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ENews 24 (Number 1 for 2007)

Welcome to this the latest issue of the Cotswold Canals Trust's E-News, and a Happy New Year to you all.



Another highly successful season of cruises, raising over £2,200 for the restoration!
Heartfelt thanks for all the help he received this time from the "fat rosy old fellow who brings children Christmas presents".

Rudolph is slowly regrowing his manhood, apparently…


CCT member and (to be) Sapperton Tunnel Trips Coordinator Wendy Beamont writes:

"Instead of camping I intend to travel to Saul Festival by boat this year and would like to bring along a crew of 5/6 to help as volunteers over the weekend. The cruise will take roughly 7-8 days to reach Saul from Fenny Compton and about the same time to get back again.

Potential crew would be welcome for either the whole trip or just the outward or return trip. Accommodation on board during the Festival.

My boat is a 70ft cruiser type with 4 cabins: the rear cabin has 2 single berths, the first mid-cabin has 2 single berths, the second mid-cabin has 1 single berth and the forward cabin has up to 4 single berths but usually accomodating just 2 people.There are 2 loos/wash rooms and a large galley. All costs – food, fuel etc – to be shared equally."

For further details please contact Wendy direct at or telephone 01235-764172.


Question – Will the locks be restored to modified sizes or a standard size throughout?

The answer to this question, and to 27 others, can be found in the updated "Frequently Asked Questions" document that is now available for viewing in the Heritage Centre at Saul.

You can also have a look at it by going to


How's this for a teaser?

"The CCT Explorer Group – Socio-Educational Coach Trip takes place on Saturday 24th March, departing Saul Junction 0900. Full details of this event will be published shortly."

What I have been able to find out is that this is a novel idea for a training session. Initially it will be aimed at the majority of our customer facing volunteers, namely Heritage Centre and Perseverance trip boat staff. Participants are likely to be asked for a small contribution towards the coach hire, food & so on. If it works and proves popular then the idea will be to run similar excursions, the first of which would be from the Lechlade area.

Watch this space………

Well it certainly ought to be by now with all the work that's gone in to the area over the last fewmonths.

A reminder that the next Alan Jones work party will be on SUNDAY 14TH JANUARY. Meet at Olympic Varnish around 0900 as usual, or you can park in the King & Castle pub car park and walk across.

If you would like further details contact or phone him on 01453-794462 (work) or 01453-752396 (home)


……For a Stock Control Manager, AKA Quartermaster

This volunteer opportunity is ideally suited to either an individual or a couple.

The Quartermaster's "Office" will be at the Western Depot, Eastington to administer and manage the CCT sales stock. When required, duties will ideally be undertaken on Monday and Wednesday mornings to coincide with other Western Depot activities although it should be possible to arrange other times to suit.

The role involves:

– Receiving deliveries of new stock at Eastington

– Maintaining safe and orderly storage of stock to allow ease of selection, turnover and replacement

– Receiving Stock Request Order forms from the CCT's sales outlets – that's the Roadshow, Talks Sales Box, Lechlade, Saul Heritage Centre and from the Website

– Assembling orders from stock held and arranging collection of these from Eastington by a representative of the relevant sales outlet

– Preparing and despatching mail order sales

– Liaising with Trust Book-Keeper re stock taking and re-ordering

You will require:
– Good organisational skills
– Internet access and basic Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet experience (Training can be given)

The use of a CCT funded "Pay as you Go" mobile is offered as an option

For further information please contact David Pagett  or Clive Field


BW's James Blockley, who has the magnificent moniker of Community Links Involvement Co-ordinator, writes:

"Since Dr Newton's Way was built on the original line of the Thames and Severn Canal, Capel Mill has presented a major restoration challenge. A large part of this complicated site comprises an old waste tip and much of the rest has been used to dump construction rubble. These uses are now disguised by the habitats that have grown up or been fostered since that time. There is a railway viaduct to cross, footpaths to maintain or improve and the considerable industrial heritage to take into account.

Over the years a broad range of interest groups have been attracted to the site and they have all had to be consulted. Accordingly detailed stakeholder consultation has taken place, involving an independent facilitator, leading to three options being taken forward for public consultation:

1. A route through the landfill (not specifying the type of construction, but assuming it would be tunnel or stabilised cutting)

2. A route crossing the river (avoiding the mill remains)

3. A route north of the river, following total removal of the landfill

Two of these options exceed the existing canal funds and therefore would require the community to raise additional funds by September 2007 for them to go ahead. Consultation will take place at a variety of places including the Project Stroud shop, Capel Mill site, Waitrose, Town centre (Farmers market, Merrywalks, King St).on the following busy days in Stroud: Fridays – 19th and 26th January, Saturdays 13th, 20th and 27th January, Sunday – 21st January and Wednesdays – 17th , 24th January.

Participants will be asked to show their preferences on a short questionnaire which can be returned up to the 31st January. Our aim will be to process the replies within the following two weeks."

So there you have it – the ideal opportunity to make your preferences known and to get them registered. Please relay this information to any interested friends and colleagues who may have yet to discover the joys and delights of subscribing to E-News.


Richard Harrison – whose not quite so grand moniker is Volunteer Programme Co-Ordinator – tells me that it is proposed to run a weekend working party with the CCT on the 3rd & 4th February with Richard & our very own Alan Jones in charge.

Around Dudbridge there are overgrown patches of scrub and a series of small to medium sized trees that need to be selectively removed as they are within the proposed canal channel.

Can you help out over the weekend of the 3-4th to clear and open up the channel in preparation for future restorationworks? Anybody out there with a valid pesticide licence who could treat the trees as and when they have been cut would be more than welcome.

Please contact Richard direct – or on 01452 318501 if you can help with either or both aspects of this request.