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ENews 2012-06

18th April 2012

Hello, welcome to ENews 2012-06.
300 Club winners are richer
In total by one thousand pounds
A team is required for the Roadshow
For when its out on the showgrounds.
Info about all the progress
Along the route of Phase 1A
A list of where helpers are needed
To get Stroud on Water away.
Hydro update on the funding
A video on Youtube to boot
Festival will be celebrating 
Stroud's industrial root.(s)
The Three Hundred Club April 2012 Draw was held in the Trust's Heritage Centre at Saul Junction on the 1st April.  The draw was made by Rob Burgon, the Saul Trip Boat Manager.  
Response to the Three Hundred Club insert in a previous Trow has resulted in a continuing increase in members and the first prize is over £600 now, with more than £1,000 being distributed in prizes this time round.  The first prize of £619 was won by J Deacon from Cirencester, second prize of £310 by R Atkinson from Stonehouse and third prize of £104 was won by K Edmond of Alveston. 
Congratulations to you lucky people! 
Further information about the 300 Club can be found at
Roadshow Manager Mike Slade has changed his telephone number, it is now 0117 329 3211.
He has also asked me to repeat the appeal that appeared in 2012-04 for some volunteers happy to act as Roadies from time to time, mainly in the Stroud area. A list of events that the Roadshow plans to attend can be accessed on the Connect website at under the 'Roadshow Calendar' item. Please note there is no longer a need to be logged in before viewing the Calendar.
Whenever the Roadshow goes out on its travels it takes a trailer that is full of stock, promotional material – and either one or both CCT marquees. Mike is looking to build a dedicated team who are physically fit, fairly tall and happy to spend an hour or so at each end of a Roadshow event, erecting and dismantling said marquee(s). The task is not onerous, all that is required is an understanding of the relatively simple procedure involved and the ability to work in a team. The majority of these events will be in the Stroud area.
The Roadies will not be expected to staff the Roadshow for all or part of the event – although they will be more than welcome to do so if they so wish…
If this appeal appeals then please get in touch with Mike for more information, email or telephone 0117 329 3211, mobile 07805 110080
(If readers are at all unclear of the locations of the places mentioned, Ordnance Survey grid references can be found for the majority of them at
– Stonehouse Ocean: Swing bridge is nearing completion. 
– Ryeford Double Lock: Cotswold Canals Trust volunteers are now installing the final paddle winding gear and installing fencing on the offside. 
– Oilmills Sewer: A sewer crosses the canal at insufficient depth, effectively blocking the canal. This will now be lowered, using a thrust boring technique. Once tenders have been evaluated, the contract will be placed.
– Ebley Mill: The floodgates have been installed, though the balance beams will not be fitted until the gates have been fully secured by the final concrete pour. The concrete infill between the new floodgate channel and the old swing bridge channel has now been completed, as have the bottom sills. Diversion of the water main across the canal has been delayed, as Severn Trent was unable to find the stop cocks! This should happen this week, allowing the channel to be opened up.
– Frome Gardens: Formation of the overflow weir is virtually complete and the two outer piers for the footbridge over are in place. The two middle piers are currently being constructed, allowing installation of the bridge to begin. Formation of the confluence structure is complete with gabion mattresses being installed to reduce scour. Reinstatement of the excavated area around the structure is underway. 
– Hilly Orchard Bridge: Tenders have been received for extending the bridge across the towpath and constructing an earthen mound to accommodate an access ramp. This work will make the bridge usable by people with disabilities and also buggies etc. Once tenders have been evaluated the contract will be placed.
– Dudbridge Locks: Piling of channel is now complete; all piles having been driven into harder than expected ground using a larger rig. The headwall to the bypass channel now needs to be piled, as the channel piles were blocking access. Works beneath the Dudbridge road bridge are substantially complete, comprising the walkway and scour protection.  Construction of the hydro-electric turbine 
chamber and its outlet culvert has been delayed by complications with temporary work arrangements. 
– Chestnut Lane: Water main diversion delayed final closure and removal of the old bridge. Work on constructing the large control cabinet for the new swing bridge has already begun.
– Wallbridge: The Wallbridge Project, consisting of the refurbished Lock, Canal Visitor Centre, Lockkeeper’s Cafe and Stroud Brewery Bridge has been shortlisted in the ‘Partnership’ category of the Waterway Renaissance Awards. Judging has taken place and the result will be known in May. 
– Capels Mill: Following tree and scrub clearance, a £2m contract to install 330m of new canal channel has been awarded to Alun Griffiths of Abergavenny, who previously refurbished Ryeford Locks. No companies based in the Stroud District tendered for the work. The canal’s original route and level are occupied by Dr Newton’s Way. The site is sloping and during the 1970s was used as a refuse tip, making it one of the most challenging on the entire 37 mile Cotswold Canals. Contractors moved onto the site on the 16th. 
