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Monday 20 September

Today's news from the web

  • Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway story continues visitanglianwaterways.co.uk

    Almost 40 representatives of community organisations experienced a canal-side view of the potential benefits which the planned B&MK Waterway could deliver to these towns and central Bedfordshire during three narrowboat cruises along a section of the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes this week (Weds 15th September). James Griffin, managing director of Wyvern Shipping, had volunteered his boat Ocean Princess for the afternoon so that guests from special interest and community groups could get a waterside perspective of how a canal can enhance environmental, economic and recreational possibilities for a locality. Just as last year, demand was such that an extra cruise had to be scheduled. Among the invited guests were the Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Alan Richards, and Deputy Mayoress, Mrs Richards; Milton Keynes councillors; teachers and academics from Milton Keynes, University Centre Milton Keynes and University of Bedfordshire; representatives from Milton Keynes Parks Trust; British Waterways; Bedford Group of the Internal Drainage Boards; Ramblers' Association; as well as businesses and professionals with a special interest in the planned waterway....

  • Mr Jobsworth will not make it easy to live on house boat mortgagestrategy.co.uk

    ... I have looked into what living in a house boat entails and unsurprisingly, it isn’t that straightforward. I thought you could buy a boat and a map of the canals and that would be that. But no. As in every other walk of life Mr Jobsworth has got there first. To own a house boat that you want to use as permanent living accommodation you need a house boat licence which can only be issued by the British Waterways Board. Suppose you don’t want to live in one place and fancy touring around? Well then Mr Jobsworth says you have to have a pleasure boat licence and even then you aren’t permitted to stay in one place for more than 14 days. Suddenly it doesn’t seem so simple and wherever you stay house boat owners have to pay Council Tax or a relevant proportion thereof dependant on how long they remain in one place. ... But que sera sera - life on the canal would be different and maybe I could start an alternative career surveying house boats. They can’t be that much different to houses and as far as I am aware there isn’t such a thing as a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors boat buyer’s report so maybe I’ve identified a gap in the market. Better watch out for rising damp though, that could be a problem....

  • Wool champions host canal boat show warringtonguardian.co.uk

    A couple are on a mission to revive the once thriving wool cargoes that were transported through Cheshire by canal. Colin and Carole Wareing are mooring their boat Patty Ann in Lymm next Thursday, September 23, to highlight their project. The Lancashire couple’s boat will be open from 10am to 5pm to allow visitors to browse around and have a look at the wool on the boat. The couple came up with the idea after talks with fellow boaters who felt that there was a need for a service bringing wool to knitters by canal. ...

  • Reedley holiday firm fires parting shot at canal bosses thisislancashire.co.uk

    A narrowboat holiday firm is to close down at the end of the season — because the owners fear the canal could be forced to close again. Nigel Feeney, the owner of the family-run Rosewood Narrow Boats, also criticised the 'absolutely filthy' state of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, saying parts were 'like a rubbish tip'. ...

  • Hundreds visit Stourport basins during heritage weekend kidderminstershuttle.co.uk

    Hundreds of visitors came to Stourport canal basins during a heritage weekend. During the event, visitors were treated to a coracle display in the lower canal basin by David Struckett, who has built his own coracle. Visitors also had the opportunity to learn more about the growth of Stourport as a canal port and town at the two heritage rooms on site and to explore Scorpio, a British Waterways historic working canal boat. ...

  • Dad died of heart attack after Avoncliff canal fall wiltshiretimes.co.uk

    A former Royal Marine from Trowbridge died of a heart attack after falling into the Kennet and Avon Canal near Avoncliff, an inquest heard on Tuesday. John Macfarlane, 65, of Francis Street, was cycling home from the Cross Guns pub at about 10pm on March 22, having been drinking since 3pm. His body was found floating face down in the canal the following day by a cyclist travelling to work, and was identified by canal boat owner Anthony Sewell, a friend moored nearby. ...

  • Canal cycle bridge plans in Woking unveiled bbc.co.uk

    Plans for a cycle and pedestrian canal bridge in Woking have been unveiled. If planning permission is granted, the structure would span the Basingstoke Canal alongside the existing Hermitage Bridge for motorists. The plan has been put forward by Cycle Woking, a partnership between Surrey and Woking councils to promote two-wheeled transport. ...


Friday 17 September

Today's news from the web

  • Hapton boating firm boss 'relieved' as canal reopens lancashiretelegraph.co.uk

    Boating firm bosses have spoken of their relief after being able to return to East Lancashire. A number of companies had to relocate when the Leed Liverpool canal was shut by British Waterways at the beginning of August after drought conditions left reservoirs at record low levels. ...


Thursday 16 September

Today's news from the web

  • Kennet & Avon Canal Trust cash crisis kacanaltimes.blogspot.com

    Cash strapped Trust makes General Manager part time, cuts staff and launches a new fundraising drive in a desperate bid to balance the books. At a K&A Canal Trust Council meeting last week the departure of the chairman who had been in post for less than nine months was announced — and Treasurer, Neil Lethby, told Trustees that extreme measures must be taken to try to reverse the Trust's deepening financial crisis. For the past five successive years the Trust has made huge financial losses — and the forecast is that without drastic measures it will not break-even this year....

  • Starving weevils bring canal clean-up rethink yorkshirepost.co.uk

    Waterways workers yesterday launched a second attempt to clean up a South Yorkshire canal after their first effort, which aimed to use weed-eating weevils, had to be abandoned. British Waterways had planned to release the tiny organisms into the Dearne and Dove canal in Swinton, near Rotherham, after reports that it was clogged with an invasive fern-like weed. But when officers arrived last week, they found that they were not faced with the South American Azolla plant but a carpet of duckweed, which the weevils would have been unable to digest. They then had to launch an urgent transfer operation to release the creatures into an Azolla-affected canal in Huddersfield before they died and then redraw their plans for Swinton....

