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ENews 2010-19

27 October 2010 

Hello and welcome to ENews 2010-19.

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.

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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:

Our lifting equipment is tested
To make sure that all is OK
Open Days planned at 2 places
Work thats been done on display.

A reminder for Sub Rooms this Thursday
To hear the Falkirk Wheel tale
Lock gates on order from Yorkshire
Installed with a stretchy timescale.

Rudolph and Co are preparing
For their annual trip down to Saul
If you feel you can help man a road block,
Then please give Nick Brook a phone call.

The IWA have awarded,
A salver to Clive and Jill Field.
Log sales are building up nicely,
To many they sure have appealed.

The summer draw cheques have been issued,
Congrats to all those who won.
The recycled stuff is recycled,
To make a new towpath, well done.



Under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, colloquially known as LOLER, all lifting equipment needs to be inspected twice a year.

The Trust possesses all sorts of lifting gear, including a lovely old Jones crane at Western Depot, several Tirfor winches, various slings, shackles and strops, mechanical and hydraulic jacks, even crowbars are regarded as lifting equipment.

We are indebted to the Gloucester branch of Certex (UK) Ltd (formerly Gloucester Rope and Tackle) who have offered to undertake these for us free of charge.  They will also repair any equipment requiring attention, including the Jones crane, for the cost of parts only.

If you possess any form of lifting gear that is used on Trust business then it will need to be at Western Depot, Eastington on or by Monday 15th November. If you have any doubts then Construction Director Mike Hynd will clarify for you, email or phone 01452 713913.

Thank you, Certex, for this most generous offer.  



Restoration of the unique structure that is Ryeford Double Lock is well under way, as is work on the new fixed bridge being constructed to replace the previous swing bridge into the Upper Mills Trading Estate. (In fact the original swing bridge from the 1920s has recently been unearthed by the contractors and it is hoped that it may be possible to reuse it elsewhere.)

From time to time these works necessitate closure of the towpath in places owing to the hazardous nature of the work sites.

Open Days are being arranged at both locations to enable members of the public to view progress to date. The first will be at Ryeford Double Lock on Friday November 12th between 13:00 and 16:00, followed by 2 sessions at Upper Mills on Friday 19th (between 13:00 and 16:00) and Saturday 20th (between 10:00 and 14:00). I am told that free bacon butties will be available at Upper Mills, courtesy of the contractors, Britannia Construction!

Further information will be available in due course and should appear in the Latest News section of the Trust website at



A reminder that on Thursday 28th October at 7:00pm the Sub Rooms, Stroud is the place to be for what promises to be a fascinating evening about the Falkirk Wheel, possibly the most unusual tourist attraction in Scotland.

During the afternoon Wallbridge Visitor Centre will be open so that those of you going on to the Sub Rooms later on can have the opportunity for a look around and a free cuppa, of course.

Go to for more information and tickets will be available on the door.



A £600,000 contract has been placed with Hargreaves of Halifax to supply and fit 22 pairs of lock gates.

The first gates are expected to be fitted at Ryeford Double, thereafter they will be made and hung as each lock is restored as they will need an adequate water supply from the canal to keep them moist.



Planning is under way for the ever popular Santa Cruises aboard the Trust trip boat Perseverance at Saul Junction on the Gloucester to Sharpness Canal.

Suitably qualified volunteers are being sought to crew the vessel and help in general on the operating dates of 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th December. Further information can be found on the Connect volunteer website at


Cirencester will be holding its annual Advent Festival on Sunday 28th November. Given the towns connections with the Trust we have been approached for some help for a couple of hours between 14:00 and 19:00.

Duties will include helping to man the road closure points, assisting with crowd control, moving and setting up barriers, handing out leaflets and some generally light lifting duties on occasions. The peak time where help is required is between 16:00 and 18:00.

If you can help or would like more information please contact Nick Brook, email or telephone 01285 655646



The minutes of the IWA AGM for this year reveal that Trust stalwarts Clive and Jill Field are the recipients of the IWA John Heap Salver that is given for outstanding fundraising work.

The award has been made, in their words, in recognition of their enterprising support for the Cotswold Canals restoration over many years, including organising the Saul Junction Festival.

Well done, richly deserved. 



Our Log Delivery Service gives you the opportunity to raise funds for the restoration and keep warm at the same time. You may be interested to learn that over £5,000 has been raised since we made the first delivery on the 2nd December 2009.

Please visit the Trust website at and follow the Logs for Sale link if you would like further information and a visit from the Eh? Team (as the Delivery Operatives are affectionately known, in view of our respective ages).



Winning tickets in the Summer Draw were pulled out of the hat last weekend after the AGM and the winners cheques are currently in the post.

Congratulations to the 9 winners and many thanks to all those who bought tickets. After the deduction of printing and postage costs, and indeed the prize pot itself, the Restoration Fund has been boosted by over £3,300.



Early in the Merrywalks scheme the contractors took del
ivery of recycled material provided by Stroud District Council. This was used to support piling equipment for the construction of the reinforced concrete piles and has been used quite extensively throughout the site to provide ramps and the like. 

As the piling work has finished this material is being taken off site and delivered to Upper Mills – where I understand it will be used to form the new towpath.



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


28th: Falkirk Wheel talk, Sub Rooms Stroud.  for further details


*6th: Stroud Farmers Market
*7th: Work Party Pucks Mill Farm, Chalford (Work Party Brimscombe to Daneway Message Board)
12th: Open Afternoon at Ryeford Double Lock, Stonehouse 13:00 to 16:00 
*14th: Work Party Summit Level
19th: Open Afternoon at Upper Mills Bridge site, Stonehouse 13:00 to 16:00
20th: Open Morning at Upper Mills Bridge site, Stonehouse 10:00 to 14:00
*23rd: Construction Action Group meeting Crown Cerney Wick
*28th: Work Party Brimscombe to Daneway


5th, 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th: Santa Cruises at Saul Junction
*11th/12th: Newbury Working Party Group weekend at Eysey Lock


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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