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Monday 13 September

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  • Police surveillance on bikes to become common sight on Union Canal news.scotsman.com

    Police are swapping their cars for bikes as part of a new scheme to tackle antisocial behaviour and provide a high-profile presence along the Union Canal. Lothian and Borders Police have announced six specially trained officers are to patrol the waterway route after seeing a sharp increase in popularity with commuters and tourists. The 32-mile route, which stretches from Fountainbridge to Ratho, will see officers patrol during busy periods, including most days during the spring and summer and mornings and evenings at other times....


Friday 10 September

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  • Visitor apologises after boat hits Henley bridge henleystandard.co.uk

    A MAN injured by falling masonry when a boat struck Henley Bridge has apologised for the resulting disruption. Peter Berwick, 58, was struck on the head by one of the huge lumps of sandstone which plunged into the large cruiser on which he was enjoying a trip with relatives. Police closed the bridge to traffic for almost four hours, causing gridlock on all major roads in and out of Henley on Saturday afternoon. Mr Berwick, from Wootton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, was airlifted to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, where he was given stitches before being released. And in an open letter to Henley in this week’s Standard, he said: “I would like to apologise to the residents for the disruption.” ...

  • Saxon boat uncovered in Norfolk's River Ant bbc.co.uk

    A Saxon boat has been found during flood defence work on a Norfolk river. The boat, which is about 9.8 ft (3m) long and had been hollowed out by hand from a piece of oak, was found at the bottom of the River Ant. Five animal skulls were found near the boat, which has been taken to York for treatment to preserve it. The Environment Agency had commissioned work to take place between Horning Hall and Browns Hill when the discovery was made last month....

  • Slough Canal Festival floats into town maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk

    The Slough Canal Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday at Bloom Park in Middlegreen Road, Langley. Organised by Slough Borough Council, its two days of fun for all the family with a great range of activities and events by the water. There will be arts and crafts, a mobile farm, Berkshire Search & Rescue dogs and children's activities as well as main arena acts. Boat trips will be available and canal fishing. Refreshments including a hog roast, Indian and vegetarian food. Come along on Sunday to meet the official Dulux dog....


Thursday 9 September

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  • Denny's 'oarsome' team take up the River Race Challenge - Eat Out Magazine eatoutmagazine.co.uk

    Staff and their families at Denny's Uniforms, suppliers to the hospitality industry, are taking part in a boat race along the River Thames for charity. The event, which takes place on 25th September 2010, will see a crew of eight employees, race in The Great River Race Championships. Setting off at 12.15pm from Millwall Dock in London's Docklands, the race will finish 21 miles later on the riverside below historic Ham House in Richmond. Denny's Uniforms are sponsoring a shallop, an eight-oar wooden passenger barge 'Lady Mayoress' crewed by Denny's Scrimshankers (a naval term for workshy or shirker). ...

  • Canal owners drop contentious plans for houses at Banavie - Press & Journal pressandjournal.co.uk

    British Waterways Scotland has dropped plans to build houses near a historic tourist attraction at Banavie, by Fort William. Its proposed development at the series of locks known as Neptune’s Staircase on the Caledonian Canal, near Banavie, was opposed by locals and Highland MP Charles Kennedy. British Waterways Scotland (BWS) had planned to build a pair of two-storey houses on either side of the one-time home of canal designer Thomas Telford, which looks out over the locks. Read more: http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1909597?UserKey=#ixzz0z1fPRNG5...


Tuesday 7 September

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  • More commuters on the river uk.reuters.com

    London's Tube strike has caused passengers to take to bikes, buses, foot – and extra boat services on the River Thames....

  • Leeds and Liverpool Reservoirs: Slow Progress Continues waterwaynews.blogspot.com

    The levels of the four reservoirs dedicated to feeding the Leeds and Liverpool Canal's summit are continuing to fill slowly, but it will still be some time before British Waterways will be able to re-open the canal between Wigan and Gargrave. The reservoirs are currently holding just 14.7% of their capacity, which is 1.6% more than last week's figure of 13.1%. At this time of year British Waterways would expect these levels to be around 60%. Levels will need to rise to around 20% before BW can consider re-opening the 60-mile closed section of canal....

  • Public inquiry into planning fight over Driffield boats bbc.co.uk

    A public inquiry has started to determine whether people living on boats on the Driffield Canal must leave, after a row over planning rules. East Riding of Yorkshire Council have said the houseboats at Hempholme amount to "new dwellings", so are in breach of planning guidelines. The owners of two boats have appealed against council enforcement notices and a public inquiry is being held....

  • Take home a piece of Standedge Tunnel waterscape.com

    Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre will be giving away special pieces of tunnel rock to the first 100 people to travel into the canal tunnel on Sunday 12 September. The free giveaway comes as part of England’s biggest and most popular voluntary cultural event – Heritage Open Day 2010. Over 9,000 people have travelled through Standedge Tunnel so far during 2010, but in a first for the attraction, the individually wrapped pieces of tunnel rock will give visitors the opportunity to walk away with a very rare piece of one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’....

