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ENews 2009-10

June 26, 2009

Hello and welcome to ENews 2009-10.

Just the one specific item this time round; can you help at all?



The following request has been received from Jon Pontefract, the Eisey Lock Project Manager

"The original top sill of Eisey Lock was mainly of timber and rotted away years ago. As part of the restoration of the lock, we propose to cast a new concrete one in its place.
(Editor's note – there's a picture showing part of the area involved in the Connect website Photo Gallery –
"In the old days, we probably would have just whacked in some shuttering, some steel reinforcement and just poured a new sill. However, we want to do the job properly and need someone to design a top sill for us which will incorporate a re-laid stone area upstream of the "V".
"There is a 2 week work camp at Eisey starting on 11th July and it would be good to have a design by then. Please contact Jon Pontefract by email  or phone 07986 351412 if you can help and to arrange a site visit."



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

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


*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

*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
*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

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


*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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