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Tuesday 5 May

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  • Wilts & Berks Canal Trust to restore derelict Studley Grange stretch bbc.co.uk

    A derelict stretch of Wiltshire canal which was filled in and abandoned last century is to be restored. The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust says it has raised £575,000 in grants to breathe life back into the canal at Studley Grange....

  • Canals take the strain of London's housing crisis theguardian.com

    The growth in the number of people living on canals is putting pressure on London’s waterways, as more people choose to buy or rent boats in response to rising property prices. In hotspots such as Hackney in east London boat numbers have risen by 85% in the past year alone. Overall in London there has been a 36% rise in the past five years. There were 2,175 boats in 2007 and it was less common for owners to live on them all year. There are now more than 3,000 and interest is increasing, with one popular Facebook group, London Boaters, receiving almost daily requests for information from people curious about buying or renting boats....

  • Thrills and spills at two miles an hour on board a narrowboat dailymail.co.uk

    We had three nights on Kite and managed to travel from Llanfoist, near Abergavenny, to Talybont-on-Usk — a round trip of 30 miles. It was terrific fun and action-packed, even at 1-2mph. So, I’m not surprised BBC4 is doing a documentary next Tuesday on canal boating....


Friday 24 April

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  • Thieves stealing stone from Mirfield could be making getaway - by canal boat examiner.co.uk

    Stone thieves plaguing Mirfield could be making their getaway – by canal boat. The getaway barge theory was floated after a thief pushing stone in a supermarket trolley was chased onto the canalside. The thief escaped but police found a haul of stone stacked up alongside the Calder and Hebble Canal off Station Road, near the Lidl store....

  • Stranded puffin rescued from Grand Union Canal at Brentford getwestlondon.co.uk

    "I'm a bit besotted with puffins and have puffin wind chimes on the boat but it was very bizarre to see one on the Grand Union. We're all interested to know how on earth a coastal bird could end up so far from home."...


Thursday 23 April

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  • Mikron Theatre Company embark on nationwide canal tour yorkshirelife.co.uk

    A crew of four actor-musicians set sail this month on board Tyseley a theatre company’s vintage narrow boat, to tour the country via inland waterways. They will learn to steer the 72ft vessel, navigate canals and rivers and operate locks, swapping plush theatres and dressing rooms for village greens and beer gardens. ...


Friday 17 April

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  • Bomb disposal scrambled after dummy wearing balaclava spotted on boat with fake missile launcher dailymail.co.uk

    A full-scale terror alert was sparked this week after a dummy wearing a balaclava was spotted on a boat sailing down the Thames with a fake missile launcher on its roof. Thames Valley Police called an Army bomb disposal team after a startled passer-by reported the 4ft long guided missile in a rocket launcher on top of the barge in Reading. Perched next to the fake warhead were the head and shoulders of a convincing-looking man, his eyes staring grimly from holes cut in a balaclava shrouding his face....

  • Ashton Canal turns into world's biggest bubble bath after blaze dailymail.co.uk

    A Manchester canal was turned into a giant bubble bath after fire crews tackling a nearby chemical plant blaze saw their water mix with a detergent creating a six foot wall of foam. The Ashton Canal was filled with heavy suds which appeared after a fire at an industrial unit occupied by a drug development company. It is believed that the water used by firefighters to dampen down the flames mixed with the detergent being stored in the burning buildings....


Friday 10 April

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  • Narrowboat 'U-boat captain' facing jail for VAT fraud dailymail.co.uk

    A self-styled U-boat captain who blew the proceeds of a £1million VAT fraud on luxury hotels, jets and fast cars while living on benefits is facing jail. Captain Birdseye lookalike Richard Williams, who lived on a narrowboat converted to resemble a German submarine, lied that he was selling specially-adapted beds to people with disabilities then claimed back the tax he had supposedly paid......


Tuesday 7 April

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  • Narrowboat carries coffin of Stoke Bruerne lock keeper’s daughter to her funeral northamptonchron.co.uk

    Doris Osborne was born in Reading in 1928 on board the narrowboat ‘Emma’, to Jack and Emma James. Her family worked on boats all their lives and her father, Jack James, became the lock keeper at Stoke Bruerne in 1962 and founded the canal museum there. After she passed away, aged 86, on Mother’s Day, her family arranged for her coffin to be carried by narrowboat through the Blisworth Tunnel to be received at Stoke Bruerne....

