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ENews 2011-02

21 February 2011 

Hello and welcome to ENews 2011-02.

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.

Both the Trust website and the Partnership website are good sources of information on restoration progress with up to date news articles and pictures of progress.

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The headlines today:

Minutes of SDC meetings
Are where the snippets were found
Celebrate the last through boat journey
Help get the cruise off the ground.

Meet up to improve your knowledge
If you are involved with young folk
Branch meeting dates are a-changing
Turn up for a pint or a Coke.

Funding and media relations
2 jobs that need to be filled
For those of you going to Crick Show
As volunteers you could be thrilled.



– Compulsory Purchase Order for land at Ocean Bridge has been made to extinguish any unforeseeable third party claims in future. Contractor (Galliford Try) appointed to design and build new bridge. Work to hopefully start in June
– Cotswold Canals Trust planning to run a trip boat between Ocean and Ryeford (Is it?)
– Full planning application now submitted for channel between Ebley Mill and Wallbridge
– Hydro-electric scheme will be incorporated in works at Dudbridge Lower Lock, provided £300k can be raised by May
– Initial plan for canal routing through Capels Mill site shown. Canal would skirt the landfill and leave the actual Mill/footbridge site unaffected. Paths would be rerouted, no possibility of footbridges due to height differences. Walkers questioned during October, responses completely favourable
– Planning application shortly to be submitted for restoration of 3 locks – Bowbridge, Griffins and Ham Mill. Griffins to be undertaken by volunteers
– Canal Ironworks – agreement reached with owner and planned layout shown to meeting. Planning application to be submitted next month
– Dog bins – looking for parish/town funding. More of a problem now towpath being improved. Stroud TC had agreed funding for 4, provided SDC will empty them
– HLF bid process underway. Total cost estimated at £16.5m – £8m less than BW bid. The challenge is to find £4m matched funding, though volunteer input should qualify. Work could theoretically start in 2012/3, provided that the grant recipient is not SDC, otherwise 1A will have to be finished first
– Bond's Mill Bridge – defective deck. World's first plastic bridge, Bristol University visiting with a view to resolving the problem
– Blunder Lock gates. No solution found, gates are rotted and unserviceable
– 1 mile of canal between Spine Road and Cerney Wick has been dredged
– Gardiners Construction has donated £10k of work, mostly being used on dredged section
– 3 year work plan under discussion, but funding needed for Eastern End progress
– If 1B makes an early start, there is a need to be ready with a phase 2 application
– Eisey Lock – should be finished this year after 3 weeks of work camps
– Eisey work camps will be transferred to Inglesham when Eisey finished
– Eastern Depot being fitted out at Alex Farm. Should mirror Western Depot at Eastington
– Inglesham – IWA appeal has so far raised £25k (target £125k)
– Abingdon Reservoir inspector's report with Minister


A GEM OF A CRUISE (With thanks to Bob Hallam for that one)

On 11th May 2011 it will be exactly 100 years since the last working narrowboat traversed what we now know as the Cotswold Canals.

On this day 100 years ago narrowboat Gem, loaded with 28 tons of red stone, set off from Saul on its journey to Lechlade and beyond. This event in history got CCT Member Steve Parker thinking about commemorating it, so he placed an article in the Trow in the middle of last year (and in ENews last May! Ed.) suggesting a cruise from Saul to Lechlade via the 2 routes currently available.

Planning for the Saul to Lechlade Centennial Cruise 2011 is now well underway, the intention being for two groups of boats to leave Saul on August 11th.  Both groups will receive a civic send off before departing north or south.  The routes they will be taking can be found at

The flotilla will then reunite in the vicinity of Kings Lock on the River Thames on or about 2nd September before heading into Lechlade on the 3rd for a civic reception marking the start of a Family Fun Day.

Volunteers are now required to help out in the following areas, although any form of voluntary help will be greatly appreciated:

– Event publicity
– Organisation of the Family Fun Day
– Organising en route voluntary organisations (regional IWAs, Sea Cadets, etc, etc)
– Corporate Sponsorship

For any further information or to offer your services please contact Pete Ballinger at or phone 01291 627291 Mobile 07768 846875



Members of the Cotswold Canals Knowledge Team will be at Wallbridge Lock Visitor Centre every Thursday from 15:00-17:00 to meet teachers, cub leaders or anyone working with children and young people, who would like further information about the Cotswold Canals.

The team has been busy planning and accompanying classes on canal walks and involved in such diverse topics as logo design for a graphics course, volunteering opportunities, mills, bio-diversity, transport and sustainability.

Contact Jan Thomas or 01453 821771 for further information or if you would like to become involved with the Team.



ENews 2011-01 heralded changes to the dates of Western Branch meetings held at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster.

From March the dates will indeed change, in future they will be held on the Monday following the first Wednesday of each month.

What this means is that because Trust Council, the governing body of the Trust, meets on the first Wednesday it is hoped that a representative therefrom will be able to attend with up to date news hot off the presses.

Confused? No need to be. As far as I can see this means that the meetings over the next 3 months will be on the 7th March, 11th April and 9th May.



Whilst CCT Members will be aware from page 4 of the latest Trow that there are a couple of volunteer job vacancies at the moment, there are many ENews readers who will not.

The 2 vacancies are for:
–  a Fundraiser to complement our existing revenue sources by taking responsibility for other aspects of fundraising
– A Press and Publicity Officer who takes a keen interest in the Trust and its activities who could produce copy, form relationships with the media and liaise with the heads of our existing communication channels.

Further details from Chairman Liz Payne, email or 01367 253121

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The annual Crick Boat Show – held over the late spring Bank Holiday weekend – is possibly the most important event attended by the Trust Roadshow during the year.

There are some half price entry tickets and reduced price camping options available to volunteers prepared to help with a minimum of one 4-hour shift during the Show.

Numbers are limited and Roadshow manager Mike Slade will be allocating on a first come first served basis.

Full details appear on the Crick Boat Show Message Board on the Connect website,


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

22nd – Construction Action Group meeting, Crown House Cerney Wick 19:30.
26th/27th – *Dig Deep weekend Eisey Lock.
27th – *Work Party Bonds Mill Stonehouse (Work Parties Brimscombe-Daneway)

6th – *Work Party Tunnel House Inn (Work Parties Summit Level).
7th – Western Branch monthly meeting, Fromebridge Mill Whitminster from 19:30.
12th/13th – *Dig Deep weekend Eisey Lock.
13th – *Work Party Upper Mills Stonehouse (Maintenance Activities – West).
16th – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30.
19th/20th – *Dig Deep weekend Eisey Lock.
20th – *Work Party, details TBC (Work Parties Brimscombe-Daneway).
22nd – Construction Action Group meeting, Bell House Wallbridge 19:30.
27th – *Work Party Tunnel House Inn (Work Parties Summit Level)


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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