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Tuesday 2 February

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  • Smoke alarm saves sleeping Lechlade man during narrowboat fire at Riverside Marina wiltsglosstandard.co.uk

    A narrowboat dweller in Lechlade-on-Thames was saved by his smoke alarm when his boat went up in flames while he slept. At around 6.30am this morning (February 1) Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service was called to Lechlade’s Riverside Marina after reports of a fire on-board a 57 foot narrowboat, moored outside The Riverside Pub. The owner of the narrowboat was unharmed, though this is the third boat fire incident at the marina, part of the River Thames, in just over six months. ...


Sunday 24 January

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  • Government announces £5.5 million to repair Calder & Hebble Canal bridge https:

    Ministerial Flood Recovery Envoy for Yorkshire Robert Goodwill today (17 January 2016) announced up to £5.5 million of funding to rebuild Elland Bridge in Calderdale, West Yorkshire and construct a temporary foot bridge nearby, after the historic crossing was damaged in the recent floods....


Friday 22 January

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  • ​Mystery of dead pigeons found in canal stokesentinel.co.uk

    A KEEN walker has spoken of her concern after she saw up to 15 dead pigeons in a canal. Carole Williams saw the dead birds when she was on her daily walk near Westport Lake yesterday morning. The 53-year-old from Knutton said: "At first I just saw two dead pigeons, which I thought was strange. ...


Wednesday 13 January

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Friday 1 January

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Monday 28 December

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  • CRT to install mobile signals in Harecastle tunnel stokesentinel.co.uk

    Phone lines are set to be installed in a canal tunnel – 18 months after a man fell from his narrowboat and died. The Canal & River Trust wants to install a new Vodafone system at Harecastle Tunnel, near Kidsgrove, to reduce the risk of any more deaths. At the moment, communication lines at the tunnel are 'temperamental'. But the latest move means 999 calls could be made from inside the tunnel. ...


Friday 18 December

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  • Lichfield Canal Trust given hand by Lichfield housebuilder Walton Homes lichfieldmercury.co.uk

    Canal trust given helping hand by staff from Lichfield housebuilder By Lichfield Mercury | Posted: December 18, 2015 Walton Homes director Amy Summerton presents a cheque for £500 to LHCR directors Bob Williams and Peter Buck, watched by Walton Homes employees and trust volunteers. Walton Homes director Amy Summerton presents a cheque for £500 to LHCR directors Bob Williams and Peter Buck, watched by Walton Homes employees and trust volunteers. Comments (0) Lichfield Canal restoration volunteers were given a helping hand recently as they were joined by a group of workers from Walton Homes. As part of its Granting 30 Wishes campaign, which marks the Lichfield-based company"s 30th birthday by supporting local causes, Walton Homes director Amy Summerton presented a cheque for £500 to Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust....


Saturday 5 December

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Friday 4 December

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  • Out of control narrowboat in Worcester worcesternews.co.uk

    These are the dramatic moments an out of control narrowboat drifted towards Worcester's bridges in rising flood water. The unmanned boat, called “Expensive Hobby”, was seen spinning in the fast flowing waters of the Severn on a collision course for city bridges at around 1pm today. But disaster was averted thanks to the quick and courageous actions of specialist boat crews from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service....


Thursday 3 December

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  • Boat building drama in Northwich northwichguardian.co.uk

    A former British Waterways worker has shared his story of a boat launch that went wrong at Northwich shipyard Yarwoods. Roy Cotterill, also a former Northwich mayor and councillor, got in touch with the Guardian following a number of Remember When articles about the shipyard, which operated from 1840 to 1966. He worked as a shipwright at British Waterways, along the River Weaver from WJ Yarwood and Sons, from 1953 until 1963 and loved taking photographs of the boat launches....


Monday 30 November

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  • Major Birmingham canalside housing scheme given the green light https:

    Proposals for a major canalside housing scheme in Birmingham have been given the green light. Soho Loop, on the old BCN Main Line canal, aims to transform 12 acres of land near City Hospital with 504 new homes, shops, a gym and a new cycle bridge. The proposals were warmly welcomed by Birmingham City Council’s planning committee as a housing boost which could kickstart other key schemes like nearby Icknield Port Loop....


