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ENews 2016-02

 February 9th 2016

Hello and welcome to ENews 2016-02.



I am sorry to have to start this edition with some really sad news which is that Dudley passed away in the early hours of the 2nd February. He suffered a severe heart attack about 2 months ago and with the exception of a couple of days over Christmas had been in hospital ever since.

Dudley was an ardent and very active supporter of CCT over the past 20 years and he was a stalwart of the Trust's Western Depot at Eastington. He will be sorely missed by all friends and colleagues who had the pleasure of both knowing and working with him.

The funeral will be held at Gloucester Crematorium on Tuesday 16th February at 1pm. Family flowers only but donations in memory of Dudley, for the Cotswold Canals Trust or British Heart Foundation, may be sent to Allen-White Funeral Directors, Crown Mews, Bath Road, King’s Stanley, GL10 3JG.  Alternatively there will be a Retiring Collection at the Crematorium.

Dudley’s family cordially invite you to join them after the funeral at The Old Badger Inn, Alkerton Road, Eastington, GL10 3AT. To assist with catering arrangements it would be helpful if you would advise Jack Telling ASAP if you will be joining the family at the Old Badger Inn. E-mail or telephone 01453 825709




The scheduled dates for the two Western End regular get-togethers are changing….

The Fromebridge Mill Stroudwater Sessions will now be held four times a year on the third Tuesday of the month (with the exception of February as it's too close to change).

The revised dates are 9th February (i.e. tonight), 17th May, 20th September and 15th November with meetings starting at 7.30 pm

The Noggin & Natter sessions held at the Ale House, Stroud will be held on the second Tuesday of every month in future.

The revised dates are 8th March, 12th April, 10th May and 14th June and once again meetings start at 7.30pm.



The popular series of Wildlife Walks run by Martin Wright are back for 2016. All the dates below are Wednesdays and the walks begin at 10:00 from the start points below.

The walks are free for CCT members but for non-members a fee of £3 is payable. The walks are not considered suitable for dogs.

The start points are as follows:
February 17th – St Cyrs Church, Stonehouse.  
March 2nd – Saul Junction. 
March 16th – Wallbridge Lock, Stroud. 
March 30th – Red Lion Inn, Chalford. 
April 13th – Ship Inn, Brimscombe. 
April 27th – St Cyrs Church, Stonehouse

See for more information about the forthcoming walks – and for news of sightings on the first two walks this season see for the first one and then for the second.



No, not quite – but there's a delightful 10-minute slide show on the website that covers the entire 36-mile length of the canal from Saul to Inglesham.

For more information about it and for links to view on various devices, have a look at



Dudbridge Hydro Project Manager Keith Tibbitts advises:

"Our turbine is still running and the team are managing to keep the coarse screen clear of debris at least once per week at the moment. It's amazing how much junk is fished out each week…
"156,000kWh has been generated so far at Dudbridge and over 65 tonnes of CO2 saved. We are continuously producing between 18kW & 20kW thanks to the recent rainfall. This is helping to compensate for a very dry spell in the Autumn when the turbine was struggling to keep going."

To the layman (i.e. me) this figure could be misinterpreted as inferring that the scheme is "only" generating to the order of somewhere between 4/5 kWh per hour on average. Now this is patently far too simplistic a view and Keith agreed that a more detailed report for posting on the CCT website would be a good idea.

Wat(t)ch this space………..



The best place to find out what's up and coming is the front page of Connect, the Volunteers' website.

Follow this link to go there:


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David Pagett
Editor, ENews