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ENews 2010-14

09 July 2010 


Hello and welcome to ENews 2010-14.

The headlines today:

I got the brick courses uneven
And gave you a duff contact name
The dredger is going to Cerney
We need you to help with this aim.

Sharon the Office is honoured
Richly deserved in my view
Ciren to Bell House on Monday
Sharons involved in that too.

October sees talk at the Sub Rooms
On links and on the Falkirk Wheel
The Partnership website updated
Find out whats happening for real.

There are plenty of jobs we can offer
No pay but expenses repaid
A talk and an auction of tokens
Takes place at the Trout in Lechlade.

The Roadshow and trip boats are busy
The peak summer season is here
I think that's enough for this issue
Anyone fancy a beer?



I got my mortar in a real old mix in ENews 2010-12 as I misunderstood the information I was given. Additionally it was not particularly helpful of me to have provided an email address for a contact when that contact is in Canada at the moment!

Apologies if you did email Jeff Shaw and wondered why you have not received a reply……now you know why. So, I shall try again.

Are you any good at bricklaying and/or pointing?

There are a couple of spill weirs needing remedial attention shortly and some volunteers coming forward who are handy with a trowel would be much appreciated.

Please let me know in the first instance, and I shall pass the information on.



There is every chance that the dredger will soon be earning its keep!

The plan is to move it to Cerney Wick and use it to dredge a stretch of canal between Spine Road and Cerney Wick Bridge.

Volunteers are being sought to undergo training (with a commitment to put that training to good use) and there is an initial meeting scheduled for the 13th July at the Crown Inn, Cerney Wick starting at 19:00.

Further details appear on the Connect Message Board headed Dredging Project at Spine Road at



Our Office Administrator Sharon Eastwood received a well-deserved honour recently when she became the 1,000th client of the Working Links organisation to be helped back to work after a serious illness.

The full story can be found at



Monday 12th July sees the much heralded move of our Administrative Office from Cirencester to Bell House, Stroud.

For those of you who send emails on Trust business please remember to change the blurb beneath your signature to show the new address, which is Bell House, Wallbridge Lock, Stroud, Glos GL5 3JS.

The email address remains the same ( and the new telephone number is 01453 752568.

In addition to being the home of the Administration Office, Bell House will also house a Conference and Exhibition Room, a Canal Visitor Centre and a Retail Sales area. There are plans for full disabled access including an electrically powered, external platform stair lift, mounted directly onto the wall of the building.

A webcam has been installed in the building so that Gloucestershire Highways have a complete record of progress with the A46 Merrywalks/Wallbridge project, initially this can be viewed by following the Wallbridge webcam-live link via the Trust website at  



Have a look at for details of what promises to be a fascinating evening at Stroud Subscription Rooms in October.



For all your up-to-date Rest Oration (!) news on the A46/Merrywalks works and other developments please remember to visit the Partnership website at and follow the link to the Whats Happening page



Some wonderful longer term volunteering opportunities have arisen and Construction Director Mike Hynd is looking forward to being overwhelmed by the rush of suitably qualified people who prefer offering a different set of skills to the mud and wellies brigade.

These posts will cover the activities of the Construction Division with its Eastern and Western Depots, the Trading Company with its Trip Boat operations, Saul Heritage Centre and the Roadshow; the new Office at Bell House, Stroud is also included.

For more information on any of the proposed new roles please contact Mike at  This is also the address to which applications listing your experience and relevant qualifications should be submitted before 1st September. 

Opportunity 1. First Aid Kits Supervisor, responsible for the regular checking and replenishment of the kits. Knowledge of the Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and subsequent relevant legislation would help.

Opportunity 2. Fire Extinguishers and Fire Precautions Supervisor, responsible for advising what type is required where and for ensuring they are regularly serviced.  Knowledge of the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 and subsequent relevant legislation is sought in this instance.

Opportunity 3. Electrical Equipment Supervisor, a qualified electrician who would be responsible for testing all things electrical (including PAT testing) and advising on the correct installation of electrical supplies in all of the property under the Trust's control.  Knowledge of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and subsequent relevant legislation would be ideal.

Opportunity 4. Lifting Equipment and Accessories Supervisor, responsible for carrying out regular inspections of all lifting equipment and accessories used by the Trust.  This time knowledge of the Lifting Operations and Equipment Regulations (1998) (LOLER) and subsequent relevant legislation would be a distinct advantage.

The posts are all voluntary but I'm told reasonable expenses incu
rred will be reimbursed.



The next monthly East End get together at the Trout Inn, Lechlade on the 21st July will include a presentation by CCT Member Dave Jones on the subject of Canal Tokens in general and Thames and Severn ones in particular.

Dave is an expert on this subject and will hold an auction of Thames and Severn tokens later in the evening.

Doors open 19:00 for a 19:30 start.



There are loads of one-off volunteering opportunities on offer at the moment, especially as we are entering the summer holiday season.

The Roadshow is really active in July and August. In addition to its regular appearances at Stroud Farmers Market it is going to the Stroud Country Show next weekend, the Stroud Vintage Transport & Engine Club Annual Show at Kemble on the 6th/8th August and the IWA National at Beale Park, Reading over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Vacancies are available in the staffing rosters for these – can YOU help?

Closer to home the trip boat operations at Lechlade and Saul can expect to be busy as the good weather continues and there are plenty of volunteer opportunities available here too.

To put your name down for any of the Roadshows and/or the trip boats please go to the Connect website at and the Activities and Rosters section. Here you will find further information on the relevant Message Boards for these events and rosters to which you can add your name. Alternatively you can discuss this with the Activity Leader in charge whose contact details appear on the Message Boards.



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
*Monday Mornings and Thursday evenings: Work Parties Spine Road and Cerney Wick area.


10th*: Stroud Farmers Market
10th/11th*: London WRG (LWRG) at Eisey Lock, CCT volunteers welcome
10th-17th: 3rd (of 4) WRG Camp at Gough's Orchard. Details
11th*: Work Party near Horsetrough Roundabout, Stonehouse (Work Parties Saul-Daneway Message Board)
13th*: Dredging Project training meeting, the Crown Cerney Wick 19:00
17th*: Stroud Country Show, Stratford Park Stroud
17th-24th: 4th (of 4) WRG Camp at Gough's Orchard. Details
18th*: Work Party Summit Level
21st: Eastern Branch monthly meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade from 19:30. All welcome
24th/31st*: Kent & E Sussex Canal Recovery Group (KESCRG) Camp at Eisey Lock, CCT volunteers welcome
27th*: Construction Action Group meeting, Bell House, Wallbridge (Note new venue)
31st – August 7th*: WRG Camp at Eisey Lock, CCT volunteers welcome


1st*: Work Party Summit Level
6th-8th*: Stroud Vintage Transport Annual Show, Kemble
7th-14th*: WRG Camp at Eisey Lock, CCT volunteers welcome
14th*: Stroud Farmers Market
15th*: Work Party Summit Level
24th*: Construction Action Group meeting, Crown Cerney Wick
28th-30th*: IWA National, Beale Park Reading


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