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ENews 2012-02

11 February 2012

Hello, welcome to ENews 2012-02.

Those long in the tooth will remember the pomes
New system is working so stand by for groans…….



As BW's days may be numbered
The acronym CART takes its place
Trip Boats at both Saul & Lechlade
Needing their crews to touch base.
At Whitminster and at the Trout Inn
Regular meetings are held
The EA have said we can do it
Our hydro team really excelled.
To walk or to drive is the question
That is being asked at the mo
Founders reunion is coming
They first met two-score years ago.
Stroud on the Water needs helpers
In charge will be Alan and Anna
And Martin is looking for someone
Who could become his dancing planner.
Talking of SOW there's the children
Whose events will need supervision
New contact address for ENews Ed
Change? Well, that's your decision!



If and when British Waterways becomes the Canal & River Trust a Management Council will be formed to run it. The council will comprise 35 members with a wide range of interests and expertise and will include boaters, volunteers, local government representatives and other canal users.

There are 33 private boater candidates standing for election with just 4 seats available. They will be elected using the single transferable vote system. Voting packs were posted out to all eligible private boaters on 6 February. Voting is open from 8 February until 9 March.

I know of at least one, possibly two, CCT member amongst the 33, and a list of all candidates can be found at (what is certainly the longest link I've seen for a long time)



The new season is just around the corner and refresher training is being undertaken at Saul for those involved with the Perseverance operation.
Dates are the 3rd, 4th, 9th & 10th March and there is a roster up and running on the Connect website.

At Lechlade, Inglesham will be coming out of its winter hibernation and could really do with some extra hands on deck this year. Further information about what's involved including any necessary training can be obtained initially from Ron Read by email,



A reminder that monthly meetings take place at either end of the Cotswold Canals to which all are welcome. Meetings start at 19:30 and are run on an informal basis.

Western Branch meetings are held (wait for it) on the first Monday after the monthly Trust Council meeting and that is held on the first Wednesday of each month. Confused? Have a look at the 'Forthcoming Events' section below as I have worked out these dates for you. The venue is Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster GL2 7PD, on the A38 roundabout for the link road to the M5 Junction 13.

Eastern Branch meetings are much easier to calculate – they take place on the third Wednesday of each month and are held at the Trout Inn, Lechlade GL7 3HA. The dates appear below together with details of guest speakers for the next 3 months.



We have recently received confirmation that the Environment Agency has granted the necessary licences in respect of the Dudbridge Hydro Project.

Chief Executive Ken Burgin said "This is a major milestone, getting these things is technically complex and many would-be schemes are defeated in the process."

Wow! What fantastic news and well done to all involved.



Following the recent opening of Brewery Bridge and the closure of Wallbridge to through traffic in July of last year a consultation on whether or not to reopen Wallbridge to traffic has been organised. It is taking place between 6th and 17th February at the CCT Visitor Centre, Bell House, Wallbridge, Stroud.

Gloucestershire Highways staff will be on hand to discuss the proposals being presented. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday they will be there between 10:00 and 13:00, on Thursday & Saturday between 10:00 and 16:00. The Centre is closed on Sundays.

The options being put forward can be viewed online by going to and following the link entitled “Wallbridge Consultation” at the bottom of the page:



On Saturday May 5th 1972 a meeting was held at Stroud Subscription Rooms that began the efforts which eventually led to the current work to reopen both the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames and Severn canals.

Dave Elliott is organising an event to commemorate this original meeting on Saturday May 5th 2012 -exactly 40 years on to the day. The event will be informal with a buffet supper and display of photos and film of the early days.

Were you at that meeting? Were you one of the founder members of The Stroudwater Canal Society, formed as a result of that meeting? If so then Dave would very much like to hear from you; give him a ring on 07816 260046 for more information.



The Stroud on Water Festival that is being held between the 2nd and 4th June is drawing ever closer …… and the time has come to seek volunteers prepared to give up just a few hours of their time. The tasks will be many and varied and volunteers will be required during the week leading up to the Festival as well as during it.

We haven't been able to make contact with our previously appointed Volunteer Manager, Roger Nisbet, for over a month now, so for the time being Alan and Anna Watts have offered to help. Alan can be reached on 07976 617983 and Anna on 07800 581167, their email address is

(PLEASE NOTE: CCT Members will be shortly receiving their copy of 'The Trow' and in case an insert cannot be produced in time it should be noted that the information contained on Page 21 under the heading "How to Volunteer" is incorrect.)

Now some readers may have already indicated their willingness to help at the event, so to make Alan & Anna's lives somewhat easier it would be really appreciated if these people could kindly reconfirm their availability; by email is probably the simplest and preferred way.



Joint Stroud on Water Organiser Martin Phillips tells me that the hunt is on for someone to fulfil the role of Dance Manager.

The role will entail booking performers for the dance stage – anyone who has contacts locally with dance groups whether morris, salsa, belly or flamenco would be perfect for the role.

For further information please contact Martin, either by email or phone 01453 860133, mobile 07725 141332



Jan Thomas is looking for volunteers to support the children and young people's activities team during the Festival.

The only pre requirement is to want to have some fun! Shifts should work out at around 2 hours each, but there will be no restriction on those who want to enjoy themselves for longer periods.

Please contact Jan directly for more informa
tion, or 01453 821771



Finally a technical point concerning ENews.

It has been necessary to change my contact address from "postmaster@…" to "listmaster@…" so it follows that if any reader has added to their Safe Senders List then consideration needs to be given to changing this to



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.

12th – Work Party Summit Level (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)*
15th – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30. Talk entitled “William Morris and Kelmscott Manor” speaker Mike Breakell
26th(1) – Work Party Summit Level (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)*
26th(2) – Work Party Griffins Mill Lock*
28th – Construction Action Group meeting Bell House Wallbridge*

4th – Work Party Stonehouse – Daneway*
11th(1) – Work Party Summit Level (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)*
11th(2) – Work Party Griffins Mill Lock*
12th – Western Branch meeting Fromebridge Mill 19:30
18th – Work Party Griffins Mill Lock*
21st – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30. Talk entitled “Ropes and Knots” speaker David Beamont.
25th – Work Party Stonehouse – Daneway*
27th – Construction Action Group meeting Crown Cerney Wick*

1st(1) – Work Party Summit Level (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)*
1st(2) – Work Party Griffins Mill Lock*
9th – Western Branch meeting Fromebridge Mill 19:30
15th(1) – Work Party Summit Level (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)*
15th(2) – Work Party Griffins Mill Lock*
18th – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30. Talk entitled “East End Restoration Work” speakers John Maxted & Martin Thompson
22nd – Work Party Stonehouse – Daneway*
24th – Construction Action Group meeting Bell House Wallbridge*
29th – Work Party Summit Level (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)*


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