Thursday evenings: Work Parties in the Latton/Cerney Wick area*

31st May/1st June: Roadshow at Gloucester Antiques & Collectables Fair in the Docks*

1st June: Work Party Chalford area*

2nd June: Western Branch monthly meeting, Fromebridge Mill Whitminster 7:30pm. Off the A38 roundabout near M5 junction 13. Everybody welcome

8th June: Work Party Tunnel area*

14th June: Roadshow at Stroud Farmers Market*

18th June: 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

22nd June: Work Party Tunnel area*


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

David Pagett