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ENews 2009-03

February 17, 2009

Good morning and welcome to ENews 2009-03. Today's headlines:

Litter galore, to be collected
Paintings at Auction, to be selected.
Bruce Hall at Fromebridge, next Monday week
For Phase 1A news, come hear him speak
Stroud Farmers Market, it has to be said
Will need some help – but I'm in NZ!



There are plans afoot for a litter pick for the weekend of 4th and 5th April 2009. Are there two or three volunteers out there who could help Richard Attwood organise it and input some ideas, especially on the publicity side?

The refuse acceptance session will be from Meadow Mill (below Dock Lock, Eastington), all the way to Brimscombe.

The concept is to split it up into one mile chunks and for groups to litter pick each length. The pickers would be supplied with gloves, hi-viz jackets, black sacks and litter pickers a.k.a. third hands. The far flung pickers will have their bags collected by the CCT Landrover trailer combo and taken back to the Western Depot.

During the following week a sponsored skip will be delivered to some suitably scenic location, filled with the rubbish and photographed by the press etc.

If you would like to be involved please email Richard Attwood on



In the last issue I updated the story of the 79 paintings donated to the Trust. On the 11th we took them all up to Marshalls Auctioneers in Knutsford, Cheshire, and the first 19 will appear in their General Auction scheduled for the 24th February.

Details of this Auction and the other 3 planned appear on the ENews website. Go to and follow the "Paintings – Auctions" link.



No news is because at the time of going to press I have no further information to hand on any developments regarding Phase 1A of the restoration.

Although…..literally as this issue was being put to bed I heard a rumour, totally unsubstantiated in the time available, that dredging may have started in the Chalford Roundhouse area.

Good news is that Bruce Hall, currently Chairman of the Phase 1A Delivery Group, will be coming along to the Western Branch Meeting on Monday 2nd March (start 19:30) to give an address on what's happened so far and what could be happening in the immediate future.

As was mentioned in ENews 2009-01 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.



Yes, the Stroud Farmers Market season is starting again for the Roadshow with our first appearance scheduled for Saturday 14th March.

There's a Roster waiting for your name on the Connect website Activities page or you can contact Roadshow Manager Mike Slade if you prefer – or 01179 693270 after 19:00.

This event is the first of many Roadshow outings scheduled for 2009, please remember that YOUR help is needed to make sure it gets there! There's a summary of all the events to be attended on the Connect website ( under the "This Years Roadshows" tab and if any take your fancy Mike will be delighted to hear from you.



ENews 2009-01 detailed the up & coming Barn Dance on the 25th April, (don't forget you can access back issues by visiting the archive at and there are still some tickets left.

Contact Anna Watts or 01684 833889/07976 617983 for tickets or more information.



The Company of Proprietors of the Stroudwater Navigation is thought to be the oldest surviving canal company in the world and is governed by a series Acts of Parliament. The company built the Stroudwater Canals and still owns the freehold land. Applications are being sought for the position of Finance Director which, like all other directorships within the Company, is an unpaid role.

In addition to monitoring the compliance of the current Leaseholder, British Waterways, (but likely to change soon) the Company also owns substantial historic records spanning nearly 300 years. Grants are being sought to put these records into an electronic form and help make them more accessible to the public.

Responsibilities include maintaining and presenting annual accounts, assisting in managing any grants, advising the Board on all matters financial and overseeing the record of the Company's shareholders.

For further information please contact the Chairman, Neville Nelder, phone 01453 750825 or email:



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


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 (of four). See—auctions.php for further information

1st – *Work Party Tunnel area [Coates Portal]

2nd – Western Branch Meeting at Fromebridge Mill Whitminster. 19:30 start, all are welcome. Restoration update by Bruce Hall, Chairman of the Phase 1A Delivery Group

8th – *Work Party at Bowbridge, Stroud (Provisional location)

14th – *Stroud Farmers Market

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 (Provisional location)

24th – Work Action Group meeting at Heritage Centre, Saul. 19:30 start

29th – Work Party Tunnel area [Coates Portal]

31st – Second Paintings Auction (of four). See—auctions.php for further information


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 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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