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Tuesday 7 September

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  • 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....


Thursday 2 September

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  • First boat in eight decades for Droitwich Barge Canal waterscape.com

    The first canal boat to travel along the Barge Canal in around eighty years is due to enter the Barge Canal at River Lock, Hawford on 6 September. However, this is ahead of the canal being fully open to navigation, as due to low rainfall insufficient water is available to be abstracted from the River Salwarpe at present. Once water levels rise the navigation will be open. A fully restored Barge Canal means the vision of a 21-mile continuous cruising ring around the scenic heartland of Worcestershire is close to reality, with just the short link of the Junction Canal scheduled to open in 2011....

  • Bath celebrates 200th anniversary of Kennet & Avon Canal thisisbath.co.uk

    Scores of families packed up picnics and joined the fun and games when a milestone for Bath's industrial heritage provided cause for celebration. Visitors packed into Sydney Gardens for the Holburne Museum Picnic in the Park on Sunday, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the completion of the Kennet and Avon Canal....

  • BW workboats available for online auction waterscape.com

    British Waterways is auctioning over 40 redundant workboats in an online sale. The auction, which finishes on 29 September 2010, includes workboats, hoppers, a selection of British Waterways' historic craft, boat engines and more. ...

  • Mayors battle it out in Ripon Raft Race ripongazette.co.uk

    Ripon canal basin played host to 18 teams battling for glory at the fifth annual Great Ripon Raft Race at the weekend. One highlight at the event – organised by the Scuba Diving for All charity – was a race between Ripon's Mayor, David Elsy, and three visiting Mayors in swan pedalos. ...


Wednesday 1 September

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  • Woman who rescued man from ‘bitterly cold’ Leeds-Liverpool Canal to receive bravery award thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    A woman who bravely went into a “bitterly cold” canal to save a man from drowning is to receive a national award. Carla Richardson, 39, of Riddlesden, near Keighley, is to be presented with a Royal Humane Society Testimonial on Parchment for carrying out the rescue in the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. The drama unfolded last October when she heard a splash and looked out of her living room window to see the man lying face down in the canal near her home....

  • Duchess of Cornwall to name boat on Wilts and Berks Canal thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    The Duchess of Cornwall will return to the Wilts and Berks Canal on Wednesday, September 8, to help celebrate its 200th anniversary. Camilla, who is a patron of the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust, will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the opening of the canal by naming, and travelling on, the canal’s first purpose-built boat trip for visitors. She will also be digging the first sod to create the new Melksham Link at Hilperton Marina....

  • East Lancashire canal leaks are ‘hitting farmers’ burnleycitizen.co.uk

    Farmers with properties on the canal have hit out at British Waterways for failing to repair leaks in a canal and ‘endangering the livelihoods of businesses’. A group of farming friends have voiced their anger to the company, which closed a 64-mile stretch of the canal from Gargrave to Wigan for boating on August 2....

  • BBC - In pictures: Vandals and fly-tippers spoil the canal news.bbc.co.uk

    Vandals have caused mayhem at the L&L Canal on the outskirts of Blackburn. It doesn't sound too hopeful that the stretch will be cleaned up any time soon. British Waterways has very limited funds and resources to tidy up the mess caused by vandals and fly-tipping....

  • Yo-ho-ho fun with pirates at Stourport kidderminstershuttle.co.uk

    A“pirates weekend” in Stourport has been hailed a success by organisers. Captain Slyther and his pirate ship, The Flying Pig, were seen lurking at Stourport canal basins on Sunday and Monday. Visitors also took a trip aboard the canal trip boat, Dreamcatcher and families scoured the town and basins to hunt for clues to the secret password to unlock the pirates’ treasure chest....


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