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Tuesday 7 June

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  • James Brindley’s 300th birthday celebrated by Lichfield canal volunteers lichfieldlive.co.uk

    The spirit of the 18th Century was recreated at Speakers’ Corner in Lichfield in a celebration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of James Brindley. The Staffordshire-born engineer had a vision of a Lichfield canal from Minster Pool into the River Trent which would have made the city the hub of a national transport network. His project got as far as surveying the route, estimating the costs and issuing a notice in December 1759 proposing to apply for an Act of Parliament to give assent for the canal, but lack of backing led to the abandonment of the section of the canal into Minster Pool. On Saturday (June 4) volunteers of Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, dressed in period costume, accompanied an oration at Minster Pool’s Speakers Corner, by Peter Buck, the Trust’s Engineering Director....


Thursday 2 June

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  • Bookshop on a boat celebrates 30 years launceston-today.co.uk

    A well-loved Christian bookshop celebrated 30 years since first opening on board a 70-foot canal narrowboat at the Canal Wharf in Bude on Thursday, May 26. From humble beginnings, the ‘Book-boat’ as it was known then, has developed into a valuable resource centre for books, DVDs, gifts and much more. Ark Angel as it is known now, also meets the needs of many visitors to the area who head straight for the shop, now on dry land in the town centre....

  • Cambridge teacher hit by housing crisis faces eviction from narrow boat – leaving family homeless cambridge-news.co.uk

    Eleanor is a teacher at a secondary school in Cambridge. She lives on a Dutch Barge on the River Cam with her husband and three children. The family are currently mooring in Chesterton. However, due to a new development of luxury homes by the river, one of which is listed with a guide price of £1.325m, they are now being told they must leave. ...


Wednesday 1 June

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  • New artwork installed at Neptune's Staircase on the Caledonian Canal https:

    A dramatic new artwork has been unveiled in the north of Scotland. Visitors to the Caledonian Canal in Lochaber have been invited to gaze into Neptune’s Mirror. The art installation has been erected next to Neptune’s Staircase, which is the longest lock flight in Britain. ...


Wednesday 25 May

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  • Restored 19th-century canal ‘could be a tourist attraction’ thechronicleherald.ca

    Nestled on the shore of Grand Lake at Wellington sits a restored remnant of one of the world’s engineering marvels. But does anyone know about it? Lock 5 is just one part of the historic Shubenacadie Canal system from the mid-1800s that stretches from Sullivan’s Pond in Dartmouth to Maitland on the Bay of Fundy. Fully restored, it’s a prime example of the system’s nine locks used, along with inclined planes known as ‘marine railways,’ seven lakes and the Shubenacadie River, to ferry ships and goods 115 kilometres through the Nova Scotia interior....


Thursday 12 May

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  • New marina and 700 more jobs at Gloucester in extra £100million investment gloucestercitizen.co.uk

    Seven hundred more jobs will be created in the city as a result of a further £100million investment by the developer behind Gloucester Quays. Peel Holdings' £260million investment to date in the waterside food and retail centre has already created more than 3,470 full and part-time jobs, according to the firm's own figures. Jason Pullen, managing director of Peel Outlets, the owner-operator of Gloucester Quays, announced the next phase of what he said was a 10-year vision. ...


Tuesday 10 May

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  • Dragon boaters complete L&L canal charity challenge thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    Dragon boaters in Bradford have successfully finished a unique charity challenge by paddled the full length of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The Trans-Pennine Dragon Boat Challenge aims saw two 250kg, 12-metre boats, each containing 16 paddlers, one helm and one drummer, negotiate 128 miles of the canal, conquering all obstacles on route including 91 locks, numerous swing bridges and several tunnels....


Friday 6 May

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Thursday 5 May

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  • Aylesbury Society puts forward ideas for a better Aylesbury waterside bucksherald.co.uk

    A wishlist of improvements to Aylesbury town centre has been put forward by an influential civic group. The Aylesbury Society says its ideas would bring more visitors to the town and help the local economy. ...

