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Thursday 23 April

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  • Mikron Theatre Company embark on nationwide canal tour yorkshirelife.co.uk

    A crew of four actor-musicians set sail this month on board Tyseley a theatre company’s vintage narrow boat, to tour the country via inland waterways. They will learn to steer the 72ft vessel, navigate canals and rivers and operate locks, swapping plush theatres and dressing rooms for village greens and beer gardens. ...

Friday 17 April

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  • Bomb disposal scrambled after dummy wearing balaclava spotted on boat with fake missile launcher dailymail.co.uk

    A full-scale terror alert was sparked this week after a dummy wearing a balaclava was spotted on a boat sailing down the Thames with a fake missile launcher on its roof. Thames Valley Police called an Army bomb disposal team after a startled passer-by reported the 4ft long guided missile in a rocket launcher on top of the barge in Reading. Perched next to the fake warhead were the head and shoulders of a convincing-looking man, his eyes staring grimly from holes cut in a balaclava shrouding his face....

  • Ashton Canal turns into world's biggest bubble bath after blaze dailymail.co.uk

    A Manchester canal was turned into a giant bubble bath after fire crews tackling a nearby chemical plant blaze saw their water mix with a detergent creating a six foot wall of foam. The Ashton Canal was filled with heavy suds which appeared after a fire at an industrial unit occupied by a drug development company. It is believed that the water used by firefighters to dampen down the flames mixed with the detergent being stored in the burning buildings....

Friday 10 April

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  • Narrowboat 'U-boat captain' facing jail for VAT fraud dailymail.co.uk

    A self-styled U-boat captain who blew the proceeds of a £1million VAT fraud on luxury hotels, jets and fast cars while living on benefits is facing jail. Captain Birdseye lookalike Richard Williams, who lived on a narrowboat converted to resemble a German submarine, lied that he was selling specially-adapted beds to people with disabilities then claimed back the tax he had supposedly paid......

Tuesday 7 April

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  • Narrowboat carries coffin of Stoke Bruerne lock keeper’s daughter to her funeral northamptonchron.co.uk

    Doris Osborne was born in Reading in 1928 on board the narrowboat ‘Emma’, to Jack and Emma James. Her family worked on boats all their lives and her father, Jack James, became the lock keeper at Stoke Bruerne in 1962 and founded the canal museum there. After she passed away, aged 86, on Mother’s Day, her family arranged for her coffin to be carried by narrowboat through the Blisworth Tunnel to be received at Stoke Bruerne....

  • Narrowboat couple who met at Llangollen wharf get married in town leaderlive.co.uk

    A couple of narrowboat enthusiasts who met on the canal in Llangollen decided to return to the town to get married. Sue and Ian Goodwin, who live on their narrowboat, met while moored in the town a couple of years ago, fell in love and decided to get married. And their fairytale waterways story was complete last Saturday, when they were married at St Collen’s Church....

Wednesday 1 April

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  • Mowbray bridges in ten-year ‘golden arches’ sponsorship deal meltonwaterways.org.uk

    The Melton & Oakham Navigation Society has accepted a sponsorship deal with fast food giant McDonald’s, worth £10,000 a year. 

    In return for the money, one of the navigation's famous double-arched bridges will be painted gold for the period, the waterway will be renamed The McDonald's Navigation, and the first mile from Syston will be called 'The Happy Mile'. 

    To celebrate the deal, the Melton Mowbray branch of McDonald’s will also offer a Stilton cheeseburger later this year. 

    MOWS accepts it won’t have the authority to change the name legally. However, since neither the Environment Agency nor the Canal & River Trust have shown any interest in restoring navigation, the society hopes that others will also use the name, in the hope that it will encourage other companies to sponsor waterways. 

    In announcing the news, MNS chairman Mick Clowes quipped “I’m lovin’ it!” 

    It is a small start. The McDonald’s Navigation is, after all, yet to be restored. But this landmark agreement could perhaps encourage other large companies to sponsor waterways. With the HSBC bank announcing a move to Birmingham, what about ‘The HSBC Birmingham Canal Navigations’, for example? 

    Golden sponsorship opportunity: The twin arches of the Mowbray Navigation.

Friday 20 March

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  • Royal tour is jewel in the crown of W&B canal auction lots thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    Prince Charles and Camilla have donated a Highgrove garden tour for next week's Wilts & Berks Canal Trust auction. The event next Thursday, March 26 at the Angel Hotel, Chippenham, will raise money for the restoration of the canal near Chippenham. The jewel in the lots crown is a two hour guided tour of the Prince's gardens in Gloucestershire followed by a champagne tea for two in the Orchard Restaurant, while being entertained by the resident pianist...

