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ENews 2009-01

January 14, 2009

Good morning and welcome to ENews 2009-01. Today's headlines:

If you're confused, then here are some links
Suggestions for food, and/or some drinks.
Fromebridge in Feb, for a good debate
Bruce Hall should provide, a 1A update. 
Then Whitminster's where, a Barn Dance will be
Do come and take part, or watch with great glee.
An IWA do, but not for a while
If you can support, then you'll dine in style.



(I wanted to wear the vulpine one but was told that it didn't suit…)

Whether I like it or not jargon invariably creeps into these newsletters from time to time and this could mean that some of you may be totally oblivious to the location of certain places and structures to which reference is made.

There is a wealth of information available on the Trust's website. For example a visit to www.cotswoldcanals.com reveals a "Maps of the Cotswold Canals" link; follow this for a map of the Stroudwater and Thames & Severn, similar to the one that has appeared in "The Trow" on occasions.

Another link of interest is the "Locks, Structures & Levels" one that provides a fair bit of detail on – you've guessed it – the locks, structures and levels of the Cotswold Canals.

And for a photographic record of locks & structures on both waterways you could do no better than visit Nick Bird's excellent website at www.cotswoldcanals.net



Western Depot stalwart Tony Campbell wonders whether there is sufficient interest out there in ENews land for a social event at the Three Ways House Hotel, Mickleton, near Chipping Camden – the home of the world famous Pudding Club.

The typical meal comprises a small starter and main course, then up to 7 puddings including the likes of Spotted Dick and Jam Roly-Poly.

If that doesn't appeal then Tony is also thinking of a visit to Donnington's Brewery, out Stow on the Wold way, the home of several delightful ales.
If you could be interested in either or both suggestions please email Tony at tonycampbell@fsmail.net so he can judge the feasibility of taking matters one stage further.



In his role as Chairman of the Phase 1A Delivery Group, Bruce Hall has agreed with Chief Executive Ken Burgin that one of them will aim to come along to future Western Branch meetings at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster, starting with the next one on the 2nd February.

The idea is to provide attendees with a regular update on developments regarding the restoration, which is excellent news.

For the benefit of new members, Bruce is known to many of us as past Chairman of the CCT (for more years than he cares to remember I expect) before Liz Payne stepped into his shoes some 15 months ago.



Another good idea for a Social that has made it to the next stage is for a Barn Dance.

Fresh from her success as Queen of the Elves on the Santa Cruises (where over £2,000 was raised for the restoration, incidentally) Anna Watts has been at it again, this time organising a night of do-si-dos, swings, grand chains and baskets.

Willows will be stripped on Saturday 25th April at the Village Hall, School Lane, Whitminster. (A postcode of GL2 7NY – not the right one, but near enough – into Google Maps will show you where the Hall is, about 100 yards down on the right from the junction with the A38) 7:30pm to midnight, with dancing to local barn dance ceilidh band Hetty Pegler's Tump. Tickets are well priced at just £8 including a Ploughman's Supper; there will be a cash bar and a raffle.

This event will provide an excellent opportunity for currently active and non active members alike, together with volunteers from all the different Activity Groups within the CCT, to meet, get to know one another and put names to faces in a social and relaxed atmosphere. Dancing is NOT compulsory – honestly!

This is a wonderful opportunity to mix n match, so why not come along and join in the fun? Every member is most welcome, you certainly don't have to be an existing active volunteer to buy a ticket. But you'll have to hurry; the Hall's capacity is around 100 and they'll be sold on a first come first served basis.

Tickets will be available shortly from the Heritage Centre, Saul amongst other places or from Anna herself; contact her by email a.f.watts@btinternet.com or telephone 01684 833889 or 07976 617983 for more information. Cheques payable to "Cotswold Canals Trust" please.



As you know I always look for a link with the CCT or its activities when an article is published, however tenuous that link may be.

The next piece is included because I am sure that our good friends at the IWA will be getting involved in some form of fund raising activity for us in the not too distant future now that the go-ahead has been given for Phase 1A of the restoration.

The Gloucestershire and Herefordshire Branch of the IWA is holding its annual dinner on Friday 27th February 2009 at the Wharf House, Over, Gloucester. The three course meal is £26 per person, excluding coffee.
For bookings and details of the menu please contact Anna Watts, details as above. Numbers are limited to 40 so early booking is recommended.



For further information about items marked* and for contact details please go to the Message Boards on the Connect Activities page at http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk

*Weekly maintenance activity at Western Depot, Eastington, from 09:00 on

17th – *Eastern Branch New Year Dinner at the Trout Inn, Lechlade

18th – *Work Party Tunnel area (Coates Portal)

21st – Eastern Branch meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade. 7.30pm start, everybody welcome

24th/25th – *"Dig Deep" weekend at Eisey Lock led by London Waterway Recovery Group (WRG). CCT volunteers welcome. Jon Pontefract, jonponte@tesco.net has more information if required

25th – *Work Party at Bowbridge, Stroud (Work Parties Saul-Daneway Message Board)

1st – *Work Party Tunnel area (Coates Portal)

2nd – Western Branch meeting at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster. 7:30pm start, all are welcome (see above)

10th – Work Action Group meeting, Heritage Centre Saul. 7:30pm start

15th – *Work Party Tunnel area (Coates Portal)

18th – Eastern Branch meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade. 7.30pm start, everybody welcome

22nd – *Work Party at Bowbridge, Stroud (Work Parties Saul-Daneway Message Board)


The primary objective of ENews is to keep members, volunteers and subscribers up to date with what's happening within the Cotswold Canals Trust as a whole. Any and all feedback is more than welcome.

If you have any newsworthy items you would like to be considered for inclusion please let me know at postmaster@cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk but please remember there should always be a connection with the Stroudwater, the Thames & Severn or the CCT – however tenuous.

David Pagett
Editor, ENews
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