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ENews 2013-09

19th October 2013
Hello and welcome to ENews 2013-09.
This issue sees headlines returning
In rhyming form, just like before
A plea; if you change your email
Tell me or you won't get no more!

Christmas is just round the corner
We've got logs and much else for sale
Santa has said he'll be on board
So cruises at Saul cannot fail.

The AGM takes place at Ebley
At the home of the S D C
Professor Mark Horton is talking
The Sub Rooms is the place to be.

Update on 1A as usual
300 Club winners there too
Like to find out about wildlife?
Then Martin's walks could be for you.
Now, please read on for the stories behind the headlines.
Now here's a novel idea for a Christmas present………..a load of logs for that log burning stove, especially now that gas and electricity prices appear to be going through the roof! Again!
There's loads of information about our logs to be found on the website at by following the 'Log Delivery Service' tab. There are plenty of delivery dates currently available and we are taking bookings now for delivery up to start of the Festive Period – and beyond, come to that.
………….Christmas is only something like 9 or 10 weeks away.
Having bought a load of logs, how about some stocking fillers? The Trust has an excellent range of seasonal ware to satisfy most needs, have a look at and you'll see what I mean.
Yet another seasonal item; I have it on good authority that Santa will be at Saul for most of the weekends in December, namely the 7th/8th, 14th/15th and 21st/22nd.
Once again he will be bringing enjoyment to parents, grandparents and children of all ages as he travels onboard the ever-popular series of Santa Cruises. These will start around 10:00 on each operating day and, weather permitting, carry on until around 15:30.
An age-related pressie for the youngsters and a glorious hot toddie for those of more mature years is included in the ticket price, held at the level of £4 – for at least the 4th successive year!
Saturday 26th October is the date set for the AGM of the Cotswold Canals Trust.
It will be held in the Council Chamber of Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill and starts at 10:30 prompt. Further information can be found at – where you will also find copies of the audited accounts for the year ending 31st March 2013. Plenty of time to peruse them before next Saturday, therefore.
In addition to all the formalities – approving the accounts, electing the Council of Management and so on – the Trading Company's new modular display system will be…….well, on display, selling a range of CCT goodies including tickets for Mark Horton's talk on the 22nd November. (See item below).
And if that isn't enough, CCT Members will have the opportunity for a free trip on 'Endeavour' after the AGM as a limited number of free boarding passes will be available from the Sales Stand.
Not all readers may be aware that Professor Mark Horton, yes he of the BBC's 'Coast' fame, is a Vice President of the Cotswold Canals Trust.
On Friday 22nd November Mark will be giving a talk at the Subscription Rooms, Stroud, entitled 'Coasting Along'. Tickets are £8 in advance and £10 on the door, further information including details of ticket purchase options can be found at—coasting-along-581.php
My thanks as usual to Dave Marshall of Stroud District Council for providing the following restoration updates:
Ocean Bridge (SO798050): The ongoing problems with the operating mechanism……are ongoing.
Ebley (SO829046): Several CCT-produced and volunteer-installed benches are now in situ in the area. Wendy Townsend, known to many as the owner of the Lockeepers Cafe at Wallbridge, has also set up the Wharf Buttery, opposite Ebley Mill.
Frome Gardens (SO831047): The area has undergone a general tidy up, thanks to the efforts of SDC staff volunteers.
Dudbridge Locks (SO836048): The recent Open days were deemed highly successful with over twelve hundred people attending. (See for a fuller report).
Wallbridge Lower Lock (SO846051): The developers of the site above the lock should have completed a retaining wall within 6 months from now, meaning that tenders can be sought for refurbishment of the lock between May and November 2014. It is to be hoped that a fish pass will not be deemed necessary at this location as this would reduce anticipated construction costs by some £150,000.
Cheapside (SO849050)
: The ongoing problems with the nature of the silt in the canal ……….is ongoing.
Bowbridge (SO857042): The ongoing problems with the tenders for development here being way over budget are…..ongoing. Possible alternative sources of funding are actively being sought.
Well, just the three actually, as I am referring to the winners of the quarterly 300 Club Draw.
Yet again the Prize Pot was well over £1,000 and Susie Bayliss, that renowned stalwart of various CCT activities over the years and known to many, was the recipient of the first prize of £633; the second prize of £317 was secured by Mr T Low, with Ray Burgin collecting the 3rd one of £106.
Further information about the CCT 300 Club can be found at
Some readers may remember a series of Wildlife Rambles last year organised  by CCT Member Martin Wright along the canal corridor around Stroud.
Well, he's at it again and has set up a series of walks over the next couple of months, details of which appear below in 'Forthcoming Events' and on the CCT website as indicated.
Meet at the various locations from 09:30 with the walks starting at 10:00. They last for about 2 hours.
Ideally the group will comprise about 10 people in total; there is a small charge payable that will be donated to the Trust.
For further information (including contact details) about any items marked by an asterisk, please go to and the Message Boards that can be found on the Activities and Rosters page. To become a registered volunteer follow the Register Me Now link.
Mondays and Wednesdays from 09:00*: Maintenance activity at Western Depot Eastington.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 09:00*: Maintenance activity at Eastern Depot Eisey.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00: Introductory volunteer sessions aimed at those new to volunteering. Meet Wallbridge Visitor Centre. Existing CCT volunteers more than welcome.
Wednesdays and Sundays from 09:00*: Work Parties at Griffins Mill Lock.
22nd – Construction Action Group meeting at Down Ampney Village Hall from 19:30.
24th – Final Work Party of the season at Eisey from 17:00*.
26th – CCT AGM in Council Chamber at Stroud District Council Offices, Ebley Mill 10:30.
30th – Wildlife Walk with Martin Wright, starting from Bonds Mill Cafe Stonehouse. See
12th – Talk at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster 19:30 "The H&G Canal Past Present & Future". First joint meeting with H&G Canal Trust & local IWA. All welcome
13th – Wildlife Walk with Martin Wright, starting from Ship Inn, Brimscombe Port. See
20th – Eastern Branch meeting Trout Inn Lechlade 19:30
22nd – Prof. Mark Horton (a CCT Vice Chairman) at Stroud Sub Rooms 19:30 "Coasting Along." Tickets GBP8 in advance, GBP10 on the door. See—coasting-along-581.php for ticket information.
23rd/24th – NWPG at Griffins Mill/Ham Mill Lock. CCT volunteers welcome
26th – CAG meeting Bell House Wallbridge 19:30
27th – Wildlife Walk with Martin Wright, starting from Visitor Centre Wallbridge. See
7th/8th – Santa Cruises at Saul Junction
11th – Wildlife Walk with Martin Wright, starting from Bonds Mill Cafe Stonehouse. See
14th/15th – Santa Cruises at Saul Junction
21st/22nd – Santa Cruises at Saul Junction – the final weekend!
If you have any item you consider newsworthy then please send me an email, although I would ask you to bear in mind that I always look for a connection with the Stroudwater, Thames and Severn or the CCT before considering any article for publication.
Any and all feedback – preferably good, but bad as well – is more than welcome.
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David Pagett
Editor, ENews