  • Leeds-Liverpool canal to re-open after drought bbc.co.uk

    The Lancashire stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool canal, which was closed to save water in the summer's drought, is set to re-open. A 60-mile length of the 127-mile canal was closed to boats from Wigan in Greater Manchester, to Gargrave in North Yorkshire on 2 August. The stretch between Barrowford and Wigan will re-open on Friday. The remaining 20-mile section from Barrowford to Gargrave will re-open next Wednesday....

  • Canoeing the waterways maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk

    The third annual canoe convoy organised by the Maidenhead Waterways Restoration Group (MWRG) was held on Saturday. Rowers travelled from Green Lane to the River Thames at Bray Marina. The cavalcade included an inflatable kayak and 100-year-old Canadian canoe floating along the recently cleared Bray Cut on Saturday. Waterways group chairman Richard Davenport, said: "It was great to see young and old enjoying the lower waterway, ahead of the long-term plans to restore and enlarge the town centre sections."...


Wednesday 15 September

Today's news from the web

  • Leeds & Liverpool Canal to reopen waterscape.com

    British Waterways is today pleased to announce the phased reopening of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal beginning this Friday 17 September, with reservoir levels in North West at a sufficient enough level to get boat traffic moving again. The stretch below Lock 51 at Barrowford to Lock 85 in Wigan will reopen on Friday, allowing boaters to travel between Barrowford and Liverpool. The remaining 20-mile section between Lock 51 at Barrowford and Lock 31 in Gargrave will reopen the following week on Wednesday 22 September. ...

  • Family's river rescue drama henleystandard.co.uk

    Henley rowers helped avert tragedy by rushing to the aid of a young family caught up in a life-or-death drama on the Thames. Stuart Rollason, of Ealing, was given emergency resuscitation on the towpath near Upper Thames Rowing Club after saving his four-year-old son, Ben, who had fallen off a rented narrow boat. An air ambulance was called out last Thursday to rescue the pair, who later recovered in the John Radcliffe Hospital, in Oxford. The family of five, who were visiting Henley on a boating holiday, might not have been so lucky without the heroic intervention of local rowers and passing tourists. ...

  • Record figures for cruises, says Merseytravel placenorthwest.co.uk

    Passenger transport executive Merseytravel has reported record figures for the number of people enjoying cruises along the Manchester Ship Canal using Mersey Ferries. Merseytravel said the number of passengers taking the cruise has consistently risen over the last two years, with over 22,500 taking the cruise so far this season, over 1,000 more than during 2009. The cruise travels along 35 miles of the Manchester Ship Canal and offers a commentary along the way, which tells the story of how the waterway shaped the city of Manchester and the North West....

  • Royal start to Wilts & Berks link to the K&A canal kacanaltimes.blogspot.com

    The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Trust celebrated its 200th anniversary in royal style when Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall took part in the ceremony to mark the start of the new link from the K&A Canal at Semington to the River Avon in Melksham. She arrived at Semington proudly wearing a dragonfly broach — the W&B emblem... and the Duchess who is patron of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust then performed the naming ceremony for the very vessel she arrived on. She poured a bottle of Wadworths K&A 200 celebration beer over the bow — and named the boat "Dragonfly"....

  • Ashby Canal unlocked for boaters inloughborough.com

    Boats will be able to navigate a stretch of the Ashby Canal for the first time since 1966 on Friday (September 17) when it is reopened after restoration. Peter Osborne, Chairman of Leicestershire County Council, will open the newly restored 100m section at the Snarestone terminus at a special ceremony. The £500,000 scheme is part of a County Council led project to restore a six mile section of the 200-year-old canal which was closed 44 years ago due to mining subsistence....


Tuesday 14 September

Today's news from the web

  • Single boaters given a hand on the Oxford Canal waterscape.com

    British Waterways (BW) has completed a £40k bridge improvement project on the Oxford Canal. The project, to fully automate a lift bridge located near the canal side village of Thrupp, was carried out to ensure that single boaters can safely and easily operate this Grade II listed structure. Lift bridges are a well known feature along the Oxford Canal and today representatives from BW and the Inland Waterways Association will official open the newly controlled bridge known as Aubrey Lift Bridge (bridge number 221) which is the first bridge on this stretch of waterway to be electrically automated....

  • The Numbers: The Waterways Trust thirdsector.co.uk

    The figures behind the charity that promotes greater use and enjoyment of waterways in the UK. £4.54m - The charity's group income for the year ending 31 March 2009, compared with £4.19m the previous year. £161k - The cost of generating voluntary and event income. The charity raised a total of £305,000, giving it a fundraising ratio of 53p in the pound. The previous year's ratio was 63p in the pound £3.81m - The amount raised through payments for charitable activities such as museums and canal restoration. The charity also raised £400,000 through revenue-generating services, including shops and boat trips. £765 - Group free reserves at year-end, compared with a deficit of £55,500 in the previous year. £90k - No employee was paid more than this. 3 - The number of museums the charity runs, including the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, which maintains a fleet of 80 historic boats. £132k - Money raised by the trust that did not pass through the accounts. These funds went to three restoration and improvement projects....


Monday 13 September

Today's news from the web

  • Restoration of Droitwich canal good for economy worcesternews.co.uk

    The completion of the Droitwich regeneration next year will see the vision of a 21-mile cruising ring in the heart of Worcestershire become a reality. About £3 million a year from tourists and almost 200 new jobs are predicted within five years of the opening. It is good news and a tribute to the hard work of many people, particularly volunteers, over the last few decades. ...


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