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Monday 24 October

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  • Volunteers work to restore canal stretch expressandstar.com

    The aim is to restore the seven-mile Lichfield Canal to a fully navigable through route. Over the past month partial foundations have been laid for the new canal diversion beside the A38 highway in Lichfield which obliterated the original route some 40 years ago. The diversion will be via a tunnel underneath the A38. ...


Sunday 23 October

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  • Reservoir dog owners foul Whaley Bridge beauty spot buxtonadvertiser.co.uk

    Council chiefs are appealing for Whaley Bridge dog walkers to show ‘common sense’ after a row over a dog waste bin left a local beauty spot a mess. Residents have been kicking up a stink in recent weeks over the unemptied bin at Toddbrook Reservoir, just off Reservoir Road, which had been left to overflow with bags of dog faeces, which were subsequently being deposited on nearby grass. … “It is British Waterways’ responsibility to keep their land clear and tidy,” a council spokesperson said. ...

  • Chippenham River Festival success revives proposals for Wilts & Berks Canal link gazetteandherald.co.uk

    Plans to bring boats to Monkton Park along a stretch of the Wilts and Berks Canal are underway, with a proposal showing planners hope to follow the course of the disused Calne railway line. The proposed route would link from the restored mainline of the canal to the River Avon near Monkton Park, and then go south-east to the Stanley Locks, roughly following the old Calne railway tracks. The mile-and-a-half long stretch would connect the Avon to the canal, and then link it to the Melksham and Semington stretch and so on to Swindon and Abingdon. Ken Oliver, canal officer for Wiltshire Council, said: “These are not new plans, but we are at the beginning of the process for this proposal. “We are blowing the dust off these plans as a result of the Chippenham River Festival, which seems to be growing in popularity with each passing year. ...

  • Life-saving Pewsey liveaboard boater in line for St John Ambulance award gazetteandherald.co.uk

    Dust cart loader Nicola Young, who lives aboard a narrowboat plunged into the Kennet and Avon Canal during darkness to save a man from drowning. Ms Young, 44, lives on her boat in the Pewsey Vale and works for Wiltshire Council as a refuse loader. On November 30 she will find out if she has won a new national award at the St John Ambulance First Aid awards in London for her bravery....

  • Work on canal at Langley Mill ilkestonadvertiser.co.uk

    A group of volunteers have been renovating the only working bridge left on the Nottingham Canal at Langley Mill. The Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association now works on behalf of British Waterways, which owns the canal network, including where the important canal bridge is sited at the confluence of the Erewash, Nottingham and Cromford Canals....


Saturday 22 October

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  • Stourport Basin awarded red plaque worcesternews.co.uk

    Stourport Basin has been awarded a “red wheel” plaque, recognising the historical interest of the waterway landmark. The plaque was unveiled on Wednesday last week at Barge Lock House, Mart Lane....


Friday 21 October

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  • New Canal & River Trust seeks social media expert jobs.guardian.co.uk

    Fixed term to end November 2012: The Canal & River Trust will be launched in April 2012, taking over the assets and responsibilities of British Waterways (BW) and the Waterways Trust in England and Wales. A key challenge for the Canal & River Trust will be to grow public awareness and support for its brand and cause. In preparation for this, we are creating a new role of Social Media Executive within the national campaign & communications team....

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  • Staffs & Worcs canal at Kidderminster floods kidderminstershuttle.co.uk

    Kidderminster canal flooded after vandals left the gates open, according to police. The stretch of water between Sainsbury’s and Tesco, close to the ring road, flooded in the early hours of the morning....

  • Coopers Tavern, Burton-on-Trent - "one of Britain's 25 best pubs" independent.co.uk

    Staffordshire: the Coopers Tavern, Cross Street, Burton-on-Trent Although not much to look at from the outside, this former Bass bottle store serves a great range of local brewers' beers straight from the cask and rates highly with punters. Arched ceilings add to the intimacy of the building....

