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Monday 6 October

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  • Boat cilled up on Huddersfield Narrow at Dobcross oldham-chronicle.co.uk

    Traffic on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal was brought to a halt yesterday when a 60ft narrowboat got stuck between lock gates. Veteran boatman John Lund, who has run his 70-ft pleasure boat Moonraker on the canal for 23 years, abandoned his own boat to help the stricken crew in Dobcross. ...


Wednesday 3 September

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  • Etruria Boat Group want to set up narrowboat Keppel as a classroom stokesentinel.co.uk

    Enthusiasts have launched an appeal for funding to transform a narrowboat into a floating classroom to help educate people about canals. Members of Etruria Boat Group have set a target of £16,000 to completely overhaul the 54-year-old craft Keppel in order to use it as a mobile resource. And their efforts have been buoyed after receiving a £5,000 donation from a 'friend', who wishes to remain anonymous. ...


Tuesday 2 September

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  • Each new stretch of restored canal boosts public interest in the waterway thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk

    When construction of the M6 was in its final planning stage, a delegation from Westmorland reputedly travelled to London to ask the then Conservative Transport Minister Ernest Marples not to let the motorway cut off the upper reach of the Lancaster Canal. Apparently, the minister declined to even meet the delegates or address their concerns about the waterway. It was a shortsighted decision by a politician who ought to have cared more about our northern heritage. But then motorways were new and exciting while canals were old and virtually useless. It is difficult to believe such a decision would be made today - the canal would be properly bridged to allow vessels to pass underneath....

  • 'Lucky escape' for teenager as River Thames dare almost costs him his life ybw.com

    A teenager was rescued from the river Thames on Sunday after jumping into the water near Westminster as part of a dare. The lifeboat crew from Tower RNLI had been on another callout when they heard radio traffic from passenger vessels nearby alerting them to a boy in the water. The crew headed to the scene immediately to find the 16-year-old, who had almost disappeared below the waterline. ...

  • Erewash canalside pub closes after live mouse seen by health inspectors derbytelegraph.co.uk

    A Derbyshire pub has been forced to close after health inspectors saw a live mouse as well as droppings on plates and next to drinking glasses in the bar. The shocking discovery was made at the Steamboat Inn at Trent Lock, Sawley, last Wednesday and the pub was forced to close on Friday. Mouse droppings were found under kitchen equipment, close to food serving and food preparation equipment such as the microwave oven and on plates. ...


Tuesday 5 August

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  • Floating fun at Dewsbury Canal Festival batleynews.co.uk

    Dozens of colourful narrow boats navigated to Savile Town Wharf for the sixth annual Dewsbury Canal Festival. The event on the Calder and Hebble Navigation encourages people to get out in the open and recognise the importance of the canal on their doorstep. On Sunday, the Wharf hosted a traditional boat festival with stalls, boat rides and a boat-pull competition, where teams tried to pull a canal boat over a measured distance in the shortest possible time. Boats were also judged on their appearance in the ‘best dressed boat competition’. The event was organised in partnership with Calder Valley Marine, which manages the site; the Canal and River Trust and Groundwork Leeds – as part of Dewsbury Water Linked, a Big Lottery funded project....

  • Gloucester & Sharpness Canal ferns tackled with weevils bbc.co.uk

    Up to 3,000 weevils have been dropped into a canal in Gloucestershire in a bid to clear it of a "voracious" fern. The 2mm-long beetles have been released into the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal by the Canal and River Trust, to feed on the invasive plant azolla. The plant, which can double in size in days, forms thick floating mats which can threaten native wildlife. Laura Plenty, from the trust, said: "Weevils breed quickly and only eat azolla, so should be effective." The plant, also known as the fairy fern, is a "voracious grower" which can completely cover waterways in weeks, blocking out light and reducing oxygen levels in the water....

  • Hard graft for volunteers as they clear Cromford Canal derbyshiretimes.co.uk

    More than 36 volunteers from the Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) will be working to clear the Ironville Locks at Cromford Canal until August 2. Supporting the work of the Friends of the Cromford Canal the clearance of the lock chambers will allow for a survey to be carried out helping plan for their restoration in the future. Volunteers, from all over the world, are shovelling mud from the lock chamber....

  • Cow rescued from Bridgewater Canal at Worsley bbc.co.uk

    A "cold and exhausted" cow that was stuck in a canal up to its neck in Greater Manchester has been rescued. The animal, which is believed to have escaped from a nearby field, was found sinking in mud in Worsley's Bridgewater Canal at 10:00 BST by fire crews. Watch manager John Wildman said steps and a ramp were fashioned by firefighters to help the cow but "she didn't have the energy to walk out". He said the crews later used a tractor to lift the animal from the water. "It would appear she had been there some time because she was absolutely exhausted and couldn't do anything to help herself," he said....

  • Queen Mother's boat trips to be recreated on Avon and Stratford Canal stratfordobserver.co.uk

    Water music rang out as the late Queen Mother’s two boat trips to relaunch the Avon and the Stratford Canal as navigable waterways were recreated. Members of The Orchestra of the Swan’s wind and brass section played aboard two floating pontoons on Friday July 4 to mark the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the canal and the 40th year since the river was reopened from Evesham to Stratford. The event was organised by waterways charity the Avon Navigation Trust (ANT) and Canal & River Trust, with help from Bancroft Cruisers. ...