  • A week's WRG work on a lock is a holiday to remember thisisbristol.co.uk

    It all started a year ago when we were walking along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and we noticed a small group of people wearing red Waterway Recovery Group T-shirts. Most were cutting back over-hanging tree branches and one of the group, in the guise of Health and Safety, showed us around a minor obstruction on the canal path. It was pointed out to me that I would enjoy such an experience as I was interested in canals and it would give me something to do rather than being bored during my summer holidays. I must admit it seemed a rather idyllic thought, spending time in a lovely setting, not too arduous work and a feeling of saving a part of our industrial heritage. There was no doubt in my mind that next year I would be joining a similar group, wearing with pride my red T-shirt and helping to save our working history....

  • Teenager plummets to her death from aqueduct after 'text message row' | Mail Online dailymail.co.uk

    A 19-year-old has plummeted to her death from a 120-foot aqueduct just hours after an angry text row with her boyfriend. Amy Louise Wright fell to her death at the Pontcysyllte canal bridge on Friday afternoon. The teenager was found dead by emergency services at the beauty spot near Llangollen, North Wales. ...


Monday 6 September

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  • Fire team rescue cow from Kennet and Avon Canal getreading.co.uk

    A specialist animal rescue team of firefighters were called in to hoist a cow from the canal yesterday afternoon. The team from Caversham Road fire station used strops and lines to pull the animal from the water between Burghfield and Southcote locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal. The alarm was raised at 5. 13pm and the cow was released into the field unharmed at 6.08pm....

  • Boaters’ terror as yobs drain canal - Manchester Evening News menmedia.co.uk

    Two pals on a boating holiday were stranded when thugs drained a canal after they refused to hand over cash. Boat owner Malachy Murray, 39, and friend Mark Cooper, 32, were travelling under a bridge on the Ashton canal in Manchester when a gang confronted them and demanded a ‘mooring fee’. When they refused, the thugs spat at them and chased Mark down the bank. The yobs then opened several lock gates and emptied the water leaving the narrowboat – named Albert – stranded overnight at Clayton....

  • First boat on restored Barge Canal in Droitwich bbc.co.uk

    A canal boat has travelled along a stretch of waterway in Worcestershire for the first time in about 80 years. The boat travelled along the 250-year-old Barge Canal in Droitwich, which has been restored as part of a £12m project. British Waterways said it meant a vision to create a 21-mile (33.8 km) cruising ring around the scenic heart of the county was almost complete. The Junction Canal will open in 2011, providing the final link in the route....

  • Union Canal 10th anniversary parade news.scotsman.com

    A colourful parade of 60 boats is set to journey along the Union Canal to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the reopening of the waterway. The event, on September 25 and 26, will see modern and historic vessels sail down the 32-mile stretch to form one of the Capital's largest flotillas. Taking part are some of the oldest and most unusual boats including one built in 1923, a collection of steam boats and some that are specially decorated....


Friday 3 September

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  • Angel Canal Festival takes to Islington waterside waterscape.com

    On Sunday 5 September, City Road Basin in Islington hosts the 24th Angel Canal Festival. The Festival takes place from 11am until 5pm and this free event brings boat trips, stalls, live music, dance, food, drink and much more to the Regent’s Canal in north London. The event will see a stilt-walking angel, a mobile belfry – offering people the chance to try their hand at bell ringing, and entertainments in the new City Road Plaza area added to the busy programme....

  • High-flying Ashby Canal highlight at family event - Hinckley Times hinckleytimes.net

    Shackerstone Family Festival returns with a vengeance this weekend, promising something for everyone. The event, which has been running for more than 15 years, brings together a large number of different family attractions that are centred around the village. The Ashby Canal runs through Shackerstone and the village is also home to the heritage steam railway, The Battlefield Line. But for one weekend in September, this sleepy Leicestershire village comes alive to the sounds of vintage vehicles, fairground rides, aircraft and no end of other unusual noises. Taking place this Saturday and Sunday, it promises to be as spectacular as ever. This event is run by the villagers of Shackerstone, members of the Shackerstone Railway Society and members of the Ashby Canal Association....

  • De-oiled swans returned to the Nene at Peterborough after oil spill rescue peterboroughtoday.co.uk

    A FLOCK of gleaming swans splashed noisily back into the waters of the River Nene on Wednesday (1st Sept) – a week after being rescued from an oil spill. The 27 swans had been coated in motor oil which had leaked into the Peterborough waterway through a drainage culvert following torrential rain....

  • BW welcomes study to halt spread of invasive crayfish waterscape.com

    Increasing, yet still rare, sightings of Red Swamp Crayfish, particularly on the Regent’s Canal in central London are causing ecologists concern because of the possibility of the species spreading across the country through the canals, decimating further the native White Clawed Crayfish population, says British Waterways ecologist Leela O'Dea. Native crayfish populations have already been severely affected by the spread of American Signal crayfish – another American invasive species....


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