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ENews 2010-18

03 October 2010 

Hello and welcome to ENews 2010-18.

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.

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

To view the live webcam of the A46/A419 road works at Merrywalks, Stroud go to and follow the Wallbridge webcam-live link at the top of the page.


The headlines today:

A fund raising rally in Gloucester
In just a few weeks will begin
Upper Mills Bridge work has started
And Ocean Bridge plans have gone in.

Merrywalks Bridge needs a new name
Tell SDC if you know
Go to a Visitor Centre
To see latest fashion on show. 

Some sad vacant shops on the High Street
Have window displays to enhance
Summer draw raffle is over
Sent in your cheque yet perchance?

A meeting about a chug to Lechlade
Via Bristol or Stratfords the plan
You can hear the Falkirk Wheel story
And find out how it all began.

The website revamp has been welcomed
Several new features are there
Us loggers are back on the tree trunks
Until the cupboard is bare. 

A call for help up at South Cerney
To revamp the Spine Road location
If you need a spare vacuum cleaner
Its yours for a decent donation.



The Gloucestershire and Herefordshire Branch of the IWA is organising a Boat Rally in Gloucester Docks on Saturday 16th October to raise funds towards their Inglesham Lock National Appeal.

The plan is for our trip boat Perseverance to be there to offer trips around the Docks, in addition to which the Roadshow will be in attendance on the North Quay.

In the evening there will be a 3-course dinner aboard the Oliver Cromwell, open to boaters and non boaters alike at a cost of £16 per head.

Further information is available from Martin Turner, phone 01291 650605 or 07860 521876.



Contractors have now moved onto site at Upper Mills, Stonehouse so work is finally under way with the construction of the new access bridge for the Industrial Estate.

At the same time a planning application has been submitted to demolish the existing swing bridge at the Ocean, Stonehouse, and replace it with a new one. 

Every week Gloucestershire County Council issue a progress bulletin on the A46 Merrywalks Bridge project and the following is an extract from the latest one:

Work has continued on the placing of steel reinforcing to form the base and lower sections of the bridge structure and it was hoped that we would have been able to pour some concrete later this week.  Unfortunately due to the heavy rain that occurred on Wednesday a lot of ground water has found its way into the excavation and the contractor is now working hard on trying to pump the area clear.  It has not been helped by leakage from the Slad Brook culvert and there is also a threat of further rain.  It is anticipated that we will be pouring concrete early next week.

Further information about these and other matters can be found in the Whats Happening section of the Partnership website at



A name is needed for the new bridge at Merrywalks.

Any suggestions, including an explanation, can be sent to David Marshall at Stroud District Council, Westward Rd, Stroud, GL5 4UB or email by Friday October 8.



The latest range of CCT clothing has arrived, just in time to protect you against those autumnal chills.

The range includes gilets, fleeces, sweatshirts, rugby and polo shirts and baseball caps and is available for trying on (and buying, of course) at Wallbridge Visitor Centre and Saul Heritage Centre.

And please remember that plastic card payment facilities are available at both locations.



As premises become vacant in Stroud, various Groups and Organisations are invited to put on window displays depicting their purpose or passion to make the shop look more inviting to the passer by and window shopper.
Local Community Activist Anne Mackintosh runs the scheme and invited the Cotswold Canals Trust to put on a display in the window of what was the old Stroud Music Centre in London Road Stroud (next to the Brunel Mall Multi Storey Car Park.)
As you would expect our own window dressers have risen to the challenge with a bold green theme.

A reminder that the Summer Draw takes place at the Trust's Annual General Meeting on Saturday 23rd October at the New Memorial Hall, Lechlade.

Please return all ticket counterfoils and cheques to Sharon Eastwood, Cotswold Canals Trust, Bell House, Wallbridge Lock, Stroud GL5 3JS by Wednesday 20th October.



You may remember from ENews 2010-11 issued in mid-May that Steve Parker is looking to arrange a centenary cruise from Saul to Lechlade via the two currently available routes.

Well, he has arranged a meeting to be held at Wallbridge Visitor Centre on Tuesday 12th October at 19:30. Places are strictly limited so this meeting is intended for those who may have already told Steve of their interest or who are genuinely interested in taking part.

If you intend to attend please let Steve know in advance, email or phone 01367 241180 or 07960 515182.



Thursday 28th October at 7:00pm is the time to be at the Sub Rooms, Stroud for what promises to be a fascinating evening about the Falkirk Wheel, possibly the most unusual (and successful) tourist attraction in Scotland.

This is a unique opportunity to learn how architectural imagination and engineering ingenuity created a working sculpture. The story will be told by the man responsible for its innovative concept Professor Ric Russell OBE.

Further information and details of the ticketing arrangements can be found at



A reminder that the new CCT website is up and running and has been very well received all round.

Amongst some innovative features are the Online Shop, the opportunity to send a friend a Gift Membership (what an excellent idea for a Christmas present with a difference), a Latest News section and many other interesting pages.

In addition a NewsLink Team has been established. This is a facility enabling you to bring news items to the attention of various people responsible for communications within the Trust for them to disseminate as appropriate.

Well worth a visit for a general browse if nothing else at



The logs delivery service is on the road again and should keep going until April/May next year, subject only to sufficient supplies of suitable wood remaining available.

For further information and details of the pricing structure follow the Logs for Sale link on the CCT website



Calling all those who would like to see the Spine Road to Cerney Wick pound back in water with an upgraded towpath. 

The dredging and towpath project is in its 4th week with a further week to run.  Activities include the operation of the CCT dredger, 360 digger, smaller digger and dumper, not to mention work on the towpath itself. Organisers Steve Pickover and John Maxted are keen to keep working after this and into the autumn if at all possible.

There are plenty of opportunities to help with the many other jobs, even if only for a part of a day. If you would like to expand the towpath team, have machine operation certification or simply wish to offer constructive advice, you will be most welcome.
For more information please contact schedule manager Steve on 07905 596006, email, or John can be contacted on 07756 974406 .



CCT Member and ex narrowboater Michael Zair has gone overseas to South America. (By air rather than narrowboat)

As a parting gift he donated an Oreck XL Industrial 2005HH lightweight upright cleaner – with a hypoallergenic filtering system no less – to the Trust as a fund raiser.

I am told that it is excellent for carpets and has been little used and that it comes with 8 spare bags and a spare belt.

Susie Bayliss has further information (and the vacuum) and will be looking for a sensible donation to Trust funds before parting with it. Susie can be contacted by email or phone 07891 663159.



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.    
*Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am: Maintenance activity at Eastern Depot. 


2nd/3rd: Roadshow at Model Railway Exhibition, Deer Park School Cirencester
*3rd: Work Party Summit Level CANCELLED
4th: Western Branch monthly meeting, Fromebridge Mill Whitminster from 19:30
*9th: Stroud Farmers Market
16th: Roadshow at IWA Boat Gathering, Gloucester Docks
*17th: Work Party Brimscombe – Daneway
20th: Eastern Branch monthly meeting, the Trout Inn Lechlade from 19:30
23rd: CCT AGM at New Memorial Hall, Lechlade 10:30
*24th: Work Party Summit Level
*26th: Construction Action Group meeting Bell House Wallbridge
28th: Falkirk Wheel talk, Sub Rooms Stroud, further details at 
*31st: Work Party Summit Level


*7th: Work Party Brimscombe – Daneway 
*14th: Work Party Summit Level
*23rd: Construction Action Group meeting Crown Cerney Wick
*28th: Work Party Brimscombe – Daneway


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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