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Wednesday 15 September

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  • Royal start to Wilts & Berks link to the K&A canal kacanaltimes.blogspot.com

    The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Trust celebrated its 200th anniversary in royal style when Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall took part in the ceremony to mark the start of the new link from the K&A Canal at Semington to the River Avon in Melksham. She arrived at Semington proudly wearing a dragonfly broach — the W&B emblem... and the Duchess who is patron of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust then performed the naming ceremony for the very vessel she arrived on. She poured a bottle of Wadworths K&A 200 celebration beer over the bow — and named the boat "Dragonfly"....

  • Ashby Canal unlocked for boaters inloughborough.com

    Boats will be able to navigate a stretch of the Ashby Canal for the first time since 1966 on Friday (September 17) when it is reopened after restoration. Peter Osborne, Chairman of Leicestershire County Council, will open the newly restored 100m section at the Snarestone terminus at a special ceremony. The £500,000 scheme is part of a County Council led project to restore a six mile section of the 200-year-old canal which was closed 44 years ago due to mining subsistence....


Tuesday 14 September

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  • Single boaters given a hand on the Oxford Canal waterscape.com

    British Waterways (BW) has completed a £40k bridge improvement project on the Oxford Canal. The project, to fully automate a lift bridge located near the canal side village of Thrupp, was carried out to ensure that single boaters can safely and easily operate this Grade II listed structure. Lift bridges are a well known feature along the Oxford Canal and today representatives from BW and the Inland Waterways Association will official open the newly controlled bridge known as Aubrey Lift Bridge (bridge number 221) which is the first bridge on this stretch of waterway to be electrically automated....

  • The Numbers: The Waterways Trust thirdsector.co.uk

    The figures behind the charity that promotes greater use and enjoyment of waterways in the UK. £4.54m - The charity's group income for the year ending 31 March 2009, compared with £4.19m the previous year. £161k - The cost of generating voluntary and event income. The charity raised a total of £305,000, giving it a fundraising ratio of 53p in the pound. The previous year's ratio was 63p in the pound £3.81m - The amount raised through payments for charitable activities such as museums and canal restoration. The charity also raised £400,000 through revenue-generating services, including shops and boat trips. £765 - Group free reserves at year-end, compared with a deficit of £55,500 in the previous year. £90k - No employee was paid more than this. 3 - The number of museums the charity runs, including the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, which maintains a fleet of 80 historic boats. £132k - Money raised by the trust that did not pass through the accounts. These funds went to three restoration and improvement projects....


Monday 13 September

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  • Restoration of Droitwich canal good for economy worcesternews.co.uk

    The completion of the Droitwich regeneration next year will see the vision of a 21-mile cruising ring in the heart of Worcestershire become a reality. About £3 million a year from tourists and almost 200 new jobs are predicted within five years of the opening. It is good news and a tribute to the hard work of many people, particularly volunteers, over the last few decades. ...

  • Is it greener to live on a canal boat? guardian.co.uk

    Q: How does a canal boat, with its diesel engine and onboard bathroom, compare with living in a 'normal' home? I would like to know if it's greener to live on a canal boat compared to a house. -- Caroline, by email First, let's establish what we are trying to compare here. Let's assume that a fictional couple are living aboard a modestly sized canal boat, as opposed to, say, a permanently moored houseboat, the likes of which you can see along various stretches of the Thames embankment in London. They can take it for trips along the canal but, more often than not, they are resident at a mooring. And for the sake of our comparison, let's assume that they might otherwise be living in a two-bedroom flat. We should now be able to start making some fairer estimates of how much energy they are likely to consume over the course of a year... ...

  • Soarly missed - Roger Hutchinson grannybuttons.com

    Saddened to hear of the death of Roger Hutchinson, an indefatigable local historian of the Leicester waterways and countryside. An announcement on the Leicester Industrial History Society news page says he passed away on September 3rd after a long illness. ...

  • New Manager for BW North East waterwaynews.blogspot.com

    British Waterways has appointed a new manager for its North East area based at Leeds. Jon Horsfall, 39, comes to BW after a successful 20 years at United Utilities. Trained as a chemist, Jon's experience includes operations management, commercial activities, capital investment, water quality, safety and efficiency....

  • Police surveillance on bikes to become common sight on Union Canal news.scotsman.com

    Police are swapping their cars for bikes as part of a new scheme to tackle antisocial behaviour and provide a high-profile presence along the Union Canal. Lothian and Borders Police have announced six specially trained officers are to patrol the waterway route after seeing a sharp increase in popularity with commuters and tourists. The 32-mile route, which stretches from Fountainbridge to Ratho, will see officers patrol during busy periods, including most days during the spring and summer and mornings and evenings at other times....


Friday 10 September

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  • Visitor apologises after boat hits Henley bridge henleystandard.co.uk

    A MAN injured by falling masonry when a boat struck Henley Bridge has apologised for the resulting disruption. Peter Berwick, 58, was struck on the head by one of the huge lumps of sandstone which plunged into the large cruiser on which he was enjoying a trip with relatives. Police closed the bridge to traffic for almost four hours, causing gridlock on all major roads in and out of Henley on Saturday afternoon. Mr Berwick, from Wootton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, was airlifted to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, where he was given stitches before being released. And in an open letter to Henley in this week’s Standard, he said: “I would like to apologise to the residents for the disruption.” ...

