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ENews 2010-09

22 April 2010


Hello and welcome to ENews 2010-09.

In 2010-08 I stated that Countryfile on BBC 1 this coming Sunday – featuring CCT activity at Eastington and Ryeford – was scheduled to be broadcast at 19:00. As occurs with many schedules, this has changed; the broadcast time is now 18:15.

The headlines today:

Job app for Ciren, onwards to Stroud
PR potential, to do us proud.
Strange mix on offer, whoops at the pumps
Merrywalks Bridge, is coming up trumps.
Walk around Latton, Eysey and Cricklade,
Inglesham ownership, fears are allayed.



The Trust requires a part-time Administrator for a more or less immediate start. The successful candidate will be initially based in the Cirencester Office but will be involved in the re-location to Stroud in July 2010. The applicant will have good IT, administrative and secretarial skills and be familiar with the SAGE accounting software. Self motivation and the ability to work with a minimum of supervision are important for this post.

22 hours per week – Salary £10,500 p.a.

Further information, including a job description, can be viewed on The Trust website: The closing date is Friday 30th April 2010

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your cv and letter of application to or post to:

Mrs E Payne
Cotswold Canals Trust
St Johns Lock



The Trust's Press and Media Liaison Officer Tony Crook has decided to hang up his pen. We are very grateful for all the expertise Tony has brought to the role and appreciate all he has achieved.

Press releases are being handled by the Chairman, Liz Payne in the short term but she assures me that she would rather see a specifically appointed volunteer undertake this duty in view of the existing heavy constraints on her time.

Contact details for Liz appear above, please get in touch with her if this appeal appeals to you.



Extract from a recent email received, can you help at all?

"Dear David, do you know of anyone who can make use of 65 litres of a 50/50 mix of white diesel/petrol as a colleague of mine filled his diesel car up with petrol and had to get it siphoned out into jerry cans? (pmsl)"

(I understand that pmsl is a phrase that will undoubtedly be understood by mobile phone text users and that I may have got it wrong)



Some really good news to tell you about, relating to Phase 1A of the restoration.

Reference to the comprehensive and informative Cotswold Canals Partnership website at and the What's Happening section reveals that a contractor has now been appointed for the Merrywalks Bridge project in Stroud and that work is scheduled to start in the week beginning May 3rd.

There's more information on the website itself; this is fantastic news, given that Merrywalks Bridge is such a pivotal element of the restoration.



A new walk based on Cricklade has been introduced that will help to obtain recognition for the work done at Latton Basin and knowledge of the new canal route SE of Latton village.

Part of the route is a permissive path and not a public right of way; signs have been put up along the route together with information panels at Latton Basin (replacing the existing one there) and in Cricklade on the route of the National Thames Trail.

Leaflets are available from the Gateway Centre, the Cricklade Town Council office (which acts as the local TIC) and at the site box below the panel at Latton Basin.

Now here's a challenge. Are there some readers with no knowledge of the route who would be happy to go for a test walk? Apart from enjoying a lovely stroll the objective is to see if the signing and/or the leaflet can be improved (at minimal cost I hasten to add).

Comments and opinions to Neville Nelder, email please.



Inglesham Roundhouse & Wharf house have been sold to a member of the Waterway Recovery Group who is also a regular volunteer at Eysey.

I am told that BW played a key role in ensuring that the new owner would be someone we could work with – and that must augur well for the future restoration of the area.



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: Work Parties Cerney Wick area.


*27th: Work Action Group meeting, Crown Inn Cerney Wick (Volunteer Activity Programme Message Board)


*8th: Stroud Farmers Market
10th – NOTE DATE CHANGE BECAUSE OF BANK HOLIDAY: Western Branch meeting, Fromebridge Mill Whitminster from 19:30. All welcome
*15th/16th: Newbury Working Party Group (NWPG) at Eisey Lock, CCT volunteers welcome
*16th: Work Party Griffins Mill Lock area (Work Parties Saul-Daneway Message Board)
19th: Eastern Branch meeting The Trout Inn Lechlade from 19:30. All welcome
*25th: Work Action Group meeting, Heritage Centre Saul (Volunteer Activity Programme Message Board)
*29th/31st: Crick Boat Show


The primary objective of ENews is to keep members, volunteers and subscribers up to date with what is happening within the Cotswold Canals Trust as a whole. Any and all feedback is more than welcome.

If you ever notice a break in the sequential numbering of ENews this means you have missed an issue that can happen for a variety of reasons. There is always a copy of the latest one displayed at together with a full archive from Day 1 back on 3rd April 2006.

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Any newsworthy items for consideration should be sent to
<> but please remember I am always looking for a connection with the Stroudwater, the Thames & Severn or the CCT – however tenuous.

David Pagett
Editor, ENews
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