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Saturday 9 June

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  • Crowds come out for Stoke Bruerne’s gala weekend northamptonchron.co.uk

    Waterways enthusiasts descended on the picture postcard village of Stoke Bruerne for the annual gala weekend, celebrating life on the canal network. Dozens of historic narrowboats and barges were out in force as people enjoyed boat trips up and down the Grand Union Canal. A fancy dress pirate competition and live music were also on offer as the village came together to make the most of life on the waterways. One of the highlights of the festival is a classic reminder of a traditional rural craft being carried out by blacksmith Bob Nightingale....

  • Caledonian Canal trek girl built her own kayak scotsman.com

    Not many pupils come up with the idea of travelling 60 miles along a canal in their very own creation as part of a class project. But 14-year-old Kitty Vickers, a pupil at the Edinburgh Steiner School, did exactly that – then climbed Scotland’s highest peak afterwards for fun. The teenager built her own kayak and paddled from Fort William to Inverness along the Caledonian Canal as part of a five day journey – an achievement made even more impressive by the fact it was her first major kayaking trip. Following the 60-mile paddle, during which Kitty battled strong winds, she decided to climb Ben Nevis while still in the area....

  • Historic occasion as Northern Ireland's Strabane canal towpath officially reopened after half a century strabaneweekly.co.uk

    Strabane's historic 300-year-old canal route has been reopened for the first time in 50 years - in response to public demand for access to the site. On Thursday, local councillors gathered - alongside council representatives - to witness the grand opening of the 'tow path' section of the route. The section is now temporarily open to walkers, runners and cyclists to avail of during the summer. A considerable amount of redevelopment has taken place to restore this part of the canal, and it is envisaged that parking and toilet facilities will also be developed later this year. ...

Friday 8 June

Crick Boat Show Attracts Record Numbers

Over 24,000 people flocked to the 13th Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival, which took place over the Diamond Jubilee Weekend (2 to 5 June 2012), at Crick Marina, near Daventry in Northamptonshire – up 12 per cent on last year’s attendance of 21,500.

A record 270 exhibitors attended the 2012 show and exhibitor boats were busy with thousands of people going on board to inspect them as part of their search for a new boat and ideas for boat layouts. 

Voting by visitors was particularly brisk in the ‘Best Boat in Show’ competition.  This year’s winner out of 40 boats on show was MGM Boats of Leicestershire with their inspiring boat Snail’s Pace.

The annual event, which is organised by Waterways World in partnership with British Waterways and Crick Marina, embraced the Diamond Jubilee with a live screening of the Jubilee ceremonies and miles of bunting and flags across the Show.
Visitors to the event also enjoyed free boat trips, boating seminars, live music, a free children’s fairground, food and drink stalls, food demonstrations and a heritage and wildlife activity area.

Peter Johns, Publisher of Waterways World and Show Director, says: “We had a fantastic long weekend here at Crick with really good crowds of visitors flocking to our waterside event – despite a very wet Sunday!  We are delighted that exhibitors have been reporting very healthy trading.

“We thank all our exhibitors, entertainers, caterers, security and traffic management teams plus the staff of Crick marina and our team of volunteers – and may more who worked phenomenally hard over the weekend to make it a terrific success. 

“Planning for 2013 has started already and we very much look forward to building on the success of this event next year.”

In 2013, Crick Boat Show will revert to a three-day event held of the Whitsun Weekend, 25-27 May.

For more information visit www.crickboatshow.com or call 01283 742972.

2012 Crick Boat Show Facts & Figures

·         13th Crick Boat Show – first held in 1999
·         Estimated 24,000 visitors attended
·         270 exhibitors
·         Over 20 food stalls and 2 bars
·         20 bands, including Cajun, jazz, pop, rock and folk
·         Over 50 boats exhibited, including heritage working boats
·         3 trip boats offering regular trips along the Grand Union Canal
·         118 trips were made carrying 1,204 passengers, including 11 dogs
·         60 boats moored on the canal towpath and there were 300 camping pitches, together providing on site accommodation for more than 1,000 people working at the show. 

Matt Ashmall (right-centre) presents (L-R) Rachel Howes, Mark Fenton and Martin Parsons of MGM Boats with the 'Best boat in Show' award for 'Snail's Pace' at Crick 2012.