  • Worksop town section of Chesterfield Canal towpath project is now complete worksopguardian.co.uk

    People living in Worksop can now enjoy a new traffic-free route through the town after the latest works to improve the towpath of the Chesterfield Canal were completed. The Canal & River Trust, the charity responsible for the nation’s waterways, has recently completed a £74,000 project to improve a 500 metre stretch of the towpath between Cuckoo Wharf and Bracebridge Lock. The works mean that, in the space of the last four years, over 5km of the canal’s towpath have been made wider, more even and better surfaced so that it can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. The new path gives local people a safe, clean alternative route into work, school and to local shops and attractions such as the Creative Village....

  • Whitchurch canal group starts project preparations shropshirestar.com

    The Whitchurch Waterway Trust hopes by the end of this year to have secured funding for the scheme to extend the canal arm into the town and create a mooring basin. Part of the project will see the canal taken through the old Chemistry Bridge, as well as the new one. As a result, people have been busy maintaining the area before the major work starts next year. Bob Sumner, who has been carrying out some of the work, said: “We have got planning permission for the project and are raising funds to take the canal through the two bridges....


Sunday 27 July

Today's news from the web

  • Grantham Canal gets £100k canal dredging dailymail.co.uk

    Part of the Grantham Canal is to be dredged after an environmental project was awarded £100,000. The Canal & River Trust will carry out work on a 2.5km stretch of the water near Redmile, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). ...

  • Historic pub bought by Wilts & Berks Canal Trust gazetteandherald.co.uk

    The Wilts and Berks Canal Trust has bought the historic pub The Peterborough Arms, at Dauntsey Lock, from Wadworth Brewery and plans to have it reopen as soon as possible. The canalside pub was closed by the brewery in April 2013 and the Trust quickly opened discussions to purchase it. The sale has gone through thanks to loans from the Trust’s supporters. ...

  • Chichester Canal renovation unveiled chichester.co.uk

    Renovation work at Chichester Canal continues at pace as the next step was unveiled pn 19th July. The tireless work of volunteers has seen the building, commonly known as The Hickey Building, next to the new shop and cafe, renovated and reopened as part of a £250,000 project, with a lot of funding received from public and private groups....


Tuesday 17 June

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  • Sharpness canal 'pirate' jailed for eight months gazetteseries.co.uk

    A waterways 'pirate' who hijacked a narrow boat and then botched up his bid to disguise it was jailed for eight months today. Bernard Smith caused £15,000 worth of damage in his efforts to repaint the vessel 'Cushie Butterfield' and change its interior after sailing it away from its moorings in Sharpness....


Thursday 12 June

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  • Deer rescued from the Grand Union Canal and then gets stuck a second time leicestermercury.co.uk

    Firefighters were called to a canal twice after a deer got itself stuck in the morning and then again at night. Two crews and a technical rescue team were called to Canal Bank, in Loughborough, to help the animal after reports that it was struggling. Firefighters arrived at the Grand Union Canal at about 9.45am and pulled the animal to safety. A vet was also called but it is not clear whether or not the deer was injured. At 8.35pm, the fire service received another call to say the same deer was stuck in the canal and sent out two crews and the technical rescue team again. ...

  • Fish found dead in Trent and Mersey canal in Stone bbc.co.uk

    More than 100 fish have been found dead in the Trent and Mersey canal near Stone. They were found in a 300m (985ft) stretch of the canal, near the site of a former power station and the proposed site of a new one. An investigation has been launched to identify the cause of the deaths....


Monday 9 June

Today's news from the web

  • Voyage of discovery in the West Country telegraph.co.uk

    Are canals suddenly becoming chic? Ten years ago, people would have laughed at such an idea. In a fast-moving world, what was the appeal of antiquated waterways with a speed limit of 3mph? And who in their right minds would live on a narrowboat, a home less than 7ft wide? It is symptomatic of the enduring charm of Britain’s canals that interest in them has probably never been greater. Earlier this year, a heart-warming Channel 4 documentary showed actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales marking their golden wedding anniversary with a succession of canal journeys. They started with the Kennet and Avon. For West, a lifelong canal aficionado who grew up in Bristol, it was a kind of homecoming....


Friday 6 June

Today's news from the web

  • Hope of £55m boost for Melksham as new Wilts & Berks study posted wiltshiretimes.co.uk

    Melksham could receive a £55million pound boost if the Wilts & Berks Canal is brought back through the town, according to a new study. The old line of the canal has been lost under modern developments but a plan has been submitted which would allow narrowboats to use the River Avon instead. The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust hopes to create five kilometres of navigable waterway to include new locks, bridges, a towpath and cycleway, together with visitor mooring, landscaping, environmental improvements and even a hydro-electric power scheme. The ‘Melksham Link’ would create a new junction with the Kennet & Avon Canal near Semington....


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