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ENews 2009-08

June 8, 2009

Hello and welcome to ENews 2009-08. A special welcome to all those of you who joined the Cotswold Canals Trust at the Crick Show and at the Gloucester Docks Tall Ships event; your support is greatly appreciated.

Coming up:

Lots going on, pre JCB,
Tied up in knots, for all to see.
Follow procedures, avoid retribution,
Q for the Quays? We've got a solution.
Membership numbers, highest we've seen,
Walkies on 1A, one day in fourteen.
Events at Saul, 4th of July,
Steam boats & Rollers, why not drop by?



Just look at what's going on behind the scenes, all stuff that has to be done before the JCBs can finally move in (other diggers are available, of course).

* Dredging at or near Stonehouse Ocean to start late summer/early autumn and move eastwards. Discussions underway with landowners to find suitable locations where dredgings may be deposited

* Planning application for Upper Mills Bridge (fixed brick/concrete structure with canal realigned nearer A419) to be submitted soon by CCT. Building due to start late summer/early autumn

* In the meantime, design and planning work can begin for remainder of canal

* Discussions underway with GCC on A46 bridge – timing and funding

* Volunteers found to help draw up an education programme – local primary schools using the canal as a geography and history resource tied into the National Curriculum

* Project Team formed at Ebley Mill – consists so far of Project Manager, Surveyor, Contaminated Land Officer and Publicity Officer. Two more posts to be recruited shortly – Planning Strategist/ Ecologist and Finance Manager/Quantity Surveyor

* Two consultants to be appointed shortly – probably one to provide planning strategy and engineering support; the other environmental management

* Risks register being reviewed and updated

* Plan being drawn up to deal with Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed along towpath

* Land issues being addressed – deal with encroachment as necessary and compulsory purchase orders

* Discussions underway to acquire GCC-owned land (the T&S route) within phase 1A

* Work expected to take 4 or 5 years

Hopefully I will be able to update this list on a fairly regular basis.



(With apologies to Walls Ice Cream, the London Rubber Company & Trish Mills)

Fender-maker, knot-tyer, author, raconteur and all-round good bloke Ben Selfe will be at the IWA 2009 Festival this year signing copies of his fast-selling book, Knots for the Cut, on the Trust's stand. Each copy sold will earn £3.50 for the Trust.

In addition, Ben and his apprentice, Pete Ballinger, have agreed to do a knot-tying and fender-making demonstration on the stand of the International Guild of Knot Tyers.



The Trust's annual Elfin Safety review has been published, it can be viewed on the website by following the link below.  



If stories of traffic mayhem around the new Gloucester Quays shopping outlets have put you off going, then consider this as a solution.

The plan is for the Trust's trip boat "Perseverance" to leave the Heritage Centre, Saul Junction at 10am on weekdays with a full complement of 12, arriving in Gloucester adjacent to the Quays around 12 noon. Departure time for the return trip is 3pm, giving shopaholics some 3 hours to explore, spend and eat.

The cost of the round trip is £120; that equates to just £10 per person when the boat is full. Here's an idea – get a party of 12 together so that you have the boat to yourselves!

For further information & booking details please telephone Mal Brown on  07960 821642 .

Don't forget these trips are in addition to the current range of weekday lunch charters, pleasure trip charters and on-board children's parties that are available throughout the year, as well as the weekend short trips from the Heritage Centre during the season. Mal is also your point of contact for further information on any of these.


33, 45, 78

(i.e. Record Numbers……)

Membership Secretary Des Pinnock tells me that membership of the Cotswold Canals Trust has reached its highest ever recorded level of 5,435.

Special thanks are due to those members & volunteers who helped out at Crick Show and at the Tall Ships weekend in Gloucester Docks recently. There has been a noticeable recruitment surge at the Heritage Centre lately and everybody's hard work on this front is greatly appreciated.

We are always on the lookout for more helpers at the events we attend, see below for details of the packed programme over the next couple of months. Please do what you can to offer a helping hand at one or more of these, because – Your Roadshow needs YOU!

If you would like to find out more about what's involved please contact Roadshow Manager Mike Slade or telephone (after 19:00 please)  01179 693270 .



Remember the recent appeal for some volunteers to monitor short stretches of Phase 1A on a regular basis? Well, we are still looking to cover the follo
wing sections:

Oil Mills to Chestnut Lane
Bowbridge to Ham Mill
Ham Mill to Hope Mill
Hope Mill to Brimscombe Port

Training will be given in what to look out for and how to fill in the forms that will be provided, the lengths will ideally be walked fortnightly.

Please email if you would like to partake in some regular & gentle exercise!



Saturday 4th July sees the official commissioning of the revamped Heritage Centre and one of the star attractions will be the presence of BBC2's Geoff Burch.

Late last year Geoff hosted a series called All Over the Shop, offering forthright opinions to retail outlets looking to improve their performance. He has kindly agreed to review our efforts and should be turning up on his favourite mode of transport, namely a Harley Davidson.

And that's not all. IWA Vice Chairman Roger Squires will also be there to present Certificates of Boat Management to our volunteers who have successfully completed their training.

And there's more!

The Steam Boat Association of Great Britain is holding a rally.

Then, on Sunday, Sharpness Silver band will be on hand to welcome twenty or so members of the Rolls Royce & Bentley Owners Club.
Further details appear on the Heritage Centre Message Board at 



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

*Mondays & Wednesdays: Maintenance activity at Western Depot, Eastington 

*Thursdays from 17:30pm: Work Party in/around Latton Basin

*13th: – Stroud Farmers Market. If you would like to help, please contact Mike Slade

*14th: – Work Party Tunnel area [Coates Portal]

*17th (1): – Saul trip boat charter – crew vacancy

*17th (2): – Eastern Branch meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade. 7.30pm start, everybody welcome

*19th: – Lechlade trip boat charter – crew vacancy

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

*21st: – Work Party Chalford Round House

*28th: – Work Party Tunnel area [Coates Portal]

*29th: – Lechlade trip boat charter – crew vacancy 


*2nd: – Saul trip boat charter – crew vacancy

*4th: – Heritage Centre Saul Commissioning Day & related activities

*4th/5th: London WRG weekend at Eisey Lock, CCT volunteers welcome

6th: – 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: – Saul trip boat charter – crew vacancy

*11th (1): – Stroud Farmers Market. If you would like to help, please contact Mike Slade

*11th (2): Cam & Dursley Festival. If you would like to help, please contact Mike Slade

*11th-18th: – Newbury Working Party Group (NWPG) week's camp at Eisey Lock, CCT volunteers welcome

*12th: – Work Party Chalford Round House

15th: – Eastern Branch meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade. 7.30pm start, everybody welcome

*18th: – Stroud Country Show & Festival of Nature. If you would like to help, please contact Mike Slade

*18th-25th: – Kent & East Sussex Canal Restoration group (KESCRG) week's camp at Eisey Lock, CCT volunteers welcome

*21st: – Lechlade trip boat charter – crew vacancy


*1st/2nd: -Stroud Vintage Transport & Engine Club Annual Show at Kemble (3 day event, we're there for 2 of them). If you would like to help, please contact Mike Slade


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Editor, ENews
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