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ENews 2011-14

12th October 2011

Hello, welcome to ENews 2011-14.

We start off on a sad note, unfortunately.

I am sorry to have to report that Vera Brown passed away recently after a long battle with cancer.

Vera was a regular volunteer at Saul Heritage Centre and was very supportive of husband Malcolm during his time as the Perseverance Trip Boat Charter Manager. Indeed the hugely popular charter cruises to the Tudor Arms at Slimbridge were her idea originally and, between them, they brokered the lunch deal that passengers (and crew!) now enjoy.

The funeral service will take place at Gloucester Crematorium, Coney Hill Road GL4 4PA at 11:00 on Tuesday 18th October and afterwards at Listers Club, Long St Dursley. All CCT friends are welcome – as long as nobody wears black in line with Vera's wishes.

A collection for the Cotswold Care Hospice in lieu of flowers will be made at the service. For those unable to attend but who would like to make a donation in Vera's memory, cheques payable to the Hospice can be sent to Malcolm at 61 The Crapen, Cam Glos GL11 6LJ.

Our thoughts are very much with Malcolm and the family at this difficult time.



The BBC cameras were down at Saul recently for a piece about the Cotswold Canals as a whole for their regional "Inside Out" series that returns to our screens later this month.

The departure of the boats taking part in the Saul to Lechlade Centenary Cruise was covered along with various other elements of the Cotswold canals and their restoration.

Viewers in the BBC West region will be able to see the programme on Monday 24th October, probably scheduled for 19:30 in line with previous series. Satellite and cable viewers outside the region will be able to view it, too, but I'm not sure about those with Freeview, although the programme should be available via the BBC's iPlayer.

Secondly there's a satellite channel called UK Boating that will be familiar to some, and towards the end of September they ran a programme about the Cotswold canals. This can now be viewed via the web in 2 sections by following this link:



The Cotswold Canals Project has passed a major milestone when the first new lock gates to be installed on Phase 1A were hoisted into position at Ryeford Double Locks, near Stonehouse on 5th October.

The 6 giant gates have been made from oak by a specialist manufacturer in Yorkshire. Weighing in at anything up to 2.25 tonnes and measuring up to 20ft x 10ft, they were delivered into storage about a year ago and have been wrapped in hessian sacking and watered every week since to prevent them drying out and shrinking.

Once the new gates were hung the enormous balance beams were attached and these are a mere 22 ft long….



The Three Hundred Club October Draw took place at the Wallbridge Visitor Centre on 1st October and was made by Gus Willson from Ashford, Kent. Gus was visiting family in the area and had popped into the Centre because of his life-long interest in canals.

The first prize of £464 pounds was won by Mr J Davies from Stroud with stake number 726. The second prize of £232 pounds was won by Mr R Tarling from London with stake number 567. The third prize of £78 pounds was won by Mr G Lowthian of Gloucester with stake number 42.

For more information about the 300 Club follow the link to 'Three Hundred Club' on the Trust's website,



Excellent news – Planning Approval for the Dudbridge Hydro project has been received, undoubtedly helped by a letter of support from the Environment Agency. On a technical aspect the required flowrate for the fishpass has also been agreed.

Great strides have been made since the last ENews went out as the number has gone up from 709 to 904 but the project still needs supporters of the scheme to register themselves, however. 

If you find the registering process a little daunting and would like help registering your support then why not give Project Manager Keith Tibbitts a ring on 01453 860403, or me on 01452 505322? Either of us will be delighted to talk you through the process and complete some of the registration formalities on your behalf.



My colleague The Logman tells me that he should be in a position to start processing a large volume of ash, beech, sycamore and yew that came his way recently.

What this means is that, although unseasoned, the resultant log loads will be of particularly good quality, certainly for the next few months anyway. How about considering laying some down from December onwards for 2012/13?

For further information about the Log Delivery Service, including charges, available delivery dates and contact details, visit the CCT website and follow the "Logs For Sale" link.

Watch this space – we hope to be able to announce the opening of a "Branch Office" in the Latton area soon…….



The audited accounts for both Cotswold Canals Trust and Cotswold Canals Trust (Trading) Ltd for the year ending 31st March 2011 are available to view online at



Our colleagues and neighbours at the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust are involved with the NatWest Community Force. This is a potential funding source to help them restore, repair and stabilise a section of towpath at Westleaze, Swindon. This essential piece of work will help to maintain the water level in the canal and help supply water to the wetland project at Rushey Platt, a Wiltshire Wildlife Trust reserve to the southwest of the town.

Voting has now opened, further information about the project and how to vote can be found at



It has just been announced that the contract to restore Wallbridge Upper Lock has been awarded to Land and Water Ltd with work scheduled to commence later this month.

Interestingly a former WRG volunteer will lead the restoration team.



For further information and contact details about items marked* please go to and the Message Boards on the Activities and Rosters page. To become a registered volunteer please 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.

19th – Eastern Branch meeting Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30
22nd – CCT AGM at SDC Offices Ebley Mill Stroud from 10:30
23rd – Work party Brimscombe-Daneway section at St Marys Mill Chalford*
24th – BBC TV "Inside Out West" programme at 19:30. Featuring
Stroudwater/Thames & Severn Canals
25th – Construction Action Group meeting Crown Inn Cerney Wick 19:30*
30th – Work Party Summit Level, Tunnel House Inn*

7th – Western Branch meeting, Fromebridge Mill Whitminster 19:30
13th – Work party Brimscombe-Daneway section, venue TBA*
16th – Eastern Branch meeting Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30
20th – Work Party Summit Level, Tunnel House Inn*
22nd – Construction Action Group meeting Bell House Wallbridge 19:30*

4th – Work party Brimscombe-Daneway section, venue TBA*
11th – Work Party Summit Level, Tunnel House Inn*
12th – Western Branch meeting, venue TBC


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.

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.

If you think you have missed an issue of ENews a copy of the latest one is always displayed at and there is a full archive back to April 2006 when the first issue was published.

Any and all feedback is more than welcome.

David Pagett
Editor, ENews