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ENews 40

Hello, and welcome to ENews 40.

It's quite remarkable, but the really diverse attractions on offer next weekend are just like the buses – nothing for ages then FOUR at once!



Joan Tucker's next historical walk along the Stroudwater will take place on Sunday 27th May and will be from Upper Mills to Ebley Mill. Start time is 2p.m. and the walk will last roughly 2 hours. Sorry no children under 12 and dogs will need to be kept on leads.

The cost is £5 and profits are going towards the Restoration. Joan has requested that you book your place by phone 01453 762815 or



Local Marine Historian Paul Barnett undertakes guided tours through the remains of the Purton Hulks down on the banks of the Severn and the next one is scheduled for 27th May. Meet at Purton Lower Bridge, the one nearest Sharpness, 1400 hours.
The tour lasts approximately 2 hours, weather permitting, and Paul seeks donations to the Cotswold Canals Trust.

If you would like further details or a schedule of dates for his other walks then Paul's email address is or you can 'phone him on 07833 143231.



The Heritage Centre at Saul will be the venue for Sharpness Silver Band – again on the 27th May. Blow-off is at 2.p.m and they will be playing for 2 hours – what a prospect if it is a glorious day!

Come along early and enjoy a short cruise on our trip boat 'Perseverance' before settling down with a nice cup of tea or ice cream to enjoy the sights and silver sounds at Saul on Sunday.



Alan Jones' next work party will be on … you've guessed it … 27th May at Bourne Lock. This lock is the most eastward of the 16 foot wide locks and has many interesting features. There is a Roster on the volunteer website to which you can add your name at any time.
Bourne Lock is situated at the eastern end of Brimscombe, about 1/2 mile east of the road junction at Brimscombe, direction Chalford.

Look out for two large Cotswold stone mills and a large sign for Noah's Ark bike shop, now located at Bourne Mills. Parking is across the bridge by the lock and turn left.

For further information you can email Alan at or telephone 01453-752396 (evenings)



Just visit the CCT website and follow the 'Volunteering Information' link!



How about this then: Purchase the popular Waterway Routes DVD of the Cotswold Canals [£12.95] and the new Waterway Walks guides to 10 walks that are reviewed in this quarter's Trow [£8.95] for just £20!

This offer is available either at the Heritage Centre, Saul or the Visitors' Centre at St John's Lock, Lechlade. Or from the Roadshow if you see it out and about.

You can also buy by mail order, details from There will be a small p&p charge.



Talking of the Roadshow, here's a schedule of where it will be over the next few months:

May 26-28 – Crick Boat Show:
June 8-10 – Beale Park Boat Show:
June 23-24 – Historic Boats at Braunston:
June 29th-July 1 – Saul Canal Festival:
July 21 – Stroud Agricultural Show:
July 27-29 – Bristol Harbour Festival:
August 25-27 (Bank Holiday weekend) – IWA National St Ives Huntingdon:
Same weekend – Cricklade:
Sept 9 – Frampton Country Fair:
Oct 7 – Banbury Festival.

In addition we would like to put in a regular appearance at Stroud Farmers' market but we are having a little bit of difficulty contacting the organiser.

It takes a dedicated band of volunteers to keep the Roadshow on the road and if you would like to help for a couple of hours at any of these venues then our Roadshow Manager Mike Slade would really appreciate hearing from you, or 01179 693270 evenings.

There are currently details of Crick, Beale Park and Stroud on the Connect volunteer website and you can add your name to any of these Rosters at any time.



The 'Connect' email facility was not fully understood a few days ago and this led to some of you receiving a spurious email that did not mean anything to you whatsoever.

Wearing one of my other hats I wish to apologise on the perpetrator's behalf. However this may happen from time to time as people get used to using the Connect system, so I will if I may seek your forbearance whilst it all settles down.



My grateful thanks to those of you who have registered an alternative email address in place of your previous Hotmail one. If you still receive this copy of ENews via the convoluted special arrangements that are in place and you actually have an alternative email address then just let me know and I shall do the rest for you.

Thanks too to those of you who have come up with suggestions as to what may be causing the underlying problem. No joy, unfortunately, nor have I had any luck in making enquiries of the company who provide our hosting service.

Ho hum.