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ENews 2009-15

Hello and welcome to ENews 2009-15. Coming up:

Drawings of weirs, are being sought
Minutes of Meetings, now there's a thought.
Email Liz Taylor, if you'd like a print
Were you at the National? Thanks for your stint.
Plans for the Bridge, have been submitted
It's to be hoped, they are permitted.
Things for the Trow, in by five-ten,
Walks up at Coates, down arm at Ciren.



My Far East Correspondent Harry Edwards writes:

"I'm looking for information or photos anyone has on the original design of spill weirs along the Thames & Severn, specifically Wildmoreway to Latton. We have uncovered one such weir below Spine Road and it is not clear what the original detailed construction was because only some upright stones forming the weir-crest appear to be in the original position. Apparently there was an arched culvert under the towpath to a broad weir, a bit like Meadows Mill Spill Weir, discharging down to a drainage ditch. If this draws a blank then any civil engineering drawings of typical weirs will help."

If anybody has access to the required information then please contact Harry on 01865 767936 or email solarlink@waitrose.com <mailto:solarlink@waitrose.com>



If you would like some idea of what goes on at a monthly Work Action Group meeting then Minutes of the last one usually appear on the Connect website.

Simply login, go to the Activities and Rosters page and scroll down to Phase 1A Volunteer Projects Message Board for all the gen.


The Office received an email recently which kindly offered a 10% donation to the Trust from the sale proceeds of a print of a late 18th Century scene of the Pump House at Thames Head.

The Connect Photo Gallery that can be found at http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk/display_photo_gallery.php shows an example of what the print looks like (Picture removed 12 November 2009) but PLEASE NOTE this is NOT a copy of the print in question and no guarantee can possibly be given as to the condition or provenance of the one for sale. However it is believed that the print being sold is a very early one.

If you could be interested in acquiring this print please contact Richard Taylor to discuss further, email liztaylor220@btinternet.com <mailto:liztaylor220@btinternet.com> or telephone 01285 712879.



Well, that's the IWA National over and done with for another year.

Roadshow Manager Mike Slade has asked me to include a note of thanks in this issue to all those of you who helped over the weekend. Without your commitment the Trust could not have made it to Ratcliffe on Soar.

Thank you everybody, see you at Beale Park in 2010!



The planning application to move Upper Mills Bridge, Stonehouse has been received by the Stroud Planners and can be viewed online at http://www.stroud.gov.uk/docs/planning/planning_application_detail.asp?AppRef=S.09/1037/FUL

This page shows details of the application's progress and includes copies of all the associated documents relating to it. I had no idea so much background information was available to view.

As you will see there's even a facility to submit your own comments online – and to view those already submitted.


A timely reminder has been received from David Jowett, Editor of the Trust's quarterly magazine 'The Trow'.

The copy date for articles intended for publication in the December issue is Monday 5th October please.



As part of the annual Heritage Open Days project taking place around the country this year between the 10th and 13th September, the Cirencester Archaeological and Historical Society has arranged a couple of canal related walks this coming weekend.

Guided Walk one takes place on Saturday (12th). Meet at Cotswold District Council Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester at 2.45pm for a 7km 2 to 3 hour walk (including break) along the Cirencester Arm to Siddington. Tea will be taken at the Greyhound Inn.

Then on Sunday 13th around midday the CCT will have an information point and display at the Coates Portal of Sapperton Tunnel to coincide with guided walks to the Round House led by our very own Mark Welton until 4:30pm.

Further details of these and other events at http://www.cirenhistory.org.uk/walks.htm



For further information and contact details about items marked* please go to the Message Boards on the Connect Activities page at http://www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk 

*Mondays & Wednesdays from 9:00am: Maintenance activity at Western Depot, Eastington
*Tuesdays from 6:00pm: Tug, dredger & barge restoration activity at Western Depot, Eastington
*Thursdays from 5:30pm until dusk: Work Party in/around Latton Basin


*12th – Stroud Farmers Market
*13th (1) – Frampton Country Fair
*13th (2) – Work Party, Ryeford (*Saul-Daneway M/B)
*12th/13th (1) – Dig Deep weekend Eisey Lock
12th/13th (2) – Guided walks (see article above)
16th – Eastern Branch meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade from 7.30pm, everybody welcome
19th – Selsley Village Fete
*20th – Work Party Summit Level (Coates)
*22nd – Ruck's Bridge, mentors required please. See Message Board for details
*29th – NOTE DATE CHANGE – Work Action Group Meeting, The Crown, Cerney Wick 7:30pm


*4th – Work Party Summit Level (Coates)
5th – Western Branch Meeting at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster from 7:30pm, everybody welcome. Restoration update by either Bruce Hall from the Cotswold Canals Partnership or by Ken Burgin, CCT Chief Executive
*10th – Stroud Farmers Market
*11th – Work Party, probably Brimscombe/Chalford area (*Saul-Daneway M/B)
21st – Eastern Branch meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade from 7:30pm, everybody welcome
24th – CCT AGM at Stroud District Council Offices, Ebley Mill, 10:30am
27th – Work Action Group meeting, Heritage Centre Saul 7:30pm


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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