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ENews 2009-09

June 21, 2009

Hello and welcome to ENews 2009-09.

Coming up:

A bridge is moving, just a few yards
Atropos extracts, are on the cards.
Walks getting shorter, just Ham to Hope
Spruce up the barges, needs more than soap.
Cam & Durslee, and SFM
Please can you help, at one of 'em?
Auctions now over, outcome is great
If you want a picture – sorry, too late!



I am delighted to report the following progress with 1A since ENews 2009-08:

– The planning application to move Upper Mills Bridge, Stonehouse, has finally been submitted after encountering some procedural delays
– Consultants appointed for engineering support
– Kim Chester (of The Waterways Trust) appointed as Fundraising Manager
– HLF agreement near ready to sign
– Environmental consultants shortly to be appointed to develop planning strategy
– Posts for Environment/Heritage manager and project QS will be advertised on SDC's website early next week
– EA team have visited some problem sites with us and we have initiated a team response to solving problems with the EA working in partnership with us, so a different and more proactive relationship built than that enjoyed between BW/EA previously. This is great news for the Project.

More as & when I receive it…



In 1805 and accompanied by his wife and young son, Captain Horatio Hornblower travelled from Gloucester via the Thames & Severn Canal and the River Thames to London to take up command of HMS Atropos. So says CS Forester in his book "Hornblower & the Atropos" (which is a cracking good read, by the way).

One of the members of the CS Forester Society, Ludwig Heuse, is looking to retrace his steps as far as he can, and at the same time is arranging for a meeting of the Society to take place at the Trout Inn, Lechlade on Saturday 8th August from 16:00 onwards. Members of the CCT are cordially invited to attend, extracts from the first two chapters that describe his voyage on the T&S will be read.

Further details can be found at If you are interested in going along then pre booking is essential. The Registration Form referred to can be found at and this needs to be returned by 30th June at the very latest.



Just the one left now, that's Ham Mill to Hope Mill in the Thrupp/Brimscombe area.

If you fancy a leisurely stroll just once a fortnight then please let Richard Attwood know,



Some of you will be aware that the Trust possesses a tug (in addition to the dredger currently on display in front of the Western Depot, Eastington, pictures on the Connect website Photo Gallery) and a couple of barges, one bigger than the other. The time has come for all three to start receiving some TLC.

Work on the larger barge will include emptying water and spoil from the hold, cleaning off deck and sides and fitting new buoyancy tank plates and seals, then generally cleaning and painting the inside & outside of both.

Work on the tug will include oil and filter changes, cleaning out the engine compartment, repainting the walls, fitting new timber to front and installing new steel winch wires. She'll need a good lubrication & grease-up, a good run and general check over.

Work party schedules will be arranged based upon numbers coming forward. The plan could be for one or two evenings per week and every other Saturday or Sunday, say. This could prove to be the ideal getaway for those evenings when there's nothing on the telly…….

Has this tickled your taste buds? If so and to find out more about what's likely to be involved then please give either Alan Jones a ring on 07778 589068 any time, or John Jordan on 01452 725206 , evenings only please.



Roadshow Manager Mike Slade is looking for some volunteers to help with both site setup and take down, in addition to daytime staffing, at the following events:

11th July – Cam & Dursley Festival AND Stroud Farmers Market
18th July – Stroud Country Show & Festival of Nature

Further details appear on the Connect website Message Boards at or you can contact Mike direct, email or phone 01179 693270 (after 6pm please).



Regular readers will recall that some 79 paintings were left to the CCT as a result of one of the late artist's Executors kindly deciding that we could dispose of them as we saw fit to raise funds for the restoration.

The final auction took place recently and I am delighted to report that the total amount raised by the auctioneer's hammer at all 4 auctions was over £1,000.

After commission charges the Trust's coffers have been swelled by almost £900 and we are indebted to the Executors of the late Barbara Russon for their most generous donation.



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

*23rd : – Works Action Group Meeting, Heritage Centre Saul 19:30 start
*27th: – Lechlade trip boat charter – crew vacancy

*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. Roadshow volunteers required please

*11th (2): Cam & Dursley Festival. Roadshow volunteers required please

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

*12th: – Work Party Chalford Round House area

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

*16th: – Lechlade trip boat charter – crew vacancy

*18th: – Stroud Country Show & Festival of Nature. Roadshow volunteers required please

*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

*28th: – Works Action Group Meeting, The Crown Cerney Wick 19:30 start

*29th: – 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). Roadshow volunteers required please


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