Monday 16 November

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  • Harecastle Tunnel legend Brian takes his last trip on the canal stokesentinel.co.uk

    One of the last true narrowboat men of North Staffordshire has taken his final journey along the canal. Brian Curry was well known both as a boater and for his work for the British Waterways Trust – particularly as the gatekeeper at Harecastle Tunnel. Yesterday, family and friends assisted him on his final journey. His coffin was placed onto a narrowboat to take him along the canal and his former workmates even took him through the Harecastle Tunnel one last time....


Monday 9 November

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  • Bid to restore Barnsley, Dearne and Dove Canals put on ice southyorkshiretimes.co.uk

    Plans to restore one of South Yorkshire’s canals, which have been in 30 years in the making, may have to be abandoned due to a ‘lack of council and community support’. The Barnsley, Dearne and Dove Canals Trust, formally known as the Barnsley Canal Group, have been working to reinstate the disused Dearne and Dove canal since the 1980s....


Monday 2 November

Crick Boat Show tickets go on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the Crick Boat Show 2016, which will take place on 28th-30th May at Crick Marina, near Daventry, Northamptonshire.

Aspiring boat-owners are set to benefit from a slew of new attractions, including boat-handling classes, a free Getting Afloat guide and a designated hub offering a wealth of practical information.

The three-day event is the biggest of its kind on the inland waterways. Although it already attracts a large number of visitors without previous boat-ownership experience, organisers hope the new area will make the purchasing process even easier for them. In addition to the complimentary guide and taster sessions on the tiller, there will be maintenance advice, licensing, insurance and mooring information, plus more than 40 new boats to browse for design and lay-out inspiration.

Crick’s usual complement of chandlery and boating accessory stalls remains, as well as the chance to chat to boatbuilders, attend seminars and enjoy a beer festival, children’s attractions and great food.

Advance tickets for the show, mooring spaces and camping pitches went on sale today, with savings of up to 20%. Gift cards are also available, so you can now "give Crick for Christmas". Evening entertainment is included in the ticket price and headline acts will be announced soon.

For more information visit www.crickboatshow.com

Andrew Denny  | 2.46pm | add a comment


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  • Canal drainage leaves narrowboat high and dry eveshamjournal.co.uk

    Firefighters were called out in the early hours of Sunday morning after a narrowboat was left stranded in a drained canal. The call came at about 1.15am and firefighters found that the section of the Worcestershire and Birmingham Canal west of Tolladine Lock had lost its water....


Tuesday 20 October

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  • Wey & Arun Canal features in TV programme weyandarun.co.uk

    The Wey & Arun Canal features in the latest Timothy West and Prunella Scales TV programme on Sunday evening (October 25th). The first episode in the acting couple’s new series is titled London’s Lost Route to the Sea. Timothy and Prunella – avid canal fans and narrowboat owners – go in search of the 19th century canal route, from Teddington, through Surrey and Sussex, all the way to Littlehampton....


Thursday 15 October

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Thursday 8 October

Rufford Branch Reopens

Following a two month-long emergency stoppage and £550,000 repair bill, the Rufford Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal has reopened to boats. 

The waterway was closed in late July after a 200-year old culvert that passes underneath it collapsed. The affected section between locks 4 and 5 was immediately dammed and drained to allow the repairs to take place, which involved removing some 600 tonnes of peat to access the wooden culvert and replace it with two new modern 750mm plastic pipes.

At the time, Canal & River Trust promised boaters the breach would be fixed by 25th September, and it met the deadline with a day to spare. 

CRT project manager Graham Ramsden said: "Our staff and contractors have been working hard to make sure we re-opened the canal as quickly as we possibly could to ensure boaters could use it and enjoy their onward journeys."

Andrew Denny  | 11.15am


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  • Birmingham canal muggers "preying on cyclists" birminghammail.co.uk

    A children’s eye doctor has told how he was beaten up by muggers who are targeting cyclists on Birmingham’s canal towpaths. John Ainsworth, 55, was cycling along the Ackers Trust basin when he was set upon by thugs who tried to push him into the water to steal his bike....


Tuesday 6 October

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  • The Kirk on the Union Canal churchofscotland.org.uk

    For years the land behind Edinburgh's Polwarth Parish Church had been weed strewn and covered with head-height nettles, hiding both the old wall which ran behind the impressive red sandstone building, making the place look, from the towpath at least, a little neglected. But after months of back-breaking work by Army volunteers and veterans, a fundraising campaign by parishioners and a little heavenly intervention, Polwarth Parish Church has now become the Kirk on the Union Canal....


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