Monday 9 March

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  • Peterborough boater fined for unlicensed boat peterboroughtoday.co.uk

    A Peterborough narrowboat owner who did not register his boat has been fined at court. David John Rennie on Thursday pleaded not guilty at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court to keeping or using a vessel on the River Nene at Stibbington Boat Yard, Cambridgeshire when it was not registered with the Environment Agency....

  • Narrowboat owners on Thames left high and dry as eviction deadline looms richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk

    A community of boaters will have nowhere to go when a bylaw making us nauthorised mooring a criminal offence comes into effect on March 13. The bylaw means that from 1am on March 13, owners of boats moored on council-owned or managed land without permission could be fined or imprisoned. Every 24 hours the boat is attached to the land will count as a new crime....

Wednesday 4 March

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  • Narrowboat rescued after taking wrong arch under Avon's Bidford bridge stratford-herald.com

    A fire and rescue crew along with Alcester- based police, attended the incident, casued by the boat heading upstream taking the wrong channel under the bridge. They found the two occupants were fine, if not a little red-faced, following the mishap. Efforts were later made to tow the boat off a rock in the Avon....

Tuesday 24 February

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Monday 23 February

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  • Ambitious Melksham canal plans are floated wiltshiretimes.co.uk

    Ambitious plans for Melksham’s future, including the exact route of the new canal Link, have been unveiled by the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust to the town’s Area Board. A farm for rare breed animals, a campsite with log cabins for holidaymakers and a nature reserve are some of the potential developments the area could have within the next five years alongside the new canal....

  • 'John Sergeant how dare you barge into a canal boat so we're all at sea on the water' mirror.co.uk

    Canal boat holidays are becoming ever more popular but Mirror columnist Paul Routledge has known about the joys of our waterways all his life...

Friday 20 February

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  • Draining of canal at Gas Street in Birmingham delayed bbc.co.uk

    The draining of a leaking canal in Birmingham city centre has been delayed. The work, on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal stretch between the Mailbox and Gas Street Basin, is taking place because water is leaking close to a railway line. The project got under way on Wednesday but work was delayed due to a faulty seal on a safety gate. The route has been closed to boats while the work takes place....

Thursday 19 February

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  • Volunteer Towpath Rangers needed on Slough Arm sloughobserver.co.uk

    The Canal and River Trust are seeking cycling and walking Rangers at a range of locations all along the Grand Union Towpath Rangers play an important role in encouraging walkers, cyclists, anglers, joggers and boaters, to use the tow paths considerately. They also attend and lead towpath events and guided walks, carry out visitor counts and encourage communities to get involved with their local waterways....

  • Canal at Gas Street in Birmingham to be drained due to leak bbc.co.uk

    A canal in Birmingham city centre is to be drained as water is leaking close to a railway line. The stretch of water that runs alongside Gas Street links the Worcester and Birmingham Canal to the Birmingham Canal Main Line. A Canal and River Trust spokeswoman said the leak had been reported near the aqueduct over Holliday Street and work would start as soon as possible....

Monday 16 February

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  • £336k grant to buy new section of Lichfield canal expressandstar.com

    A new £336 grant means that the section of the Lichfield Canal from The Boat Inn on Walsall Road, Lichfield to Barracks Lane just west of the aqueduct over the M6 Toll Road near Brownhills will be open to the public for the first time since the canal was abandoned in the 1950s. When the work to restore the Heritage Towpath Trail is completed, it is hoped to have the canal’s Summerhill section, as it is known, in water within a relatively short time....

Tuesday 10 February

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  • Old rail track and tunnel discovered on the Slough Arm sloughobserver.co.uk

    An HISTORIC rail track and tunnel have been revealed during canal maintenance works. The Canal and River Trust, the charity that cares for the waterway, discovered the abandoned railway line on the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal while removing over-grown vegetation along the canal-side....

Monday 9 February

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  • 'Brilliant' canoe plan will float their boat express.co.uk

    The announcement last week of The Desmond Family Canoe Trail, England’s first coast-to-coast canoe trail, along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the Aire and Calder Navigation, is not, as it might sound, a new endurance event, though some will no doubt want to give it a go! It is in fact both an invitation and a challenge to young people across the north of England, from Liverpool to Goole, to take control of their lives and get ahead....

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