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ENews 2008-23

30th July 2008 06:15

Good morning, welcome to ENews 2008-23.

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

If you have any newsworthy items you would like to be considered for inclusion please email but please remember -there should always be a connection, however tenuous, with the Stroudwater, the Thames & Severn or the CCT!

All and any feedback is more than welcome.



Please spare a thought for our Roadshow Manager Mike Slade.

Mike is signed off with a rather bad eye problem and will be for some while as far as he can see. Get well soon, Mike – we need you!

What this means is that in Mike's absence I am looking for someone to keep an eye on the Roadshow's forthcoming appearance at Stroud Farmers' Market on Saturday 9th August.

Compared with the usual Roadshow logistics there's not nearly so much involved. Briefly 2, maybe 3, people are needed first thing to get the stock to Stroud for 08:00ish, identify the stall and set up. During the day 2 volunteers will probably suffice until around 14:00 when it's packed away and everybody goes home. The stock is already all ready for collection at Western Depot, Eastington, ideally on any Monday or Wednesday morning.

If you can help, then Mike's preference at the moment is for you to telephone him on 01179 693270 so that he can tell you more. If that's not convenient then please use his address.



A similar position is likely to arise with this year's IWA National, which is being held at Autherley Junction Wolverhampton this year.

The roster for this prestigious event in the waterways calendar is filling up nicely but there are still plenty of spaces available. The role entails either acting as a sales assistant or as an ambassador for the Trust, explaining what's happening at the moment & recruiting new members.

If you feel you could offer your services for a minimum of 3 hours (or more of course!) at sometime over the weekend please phone Mike as above.



Amongst the artefacts unearthed When Gough's Orchard Lock was dug out recently were a load of old bottles.

Whilst several of us know all about those full ones emanating from the north of the British Isles, one's knowledge of them once they are empty is not necessarily quite so good.

If you have knowledge of, and interest in, antique bottles then maybe you would like to get in touch with the Trust's Chief Executive Ken Burgin for a chat, email



As last mentioned in ENews 2008-18, a 20 minute audio-visual DVD of various people's memories of the Stroudwater canal is now available.

Copies are available from Saul Heritage Centre, the Roadshow when it's out and about, Coots Cafe at the Cotswold Water Park Centre South Cerney, Stroud Museum and Stroud Tourist Information Centre.
Rather than a fixed price, purchasers are asked to donate a minimum of £3.00 to Trust funds – and it's worth every penny in my opinion!



Unfortunately there is no definite news yet on developments regarding Phase 1A of the restoration.

I understand that Stroud District Council still have to make the final and presumably binding commitment to go ahead and this maybe just 4/6/8 weeks away.

As soon as there's anything positive……… know the rest!



But that doesn't mean there isn't anything going on.

Our friends from Waterway Recovery Group are paying 2 visits to the Thames & Severn shortly, the first of which is on the weekend of the 2nd & 3rd August at Gough's Orchard Lock, Brimscombe.

Then during the week 9th – 16th August WRG South West and WRG London are combining for an assault on Eisey Lock. Details of location can be found at

Any available CCT volunteers will be made more than welcome at either location. Whilst I'm probably teaching the majority to suck eggs, do please bear in mind that there will be someone in charge you may not know – but whose instructions will have to be followed nonetheless!



We launched a pin badge earlier in the year which has been selling well, in fact so well that we can now reduce the price to just £1.

If you are not sure what it looks like or how big it is then have a look at about half way down, after the range of pictures from Saul Festival.



Information about items marked*and contact details appear on the Activities page Message Boards at

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

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

Every Saturday & Sunday and most days during August: Trip boat Inglesham operating at Lechlade, River Thames*

Every Saturday & Sunday: Trip boat Perseverance operating at Saul Junction, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal*

2nd & 3rd August: WRG weekend at Gough's Orchard Lock, Brimscombe* (and see story above)

4th August: Western Branch monthly meeting, Fromebridge Mill Whitminster 7:30pm. Off the A38 roundabout near M5 junction 13.
Everybody welcome

8th to 13th August: Paintings Exhibition Town Hall Painswick, including watercolour (by CCT member) for sale with proceeds going to the Trust

9th August: Roadshow at Stroud Farmers' Market* (and see story above)

9th to 16th August: Dig Deep camp at Eisey Lock* (and see story above)

17th August: Work Party Summit & Tunnel Area* (Coates Portal end)

20th August: 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 to 25th August (including set-up): Roadshow at IWA National, Wolverhampton*

31st August: Work Party Summit & Tunnel Area* (Coates Portal end)


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

David Pagett