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ENews 58

Hello, good morning and welcome to ENews 58


VOTE 10 TIMES ON YOUR PHO – NE IF YOU WA-NT IT……[With apologies to Tony Orlando & Dawn]

£80,000 for the restoration of the Brimscombe Port Walls, that is.

Full details appeared in ENews 57, both this project & another in Wiltshire will feature on today's ITV WEST evening news bulletin at 6:00pm.

That all important telephone number is 08702 435 802

And don't forget the voting lines are ONLY OPEN FROM 09:00 UNTIL MIDNIGHT TODAY, so go on, do it now!



All members will have received their copy of the winter 'Trow' by now enclosing, as it did, 3 books of raffle tickets.

Now I know the selling of raffle tickets is not everybody's cup of tea. But given the real need to raise funds towards our current financial commitments [profits from Saul Festival were going to go towards these, of course] please do what you can to sell as many as possible. Remember to get those counterfoils back to Linda Amery by the 19th DECEMBER.

The draw will take place at the Heritage Centre, Saul on the following Sunday at 2:00pm – but don't worry, the Santa Cruises will carry on running despite all the excitement being generated on the towpath!



A Part-Time Administrator is required for our Cirencester Office. The successful candidate will have good IT, administrative and secretarial skills and be familiar with SAGE accounting software.

Self motivation and the ability to work with a minimum of supervision are considered important attributes for this post.

22 hours per week, Monday to Friday, for a salary of £10.000 p.a. [That's over £8.50 per hour! I think I'll consider applying……]

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your curriculum vitae to, the closing date is Friday 15 December 2007.

Further information and a full job description can be viewed at



What a choice this time round!

1st December (1) – The Roadshow is in Lechlade for the switch on of the town's Christmas Lights Spectacular and Street Market. We are expecting Timothy West to open the event and throw the switch.

1st December (2) – Heritage Centre D-Day and Perseverance P-Day.
That's decoration and preparation to get ready for…

2nd December (1) – the start of this year's Santa Cruises season!
Some help is still required for the weekend of the 22nd/23rd, please let me know if you are available on these critical trading days.

2nd December (2) – Work Party east of the Tunnel, around Tarlton Bridge. Mark Welton, will tell you more.
3rd December – Western Branch Meeting that will be held at Gloucester Yacht Club this time, by kind permission of the Commodore. The Yacht Club is in Gloucester Docks; use the Southgate Street entrance (by the Tall Ships pub), follow the road round to the right & the Club is about 100 yards in front of you.

Fromebridge Mill will be heavily into its Christmas party season by then – but we shall be back there in January.



Earl's caught nothing actually. But it is the venue for the Whyte & Mackay-sponsored Boat Show '07 taking place, believe it or not, at Earl's Court, London between the 1st & 9th December.

Our good friends Simpson's Boats of Brimscombe Port will be exhibiting there and they have very kindly agreed to display some material on our behalf.

So, if you are planning to visit the Show please seek out their stand even if it's just to say thanks – and maybe even spend a little while talking about the Trust to any interested visitors!



Saturday 8th March 2008 in your diary please – note the change of date from that published in the 'Trow' – as this is the date chosen for the Anniversary Dinner & Cabaret Evening celebrating "The Bruce Hall Years".

More details to follow.



For Rest Oration (sorry) updates on progress at Oil Mills – with pictures – have a look at a page on the Cotswold Canals Partnership's website,

The rest of the website is well worth a visit too.


The objective of ENews is to advise, inform and update. And maybe even to amuse from time to time.

I won't have a fairy on every tree, so please feel free to send any newsworthy items you would like to be considered for inclusion to

Bye for now – keep me posted!

David Pagett