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Tuesday 7 December

Today's news from the web

  • Hundreds of barges stuck in ice in Staffordshire bbc.co.uk

    More than 350 narrow boats are stuck in the ice at a Staffordshire marina. The boats, moored at Barton Marina, near Burton-upon-Trent, have been stuck for days as temperatures have largely remained below freezing. It means boats temporarily moored at the site have been unable to move, while permanent residents have faced problems such as frozen tap water. ...

  • YouTube - PONTCYSYLLTE AQUEDUCT ICE STOPPAGE youtube.com

    Alan Wilding takes a look at how the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is faring during the grip of winter 2010 and finds ice both inside and outside the cast iron trough....

  • Artist needs your help with model of old Shobnall burtonmail.co.uk

    An artist and model maker is hoping recreate a famous Burton scene in time for the return of a national canal festival and is asking people for their memories. David WrightDavid Wright, of Dovedale Models, will be creating a model centrepiece when the Inland Waterways Association’s Festival brings thousands of visitors to the town in July...

  • Man's body pulled from Oxford Canal in Rugby coventrytelegraph.net

    The body of a man in his thirties has been pulled from a freezing canal in Rugby. Police were called to the stretch of the Oxford Canal behind Quarry Close on Saturday morning at 10.50am. Read More http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/2010/12/06/man-s-body-pulled-from-oxford-canal-in-rugby-92746-27775043/#ixzz17Q6du3O5...

  • London 2012 Olympics: River Thames set to benefit from tube strike threats and crippling rail network blogs.telegraph.co.uk

    Boat and pier operators, Transport for London and the port of London Authority, among others, have signed an agreement which will see a fully integrated service operate on the Thames during the Olympics...

  • Gloucestershire nature projects awarded lottery grants bbc.co.uk

    Two Gloucestershire wildlife groups have won thousands of pounds of lottery cash. The Waterways Trust will get £10,000 to improve the Stroudwater Canal, with better access for the disabled and removal of vegetation and silt. Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust was awarded £9,288 for a project to protect wild daffodils in the Forest of Dean. ...

  • New look for tidal locks data waterscape.com

    The London tidal lock availability leaflet for the River Thames has a new look for 2011. British Waterways produces the guide for boaters moving between the tidal River Thames and the inland waterway network in London. ... In the past British Waterways produced the guide as a printed leaflet which was available at the tidal locks and other information points. However, due to the declining take-up of the printed copies and the expense involved in producing the resource, British Waterways is trialling a new format for 2011. ...

  • The ‘new’ Erie Canal benningtonbanner.com

    Today, 140 years after the Erie Canal was opened, we stand before a new opportunity. High-speed passenger rail service can be our new Erie Canal. Rail service has been around almost as long as the canal (the third oldest rail line, the Mohawk and Hudson Railroad, connected the Erie Canal at Schenectady to Albany in 1831 and tied together their respective rivers). Today, thanks to a potential investment of federal money, look for the next state of the art travel mode: High-speed passenger rail service. ...


Friday 3 December

Today's news from the web

  • Warning after Stoke-on-Trent man tries to rescue dog from frozen canal staffs.ac.uk

    Firefighters have issued a warning to people to stay away from frozen rivers and pools after a man risked his life trying to rescue a dog in Stoke-on-Trent. He ran into the canal off Shelton New Road in an attempt to save the animal yesterday afternoon (December 2). Fire crews from Hanley and Newcastle were called after reports of the Boxer dog falling through the ice, but when they arrived the man was already waist-deep in the water. Rescuers were able to pull the man and dog from the water and both were not injured. ...


Wednesday 1 December

Today's news from the web

  • Drowning swan in Newbury rescue kacanaltimes.blogspot.com

    A drowning swan was rescued in the centre of Newbury early yesterday afternoon (Thursday) after it got its head stuck in an underwater hole. A passer by pulled the swan out and with the help of a police officer drained the water from the swans lungs and and they then gave it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The swan revived and was later taken to the Swan Lifeline Centre in Eton with only minor damage to its beak....

