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Friday 5 April

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  • Nudists enjoy fish and chip dinner on naked canal cruise metro.co.uk

    This week 40 nudists journeyed down the Shropshire Union Canal in Stafford, entirely naked while eating fish and chips. Why, you may ponder? To show the public just how fun doing things without clothes can be. We’re convinced. Norbury Wharf Limited teamed up with British Naturism, a 50-year-old organisation with more than 9,000 members, to turn their regular fish and chip cruise into a naked treat....

Monday 1 April

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  • Boaters banned from mooring in Cambridge Riverside cambridge-news.co.uk

    Boaters have seemingly been banned from mooring on Cambridge riverside. Cambridge City Council has put up signs on the nearby fencing which says 'No Mooring Permitted.' Photographs of the change appear to show how empty the area had become - where boats were usually moored up to the wall. The new rules mean boaters who are caught may have to pay a fine of up to £50....

  • Real canal pusher at work on Edinburgh's Union Canal dailyrecord.co.uk

    Police are hunting a group of youths who pushed three cyclists into a canal in Edinburgh . The men were targeted in separate incidents as they cycled along the Union Canal between 5pm and 9.15pm on Wednesday. They were confronted by a group of youths on the path near Murrayburn and Wester Hailes and were pushed into the water. The three cyclists all managed to get out of the canal themselves but suffered minor injuries....

Tuesday 26 March

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Monday 25 March

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  • 'Abandoned as baby in Gas Street Basin - I could only be happy when I found out why' mirror.co.uk

    The dark truth of his birth left him devastated. Richard, 64, says: “I was so horrified I felt numb. I tried to read on, but couldn’t take it in because my eyes filled and blurred my vision. “It was a terrible story to read about any baby, and realising that baby was me felt overwhelming. “Knowing I came into the world like that, unwanted from the moment I arrived and left to die in minus two degree temperatures, made me sob for three hours afterwards.” It was a miracle Richard survived the rat-infested canal bank in Birmingham’s Gas Street Basin. But his headline-grabbing birth was the start of a childhood so tumultuous he recalls his years in a children’s home as his happiest...

  • £98k grant for Shrewsbury & Newport Canal work shropshirestar.com

    Vital conservation work will be carried out on the Shrewsbury & Newport Canal thanks to a £98,000 grant. The money will be spent on restoring the site's ecological condition and work will involve public consultation, ecological surveys, conservation dredging, water quality protection and access improvements....

Sunday 24 March

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  • The hidden secrets of Britain's waterways telegraph.co.uk

    For ten years I’ve lived aboard my narrowboat, cruising the 2,000 miles of waterways in Britain. I’ve travelled the length of the joined navigable canals and rivers, from Tewitfield, near the Cumbrian border, to Godalming in Surrey....

Monday 18 March

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  • Evocative pictures show everyday life on Britain's canals in the 1950s dailymail.co.uk

    Evocative photographs from the 1950s reveal glimpses of the everyday lives of people who lived on Britain's canal system. Photos show neighbours sharing gossip on their moored vessels, families living on the waterways, children playing on the boats, a postman delivering mail and materials transported on the canals. The fascinating images of life along the canals were taken 1952 and also show the vital role the system played Britain's transport system....

Friday 15 March

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  • Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal gets £800,000 improvement funding theboltonnews.co.uk

    The Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal towpath is being improved due to £800,000 of funding. Money has been secured by the Canal and River Trust from Transport for Greater Manchester, through the Department for Transport Cycle City Ambition Grant. The works will see further improvements along the Bolton arm of the canal towpath between Meccano Bridge to Hall Lane in Little Lever....

  • Broad Street canal tunnel reopens ahead of schedule after tram works birminghammail.co.uk

    Twelve weeks' work to reinforce the main canal under Broad Street has been completed two days ahead of schedule. The strengthening process was required because of the Midland Metro tram extension at ground level above which will eventually take the service from New Street Station up to Five Ways. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads During the closure no narrowboats have been able to pass between Gas Street Basin and Arena Birmingham via a transport route which was facilitated 250 years ago by an Act of Parliament which led to the building of the Birmingham Main Line Canal. ...

Sunday 10 March

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  • Canal and River Trust deem aqueduct 'safe' after teenager bypassed railings and fell to death telegraph.co.uk

    The Canal & River Trust has insisted that its 200-year-old aqueduct is “safe for normal use” after being ordered to review safety measures following a teenager’s death. Kristopher McDowell, 18, fell 120ft from the Pontcysyllte aqueduct in Denbighshire after he bypassed railings at the UNESCO World Heritage site in May 2016. The teenager was walking home with three friends after a shift at McDonald’s when he stepped through a gap on to a narrow parapet after one of his friends said he was scared of heights. Senior coroner for North Wales East and Central, John Gittins has now called for safety measures at the world-famous tourist attraction to be re-examined after a cast-iron upright - behind a gap in railings alongside the site towpath - gave way....

