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Tuesday 12 January

All iced up


"Crazy Horse"? Perhaps, but not as crazy as this week's waterway candidate for the Darwin Awards - nutters try to drive a Peugeot along the Union Canal. And fail with predictable results. 

The local papers are full of "don't walk on the ice" stories which, of course, everyone is ignoring as per usual. Nowhere more so than at Well Creek, where skating is a traditional pastime - though this is said to be the first time since 1996 that it's taken place.

Meanwhile, Waterscape's Twitter-fed snow map doesn't appear to be showing anything for us, but maybe you'll have more luck.

Richard Fairhurst  | 1.28pm


Today's news from the web

  • Mainmast takeover secures Ship Canal jobs manchestereveningnews.co.uk

    More cargo could soon be transported via the historic Manchester Ship Canal after the firm which bought a previous operator out of administration announced ambitious plans to expand operations. The former Big Ditch Shipping Company is now part of Lincoln-based Mainmast Logistics after it was acquired in December, saving seven jobs and securing work for a number of local contractors. ...

  • Improvements underway on Leeds & Liverpool Canal towpath waterscape.com

    Work is about to start to improve a popular stretch of towpath along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, between Chorley and Adlington. ...

  • A bridge too far on the Sankey sthelensreporter.co.uk

    Sankey Canal campaigners hope a high-profile row over a bridge which was built too low for boats to pass underneath will help boost the chances of the waterway being restored to its former glory. ...

  • Grantham Canal Society campaign against A46 plans granthamjournal.co.uk

    Members of the Grantham Canal Society are continuing their campaign to change the plans for the new A46. ...

  • Who'd splash out £1m on a houseboat? thisismoney.co.uk

    With a price tag of £1m, it is thought to be one of the most expensive houseboats (think barge rather than narrowboat) ever marketed. ...

  • Towpath revamped solihullnews.net

    A canal towpath has been given a make-over in a council-led scheme to clean up the area. ...

  • HCS Founder John Maynard Dies waterwaynews.blogspot.com

    Canal enthusiasts will be sad hear of the death, on 1st January, of John Maynard, one of the founders of the Huddersfield Canal Society. ...


Wednesday 6 January

Today's news from the web

  • 'River tube' proposed for the Thames inthenews.co.uk

    A speed boat service on the river Thames could carry nearly as many people as the Waterloo and City London Underground line, according to a new report. ...

  • New group for Grand Union in Rickmansworth watfordobserver.co.uk

    A volunteer group dedicated to the upkeep and promotion of Rickmansworth’s historic Grand Union canal is to hold a public meeting for prospective new members. ...

  • Inflatable billboard erected to advertise Forth & Clyde Canal allmediascotland.com

    An inflatable billboard measuring 40ft long x 10ft high with full illumination has been installed alongside one of the busiest stretches of motorway in Scotland. The billboard, at Speirs Wharf on the Forth & Clyde Canal, will show commuters just how close the canal is to Glasgow city centre....


Tuesday 5 January

Today's news from the web

  • Melksham volunteer's appeal for canal information wiltshiretimes.co.uk

    A volunteer who spends his weekends digging up the remains of a former waterway through Melksham is appealing for information for a new book. ...

  • Sunken houseboat is to be dredged from depths cambridge-news.co.uk

    A SUNKEN houseboat which sparked fears of pollution is due to be lifted from the River Cam today. The owner of the boat, Eric Finlow- Bates, has vowed to use a massive pump to raise his vessel from the bottom of the waterway near Cambridge city centre. ...


Monday 4 January

Today's news from the web

  • Strong stream advice on the Cam cambridge-news.co.uk

    The Conservators of the River Cam, the organisation responsible for the river as it runs through Cambridge, have had special alarms fitted to Baits Bite Lock and Jesus Green Lock as part of a trial. River users who sign up to the scheme will be alerted automatically to dangerous water levels via mobile phone or email. ...

  • Boat sinks on the Cam cambridge-news.co.uk

    Riverside residents and other boaters have been warning about the slowly sinking craft for months, but said nothing had been done to remove it. It was feared the boat, the Helena Knowsley, could be leaking harmful chemicals and oil into the river. ...

  • Wallingford's mooring scheme is passed oxfordmail.co.uk

    Wallingford will get new moorings costing £200,000 next year — and they will be at the right height. District councillors have passed the local authority’s own planning application to construct 136m of moorings along the eastern bank of the Thames to encourage more river-users to stop off at the town. ...

  • River Trent section to go to auction thisisnottingham.co.uk

    A RARE chance to own a piece of the River Trent is up for grabs next year. A stretch of the river at Fiskerton, near Southwell, is going under the hammer alongside a former warehouse and granary. ...


Thursday 31 December

Congratulations...

...to Alison Smedley, appointed an MBE in the New Year's Honours. Alison is well known for her involvement in the IWA Stoke-on-Trent branch, the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust, and the Historic Narrow Boat Owners' Club. She is, of course, also the wife of WW's technical writer Rupert Smedley!

Congratulations also to David Cassells, of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland, appointed OBE.

Richard Fairhurst  | 11.18am | add a comment


Tuesday 22 December

Today's news from the web

  • Waterway group visits the cutting edge of canal business waterscape.com

    A new group formed to shape the future of waterways in Wales has been on a fact finding tour of two popular waterways – and found business confidence is high on both the Llangollen and Montgomery canals. ...


Monday 21 December

Today's news from the web

  • IWA campaigns for Brentford warehouse yourlocalguardian.co.uk

    For years a question mark has hung over a Commercial Road warehouse that extends over the Grand Union Canal – and a charity is now calling on residents to help prevent its demolition. ...


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