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ENews 2014-05

September 1st 2014

Hello and welcome to ENews 2014-05.

The headlines this time round:

Chat over a pint at the Alehouse
Informal event as you'll see
Logistics for logs are still pending 
We're working towards a Plan B.

Fancy a cruise down to Sharpness?
From Gloucester and back in a day 
Or forming a waterways quiz team
Be quick – it's not far away.

Christmas is just round the corner   
Calendar and cards are online
Butane gas fire is on offer
Sensible bid – that's just fine!

The update is in from Dave Marshall 
For these quite a debt he is owed
Odd number of tales in this issue
So that is the end of the ode.

Please read on for the stories behind these headlines.



Yes it's time for the next of the ever popular Noggin & Natter evenings at the Alehouse, Stroud. Tuesday 2nd September is the date, 19:30 is when it starts. For the benefit of new readers the concept of these evenings can be summarised thus:

– It is an informal social get-together. Feel free to circulate & chat;
– It is not a formal meeting. There is no agenda, apologies or minutes;
– It is a chance to meet up with other CCT members & to hear what they do;
– Come and go as you please from 7:30 – 11:00pm;
The Ale House is opposite Cornhill Market, the venue for Stroud Farmers' Market.



In the last ENews you may remember I was getting excited about the opportunity to collect a whole heap of log wood from the north side of Bristol . Many thanks to those people who came forward with offers to help with the logistics of getting them back to Eastington, these were much appreciated.

I believe the opportunity will still present itself in due course, maybe not as soon as originally anticipated however. A site visit is scheduled to be undertaken shortly to review the situation.

Meanwhile information about the Log Delivery Service can be found at http://goo.gl/dvM4ki and we are taking orders. Regular weekly deliveries should recommence by mid-October.



Spaces aboard mv 'King Arthur' for the members cruise along the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal scheduled for Saturday 6th September are filling up fast – but there are some still available.

See http://goo.gl/LCLwN8 or the last issue of the Trow (page T20) for booking information – but you'll have to be quick!



Another reminder, this time for the inaugural 'Stroudwater Session Waterways Quiz' that is taking place on Tuesday 9th September at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster GL2 7PD at 19:30. Master of Ceremonies will be CCT Chairman Jack Telling and there's still time to book in your team (of 4).

Further information at http://goo.gl/GNQMxS from where the entry form can be downloaded, completed and sent with the £10 entry fee to Quiz Team Entry, CCT Office, Bell House, Wallbridge Lock, Stroud GL5 3JS.

Any queries or questions to Polly Fothergill, email pmfothergill@sky.com or phone 07968 726192


16 WEEKS TO GO………….

…….to Christmas, would you believe. And here's the perfect opportunity to start the preparatory stuff – and raise funds for the CCT at the same time.

This year’s Christmas Cards and Calendar have just been released featuring the photographs of Mike Gallagher. The cards concentrate on the Phase 1A restoration section and each pack of 12 cards contains 3 each of the following scenes, namely:

– St Cyr's Stonehouse
– Nutshell Bridge, Stonehouse
– Ebley (new houses & mill)
– Stanton's Bridge, Bowbridge

The calendar features scenes from the whole 36 mile route and there’s lots of room to write in your special dates and reminders. The front cover shows Trip Boat 'Endeavour' at Ebley Mill.
To buy online go to
http://goo.gl/Jo3vbp The cards cost £4.95 per pack including P&P, the calendar is yours for £9.95 incl P&P.

Both are available at either the Saul or Wallbridge Visitor Centre and are priced at £3.95 per pack and £7.95 respectively.

Or you can order by post. Please write to Cotswold Canals Trust, Bell House, Wallbridge, Stroud, Glos GL5 3JS, making sure that you:
– state yo
ur name and address and a contact phone number.
– state exactly which items you would like and the quantities you require.
– enclose a cheque for the total including P&P made payable to CCT (Trading) Ltd.

