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ENews 2009-06

May 19, 2009

Hello and welcome to ENews 2009-06. Today's headlines:

Green discs a plenty, turned into cash
Walk part of 1A, looking for trash.
Lead out small parties, 1A as well
Last hammer's fallen, coffers will swell.
Tall ships are coming, Docks will be full
In Photo Gall'ry, see Persy's hull.
Check you are covered, should be a yes
If you're Stephen Parker, please email Des.
Our dredger's ashore, looks quite a sight
BBC 1, next Sunday night!



During April those little green winks have been merrily tiddling away into the CCT pot at Waitrose, Cirencester.
Some poor soul has now counted them all (if you haven't had a look, there's a picture on the Connect website Photo Gallery to show the job they had) and the good news is that we received twice as many tokens as the other nominees.

The net result is that a cheque will be on its way shortly for the magnificent sum of £540! Thanks are due to Karen Grainger our Office Administrator for setting all this up in the first place.

Next stop, Waitrose Stroud maybe?



We had a go at this in BW days but it fell by the wayside (or slipped into the canal more likely.)

Volunteer Length Inspectors – ideally living near a part of Phase 1A (that's from Stonehouse to Brimscombe Port) and able to walk your designated section of canal every few days. Training will be given so you know what you are looking for.

You will be asked to report any problems or signs of impending problems, for example signs of leakage, vegetation dying off or large items of rubbish in the cut of which the ubiquitous shopping trolley is a fine example. It will make a real difference if you are happy to litter pick your designated section on a regular basis too.

Interested? Please email info@cotswoldcanals.com for further information.


Team Leaders for Phase 1A – If you are interested in leading small groups of volunteers doing various tasks to help the restoration of Phase 1A please email info@cotswoldcanals.com



The third auction (of four) took place a couple of weeks ago up there in Northwich, Cheshire.

I forgot to allow for Agents' commission (totalling £127.50 so far) in previous reports; to date the net amount raised from the 3 sales amounts to £727.50.



The Tall Ships are back in Gloucester Docks later this month!

To celebrate the official opening of the Gloucester Quays redevelopment the Docks will be humming again. The vessels are scheduled to arrive during the afternoon of Friday 29th May and the Roadshow will be there on the 30th & 31st (no marquee to erect this time).

Roadshow Manager Mike Slade would dearly like to hear from you if you can help for a while. Usual contact details, mrmike.slade@googlemail.com  or telephone (after 19:00 please) 01179 693270.

A detailed programme and timetable for the Gloucester Tall Ships '09 event is available at http://www.gloucester.gov.uk/tallships



Saul's trip boat Perseverance was is in dry dock recently, having attention to her hull and rudder. Pictures of her with her skirts lifted can be seen on the Connect Photo Gallery at http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk/display_photo_gallery.php.

(By the way, did you know you can view the Photo Gallery without being registered as a volunteer? If you are not already registered then why not do so whilst you are on the website? It only takes a couple of minutes…)



If you use your private car at all on Trust business, especially if you claim for travelling expenses, do please go to the Connect website and view an important message on the new page entitled "Volunteers – Private Vehicle Usage".



A Stephen Parker has very kindly sent Membership Secretary Des Pinnock a cheque for £10, but Des is having a little bit of trouble allocating it to the right Membership record.

Are you the Stephen Parker in question who just happens to be on the ENews mailing list as well? If so, perhaps you would kindly email Des, DesPinnock@aol.com so he can balance his books.



Many of you may not know that the Trust has a dredger which has been moored above Pike Lock Eastington for some considerable time now.

A remarkable operation recently saw it extracted from the water & moved to the Western Depot across the road. It really looks rather splendid sitting in the car park behind its Heras fencing protection.

It has been beached so that it can undergo a major overhaul over the coming weeks with a view to using it with the 3 mud barges we already have. However they will probably need more TLC than the dredger….



There's a marvellous programme on the Beeb at the moment called Countryfile, that goes out at 19:00 on Sunday evenings, BBC1. It is a revamped & repackaged version of an earlier programme that has been given a peak viewing slot.

On Sunday 31st May I am reliably informed that it will carry an interview with Paul Coupe, the Phase 1A Project Manager, filmed at Bowbridge Lock.



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


*Mondays & Wednesdays – Weekly maintenance activity at Western Depot, Eastington, from 09:00 on

*Every Thursday from 17:30pm: Work Party in and around Latton Basin

20th – Eastern Branch meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade. 7.30pm start, everybody welcome

21st – Hook Norton Brewery trip. Contact tonycampbell@fsmail.net for information and tickets

23rd-25th – *Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival

26th – Work Action Group meeting at The Crown, Cerney Wick. 19:30 start

28th/31st – *Tall Ships Festival, Gloucester Docks

31st – *Work Party Tunnel area [Coates Portal]


1st – Western Branch Meeting at Fromebridge Mill Whitminster. 19:30 start, all are welcome. Restoration update by either Bruce Hall, Chairman of the Phase 1A Delivery Group or by Ken Burgin, CCT Chief Executive

7th – *Work Party Thrupp area 

13th – *Stroud Farmers Market. Volunteers required please….See Message Board

14th – *Work Party Tunnel area (Coates Portal)

17th – Eastern Branch meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade. 7.30pm start, everybody welcome

20th-21st – *WRG weekend at Eisey Lock led by the BITM (Bit in the Middle) Group, CCT volunteers welcome

21st – *Work Party Thrupp area

28th – *Work Party Tunnel area (Coates Portal)


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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