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ENews 2011-09

June 25, 2011

Hello and welcome to ENews 2011-09.
We start off on a sad note, unfortunately.
I am sorry to have to report the untimely death of Nadine Preece, a lady who was so well known within volunteering circles in both the Cotswold Canals Trust and the IWA.
There is always a limit to just what a human body can take and, by golly, Nadine's put up one heck of a fight over the years.
Nadine will be sorely missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing her. My wife Julia & I will always remember her amazing knowledge, ready wit despite her difficulties and her willingness to help wherever and whenever she could.
John says that they are planning to hold a gathering shortly at the Heritage Centre Saul to celebrate her life. Please let John know if you would like to be told when the date is set, or 01869 241876. At this event there will be a retiring collection to go towards the funding of a wheelchair lift at the Trust's Wallbridge Visitor Centre, Stroud.
If you cannot attend but would like to make a donation please forward your cheque to Cotswold Canals Trust, Bell House, Wallbridge Lock, Stroud, Glos GL5 3JS with a note confirming it is in memory of Nadine.
Our thoughts are very much with John, Andrew and Phillip at this difficult time.
Do you have a half-horsepower 240 volt single phase, capacitor start 1400rpm electric motor lying around and surplus to requirements?
You do?
Then Dudley Greenslade will be only too pleased to take it off your hands if you contact him on 01453 825515.
Time is running out for you to register your support for the proposed hydro electric scheme planned for Dudbridge Locks. You only have until 30th June to add your name to the list if you have not done so already.
At the time of writing we have risen to 17th place with 217 supporters recorded, the leading group has 392. With our membership numbers coupled with the enthusiasm for schemes of this nature we should be able to leap up the table in the time remaining……
Just think – if each person who has already registered introduced just two other people to do the same then we would instantly have over 400 supporters. It is as easy as that.
Details at and the registration process itself is pretty simple as the supporters who have registered so far have realised.
The projects with the highest number of supporters recorded by 30th June go forward to the next round, and that will be when the serious stuff kicks in. The potential rewards are fantastic – so please do what you can to boost this number in the few days we have left.
Another reminder, this time for the application by the Waterways Trust to the Big Lottery Fund Jubilee Peoples Millions for a grant of £60,000 to help fund towpath improvements generally and fund a podcast heritage trail.
ITV West local news at 18:00 on Wednesday 29th June will feature the bid, for those outside the region then I think I am right in saying that one way of seeing the transmission will be via ITV Player.
Votes can only be cast on the 29th (between 09:00 and midnight) when the number to call will be released. The number will appear at as well as in the Daily Mirror on the day, on the CCT website and in the ITV news bulletin. You can cast up to 10 votes for only 11p per call and as usual call from a landline if you can because calls from mobiles are likely to cost considerably more.
As there are severe distribution problems with ENews at the moment I will not be able to issue an edition on the day itself. Therefore may I please request that you make a note in your diary NOW to cast your vote or votes on the 29th.


That doyen of the Work Party Steve Pickover  is looking to start building a volunteer team to undertake various tasks in preparation for Stroud on Water 2012, incorporating the IWA National Trailboat Festival. 

The plan is for there to be around 20 craft traders stalls, activities like civil war re-enactment, local brass bands, beer tent and ice creams, plus other delights as yet undreamt of. It will run from 9am to 11pm each day and if you would like to become involved at this early stage please let Steve know,

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 & Wednesdays from 09:00: Maintenance activity at Western Depot*.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 09:00: Maintenance activity at Eastern Depot*.
Thursdays from 10:00 – 15:30: Volunteer taster sessions mainly involving towpath clearance and aimed at people new to volunteering; meet Bell House Wallbridge. CCT members also welcome.

25th-2nd July – KESCRG-run WRG Summer Camp at Eisey Lock*.
26th – CCT Roadshow at Eastington Village Duck Race*.
26th – Work Party Griffins Mill (Work Parties Brimscombe-Daneway).


2nd – CCT Roadshow at Thornbury Carnival*.
3rd – Work Party Tunnel House Inn*.
11th – Western Branch meeting at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster 19:30.
16th – CCT Roadshow at Stroud Country Show.
16th-17th – KESCRG at Eisey Lock*.
20th – Eastern Branch meeting Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30.
23rd – CCT Roadshow at Stonehouse Summer Jolly.
26th –  Construction Action Group meeting, Bell House Wallbridge 19:30.
29th-31st – CCT Roadshow at IWA National at Burton on Trent.
5th-7th – CCT Roadshow at Steam Extravaganza South Cerney*.
6th-13th – NWPG Summer Camp at Eysey Lock*.
8th – Western Branch meeting at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster 19:30.
17th – Eastern Branch meeting Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30.
23rd – Construction Action Group Meeting, Crown Inn Cerney Wick 19:30*.
26th-28th – CCT Roadshow at Tall Ships Event Gloucester Docks*.
27th – CCT Roadshow at Banbury re Centennial Cruise
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.
Any newsworthy items for consideration should be sent to but please re
member I am always looking for a connection with the Stroudwater, the Thames & Severn or the CCT – however tenuous.
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.
If you think you have missed an issue of ENews a copy of the latest one is displayed at and there is a full archive back to April 2006 when the first issue was published.
David Pagett
Editor, ENews