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Tuesday 30 October

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  • Forth & Clyde Canal bridges to reopen in April 2019 b https:

    Scottish Canals is to use part of a Scottish Government cash boost to fix two broken local canal bridges - but they won’t be open until April next year. Boat transits through the Bonnybridge and Twechar lift bridges on the Forth and Clyde Canal are suspended because of outstanding repairs - fuelling complaints from pressure group Keep Canals Alive! that the original aim of canal restoration is being badly compromised. ...


Thursday 25 October

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  • Disgust after memorial plaques stolen from benches on Bridgwater & Taunton canal https:

    Emma Sears was walking along the canal path on Sunday (October 21) when she saw a man measuring a bench and he told her the plaques had been stolen. Images show rectangles of discoloured wood have been left on the benches in place of tributes to residents’ loved ones. "I think it is shocking that someone could be so low," Emma said. "The man I met on the path was taking measurements down to get the plaque replaced...


Tuesday 9 October

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  • Lancaster University study gives boost to canal towpath trail https:

    Sculpture trails, festivals, events and circular walks are among ideas for enhancing a towpath trail along the Lancaster Canal, according to new research. 0 comment The Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership (LCRP) set students the task of exploring what locals and potential visitors want from the new 27-mile pathway between Kendal and Lancaster. Six marketing students from Lancaster University did face-to-face interviews and an online survey with more than 350 people. Their findings confirmed there is "a huge appetite for a long-distance waterway path, linking communities along the route of the Lancaster Canal", said the LCRP....


Thursday 4 October

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  • "Four dogs a week plunge from 30ft Llangollen Canal 'danger wall' https:

    Pet owners are being warned about a "dangerous wall" on the Llangollen Canal which sees a number of dogs plummet 30ft into people's gardens on a weekly basis. A homemade sign that has been put up near Llangollen Canal urges walkers to keep their dogs on a lead when passing a low parapet wall with a high drop the other side. It comes after mum, Kelly Davidson from Wirral was landed with a £7,000 vet bill after her Jackapoo, Marley fell, snapping his leg in three places. Now the 42-year-old is campaigning for more signs to give owners enough warning of the danger, after residents told her it happens all the time....

  • More paddler canal cleanups on L&L Canal https:

    A group of stand-up paddle boarders descended on Wigan to clean up the canal. And between the eight of them they collected no fewer than 20 bags of rubbish in a one-mile stretch comprising 438 plastic bottles, 40 cans, 35 polystyrene chip trays and half a wheelbarrow. Paddlers removed rubbish from the waterway Other news: Wigan woman living in a Wendy House The group, SUP North, regularly runs clean-ups in their local paddling areas in Southport, engaging their members positively in the issue of plastic pollution in the waterways....

  • Vintage sports car ends up in Regent's Canal after being 'knocked by passing van' | London Evening Standard https:

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Thursday 27 September

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  • Heatwave causes a summer of leaks and cracks on Grand Western Canal https:

    Work is ongoing to repair several leaks in the Grand Western Canal as a result of the summer heatwave. The Canal Joint Advisory Committee which meet on Tuesday, October 2, issued a report saying that this summer’s prolonged dry weather and drying and cracking of surrounding soils has meant several leaks. The report said: “Leaks beside Minnows Touring Park and Tidcombe Bridge proved relatively straightforward to seal using the usual method of trenching beside the leak and backfilling with clay, but some others have been more complicated.”...


Monday 24 September

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  • Prisons boss takes the helm at under-fire Scottish Canals https:

    Scottish Canals has appointed Catherine Topley as its new chief executive. She has been interim chief executive since June, following the departure of previous incumbent Steve Dunlop to Scottish Enterprise. Ms Topley, currently Director of Corporate Services at the Scottish Prison Service, takes the helm at a time when Scottish Canals is under pressure to invest more heavily in the Forth and Clyde and Union Canals. ...

  • Fallen tree capsizes canal boats near Rugby https:

    Firefighters were called out after a fallen tree capsized canal boats in Clifton Upon Dunsmore leaving people trapped inside. Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service fire control began to receive 999 calls at 11.06pm last night (Thursday September 20) reporting a tree which had fallen onto two narrow boats at Clifton Wharf. The falling tree had caused one of the boats to tip onto its side. Two people were reported being trapped on the boat....

  • New daytrip narrowboat for Bridgwater & Taunton Canal bridgwatermercury.co.uk

    The Bridgewater & Taunton Canal will have its first commercially operating narrowboat for many years operating from next month. On 19th September the new 38ft SomerSun narrowboat was craned in at Bridgwater Docks, and moved to the Somerset Boat Centre in North Newton, where she will be operated from 7th October. ...


Friday 21 September

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  • Double decker Chorley cafe on the canal https:

    A lot of people enjoy a coffee on a bus, but not many will have bought a flat white from the vehicle itself. But at Ellerbeck Narrowboats in Chorley a new canal side cafe has opened its doors – inside of a historic Leyland double-decker bus. ...


