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Tuesday 12 April

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  • Appeal for Sheffield canal adoption scheme volunteers as litter crisis deepens thestar.co.uk

    A worrying surge in the amount of rubbish blighting Sheffield’s picturesque canals has prompted a charity to take action. The Sheffield branch of the Canal and River Trust is urging people to sign up to an adoption scheme to take care of a particular stretch of affected waterway. Dave Walker, aged 58, has been the lock keeper at Tinsley Marina for the last 30 years and works for the charity, which protects waterways. ...

  • Irish marathon runner completes Canal du Midi in four days irishmirror.ie

    An Irish marathon runner has completed his toughest challenge to date after running 260km along a major canal in France. Aodhagan Fitzsimons tackled the pathways of the Canal Du Midi in Southern France last week. And the 42-year-old, who has officially run 39 marathons, managed to complete the epic feat in a mind-blowing four days....

  • CRT sprays niceties on towpath to encourage riverside politeness oxfordmail.co.uk

    Rudeness is being banished from the riverside with walkers being urged to be polite and doff their hats to passers-by. The Canal and River Trust is enforcing a be-nice-or-leave policy at Isis Lock in Oxford to encourage people to remember their manners on the towpath....


Thursday 7 April

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  • 'Nomadic' pensioner, 92, died after falling into canal as he tried to reach his boat expressandstar.com

    A 92 year old man who lived a ‘nomadic’ lifestyle died after falling into the Rugeley canal trying to access his boat, a court heard. The body of William Dudley Curwen was found in the canal near Leathermill Lane on January 25 by a group of teenagers, who called the police after making the discovery. During an inquest at Cannock Coroners Court, it was said that Mr Curwen could have been trying to gain access to the canal boat he lived on before slipping and fracturing his neck in the process. The court heard that tests carried out on Mr Curwen found no trace of alcohol in his system. He didn’t have a history of medical illness, although he wasn’t registered to a GP....


Wednesday 6 April

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  • Barnsley canal developer lodges appeal against fine barnsley-chronicle.co.uk

    A DEVELOPER who destroyed a stretch of former canal without planning permission has lodged an appeal after being told to undo the damage or face a £20,000 fine. Workmen closed a footpath and began ripping out trees and vegetation along the former Dearne and Dove canal bank behind Barnsley Trade Park at Stairfoot earlier this year. One side of the canal bank was removed entirely which effectively destroyed the canal....

  • Start your own Great Canal Journeys: Buy a house with its own mooring express.co.uk

    Around two million people tune in to watch Timothy West and Prunella Scales on their Great Canal Journeys around Britain and Europe, earwigging as these national treasures put the world to rights and check to see if it’s wine o’clock yet. Timothy West and Prunella Scales have captured the nation's imagination on their Great Canal Journey Viewers describe them as inspirational and report they have booked boating holidays on the strength of the Channel 4 show. No wonder the number of people messing about on boats along Britain’s canals is on the rise. ...


Tuesday 29 March

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  • Rescue on the Avon as narrowboat becomes wedged under Eckington Bridge eveshamobserver.co.uk

    Five people were rescued from a narrow boat after it became wedged under a bridge on the River Avon. Hereford & Worcester Fire Service were called to Eckington Bridge at about 3pm yesterday (Monday) to rescue those who were stranded on the vessel. It’s not clear how the narrow boat became wedged under the bridge, but the River Avon had risen following heavy rain as a result of Storm Katie....


Saturday 26 March

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  • Canal walk highlights Selby's history thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    Construction of the Selby Canal was arguably the most important development in the town since the building of abbey 600 years earlier. Now used entirely by pleasure craft, some aspects of its trading past can still be seen and are described in one of a number of walks contained in a free guide to the history of the town....


Tuesday 22 March

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Monday 21 March

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  • Man's body found on Wolverhampton 21 locks expressandstar.com

    A man's body has been found on the Wolverhampton 21 lock flight - with police treating the death as unexplained. Officers were called to the body at Lock 10 of the flight on 20th March, close to the New Regency Banqueting Suite. ...

  • All aboard for Pocklington canal trips pocklingtonpost.co.uk

    Good Friday will see the start of the 2016 season for Pocklington Canal Amenity Society’s trip boat New Horizons. The canal society’s standard 30-minute taster trips will run on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Monday and then every Sunday and Bank Holiday until the end of October....