  • Narrowboat couple who met at Llangollen wharf get married in town leaderlive.co.uk

    A couple of narrowboat enthusiasts who met on the canal in Llangollen decided to return to the town to get married. Sue and Ian Goodwin, who live on their narrowboat, met while moored in the town a couple of years ago, fell in love and decided to get married. And their fairytale waterways story was complete last Saturday, when they were married at St Collen’s Church....


Wednesday 1 April

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  • Mowbray bridges in ten-year ‘golden arches’ sponsorship deal meltonwaterways.org.uk

    The Melton & Oakham Navigation Society has accepted a sponsorship deal with fast food giant McDonald’s, worth £10,000 a year. 

    In return for the money, one of the navigation's famous double-arched bridges will be painted gold for the period, the waterway will be renamed The McDonald's Navigation, and the first mile from Syston will be called 'The Happy Mile'. 

    To celebrate the deal, the Melton Mowbray branch of McDonald’s will also offer a Stilton cheeseburger later this year. 

    MOWS accepts it won’t have the authority to change the name legally. However, since neither the Environment Agency nor the Canal & River Trust have shown any interest in restoring navigation, the society hopes that others will also use the name, in the hope that it will encourage other companies to sponsor waterways. 

    In announcing the news, MNS chairman Mick Clowes quipped “I’m lovin’ it!” 

    It is a small start. The McDonald’s Navigation is, after all, yet to be restored. But this landmark agreement could perhaps encourage other large companies to sponsor waterways. With the HSBC bank announcing a move to Birmingham, what about ‘The HSBC Birmingham Canal Navigations’, for example? 



    Golden sponsorship opportunity: The twin arches of the Mowbray Navigation.
    ...


Friday 20 March

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  • Royal tour is jewel in the crown of W&B canal auction lots thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    Prince Charles and Camilla have donated a Highgrove garden tour for next week's Wilts & Berks Canal Trust auction. The event next Thursday, March 26 at the Angel Hotel, Chippenham, will raise money for the restoration of the canal near Chippenham. The jewel in the lots crown is a two hour guided tour of the Prince's gardens in Gloucestershire followed by a champagne tea for two in the Orchard Restaurant, while being entertained by the resident pianist...


Monday 9 March

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  • Peterborough boater fined for unlicensed boat peterboroughtoday.co.uk

    A Peterborough narrowboat owner who did not register his boat has been fined at court. David John Rennie on Thursday pleaded not guilty at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court to keeping or using a vessel on the River Nene at Stibbington Boat Yard, Cambridgeshire when it was not registered with the Environment Agency....

  • Narrowboat owners on Thames left high and dry as eviction deadline looms richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk

    A community of boaters will have nowhere to go when a bylaw making us nauthorised mooring a criminal offence comes into effect on March 13. The bylaw means that from 1am on March 13, owners of boats moored on council-owned or managed land without permission could be fined or imprisoned. Every 24 hours the boat is attached to the land will count as a new crime....


Wednesday 4 March

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  • Narrowboat rescued after taking wrong arch under Avon's Bidford bridge stratford-herald.com

    A fire and rescue crew along with Alcester- based police, attended the incident, casued by the boat heading upstream taking the wrong channel under the bridge. They found the two occupants were fine, if not a little red-faced, following the mishap. Efforts were later made to tow the boat off a rock in the Avon....


Tuesday 24 February

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Monday 23 February

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  • Ambitious Melksham canal plans are floated wiltshiretimes.co.uk

    Ambitious plans for Melksham’s future, including the exact route of the new canal Link, have been unveiled by the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust to the town’s Area Board. A farm for rare breed animals, a campsite with log cabins for holidaymakers and a nature reserve are some of the potential developments the area could have within the next five years alongside the new canal....

  • 'John Sergeant how dare you barge into a canal boat so we're all at sea on the water' mirror.co.uk

    Canal boat holidays are becoming ever more popular but Mirror columnist Paul Routledge has known about the joys of our waterways all his life...


Friday 20 February

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  • Draining of canal at Gas Street in Birmingham delayed bbc.co.uk

    The draining of a leaking canal in Birmingham city centre has been delayed. The work, on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal stretch between the Mailbox and Gas Street Basin, is taking place because water is leaking close to a railway line. The project got under way on Wednesday but work was delayed due to a faulty seal on a safety gate. The route has been closed to boats while the work takes place....


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