  • Little charity champ Madison plans canal trek burnleyexpress.net

    A Burnley girl taking charity in her stride will embark on her toughest fund-raising challenge yet, as she plans to walk the 54 miles from Burnley to Leeds. Madison Regan (nine), of Grove Street, Burnley, will undertake the ambitious trek in the autumn, walking to Keighley on Friday, September 9th, with her mum Jackie (32) and her brother Charlie (13). The trio will spend the night in Keighley before completing their journey to Leeds on the Saturday....

  • Falklands conflict assault craft now carrying passengers along Driffield Canal hulldailymail.co.uk

    A VETERAN boat from the Falklands conflict has been given a new lease of life on the calmer waters of a historic canal. The assault craft that took soldiers into battle in the South Atlantic now carries passengers along tranquil Driffield Canal....


Wednesday 4 May

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  • Greens urge boycott of Lancaster Canal Corridor developer lancasterguardian.co.uk

    Councillors in Lancaster are calling for a boycott of the city’s Canal Corridor developer after alleging the company has been avoiding paying tax in the UK. Green Party councillor Tim Hamilton-Cox said he has found evidence that British Land owns its property in the Canal Corridor site through a Jersey property unit trust. But British Land said the accusation is incorrect and appears to “misunderstand how the tax system works”....

  • Canal boat cafe: Tea junction stops in Milton Keynes onemk.co.uk

    Entrepreneurs Tracey and Ray Arbon started the Tea Junction in 2013 after finding the boat on Ebay. After hundreds of man hours and dedication the boat is now a moving cafe that sells homemade cakes, scones, wraps, teas, coffees and more. ...


Tuesday 3 May

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  • 'Floating food forest' proposed for New York's waterways dezeen.com

    A collective of designers and artists in New York has proposed transforming a shipping barge into a verdant floating farm, with berry bushes, lime trees and swaths of lavender, among many other plants. Called Swale, the project was co-conceived by Mary Mattingly, an artist who creates "sculptural ecosystems in urban spaces"....


Sunday 24 April

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  • Craven Museum appeals for residents' help with canal exhibition cravenherald.co.uk

    Craven Museum and Gallery is putting together an exhibition celebrating 200 years of the Leeds Liverpool Canal – and wants residents to be involved. The museum is calling for anyone with stories, photographs or interesting canal-related objects, to come forward and contribute to the exhibition, which opens next Friday, April 29....

  • Aire & Calder canalside garden is given a new lease of life pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk

    A public garden named after a community volunteer has been spruced up as part of a project to improve the canal towpath in Knottingley. Freda’s Garden was named after the late Freda Turner, who lived in a house along the canal and spent hours tidying up the area....


Friday 22 April

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Tuesday 19 April

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  • Protesters march against Daventry’s canal plans daventryexpress.co.uk

    Protesters marched through Daventry town centre on Saturday to voice their opposition to plans to build a canal arm into the town. Organised by members of the local Labour Party, the protest met in Bowen Square before heading down Sheaf Street and Brook Street to end by the Eastern Way playing field. ...


Sunday 17 April

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  • Boat living dream now a nightmare with canal authority's 'keep moving' crackdown westerndailypress.co.uk

    People living on boats on the West's canals fear they are being forced to give up their way of life because of a crackdown from waterways authorities. Increasing numbers of people have taken to houseboats and barges as a result of the housing crisis, but the new Government quango charity the Canal & Rivers Trust is clamping down on the practice. ...


Friday 15 April

Forgiveness Walk

An IT programme manager is lacing up his walking boots ahead of a mammoth 300-mile trek along England's waterways.

Starting on 25th April, Michael Sheridan is walking from his current home near the River Wey in Guildford to a new home in Marple, Cheshire, close to the Peak Forest Canal. Following the Thames Path to London, he plans to continue his journey northwards along canal towpaths – a journey he expects to take around a month

On the way he'll be raising money and generating publicity for the Forgiveness Project, a charity that collects and shares real-life stories of forgiveness from around the world. The organisation helps people to reconcile themselves with emotional trauma and pain, and move on in their lives.

More information and contact details are available at www.forgivenesswalk.com.

Andrew Denny  | 4.41pm | add a comment


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