Tuesday 8 March

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Friday 4 March

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  • Demonstrators demand action to improve 'dangerous' canal towpath in Skipton cravenherald.co.uk

    Campaigners demanding action to improve a deeply pitted and rutted section of canal towpath in Skipton made their feelings clear in a demonstration on Tuesday. Protestors waved placards before their representative, Skipton West Labour councillor Peter Madeley, was about to meet Nick Smith of the Canal and River Trust in Craven District Council's Belle Vue offices. Broughton Road residents and other nearby householders have long been pushing for improvements to a half-mile stretch of the towpath, which they say has been "impassable and dangerous" over the winter....


Tuesday 1 March

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  • Cyclist thrown in canal by thugs: I'm leaving London standard.co.uk

    A cyclist who was attacked by thugs and thrown in a canal with his bike said he is so traumatised by the vicious assault that he is moving out of London. Peter Bettell was returning home to his canal boat in Kensal Rise when a gang punched him and slashed open his jacket before pushing him into the icy water and leaving him for dead. The incident on the towpath on the Grand Union Canal in North west London is being investigated by detectives. Mr Bettell, 53, said he is taking his boat out of London and will commute to his retail job in Piccadilly following the horrific assault at 6.15pm on Tuesday....


Monday 29 February

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  • Mystery as two dogs found in Manchester canal metro.co.uk

    Police are searching for a person after two dogs were discovered in a canal. Emergency services were called to the Ashton Canal in Manchester after someone reported a dog trapped in the lock. Two dogs were pulled onto land but one died....


Tuesday 23 February

Crick Boat Show introduces tiller ‘taster’ sessions

Nervous and novice boaters are set to benefit from steering instruction at this year’s Crick Boat Show. 

Since it began in 2000 the Crick show has always had ‘get afloat’ boat trips. However, the new sessions are aimed particularly at those hankering to own a boat but anxious about how to handle it on the waterways.The lessons, each an hour long, will take place throughout the weekend and will be led by The Narrowboat Skills Centre, Willow Wren Training and Watercraft.

Each boat trainer will talk visitors through the basics of casting off, mooring up, boat etiquette and rope handling. They will break down boat jargon, as well as explaining lock navigation. Visitors will also have a chance to take the tiller themselves under the supervision of an experienced boater.

The training boats can accommodate up to four people at once but places are limited, so advance booking is recommended. Tickets are priced at £12 per person. Visit www.crickboatshow.com to book or call 01283 742970.

Andrew Denny  | 2.40pm


Friday 19 February

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  • Campaign to restore historic Leeds & Liverpool canal mileposts cravenherald.co.uk

    The Canal & River Trust is launching a major fundraising appeal to restore or replace missing mileposts along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal’s 127-mile route. The charity hopes the EveryMileCounts appeal – which coincides with the canal's 200th anniversary – will encourage dozens of local groups and individuals to adopt their local stretch of canal and its mile marker. The project is backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, whose grant of £36,600 has supported the appointment of a new project officer, the fabrication of 40 new mile posts and a programme of activities, heritage events and art workshops....


Thursday 18 February

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  • Hayes local residents upset over 'reckless' tree destruction along canal getwestlondon.co.uk

    Upset residents say land beside the Grand Union Canal has been left looking like a “warzone” after trees were removed. A mystery contractor has spent two weeks felling trees and clearing the vegetation alongside the canal in Hayes, which is land owned by the Canal and River Trust (CRT). However the trust has denied it is uprooting trees and told Hillingdon Council a ‘third party’ was responsible, although it could not say who. David Brough, chairman of the Hayes Town Partnership, said: “People are up in arms about it. "The way the trees have just been hacked down is a piece of vandalism as far as I’m concerned....

  • HS2 plans wreck £3m Chesterfield Canal dream derbyshiretimes.co.uk

    Chesterfield Canal volunteers will demand compensation whether or not HS2 goes ahead – after missing out on almost £3 million of funding. The volunteers have already had to hand back a £400,000 grant and drop a £2.4m lottery bid because they can no longer guarantee the canal will be available for public use in the future....


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