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ENews 2011-04

10 April 2011 

Hello and welcome to ENews 2011-04.

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.

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


The headlines have gone, no poem today
If you want it back, you just gotta say!



ENews 2011-02 contained the following under the Restoration Snippets heading:

– Canal Ironworks – agreement reached with owner and planned layout shown to meeting. Planning application to be submitted next month

And this has elicited the following statement from Jim Wilkinson of Smith Brothers (Leicester) Ltd, the owners of the site:

Smith Brothers (Leicester) Ltd and associated companies are the owners of Canal Ironworks and the actual position is that SDC have served CPO papers on both our tenants and ourselves showing a scheme that will not work so we have lodged a set of strong objections. Alongside this we are in discussions with SDC about a very different proposed scheme that could end up as a negotiated settlement but we have definitely not reached an agreement on this and it is the subject of ongoing consultations with our tenants. The planned layout that was shown to a meeting of our tenants in December is currently being revamped and there will then be further consultations with our tenants (as they are the most important parties in this matter and will be the most affected by the canal going through our site) before we can move onto the next phase of a possible agreement………. I do not want our tenants thinking that we have reached an agreement about how the canal will affect our site without their full input/support and/or we were not keeping them informed.



The CCT is hosting the Stroud on Water Festival in June 2012 – and it is drawing ever closer.

Our in House-Martins Turner and Phillips are looking for people to fill specific management roles for the event. These include:

Site Manager: to look after all aspects of the site and infrastructure and liaise with the Waterway Recovery Group workforce. Someone with experience of site management would be useful.

Trader Booking Manager: to contact possible traders, take bookings and act as a point of liaison. This role could be shared between two people.

Sponsorship Manager: someone to target organisations tactfully who might be able to help financially or in kind.

Draughtsperson: to help produce a site layout plan and maintain/update it as the plans evolve. Access to Autocad or a 2D design package is essential. Probably not a time consuming role for someone who knows their stuff.

There will be other opportunities coming up over the next few months, so if you have a particular skill that might be useful or just want to register as a possible helper, please get in touch!

Contact Martin Turner 01291 650367 or Martin Phillips 01453 860133 for more information.



Stroud District Council’s Canal Project Manager, Paul Coupe, has decided to leave work at the end of April for personal and family reasons.

Cllr Keith Pearson, Deputy Leader for Stroud District Council and Cabinet Member with lead responsibility for the canal project, said: "I am sad that Paul has taken this decision, but family has to come first. He will be sorely missed. In the two years that he has been managing the canal team, progress on the restoration of the canals has come along in leaps and bounds, and this has been recognised by those taking an active interest in the project.

Paul will leave on 30th April. As an interim measure, lead canal team members Paul Caine and Dave Marshall will take on additional responsibilities.



The quarterly Three Hundred Club Draw was held on Thursday 31st March at Wallbridge Lock Visitor Centre, Stroud. 

The 1st prize of £440 was won by Mr Osborne of Avening, 2nd prize of £220 was won by Mr Clarke of Whitminster and the 3rd prize of £74 was won by Mr Williamson of Minchinhampton. is the place to go for full details of the 300 Club, meanwhile some salient points are

– Prize amounts are a fixed proportion of the stakes entered in the draw.
– More members will result in bigger prizes.
– An annual stake of £15 gives entry into each of the next four quarterly draws.
– A Trust member may hold up to four stakes in the Club.
– If you wish to join the Club please note that a Standing Order is the preferred method of payment. 



In February last year ENews 2010-03 told you of plans to build a new trip boat to operate on the restored section of the Stroudwater in due course.

Construction went ahead and the official launch and naming ceremony took place 3 months later. Shortly afterwards problems were discovered with the gates to Blunder Lock meaning that Annette has been unused from that day to this.

But never fear! Plans are well advanced to move her to the new Upper Mills Bridge area and operate trips on the lock-free section between the Ocean, Stonehouse and the foot of Ryeford Double Locks. 

Western Trip Boat Supremo Rob Burgon needs to identify crew for this new venture whilst acknowledging that several will come from the ranks of the existing Perseverance volunteers. The Connect website at contains more information about this and shows how to register for what is referred to as Trip Boat at Upper Mills. 



Very shortly after this issue of ENews hits the ether the logs enterprise based at Eastington will cease operations until early autumn.

The logs business started in December 2009. It will complete its 123rd sale on the 11th April and the payment for that delivery will take the total sales figure to over £10,000.

Deliveries will resume later in the year, meanwhile further information can be found on the Trust website at by following the Logs for Sale link.

Congratulations to all involved with this tree-mendous success.



A message from CCT stalwart John Preece:

A copy of 'Airman at the Helm' by Eric Blackman has been passed to me by a non member, in the hope that it may make us a few bob!

It tells the story of his time with the Royal Air Force Marine Craft Unit during WWII. There are references to his postings at RAF Tewkesbury (now Cheltenham College boathouse on the River Severn below Lower Lode lock) and at RAF Saul (the College boathouse at Saul Junction) together with pictures.
RRP new was £9.95.  A reasonable donation, say 50%, to CCT will secure. The book and I will be at Saul Heritage Centre on Easter Sunday and Monday, buyer collects!



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

10th – *Work Party Tunnel House Inn CANCELLED
11th – Western Branch meeting at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster 19:30
20th – Eastern Branch meeting Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30
16th-25th – *WRG Canal Camp Eisey Lock
24th – Saul Junction boat trips – free cream egg for all children!
25th – Saul Junction boat trips – free cream egg for all children! (if supplies hold out) 
26th – Construction Action Group meeting Crown Cerney Wick 19:30
29th – Royal Wedding Day – Saul Junction boat trips operating  
1st – *Work Party, details TBC (Work Parties Brimscombe-Daneway)
8th – *Work Party Tunnel House Inn (Work Parties Summit Level)
9th – Western Branch meeting at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster 19:30
14th/15th – *Dig Deep weekend Eisey Lock 
18th – Eastern Branch meeting Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30
21st/22nd – *Dig Deep weekend Eisey Lock
22nd – *Work Party Tunnel House Inn (Work Parties Summit Level)
24th – Construction Action Group meeting, Bell House Wallbridge 19:30
28th-30th – *Crick Show


If you think you have missed an issue of ENews a copy of the latest one is displayed at together with a full archive from Day 1 back on 3rd April 2006.

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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