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ENews 2011-10

19 July 2011

The celebration of Nadine's life mentioned in ENews 2011-09 will take place at the Heritage Centre Saul on Friday 5th August from 18:00. It will be an informal gathering with drinks and nibbles, and a retiring collection will go towards the cost of installing a wheelchair lift at Wallbridge Visitor Centre.
John can be contacted on or 01869 241876.
Hello, and welcome to ENews 2011-10. The stories today:
Wendy is looking for boaters,
To join in the fun on the 12th,
Updates on the restoration,
All seems in pretty good health.
A Festival T Shirt can be yours,
Just give Roger Nisbet a call,
We're through to the next stage of funding,
The hydro scheme starts to enthrall.
Planning to level the pitches,
By taking stuff from the canal,
Tradeshow at Stroud on the Water,
Needs someone to help who's locale.
Friday 12th August sees the departure from Saul of the participants in the Centennial Cruise mentioned in ENews 2011-02.
Those brave souls taking the southern route will turn left and head for Sharpness whilst the others will turn right and head for Gloucester Docks.
All boat owners on the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal are invited to join the northbound flotilla on its initial 8-mile journey to the Docks. If boats can be decked out with bunting then it should be quite a spectacle as the armada reaches its first night destination.
All well-wishers either on foot or afloat need to be milling around Saul Junction by 10:00 on the 12th – even the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire and the Chairman of Stroud District Council will be there!
Visit the website for more information about the Cruise and details of the proposed itineraries. Wendy Beamont is the point of contact, telephone 01235 764172 or email 
– The Jubilee Peoples Millions Lottery Fund awarded nearly 57,000 to the project following the recent phone vote. We ‘won’ as highest placed runners-up, exactly the same scenario as with our success for funding of the Brimscombe Port Walls restoration back in November 2007.
– The contract for opening up the channel between Ebley and Wallbridge is ready to be let once planning permission has been granted and the agreement of Marling School obtained to permit the deposition of material on its former rugby pitch. The contract may be split in two, this would see the restoration of the two Dudbridge Locks and construction of a new confluence weir at Frome Gardens. The weir would raise the water level as far as Wallbridge, giving the appearance of a restored canal and allowing the Stroud on Water Festival to take place over the Diamond Jubilee weekend in June 2012.
– Stroud Brewery Bridge at Merrywalks is expected to open to traffic on 21st July, though finishing works will carry on for another couple of months. The culvert carrying the Slad Brook has been removed, allowing water under the new bridge.
– Work begins later this month on the replacement of two bridges over the canal at Stonehouse Ocean and Chestnut Lane, Stroud. Ocean will have a new hand-operated swing bridge whereas Chestnut Lane will see a full 44 tonne electro-hydraulic bridge. The contract includes a third
bridge at Lodgemore Lane, Stroud, but this has been delayed by landowner issues on both sides of the canal.
– A proposed partnership between SDC and Stroud Job Centre to be launched later this month could lead to unemployed persons gaining skills by voluntarily working on canal projects. In return, they will receive certificates, a reference and something worthwhile to add to their CV. The possibility of involving Stroud College is also being examined.
(Snippets courtesy of Dave Marshall at SDC)
The Partnership website at contains a mine of information. For example by following the ‘SDC Agenda and Reports’ option on the menu one can view reports of recent meetings relating to the restoration that many will find most interesting.
There’s a new kid on the block (or do I mean towpath?).
"Hello, I’m Roger Nisbet and I've joined the Stroud on Water 2012 Festival Committee. For some reason I’ve taken on the responsibility of managing the Festival volunteer requirements and organising the car park.
We are looking for people with a variety of skills, lots of enthusiasm and commitment complimented with a sense of humour. We shall be working with the Great British Public and seeking to facilitate their expectations, satisfaction and overall enjoyment of the event.
Those of you with previous Saul Festival experience will know that, typically, we shall require bar staff, car park attendants, litter pickers & cleaners, crowd marshals, lifters, shifters, carriers and other assorted workers for the duration. Some will need leadership
skills to encourage and motivate their team, especially if the going
gets tough…
This will be a fun event for all participants. We hope that sufficient volunteers will come forward so we can ensure nobody has to undertake more than a couple of hours duty per day – whilst recognising that the jobs still have to be done! Training will be provided where necessary.
So, what's in it for you? In addition to the ubiquitous T Shirt that will become a collector’s item in due course you will have the satisfaction of assisting the CCT in raising both profile and money, whilst giving Gloucestershire what will become recognised as its Biggest Family Fun Filled Day of the Year.
Please contact me at  for further information, however if you have already responded to requests in earlier editions of ENews or to Steve Pickover’s recent email then don’t worry, we have your details and shall be in touch."
Because 488 people have registered their support for the Dudbridge Hydro Electric Scheme we are through to the next stage of the funding application process from the Energy Fund.
Now then – ENews currently has over 2,500 valid email addresses on the Mailing List; I shall leave you to do the maths! The number of supporters registered will be a vital factor later on in the proceedings as all those registered on the energyshare website will be able to vote for the project in this, the first round proper of energyshare funding.
If you have yet to show your support you can still do so as it will boost our chances of getting funded. Go to and follow the 'Sign-Up' link. Please make sure you take part in the public vote in September to decide which projects get energyshare funding, rest assured ENews will keep you posted on developments.
So, what happens next?
As the mastermind behind the application, Chief Executive Ken Burgin will shortly receive an email with guidance on the full application. Once the funding application closing date is reached – this has not been announced yet – the Energyshare fund decision making panel, which includes representatives from Energyshare, British Gas, River Cottage and Friends of the Earth will assess projects against the key criteria (as outlined in the fund application) and shortlist them to 10 (approximately) to be put forward for the public vote.
Now THAT will be the start of the really critical time for the project….
Generally there have been one or two concerns expressed at the number of emails that can be received after registering your support. The straightforward procedure to overcome this is to logon, go to 'My Page' and click on the 'Settings' tab. Just below the picture option is a dropdown marked 'Alerts'. If you do not wish to receive emails simply select the 'Never' option and save the changes. (A tip – if you cannot see the Settings tab, reduce your screen size from 100% to 95% or less)
Games pitches at Marling School in Stroud are uneven and slope down towards the canal.
Plans have been unveiled and submitted to Stroud District Council to use the excavated infill from where the canal has been consciously filled in over the last 50 years to level them off.
Dave Marshall from SDC said the alternative would be to tip it in a hole in the ground somewhere else. "We're talking around 50,000 cubic metres over a three to four year period ," he added.
Now that's one big hole…
Returning to the Stroud on Water Festival next year, I am told by Chairman Martin Turner that arrangements are going well.
As we all know men cannot multi task and Martin is struggling because he is trying to combine a Tradeshow Manager role with that of Chairman. Bookings have started coming in and all the job entails is selling trading space to potential traders and exhibitors.
If you would like to help Martin out of his predicament he will be delighted to hear from you, or 01291 650367.
For further information and contact details about items marked* please go to the Message Boards on the Activities and Rosters page at and 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 (towpath clearance) aimed at people new to volunteering; meet Bell House Wallbridge. CCT members also welcome.
20th – Eastern Branch meeting Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30.
23rd – CCT Roadshow at Stonehouse Summer Jolly. Volunteers still required!*
26th – Construction Action Group meeting, Bell House Wallbridge 19:30.
29th-31st – CCT Roadshow at IWA National at Burton on Trent.
Volunteers still required!*
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*.
Any and all feedback is more than welcome.
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.
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David Pagett
Editor, ENews