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Wednesday 29 November

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  • £9.8M bid could transform Stroudwater canal into significant visitor attraction stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk

    This week a £9.8 million bid to restore the four miles of canal between Storehouse and Saul Junction will be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) from a joint partnership led by SDC. The lottery bid is a joint proposal from Stroud District Council and including the Cotswold Canals Trust, Stroudwater Navigation Archive Charity and the Stroud Valleys Canal Company. Jim White, chair of the Cotswold Canals Trust said: “This is a strong bid resulting from a lot of hard work....

  • Canal volunteers secure new base for Tewitfield restoration thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk

    Volunteers who are helping to restore a historic flight of locks on the Lancaster Canal have a new base. Canal enthusiast Colin Ogden has set up the Northern Reaches Restoration Community Interest Company to carry out work on Tewitfield Locks, near Carnforth. The project is being supported by the Canal and River Trust. The new HQ, at Tewitfield Methodist Chapel, has been described as "a fantastic opportunity" by Mr Ogden. He said it would give volunteers somewhere to securely store equipment and arrange fundraising events. Future plans include coffee mornings, photographic exhibits, and a skills centre for the volunteer-led organisation....


Monday 20 November

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  • North Walsham and Dilham canal to be refilled with water bbc.co.uk

    A 19th Century waterway that is thought to have been dry for more than half a century is to be refilled with water. The North Walsham and Dilham canal is Norfolk's only sailing canal with locks. It was originally nearly nine miles (14.5km) long but became neglected after falling out of commercial use in the 1930s. Restoration work by volunteers has seen one mile (1.6km) mile of the canal opened for navigation. A three-quarter mile section of the privately-owned canal is soon to be refilled with water....


Tuesday 31 October

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  • London Chamber of Commerce calls on Thames to be a congestion-easing highway londonchamber.co.uk

    The Mayor should establish a temporary River Commission to explore how to make better use of the River Thames a leading business group said today. London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) said such a body could have a brief to look at greater moving of freight and construction material by river thereby helping to ease congestion on the capital’s roads. The call was made as part of LCCI’s response to the Mayor’s Transport Strategy which proposes to move more freight off London’s streets and onto the River Thames. ...

  • Former Falmouth and Camborne MP Candy Atherton has died suddenly aged 62 - cornwalllive.com

    Candy Atherton, former MP and parliamentary adviser to the IWA during the transition from British Waterways to the Canal & River Trust, has died suddenly overnight at the age of 62....


Thursday 26 October

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  • US army works on Chicago canal restoration mywebtimes.com

    The four soldiers on a reconnaissance mission in Ottawa on Monday and Tuesday may be back a couple more times early next year. Then, in July, equipped with bulldozers, excavators, skid loaders and dump trucks, two dozen Army reservists from Illinois and Marine reservists from Michigan will arrive. Their mission will be to whip a six-block section of the dry Illinois & Michigan Canal between Guion Street west to Walnut Street into shape to once again hold water. ...


Tuesday 12 September

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  • Dane returns to Middleport Pottery following £150,000 renovation project stokesentinel.co.uk

    Dane, one of Britain’s last remaining wooden built narrow boats, has come ‘home’ to Middleport Pottery following a £150,000 restoration. The boat was unveiled on Saturday as the attraction opened its doors as part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme....

  • A scenic stroll along Regent's Canal - Little Venice to Camden Lock kcwtoday.co.uk

    In a city of flux, London’s waterways provide a sense of uniquely meandering tranquility to its often overworked inhabitants. Those of us lucky enough to work or live near a canal will not need reminding of their shimmering charms, and sitting in quiet contemplation while a bevy of swans glide serenely past is an often overlooked facet of city dwelling....


Tuesday 1 August

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  • Lancaster Canal is focus of world’s first canal comic theboltonnews.co.uk

    A 27-mile stretch of waterway between Kendal and Lancaster is to be the focus for the world’s first canal comic book. The 50-page publication called ‘The Lanky’ will capture the people and places along the Lancaster Canal and feature well-known landmarks along the route. Thanks to a £15,000 grant from Arts Council England National Lottery, the Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership (LCRP) has been able to commission talented Manchester artist Oliver East to bring a fresh interpretation of the canal....


Monday 31 July

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  • Sea Otter brings road traffic to a standstill outside Inverness https:

    A boat brought traffic to a standstill on the north’s busiest road yesterday after careering off its trailer and crashing through the central reservation. Police were called to the unusual accident involving a Sea Otter canal boat on the A9 Perth to Inverness road, near Daviot, at about 1.18pm yesterday. A holidaymaker from the Oxford area had been towing the vessel north on his way to enjoy a trip on the famous Caledonian Canal....


Friday 14 July

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  • Tooley’s Boatyard welcomes milestone narrow boat banburyguardian.co.uk

    Banbury’s historic Tooley’s Boatyard, part of Banbury Museum in Castle Quay, is celebrating this week as it welcomes the 1,500th boat to pass through the dry dock since Matthew Armitage saved it from potential closure 15 years ago....


