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ENews 2008-18

4th June 2008

Good morning, welcome to ENews 2008-18.

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

Please feel free to email postmaster@cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk with any newsworthy items you would like to be considered for inclusion.

All and any feedback is more than welcome.



That's 'cash' back, which is a facility we are hoping to provide this year.

I am looking for 2 volunteers for each 1-hour session proposed on Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings between 19:00 & 20:00. Full training will be given!

Would you like to help? Please contact me at cct@well-springs.co.uk if you are interested or would like some further information.


R U 3 in 8 or 9?

Anytime at all the Heritage Centre at Saul will be entering its busy season, coinciding with many of us boaters floating off to waters new.

Whilst the usual Heritage Centre Roster Request will be circulated to regular volunteers in roughly 4/5 weeks' time, in the meantime we would like to get a feel for how many of you will be around and available during August & September.

The Centre is the Trust's shop window, open as it is every weekend and Bank Holiday throughout the year. If you know you are probably going to be available to help out, or if you have not volunteered there before but would like to get involved, all you have to do is get in touch with Jill Field, email jill@southernroad.com or phone 01242 529972.

Normal Saturday opening is 12:30 until 17:00 in one shift, Sunday 10:00 until 17:00. Sunday can be broken into 2 shifts, 10:00 until 13:30 and 13:30 until 17:00. Opening times have an element of ish about them; if you are available to open the Heritage Centre earlierish then that is absolutely fine!



Just a reminder that Stroud District Council has called a Council Extraordinary Meeting for tomorrow, June 5th at Ebley Mill starting 7:00pm. The purpose is:

"To enable the Council to reach a decision about its involvement with the Cotswold Canal Restoration and Regeneration Scheme, Phases 1A and 1B (Saul to Brimscombe)"

If you would like to be aware of what happens as it happens then you can view proceedings in one of two ways. You can go along and watch proceedings from the Public Gallery or go to the live web cast on http://www.stroud.gov.uk/webcast .



I know eyebrows were raised in certain quarters at the veracity of the 'How Very Dare They?' story in ENews 2008-14.

If you have any lingering doubts, have a look at the following:
and go to item 6.1

Neither the Trust nor Stroud District Council was advised of BW's withdrawal until Monday 4th February.

A reminder that Mr Evans is appearing at the National Waterways Museum, Gloucester, on Friday 13th June between 08:30 & 10:00.

Details of his full schedule of visits around the country can be found at http://www.britishwaterways.co.uk/accountability/meetchiefexecutive/index.html
and you are asked to contact the local organiser of the meeting you wish to attend.



Well, with respected local historian (and CCT stalwart) Hugh Conway-Jones, actually.

On Sunday 15th June the Gloucester Society for Industrial Archaeology is organising an afternoon walk at Saul Junction to which any interested parties are welcome.

Hugh will be leading the walk along the Stroudwater Canal from Saul Junction to Walk Bridge, then to the River Frome weir and the site of the former Whitminster Mill, returning to Saul for a cuppa in the Heritage Centre.

Meet in the Saul Junction pay & display car park at 1:45pm for a 2:00pm kick-off.

You can find more information about the Society at http://www.gsia.org.uk/index.php



There will be a quiz night at the Ship Inn, Brimscombe on Tuesday July 1st at 8.15pm, to promote interest in Brimscombe Port and surrounding area, as part of the Interpretation element of the Port Project.

The Trust is asked to make up at least one team…any offers to coordinate?

Otherwise just turn up on the night and have some fun!



The following is an extract from the article that appeared in ENews 2008-10 under more or less the same title:

"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."

Well, the audio-visual DVD is now ready. It runs for about 20 minutes and is available from the Roadshow, the Heritage Centre at Saul, the Cotswold Water Park Coots Centre, Stroud Museum and Stroud Tourist Information Centre.

Rather than fixing a set price, people wishing to have a copy are asked to donate a minimum of £3.00 to Trust funds.



As mentioned a couple of issues ago, Brimscombe Primary School are undertaking a project to produce a book all about Brimscombe Port. I have been asked to pass on the grateful thanks of the grown-ups involved to all those of you who emailed in response to this appeal.

Whilst some of the initial questions remain unanswered, information is still coming in and they still have some further avenues to explore.



Further information about items marked* appears on the Message Boards on the Activities page of the 'Connect' Volunteers website at http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk

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

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

8th June: Work Party Tunnel area*

10th June: Work Action group meeting, Heritage Centre Saul. 7:30pm start

14th June: Roadshow at Stroud Farmers Market*

14th/15th June: Work Party in the Ryeford area in conjunction with Delphi Systems volunteers. Contact Alan Jones for further details, Alan.GR.Jones@delphi.com or 01453 794462.

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*

4th 5th 6th July: Saul Festival*. For volunteering information please visit http://www.junctionevents.org.uk/support_staff.htm

8th July: Work Action group meeting, Heritage Centre Saul. 7:30pm start

14th July: PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE IN VIEW OF FESTIVAL Western Branch monthly meeting, Fromebridge Mill Whitminster 7:30pm.
Off the A38 roundabout near M5 junction 13. Everybody welcome


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

David Pagett