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ENews 62 & 62(1)

Firstly – an apology. It looks as if 78% of you received ENews 62 earlier this morning with no problem.
However, 22% of you were rejected for reasons I know not.

So…if you are in the 78% you can delete this now; if you are a 22%-er then please read on……….

Dear ENews Subscriber,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Welcome to ENews 62 and to probably the final edition for 2007. My thanks to all of you for your support with the ENews project over the last 12 months

My hopes and aspirations for 2008:

– Release of an updated 1A restoration timetable detailing work scheduled for the coming year ASAP
– Someone somewhere finds a potential funding source for 1B
– A sunny successful scintillating show-stopping Saul Festival next summer
– Our versatile volunteers continue to volunteer with their numbers swelled by new recruits
– We track down a new supplier for 'Rosie & Jim' promotional materials
– Less rainfall, especially during the week before we are scheduled to take the Roadshow to an event



Whoops. Poor old Colin Magrath, the Saul Festival Support Staff Manager, has had a disagreement with his computer's motherboard, and guess who won, in a puff of smoke apparently?

Correct. So he has lost all his volunteer records built up over the last few years since he took on the role. Many of you already have your interest recorded on the volunteer website, www.cct.teamconnect.org.uk but by the same token many of you have not.

If you are one of Colin's regulars, please could you visit the website and either register as a 'new' member of Connect, or have a look at your existing record to make sure your interest in the Festival is recorded already? Or you can contact Colin direct on 07749 051831 or colin.magrath@blueyonder.co.uk to discuss if you prefer.



The Santa Cruise season has been devoid of that orange ball in the sky this year, although it was spotted last Sunday afternoon and what a difference – it instantly transformed the day into our best so far.

Talking of the best – we have definitely got our hands on the real Santa, he has done us proud this year.

What a season it has been! A truly magnificent effort from all the volunteers involved in what can be politely described as inclement climatic conditions, especially for the first few operational days.

Our customers who braved the elements really enjoyed themselves, this is a typical reaction:

"It was lovely to go on a Santa cruise and see it from a visitor's point of view. Santa and the boat crew were brilliant; the elves in the Heritage Centre were very friendly."


Sorry, wrong spelling, don't build up your hopes………

A meeting has been arranged for Monday 14th January at the Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster commencing 7:15pm. An invitation is extended to all interested Volunteers – experienced or novice, all are welcome – to review 2007 activities and to think about those events we could consider attending in 2008.

One of the objectives is to dispel any myths that may be out there about volunteering to help with the Roadshow, whether they concern putting up the marquee, getting to the venue or clarifying just what goes on when we attend an event.

If you are unable to attend but have some ideas or thoughts please advise Roadshow Manager Mike Slade by email – mrmike.slade@googlemail.com – or by post to Mike at 21 Montreal Avenue, Horfield, Bristol BS7 0NB as soon as you can and ideally a week or so before the meeting.



Our very own Internet Ferret has managed to track down the telephone voting figures and I am amazed by just how many of you must have phoned in. As it happens, we polled more votes than 2 of the daily winners.

The Port Walls project was easily best runner-up………by a margin of 3,334 votes!

The four days' voting figures were as follows:


Restoration of Castle House Gardens by Castlefields Canal and River Park Association – 6661 votes

TWT – Brimscombe Portwalls by The Waterways Trust – 5195 votes


School Road Park Project by Totterdown Residents Environmental and Social Assoc – 3668 votes

Nature Haven by Hartcliffe Community Park Farm – 1266 votes


Wildlife on the Edge by South Somerset District Council – 1949 votes

Newland Counts by Newland Village Club – 1861 votes


Community Involvement Project by Coalpit Heath Cricket Club – 5838 votes

Preanes Green Community & Cycle Safety Centre by Preanes Green Residents Association – 1514 votes

Thanks to Ken for wheedling out these figures.



Richard Attwood will be leading another of his walks on December 30th.

Congregate at 11:00am at the cycle trail car park (OS ref Explorer 179: 806048) next to the A419 road, just east along the road from Stonehouse Bridge and the "Keepers Locke" housing development.


The route may be wet and muddy and the weather could be bright or foggy or raining or freezing or snowing or all or any of these so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear!

There will be a charge of £5 for each walker over the age of 16 to fund further restoration of the Cotswold Canals. The walk is not suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs or very young children as there may be stiles and hills en route. Dogs and their owners are welcome but they (the dogs, silly) must be kept on a lead at all times.

Further details if required from Richard at r.a@virgin.net 



A list of events I know about looks like this:

30th December: Richard Attwood's guided walk (see item above)

6th January: Summit Work Party. Contact Mark Welton for further details – mark.welton@virgin.net

7th January: Western Branch meeting, Fromebridge Mill,7:30pm

13th January: Chalford area Work Party. Contact Steve Pickover for further details – stevepickover@tiscali.co.uk

14th January Roadshow Review meeting Fromebridge Mill 7.15pm [see item above]

16th January: Eastern Branch meeting, Trout Inn, Lechlade, 7:30pm



We are currently trying to find out more about the possibility of involving CCT Volunteers in training weekends organised by our good friends in the Waterway Recovery Group.

As we understand it these sessions are held annually in May, costs are fairly minimal with WRG providing the instructors and the Big Boys (and Girls!) Toys.

Further details to follow in due course.


For updates on restoration progress at Oil Mills – with pictures – have a look at the Cotswold Canals Partnership's website, http://community.stroud.gov.uk/general.asp?pid=2&pgid=1071. 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 have not got a film in every camera, so please feel free to send any newsworthy items you would like to be considered for inclusion to postmaster@cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk

Bye for now – keep me posted!

David Pagett