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ENews 2010-02

19 January 2010

The funeral of Roger Wells took place earlier today with over 250 friends, family and colleagues filling Gloucester Crematorium to overflowing.

A moving and memorable Humanist service was conducted by Su Chard, a fitting tribute to someone who was so well respected and sadly missed by all who knew him.

On a similar and equally sad note we have been advised of the passing of David McCutcheon, a long time supporter and Work Party volunteer in the Cerney Wick area for over 20 years.

David's Service of Remembrance will be held at Redditch Crematorium, Bordesley Lane, Redditch, Worcestershire B97 6RR (01527 62174) at 2.45pm on Friday Jan 22nd. The family have requested donations in lieu of flowers, please, that will be split 50:50 between the Cotswold Canals Trust and the British Heart Foundation.

Hello and welcome to ENews 2010-02.

Today's headlines:

It's goodbye to Santa, he's over the moon,
Log sales are booming, order yours soon.
Lots of Work Parties, getting you fit,
New site at Wallbridge, let's go for it!
Inglesham Lock, gifted to Trust,
Training for trip boats, it is a must.



Despite a shortened season this year (with the first day of operation virtually wiped out by inclement weather) Santa's waterborne sleigh still managed 53 cruises, conveying a total of nearly 450 passengers.

As usual the happy and excited children were outnumbered by Mums, Dads & Grandparents who, judging by their many kind comments to the Elves, had a most enjoyable time. And bringing pleasure, excitement and maybe even a little bit of magic to Saul Junction is what the Santa Cruise Season is all about.

There was lots of behind the scenes activity beforehand to ensure the whole operation ran smoothly, including organising the crew rosters, booking (the real) Santa, acquiring all the presents, putting up the luxury ticket office, ordering the mince pies and decorating 'Perseverance'. Grateful thanks are due to all those involved in any way as well as to those who turned up on the operating days to brave the wide variety of weather that Mother Nature chose to throw at us.



If you have a log burning or multi fuel stove then now is the time to consider laying down supplies of wood (with a genuine Stroudwater Navigation provenance into the bargain) for next Autumn and beyond.

Details of the logs, their preparation, what the loads look like and the delivery service can be found at together with comments from some well satisfied customers.

To summarise briefly: we are offering free delivery within a 15-mile radius for either a minimum order of 5 nets that each weigh approx 15Kg (when dry, around 20Kg at delivery) for £25, or two different sized trailer loads available at £47.50 & £95.00 respectively.

The project has got off to a cracking start with delivery usually effected within a week of ordering, weather permitting of course. If you would like to place an order please give me a ring on 01452 505322 or email



There is a plethora of Work Parties at the moment.

Mark Welton will be holding one of his regular Summit ones, based at the Tunnel House Inn end of Sapperton Tunnel, on the 24th January.

If you haven't got a head for heights and would prefer to be closer to sea level then Richard Attwood is organising one on the same day in the Upper Mills, Stonehouse area, working on the stretch between there and the Ebley Bypass bridge.

Further details of Mark's and all other regular sessions can be found on the respective Connect Work Party Message Boards and details of Richard's appear on the "Volunteer Activity Programme" one.



The first steps have been taken towards an objective of turning the former Bell Hotel at Wallbridge, Stroud into the Cotswold Canals Trust's Headquarters and Visitor Centre.

The site is adjacent to Wallbridge Upper Lock and if it all goes ahead then it would probably become the Trust's administrative headquarters. The intention would be to run a Visitor Centre along similar lines to the highly successful Heritage Centre at Saul Junction, one of the major differences being that it would be open for business every day.

In addition it could be a perfect location for a future trip boat operation – once Phase 1A is completed in the area, of course.

The Trust is indebted to Stroud Town Council as it has indicated its support for the project by agreeing to a grant of £2,000 per annum over the next 3 years towards the overheads. Other potential funding sources are being investigated too.



British Waterways has now gifted a package of land at Inglesham to the Cotswold Canals Trust. This incorporates the entrance to and a section of the Thames and Severn Canal adjacent to the Roundhouse and includes the junction with the River Thames, together with the first lock.

BW originally acquired this part of the canal, the adjacent roundhouse and converted warehouse in 2002. Last year they decided to sell their remaining property interests at Inglesham so they contacted the Trust with a view to safeguarding the future route of the canal whilst ensuring the nature and value of the residential property were retained.

The Trust now intends to develop proposals to restore Inglesham Lock and the entrance, paying due attention to the fact that both the bridge and the Roundhouse are listed buildings.



In advance of the trip boat season recommencing at Easter at both Lechlade and Saul, dates have been set aside for some training.

For new volunteers and existing ones who have yet to complete the course, First Aid Training has been arranged. The Heritage Centre, Saul at 19:00 on Wednesday 10th February is the venue for west enders and the Trout Inn Lechlade at 19:00 on Wednesday 24th February for those in the east.

In both instances please contact Rob Burgon (west) or Ron Read (east) to confirm your attendance – if you have not done so already.

Trip boat volunteers need to undergo refresher training in Fire, Boat Evacuation and Man Overboard procedures on an annual basis. (As a matter of interest, refresher First Aid Training is only necessary every 3 years). Dates for this have been set aside as follows:

At Saul – Saturday 6th March from 10:00
At Lechlade – Sunday 28th March and Tuesday 30th March, both dates from 14:00.

As before please contact your Trip Boat Team Leaders to book yourself in.



For further information and contact details about items marked* please go to the Message Boards on the Activities and Rosters page at If you wish to become a registered volunteer just follow the "Register Me Now" link.
*Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00am: Maintenance activity at Western Depot
*Saturdays from 9:00am: Plant restoration work parties
*Weekdays and Weekends: Scrub clearance Cerney Wick area.


*24th:(1) Work Party Summit level
*24th:(2) Work Party Upper Mills area (Volunteer Activity Programme Message Board)
*26th: Work Action Group meeting Saul (Volunteer Activity Programme Message Board)
*31st: Work Party Ryeford area (Work Parties Saul-Daneway Mes
sage Board)


6th/7th:(1) Ownerships Show at Braunston
*6th/7th:(2) Kent & E Sussex Canal Restoration Group (KESCRG) at Eisey Lock. CCT volunteers welcome
*7th: Work Party Summit level
*10th: Saul trip boat 1st Aid Training
*20th/21st: Newbury Working Party Group (NWPG) at Eisey Lock. CCT volunteers welcome
*21st: Work Party Summit level
*23rd: Work Action Group meeting, Cerney Wick (Volunteer Activity Programme Message Board)
*24th: Lechlade trip boat 1st Aid Training
*28th: Work Party Ryeford area (Work Parties Saul-Daneway Message Board)


*6th: Saul trip boat refresher training
*7th: Work Party Summit level
*13th: Stroud Farmers Market
*21st: Work Party Ryeford area (Work Parties Saul-Daneway Message Board)
*23rd: Work Action Group meeting, Saul Heritage Centre (Volunteer Activity Programme Message Board)
*27th/28th: London Waterway Recovery Group (LWRG) at Eisey Lock. CCT volunteers welcome
*28th: Work Party Summit level
*28th: Lechlade trip boat training
*30th: Lechlade trip boat training


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 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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