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Monday 8 November

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  • Shortlist for Areas of Outstanding Urban Beauty competition cabe.org.uk

    Cabe has now shortlisted ten entries from our photo competition to find Areas of Outstanding Urban Beauty. There were no fewer than 750 entries and they present a striking urban kaleidoscope from across the country, from Holbeck in Leeds to Weymouth harbour in Dorset. People find beauty in carnivals and colourful street markets but many more entries celebrate nature in some way, from the well groomed Cambridge Backs to weeds randomly sprouting from a rusty grating. ...


Sunday 7 November

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  • Vandals drain canal expressandstar.com

    Thousands of gallons of water were today drained from a Black Country canal after vandals forced open locks. A stretch of the Wyrley and Essington Canal in Wolverhampton was reduced to mud and puddles following the overnight attack. Fish and water voles could be seen lying dead on the canal bed following the latest attack of its kind in the region. British Waterways was today hoping to refill the canal....

  • Ancient ship completes two-year African Odyssey motorboatsmonthly.co.uk

    A wooden ship has completed a 17,000 mile circumnavigation of Africa, recreating a journey undertaken by an ancient mariners in 600BC....


Friday 5 November

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  • Titanic replica funnel in the Thames washingtonpost.com

    A replica of the upper section of the fourth funnel of the Titanic is towed along the Thames toward Tower Bridge in London. The replica funnel was created to launch a new exhibition of artifacts recovered from the wreck of the Titanic cruise liner, which sunk in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912. ...

  • KANDA (Kennet & Avon boaters community) kanda.boatingcommunity.org.uk

    Everyone welcome to join KANDA on a Towpath Tidy on Saturday 13th November. Meet at 11am outside the Canal Tavern in Bradford on Avon. We plan to tidy the towpath between Bradford on Avon and Dundas. There will be a work boat to carry the rubbish. This boat is Ishtar, the first Bradford Star Class traditional working boat....


Wednesday 3 November

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  • Nantwich Road closed after HGV hits canal bridge middlewichguardian.co.uk

    Nantwich Road in Middlewich is currently closed after a HGV hit the canal bridge causing it to be 'unsafe' today, Wednesday. The road is expected to be closed until Saturday, November 6 but this will be confirmed on Thursday, November 4 following further assessments. British Waterways has carried out a full assessment and judged the structure unsafe for traffic and pedestrians. ...

  • Ali G town Staines in name change proposal bbc.co.uk

    Councillors in the Surrey town of Staines, which was lampooned by Sacha Baron Cohen's comic character Ali G, are considering changing its name. Business leaders said changing the name to Staines-on-Thames would make the town more attractive to investors. ...

  • Security fears could close 'Olympic gateway' canal thisislondon.co.uk

    A canal that was hailed as the gateway to the Olympic Park is set to be closed during the Games because police fear a bomb attack could be launched from a moored boat, the Standard has learnt. The Met want a three-mile stretch of the River Lee Navigation to be off limits to the public because it poses too great a risk to Olympic security. The popular towpath, which has received a multi-million pound upgrade for the Games, could also shut for the duration of the Games. ...


Tuesday 2 November

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  • Getting 'board'? Try paddle power oxfordmail.co.uk

    It looks like a cross between surfing and punting and now it appears Britain’s fastest growing watersport has hit Oxford’s waterways. Paddleboarding is standing on an oversized surfboard powering through the open water, a bit like stand-up canoeing, but with one paddle. Stephen Charters, 39, from Albert Street, Jericho, pictured, was perfecting his technique at the weekend on the Oxford Canal near the lock at Castle Mill Street. He shelled out more than £400 for the 11ft board and paddle, allowing him and his wife, Oxford Mail picture editor Jessica Mann, to explore the city’s rivers and canals. ...


Monday 1 November

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  • Kennet & Avon canal sundial at Widcombe thisisbath.co.uk

    A new sculpture to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Kennet and Avon Canal was unveiled at the weekend. Residents in Widcombe gathered to launch the working sundial, which has been designed by Limpley Stoke artist Alan Dun. The sculpture is on the canal towpath near the Horseshoe Walk end of the Widcombe flight of locks and was commissioned by Bath and North East Somerset Council, in partnership with the Widcombe Association, the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust and British Waterways....

