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ENews 2010-10

02 May 2010 


Hello and welcome to ENews 2010-10.

The headlines today:

Acronym change, reflecting new name,
Night at the Dockers, achieved its aim.
First links are forged, across La Manche
All one four-eight Trows, would you like perchance?
For Ryeford Double, tenders being sought,
Launch day is set, for Blunder trip bort.



This from Mike Hynd, Cotswold Canals Trust Construction Director:

"Please note that at the March meeting of WAG at Saul it was agreed to change its title to CAG -Construction Action Group. This then lines up with the layout of the Trusts Construction Division.

"I am the Construction Director, presiding over the Construction Management Group who in turn manage the East and West Construction Action Groups which consist of the Team Leaders who oversee the Teams of Volunteers on the ground who actually do the work – safely, we hope!"

Notes of the most recent meeting, held at Cerney Wick on the 27th April, appear on the Connect website CAG Message Board at



2010-08 told you about the Sharpness Marina Boaters Spring Get Together on 24th April.

Well, the evening was a great success. As prophesied, Club Steward Penny produced one of her renowned and truly excellent buffets and the evening raised £300 for the British Heart Foundation in memory of Roger Wells.

I have been requested to pass on the grateful thanks of the organisers to everybody who took part and this I am only too pleased and delighted to do.



Whilst you were busy watching Countryfile last Sunday, 2 representatives from ARECABE were being collected from Bristol Airport at the start of a 2-day visit to the Cotswold Canals.

ARECABE is the name of the organisation intent on reopening the Canal de Berry, located some 140 miles south of Paris. There would seem to be many similarities between their project and ours, information about the visit and background to the concept can be found at



We recently inherited all 148 editions published so far of our quarterly magazine the Trow. They provide a fascinating view of how the Cotswold Canals Trust has developed since the first one hit the shelves back in February 1973.

Hopefully the collection can be kept together and enquiries I have made reveal that the Museum in the Park, Stroud, could be extremely interested.

Unless anybody has a better idea, that is. If you have then please let me know.



If you are a subscriber to the SDC Twitter feed then you already know this, but if not then you will have missed a twittered piece on the 28th April:

Companies have this week been invited to tender for restoring Ryeford Locks and for ground investigation between Stonehouse and Brimscombe.

Details of how to become a Twitter recipient appear below.



Events Coordinator Anna Watts reports:

"Saturday 5th June will be an exciting day on the Stroudwater Navigation at Eastington as this is when we shall be launching and naming our new trip boat.

"We plan to have cakes, books and bric-a-brac stalls there as well as our ice cream trailer and the Roadshow. In addition to seeking donations for the stalls, the whole event will need staffing too!

~ If you can donate cakes or help on the stall during the day, please contact Anne King 01452 741029. Anne will accept cakes at any time she says.

~ For the bric-a-brac stall Maggie Taylor is your contact, 01453 810574, and she can collect items between 23rd & 30th May.

~ Ian Bennett will be looking after the books, phone 01453 828166, and he is looking for books in good condition rather than all those magazines that you cannot bring yourself to throw out for recycling!

~ If you want to fill an ice cream cornet then Dudley Greenslade is the man to talk to on 01453 825515.

~ Roadshow Manager Mike Slade will be seeking some volunteers in due course.

"If you feel you can help in any other way, for example with setting up in the morning and clearing up afterwards, if you cannot contact any of the above or if you have any queries please email me, or phone me on 07976 617983."



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.


*4th: Trow envelope stuffing session at Heritage Centre, Saul from 10:00.
*8th: Stroud Farmers' Market Stroud Farmers Market.
10th – NOTE DATE CHANGE: Western Branch monthly 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 Ryeford Double Lock area. 
19th: Eastern Branch monthly meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade from 19:30, all welcome.
*25th: Construction Action Group meeting, Saul Heritage Centre.
29th/30th: WRG Work Party at Goughs Orchard Lock. CCT volunteers welcome.
*29th-31st: Crick Boat Show.


5th: Launch of new trip boat at Eastington (See story above).
7th: Western Branch monthly meeting, Fromebridge Mill Whitminster from 19:30. All welcome.
*12th: Stroud Farmers Market.
*13th: Work Party Ryeford area (TBC).
16th: Eastern Branch monthly meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade from 19:30, all welcome.
*19th/20th (1): WRG Bit in the Middle Group (BITM) at Eisey Lock, CCT volunteers welcome.
19th/20th (2): WRG Work Party at Goughs Orchard Lock. CCT volunteers welcome.
*22nd: Construction Action Group meeting, Crown Inn Cerney Wick.
26th/27th: Historic Working Boats Rally, Braunston.


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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