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ENews 2009-02

January 29, 2009

Good morning and welcome to ENews 2009-02. Today's headlines:

Can you screw, or hold a brush
Need a cover, not too plush?
Lots of pictures, going away
Being auctioned, for 1A.
Wrong ales were noted, last time I wrote
It's Hook Norton by bus, that gets my vote.
Clear out those tools, if they still function
Mapping the way, east from Saul Junction.
The Port is the star, it takes centre stage
As it features in, a new website page



Work Action Group Chairman Richard Attwood is looking for some volunteers who are dab hands at some DIY. They need to be good at unscrewing and screwing things to walls; preparing walls and gloss work for painting; painting without making a mess; hanging cupboards; or fitting work tops nicely.


Because the Saul Heritage Centre is to have a makeover with the main room being re-fitted and redecorated whilst the kitchen will have more cupboards and new worktops. It is expected that work will take place on weekdays to avoid disrupting the flow of visitors – and tea & coffee – at weekends.

WAG has a list of existing commitments, nevertheless work is scheduled to start relatively soon as Plan A is to get it all spick and span by Easter.

If you possess the requisite dabs then please email Richard Attwood –



Before you ask, there's a picture of the Trust's currently underused thingy by this name at

Do you fancy borrowing this for, say, a small village fete or similar* where the Roadshow & its marquees would be too large, nevertheless you feel a CCT presence could be appropriate? As you can see from the picture it's a bit Tardis-like and has much more room that you would think. An absolute doddle to erect too.

If you'd like to borrow it at all then contact Jill Field – she's not part of the package – at or on 07974 687993

*A cup of cocoa, maybe? Or even a Barry Manilow concert I suppose.



Last May you may recall a couple of ENews articles regarding a generous donation of a large collection of paintings to the Trust. (If not you could always refresh your memory by using the search facility on the ENews website!)

It's been a fascinating and time consuming experience moving this matter forward. Suffice it to say that a respected firm of Auctioneers & Valuers have become involved and four auction dates have now been set.

The full story, together with further details of the auctions, appears on the ENews website at, follow the "Paintings – Auctions" link. A catalogue of the 79 paintings appears at



Remember the delightful prospect of a brewery visit in the last issue? Well, a slight Senior Moment meant that the wrong brewery got a mention; the proposed visit is to the home of Old Hooky and Cotswold Lion amongst others, rather than the BB & SBA of Donningtons.

The Hook Norton Brewery is about 12 miles northeast of Stow or 30 miles from Cheltenham.

Tony tells me that he received a good few enquiries as a result of the last piece and hopes to arrange a visit for May time. Rumour has it that transport via a vintage bus is a distinct possibility.

To make the visit viable needs about 30 people; if one of those could be you then please email Tony for more information and to register your interest.

Yes please Tony – save spaces for Julia and me!



That's a boat, jumble(d).

This year's event takes place at Gloucester Docks on Sunday 19th April and last year was amazingly successful with over £600 being raised from all sorts of surplus stuff.

The leader of the Monday & Wednesday morning shenanigans at the Western Depot, Eastington is Roger Wells email He will be happy to accept, as he puts it, any sa(i)leable items. They do not need to be boat specific, as allsorts (not the liquorice variety) were sold last year – and look at the result!



I hear that one of our members has a project under way mapping the Stroudwater Navigation from Saul to Stroud. Next month he hopes to make a start on the Thames & Severn from Stroud up to Daneway.

For those of you unfamiliar with the exact whereabouts of any structure or lock in this section it is possible that the outcome of this exercise may be that we may be able to log its latitude/longitude on the CCT website. Who knows, this may lead to a volunteer coming forward to convert these into Ordnance Survey grid references…

Meanwhile there are many such references to be found on the "Walking the Thames & Severn Way" page at

We shall see what develops; further news as I get it.



The celebrations surrounding the completion of the Brimscombe Port Walls project – funded by the Big Lottery win of £80,000 in November 2007 – took place recently.

A really clever website (actually it's an interactive pdf – I'd never heard of such a beastie either) has been set up at and if you want to know more about the Port's history, the cargoes it handled, the layout or a guided tour – then this is for you.

The first two of a series of excellent leaflets are about to roll off the presses, one on Brimscombe & the other on the Ryeford to Wallbridge section of the Stroudwater. Distribution will take place once the interpretation panels are in place at Ryeford Double Lock, hoped for by mid/end February. (Approximate grid reference for Ryeford is SO 818 046!!)



For further information about items marked* and for contact details please go to the Message Boards on the Connect Activities page at

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

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

2nd – Western Branch meeting at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster. 7:30pm start, all are welcome. Meeting to be addressed by Bruce Hall in his role as Chairman of the Phase 1A (of the restoration) Delivery Group 

7th – *Dig Deep weekend at Eisey Lock led by the Newbury Working Party Group (NWPG). CCT volunteers welcome. Jon Pontefract, has more information if required

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)

24th – Work Action Group meeting, Heritage Centre Saul. 7:30pm start Please note WAG meetings will take place on the 4th Tuesday of every month in future

24th – First Paintings Auction (see story above)


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edback is more than welcome.

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David Pagett
Editor, ENews
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