  • Kingfishers, otters and ladybirds tell heartening tales from the canal bank guardian.co.uk

    Kingfishers, newts, toads and ladybirds survived last winter's cold snap despite fears the freeze could reduce sightings of important wildlife in 2010, British Waterways says today....

  • Permission to erect 34 turbines on land near Keadby. thisisscunthorpe.co.uk

    A major obstacle to plans for North Lincolnshire's biggest wind farm has been lifted. RES has been given permission to erect 34 turbines on land near Keadby. However, before it can start construction it must have a transport plan approved detailing how it will carry the structures to the site. A preferred option by campaigners is to use road and water in an effort to reduce lorry journeys. This would involve building a new bridge over a canal alongside the A18 and using the waterway for larger components....

  • Work underway on final Droitwich canals link bbc.co.uk

    Work is getting underway on the final section of a project to restore two Worcestershire canals. The work, along the River Salwarpe in Droitwich, will result in the connection of the town's Barge Canal and Junction Canal. The river bed will be deepened to create a navigable stretch of water. ...

  • London Canal Museum is one of the Independent's '50 best' museums and galleries independent.co.uk

    The London Canal Museum:  "Housed in a 19th-century ice warehouse, built for a famous ice-cream maker of the day, this is all about the history of the inland waterways - the narrowboats, the cargos, the people who lived and worked on the boats, and the horses that pulled them."...


Saturday 30 October

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  • BW Appeal for Computer Volunteers nabo.org.uk

    Nabo and other stakeholder organisations have been asked to help BW quickly integrate a new computer programme across all its offices. Anyone with experience is asked to offer a few hours help around the system. BW are changing IT supply and will be using the New Windows 7 operating system and the Office 2010 programme. Their idea is that if experienced users would spend a couple of days or even a few hours showing BW staff at their offices the basics and where things differ from XP and Office 2003 then the change will be smooth. They will pay travel expenses and provide coffee! Any member who could perhaps help should either contact Secretary Richard Carpenter who will arrange the right introduction or contact Caroline Killeavy,Head of Community Engagement, British Waterways, Direct Dial - 01636 675730, Mobile - 07710 175504 ...


Friday 29 October

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  • £40k to be spent dredging Walsall Canal expressandstar.com

    Walsall Canal is to be dredged in a £40,000 scheme which enthusiasts say will bring the waterway back to life. Work to clear the canal bed, which flows through most parts of the borough, will begin within weeks and take two to three months. Read more: http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2010/10/29/40k-to-be-spent-dreudging-walsall-canal/#ixzz13n4gJ2Uj...

  • Historic Gravesend canal basin given official listing gravesendreporter.co.uk

    The canal basin, locks, and swing bridge area along Gordon Promenade East, Gravesend, has been listed Grade II by Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt after consultation with English Heritage. Co-directors Chris Bentley and Keith Hunter are delighted - and surprised - because they do not even know who put them forward for the key designation. Part of the Thames and Medway Canal, the basin dates back to the 1800s ...

  • National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port could go free ellesmereportpioneer.co.uk

    The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port has launched an ambitious plan that could see it become a free attraction. A host of improvements are being considered to enable the museum to play a pivotal role in waterfront developments by 2020. ...

  • Hodder's £200 million make-over for Wigan wins go-ahead bdonline.co.uk

    Wigan Borough Council has approved Hodder & Partners’ £200 million scheme to redevelop the town centre. Developer Maryland Securities is behind the scheme, drawn up four years ago, at a site in Eckersley, around Wigan pier. Called the Eckersley Urban Village, the proposal includes 300 homes, commercial and cultural facilities, along with a hotel, cafés and restaurants....

  • Hodder's Wigan redevelopment plans approved architectsjournal.co.uk

    Wigan Borough Council has approved a Hodder + Partners’ £200 million scheme to redevelop the town centre. The project, which is backed by Maryland Securities, will transform a 15-acre site in Eckersley, around Wigan pier. The work will include the creation of a new mixed-use urban village containing 300 homes, commercial and cultural facilities, a new hotel, cafés and restaurants. Maryland, which is based in Cheadle, said the 92,903m² site would maintain and respect the heritage of the Eckersley Mills area. ...


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