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  • Maidenhead waterways plans recommended for approval maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk

    Sweeping plans to revamp the town centre with a navigable waterway could be given the green light by Royal Borough councillors at a special meeting on Wednesday. Visionaries at the Maidenhead Waterways Restoration Group (MWRG) have spent six years working on a £5m scheme to create a 2km 'ring' of water around the town which can be used by small boats and canoeists. The scheme has been recommended for approval by council officers, subject to conditions. MWRG Chairman Richard Davenport said the councillors' decision will be 'hugely important' for the development of the town. "We believe having a waterway in the town centre will bring huge amounts of investment," he said. ...

  • Smart way to follow Cotswold canal trail thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

    An audio trail of the canals that are so far restored through Stroud has been recorded by volunteers. The description, which works on smart phones, is narrated by Rhiannon Adams, Matt Harwood and Aeryn Morgan. The group researched the route and were then trained to record oral history by expert producer Julia Letts. The first gateway panel is at Wallbridge and a series of waymarkers at the canalside will allow smart phone users to download the audio from the towpath....

  • Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: BBC chief 'proud' of coverage telegraph.co.uk

    The BBC’s coverage of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations was “impressive”, Mark Thompson, the director general, has said despite, the corporation receiving almost 2500 complaints. The public broadcaster's chief dismissed the growing backlash against the corporation for its widely-ridiculed programming, insisting he was “proud” of the "outstanding journalism". ...

  • Thames Water could lift hosepipe ban sooner than expected unless weather 'takes Saharan twist' thisislondon.co.uk

    The UK's biggest water company has said it could lift its hosepipe ban sooner than expected after wet weather reduced the risk of drought. Thames Water, which serves 8.8 million customers in London and the Thames Valley area, said unless the weather takes "an unexpectedly Saharan twist", it no longer expected to keep the ban in place through to the autumn. Anglian Water and Southern Water are thought to be in a similar position after the heavy rain the UK received in April and May boosted river levels and reservoir stocks....

Friday 1 June

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  • Sheffield volunteers dig in to clean up the canal thestar.co.uk

    Land alongside the Tinsley Canal in Sheffield is looking better than ever after a group of volunteers gave the area a tidy-up. More than a dozen staff from Yorkshire Water, the River Stewardship Company and British Waterways tidied overgrown vegetation, painted fences and removed graffiti. They also created a new towpath alongside the canal near Blackburn Meadows waste water treatment works....

  • Waitrose plans for Northwich Marina approved placenorthwest.co.uk

    Planning permission has been granted for housing, a restaurant and a Waitrose food store in Northwich Marina. The development will be delivered by H20, a joint venture between British Waterways and Bloc. H20 has agreed a deal with house builder McCarthy & Stone to develop 58 homes for the elderly for sale, and a restaurant. There will be a 18,000 sq ft food store operated by Waitrose and associated parking, along with improvements to the waterways, including a new marina providing up to 40 mooring berths, and access to the waterfront, with a new cafe....

Wednesday 30 May

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  • Teenager & 'secret' girlfriend drowned after he tried to vault Smethwick canal lock to impress her dailymail.co.uk

    A teenager and his ‘secret’ girlfriend drowned after he tried to vault a canal lock to impress her, and she tried in vain to save him, an inquest heard today. Fayz Uddin, 18, and Sara Rylance, 17, were both found floating face down and just meters apart after a friend who was with them during the evening tryst raised the alarm. The court heard Miss Rylance shouted: ‘I love you’ to her boyfriend as he struggled to keep his head above water in the 20ft-deep lock. ...

  • Local views wanted on Dewsbury’s waterways dewsburyreporter.co.uk

    The Dewsbury Water Linked campaign is part of a three-year Big Lottery Fund scheme designed to help improve the town’s waterways, and a team of local people will advise on the improvement of local sites such as the Calder and Hebble Navigation and the River Calder running through the town....

