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ENews 2008-2

Hello, and a warm welcome to ENews 2008-2.



Not quite.

This relates to the Lechlade trip boat 'Inglesham' and some crew training days that have been set aside on the 18th, 19th & 20th March, weather and river levels permitting of course.

Although the training is primarily intended for new volunteers it is also open to those who may feel a refresher course could be beneficial.

It should be possible to arrange alternative dates if those proposed are inconvenient; contact Wendy Beamont wildcat@rya-online.net or phone 01235 764172 to discuss.



In response to public demand there's a new page on the Volunteer website, just follow this link to http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk , login and go to "This Years Roadshows." (I appreciate that the heading is not quite grammatically correct but apostrophes make Connect have a funny nrut.)

The page contains a list of the events & venues the Roadshow plans to attend during 2008. For the time being all Stroud Farmers' Market dates are shown – where they do not clash with another event – but this list will be whittled down shortly as we shall be aiming to attend one a month.

Undoubtedly there will be additions, deletions & amendments to the list during the year; if you think we should consider attending a specific event that is not shown please download a Roadshow Booking Report form from the website, complete as far as possible and send it off to Mike Slade the Roadshow Manager at the earliest opportunity.

Rosters, Messages etc relating to specific events will appear on the Activities page as before.

The Roadshow depends upon YOUR help & support. So …… if there is an event already scheduled in your area where you could lend a hand please block out the space in your diary now!



Many thanks to all those of you who bought tickets for this year's Grand Christmas Draw.

Congratulations if you were a winner and commiserations if, like me, you were not.

Incredibly, over 9,000 tickets were sold and after all expenses – that's postage, printing, prize money etc – more than £5,400 has been raised towards the restoration.


Member Doug Small is researching the history of Latton Junction and has unearthed a really fascinating newspaper article from almost exactly 104 years ago (give or take a month, literally).

It describes the efforts of one Joseph Hewer – one of the last T & S boatmen – to revive coal deliveries aboard his horse drawn boat 'Staunch' to one Frank Gegg at Cirencester Wharf and includes a wealth of information. It includes this nugget, describing the Thames & Severn as a whole:

"The canal was found to be in capital order throughout, including the tunnel, and at no point was there the slightest difficulty with the heavily loaded boat drawing 3 feet 7 inches of water."

Wish that we could say that today……

It's a truly wonderful piece that really demonstrates the art of painting pictures with words – what a skill has been lost with the advent of TV & mobile phone texting – and has been reproduced on Doug's website at http://www.lattonbasin.gentle-highway.info/staunch.htm



Thrupp Parish Council & CCT Member and photographer extraordinaire Stuart Baker writes:

"On the 30th January, University of Gloucestershire Heritage Management lecturer Elisabeth Skinner is bringing a second group of students to Brimscombe Port and I will be their guide.
The first group visited last spring and the occasion was very successful. Contact was made through Thrupp PC Canals Committee Chairman Martin Whiteside who arranged for me and a fellow Councillor to escort and inform the students around the area. Both of us have personal memories of the Port in water so we were able to add some local colour to the visit
I found it a very satisfying experience firing up their imagination by telling them what happened in bygone days. Additionally I was able to provide an insight into the locals' input into the ongoing regeneration proposals & plans."

Don't forget to guide them through some Membership applications, Stuart….!!



ENews 2008-1 drew your attention to the extravaganza being organised for the 8th March to celebrate 35 years of the Cotswold Canals Trust and Bruce Hall's 22 years in charge.

There are still some spaces left for the 3-course feast & cabaret at just £28 per person, so if as a CCT member you have yet to return your booking form then I would suggest that you send it off p.d.q.

Many ENews readers are not members of the CCT but don't worry, you are more than welcome to join us. Send an email to postmaster@cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk and I shall be only too pleased to forward full details by return.



If you remember the following appeared in ENews 61 a short while ago:


Cotswold Canals Trust – Chief Executive Officer Required (Part Time) For further details of the job, including details of the proposed remuneration package, please contact……"

One of the applicants was Ken Burgin and, following the interview process, he was offered the role. Some of his more notable achievements are:

– Securing the bridge under the A419 at Latton
– Securing BW's initial involvement by brokering meetings with South West Regional Development Agency contacts
– Persuading the Countryside Agency to provide substantial funding for the Spine Road Bridge
– Securing the funding for and project managing the rebuilding of Pike Bridge in 2005
– On several occasions with Bruce Hall and/or Neville Nelder preventing the loss of Phase 1A
– Providing sensible engineering solutions to problems, for example the M5 crossing
– Project management of Rucks Bridge & Eisey Lock
– Representing the Trust at Environment Agency consultations
– Representing the Trust in partnership heritage, engineering and Project Board meetings

His ongoing responsibilities will include:

– External liaison with various bodies including BW, Cotswold Canals Partnership, EA, Heritage Lottery Fund, SWRDA, Local Councils & Landowners
– Fund raising; strategic, project based and matched
– Reporting regularly to Trust Council; work closely with Chairman; liaise with CCT Work Action Group and other volunteers for new projects
– Keep Press Officer informed & contribute regular articles for publication in the Trow
Given his vast experience gained over something like 31 years as a Trust member Ken should prove to be a good choice for this new role.



Any 'striped sail' T & S token holders out there I wonder?

My sources tell me that one sold today (Thursday) at Spinks in London for – wait for it – £1,300! A non striped one went for £70.

Remember, the value of your investment can go down as well as up…



Further information about several of these items appears on the volunteer website, http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk

30th January: Fencing training (the wooden sort, not swords & rapiers); details from Richard Harrison, Richard.Harrison@britishwaterways.co.uk

3rd February: Work Party Tunnel area, Coates
end; contact Mark Welton, mark.welton@virgin.net

4th February: Western Branch monthly meeting at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster. West of M5 junction 13 on the A38 roundabout. 7:30pm start, everybody welcome

10th February: Work Party in Chalford area; Steve Pickover is your point of contact, stevepickover@tiscali.co.uk

20th February: 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


For updates on restoration progress at Oil Mills – with pictures – have a look at the Cotswold Canals Partnership's website, http://community.stroud.gov.uk/general.asp?pid=2&pgid=1071.
The rest of the website is well worth a visit too.

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

I have not got a paddle in every sluice, so feel free to send any newsworthy items you would like to be considered for inclusion to postmaster@cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk

Bye for now – please keep me posted!

David Pagett