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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....

  • 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....

  • Couple celebrate Christmas aboard Keadby narrowboat scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk

    Barry Knight, 35, and his partner Shaun Chambers sold their home just two months ago, selling off a number of their possessions before taking ownership of Donald – a 40ft narrowboat – and moving in. While family and friends shared their incredulity, Barry and Shaun set to work, installing a fully-functioning kitchen and bathroom in the boat, which they purchased as a shell. And several weeks later, the pair are still convinced they made the right decision, even inviting family members on board at Keadby on Christmas Day....


Friday 19 December

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  • Britain's canals are undergoing a renaissance - The Economist economist.com

    The deal between government and the Canal and River Trust is “astonishingly far sighted,” says Simon Thurley, the head of English Heritage, a quango that is undergoing its own separation from Whitehall. (Other heritage organisations may follow.)...


Wednesday 10 December

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  • Ban on hire narrowboats on Thames Tideway boatingbusiness.com

    Following a minor incident involving a holiday narrowboat, the Port of London Authority (PLA) has decided hire craft are classified as ‘commercial’ and have banned them from the Thames Tideway....


Tuesday 25 November

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  • Historic Birmingham canal drained for work on new cycle scheme birminghammail.co.uk

    Canal in Birmingham city centre is drained for cycling and pedestrian improvements...

  • Man killed in canal boat fire at private moorings in Wiltshire dailymail.co.uk

    A man in his 40s has died after an accidental fire on a canal boat which is believed to have been started by a wood-burning stove. The victim, who has not yet been identified, was found by a dog walker on the Kennet and Avon Canal near Trowbridge, Wiltshire, early this morning. It is thought the boat had been 'well alight' for some time and the windows were said to be too hot to touch when rescuers arrived, just after 7.20am....

  • New bench along Chesterfield canal matlockmercury.co.uk

    Stunned onlookers watched in disbelief as master craftsmen Trevor Wragg and Gordon Walton built a beautiful dry stone bench along the banks of the Chesterfield canal. The pair, who work at Wirksworth’s Eco Centre, built the bench during the Tapton Celebration Weekend event on September 20 and 21, under the gaze of the visiting public....

  • Man dies in canal boat blaze near Trowbridge swindonadvertiser.co.uk

    A man died in a canal boat fire on the Kennet and Avon Canal near Marsh Farm, Hilperton, this morning. It is thought that the unidentified male was in his late 40s and that his boat was alight for some time....


Sunday 23 November

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  • Canal volunteers set to ditch memorial bench to former member stroudlife.co.uk

    Canal restoration volunteers are set to ditch plans for a memorial bench to a member who was involved with a paedophile campaign group. Keith Harding, who was a member of the Cotswold Canals Trust since 1990 and stood on its council from 1994 to 2011, volunteered on work to restore the Thames and Severn Canal. Harding moved to Gloucestershire in 1987 and social services was aware of his convictions for sex offences in the 1950s. The trust is restoring that stretch and the Stroudwater Navigation, and chairman Jack Telling said he does not think plans for a memorial bench are appropriate following the revelations that he was convicted of sex offences in the 1950s....

  • Wilts & Berks Canal man Chris has Lottery dream swindonadvertiser.co.uk

    “The canal,” said Chris Coyle, “was opened in 1810, and was built primarily to carry coal from the Somerset coalfields through Wiltshire and what was then Berkshire, and then on as far as London. “Somerset coal was highly prized. It was good quality coal and people were prepared to pay a premium for it. “Coal and food were required in the growing towns. The Wilts and Berks Canal was the M4 of its time....

  • Magna Carta River Thames pageant announced for 2015 bbc.co.uk

    A "spectacular" river pageant on the River Thames has been announced to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta next year. A flotilla of boats will sail from Bisham Abbey to Wraysbury in Berkshire on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June. Thames Alive is helping to organise the event, the group behind the Queen's Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012....

  • New York's Barge Canal to get historic designation washingtontimes.com

    New York’s Barge Canal is going on the National Register of Historic Places. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wrote a letter in September urging National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis to make the designation, stressing the importance of the canal and calling it a true historic destination. The designation will increase chances for federal tax credits and help expand local development near the waterway. The Barge Canal includes the Erie Canal, the Oswego Canal, the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, and the Champlain Canal. The system spans more than 500 miles across the Empire State. ...

  • Taxi driver in Cheddleton rescued from Caldon canal after car plunges in dailymail.co.uk

    A hapless taxi driver had to be rescued after plunging his car into a canal while waiting for a fare outside a restaurant. Emergency services were called to Castro's Restaurant in Chedderton, Staffordshire at 10.30pm on Friday night after reports of a vehicle in the water. When they arrived they found a Toyota Avensis almost completely submerged in the Caldon Canal after it somehow managed to land in the middle of the four foot deep water....


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