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Wednesday 12 January

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  • Waterways scheme on target for Maidenhead maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk

    Visionaries who want to build a network of waterways around Maidenhead town centre have raised enough money to complete the environmental impact assessment. Much of the environmental assessment has already been completed by consultancy Golder Associates and they have now been given the all-clear to complete the work. Richard Davenport, chairman of trustees for the Maidenhead Waterways Restoration Group (MWRG) said the environment assessment - including flood risk impacts - had cost £80,000. ...


Tuesday 11 January

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  • The Sunday lunch on a river island that ended in tragedy telegraph.co.uk

    Twelve close friends from the worlds of music, theatre, academia and business had gathered at around 1pm last Sunday at Keith and Jenny Lowde's house on Pharoah's island, near Shepperton, an outpost accessible only by boat and home to an affluent and close-knit community. Hedley Finn, an island resident for 23 years, said: "It was a delightful New Year's lunch party. We ate roast lamb and talked about many things including theatrical performances people had appeared in and how lovely it was to live on the island." ...

  • Plans to improve Desborough Island in River Thames bbc.co.uk

    Plans to improve a riverside beauty spot in Surrey have been put forward for consultation. Elmbridge Borough Council said it wanted to improve Desborough Island in the River Thames in Weybridge. Proposals include a sign-posted waterside path, as well as introducing wheelchair access, car parking and benches. ...

  • Middlewich Town Council: We will not write 'blank cheque' for swan fence project middlewichguardian.co.uk

    Animal welfare volunteers in Middlewich have hit another stumbling block in their long campaign to protect swans in the Trent and Mersey Canal. Funds were secured for a 400m fence and hedge to stop swans entering Booth Lane and endangering motorists more than five months ago. But British Waterways will not release its grant of £2,500 to the Swan Support Group until there are assurances about the fence’s long term maintenance. The organisation wants Middlewich Town Council to underwrite the agreement. ...

  • Driving in for charity swindonadvertiser.co.uk

    Frosty weather kept most people wrapped up yesterday but a team of brave divers took the plunge in the River Thames to raise charity cash. Nine members of the Swindon branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club swam from Inglesham to Lechlade to generate hundreds of pounds for the RNLI. The volunteers, who have held the fundraiser for about 25 years, all finished the two-mile course within one hour, before going to the Trout Inn pub for some warm soup. ...

  • Canal exhibition in need of objects and pictures to show yorkshirepost.co.uk

    Curators of an exhibition on the Chesterfield Canal are looking for owners of objects or photographs relating to the waterway who would be happy to have them go on public display. The display will be part of the exhibition Life in North Nottinghamshire, to be held at Thoresby Hall, near Clumber Park, from February 18 to March 20....


Friday 7 January

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  • Rideau Canal still not ready to open to skaters ottawa.ctv.ca

    It will likely be days before the Rideau Canal opens to skaters. Crews were on the canal at the Pretoria Bridge Thursday, drilling holes in the ice to measure its thickness. The National Capital Commission warned people to stay off the skateway on Wednesday because the ice is still too thin for skating. Ice must be at least 30 centimetres thick before skaters are allowed on the Rideau Canal. Last year, the canal opened for skating on January 15. This year will mark the 41st skating season on the world's largest skating rink. ...


Tuesday 4 January

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  • Wallingford bridge over Thames remains closed after leak bbc.co.uk

    An ancient bridge over the River Thames in Oxfordshire is likely to remain closed until later this week. The 400-year-old crossing, at Wallingford, was damaged due to a burst water main which has since been repaired. However the rupture has caused the road to subside, Thames Water has said....

  • Noughties were nice years for rivers rivertac.org

    The last decade has been the best for rivers since the industrial revolution, the Environment Agency said today. The Environment Agency highlighted dramatic environmental and water quality improvements and the resulting recovery in species of wildlife to back its claim....

  • Music producer Keith Lowde drowns as Pharaoh's Island party boat capsizes on Thames dailymail.co.uk

    Two men drowned when an 8ft boat with six people on board capsized in the Thames in pitch darkness. All were thrown into the freezing water but only four reached the river bank 50 yards away safely. Music producer Keith Lowde, 66, who had been at the tiller, and a 70-year-old friend were missing. Police pulled one body from the river yesterday afternoon, but both men are believed to have died. It was not confirmed which body had been found....


