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ENews 2013-02

6th March 2013
Those that knew Robin will interested to learn of an agreement with the Bathurst Estate for a beech tree to be planted near the Tunnel House Inn with a small plaque to honour his memory.
Robin was a stalwart of the Sapperton Tunnel trips (when we were allowed to run them) and of Work Parties undertaken in the area.
The tree will be planted on Tuesday 26th March at 12.00 noon and it is hoped that as many CCT members as possible will be there. The plan is to have a short ceremony and then adjourn to the pub to raise a glass to a dear departed friend.

Hello, welcome to ENews 2013-02.
In this issue:
The Ash Auction raised pots of money
A major success in my view
Free maps are out there for download
There’s plenty of other stuff, too
The Roadshow gets going at Easter
A canalside Fun Day is what’s planned
2 hours of spotting the wildlife
There will be an expert on hand
Updates on the restoration
Will be on the website from now
Calling all youth with some spare time
May we ask – wherefore art thou?
What a result…….ENews 2003-01 mentioned the (then) forthcoming auction of a 100cu ft load of ash logs.
Well, the load was won by CCT Member John Stephen of Bisley who secured it with a superb bid of GBP305, made at the last possible moment whilst he was walking along the Grand Union Canal; many thanks for your support, John.
But that wasn’t the end of it by any means. By following up the unsuccessful bidders “The Logman” secured a further 7 deliveries worth GBP1,090 – and signed up a new member to boot!
Long in the tooth subscribers, i.e. those who have received ENews for the last 5 years or so, may remember an article announcing the launch of a DVD covering the entire length of the Cotswold Canals that was produced by Paul Balmer of Waterway Routes.
Following the success of the DVD for our (and indeed other) canals he has followed this up with two cruising maps that can be downloaded for free. For further information visit the website at
Paul says “The map is for download, rather than printing, so it can be kept up to date. This is the first issue. If anyone is kind enough to provide feedback I’ll update. If anyone wishes to use the map or extracts for publicity material etc. then I’m likely to give permission free of charge – but please ask beforehand as restrictions apply to the O S base map.”
The Roadshow’s first outing this year will be to Blunder Lock, Eastington on Easter Sunday 31st March.
Blunder is the lock alongside the A419, roughly ½ mile east of the M5 Junction 13.
Manager Mike Slade would like to hear from anybody who could help with the following tasks:-
– putting up the marquees at around 09:30
– sales and information staff during the day
– dismantling the marquees at around 16:30
Mike can be contacted by email at or telephone 01173 293211, mobile 078O5 11OO80.
CCT Member Martin Wright is running a series of Wildlife Walks along the canal in the Stroud area and the first of these will be on the 6th March.
Rather than using ENews to promulgate the detailed update about the restoration it has been decided to publish this on the Trust’s website instead.
The Trust’s 2 Maintenance Depots – one at Eastington, Stonehouse and the other at Eisey, near Latton – are crying out for some younger members to join them on volunteering days, particularly at Eisey where there have been several significant personnel changes recently.
Admittedly with the volunteering days being on weekdays could make it difficult for some, but it really could be a most attractive way of filling the “Gap between engagements”, shall we call it, for many others.
We are quite a jolly lot and new faces are always made to feel welcome. A whole range of outdoor activities take place at both Depots; Eastington on Mondays & Wednesdays, Eisey on Tuesdays & Thursday
Ron Kerby is your man for more information and he can be contacted by email at
Or have a look around the Trust’s website and the “Information for Volunteers” page, from which you can register your interest in specific activities.
……That the railway bridge problem at Ocean, Stonehouse – the currently closed “border” between Phases 1A and 1B – could be resolved in 2015.
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.
– Tuesdays and Thursdays from 09:00: Maintenance activity at Eastern Depot*
– Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:00 – 15:30: Volunteer sessions aimed at people new to volunteering; meet Bell House Wallbridge. CCT members also welcome.
– Mondays & Wednesdays from 09:00: Maintenance activity at Western Depot*
– Wednesdays and Sundays from 09:00: Work parties at Griffins Mill Lock*
6th – Wildlife Walk from Wallbridge Visitor Centre, meet 09:30
12th- Western Branch meeting, Fromebridge Mill Whitminster 19:30
17th – Work Party Stonehouse – Daneway venue TBA*
20th(1) – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30
20th(2) – Wildlife walk from Bonds Mill (Industrial Estate) Café, Stonehouse., meet 09:30
26th – Construction Action Group meeting Bell House Wallbridge, 19:30
31st – Roadshow at Blunder Lock, Eastington
3rd – Wildlife Walk from Brimscombe Port (near Ship Inn), meet 09:30
7th- Work Party Stroud – Daneway venue TBA*
9th- Western Branch meeting, Fromebridge Mill Whitminster 19:30
17th(1)- Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30
17th(2) – Wildlife Walk from Wallbridge Visitor Centre, meet 09:30
23rd – Construction Action Group meeting Crown Inn Cerney Wick, 19:30
28th – Roadshow at Blunder Lock, Eastington
1st – Wildlife Walk from Bonds Mill (Industrial Estate) Café, Stonehouse, meet 09:30
14th – Western Branch meeting, Fromebridge Mill Whitminster 19:30
15th – Wildlife Walk from Brimscombe Port (near Ship Inn), meet 09:30
15th – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30
28th – Construction Action Group meeting Bell House Wallbridge 19:30MAY
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