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Thursday 19 February

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  • Volunteer Towpath Rangers needed on Slough Arm sloughobserver.co.uk

    The Canal and River Trust are seeking cycling and walking Rangers at a range of locations all along the Grand Union Towpath Rangers play an important role in encouraging walkers, cyclists, anglers, joggers and boaters, to use the tow paths considerately. They also attend and lead towpath events and guided walks, carry out visitor counts and encourage communities to get involved with their local waterways....

  • Canal at Gas Street in Birmingham to be drained due to leak bbc.co.uk

    A canal in Birmingham city centre is to be drained as water is leaking close to a railway line. The stretch of water that runs alongside Gas Street links the Worcester and Birmingham Canal to the Birmingham Canal Main Line. A Canal and River Trust spokeswoman said the leak had been reported near the aqueduct over Holliday Street and work would start as soon as possible....

Monday 16 February

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  • £336k grant to buy new section of Lichfield canal expressandstar.com

    A new £336 grant means that the section of the Lichfield Canal from The Boat Inn on Walsall Road, Lichfield to Barracks Lane just west of the aqueduct over the M6 Toll Road near Brownhills will be open to the public for the first time since the canal was abandoned in the 1950s. When the work to restore the Heritage Towpath Trail is completed, it is hoped to have the canal’s Summerhill section, as it is known, in water within a relatively short time....

Tuesday 10 February

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  • Old rail track and tunnel discovered on the Slough Arm sloughobserver.co.uk

    An HISTORIC rail track and tunnel have been revealed during canal maintenance works. The Canal and River Trust, the charity that cares for the waterway, discovered the abandoned railway line on the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal while removing over-grown vegetation along the canal-side....

Monday 9 February

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  • 'Brilliant' canoe plan will float their boat express.co.uk

    The announcement last week of The Desmond Family Canoe Trail, England’s first coast-to-coast canoe trail, along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the Aire and Calder Navigation, is not, as it might sound, a new endurance event, though some will no doubt want to give it a go! It is in fact both an invitation and a challenge to young people across the north of England, from Liverpool to Goole, to take control of their lives and get ahead....

Sunday 8 February

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Tuesday 3 February

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  • CRT rebuild collapsed canal wall in Middlewich middlewichguardian.co.uk

    Work is currently ongoing to repair a canal bank in Middlewich were multiple sections of concrete coping have collapsed. The Canal and River Trust are carrying out the rebuilding work on the wall of the Trent and Mersey Canal near to the Kings Lock Inn....

  • Essex charity's £600,000 River Thames Blue Mermaid barge replica project to begin essexchronicle.co.uk

    A CHARITY is £200,000 away from building a replica of the last steel sailing barge, so that it can take people with learning difficulties out to sea. Mayland-based Sea-Change Sailing Trust has already raised £400,000 of the £600,000 required for the Blue Mermaid project. The charity works with young people with learning difficulties as well as vulnerable adults, providing them with the opportunity to learn crucial life skills in a team environment on the open water....

  • Friends of Slough Canal on lookout for volunteers to help with monthly clean-up sloughexpress.co.uk

    Friends of Slough Canal headed out yesterday morning for its monthly clean-up around the banks of the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal. The team of volunteers worked its way from Trenches Bridge to Middlegreen Bridge during the two hour litter pick, which takes place on different stretches of the canal on the first Sunday of every month. Committee member Diane Richards said: "It's open to the public and we would love to have more people because we could cover more ground. ...

  • A few pints led to a major canal project hebdenbridgetimes.co.uk

    A discussion over a few pints at the Stubbings pub near Hebden Bridge has resulted in a major project to repair a 150 metre section of the Rochdale Canal. Volunteers from the Calderdale Boat Club have joined forces with the Canal & River Trust, a charity caring for the nation’s 2,000 miles of canals, on the two week project which started last Friday, January 23. The drive for the project came from the boaters who wanted to see repairs carried out on the canal where they moor their boats....

