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Friday 21 October

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  • Berth of new era (From gazetteandherald.co.uk

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  • Staffs & Worcs canal at Kidderminster floods kidderminstershuttle.co.uk

    Kidderminster canal flooded after vandals left the gates open, according to police. The stretch of water between Sainsbury’s and Tesco, close to the ring road, flooded in the early hours of the morning....

  • Coopers Tavern, Burton-on-Trent - "one of Britain's 25 best pubs" independent.co.uk

    Staffordshire: the Coopers Tavern, Cross Street, Burton-on-Trent Although not much to look at from the outside, this former Bass bottle store serves a great range of local brewers' beers straight from the cask and rates highly with punters. Arched ceilings add to the intimacy of the building....

  • Last chance for boats to enter the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant server2.pla.co.uk

    The deadline for public applications for boats to take part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday, 3rd June 2012 is less than two weeks away. Registration closes on 31st October 2011. Pageant Master Adrian Evans is delighted with the response so far. He said: “Time is running out for all those who wish to take part. We have had an amazing response and are thrilled with the number and variety of wonderful vessels that have already registered. This will be the biggest river pageant to take place on the Thames since the reign of Charles II, three and a half centuries ago, and it may not happen again for a very long time. So if you have a special or interesting boat, don’t miss the possibility of being involved.”...

  • Devizes marina could boost town's economic prospects waterwaysworld.com

    The opening of a new 248-berth marina at the foot of Caen Hill is an opportunity for the local business community, says MP Claire Perry. The marina, at Lower Foxhangers on the Kennet and Avon Canal, could welcome as many as 1,000 visitors at a time – a significant increase on the number of tourists who come to the area each year....

  • Former Runcorn resident says town waterways are among worst in the country runcornandwidnesweeklynews.co.uk

    A former Runcorn resident has blasted the state of the town’s waterways, claiming they are among the worst-kept in the country. Canal enthusiast Alan Rigby, 55, returned to his hometown by narrowboat a fortnight ago but says he was left ‘disgusted’ by the amount of pollution and litter clogging the waterways....


Thursday 20 October

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Tuesday 18 October

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  • The Boathouse, Rushall - the pub with the boat in the bar expressandstar.com

    Restaurant review: The Boathouse in Rushall is The Pub With The Narrowboat in the Lounge. Yes, I know the Little Dry Dock in Dudley had part of a narrowboat set in the bar, but that has been shut for ages. And besides, this is a boat you can actually sit in while you enjoy a drink or tuck into your food. I don’t know anywhere else you can do that. A gimmick? Maybe, but a welcome one in my job....

  • Thames cable car signs up Emirates as sponsor trl.co.uk

    The cable car that will offer people in London an additional way to cross the River Thames has received a new sponsor. Transport for London reports that Emirates Airline has signed a multimillion pound deal to back the scheme, which will be known as the Emirates Air Line....

  • Lake Havasu City marks 40 years as home to the famed London Bridge cronkitenewsonline.com

    ...[Lake Havasu] is now celebrating the anniversary of London Bridge’s October 1971 dedication with a reenactment of the sale, construction and dedication of the bridge, as well as a display of 11 bloodied mannequin heads, a nod to London’s medieval practice of beheading those who committed crimes against the crown. Judy Whelan, a Lake Havasu City Historical Society board member directing the anniversary celebration, said the bridge promotes tourism, which in turn boosts sales at area businesses. “Tourists started flooding in as soon as they heard that the bridge was over here,” Whelan said. “And it hasn’t really stopped.” ...

  • BCN fish-killer pollution disperses expressandstar.com

    The contamination in waterways through the Black Country and Staffordshire that killed more than 10,000 fish and spread more than eight miles has dispersed, Environment Agency bosses said today. The Birmingham Old Main Line Canal became contaminated following an arson attack that destroyed two warehouses containing aerosols, paints and oils in Wolverhampton. The chemicals caused oxygen levels to plummet, despite oxygen jets being used along the affected stretch....