  • A little voice in my head told me to flick my rig - and it worked thisissurreytoday.co.uk

    Back in September I travelled up to Huddersfield to compete in the Barclays National individual and team event with teams all over the regions competing. I was fishing for London Central and, after our near miss the season before at Monk Lakes where we came second by just one point we were hoping to go one better, but knew we were up against it as we had never seen the Calder and Hebble canal before. When arrived our worst fears were confirmed as the canal was like tap water....

  • Nice Little Earners - property with built-in income telegraph.co.uk

    What is the ideal home for these troubled economic times? What about one that offers some form of extra income to serve as a financial buffer if you become a victim of the “cuts” or your pension fund is low? You won’t want a place that involves anything too strenuous, of course – just a sideline to keep you ticking over. Location is also important so try to buy close to shops, yet somewhere vaguely rural, and, ideally, within shooting distance of a major city for a few celebratory nights on the town when the recession fizzles out. One house that meets all of those criteria is The Boat House on the banks of the Kennet and Avon Canal in Newbury. Built in 2002 and currently owned by Don Coles, 57, a property landlord and developer and his wife, Leone, 55, an accounts technician, it has enough money-making attributes to ensure any owner sleeps well at night, while George Osborne does his worst. The property’s main selling point is that it has daytime moorings for canal boats – 18 of them at the moment and another two could easily be squeezed in – from which Don makes around £15,000 a year. However, he could make three times that amount – perhaps £60,000 – if he were to allow boat owners to stay overnight. ...

  • Floating classroom wins lottery funding waterscape.com

    The Floating Classroom, a boat based on the Regent’s Canal which provides hands-on learning for school children from across London, has won lottery funding of £48,000 through ITV’s People’s Millions competition for its 'On the Waterfront' project....

  • Departmental Press: Subscriptions: 30 Nov 2010: Written answers and statements theyworkforyou.com

    The cost of press cuttings for each of the last 12 months for DEFRA and the Rural Payments Agency, the Environment Agency, Natural England, British Waterways, the Marine Management Organisation and those parts of the Forestry Commission that are funded by the UK Government are as follows. Executive agencies and NDPBs not listed do not receive a press cuttings service....

  • BW legal action mostly concerns licence evasion kanda.boatingcommunity.org.uk

    A boater recently made a Freedom of Information request to BW and got an answer which suggests that most of the pending legal action against boaters is about licence evasion rather than overstaying, and that BW may be carrying out unlawful enforcement action against 8 boats without home moorings. ...

  • Invasive species of shrimp found in Wales for the first time environment-agency.gov.uk

    Environment Agency Wales has confirmed that an invasive species of predatory shrimp is inhabiting waters at various locations across south Wales. Dikerogammarus villosus, dubbed the killer shrimp by biologists for its appetite for native species like shrimp, young fish and insect larvae, can alter the ecology of the habitats it invades. It has been confirmed at Cardiff Bay and Eglwys Nunydd Reservoir in Port Talbot. ...

  • Students clean up Shropshire Union Canal waterscape.com

    Students from the University of Chester have taken part in the first of many planned volunteer projects involving the regeneration and maintenance of the Shropshire Union Canal. The section of canal, which runs from the Northgate Locks to the Deva Road Bridge in Chester, will be looked after by volunteers from a combination of two organisations; the British Waterways Canal Adoption scheme and a special volunteering programme created by the University’s Student Development section. Groups comprised of members from the local community and students from Chester will be able to work together in improving the quality of this historic location. ...


Monday 29 November

Today's news from the web

  • Welshpool plea for canal footbridge shropshirestar.com

    Fed-up residents are calling for a footbridge to be built over Welshpool’s canal to cut down the 15 to 20 minutes it takes to walk into the town centre. Residents in Little Henfaes Lane say they have to walk along the canal and over the main bridge above the bypass. They have now written to the town council asking for a footbridge which would reduce the walking time to just two minutes....

  • Paralysed man living in tent is 'waiting to die in freezing temperatures' oxfordmail.co.uk

    A paralysed man who is living in a tent by the Oxford Canal says he has given up and is just waiting to die as temperatures plunge below freezing. ...

  • Swinton spirit sets sail southyorkshiretimes.co.uk

    Swinton's new water boat has been launched – to take people on scenic trips along the Dearne’s waterways. A crowd of about 300 made the journey down to Swinton Lock Activity Centre on Saturday, to watch as Swinton Spirit was launched....


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