Monday 3 January

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  • Two missing after River Thames boat capsizes bbc.co.uk

    Two men are missing after a boat carrying six people capsized in the dark on the River Thames in Surrey. Four people - three women and one man - were rescued with minor injuries after the boat overturned near Shepperton at 1930 GMT on Sunday. Police divers are helping to search for the missing men. A spokeswoman for Surrey Police said one was aged in his 60s, and from the local area, while the other was aged in his 70s and from the Cambridge area. ...


Sunday 2 January

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  • Woman captures cow on Bridgewater Canal runcornandwidnesworld.co.uk

    Tina Moorhouse, from Preston Brook, captured the moment the cow decided to take a stroll on the frozen Bridgewater Canal in Runcorn. The 54-year-old had been out walking by herself and couldn’t believe it when she spotted the cow on the water’s edge. She recalled the story to her husband, Steve. She said: “The cow came right down to the water. “I was a bit frightened it was going to walk across the canal. “My husband said: ‘Don’t be silly’. He said cows weigh half a ton and there was no way that they would get across the ice.” However, the couple went for a walk along the same towpath the next day and came across the brave bovine again. Only this time, he was actually wandering on the frozen canal. ...


Saturday 1 January

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Friday 31 December

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  • Last casting call for Mikron Theatre Company for 2011 tour mikron.org.uk

    This tour is hard work. We are looking for experienced professional male and female actor/musician for our 40th year of touring. We are the only theatre company in the UK to tour by narrowboat. This tour is hard work. ...


Monday 20 December

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  • In epic projects, the U.S. is no longer a leader msnbc.msn.com

    Hangzhou, China — Gravel-laden barges glide past the willow-fringed banks of the Grand Canal, plying a trade route built 2,500 years ago to bring grain from China's fertile south to its rulers in the north. Now the 1,800-kilometer (1,125-mile) passage is part of an even grander scheme: a $150 billion plan to bring water from the mighty Yangtze river to the parched north in what is the world's most expensive infrastructure project. ...


Saturday 18 December

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  • Dog saved from canal thestar.co.uk

    Fire crews were called to an ice incident on a Doncaster canal yesterday but it turned out they were not needed. They were on the way to Silver Street, Stainforth, after reports of a dog going through the ice but they were turned back after the RSPCA told them the pet was out of the water, said a spokesman....

  • Town 'must reinvent itself' says former tourism champ yorkshirepost.co.uk

    If Todmorden is to maximise its tourism potential it needs to dramatically reinvent itself, the town's former tourism champion Coun Ian Cooper has said. ... "And with the canal there is the golden opportunity to develop a retail development and marina on the Halifax Road site – a flood plain – on which Sainsbury's wish to build a supermarket. This would complement shopping facilities in the town centre and not compete against them...

  • Council backs Tormorden canal access scheme todmordennews.co.uk

    Todmorden town council will contribute £30,000 of funding towards a project to create an attractive gateway site in the town centre. ... David Storah, from Todmorden Pride, said the project is looking to improve the canalside in Todmorden by creating disabled access to the canal bank, providing new paving and additional planting ...


Friday 17 December

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  • Leeds canal rapist 'a danger to every woman' yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk

    A rapist who dragged a woman into bushes and attacked her as she jogged on a canal bank was told he may never be released from jail. David Taylor's attack on the 23-year-old victim was described as "every woman's nightmare" after he attacked her from behind and dragged her into bushes as she was running beside Leeds-Liverpool canal. Taylor, 48, then casually walked off leaving his victim bloodied and bruised but able to run to a passer-by for help after the attack on July 27....

  • Fishermen threaten to take Richmond Council to court over unauthorised boat moorings in Thames thisislocallondon.co.uk

    Fishermen have threatened to take legal action against the council if it fails to prosecute boaters who moor without authorisation on the Thames. The Thames Anglers’ Conservancy claimed about 47 boats moored regularly without authorisation between Teddington and Staines. The group claimed it was preparing to take Richmond Council to court for not enforcing byelaws and depriving anglers of their enjoyment of the river. James Page, of the Thames Anglers’ Conservancy, said other authorities had successfully prosecuted the boaters, but Richmond Council said it did not have the powers to take action. ...


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