At present, we can only mail to UK addresses. If you have any queries, please call 07582 286636 or 01453 752568


Western Depot has got its hands on a full 15kg butane gas bottle with an accompanying fire. We also have 2 empty cylinders available……

Frank Laurenson is our Chief Negotiator on this one, you can get hold of him on a Monday & Wednesday by calling the Depot on 01453 822119 (to make sure he's in) or email frank.laurenson@blueyonder.co.uk

No sensible offer refused; somewhere around £45 for the lot maybe?



As ever, thanks to Canal Partnership Manager Dave Marshall for the following update:-

Dudbridge: We have now drawn up a repair scheme for the winter storm damage to the bypass channel. This includes elements to prevent a recurrence. Initially, we have asked the two contractors already working at Wallbridge to submit prices, as this would eliminate mobilisation costs.

Wallbridge Lower Lock: The post and mesh revetment along the north side of the channel is now complete. The contractor has also completed about half of the towpath side. This revetment is back filled with stone over a polypropylene membrane. This is taking longer than expected, due mainly to the hardness of the material beneath the site. The next operation will be to begin work on the bypass channel to carry the flow of Slad Brook around the south side of the lock. This will improve the environment of the canal/river by permitting the passage of fish and eels.
Land & Water Services are making excellent progress with dredging the canal below the lock. Material is being kept on site, reducing costs and environmental impact by eliminating the need for several hundred lorry journeys and disposal to landfill. Due to the limited access and river flow, the company is using a WK80 tracked amphibious excavator; a Dutch machine making its UK debut.
Although the lock itself is not due for refurbishment until next spring, Land & Water has been asked to remove the dangerous wall overhanging the lock and to clear material from the lock itself. This should give us more certainty as the structural integrity of the lock, which has been a cause for discussion.
Work along this stretch is being funded with the assistance of a £100,000 grant from the Veolia Environmental Trust. We have installed two webcams covering this section –

Bowbridge Bridge: After discussions, Gloucestershire County Council has kindly agreed to take on project management and construction of a new bridge, together with making a financial contribution. A scheme is currently being prepared. The problem here is that in the 1960s, a two way traffic flow was achieved by filling in the canal alongside the original one carriageway bridge. Opening up the canal effectively requires construction of a new bridge directly alongside the old.

Bowbridge Lock: Good progress is being made here, with extra impetus given by 4 week-long Waterway Recovery Group work camps, with another underway this week. These camps have concentrated on rebuilding the upper wing walls, clearing remaining silt from the bottom of the lock and installing stop plank grooves. They have also installed a pipe to carry water through the lock, thus keeping it dry. Scaffolding has been erected on the vet’s side and most defective brickwork has been stripped off. Rebuilding of the collapsed wharf wall just above the lock will be completed this month.

Griffin’s Mill: Volunteers have completed the rebuilding of the collapsed wharf wall at Jubilee Bridge and built an upgraded towpath alongside the lock. Last week, we were pleased to welcome a team from GCHQ, who joined us for a day as part of a commitment to corporate volunteering.



For further information (including contact details) about any items marked by an asterisk, please go to www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk 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 from 10:00: Work Parties at Griffins Mill Lock
Thursdays from 10:00: Introductory volunteer sessions aimed at those new to volunteering. Meet Wallbridge Visitor Centre. Existing CCT volunteers more than welcome.
Thursdays from 17:00: Work Parties Eisey area*

2nd – Noggin 'n' Natter at the Alehouse Stroud from 19:30
6th – Cruise along the G&S Canal. See
9th – Quiz Night at Fromebridge Mill 19:30. See
17th – Eastern Branch meeting Trout Inn Lechlade from 19:30
23rd – Construction Action Group Meeting at Brimscombe Port, 19:30

7th- Noggin 'n' Natter at the Alehouse Stroud from 19:30
15th – Eastern Branch meeting Trout Inn Lechlade from 19:30
25th – CCT AGM at New Memorial Hall Lechlade
from 10:30am
28th – Construction Action Group Meeting at Down Ampney Village Hall, 19:30


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.

PLEASE NOTE. We keep your email address on an electronic database for the sole purpose of contacting you in this way. We will never pass it on to any third party.

David Pagett
Editor, ENews