– Bowbridge Bridge: Tenders have been received for strengthening this bridge, which will be necessary for heavy plant to gain access to the canal channel on the offside. This work is being done on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council, owners of the bridge.
Calling all volunteers……please Support Our Show!
SOW Management Team Member Martin Phillips advises that (and in no particular order) vacancies exist for the following roles:
– Ice cream sellers
– Tea and cake sellers
– Climbing wall and play-bus attendants
– Kids’ activities helpers
– Lock operatives
– Beer sellers
– Gate attendants
– Stewards
– Vehicle movement management operatives (AKA Car Park Attendants)
– Litter pickers
– Radio operators
– Spar
e people
– Boat movement organisers
– Stage helpers
– Help putting stuff up (mostly afternoon / evening in the week before) and taking it down again
Main qualifications are willingness to get stuck in and to keep smiling whatever. Relevant experience would be a bonus but not essential! 
Most tasks are organised into two hour shifts. Volunteers get free entry on the days they’re helping and a free t-shirt. Book two shifts on each of the three days and win free camping with a canal-side view. More information about the Festival can be found at that is being updated regularly.
Volunteer organisers Alan & Anna Watts will be delighted to hear from you as we have many, many vacancies to fill. They can be found on 07976 617983 or 07800 581167 or at  
The hydro project at Dudbridge Locks is in full swing now and so far a sum of £158,000 has been raised against a total anticipated cost of £300/310,000. However there are an increasing number of birds in the bushes as one might say, or blades in the turbines if you prefer; prospects identified could be worth a further £70,000 and, if they all come to fruition, that will leave us with a similar amount still to find. 
In unashamedly plagiarising Tesco's "Every little helps" catchphrase it follows that if you would like to dust the cobwebs off your cheque book and  send one payable to Cotswold Canals Trust to Bell House, Wallbridge Lock, Stroud, Glos GL5 3JS it will be very much appreciated! 
There is a good video about the project on Youtube at
There's a Festival of Manufacturing & Engineering taking place in Stroud between the 23rd & 27th April.
The Festival is described as "A five-day festival to celebrate Stroud's industrial roots, to meet the people who are growing successful manufacturing and engineering companies today – from small enterprises to global brands, to attract inward investment to the district and to showcase the exciting range of career opportunities offered by the manufacturing sector".
The Trust will have a stand, at Wycliffe School. Information will be displayed about the CCT paddle gear and the hydro project as well as about the wider restoration work as a whole.
The Festival is open to the public from 15:00 on the 23rd, further information at
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 sessions aimed at people new to volunteering; meet Bell House Wallbridge. CCT members also welcome. 
Thursdays from 16:30: Evening Work Parties at Eisey* (From 12th April) 
Alternate Saturdays from 10:00: (See below for dates) Volunteer sessions aimed at people new to volunteering but unavailable during the week; meet Bell House Wallbridge. CCT members also welcome. 
18th – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30. Talk entitled “East End Restoration Work” speakers John Maxted & Martin Thompson
21st – Work Party Wallbridge area, from 10:00
24th – Construction Action Group meeting Bell House Wallbridge* 
29th – Work Party Summit Level (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)* 
5th – Work Party Wallbridge area, from 10:00 
6th(1) – Work Party Griffins Mill Lock* 
6th(2) – Work Party Stonehouse – Daneway* 
12th – Cirencester Framers' Market (Roadshow Activity) 
13th(1) – Work Party Summit Level (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)* 
13th(2) – Work Party Griffins Mill Lock* 
14th – Western Branch meeting Fromebridge Mill 19:30 
16th(1) – Wildlife Walk from Wallbridge, 10:00. 
16th(2) – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30. 
19th(1) – Work Party Wallbridge area, from 10:00 
19th(2) – Sapperton School Event – Roadshow Activity
20th – Work Party Stonehouse – Daneway* 
26th – Blunder Lock Eastington, SOW Promotion Event (Roadshow Activity) 
27th(1) – Work Party Summit Level (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)* 
27th(2) – Work Party Griffins Mill Lock* 
2nd – Work Party Wallbridge area, from 10:00
2nd-4th – Stroud on Water Festival, Marling School Playing Fields 
10th – Work Party Summit Level (East portal of Sapperton Tunnel)* 
11th – Western Branch meeting Fromebridge Mill 19:30 
16th – Work Party Wallbridge area, from 10:00 
20th(1) – Wildlife Walk from Wallbridge, 10:00. 
20th(2) – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30 
23rd/24th – Historic Boat Rally, Braunston (Roadshow Activity) 
24th(1) – Work Party Stonehouse – Daneway* 
24th(2) – Easstington School Duck Race (Roadshow Activity) 
30th – Work Party Wallbridge area, from 10:00
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.
Any and all feedback is more than welcome.
David Pagett
Editor, ENews