  • Saxon boat uncovered in Norfolk's River Ant bbc.co.uk

    A Saxon boat has been found during flood defence work on a Norfolk river. The boat, which is about 9.8 ft (3m) long and had been hollowed out by hand from a piece of oak, was found at the bottom of the River Ant. Five animal skulls were found near the boat, which has been taken to York for treatment to preserve it. The Environment Agency had commissioned work to take place between Horning Hall and Browns Hill when the discovery was made last month....

  • Slough Canal Festival floats into town maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk

    The Slough Canal Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday at Bloom Park in Middlegreen Road, Langley. Organised by Slough Borough Council, its two days of fun for all the family with a great range of activities and events by the water. There will be arts and crafts, a mobile farm, Berkshire Search & Rescue dogs and children's activities as well as main arena acts. Boat trips will be available and canal fishing. Refreshments including a hog roast, Indian and vegetarian food. Come along on Sunday to meet the official Dulux dog....


Thursday 9 September

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  • Denny's 'oarsome' team take up the River Race Challenge - Eat Out Magazine eatoutmagazine.co.uk

    Staff and their families at Denny's Uniforms, suppliers to the hospitality industry, are taking part in a boat race along the River Thames for charity. The event, which takes place on 25th September 2010, will see a crew of eight employees, race in The Great River Race Championships. Setting off at 12.15pm from Millwall Dock in London's Docklands, the race will finish 21 miles later on the riverside below historic Ham House in Richmond. Denny's Uniforms are sponsoring a shallop, an eight-oar wooden passenger barge 'Lady Mayoress' crewed by Denny's Scrimshankers (a naval term for workshy or shirker). ...

  • Canal owners drop contentious plans for houses at Banavie - Press & Journal pressandjournal.co.uk

    British Waterways Scotland has dropped plans to build houses near a historic tourist attraction at Banavie, by Fort William. Its proposed development at the series of locks known as Neptune’s Staircase on the Caledonian Canal, near Banavie, was opposed by locals and Highland MP Charles Kennedy. British Waterways Scotland (BWS) had planned to build a pair of two-storey houses on either side of the one-time home of canal designer Thomas Telford, which looks out over the locks. Read more: http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1909597?UserKey=#ixzz0z1fPRNG5...


Tuesday 7 September

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  • More commuters on the river uk.reuters.com

    London's Tube strike has caused passengers to take to bikes, buses, foot – and extra boat services on the River Thames....

  • Leeds and Liverpool Reservoirs: Slow Progress Continues waterwaynews.blogspot.com

    The levels of the four reservoirs dedicated to feeding the Leeds and Liverpool Canal's summit are continuing to fill slowly, but it will still be some time before British Waterways will be able to re-open the canal between Wigan and Gargrave. The reservoirs are currently holding just 14.7% of their capacity, which is 1.6% more than last week's figure of 13.1%. At this time of year British Waterways would expect these levels to be around 60%. Levels will need to rise to around 20% before BW can consider re-opening the 60-mile closed section of canal....

  • Public inquiry into planning fight over Driffield boats bbc.co.uk

    A public inquiry has started to determine whether people living on boats on the Driffield Canal must leave, after a row over planning rules. East Riding of Yorkshire Council have said the houseboats at Hempholme amount to "new dwellings", so are in breach of planning guidelines. The owners of two boats have appealed against council enforcement notices and a public inquiry is being held....

  • Take home a piece of Standedge Tunnel waterscape.com

    Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre will be giving away special pieces of tunnel rock to the first 100 people to travel into the canal tunnel on Sunday 12 September. The free giveaway comes as part of England’s biggest and most popular voluntary cultural event – Heritage Open Day 2010. Over 9,000 people have travelled through Standedge Tunnel so far during 2010, but in a first for the attraction, the individually wrapped pieces of tunnel rock will give visitors the opportunity to walk away with a very rare piece of one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’....

  • A week's WRG work on a lock is a holiday to remember thisisbristol.co.uk

    It all started a year ago when we were walking along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and we noticed a small group of people wearing red Waterway Recovery Group T-shirts. Most were cutting back over-hanging tree branches and one of the group, in the guise of Health and Safety, showed us around a minor obstruction on the canal path. It was pointed out to me that I would enjoy such an experience as I was interested in canals and it would give me something to do rather than being bored during my summer holidays. I must admit it seemed a rather idyllic thought, spending time in a lovely setting, not too arduous work and a feeling of saving a part of our industrial heritage. There was no doubt in my mind that next year I would be joining a similar group, wearing with pride my red T-shirt and helping to save our working history....

  • Teenager plummets to her death from aqueduct after 'text message row' | Mail Online dailymail.co.uk

    A 19-year-old has plummeted to her death from a 120-foot aqueduct just hours after an angry text row with her boyfriend. Amy Louise Wright fell to her death at the Pontcysyllte canal bridge on Friday afternoon. The teenager was found dead by emergency services at the beauty spot near Llangollen, North Wales. ...


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