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Wednesday 28 September

Today's news from the web

  • Salvation Army calls for more volunteer canal chaplains bbc.co.uk

    The Salvation Army is looking for more volunteers to join the chaplaincy team serving people who live and work on the region's waterways. The waterways ministry was stopped in the 1960s but is being revived as part of a Workplace Ministries project in the Diocese of St Albans. Senior Waterways Chaplain, Captain Jenny Dibsdall from Eaton Bray, says more chaplains are needed to walk the tow paths of the Grand Union Canal and along some of the area's rivers. Volunteer chaplains are provided with advice and training and a special jacket identifying them as a waterways chaplain....


Tuesday 27 September

Today's news from the web

  • Salvation Army SOS to keep boat dwellers on the straight and narrow watfordobserver.co.uk

    A waterways chaplaincy service is sending out an SOS for more volunteers to help provide pastoral and practical support for people living on the Grand Union Canal in south west Hertfordshire. Salvation Army Captain Jenny Dibsdall, Senior Waterways Chaplain said more volunteers are needed to walk the tow paths along the canal from Rickmansworth to Kings Langley and further north to provide needy boat dwellers with food, clothing, water, benefits advice and a listening ear....

  • Chesterfield canal repairs to begin at last thestar.co.uk

    Work is taking place next week to restore a canal embankment on the outskirts of Sheffield nine months after it partially collapsed. Derbyshire County Council revealed it has found funding for the repairs to a stretch of Chesterfield Canal, near Killamarsh, where a section of embankment including the towpath had collapsed, leaving just a couple of feet of mud and stones to contain the water....

  • Riverside Victorian mill in Leicester set to be demolished to make way for flats thisisleicestershire.co.uk

    A Victorian former factory is set to be pulled down and replaced with a multi-million pound complex of flats and houses. The five-story Abbey Mills building in Leicester's Abbey Park Street, was first used as a spinning mill in 1887, but is now set to be demolished after years of lying empty. ​ Heritage campaigners say they are concerned another piece of the city's industrial history could be about to disappear for ever....


Saturday 24 September

Today's news from the web

  • ‘Give us a brake’ message to Regent's Canal towpath cyclists islingtontribune.com

    Parents and children from Angel held an impromptu protest on Monday against speeding cyclists who make walking on the canal towpath a “frightening and intimidating” experience. The group from Hanover School, in Noel Road, appealed to British Waterways (BW) to introduce measures to slow cyclists down along a narrow stretch of the towpath on the Regent’s Canal opposite the Narrowboat pub, off St Peter’s Street. One parent who put up her own “cyclists slow down” sign on a bridge wall complained that the one installed by BW was so small it could not be seen....


Tuesday 20 September

Recruiting starts for waterways partnerships

As the deadline looms next spring for the formation of the new waterways charity (NWC) in England and Wales, the Transition Appointments Committee has appealed for qualified people to put themselves forward to chair its 13 new waterways partnerships. 

The partnerships are designed to let local people have a greater say in how their canals and rivers are run, developing strategies and plans to increase local participation in the waterways.
 
Each of the eleven administrative areas of the waterways network will require a chair and a partnership board in place by April 2012.  Two more partnerships will run the waterways museums and ‘all-Wales’ issues.  

Chairs are now being sought for the Manchester & Pennine, North Wales & Borders, South Wales & Severn, Kennet & Avon and the all-Wales partnerships. The existing trial Kennet & Avon partnership is included in this first round to confirm its position and bring the appointment into the recruitment process agreed by the transition appointments committee.  This round will also include a review of the existing trial partnerships in the West Midlands and North West with a view to releasing them from their trial status, and a museums partnership will be set up as the successor to The Waterways Trust museums management board.
 
Recruitment of chairs for the five remaining partnerships (North East, Central Shires, East Midlands, South East and London) will start in January. 
 
The Transition Appointments Committee selecting these chairs are Roger Clarke and Dinah Nichols (members of the Defra Advisory Panel on First Appointments and Transition) and two transition trustees, Lynne Berry and Tom Franklin.  They will be aided by Roger Hanbury, chief executive of The Waterways Trust, and local waterway managers.

“The Waterways Partnerships are integral to the stewardship and development of the waterways within each Partnership area”, said Roger Hanbury.  “They shape the strategies and plans for each waterway, guide decisions about spending, and help develop external funding and volunteering.  They will champion the interests of the waterways at a political level, with business, and with the community and develop action plans for local engagement and participation.”

Once the chairs are in place, they will work with Roger Hanbury and the local waterway managers to select further members of each partnership. Each chair will serve for three years and need to commit 4-6 days each month. The posts are unpaid, but agreed expenses will be reimbursed. 

Role descriptions and application details can be found at www.britishwaterways.co.uk/working-for-us and www.thewaterwaystrust.org.uk/about-us/jobs.

Andrew Denny  | 11.51am


Today's news from the web

  • 999-signature petition opposing wind turbine close to Rushall Canal birminghammail.net

    Worried residents have stepped up their campaign against a wind turbine in a Walsall beauty spot close to their homes – by handing councillors a 999-signature petition. The 40m mast and 57m-diameter rotor planned for College Farm in Bosty Lane, close to Rushall Canal has upset neighbours, who claim it will be an eyesore in beautiful green belt land and create an almighty din....

