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ENews 46

Hello, and welcome to ENews No. 46. I hope you enjoyed the 2007 summer last weekend!



It's the Stroud Country Show on the 21st July, this is taking place at Stratford Park and the Trust's Roadshow will be there.

Weather permitting I would imagine that this is going to prove to be a very popular event, so if you enjoy meeting and talking to people then we would really appreciate you lending a hand for a while from midday onwards.

Roadshow Manager Mike Slade has all the details – 07805 110080 or – alternatively you can go straight to the Volunteer website at to register your availability.

Go on – you know it makes sense!



A series of 2 to 3 hour walks are scheduled over the coming months.
Led by the Cotswold Canals Partnership, these will be your chance to get your questions answered and to find out more. Be aware that these walks are one-way so consider how you complete the return journey!

Numbers are limited. Please call James Blockley at BW on 01452 318500, email to book your place.

Here are details of the first two:-

1). 27th July, start 6.00pm.

The theme is "Work in progress – the engineering & design of canal restoration".
Starts at Ryeford Bridge, Ryeford Rd North and heads east to the Lawns Pond at Dudbridge.

Access should be OK for most but there is a steep slope/steps under the Dudbridge Road bridge.

If in doubt discuss with James when you book.

2). 9th August, start 2.30pm.

The theme for this one – "Ecology and environment – conservation led regeneration". Same route as the 27th July one, same access considerations.

There are others scheduled and more will be added as the restoration progresses. Updates will be found on the Partnership website at – follow the "Events" tab – and I shall do my best to keep you posted in these columns too.



Local historian Paul Barnett's next tour of the Purton hulks is scheduled for Sunday 22nd July. Meet at Lower Purton Bridge, i.e. the one nearest Sharpness, at 2.00p.m.
Donations in aid of the CCT and/or SARA are welcomed.

Further details from Paul on 07833 143231 or email



We are arranging refunds of Camping, Mooring & Music Ticket Payments, including Pay Pal & Postal Applications, see for more details.

The refund process involves collating a large volume of facts and figures, printing out onto a pretty big pile of paper, getting this pile into envelopes and posting the envelopes out to you. It will include a 2007 Festival Programme to show what would have been, which enables us to honour our obligation to advertisers to distribute the programme as widely as possible.

Please be patient with us, and bear in mind that Royal Mail postal workers are currently involved in a series of strikes.

If you have not received your refund letter by Monday 30th July then please call 01453 766751.



No, wrong plant! This is nothing to do with mechanical diggers, welcome as they will be when they appear, rather the flora variety.

The Plant Identification Course referred to in ENews 44 is going ahead on Thursday 26th July, there's a room booked for 10.00am at Ebley Mill.

There's just one place left, so contact Richard Harrison at BW as soon as possible if you would like to attend. You can reach him on
01452 318501 or



The only dry place at this year's Festival was the Drum & Monkey Ale House.

As a result of this unforeseen and most unlikely occurrence we have a stock of 2,000 beer and wine glasses, all packaged in cardboard cases.The pile of cases is about two metres high, two metres long and about one metre deep.

If you can offer them secure dry storage until next year's Festival then Clive Field would dearly love to hear from you –



18th July – Eastern Branch Meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade 7.30pm.

22nd July – Work Party in the Bourne Lock, Chalford area. See the Volunteers website or contact Alan Jones for more details – 

24th July – Works Action Group Meeting at the Heritage Centre, Saul 7.30pm.


What follows is an edited version of the eulogy written by Mike Cawsey in memory of Roger Taylor.

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Roger who leaves Joyce and their children Kevin and Linda. Roger had been suffering for over three years, had been through 3 major operations and endured both radio and chemo therapy. Initially very despondent after being diagnosed he took the bull by the horns and decided that he would lead life to the full, and that he certainly did.

Roger was a real canal enthusiast and when he took early retirement in 1999 his ambition was to purchase a narrow boat, but this did not materialise.

It was at Saul that they met Shirley and Pete Easto, who enrolled them into the Cotswold Canals Trust and introduced them to Sapperton Tunnel. Roger and Joyce are reputed to have walked the whole length of the Cotswold Canals.

When the East End Group decided in 2002 to invest in m.v. Inglesham, Roger became the Engineer and Joyce joined the Committee. Joyce has been involved right up to the present although we progressively saw less of Roger.

Roger did not live to see the Cotswold Canals come back to life. He will be sadly missed by all of us who hope that, one day, his dream will be fulfilled.

Joyce would like to convey her thanks to all those CCT members and friends who sent messages of support and sympathy and to those who attended Roger's funeral.