Thursday 20 September

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  • JCB digger rescued from Chichester Canal - Chichester Observer https:

    Boat trips along the Chichester Canal were interrupted yesterday when the pontoon holding a three-tonne digger sank, blocking canal boats from passing. A spokesman for Chichester Canal said that a company of divers were called in to dive into the canal and block air into the deflated pontoon below. Read more at: https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/jcb-digger-rescued-from-chichester-canal-1-8640288...


Thursday 13 September

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  • Blocks go down on the Shropshire Union Canal bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk

    Shropshire Union Canal Society volunteers continued with channel shaping, lining and block laying on the Montgomery Canal Restoration Project between Pryces Bridge and Crickheath near Pant. Another 30 metres was completed over the weekend September 7 and 9....

  • Highest earner at Canal & River Trust was paid almost £220k last year https:

    The highest earner at the Canal and River Trust was paid almost £220,000 last year, with the charity earning a record income of almost £205m, its latest accounts show. Stuart Mills, chief investment officer at the charity, was paid £219,908 in the year to 31 March 2018, including performance-related pay of £26,385, according to the accounts. The accounts say this made Mills the highest earner at the charity, with its chief executive, Richard Parry, earning a total of £210,091 for the year....


Monday 10 September

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  • Canal Boat Crew heading to Bromsgrove, Alvechurch, Droitwich and Worcester for jamming sessions with the locals https:

    The Canal Boat Crew will once again be heading to several pubs in Worcestershire for jamming sessions with the locals for a fortnight from 15th September. The 'crew' are a group of eight happy-go-lucky friendly musicians and singers. Each year they hire a canal boat for a couple of weeks, wandering the waterways and playing in pubs in free jam sessions every night. It's all very informal, and the exact composition of the group varies from year to year. Indeed, they don't always know each other before they hire, and they aren't a band as such. To the pubs they play in they are just customers who pre-book a corner of a saloon bar, turn up, and play and drink. And they invite others to turn up as well. They've cruised various parts of the network over the years. This year they settled on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal. The group has been organised for several years by musician and boater Neil Cardwell, who says: "Everybody is welcome to go along and enjoy themselves by singing, playing or just listening. Although officially an acoustic night, we allow small amps for bass instruments." For more information, including their exact itinerary, look on Facebook for 'Canal Boat Crew'. ...


Friday 7 September

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  • Another Lift Bridge closes on Scots canals https:

    Deterioration at Leamington Lift Bridge on the Union Canal in Edinburgh has reached such an extent that we do not consider the structure to be safe to operate and presents a risk to both boaters and members of the public. Unfortunately, we have had to take the decision to close the bridge and restrict access to the area around the bridge whilst we identify a means of making the structure safe. This is one of our high risk assets and has been identified in our Asset Management Plan as a priority for 2018/19. We anticipate works taking place over the next 2-3 months to allow us to firstly remove the restriction to members of the public, whilst also looking for a long term solution to restore the bridge allowing both pedestrian and boat traffic to be accommodated. Customers are advised to follow the diversion around Lochrin Basin....


Thursday 6 September

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  • Montgomery Canal bridge 'could collapse' mywelshpool.co.uk

    A Grade II listed accommodation bridge on the Montgomery Canal, near Welshpool, needs urgent works carried out or it is in danger of collapsing. The Luggy Bridge is on the central navigable section, south of Welshpool and near Berriew Aqueduct. It carries a lane from the A483 trunk road between Welshpool and Newtown to the Upper Luggy Farmhouse near the Horseshoes Inn at Berriew. After consultation with Powys County Council (PCC), The Canal and River Trust has already decided that repairs to the bridge are needed to prevent it collapsing, as it is the only means of access to the farm....

  • Adam and his donkey Martin embark on epic adventure https:

    One man and his donkey are embarking on an epic trip – from Cape Wrath in Scotland to Land’s End by canal towpath. Adam Lee and his donkey Martin are aiming to travel the length of the country, sticking to the historic network of canal towpaths. They have now reached Lancashire and are enjoying the scenery on the Lancaster Canal, which runs from Kendal down to Preston. ...


Friday 31 August

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  • Take a walk to see the Pocklington Canal's hidden gems yorkpress.co.uk

    Free guided walks are being held to give people an insight into Pocklington Canal’s varied past. The walks vary in length to cater for amblers to ramblers, and vary between restored and unrestored sections of the canal. The Canal & River Trust has helped set up a regular walking programme of two walks per month as part of a broader project funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund....

  • Boy, 12, poses with loaded sawn-off shotgun after pulling it from canal while magnet fishing https:

    Parents Scott and Mary Hargood had taken McKenzie, 12, and his two brothers magnet fishing at their local canal in Oldbury, West Mids on Sunday when he made the discovery. The youngster posed with the weapon for pictures at home as his family were unaware that it was still loaded and could have gone off at any second. ...


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