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ENews 28

Hello, & welcome to E-News No. 28.

A particularly warm welcome to those of you who are receiving E-News for the first time; your email addresses have been culled from various sources during the preparatory work being undertaken for the forthcoming re-launch of Connect, the Trust's Volunteer Management & Activities Database. I hope you don't mind being added to the E-News recipients' list!

To give you a flavour of what's been going on recently I shall arrange for the last couple of editions of E-News to come out to you in the next day or so.


THE BELLS OF ST MARY'S……..will be ringing on Sunday……

Alan Jones has one of his work parties on Sunday 11th February at St Mary's Lock just west of Chalford. From Stroud direction your best bet is to turn round at Chalford and head back; about 300 metres past Belvedere Mews – at the western end of the loop road that'll take you to Hyde & Minchinhampton – bear left down a small lane to a level crossing. Ring the bell to get the crossing keeper to let you through!

Start time 0900ish as usual, you are more than welcome for just a couple of hours or longer if you can. Don't forget your steel T-C Bs, all other equipment provided.

Further information if required from Alan – or 01453 794462



Cheltenham Gold Cup tips in E-News? Whatever next?

Sorry to disappoint you but no, just a dyslexic reminder that our prestigious Saul Canal Festival is drawing ever closer. This is our major fundraiser for the year and relies heavily on Volunteer support; would you believe somewhere around 350/400 will be required in 2007? Volunteer Registration forms are available from the excellent Festival website, along with application forms for boaters, campers and traders if youwant to take your boat, tent or trade stall as well.

Most shifts are 2 hours long and if you put your name down for 2 or more shifts then you qualify for free entry to the Festival.

Go on, do it now; I have.



Honestly! Connect is being re-launched as it has been revamped and rewritten by our own in-house IT guru. If you are a Volunteer whose name appears in either Connect version 1 or the (paper based) Volunteer Register then you will receive a letter by the end of this month explaining what's going on.

You will have been registered onto Connect by the time you receive it. The letter will contain details of a unique Username & Password for you to access the site and update your personal records that may have become a little dislodged during the transfer process. Particularly your "Activity Preferences" as you will see.

We are about to start organising a series of presentations for those who are likely to be using the system to prepare rosters, post messages and so on. And for any other interested parties who anticipate becoming involved; if you think you could fall into this latter category please let me know.

Once the website is 'live' you will have access to comprehensive guidance notes that hopefully cover all aspects of the system. E-News will keep you up to date with developments, such as the launch date, which should be as soon as we have finished loading and testing.

Given time, Connect will provide a summary of a wide range of activities going on across the Trust, from messages about forthcoming activities to full rosters for others. It is really simple to register yourself and your "activity preferences" – and keep your personal details & preferences up to date – by visiting the website. It will be easy for you to join in one of the activities if, for example, you have not declared an interest in that particular activity but it nevertheless takes your fancy.

Further details, including the website address, will follow shortly……so do keep an eye on your Inbox…


Please let me know if you have some news or general interest items you would like published – a short paragraph or two is all it takes.

This edition will have arrived in 686 Inboxes by the time you read this far, so that means the content is probably seen by anything up to 1,500 people.

If you know of friends or others interested in the work of the Cotswold Canals Trust who are not actually members then by all means

a) encourage them to 'subscribe' to E-News as it is not exclusively for CCT members, and
b) encourage them to join the Trust!