  • First trail boat splashes down on Stroudwater Canal for biggest party thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

    The first of a flotilla of boats has been launched ahead of the biggest celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in the Five Valleys. John Last's narrowboat 4 Pause was the first to use the Stroudwater Navigation in 80 years when it was towed to the newly-reopened canal. ​ From left, John Last, slipway manager Mal Brown and festival chairman Martin Turner prepare the boat for launch on to the canal in Stonehouse. Her splashdown in Stonehouse was the forerunner for up to 40 boats which will take part in three-day Stroud on Water Festival, sponsored by the district council....

  • Duke of Gloucester to visit Crofton canal beam engines on bicentenary weekend thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester is to visit Crofton beam engines near Pewsey on the Kennet and Avon Canal. The Duke is due to visit the attraction on June 16 in celebration of 200 years operation of the Boulton and Watt engine - the oldest beam engine in the world still able to do its original job. Crofton Beam Engines will be holding the bi-centenary celebrations over the weekend of June 16 and 17 and the organisers are delighted that HRH Duke of Gloucester will be their guest of honour....

  • Case against Waterways Ireland on blocked access to canal irishtimes.com

    A Co. Dublin landowner has begun a legal action aimed at having Waterways Ireland remove concrete bollards from a towpath adjacent to the Royal Canal. Kenneth O’Reilly, Three Gates, Scribblestown, Dublin, has brought the action arising out of Waterways Ireland’s decision to erect two cement posts which he claims have prevented him from bringing machinery on to property he owns near the canal. He claims the action amounts to a breach of his right of way over the path. Waterways Ireland is responsible for the management of both the canal and the towpath....

Tuesday 29 May

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  • Wallbridge canal works claims top national award stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk

    Canal restoration works at Wallbridge in Stroud have won a top national award. The project, which covers Stroud Brewery Bridge, the Canal Visitors Centre, Wallbridge Upper Lock and the Lockkeeper’s Cafe claimed the partnership category of the Waterway Renaissance Awards. Judges praised the works as one of the signature projects of the entire Cotswold canals network at the awards ceremony in Birmingham. Cllr Keith Pearson, Stroud District Council’s outgoing cabinet member for regeneration, said: "This is a huge feather in the cap and puts the Cotswold canals restoration firmly on the map....

  • Canal bridge graffiti put me off town coventrytelegraph.net

    I recently moored my boat on the Oxford Canal for a couple of days at Nuneaton near Bridge Street. I have to admit I was saddened to see so much graffiti on the bridges on the approach to Nuneaton by canal and as I left.A total of 17 bridges in the Nuneaton area were absolutely covered in graffiti. ...

Monday 28 May

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  • Wilts & Berks Canal appealing for more supporters during National Volunteers week wiltshiretimes.co.uk

    The Wilts and Berks Canal Trust, which is restoring the former waterway from the Kennet and Avon Canal near Melksham to the Thames and Severn Canal near Cricklade and the River Thames near Abingdon, hopes to recruit more supporters to help with a variety of tasks. Aside from work parties which restore the towpaths, bridges, culverts and wharves, the charity also needs help with fundraising, administration and research....

  • Burnley Canal Festival will bring Weavers’ Triangle to life burnleyexpress.net

    A new Burnley Canal Festival will bring the Weavers’ Triangle to life when dozens of narrowboats descend on September 7th and 8th. The two-day event will culminate in a dazzling “boat glow” event, when scores of barges will illuminate the Straight Mile followed by a huge fireworks display. Emma Bartlet, of the Heritage Lottery-funded Burnley Canal Communities Project, said: “There are so many exciting things happening in and around the canal. “The idea of the project is to get more people interested, engaged and excited about the canal as a major resource for the town. If the festival is a success, funding is in place for an even bigger and better event in 2013....

Thursday 24 May

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  • New community to expand to fund Ratho canal basin plan scotsman.com

    A NEW village on the outskirts of Edinburgh is set to be expanded to pave the way for the construction of a new canal basin. The Moorings in Ratho will be increased in size to fund the development of the tree-lined docking area at the basin of the Union Canal. Cala Homes has already constructed half of the 100 homes planned for the upmarket development, which has a completion date of 2014. The Edinburgh-based housing giant had intended to fund the completion of the marina area with the sale of an 84-bed care home site. However, despite being on the market since September 2010 the site remains unsold and the firm will instead build 14 new luxury homes to generate the funds required to allow the basin to be completed....

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