  • In search of Sheffield quay sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk

    “It's nice here. It’s peaceful,” said Sarah Whiteley after her tour of Victoria Quays/Sheffield canal basin last Saturday. The event was part of the English Heritage Heritage Open Days weekend in Sheffield, which saw well over a dozen volunteer-led events aiming to allow visitors into local places of historical and architectural interest, including buildings often not open to the public. Last year’s event attracted over a million visitors around the country....

  • Staines name-change to be run past residents bbc.co.uk

    The plan to rename Staines as 'Staines upon Thames', in order to promote the town and end negative perceptions, could be run past local residents and businesses. Spelthorne council's cabinet will vote on whether to hold a consultation next week, after which a vote on the name change would be held in December. They hope the new name will make the town seem 'green and pleasant'. Business leaders staged a boat trip along the 'Staines Riviera' on Tuesday....

  • New floating Thames pier opens at Vauxhall bbc.co.uk

    A £1.7m floating pier has opened in south London to help provide high-speed river boat services west of Waterloo. The pier, based at St George Wharf in Vauxhall, will open the west of the River Thames to passengers for the first time in two decades. From 3 October, a service will run every 40 minutes from St George Wharf to the City and Canary Wharf....

  • 200 year anniversary of ‘important’ North Walsham canal edp24.co.uk

    A group of enthusiasts gathered on 14th September at the King’s Arms in North Walsham to celebrate a landmark anniversary - the 200th anniversary of the meeting to create what would become Norfolk's only canal. The North Walsham and Dilham canal is now undergoing a rejuvenation as volunteers work to restore the waterways which have slowly been overtaken by nature....


Monday 19 September

Today's news from the web

  • Love for Broads inspires chaplain's mission networknorwich.co.uk

    The Rev Briant Smith's visit to the Norfolk Broads when he was 13 inspired a long-lasting love affair with the area. Now, more than 50 years later, the former biologist, who has retired from the Methodist circuit, is putting his unique stamp on the magical waterways that have become his 'parish'....

  • Injured marines to crew Olympics canal waterbuses bbc.co.uk

    Royal Marines injured in Afghanistan are to crew [canal] boats that will ferry visitors to and from the Olympic Park in east London next year. The servicemen will take command of 26 waterbuses during the 2012 Games and be offered businesses opportunities using the boats once the event is over....

  • Cam boaters' anger over 'ridiculous' new licence charges cambridge-news.co.uk

    Boaters on the Cam say proposed new charges are “ridiculous”. Camboaters, which champions the rights of residential boat owners in Cambridge, says a financial survey being run by the Conservators of the River Cam is the latest in a line of consultations that has ignored their input. They also say the Cam Conservancy Licence is the most expensive in the country in terms of cost per mile of waterway, at £77 per mile....

  • Daventry Town Council refuses offer to join Daventry Canal Trust daventrycanal.org.uk

    Daventry Town Counci has turned down an invitation from the Daventry Canal Association to become members and trustees of the proposed Daventry Canal Trust, which DCA was hoping to set up in partnership with the local councils, British Waterways, landowners and other interested local organisations to help ensure that the proposed canal is developed in the best interests of the local community....


Sunday 18 September

Today's news from the web

  • Spall and his barge Matilda banned from Thames Festival thisislondon.co.uk

    Actor Timothy Spall is locked in a dispute with the organisers of the annual Thames Festival. The star, 54, and his wife Shane wanted to take their 52ft Dutch barge Princess Matilda to the event this weekend. But Mrs Spall accidentally registered the vessel online as a battleship....

  • Twenty six-tonne boat pulled down Regent's Canal bbc.co.uk

    A group of volunteers has tugged a 26-tonne canal boat from Bow to Islington in London to raise funds for charity. Sixteen people tugged the vessel for three miles down the Regent's Canal as part of the Victims Support Great Narrowboat Challenge. The volunteers, who all work for a gym company, took about two hours to complete the challenge....

  • Hotel Cipriani offers kayak trips of Venice canals ft.com

    Kayaking around the city [Venice] isn’t revolutionary – small groups have taken part in kayaking trips here for the past three years – but a new excursion launched this summer by the Cipriani Hotel, haunt of A-listers, oligarchs and modern-day grand tourists, gives the adventure a five-star polish....


Saturday 17 September

Today's news from the web

  • Greenwich tall ships spectacular planned for Dutch invasion greenwich.co.uk

    A spectacular flotilla of tall ships will arrive in Greenwich next year as part of Sail Royal Greenwich. The Dutch organisers unveiled their plans to paint the town orange yesterday at a press launch on board De Wylde Swan – the world’s largest two mast topsail schooner. As the tall ship set off from North Greenwich Pier, the team behind Sail Royal Greenwich – who were also involved in the staging of SAIL Amsterdam – put forward their vision for next summer, describing it as a chance to “get in touch with the Dutch.”...

  • Woman dies after falling from Chester City Walls chesterchronicle.co.uk

    A woman has plunged 60ft to her death from Chester City Walls on to the canal towpath. Emergency services were called to Northgate Street shortly after 11am on Friday after members of the public saw her fall from the walls close to the antiquarian bookshop. The woman, who is from Chester and believed to be in her 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene....


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