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Wednesday 1 December

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  • Nice Little Earners - property with built-in income telegraph.co.uk

    What is the ideal home for these troubled economic times? What about one that offers some form of extra income to serve as a financial buffer if you become a victim of the “cuts” or your pension fund is low? You won’t want a place that involves anything too strenuous, of course – just a sideline to keep you ticking over. Location is also important so try to buy close to shops, yet somewhere vaguely rural, and, ideally, within shooting distance of a major city for a few celebratory nights on the town when the recession fizzles out. One house that meets all of those criteria is The Boat House on the banks of the Kennet and Avon Canal in Newbury. Built in 2002 and currently owned by Don Coles, 57, a property landlord and developer and his wife, Leone, 55, an accounts technician, it has enough money-making attributes to ensure any owner sleeps well at night, while George Osborne does his worst. The property’s main selling point is that it has daytime moorings for canal boats – 18 of them at the moment and another two could easily be squeezed in – from which Don makes around £15,000 a year. However, he could make three times that amount – perhaps £60,000 – if he were to allow boat owners to stay overnight. ...

  • Floating classroom wins lottery funding waterscape.com

    The Floating Classroom, a boat based on the Regent’s Canal which provides hands-on learning for school children from across London, has won lottery funding of £48,000 through ITV’s People’s Millions competition for its 'On the Waterfront' project....

  • Departmental Press: Subscriptions: 30 Nov 2010: Written answers and statements theyworkforyou.com

    The cost of press cuttings for each of the last 12 months for DEFRA and the Rural Payments Agency, the Environment Agency, Natural England, British Waterways, the Marine Management Organisation and those parts of the Forestry Commission that are funded by the UK Government are as follows. Executive agencies and NDPBs not listed do not receive a press cuttings service....

  • BW legal action mostly concerns licence evasion kanda.boatingcommunity.org.uk

    A boater recently made a Freedom of Information request to BW and got an answer which suggests that most of the pending legal action against boaters is about licence evasion rather than overstaying, and that BW may be carrying out unlawful enforcement action against 8 boats without home moorings. ...

  • Invasive species of shrimp found in Wales for the first time environment-agency.gov.uk

    Environment Agency Wales has confirmed that an invasive species of predatory shrimp is inhabiting waters at various locations across south Wales. Dikerogammarus villosus, dubbed the killer shrimp by biologists for its appetite for native species like shrimp, young fish and insect larvae, can alter the ecology of the habitats it invades. It has been confirmed at Cardiff Bay and Eglwys Nunydd Reservoir in Port Talbot. ...

  • Students clean up Shropshire Union Canal waterscape.com

    Students from the University of Chester have taken part in the first of many planned volunteer projects involving the regeneration and maintenance of the Shropshire Union Canal. The section of canal, which runs from the Northgate Locks to the Deva Road Bridge in Chester, will be looked after by volunteers from a combination of two organisations; the British Waterways Canal Adoption scheme and a special volunteering programme created by the University’s Student Development section. Groups comprised of members from the local community and students from Chester will be able to work together in improving the quality of this historic location. ...


Monday 29 November

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  • Welshpool plea for canal footbridge shropshirestar.com

    Fed-up residents are calling for a footbridge to be built over Welshpool’s canal to cut down the 15 to 20 minutes it takes to walk into the town centre. Residents in Little Henfaes Lane say they have to walk along the canal and over the main bridge above the bypass. They have now written to the town council asking for a footbridge which would reduce the walking time to just two minutes....

  • Paralysed man living in tent is 'waiting to die in freezing temperatures' oxfordmail.co.uk

    A paralysed man who is living in a tent by the Oxford Canal says he has given up and is just waiting to die as temperatures plunge below freezing. ...

  • Swinton spirit sets sail southyorkshiretimes.co.uk

    Swinton's new water boat has been launched – to take people on scenic trips along the Dearne’s waterways. A crowd of about 300 made the journey down to Swinton Lock Activity Centre on Saturday, to watch as Swinton Spirit was launched....