  • Solving mystery of Banbury’s disappearing aluminium canal bridge banburyguardian.co.uk

    ... Then out of the blue so far as most people were concerned an aluminium bridge appeared north of the town and close to what is now the Kraft Foods factory. This was the outcome of some research at the aluminium works and under the direction of Ron Marchington. He and some Alcan apprentices wanted to test the effects of weather on the metal and to do so in a practical way. If it withstood the elements successfully there were many possible applications within the house building industry. The bridge remained in place some 30 years but then in the mid 1980s the construction of Hennef Way meant that it was no longer needed. Regular users of the Oxford Canal would have noted its disappearance but been unaware of the action by British Alcan that ensured the bridge continued to have a useful life. ...


Monday 17 October

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  • Thousands needed to help restore historic narrow boat Roger watfordobserver.co.uk

    More than £10,000 is needed to help restore a historic wooden narrow boat moored in Rickmansworth. The Roger is one of the last wooden canal boats left in working order, and is kept in Batchworth Lock. It is owned by Rickmansworth Waterways Trust and visited by groups of children as part of the trust's award winning educational program “Learning at the Lock”. The boat, which is included in the National Register of Historic Vessels, is a popular feature at the Rickmansworth Canal Festival, and is used to train boat captains of all ages. However, a total of £30,000 worth of restoration work is needed to bring the boat back to its former glory, although £18,000 has already been pledged....

  • Recovery signs for Midland canals in pollution battle birminghammail.net

    Midland waterways officials have seen “positive signs of recovery” as they fight to contain pollution. The Environment Agency and British Waterways said they had rescued 4320kg of fish from the Wyrley and Essington canal, in response to pollution from an arson attack at an industrial estate off Millfields Road, Ettingshall. Flames shot 50ft into the air as aerosols, paints, thinners and detergents exploded and entered the waterways at the end of last month. ...

  • Hotel boat operator wins fight for Henley mooring, then snubs it henleystandard.co.uk

    The owner of a floating hotel has turned down an offer of a mooring in Henley for which he campaigned for four years. Andy Cowley, who owns the African Queen, has repeatedly clashed with the town council since being banned from mooring at Mill Meadows in 2007. In July, the council said he could moor there on specific dates but now the businessman has rejected the offer. ...

  • Cotswold Canals volunteer Jon marks a milestone in canal's history stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk

    (Cotswold Canals) volunteer Jon Pontefract is going the extra mile to unearth the historic waterway’s rich heritage. As restoration works continue, Jon has set himself the task of locating all 52 original milestone markers that once lined the Thames and Severn Canal between Wallbridge in Stroud and Inglesham, near Lechlade....

  • Sparth Reservoir swimmers meet with BW examiner.co.uk

    Swimmers are trying to reach a compromise with the canal organisation that banned them from a local reservoir. British Waterways recently installed a new ‘no swimming’ sign at Sparth Reservoir between Marsden and Slaithwaite. The move sparked anger from local residents who have used the reservoir for swimming for decades. But now the two sides are trying to reach a compromise and met at the reservoir yesterday to discuss how to resolve the problem. ...

  • Worcester river lock drained ready for big day worcesternews.co.uk

    After delays caused by high winds holding up delivery of vital equipment, waterway engineers have finally drained what is believed to be one of the deepest locks in the country ready for an open day tomorrow. Diglis Lock on the river Severn in Worcester is undergoing essential inspection and repair work as part of a national £50 million winter maintenance programme by British Waterways...

  • Residential moorings plans ditched for Union Canal at Linlithgow bonessjournal.co.uk

    A planning application from British Waterways Scotland (BWS) to change the existing leisure moorings to six permanent residential moorings on the Union Canal at Station Road was submitted to West Lothian Council a few weeks ago. But complaints flooded in and the plans were withdrawn....


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