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ENews 2013-03

16th May, 2013

Hello, welcome to ENews 2013-03.

Yes, this is the first one for ages – since the beginning of March in fact and no, you have not missed any!

In this issue:

Our Tugmeister’s looking for members
Wanting to learn how to steer
The Loggers are at it already
Gathering wood for next year.

Canal tweets are followed by many
Twelve eighty-five at the mo
Real chance of sorting the rail bridge
You can help so please have a go.

There’s talk of reviewing the manner
In which CCT contacts you
Canal Project news on the website
The link is there for you to view.



Our very own Cap’n Pugwash tells me that three Skippers are now qualified to steer ‘Goliath’, the CCT’s tug based on the Stroudwater Navigation, and a further two are getting close.

So………the time has come to seek some more willing volunteers!

Now the new trip boat operation on the Stroudwater is about to start, regular tug and barge movements will certainly help to maintain a clear channel.

Additionally with the possibility of regular dredging operations in due course we could be looking for a sizeable pool of trained operatives.

More information from Tony Jones, email


(or Scots pine if you prefer…..)

The future of the Log Delivery Service was very much in doubt at Easter because we were quite literally down to the last log in the Depot when the final delivery went out on the 28th March.

I am delighted to report that “The Logman” tells me these concerns have been well and truly felled as links established with a local tree surgeon have borne fruit somewhat.

An amazing stand of 100 years old Scots pine is no longer a stand as one might say because for the last few weeks he and his determined, committed team have been working their socks off repatriating this wood to the Depot for splitting into logs.

Information about the Log delivery Service can be found at where there are a couple of pictures, too.



Whilst Twitter, Facebook and others of that ilk are an anathema to me at my tender age I readily acknowledge that there are many who can’t imagine life without them.

There are all sorts of snippets added to the Cotswold Canals Partnership’s Twitter page (is that the right terminology?) at on a regular basis. A couple of recent examples posted on the 16th May:

– Ebley Mill Pedestrian Swing Bridge delivered to site today. Craning into position Friday morning.
– SDC submit applications to Glos Local Transport Board for Ocean Railway Bridge & Thames and Severn Way You can help! (See article below)

It must be easy to become a “Follower” because, apparently, I have succeeded in becoming one. There is a link at the foot of the Welcome page of the Trust’s website at – click on the “Follow@CotswoldCanals” logo and that’s more or less all there is to it.



To link Phase 1A of the restoration with Phase 1B there is a challenging obstacle at the moment, namely the railway bridge over the canal at the Ocean, Stonehouse. (OS reference SO797052).

One of two funding applications submitted by Stroud District Council to the Gloucestershire Local Transport Board is to help finance the cost of rebuilding the bridge in question. (The other is to help fund the Thames and Severn Way route for 12 miles from Saul to Chalford.)

Much more information about this exciting development can be found at

I will if I may draw your attention to one really important element of the process and that is to respond or react in a positive manner, explaining all the benefits as you see them. We are not talking about a simple “Yes/No” vote here; it is more a reasoned argument as to why the funding request should be viewed favourably……..

This response or reaction can be by letter or email to the GLTB (their address is shown in the website article); if responding by letter please send a copy by email to SDC’s Canal Partnership Manager Dave Marshall, email or Cc him in if email is the chosen route.



There is rumoured to be a review of the CCT’s communication systems getting under way shortly………….I am currently awaiting a communication about it………….

Meanwhile your views on ENews, both good and bad, would be welcomed to help with the process. For example, what do you think of the following:-

– The primary objective, namely to inform and point readers in the right direction for further information;
– The informal (and sometimes irreverent) style;
– The irregularity;
– The items covered;
– What else should/could be included?
– Is there any other medium you think the CCT should consider using for communication purposes?
– Anything else you’d like to add?

Answers on an email please to



There is a certain gentleman behind the scenes beavering away every day it seems, keeping the “Latest News” page of the website as up to date as he possibly can.

It is well worth a visit on a regular basis and can be found at

To tickle your taste buds, current items include the recent Capels Mill Open Days, our new trip boat that will be based at Ebley, the latest (April) update from SDC detailing progress with the canal project (at ) and many, many others covering a wide variety of topics.



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 & 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.
Wednesdays & Sundays from 09:00: Work parties at Griffins Mill Lock*
Thursdays from 17:00: Work parties at Eisey*

25th/26th – NWPG at Ham Mill Lock. CCT volunteers welcome*
28th – Construction Action Group meeting Bell House Wallbridge 19:30

1st-2nd – KESCRG at Ham Mill Lock. CCT Volunteers welcome*
2nd – Work Party Oil Mills Bridge (*Work Parties Stonehouse-Daneway)
11th – Western Branch meeting Fromebridge Mill Whitminster 19:30
19th – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30
23rd – Roadshow at Newbury Water Festival
25th – Construction Action Group meeting Down Ampney Village Hall 19:30
29th – Roadshow at Historic Boat Show, Braunston

7th – Work Party Oil Mills Bridge (*Work Parties Stonehouse-Daneway)
9th – Western Branch meeting Fromebridge Mill Whitminster 19:30
13th-14th – London WRG at Ham Mill Lock. CCT Volunteers welcome*
17th – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30
19th-21st – Roadsho
w at IWA National, Cassiobury Park Watford
20th – Roadshow at Stroud Country Show
23rd – Construction Action Group meeting Bell House Wallbridge 19:30
28th – Roadshow at Gateway Centre Cirencester

13th – Western Branch meeting Fromebridge Mill Whitminster 19:30
21st – Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30
24th – Roadshow at Steam Extravaganza South Cerney
27th – Construction Action Group meeting Down Ampney Village Hall 19:30


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

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