  • A one-milestretch of the former Derby and Sandiacre Canal in Spondon could be rebuilt by 2012. thisisderbyshire.co.uk

    A one-mile stretch of the former Derby and Sandiacre Canal in Spondon could be rebuilt by 2012. The announcement came from the canal's trust, which hopes to rebuild the waterway – which runs from Sandiacre to Swarkestone through Pride Park. The trust is expecting a decision on its outline planning application for the whole proposal in February....

  • Pensioner rescues boy from icy canal expressandstar.com

    A pensioner rescued a 10-year-old boy from a canal in the Black Country after the youngster crashed through ice, prompting new warnings about the dangers caused by freezing weather. Firefighters also rescued two dogs which fell into freezing water in two incidents. And there is evidence children are ignoring the dangers of walking on a frozen lake in Wolverhampton. Their names were found etched in the ice at the lake in West Park. ...


Friday 26 November

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  • Swindon marina plan moves a step closer expressandstar.com

    Controversial plans to flood part of the South Staffordshire green belt to create a 200-boat marina have been recommended for approval by council officers, it emerged today....

  • New book celebrates K&A Canal's 200 years kacanaltimes.blogspot.com

    Queen of Waters — a new book about the Kennet & Avon Canal - is to be published on the 28th December, 200 years to the day after the opening of the canal that allowed boats to travel from Bristol to Reading. ...


Thursday 25 November

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  • British Waterways boat licence changes for 2011 waterscape.com

    British Waterways is due to make changes to boat licensing in 2011. Straightforward price changes will take effect from April 2011. The timing of other changes, subject to consultation, will be implemented as soon as our IT systems can be amended, which will not be before April....

  • Canal sign views sought todmordennews.co.uk

    Pennine Prospects, the Waterways Trust and British Waterways are working together to bring the unique story of the Rochdale Canal to life. Having secured funding from the South Pennines LEADER programme, the Waterways Trust is now asking for views about the design of new interpretation features proposed at Hebden Bridge and Todmorden. ...


Wednesday 24 November

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  • Pals marooned in Wigan wigantoday.net

    Two friends on a boating holiday in Wigan have been stranded hundreds of miles from home after emergency repairs were carried out to a canal. Boat owner Steve Molyneux and friend Bernie Kerr were travelling along the Leeds and Liverpool canal in Top Lock, New Springs, when they were halted near Leigh....

  • Awards celebrate best in area’s tourism industry inverness-courier.co.uk

    Tourism businesses and staff in the Inverness area proved some of the best in the Highlands on Friday winning four top accolades at an industry awards ceremony. ... Public agency British Waterways Scotland, which operates the Caledonian Canal, scooped two awards for Best Visitor Experience and Community Tourism Initiative with Mrs Marr saying it was a well-deserved winner. Its popular annual Ceilidh Trail, run in conjunction with Highland Council, takes traditional musicians to venues alongside the canal, between Inverness and Fort William, and is popular with both tourists and locals....

  • Tributes to Barnoldswick boat man killed in hit and run burnleyexpress.net

    Tributes have been paid to the 36-year-old Barnoldswick cyclist who died following an alleged hit-and-run accident in Salterforth yesterday morning. Former West Craven High student Mr Michael Isherwood, who worked for Foulridge Canal Cruises, where he was responsible for steering and maintaining the boats, was left with serious injuries at the side of Kelbrook Road in Salterforth after being hit by a car. He was airlifted to Royal Blackburn Hospital but later died...

  • Body found in canal at Rotherham Lock southyorks.police.uk

    A man’s body was recovered from the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Canal at Rotherham Lock, Browns Cut, following a report from a member of the public shortly after 1pm today (Tuesday, 23 November). South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue assisted police to recover the body from the section of canal next to The Statutes outside Rotherham Magistrates’ Court....

  • The first Kingston Bread Golf Open hailed a success surreycomet.co.uk

    The inaugural British Bread Golf Open saw people hit dough balls into the River Thames on Sunday. The mad idea was the brainchild of Homage de Fromage president Robin Hutchinson. The cheese club was also behind suburban skiing, where blocks of ice were strapped to feet, giant buckaroo, and the king's soup, where the community gathered to make a giant soup for all. ...


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