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ENews 2014-07

November 7th 2014

Hello and welcome to ENews 2014-07.

As I was about to hit the "Send" button for this issue, news came through of the changes at Trust Council following the recent AGM.

These can be viewed at


The headlines this time round:

The regular update on 1A,
News of appointments there too.
Next Stroudwater Session at Fromebridge,
Sees 1B's Val Kirby for you.

Keith's giving a talk on the hydro,
Not many seats so be swift.
Can you become part of 1B Team?
If so you'd provide a great lift.

A couple of roles for the future
Caretaking and 'puter design
Volunteer sessions at Brimscombe
Many ideas to enshrine.

Please read on for the stories behind these headlines.



Thanks as ever to Stroud District Council's Dave Marshall for the following update.

South Wales & Severn Waterways Partnership: The Canal & River Trust (referred to far and wide as CaRT) has appointed SDC Chief Executive David Hagg as chair of its South Wales & Severn Waterways Partnership for a 3-year term starting this month. As Partnership chair, David will lead a group of leading local figures and experts to help deliver the regional plans for CaRT and champion the interests of local waterways. The unpaid role includes: guiding decisions about spending; helping to develop local engagement plans; supporting external funding bids for waterway projects and representing the region’s waterways on the Trust’s National Council.

Project Manager: Canal Project Manager Ian Edwards will be leaving the Canal Team later this month after nearly 3 years in the role to take up a new role with Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership. Dave Marshall will be overseeing the final stages of Phase 1A and managing the small, skilful and committed team that is and will be supplemented by external expertise where and when necessary. Dave has been with the team from the start and is therefore well placed to manage the remainder of the project.

Dudbridge: Work on repairing last winter’s flood damage to the bypass channel will be carried out by a local contractor who expects to begin work in December. High rainfall before then would necessitate water being channelled directly through the two locks in order to keep the bypass channel dry. Before this can happen, storm damage to the brick invert of the canal will have to be repaired. This will be carried out soon by volunteers and will see concrete replace the displaced bricks.

Lodgemore Bridge: We are examining the possibility of installing a lift bridge at this location, rather than a swing bridge. This has the twin benefits of being easier to install and needing less land. A feasibility study is under way. Ideally, the bridge would feature manually wound hydraulic operation.

Lodgemore Channel: Land & Water Services had to vacate the site at the end of September, due to the onset of the fish spawning season. This deadline meant that the required dredged depth could not be achieved, so they will be back next spring!

Wallbridge Lower Lock: Excavation of the bypass channel/fishpass is well under way. Concrete pouring has begun and most of the formwork for the rest of the concrete is in place. Work is proceeding well, but the limited access to the site means that the speed of progress is effectively reduced.

Bowbridge Lock: Rebuilding of the collapsed wharf wall just above the lock has now been completed. The work is an excellent example of how our dedicated team of volunteers has gained skills and capabilities. We have benefited from an extra Waterway Recovery Group work camp, with stripping of defective brickwork proceeding well.

Ham Mill: Cotswold Canals Trust’s Western Depot volunteers have taken on restoration of this Listed structure. They are currently gearing up to start work, with a contractor clearing silt from the lock this week. It will then be fully scaffolded, complete with a roof, allowing brickwork repairs to be carried out right through the winter. One of the first tasks is to get the spill weir working, so that any flowing water is carried around the outside of the lock, rather than through it.



The next meeting of Stroudwater Sessions is at Fromebridge Mill on Tuesday 11th November, commencing 19:30.

CCT Phase 1B Bid Leader Val Kirby will be giving a talk entitled MAKING WAVES – RECREATING THE STROUDWATER NAVIGATION

Do come and find out more about the sustainable, environmentally sensitive, community based approach that the Cotswold Canals Trust and its partners are taking towards making Stroud and Stonehouse canal towns once more.

The location of Fromebridge Mill can be found at



As part of the Stroud Festival of Manufacturing & Engineering, Dudbridge Locks Hydro Scheme Project Manager Keith Tibbitts will be giving a talk at Delphi Diesel Systems, Brunel Way, Stonehouse GL10 3SX on Wednesday 26th November.

Refreshments available from 19:00 and then Keith's talk will commence at 19:30, followed by a question & answer session.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL! As there is limited seating please contact Peter Rayner on 01453 794354 or email to book your place.

Talking of the hydro scheme………the latest output figures show that it has generated 67,500 kWh to date which equates to approx £16,900 of income. Good Energy pay 25p/kWh from for every unit exported to the Grid.



Val Kirby is heading the funding bid for the restoration between Stonehouse and Saul. She tells me that the Phase 1B bid team is rapidly taking shape but there are still opportunities for others to get involved.

We need to have a draft Heritage Lottery Fund bid ready by May next year, prior to formal submission planned for November 2015. This 6-month window will provide sufficient time for consultation and for the implementation of any changes as a result of the consultation exercise.

The areas where significant help is being sought are:

Fund raising: We are seeking someone to lead the fund raising element of the Bid as there may be up to £5 million needed in match funding. Some of this will come in the form of "In kind" contributions – for example volunteer activities ranging from designing bridges to dredging – and some will have to be in cash.

It is felt that a fund raising campaign would target CCT members and others in the inland waterways world (by way of competitions, events, sponsorship etc.). The need to explore sponsorship and grant opportunities from the commercial and charity sectors is another vital element.

Publicity and communications: the CCT already has an active communications team and we are seeking one or two additional people who can devote their time as volunteers specifically to 1B’s communications and publicity strategy.

If you feel you would like to get involved then please contact Val, or 01453 753762, mobile 0
7969 789938



1. SVCC Director & CCT Chief Executive Ken Burgin is looking for one to two people to help look after the Thames & Severn HQ building at Brimscombe Port. The building, which belongs to SVCC, is used by various canal related groups including CCT for meetings and accommodating WRG when they are working on the canal.

The role involves:
– management of all bookings
– setting up prior to groups' arrival
– arranging repairs/improvements where/when required
– 'housekeeping' matters, i.e. replenishing consumables as & when
– opening/locking up if another keyholder is not involved in the group or meeting

Please contact Ken in the first instance, or 01453 827414, mobile 07525 900374

2. CCT Vice Chairman, Chief Operating Officer and Technical Director Engineering Jim White says:

"I am looking for a design draughtsman with free access to a drawing package such as SolidWorks or AutoCAD. This person or persons would assist the small Phase 1b Engineering Team in the production of concept drawings of a new lock, say, for evaluation and pricing purposes."

If you can help please contact Jim, or 01453 873733



The underlying question at the two volunteer conferences held recently at Brimscombe Port was how to build a bigger and more effective volunteer programme for Phase 1B. More than 100 people listened to short presentations about the lessons that we can learn from Phase 1A, the reasons for using volunteers in 1B, what might be in a larger volunteer programme, and what should be in the CCT’s Volunteers Policy. A series of lively discussions produced lots of comment and ideas that will be invaluable to the group planning the Phase 1B bid.

Val Kirby and the 1B team would like to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to everyone who attended the events. The presentations will be put on the CCT website shortly. Val says that she will analyse the many comments as quickly as possible and will let everyone know what ideas will be put into practice.



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.

19th – Eastern Branch meeting Trout Inn Lechlade from 19:30.
25th – Construction Action Group Meeting at Brimscombe Port, 19:30

9th – Noggin 'n' Natter at the Alehouse Stroud from 19:30.
17th – Eastern Branch meeting Trout Inn Lechlade from 19:30.
23rd – 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.

David Pagett
Editor, ENews