  • Last chance for boats to enter the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant server2.pla.co.uk

    The deadline for public applications for boats to take part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday, 3rd June 2012 is less than two weeks away. Registration closes on 31st October 2011. Pageant Master Adrian Evans is delighted with the response so far. He said: “Time is running out for all those who wish to take part. We have had an amazing response and are thrilled with the number and variety of wonderful vessels that have already registered. This will be the biggest river pageant to take place on the Thames since the reign of Charles II, three and a half centuries ago, and it may not happen again for a very long time. So if you have a special or interesting boat, don’t miss the possibility of being involved.”...

  • Devizes marina could boost town's economic prospects waterwaysworld.com

    The opening of a new 248-berth marina at the foot of Caen Hill is an opportunity for the local business community, says MP Claire Perry. The marina, at Lower Foxhangers on the Kennet and Avon Canal, could welcome as many as 1,000 visitors at a time – a significant increase on the number of tourists who come to the area each year....

  • Former Runcorn resident says town waterways are among worst in the country runcornandwidnesweeklynews.co.uk

    A former Runcorn resident has blasted the state of the town’s waterways, claiming they are among the worst-kept in the country. Canal enthusiast Alan Rigby, 55, returned to his hometown by narrowboat a fortnight ago but says he was left ‘disgusted’ by the amount of pollution and litter clogging the waterways....


Thursday 20 October

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Tuesday 18 October

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  • The Boathouse, Rushall - the pub with the boat in the bar expressandstar.com

    Restaurant review: The Boathouse in Rushall is The Pub With The Narrowboat in the Lounge. Yes, I know the Little Dry Dock in Dudley had part of a narrowboat set in the bar, but that has been shut for ages. And besides, this is a boat you can actually sit in while you enjoy a drink or tuck into your food. I don’t know anywhere else you can do that. A gimmick? Maybe, but a welcome one in my job....

  • Thames cable car signs up Emirates as sponsor trl.co.uk

    The cable car that will offer people in London an additional way to cross the River Thames has received a new sponsor. Transport for London reports that Emirates Airline has signed a multimillion pound deal to back the scheme, which will be known as the Emirates Air Line....

  • Lake Havasu City marks 40 years as home to the famed London Bridge cronkitenewsonline.com

    ...[Lake Havasu] is now celebrating the anniversary of London Bridge’s October 1971 dedication with a reenactment of the sale, construction and dedication of the bridge, as well as a display of 11 bloodied mannequin heads, a nod to London’s medieval practice of beheading those who committed crimes against the crown. Judy Whelan, a Lake Havasu City Historical Society board member directing the anniversary celebration, said the bridge promotes tourism, which in turn boosts sales at area businesses. “Tourists started flooding in as soon as they heard that the bridge was over here,” Whelan said. “And it hasn’t really stopped.” ...

  • BCN fish-killer pollution disperses expressandstar.com

    The contamination in waterways through the Black Country and Staffordshire that killed more than 10,000 fish and spread more than eight miles has dispersed, Environment Agency bosses said today. The Birmingham Old Main Line Canal became contaminated following an arson attack that destroyed two warehouses containing aerosols, paints and oils in Wolverhampton. The chemicals caused oxygen levels to plummet, despite oxygen jets being used along the affected stretch....

  • Solving mystery of Banbury’s disappearing aluminium canal bridge banburyguardian.co.uk

    ... Then out of the blue so far as most people were concerned an aluminium bridge appeared north of the town and close to what is now the Kraft Foods factory. This was the outcome of some research at the aluminium works and under the direction of Ron Marchington. He and some Alcan apprentices wanted to test the effects of weather on the metal and to do so in a practical way. If it withstood the elements successfully there were many possible applications within the house building industry. The bridge remained in place some 30 years but then in the mid 1980s the construction of Hennef Way meant that it was no longer needed. Regular users of the Oxford Canal would have noted its disappearance but been unaware of the action by British Alcan that ensured the bridge continued to have a useful life. ...


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