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ENews 2010-05

09 March 2010


Hello and welcome to ENews 2010-05. The headlines today:

App has gone in, for Ryeford Lock
Council are tweeting, you can take stock.
The Who why and where, updates to view
AOL users, nothing for you.
Schedule of jobs, there to be done
Barn Dance raffle prize, second to none.
Please help the farmers, mark it down please
Logs team is resting, almost on their knees.



On the stretch of the Stroudwater between Stonehouse and Ebley lies Ryeford Double Lock, a unique structure that is both listed and in need of some TLC.

Stroud Valleys Canal Company has now submitted a listed building consent application to Stroud District Council for the restoration of the lock; details of the application can be viewed at and you may find it interesting to explore the Associated Documents section towards the bottom of the page to ascertain just what is being proposed.



For those of you that understand these things, Stroud District Council are now twittering about matters canal. Public Relations Officer Dave Marshall is the brains behind this idea.

I am even told you can get the tweets sent direct to your mobile, or by RSS feed to your computer if you prefer.

Details at and Dave is the guy to contact if you have something you would like to see tweeted out to a wider audience, email



As Roger Daltrey might have sung.

The latest SDC update on the canal project has been posted onto the Partnership website. It contains information about reed cutting, towpath construction, Merrywalks Bridge, staff changes and land acquisitions.

Go to and follow the Project Updates link for more.



If your ISP is AOL then there is every chance that you will not be reading this.

At the moment every copy of ENews sent to a subscriber with an AOL email address is being rejected by AOL with the company claiming that either

"This error message (554rlyb2) indicates that a hard block has been placed against your IP address due to poor IP reputation"
"This error message (554rtrsc) is indicative of a block due to successive dynamic blocks issued against your IP address."

Nor do I! The inference is that the newsletter is spam; I have reported this to the ISP the newsletter uses and sincerely hope it is no more than a temporary aberration. If anybody with an in depth knowledge of such problems could enlighten me as to a way forward it would be much appreciated.


Every Monday and Wednesday around 09:00 a group of volunteers assembles at Western Depot, Eastington. Very occasionally we have not got a clue as to what delights the day holds in store, but all that is about to change.

The Maintenance Activities Message Board on the Connect volunteer website ( is trialling a Diary of Forthcoming Attractions for wont of a better expression.

For example boat recovery and tree felling were scheduled on the 8th, both achieved, scrub bashing on the 10th, hauling some fallen ivy trees from the canal on the 15th, and so on.

All this is on top of the ongoing log project, where deliveries are scheduled for each operating day from now until the end of the month – and that means there will have to be a fair bit of hunter-gatherer activity to fulfil the orders!

All very exciting, although there is an assumption that no urgent work crops up and that the weather continues to be as kind to us as it has been recently.



Have you got your tickets for the Barn Dance yet? It is being held on the 27th March at Whitminster Village Hall, and tickets are available from the Heritage Centre at Saul or Anna Watts, 07976 617983.

And remember – there is a fantastic raffle prize of a flight along the length of the Cotswold Canals. Somebody has to win it, it could well be YOU.



Another reminder, this time about our monthly appearances at Stroud Farmers Market.

The Roadshow is there on the second Saturday of each month and the Message Board on the Connect volunteer website has all the dates and further information about what is involved.

A roster has been established for every Saturday in question between March and October. If you can help then you add your name to this by clicking onto the pink square next to your chosen shift.

If you would rather speak to someone before committing yourself then Roadshow Manager Mike Slade is your man –  or 01179 693270 (after 19:00 if phoning on a weekday, please.)



Many thanks to those of you who have taken delivery of a trailer load of Stroudwater Logs over the last 4 months.

You may be interested to learn that by the end of this month 40 deliveries will have been undertaken; the amount raised from these, after running costs, will be pretty close to £2,200!

The Mature Years Logging Team is about to disband for the spring and summer, but they should be back by late autumn as they will undoubtedly need to get back into their winter exercise regime.


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.


*13th: Stroud Farmers' Market
17th: Eastern Branch monthly meeting at Trout Inn, Lechlade 19:30. All welcome
*21st: Work Party Ryeford, mud barge location (Saul-Daneway Message Board) 
*23rd: Work Action Group meeting, Heritage Centre Saul (Volunteer Activity Programme Message Board)
27th: Barn Dance Whitminster Village Hall, 19:30. Tickets £10 from Heritage Centre Saul or Anna Watts, 07976 617983
*27th/28th: London Waterway Recovery Group (LWRG) at Eisey Lock, CCT volunteers welcome
*28th: (1) Work Party Summit level
*28th: (2) Lechlade trip boat training afternoon
*31st: Lechlade trip boat training afternoon


*10th: Stroud Farmers' Market
*10th/11th: Kent & East Sussex Canal Restoration Group (KESCRG) at Eisey Lock, CCT volunteers welcome 
*11th: Work Party Summit level Work Parties Summit Level
12th – NOTE DATE CHANGE BECAUSE OF EASTER: Western Branch meeting, Fromebridge Mill Whitminster from 19:30. All welcome
*18th: Work Party Griffins Mill Lock area (Work Parties Saul-Daneway Message Board)
21st: Eastern Branch meeting The Trout Inn Lechlade from 19:30. All welcome
*27th: Work Action Group meeting, Crown Inn Cerney Wick


The primary objective of ENews is to keep members, volunteers and subscribers up to date with things going on 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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