Friday 8 March

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  • Why a large dam might have to be built to hold back the Severn at Gloucester Docks gloucestershirelive.co.uk

    Engineers are trying to find alternatives to building a large dam which could make the cost to repairs to Gloucester Locks soar. Barges haven’t been able to go through the lock since the beginning of the year while engineers have been fixing the lock gates connecting the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal to the River Severn. But while the lock is now virtually empty, the water on the side of the gate is making it too dangerous for work to start. It means that a dam could have to be built to control water, a move which has been described by the Canal & River Trust as “a major civil engineering project”....

Thursday 7 March

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  • Microplastic pollution found in waterways the length and breadth of Britain news.sky.com

    Tiny pieces of plastic pollution have been found in rivers, lakes and wetlands across Britain, from Loch Lomond in Scotland to the River Blackwater in Essex. Research by Bangor University and Friends of the Earth suggests widespread contamination of British waterways with found pollution levels ranging from more than 1,000 tiny pieces of plastic per litre in the River Tame in Greater Manchester to 2.4 pieces per litre in Loch Lomond....

Wednesday 6 March

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  • Hundreds of new homes planned canalside in Coventry coventrytelegraph.net

    Plans have been unveiled for around 200 new homes at what is now Sandy Lane Industrial Estate, next to Coventry Canal. Daimler Wharf would include a mix of houses and apartments, alongside cafes and outdoor leisure areas, as well as office space. The site is also home to the Daimler building – one of the first car factories in the world – which is being transformed into the Daimler Powerhouse arts complex for artists, engineers, architects and other creative industries by Imagineer Productions....

Tuesday 5 March

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  • Milton Keynes marina already filled, ready to open in May miltonkeynes.co.uk

    An empty marina in Milton Keynes has been filled with 25,000 cubic metres of water from the canal. The process of filling the newly-built Campbell Park Marina took 20 days, and the building of it involved 110,000 cubic metres of reused Oxford clay. ...

  • Plans for restoring Stroudwater's missing mile are now online for comment stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk

    The plans to reconnect the 'missing mile' of the Stroudwater canal are online for comment. How Oldbury Brook, just upstream of the buried Westfield Lock at the bottom of the Eastington Flight of locks, will be connected to the A38 has been submitted to Stroud District Council by the Stroud Valleys Canal Company earlier this month. The section is viewed as a key part of the four mile Phase 1B Cotswold Canals Connected project and replaces the section lost when the M5 was built. It includes two new locks, a crossing under the M5, two boat mooring basins and a mile of new canal on a new route...

  • Canal & River Trust plans to grow fundraising income civilsociety.co.uk

    The Canal & River Trust has said it plans to grow its fundraising income “significantly”, following a rebrand last year. Speaking to Charity Finance magazine, finance director Sandra Kelly said the charity faces challenges to attract donations partly because some people are unaware of it being a charity....

Monday 4 March

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  • Leeds Activity Centre embraces L&L Canal westleedsdispatch.com

    West Leeds school children and their teachers will be taking to the water next week as they test and launch a new canoeing activity on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. A new purpose-built pontoon has been built which has been partly funded by the Canal & River Trust....

  • Could reviving a town centre canal improve Swindon? swindonadvertiser.co.uk

    A canal running through the town centre would be the biggest draw to bring people back to enjoy a "cafe culture". Earlier this week The Adver reported the discussions between borough councillors Gary Sumner, Dale Heenan and South Swindon Parish councillor Patrick Herring where there was a degree of agreement that more residential development in the centre would lead to more businesses -such as shops and cafes - staying open to cater for those residents in the evenings and change the centre from a “retail rut” that is largely shut in the evenings to something more vibrant....

Friday 1 March

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  • New interpretation boards at Grand Western Canal devonnewscentre.info

    Two new information panels have been installed at the Grand Western Canal Country Park to help point visitors to all the sights and activities s on offer at the award-winning attraction. The two new panels are fixed to large limestone rocks and have replaced old panels which were worn and outdated. One is located in the car park and helps orientate visitors and with the use of a map and photos, shows some of the highlights of the canal basin and where to find them. The other is located on the upper level beside the canal and an old limekiln, and briefly tells the story of the canal’s construction and the limestone trade which underpinned its operation....

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