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Monday 5 January

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  • Couple celebrate Christmas aboard Keadby narrowboat scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk

    Barry Knight, 35, and his partner Shaun Chambers sold their home just two months ago, selling off a number of their possessions before taking ownership of Donald – a 40ft narrowboat – and moving in. While family and friends shared their incredulity, Barry and Shaun set to work, installing a fully-functioning kitchen and bathroom in the boat, which they purchased as a shell. And several weeks later, the pair are still convinced they made the right decision, even inviting family members on board at Keadby on Christmas Day....


Friday 19 December

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  • Britain's canals are undergoing a renaissance - The Economist economist.com

    The deal between government and the Canal and River Trust is “astonishingly far sighted,” says Simon Thurley, the head of English Heritage, a quango that is undergoing its own separation from Whitehall. (Other heritage organisations may follow.)...


Wednesday 10 December

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  • Ban on hire narrowboats on Thames Tideway boatingbusiness.com

    Following a minor incident involving a holiday narrowboat, the Port of London Authority (PLA) has decided hire craft are classified as ‘commercial’ and have banned them from the Thames Tideway....


Tuesday 25 November

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  • Historic Birmingham canal drained for work on new cycle scheme birminghammail.co.uk

    Canal in Birmingham city centre is drained for cycling and pedestrian improvements...

  • Man killed in canal boat fire at private moorings in Wiltshire dailymail.co.uk

    A man in his 40s has died after an accidental fire on a canal boat which is believed to have been started by a wood-burning stove. The victim, who has not yet been identified, was found by a dog walker on the Kennet and Avon Canal near Trowbridge, Wiltshire, early this morning. It is thought the boat had been 'well alight' for some time and the windows were said to be too hot to touch when rescuers arrived, just after 7.20am....

  • New bench along Chesterfield canal matlockmercury.co.uk

    Stunned onlookers watched in disbelief as master craftsmen Trevor Wragg and Gordon Walton built a beautiful dry stone bench along the banks of the Chesterfield canal. The pair, who work at Wirksworth’s Eco Centre, built the bench during the Tapton Celebration Weekend event on September 20 and 21, under the gaze of the visiting public....

  • Man dies in canal boat blaze near Trowbridge swindonadvertiser.co.uk

    A man died in a canal boat fire on the Kennet and Avon Canal near Marsh Farm, Hilperton, this morning. It is thought that the unidentified male was in his late 40s and that his boat was alight for some time....


Sunday 23 November

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  • Canal volunteers set to ditch memorial bench to former member stroudlife.co.uk

    Canal restoration volunteers are set to ditch plans for a memorial bench to a member who was involved with a paedophile campaign group. Keith Harding, who was a member of the Cotswold Canals Trust since 1990 and stood on its council from 1994 to 2011, volunteered on work to restore the Thames and Severn Canal. Harding moved to Gloucestershire in 1987 and social services was aware of his convictions for sex offences in the 1950s. The trust is restoring that stretch and the Stroudwater Navigation, and chairman Jack Telling said he does not think plans for a memorial bench are appropriate following the revelations that he was convicted of sex offences in the 1950s....

  • Wilts & Berks Canal man Chris has Lottery dream swindonadvertiser.co.uk

    “The canal,” said Chris Coyle, “was opened in 1810, and was built primarily to carry coal from the Somerset coalfields through Wiltshire and what was then Berkshire, and then on as far as London. “Somerset coal was highly prized. It was good quality coal and people were prepared to pay a premium for it. “Coal and food were required in the growing towns. The Wilts and Berks Canal was the M4 of its time....

  • Magna Carta River Thames pageant announced for 2015 bbc.co.uk

    A "spectacular" river pageant on the River Thames has been announced to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta next year. A flotilla of boats will sail from Bisham Abbey to Wraysbury in Berkshire on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June. Thames Alive is helping to organise the event, the group behind the Queen's Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012....

  • New York's Barge Canal to get historic designation washingtontimes.com

    New York’s Barge Canal is going on the National Register of Historic Places. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wrote a letter in September urging National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis to make the designation, stressing the importance of the canal and calling it a true historic destination. The designation will increase chances for federal tax credits and help expand local development near the waterway. The Barge Canal includes the Erie Canal, the Oswego Canal, the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, and the Champlain Canal. The system spans more than 500 miles across the Empire State. ...

  • Taxi driver in Cheddleton rescued from Caldon canal after car plunges in dailymail.co.uk

    A hapless taxi driver had to be rescued after plunging his car into a canal while waiting for a fare outside a restaurant. Emergency services were called to Castro's Restaurant in Chedderton, Staffordshire at 10.30pm on Friday night after reports of a vehicle in the water. When they arrived they found a Toyota Avensis almost completely submerged in the Caldon Canal after it somehow managed to land in the middle of the four foot deep water....


Thursday 13 November

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  • Calder & Hebble is drained as Thornes lock gates replaced yorkshirepost.co.uk

    The Canal and River Trust is carrying out a four-week restoration project to replace both sets of gates at Thornes Lock on the Calder and Hebble Navigation, near Wakefield. The new gates have been made at the nearby Stanley Ferry Workshop, only one of two facilities in the UK. In preparation, the canal has been drained and will be open to the public on Sunday, when visitors can explore the 5.5 metre deep trench and see the lock gates and historic stone work up close....

  • New Thames 'garden bridge' backed by council bbc.co.uk

    A proposed "garden bridge" over the River Thames has moved a step closer after a council approved the plans. The £150m bridge, approved by Lambeth Council, is the idea of Joanna Lumley and has been designed by London 2012 cauldron creator, Thomas Heatherwick. The crossing would link Temple with the Southbank. It needs planning permission from Westminster Council....

  • Scheme launched to uncover lost section of Swansea canal southwales-eveningpost.co.uk

    A HIDDEN stretch of the Swansea Canal could be brought back into use as part of an ambitious housing project. A petition has been launched calling for around 100 yards of the waterway, which is currently buried beneath a former council highways depot in Clydach, to be opened up once more. If carried out it would provide a continuous navigable stretch between Pontardawe and Ynystawe....

  • Barton Turf boatyard opens new £450,000 workshop angliaafloat.co.uk

    A boatyard has invested £450,000 in a new workshop to support its success in keeping alive traditional Broads craftsmanship....


Tuesday 11 November

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Thursday 6 November

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  • Wooden Canal Boat Society’s Recycling Trips dial2donate.org

    A recent visit to The Wooden Canal Boat Society’s boatyard in Stalybridge, opened Dial2Donate’s eyes further, exposing the extent to which renovating 100 year old Hazel is set to be a blood, sweat and tears task. Tired looking Hazel may have seen better days but with the selfless work of skipper Chris Leah and his dedicated crew of volunteers, she is set to excel once more – providing wellbeing trips along the North’s winding waterways....

  • How Londoners can reclaim the River Thames spectator.co.uk

    Through the centre of town, the river takes up more space than Hyde Park. And most of the proposals around it represent a huge missed opportunity...


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