Wednesday 12 July

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  • Madagascar: Where France's maritime history sails on bbc.co.uk

    Madagascar's current master shipbuilders can all trace their skills back to just one family who arrived on the African island more than 150 years ago. In the 19th Century, schooners were a familiar sight along France's northern coast, their majestic sails fluttering in the wind. Nowadays, they have been replaced by boats which are far faster, more efficient - and less romantic. But there is still a corner of the world where a new generation of carpenters is keeping old maritime traditions alive by crafting these vessels to original standards. The mastery shown by carpenters working in the town of Belo-sur-mer on Madagascar's west coast is respected around the world - at least one of their beautifully crafted schooners has been sent to collectors in France in recent years....


Monday 10 July

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  • Tavistock Canal Poetry Trail restored to its former glory okehampton-today.co.uk

    The poetry trail along Tavistock Canal has been restored to its former glory thanks to a few dedicated local residents. Poetry for the trail was created in 2012 by pupils at Tavistock Community College but parts had become shabby and worn away over time. In order to bring the trail back to life, local resident Jane Miller spent six months renewing the area, with the help of artist Gary Hammond and poet James Crowden....


Tuesday 16 May

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  • Erie Canal locktenders honored at Lockport ceremony niagara-gazette.com

    Hundreds of residents and local officials honored the some 120 volunteer locktenders Saturday afternoon for their role in supporting the city's historic heritage, tourism and economic development. The ceremony featured the first Flight of Five locks demonstration of the season and the first with the city's new boat, The Erie Traveler. Before the tribute, volunteer locktender David Chatt received the 12th annual Key to the Locks award....


Friday 12 May

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  • Police seize scrambler bike after it is raced on Sale canal path at high speed messengernewspapers.co.uk

    A scrambler bike was seized by police after it was spotted being driven at high speed along the canal path in Sale yesterday afternoon. An officer was called to the canal bank close to Sale Waterside around noon on Wednesday May 10. He blocked the canal path and stopped the scrambler and the young man driving the bike fled on foot. “The rider had no thought for other pedestrians and children at around midday on the narrow canal path,” said a spokesperson for GMP Trafford South. “The bike was seized and is most likely going to be crushed.” Police are urging anyone who sees off road bikes to report them to 101, providing as much description as you can for the rider and the bike....


Wednesday 10 May

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  • Body of dog tied to bags of cement is found in L&L canal liverpoolecho.co.uk

    A dog with a bag of cement tied round its neck was discovered in the Leeds & Liverpool canal in Bootle. The body of a male Staffordshire bull terrier - with a rucksack filled with bags of cement tied around its neck - was pulled from the canal in Litherland Road on Saturday. The RSPCA has launched an investigation after vets at Greater Manchester Animal Hospital concluded he died from strangulation. It is not clear whether the dog was alive when he was thrown into the canal but the vets believe he had been in good health as he had short nails - which indicate he was being walked - and a post mortem revealed he had eaten before death....


Monday 8 May

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  • As house prices rise, would you buy a home on the water? thisismoney.co.uk

    Rising property prices are encouraging many thwarted homebuyers to look at boats as an affordable alternative. They are cheaper to buy and purchases are free from stamp duty. But living aboard a canal boat is not always as idyllic as you might imagine. There are maintenance issues, mooring costs and insurance problems. ...


Thursday 4 May

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  • Adventurous narrowboat gets stuck leaving Bude thepost.uk.com

    There was some commotion at Bude Sea Lock recently, when the narrowboat, Orbis, became stuck in the low tide when trying to leave for Bristol. On Thursday, April 20, Vicki and Lee Bond were planning on heading back to Bristol after spending a year moored up at Bude Canal, but their narrowboat, Orbis, became beached on a sand bar on its way out of the lock....


Tuesday 2 May

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  • Liveaboards to the rescue after tree blocks Kennet & Avon Canal bathchronicle.co.uk

    Chainsaw-wielding narrowboat dwellers at Avoncliff came to the rescue of holidaymakers on the Kennet and Avon Canal who found their path blocked by a fallen tree. High winds had felled the tree late Sunday morning, blocking the canal. But local live-aboard boaters were quick to dispose of the obstruction with chainsaws. ...

  • How did terrapins end up in the Huddersfield canal? examiner.co.uk

    Laura Foleher spotted a pair of terrapins basking in the sun on the canal bank at Fartown. “I have not seen them before but have been told they were spotted last year and have grown bigger,” said Laura. The most likely scenario is that they were indeed dumped, according to Deberah Tate who runs Reptilia Reptile Rescue, based in Ossett. Deberah said terrapins were classed as an invasive species under an European Union regulation which made it illegal from January 2015 to sell your terrapin or to release it into the wild. “That’s why so many are being dumped because people have nowhere to take them,” she said. “We are not allowed to take them as the EU has ruled that they are an invasive species.” ...


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