  • Large scale operation to rescue 10,000 fish after Droitwich Canal leak droitwichstandard.co.uk

    Up to 10,000 fish have been rescued from the Droitwich Barge Canal in a large scale operation to fix a leak. Two fisherman were working from dawn till dusk to finish the job using a specialist electrofishing technique. Once the works on the 1300m stretch, between Hawford Bottom Lock and Ladywood Top Lock, have been completed, engineers will inspect the 17th century timber culvert they believe is causing the leak ...

Wednesday 21 January

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  • Planned redesign of Coventry Canal Basin bridge junction criticised coventrytelegraph.net

    he organisation responsible for Coventry’s historic Canal Basin has hit out at council plans to redesign a busy junction next to the site. Alan Dyer, chairman of the Canal Basin Trust, said Coventry City Council’s planned redesigns at junction one of Coventry ring road risk “catastrophic effects on the economic health of the Canal Basin”....

  • The IT Girl on a Gloucestershire narrowboat southwestbusiness.co.uk

    Not many new businesses have been launched on a narrowboat on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. But Sarah Kazlova was determined to do something different after working full-time as a software engineer for 15 years. The single parent of a four-year-old was finding it difficult to get part-time work to fit around her duties as a mother so she decided to set up her own business. Now Sarah runs The IT Girl, providing IT support, tuition and development from her boat on the canal at Eastington....

Tuesday 20 January

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  • Volunteer appeal for Hebden Bridge canal repairs hebdenbridgetimes.co.uk

    An ambitious volunteering project is to rebuild canal moorings at Stubbings Wharf, Hebden Bridge, in January. The moorings, used by the Calderdale Boat Club (CBC) are becoming unusable because of the gradual collapse of the canal wall. Built 210 years ago by hand, the stone canal walls will be reinstated using similar techniques between January 23 and 31....

  • Repairs to 'perilous' canal towpath in Oxford suffer setback oxfordmail.co.uk

    Long-awaited repairs to what has been called Oxford’s worst stretch of canal towpath have been delayed by two weeks. A scheme to resurface the section along Oxford Canal, between Walton Well Road and Aristotle Lane, was due to begin today. But the Canal & River Trust said a “lack of resources” meant it now would not start the £158,000 project yet....

Tuesday 13 January

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Wednesday 7 January

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  • Pontcysyllte Aqueduct set for £1.5m masterplan to boost tourists numbers dailypost.co.uk

    A blueprint to breathe new life into the area around the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, near Trevor, has been drawn up by consultants for Wrexham Council and the Canal and Rivers Trust. Proposals in the masterplan include a large extension to the existing visitor centre to house a 120 cover café, retail area, multi-use space and small office. An extension to the existing car park adjacent to the toilet facilities at Trevor is proposed with the creation of key view points and a viewing platform towards to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct....

  • Pedestrian rescued from Birmingham city centre canal fall by passersby birminghammail.co.uk

    Two men pulled a stricken pedestrian from the freezing waters of a Birmingham canal in a dramatic city centre rescue. Hero Jermaine Williams, who is Birmingham’s 2014 Fundraiser of the Year, and a passing jogger pulled the 60-year-old man from the waterway at Farmer’s Bridge Top Lock in King Edwards Road at about 10.50am this morning. It is believed the pedestrian had lost his footing and tumbled into the icy water....

Tuesday 6 January

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  • Huddersfield Canal Society asks why more canal boats aren't using historic Standedge Tunnel - Huddersfield Examiner examiner.co.uk

    For the last four seasons, boaters have been able to navigate the 3.25-mile length of the trans-Pennine tunnel – but there are concerns that not enough people are booking trips. The tunnel is open on only three days a week during the Easter to November season – with only three slots available each day. That means just nine passages a week, which are rarely fully booked, and society officials want to find out why more boats aren’t taking to the historic waterway....

Monday 5 January

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  • Venturer narrowboat taken out of commission oxfordmail.co.uk

    The Venturer narrowboat, which was launched by Prince Charles, has provided journeys along the Oxford Canal and River Thames since 1988. It was most often used by care homes and special needs schools across the county, because it had been specially adapted, with full wheelchair access, a lift to the cabin and a disabled toilet and shower. But now, after 26 years on the water, the boat has moored up for the last time, as Oxfordshire Narrowboat Charitable Trust can no longer afford to run her....

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