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ENews No 16

WESTERN BRANCH DECEMBER MEETING – CHANGE OF VENUE =======================================

Fromebridge Mill is unavailable for the meeting scheduled for Monday 4th December. Instead it will take place at Gloucester Yacht Club, by kind permission of the Commodore, and this is located in the Docks complex adjoining Victoria Basin and sort of underneath the Magistrates' Courts. Please let me know if you would like more detailed directions – postmaster@cctmembers-newsletter.co.uk


Richard Harrison, the Volunteer Coordinator for the Cotswold Canals Partnership, advises that volunteers from the Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) are planning to join the Cotswold Canals Partnership to start work towards the restoration of Goughs Orchard Lock just west of Brimscombe Port on the 14th/15th October.

The first phase of this restoration work is planned to take place in stages from October to March, when volunteers will be clearing vegetation and felling selected trees. All trees to be removed have been surveyed and approved by an ecologist and bat specialist.

Once this stage is complete then WRG will be able to repair and restore the lock in due course and through a series of camps in 2007/08. All work will be subject to further and ongoing environmental and heritage assessments.

WRG will be encouraging involvement and help from local volunteers and will also be working closely with the Cotswold Canals Trust. The lock restoration project is forecast to take approximately 18 months, and there will be various volunteer opportunities as well as access to a range of free training courses.

Contact Richard direct at Richard.Harrison@britishwaterways.co.uk or telephone 01452 318501 for further information about the project itself or to become involved.


Justine Lee from The Waterways Trust advises that Paul Atterbury, the historian, writer, Antiques Roadshow expert and Vice-President of The Waterways Trust, will be leading a metaphorical trip along Britain's waterways at the National Waterways Museum on Wednesday 18 October.

Paul will be showing previously unpublished photographs, research and fascinating anecdotes gathered during his extensive travels along the nation's waterway network.

The talk starts at 7.30pm (doors open 7pm), tickets cost £7.50 and include refreshments. They can be purchased by credit/ debit card over the phone: 0845 0700 710 or in person from The National Waterways Museum in Gloucester Docks.


The School Room at The National Waterways Museum is also the venue for an open meeting being held on Saturday 21st October at 11.30am at which Ian Jarvis General Manager of British Waterways South West and Eugene Baston, B.W's External Relations Manager, will present BW's proposals for the restructuring of the winter opening arrangements for the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal & River Severn.

All boat owners who moor on or adjacent to the waterway are urged to attend.


Andrew Stumpf, British Waterways Regeneration Manager (South) has ascertained today that the Cotswold Canals Partnership's planning application for the dredging and excavation of 650m of canal and the reconstruction of Oil Mills Bridge gained its consent this morning.

These works will be part funded through the EU inter-regional program for North West Europe (INTERREG IIIB)..The TRUST (Transformation of Rural and Urban Spatial sTructures) partnership brings together five innovative projects that use water in one way or another; you can find out more about TRUST on http://www.trustpartners.org

Preparatory works including the necessary tree works will start almost immediately so that construction works can start early in the New Year. In the meantime works will start at the Lawns, Cainscross.

Here the pond will be part dredged with the dredged material being kept on site behind hazel faggots. Selected trees will also be lopped to allow light into the pond area to promote reed growth. These reeds will then filter the Ruscombe Brook before it enters the canal above Dudbridge Lock.