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Monday 15 February

Today's news from the web

  • Canal link for Melksham thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    An ambitious project to build a new section of canal in Melksham could bring a café culture to the town and millions of pounds in revenue. ...

  • Canal criticism denied as boat pair speak out cravenherald.co.uk

    Skipton town centre leaders have sought to reassure the boating community after claims that young criminals were turning the Leeds-Liverpool Canal into a “no go area”. ...

  • Another canal festival in the balance expressandstar.com

    The future of the annual Brownhills Canal Festival is in the balance because of essential repairs to the Chasewater Reservoir. It follows news yesterday that two other canal festivals in the Black Country – which attract thousands of people – have been called off due to the vital work....

  • Kingston's 'Hero' houseboat owners await result of eviction appeal surreycomet.co.uk

    A family of houseboat owners are awaiting the outcome of a last-ditch appeal to stave off eviction from the River Thames in Kingston. Mary Graham, 57, and her husband Hilary, 59, who were instrumental in saving a drowning woman’s life last month, made an official appeal to the planning inspector on Tuesday....

  • Fire agony for owner of River Nene boat peterboroughtoday.co.uk

    A GRANDFATHER has spoken of his distress after his boat was destroyed in a fire on the River Nene this week. ...

  • Prince Charles to save historic canalside pottery from closure independent.co.uk

    A charity led by the Prince of Wales has stepped in to try and save the UK's last working Victorian pottery from closure. For more than 100 years artisans have been turning out sought-after Burleigh earthenware from the kilns of Middleport. But like other potteries in North Staffordshire, which was once the centre of the world's ceramic industry, it has been hit by the economic downturn and competition from overseas. ...


Wednesday 10 February

Today's news from the web

  • Thousands set for Gwent canal festival southwalesargus.co.uk

    A FESTIVAL is set to bring thousands of people to the Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canal when it comes to Newport again this spring. ...

  • Walkers call for Liverpool North Docks access clickliverpool.com

    Walking enthusiasts are calling for early provision of pedestrian access as part of the redevelopment of Liverpool's North Docks. One keen walker Jim Murphy has raised concerns over a "missing link" in the towpath alongside the Leeds-Liverpool canal from the Pier Head to the Stanley Dock. ...

  • Another milestone for Wey & Arun Canal restoration waterscape.com

    The Wey & Arun Canal Trust’s restoration scheme will take another significant step forward when Devil’s Hole Lock is reopened in April....

  • Bill Bryson signs up for BW's Towpath Tidy waterscape.com

    Bill Bryson, best-selling author and President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is once again urging the 11 million people who use the nation’s canals and rivers to tackle the problems of rubbish on their local waterway during this year’s Towpath Tidy. ...

  • Worker hurt in Devizes canal accident thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    A contractor working on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Devizes had to be airlifted to hospital after hurting his leg in an accident yesterday afternoon. The air ambulance was called to the scene shortly after 5pm following the accident. The man had his leg crushed as he worked on installing new lock gates. ...

  • Audlem moorings saved after British Waterways u-turn crewechronicle.co.uk

    Boat owners at Audlem are celebrating after British Waterways scrapped a policy which would have seen the village’s permanent moorings closed for good. ...

  • Iron Trunk Aqueduct to be refurbished in time for 2011 anniversary mk-news.co.uk

    A project has been launched to give a new lease of life to The Iron Trunk Aqueduct, which carries the Grand Union Canal between Wolverton and Cosgrove across the River Great Ouse. British Waterways is working with other canal organisations and local councils, aiming to complete the work in time to celebrate the aqueduct’s bicentenary in January 2011. ...

  • Cruiser sinks on Leeds & Liverpool lep.co.uk

    A pleasure boat was wrecked by fire before sinking in a Lancashire canal. Firefighters were called to Top Lock, off Wheat Lane, in Lathom, Ormskirk, at 6.30pm on Tuesday, after reports a six-metre cruiser was on fire. ...


Tuesday 9 February

Corrections and clarifications

The Guardian newspaper has, for several years, carried an admirable 'Corrections and clarifications' column, a place for them to own up when they get something factually wrong.

Indeed, it's quite a popular feature of the newspaper now. You can read some of their favourites from 2009 online. The best of the bunch:

A misprint meant that anybody essaying the macaroni salad recipe at the end of a food piece would have had even more grounds than the late Elizabeth David to detest this dish. As a reader wrote: "Try 'peas' instead of 'pears'. Better?"

I hope we can't match that. But, yes, WW makes mistakes too and we should correct them. The Guardian can issue a correction the next day: we can't manage that with a monthly magazine. We can, of course, be a little more timely with our website, and will do so from this issue onwards. WW readers are never shy to tell us when we've got something wrong and we hope you'll continue in that tradition.

January 2010

Last-minute reflows caused a couple of articles to lose their final words. John Liley's column was missing the words "...it is a breath of fresh air". In Mark Baldwin's piece on Tom Rolt, page 57 lost the words "...intentions, but failing to meet initial aspirations."

Olga Kevelos's death was wrongly reported as 1st October; it was in fact the 28th.

March 2010

In our story about the Cotswold Canals on page 44, we wrote of Upper Mills Bridge that "the Cotswold Canals Trust is running the £200,000 project". We should have said that the project, according to CCT's website, is being organised by CCT and Stroud District Council; sorry to SDC for missing them out. The appeal is being run by CCT, and is for £400,000.

Diana Organ, new Trustee of the Waterways Trust, is vice-president rather than vice-chair of the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust, a mistake we carried over from the original Waterways Trust press release.

April 2010

The picture in the news pages of 'Aldermaston Wharf' was in fact of Hungerford Wharf. The lock under repair on the Chesterfield Canal was part of the isolated, but navigable, section leading to Chesterfield itself.

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Today's news from the web

  • 'Canal quarter' plan for Edinburgh church edinburghnews.scotsman.com

    Under its proposals, the 100-cover restaurant would be on the ground floor of the church and would feature a glazed patio overlooking the canal, allowing for al fresco dining alongside the canal. ...

  • Abusive narrow boat owner gets two-year ASBO thisisnottingham.co.uk

    A narrowboat owner has been given a two-year anti-social behaviour order after loud and drunken parties on the Nottingham Canal. A catalogue of complaints by pub and restaurant staff about the parties – between March and October last year – led to a joint investigation by Nottingham City Community Protection, British Waterways and Notts Police....


Monday 8 February

Today's news from the web

  • Locals delighted at Marsworth refusal thametoday.co.uk

    Sandra Costello, archivist for the Marsworth Local History Group, said: "I am very happy. I sent letters of objection and my main focus was on the preservation of the carpenter's shop and the old crane associated with this." ...

  • Residents open-minded about wind turbine plans at Sharpness Docks gazetteseries.co.uk

    Residents living near Sharpness Docks are staying open-minded towards plans for a wind turbine near their homes. The Partnership for Renewables, an agency hoping to build one turbine on British Waterways (BW) land at the docks, held a public exhibition last week giving homeowners the chance to view their initial plans and ask more questions. ...

  • Setting sail for Drax Power Plant by-product plan - Selby Times selbytimes.co.uk

    Utilising waterborne freight, each ship is able to carry about 1,200 tonnes per trip, and the power station is hoping the recent trials could set the way for more permanent freight movements of PFA from Drax via the River Ouse jetty. ...


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