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ENews 2010-11

20 May 2010


Hello and welcome to ENews 2010-11.

LATE NEWS ITEM – As some of you will know, the water level of the canal at Wallbridge is being lowered to facilitate work on the A46 Bridge and Wallbridge Upper and Lower locks.

A CCT Work Party that happened to be on site on the 19th May met the local fishing club chairman and he was delighted to tell us that something like 2,500 fish had been successfully relocated further upstream to the Thrupp area.

The headlines today:

One hundred years, since last traverse
Volunteer sought, to swell the purse.
Merrywalks work, starting at last
New Blunder boat, what a contrast.
Puzzling pipes, anyone know?
Can Trows be copied, before they go?
Office has got, Sharon in charge
Buy tickets soonest, venue not large.



CCT Member Steve Parker is looking to mark the 100th anniversary next year of the last craft to traverse the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames & Severn Canal.

He says:
As a way of promoting the CCT, fund raising, and highlighting the need for the reopening I have the following in mind. Take two boats from Saul to Lechlade by the shortest routes possible at the moment, that is one via Bristol then the K & A to join the Thames at Reading and the other via the Avon to Stratford, Leamington and onto the Thames at Oxford.
I think both trips would take about the same time, 10 days to two weeks. To start planning for this I will need some help with boats, crews and support. If anybody is interested could they contact me at please.



With the pace of restoration accelerating the Cotswold Canals Trust is looking to recruit a Volunteer Fundraiser. Fundraising currently encompasses appeals to charitable trusts and to CCT members, income generated by the trading arm and various fundraising events, the 300 Club and the annual Grand Draw.

The CCT is looking for someone who could complement the above and who has experience in other aspects of fundraising including corporate and public organisations and innovative approaches to the members.

It is anticipated that the successful volunteer will be co-opted onto the Trusts Council of Management (a dual role as Company Director and Charity Trustee) and would work closely with the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer and Administrator.

Please contact Elizabeth Payne (Chairman) on 01367 253121 or email if you would like to discuss further.



The latest update on progress with Merrywalks Bridge and Wallbridge Locks can be viewed at

Follow the What's Happening link, then the A46 Merrywalks one.



The latest addition to the CCT fleet, namely the new boat for trips on the Stroudwater at Eastington, was successfully assembled the other day. Congratulations to all involved with this project, the end result looks really good.

Pictures of this momentous occasion appear in the Connect website Photo Gallery at

The official launch and naming ceremony will take place on Saturday 5th June at the Blunder Lock Fun Day, information about this appears on the Connect website Message Board. If you are available to help on the day itself then please contact Anna Watts, email or 07976 617983.

It would be apposite to repeat the volunteer appeal from the last ENews as Anna tells me there she really needs several more pairs of hands to come forward if they possibly can.

The event will boast cake, book and bric-a-brac stalls, as well as the Trust's very own and refurbished ice cream trailer. In addition to seeking items for the stalls, the whole event will require volunteers to come forward to staff the event.

If you can donate cakes or would like to help on that 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.

If you feel you can help in any other way, for example with setting up in the morning and clearing up afterwards or if you have any queries please email Anna soonest, contact details as above.



This from Stroud District Council Public Relations Officer Dave Marshall

We're looking for any information on two black PVC pipes of about 28mm diameter that cross the canal about 200m upstream of Gasworks (Chestnut Lane Bridge).

We've tried the utilities, to no avail – there is no obvious reason why they should be there. Our plan is to disconnect and blank them off during week commencing 7th June. Warning notices have been attached.

If you have any information about what may be cut off in a couple of weeks time (or indeed what may fall out of them when that first cut is made, come to that) then Dave would dearly like to hear from you, 01453 754646 or email 



The home for the 148 back copies of the Trow that I mentioned in the last ENews is likely to be the Museum in the Park at Stroud.

However before they go there and knowing just how creative the ENews readership has proved itself to be over the years – does anybody know of, or have access to, a process whereby they could all be scanned into a computer? If such a process exists then it would be preferable to be able to add to it, especially as the 40th anniversary of the formation of the original Stroudwater Canals Society will be in 2012 and we could consider issuing a celebratory DVD for example.

I suppose the alternative would be for an individual to come forward who would be prepared to scan each and every one, page by page……

Offers or ideas to me at please.



This from Liz Payne, CCT Chairman:

Interviews were held recently to appoint a replacement Office Administrator following the departure of Karen Grainger to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust.

The successful applicant, chosen from a high quality field, was Sharon Eastwood. Sharon has been covering the post since Karen's departure in March.

We are delighted that Sharon has accepted the post as she has many qualifications particularly in business management that will be of great benefit to the Trust. Her contracted hours are 10:30 – 14:30, Mondays to Thursdays inclusive.



Now that the restoration is under way, the Cotswold Canals Trust and the Stroudwater Textile Trust are getting together to explore the heritage of the canal and its industrial surroundings. They are jointly promoting an all-day conference on Mills and Canals in which distinguished speakers will look at both the local and the national importance of canals and the textile industry.

The conference will be held at Ebley Mill on Saturday 12 June. It should be a fascinating day, and both Trusts hope it will attract all those who are interested in the history of Stroud's canals and industrial heritage. A copy of the programme appears on the CCT website,

Tickets are £15 each and include a buffet lunch. They are available from the Canal Trust Office by phone on 01285 643440 or email

Numbers are limited to 85 and tickets are already selling fast – so early application is essential!



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.


*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: Blunder Fun Day, 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.
12th: Canals and Mills Conference Ebley Mill. (see story above).
*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.

You can receive a Twitter feed from the Cotswold Canals Partnership direct to your mobile or PC from

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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