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ENews 2010-22

22 December 2010 

Hello and welcome to ENews 2010-22.

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 from direct to your mobile or PC.

The Partnership website at is a good source for regular updates on restoration progress. Follow the What’s Happening link then choose from the myriad of options that open up for you.


The headlines today:

The stumps of trees felled need attention
To assist in their gentle decay
If you are keen on transmission
Get hold of Jim right away.

Bunds are no more around Ryeford
At long last they have been dug out
Trees will be planted quite shortly
To replace those cut down throughout.

A meeting arranging locations
The Roadshow its venues and kit
A series of new working parties
To sort out the willows that split. 

A Festival will be held somewhere
With traders, some boats and the beer
In the meantime may I wish all readers
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.



Trust Councillor Steve Pickover is looking for one or two volunteers prepared to be trained in the safe application of chemicals. This will enable the use of weed killer near water and help tree stumps to rot away peacefully after felling.

The course will be at Hartpury College (on the A417, approx 5 miles to the west of Gloucester) in March 2011. Whilst the course costs of £320 per person will be met by the Trust, participants will be expected to ‘repay’ this by volunteering as and when required by Work Parties along the entire length of the Cotswold Canals.

If this is of interest please contact Steve or 01453 752943 for more information.



The search for a CAD engineer in the last issue brought forth results so Jim White is now seeking another specialist.

This time he is looking for someone who has knowledge of transmission gear design, especially stress analysis, to confer and develop some interesting concepts in connection with the canal heritage restoration.

If you can help please contact Jim, 01453 873733 or



– The bund between Ryeford Double Lock and Oil Mills has been removed, as has the final bund next to the Lock.
– The Big Lottery has awarded £10K to deliver angling platforms for the disabled, wildlife habitats and pond-dipping facilities for schools
– Upper Mills – traffic is now using the new bridge, allowing the temporary diversion to be removed. Work continues to fit the parapet rails.



As part of the mitigation measures required for the felling of mature trees to allow the canal restoration, the SDC Canal Project Team would like to find some volunteer tree planters for later this winter.  

If you fancy being part of this important element of the project please contact Volunteer Manager Jon Pontefract on 01453 754287 or   

Information about dates and locations will follow.



Roadshow Manager Mike Slade has arranged an ‘Open Meeting’ at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster – off the roundabout at the junction of the A38 and A419 – on January 20th at 19:30.

The meeting has been arranged so that plans for 2011 can be formulated and the upgrade of certain Roadshow equipment can be considered.

If you are aware of any events taking place along the line of the Cotswold Canals that you feel would be appropriate for the Roadshow to attend then Mike would appreciate some information about it and, most importantly, contact details for the event organiser.

The meeting is open to all those who have a real interest in the promotion of the Trust and its activities, everybody is welcome.

Interestingly enough the Connect volunteer database contains nearly 100 names of volunteers who have said they are prepared to help with Roadshow activities, but there are many who have yet to put in an appearance! So this meeting on the 20th will provide the ideal opportunity to meet fellow volunteers with an interest in promoting the Trust and its work.

For those who cannot attend but would like to have input to the discussion please contact Mike with ideas and suggestions, or 0117 9693270 after 7pm please.


Party Planner Richard Attwood is planning a series of Sunday events on the 9th and 30th January, 20 February and 13 March.

The work will be a follow on to last year when overhanging branches on the offside between Wycliffe Boat House and the skew bridge were cleared. (For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the location, this is the stretch between the Upper Mills Trading Estate going east towards the Ebley by-pass.)

Since last year the willows have been doing what crack willows usually do, that is shedding branches. These need to be cleared so that the dredging schedule planned for early 2011 is not impeded.

The meeting place will be the Upper Mills car park and the fun commences at 09:00, continuing until early afternoon. All tools will be provided as will PPE, but bring your own safety shoes/wellies and food and drink.



Trust Members will be aware from the last issue of the Trow that the CCT will be running a Waterways Festival between the 2nd and 5th June 2012.

Not to be confused with previous Festivals at Saul, this one will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Trust and the hoped for completion of Phase 1A of the restoration, not forgetting the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the odd Royal Wedding maybe and the London Olympics of course.

There will be a variety of volunteer management posts to be filled to cover the various aspects of the Festival and these will be advertised in subsequent issues of ENews. Here are the first three for starters…

Firstly a Trader Bookings Manager is being sought. The successful applicant will be someone with tact, assertiveness and dynamism to book traders for the Festival and maintain liaison with them up to the event itself.

Next there is a need for a PR Manager to help publicise the event and prepare PR material.

Finally for the moment a Sponsorship Manager is required to explore avenues of financial and other support available from local and national companies and organisations.

For further information or to offer your services please contact Martin Turner and 01291 650605 or Martin Phillips and 01453 860133.



For further information and contact details about items mark
ed* please go to the Message Boards on the Activities and Rosters page at The Board title is shown in brackets where it is not immediately obvious.
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

5th – Western Depot Eastington re-opens
9th – *Work Party Upper Mills Stonehouse (Maintenance Activities – West)
9th – *Work Party Tunnel House Inn area
23rd – *Work Party Bonds Mill Stonehouse (Work Parties Brimscombe-Daneway)
30th – *Work Party Upper Mills Stonehouse (Maintenance Activities – West)

5th/6th – *Dig Deep weekend Eisey Lock
6th – *Work Party, details TBC (Work Parties Brimscombe-Daneway)
20th – *Work Party Upper Mills Stonehouse (Maintenance Activities – West)
26th/27th – *Dig Deep weekend Eisey Lock
27th – *Work Party, details TBC (Work Parties Brimscombe-Daneway)

12th/13th – *Dig Deep weekend Eisey Lock
13th – *Work Party Upper Mills Stonehouse (Maintenance Activities – West)
19th/20th – *Dig Deep weekend Eisey Lock
20th – *Work Party, details TBC (Work Parties 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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